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VISION ZERO: Safety advocates call for meeting with Toronto police

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:17

Victim blaming has to end. That’s the message from a group of cycling and pedestrian advocates asking for a meeting with Toronto police to discuss the way officers report on fatal collisions. The meeting was requested by Bike Law Canada founder Patrick Brown after what he and others — including Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Would you mind the Woodbine?

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 20:09

Read about the plan to put wonderful separated bikelanes on Woodbine Ave, all the way from Queen St. to O’Connor. While the earliest a pilot project can be secured on Danforth Avenue (a.k.a. The Danny) is in 2018, there is another east end cycling project expected to be installed this fall, which is Woodbine Avenue […]

OH YEAH!  Wider sidewalks and cycling infrastructure being studied for Yonge St.

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:39

Bike lanes on Yonge would be fantastic, as there is no safe north-south cycling infrastructure between Sherbourne and St. George/Beverley (no, the couple blocks of bikelane on Bay that is used as a taxi stand doesn’t count). An environmental assessment launched Thursday is the next step in designing a new Yonge Street between Queen and Davenport… The […]

VISION ZERO: Toronto city council finds cash for more road-safety plans

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 01:16

City council has agreed to inject more money into a plan to protect cyclists and pedestrians from traffic collisions. In unanimous decision Thursday, councillors endorsed the city’s new road-safety strategy and a budget of $80.3 million over five years, up from the $68.1 million transportation staff originally proposed when they released the plan last month. […]

VISION ZERO? City asks for crosswalk phone ban

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 01:01

While not directly about cycling, the safety of our streets is important, and victim-blaming doesn’t solve anything. Listen, I get it.  We don’t want anyone to be distracted when using the roads.  However, there is NO WAY you can equate distracted driving, where you could kill someone (or many people) with distracted walking, where if […]

NEW: A Vision Zero Page that tracks death on our streets

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:17

Unless you’re a politician like Stephen Holyday or Georgio Mammoliti, who only seem to care about how fast someone can drive in our city rather than caring about people dying, you probably know about Vision Zero, a policy being adopted by cities around the world to reach a goal of ZERO deaths on their streets. […]

FACEPALM: City eyes bike registration as possible revenue tool

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 23:01

  Councillor Holyday is useless.  Where’s he getting the money to hire thousands of bylaw officers to check if every 7 year old’s bike is licensed?  His “data collection” reasoning below is redundant as well… that data is collected by the Canadian Census. Coun. Stephen Holyday told CTV Toronto he wants a report on the […]

VISION ZERO: Toronto urged to increase spending on road safety

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:52

City staff are pushing to beef up Toronto’s new road safety plan after it faced vociferous criticism for being too tentative. In a report issued late Tuesday – in advance of a City Council debate coming this week – staff urged politicians to increase new spending on road safety by about 30 per cent, to […]

NEWS: ‘We need to make it safer’: Cyclists, drivers both share burden, bike advocate says

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 22:47

As Torontonians rethink the way they’re using traffic-clogged roads, both drivers and cyclists cannot forget their responsibilities, a prominent cycling advocate says. “Toronto has been a car city for a long time and, like many North American cities, we’re shifting the way we’re using our city streets because there’s not enough room for more cars,” Yvonne Bambrick, the author of The […]

NEWS: Cyclist seriously injured in collision at Dundas and Parliament

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:15

  Toronto needs safer streets now! A cyclist suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle near Dundas and Parliament streets early Monday morning. The collision took place in the downtown core of Toronto just before 1 a.m. Toronto police say the 29-year-old New Brunswick man was travelling eastbound on Dundas Street East when he was struck by an […]

VISION ZERO: Toronto does NOT have a plan to ELIMINATE road deaths

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 19:07

In a word, no.  Mayor Tory and Public Works Chair Jaye Robinson got lambasted when they proposed to lower street deaths by only 20% (!!!) over 10 years (!!!), so now they are saying “oh yeah, we meant, um, we don’t want *any* street deaths, and in 5 years” But do they budget any money […]

NEWS: 3 cyclists struck in 4 hours on Toronto streets Sunday

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 18:38

  Be careful out there, but let’s remember the onus is on drivers to be careful. Three cyclists were struck in Toronto in the space of four hours on Sunday, one of whom was transported to a trauma centre, police said.Cyclist hit by car, allegedly assaulted by driver near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West Toronto Police told […]

NEWS: Cyclist hit by car and punched in face by driver in North York

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 16:49

  Kind of speechless…. A cyclist claims he was struck by a car and then assaulted by the driver near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West Saturday afternoon. Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson  told CBC News the cyclist told them he had been “cut off, the car hit him and the driver got out and punched […]

PREACH:  5 reasons bicycle licensing doesn’t work

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 15:02

An excellent post from Cycle Toronto, about all the reasons bicycle licensing doesn’t work and costs the city money. A bicycle licensing system is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Councillors Stephen Holyday and Justin Di Ciano have put forward a motion to Toronto City Council to license cyclists, arguing that it will generate revenue for […]

WTF: Toronto councillor wants city to examine bicycle licensing

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 14:57

Not surprising coming from Holyday, who is as usual clueless.  He states that ““if cyclists have exclusive use of infrastructure, they should also have to shoulder the cost of that.” What the hell do my property taxes pay for Holyday?  They pay for bikelanes.  They pay for all of Toronto’s roads, even the Gardiner and […]

NEWS: Toronto not doing enough to protect cyclists, says councillor

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:57

I can only hope that Paula Fletcher, of Ward 30 (east of the Don, south of the Danforth) continues to push for bikelanes on the Danforth and starts seriously pushing for physical separation on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Paula Fletcher, a Toronto city councillor, told CBC Radio’s Here and Nowthat she commutes to work on a bicycle […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists irked by Richmond Street lane closure 

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:26

  I don’t think “irked” is the right word… When literally *every* street is designed for cars, with bikes and pedestrians afterthoughts (if there is room), and one of the main bike lanes in the city is shut down because cars need the room, I think anyone not in car (ie. most of central Toronto) […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclist killed in Dupont crash had right of way, police say

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 13:24

I don’t even know where to start with this.  Let’s read a few parts of the article first: The cyclist dodged the turning vehicle — which braked at the last minute to avoid hitting the man — before slamming into a black minivan parked on the north side of the street. Const. Clint Stibbe, of […]

NEWS: Bike Share Toronto rolls into the big time with major expansion

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:40

Lots of great Bikeshare Toronto press these days! The program currently has over 4,000 annual members and 35,000 casual users, and last year logged 667,000 rides. This month it will add 1,000 bicycles and 120 stations to the program, which has been stuck at 1,000 vehicles and 80 stations since its inception. The network will […]

OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto Launches Rainbow Bikes for Pride!

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 14:42

These look amazing!  More photos below, courtesy of Bike Share Toronto The creative people at Leo Burnett Advertising Agency developed this promotion for our sponsor TD Bank at the Bloor and Church station. From concept to plan to installation, the final product is stunning and we are delighted to showcase Bike Share Toronto to the […]