Something that was known, but the official announcement is nice. Long live Bixi (or whatever it’ll be called)!!
The city will take over the Bixi bike sharing program, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said at Toronto city hall on Wednesday.
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” he told reporters, quoting John F. Kennedy.
“As of spring 2014, Toronto’s bike share program will be owned and operated by the Toronto Parking Authority.”
By the time the takeover is complete, the program will no longer be called Bixi. A new name has not been decided. Minnan-Wong said the TPA is looking for a “generous” sponsor who would receive naming rights.
The above photo makes me so happy. That green looks fantastic!
The City has been busy upgrading the bikelane on Bloor East between Sherbourne and the Bloor Viaduct.
The latest thing they’ve done is add some green colouring to the bikelane as it goes through the Bloor and Parliament intersection. Photo from Hayley Easto above, and tweet (and photo) from the City below:
— City of Toronto (@CityofToronto1) December 3, 2013
Great write-up by Spacing on the saving and future expansion on Bixi Toronto:
Bixi has been granted a reprieve by council, after a motion passed unanimously to save the program. The vote united councillors of every political stripe, with representation from every geographical corner of the city. The plan is not only to save Bixi, but to look seriously at ways to expand it.
“What you’ve seen today is city council demonstrating its political will to try to do the best that we can to preserve the Bixi program,” Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam told Spacing.
Great stuff. We need more politicians taking bike tours of the areas they reprsent – hopefully municipal, provincial and federal politicians all at once!
With the caveat that local cycling issues are not within the federal representative’s jurisdiction, the pair pointed out safety issues and concerns for cyclists along the way.
The pair took Nash on a bike tour of Parkdale–High Park, from Bloor Street West, down Roncesvalles to Queen Street West and up Sorauren Avenue, along the West Toronto Railpath and down Lansdowne Avenue.
“According to the 2006 census data, Ward 14 actually has the second highest proportion of cyclists and pedestrian commuters in the city with 26 per cent who either cycle or walk to work,” Pin said. “There are so many cyclists, yet very little infrastructure.”
A large and enthusiastic crowd came out to the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom on the evening of November 26 for the 2013 Toronto Bike Awards.
The awards honoured individuals and organizations from both business and the community who have shown leadership in making Toronto a better place for cycling.
The ceremony was co-hosted by Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, and Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation. It is originally an initiative of the City of Toronto.
Full article: Winners from Toronto Bike Awards 2013 | dandyhorse magazine.
Bixi Toronto will be administratively under the Toronto Parking Authority, but managed by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share.
Toronto’s plan to save Bixi transfers the bike-sharing program to the Toronto Parking Authority, turns over management to a Portland-based firm and uses money from Astral Media that was going to be spent on public toilets, the National Post has learned.
The deal, approved at a closed-door meeting of city council 10 days ago, will also see Toronto “eat” the $3.9-million in loan guarantees that the city gave to Bixi, owned by the City of Montreal, according to a source.
(if you hit the Post’s paywall, you need to learn about incognito browsing)
One of Canada’s top squash players has died after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto.
Squash Canada confirmed in a release that Ottawa’s Adrian Dudzicki died from injuries sustained in an accident on Wednesday when a vehicle struck him as he rode his bicycle to the National Squash Academy.
Dudzicki, 23, was born in Latina, Italy, and raised in the Ottawa area. He reached a career high ranking of No. 9 in Canada and No. 136 in the world in 2012.
Here’s an idea – provide more bike parking – then people wouldn’t be forced to lock to trees. Yes, there are bike posts on Yonge south of College, but they are often filled up.
The damage wasn’t as bad as the reader said, but a lot of bark on the trunks of some trees had been rubbed away, making them more susceptible to the ravages of weather and road salt, which often kills sidewalk trees.
There’s a big bicycle rack just up the street and other locking posts nearby, but many cyclists prefer to lock their bikes to the trees and conveniently overlook the damage it does.
You should consider winter biking – it’s fun, pretty easy, and warm if you dress properly for it. Don’t give the TTC more of your money for the “service” they provide. Check the “Weather” section of our How-To Page to learn more!
It will cost Metropass users $60 a year, or $5 a month, more to ride the TTC next year.
The Toronto Transit Commission has approved a base five-cent increase to the cost of a token, bringing it to $2.70. In addition the cost of an adult Metropass is being boosted by one trip — from 48.5 tokens to 49.5.
The Metropass increase to $133.75 a month — with commensurate adjustments to the student and senior passes — was chosen over the option of increasing the $3 cash fare by 25 cents. Instead, the cash fare will rise by only a nickel, to $3.05.
Great write-up on Dandyhorse about the public meetings that took place on Monday and Tuesday night regarding plans for separated bikelanes on Richmond and Adelaide.
Last night, November 18, 2013, approximately 40 people gathered in the Metro Hall rotunda to browse plans and review images for the proposed cycle tracks for Richmond qnd Adelaide streets, and hear a short presentation on recent developments by City staff.
The Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track Study is looking at the area between Bathurst and Sherbourne from Wellington north to Queen for the installation of networked east and west cycling infrastructure.
Great bike news came out of the Rob Ford debacle at City Hall yesterday…. not only has Council agreed to sustain Bixi Toronto (possibly running it via the Toronto Parking Authority), but making changes to development bylaws that allow Section 37 funds (the money that condo developers pay the city to exceed height restrictions) to be used to financially support Bixi, with the goal of expanding it.
City councillors voted Thursday to sustain the city’s troubled Bixi bike program, possibly linking it with the Toronto Parking Authority.
Council adopted a confidential report that will continue negotiations with PBSC Urban Solutions, the Montreal-based company that started Bixi — with the goal of keeping it operational.
“Whether it makes money or not, whether it breaks even or not, it’s a valuable asset,” said Councillor John Parker, after the meeting.
…the majority of city councillors consider Bixi an essential component of city infrastructure and want it to succeed.
“The success of Bixi is in the popularity of the program,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. “Not necessarily in the contract that we negotiated.”
(if you hit the National Post paywall, just enable incognito browsing to view the article)
Love the TTC? The crammed trains, the bunched up streetcars, the eternity of waiting for a bus when it’s -30? You pay for that “privilege”, and pretty soon it’s going to cost you even more.
If you haven’t thought about it, you should start considering biking everywhere, even in the winter.
Something to contemplate as you wait on the crammed subway platform this evening: the Toronto Transit Commission is looking to raise fares starting January 1. If the hikes are approved by the TTC board and city council, a single adult token would go up five-cents to $2.70 and an adult Metropass would rise to $131. There is also the possibility of a 25-cent increase on the cash fares (which has been frozen at $3 since 2010) or an additional price hike that would bring the price of Metropasses to $133.75.
Good news for Bixi:
The city government and Bixi have resurrected a deal to keep the troubled bicycle-sharing service alive — a deal that may involve a $5 million toilets-for-bikes trade.“I’m extremely optimistic,” city cycling manager Daniel Egan said in an interview Tuesday, a day before the meeting at which council will vote on Bixi’s future.
(if you get the “Digital Access” restriction, you should read this)
The Bloor East bikelane has recently been re-painted between Sherbourne and Parliament with new, slightly wider lanes with a double line and a small “buffer” between the bikelane and the car lanes, as well as some sharrows across the Bloor and Castle Frank intersection.
All of this is GREAT, of course. As a cyclist who used this stretch twice a day coming to and from the Viaduct, both wider lane and visual cues (for drivers) are wonderful.
Having said that, Bloor East was supposed to be the FIRST stretch of road in Toronto with proper separated bikelanes. This plan was proposed over TWO years ago, and Bloor East was supposed to happen FIRST because it wouldn’t require as much Community Consultation as there weren’t a lot of driveways and businesses along this stretch. Sherbourne has already been done (I love it!) and Wellesley and Harbord are coming soon.
Do we have separated bikelanes on Bloor East now, over two years later? No.
The reason I’ve heard that there are separated bikelanes is that the road decking of the Viaduct can not take the alterations necessary… and that’s fine.
BUT, I would submit that there is a FANTASTIC opportunity here for the City to still make things WAY safer for people biking along this stretch.
There’s a simple way, a cheap way, and an effective WAY to make this stretch so much safer (and believe me, it needs it… drivers race FAST along this stretch)
Bollards. Simple and cheap flexible bollards, plunked down every metre or so between those two bikelane lines. From Sherbourne all the way to Broadview. Won’t hurt the Viaduct road deck at all.
What do you say Toronto?
I have no words. I blame anyone against bikelanes, anywhere. Anyone who doesn’t think people should be safe no matter what mode of transportation they use is an awful person.
The group had gathered at Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W. to chain a white “ghost bike” to a lamppost as a memorial to 25-year-old Carla Warrilow, who became the third cyclist killed on Toronto’s streets this year.
Warrilow was struck and dragged beneath a truck on Oct. 16. It took paramedics 15 minutes to free her. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital last week.
Her mourners biked in a pack down Spadina and stopped to wrap lace around the lamppost at the spot where she was struck. They decorated the ghost bike with flowers and notes. Barely a metre away is a mark on the pavement where a bike lane used to be.
Why is this even a “debate”? If some politicians don’t grow some backbone and do things that will make this city more livable, traffic will grind to a halt and we’ll be the next Detroit. Too many cars = a city that doesn’t move.
Bikelanes give people a SAFE option that isn’t a car. The short-sightedness of politicians and Torontonians in general is astonishing.
Watching Annex resident Bertha Luk lock her bike to a post on Bloor St. W. at Bay, you’d expect her to favour a new bike lane on Bloor St.
You’d be wrong.
Luk is a driver as well as a cyclist, and she’s not sure that carving out a bike route is the best thing for traffic on that stretch of Bloor — a section of roadway she avoids “at all costs” when driving.
Toronto’s works committee has asked for a study of a dedicated bike route from the Bloor Viaduct to Keele St.
Sickening. Keep her family in your thoughts, and continue to push for safer cycling infrastructure and side-guards on trucks.
A 25-year-old woman struck by a vehicle on Spadina Avenue last week has died in hospital.
Police say that the woman was struck by a vehicle towing a trailer while she cycled along Spadina Avenue near Dundas Street West shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
She was caught in the rear wheels of the trailer and dragged a short distance, police say.
The city of Toronto’s public works committee has approved an environmental assessment to study the feasibility of installing a bike lane along Bloor Street.
The study — which if approved would take about a year to complete — will investigate the possibility of putting a bike lane along Bloor from west of Keele Street in the city’s west end to east of Sherbourne Street. The study will also examine installing a bike lane on Dupont Street.
Dear Ottawa: If the Ontario Coroner is calling for truck sideguards, there IS enough evidence that they save lives. The Ontario Coroner uses evidence-based decision making.
Ontario’s coroner renewed calls for mandatory side guards on trucks Wednesday, hours after a 25-year-old woman was crushed almost to death beneath the wheels of a truck in downtown Toronto.But the federal government has no plans to change the rules: Not enough evidence this would save lives, Transport Canada says.
It isn’t yet clear how the cyclist collided with, and was subsequently caught and dragged by, the truck near the corner of Dundas and Spadina. She was trapped for several minutes before paramedics could free her and rush her to hospital; she sustained serious lower-body injuries.
Council voted in July 2011 to halt an environmental assessment that was studying the possible impact of creating lanes on one of the city’s major streets. But city officials have now brought the issue back to the table, recommending that council allow a smaller Bloor assessment to be done at the same time as an assessment of proposed lanes on parallel Dupont St.
The recommendation comes four months after six Bloor-area councillors — Ana Bailao, Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan, Pam McConnell, Kristyn Wong-Tam, and Mike Layton — formally requested the resumption of the Bloor assessment.
Full Story: Bloor bike lanes back on council agenda | Metro.