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GET INVOLVED: Fri, Apr. 30 – Next Safe Streets 17 meeting

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:15

Via CycleToronto:

Please join us for our next meeting:
Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm 
Fox and Fiddle at 1085 St Clair Ave W.

The SafeStreets17 survey had 66 respondents. 
If you haven’t had a chance to respond your have 2 more days.
Last chance to tell us about your cycling experiences and the hotspots in Ward17. 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GZD65QZ

Results will be posted on the Cycle T.O. Ward 17 updates page: cycleto.ca/ward/17

Agenda Wednesday, April 30th

1. Welcome, with introductions, quick review of last meeting’s discussion

2. Review survey & responses, vote on top goals to pursue in Ward 17

3. Toronto Bike Month planning

Custard Tart ride
May 26 bike repair clinic at the SoCoRes Spring Fair: planning people and resources.

4. Discussion:
Railpath and Eglinton lanes results
Poplar Plains, St Clair Intersection report (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tlPvL7XdSVoif6tcYiGdQEoUURUFN8H23s0QlhSfXso/)

5. Next meeting date

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WARD NEWS: Cycle 14 at Spring into Parkdale and Roncevalles Bike Survey

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:49

Via CycleToronto:

Hi Everyone,

We will have a table at the corner of Queen and Soraruen at the annual Spring into Parkdale festival Saturday April 26th from 10am-4pm. Stop by to say hello and chat cycling!

Also we have developed an online parking survey on Roncesvalles Ave to help us understand how cyclists use the streets. Please take a minute to fill it out. The link is:

http://ift.tt/1lebybZ

Finally, attached are our minutes from last meeting. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Happy cycling!

Ward 14 Minutes April 9th 2014.docx

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NEWS: Cyclist killed in Mississauga

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:18

A male cyclist has died following a collision at Dixie and Derry Rds., in Mississauga Thursday morning. Read More: Cyclist killed in Mississauga

Read More: Cyclist killed in Mississauga | Toronto Star

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NEWS: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:51

Toronto EMS confirmed that a man has been pronounced dead after a collision involving a transport truck at Dixie and Derry Roads. Read More: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck

Read More: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck – Toronto – CBC News

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NEWS: Open Streets: pedestrian Sunday on Bloor off to a plodding start

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:20

Toronto is taking a hesitant step — a single Sunday this summer — toward joining other cities in hosting car-free Sundays, a program known as Open Streets. Read More: Open Streets: pedestrian Sunday on Bloor off to a plodding start

Read More: Open Streets: pedestrian Sunday on Bloor off to a plodding start | Toronto Star

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NEWS: Ontario’s paradigm shift in cycling policy

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:56

The phrase “paradigm shift” was on the lips of many cycling experts and policy makers at the 6th annual Ontario Bike awards on Tuesday. You might be forgiven for dismissing this language as a politician’s penchant for the dramatic – but in this case, there is some real substance behind it.

After many years of talk, debate and persuasion, we are finally seeing some real action on cycling policy at the provincial level. Along with proposed cycling legislation announced last month, this week Transportation Minister Glen Murray revealed $25 million in dedicated funding for cycling infrastructurein Ontario.

Read More: Ontario’s paradigm shift in cycling policy | dandyhorse magazine

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NEWS: Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton Approved by Public Works

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:56

This is such a great news story.  THIS is what cycling advocacy is all about.

Two years ago, a senior City staffer told me that we’d never achieve bike lanes on Eglinton. I reflected on this as I watched the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) unanimously approve the Eglinton Connects Environmental Assessment last week, which includes 11km of protected bike lanes. It was a remarkable win for Cycle Toronto, and our Eglinton Working Group in particular, where we put your member dues to work.

Our working group worked doggedly over the past 2 years ensuring cyclists were involved in the EA process every step of the way. We sent Action Alerts encouraging cyclists to attend public meetings. We built partnerships with Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), community groups and schools along the corridor. We supported the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, which provided crucial data on the importance of cyclists for Main Street businesses. We did effective advocacy with elected officials. And we worked with the consultant team and City staff to provide advice on design.

Read More: Campaign Update: Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton Approved by PWIC! | Cycle Toronto

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WARD NEWS: Ward 18 meeting notes posted,Next meeting is May 12

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:44

An update from Ward 18, one of the more active wards in the city, cycling wise.

Via CycleToronto:

Hi everyone,

Here are the meeting notes from Monday’s meeting. Bike Month is going to be amazing this year — especially in and around Ward 18! Get in touch if you’d like to help organize or participate in our events!

Our next meeting is Monday, May 12 (location TBD). Happy riding!

 

– Liz [ward18 at cycleto dot ca]

Cycle TO W18 – mtg notes Apr 14 2014.pdf

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NEWS: Province pledges $25 million for cycling infrastructure

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:52

Three-year plan unlikely to lead to major improvements for Toronto bike network The Ontario Liberals are touting a new cycling infrastructure fund as a major step forward for the province’s bikers, but whether the investment will lead to anything more than minor improvements in Toronto remains to be

Read More: Province pledges $25 million for cycling infrastructure | NOW Magazine

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NEWS: Province commits $25 million for cycling lanes

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:39

Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray has announced $25 million for cycling facilities on provincial highways and municipal roads over the next three years in an effort to make Ontario Canada’s premier cycling province.

The money, the first that has been specifically set aside for biking in the provincial budget, will be for quick wins and pilot projects.

But it’s a new policy to incorporate cycling in every provincial highway and bridge project that some bike advocates are calling a game-changer.

It means cycling will be automatically incorporated into road works, Murray said Monday at the Ontario Bike Summit.

Read More: Province commits $25 million for cycling lanes | Toronto Star

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NEWS: Separated Bike Lanes are coming to Eglinton!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 20:20

Pardon my galactica, but holy frack, this is amazing.  It’s for stuff like this that I’m proud to be a CycleToronto member, and recommend membership to everyone I know.

The City is redesigning the streetscape along Eglinton as part of the Eglinton Connects planning project. Amazingly, the City is recommending full, separated bike lanes for the entire length of Eglinton – from Jane St to Kennedy! Their staff report was presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9, 2014, and it was approved unanimously!

More info: Bike Lanes on Eglinton! | Cycle Toronto.

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NEWS: Toronto will be removing abandoned bikes

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:00

The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets over the next few weeks. To assist in this effort, the city is asking residents to call 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned. To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, please identify the bike with as much information as possible including the colour of the bike frame, type of bike and its location.

Bikes that are clearly abandoned (broken frame, missing wheels etc.) will be removed immediately. Where there is some question about whether a bike is abandoned, the City will place a notification on the bike that identifies the bike as “abandoned”. If a bike has been tagged in error and the owner does not want it to be removed, they should simply remove the tag and park the bike at a different location. After 14 days notice, the City will remove any bicycles that still remain tagged.

More information about this policy is on the 311 section of the City’s website.

Via: City of Toronto Facebook Group

Photo by Melissa Felder, via BlogTO

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NEWS: Toronto councillor spearheading Open Streets initiative

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:33

Kristyn Wong-Tam says using Bloor Street for classes and community initiatives on Sunday mornings could be a great ‘social equalizer’ Read More: Toronto councillor spearheading Open Streets initiative

Read More: Toronto councillor spearheading Open Streets initiative – The Globe and Mail

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NEWS: Doctors prescribing bike-share memberships to combat obesity

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:40

I shared this back on March 29th, but this deserves way more attention.  Awesome news coming out of Boston – using bikes to combat obesity.  Let’s get BikeShare Toronto and Toronto Public Health working together on something similar?

Doctors in Boston will soon have a new tool in their arsenal when it comes to improving the health of obese patients: the humble, yet powerful bicycle.

In an effort to get sedentary Bostonians moving more, as well as provide affordable transportation for low-income residents, The City of Boston and the Boston Medical Center (BMC) have partnered together in creation of program they’re calling “Prescribe-a-Bike.” 

The program, launched today, allows all BMC medical professionals to write prescriptions for memberships to a local bike-sharing program called Hubway, which currently boasts 1,100 bikes at 130 locations around the city. 

via Doctors prescribing bike-share memberships to combat obesity – Your Community.

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NEWS: Parts of Toronto have an 8% cycling modal share!

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:23

In some wards, more than 8% of trips are taken by bike! Infrastructure is just one reason why.

Where People Pedal: Why are some wards more popular among cyclists than others? (From a study by the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank.) 

via: Cycle Toronto – Facebook

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NEWS: New BikeShare Toronto website launches

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:23

The new BikeShare Toronto website has launched!  So much easier to use than the old Bixi one.  I personally hated how the old map was hidden behind the content of the site.

We’re excited to announce that as of April 2014 Toronto’s bike share system is newly managed by Alta Bicycle Share. Alta currently operates Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC, Arlington and Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD; Hubway in the Boston-Metro region; Melbourne Bike Share in Melbourne, Australia; [Bike Chattanooga] in Chattanooga, TN; Citi Bike in New York City; Divvy in Chicago; and Bay Area Bike Share in the Bay Area, CA.

Bike Share Toronto | Your bike sharing system in Toronto.

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NEWS: Big Move plan needs to go bigger on walking and cycling, Metrolinx told

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 14:57

There’s no new money yet but Toronto active transportation experts want Metrolinx to spell out how much municipalities should get for walking and cycling improvements. Read More: Big Move plan needs to go bigger on walking and cycling, Metrolinx told

Read More: Big Move plan needs to go bigger on walking and cycling, Metrolinx told | Toronto Star

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NEWS: Pricing favours repeat users under new Toronto bike-sharing program

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:20

Bike Share Toronto will be operated by a U.S. company Read More: Pricing favours repeat users under new Toronto bike-sharing program

Read More: Pricing favours repeat users under new Toronto bike-sharing program – The Globe and Mail

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NEWS: Bixi rides on as Bike Share Toronto

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:56

Forget Bixi – it’s Bike Share Toronto now. Three months after being placed under the control of the Toronto Parking Authority, the city is finally lifting the lid off the new-look bike share system. The name, logo, and prices will change, but for the immediate future Bike Share Toronto is going to

Read More: Bixi rides on as Bike Share Toronto

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NEWS: Bixi is dead; Long live Bike Share Toronto

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:56

Toronto’s troubled bike sharing system gets renamed, retooled, repriced. Read More: Bixi is dead; Long live Bike Share Toronto

Read More: Bixi is dead; Long live Bike Share Toronto : TreeHugger

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