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FAIL: Toronto removes bollards on the Bloor Viaduct bike lane

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:32
For a brief, shining moment (a few weeks), the Bloor Viaduct bike lane had bollards.  The city has now removed them “for the winter” because of course they did. Does this mean that all the bollards on bike lanes all over the city will be removed this winter? No, no it doesn’t.  Bloor will not […]

THE BETTER WAY: East End Torontonians biking more due to horrible transit

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:28
Last week, I wondered about the possibility of horrible transit creating conditions that make more people take up biking to work, and this article explores this more: A home close to the subway was top priority for Ann-Marie Colacino and her husband when they were house-hunting in 2013. And after enduring several bidding wars they […]

Lake Shore Cycle Track delayed until 2017

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:18
The Lake Shore Boulevard West Cycle Track won’t be constructed until 2017.  Not surprising, as new bike infrastructure is rare at this time of year.  Looks like the sewer rebuilding on that stretch took longer than expected, and that the Cycle Track will be constructed in conjunction with some TTC streetcar track work, according to […]

BLOOR! Bloor East bike lanes due to be extended?

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 20:06
  Currently, the Bloor East bikelanes run from the Bloor Viaduct west to Sherbourne.  Cycle Toronto reports that the city would like to extend them westward to Church Street in 2018. It’s not a huge extension, but every little bit helps. Bike lanes on Bloor between Sherbourne & Church now coming forward in 2018 according […]

NEWS: Toronto offers lessons for Chicago cycling

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 14:34
Interesting article about biking in Toronto from the Chicago Reader: Since Toronto is a sister city to Chicago, there’s been some sharing of ideas when it comes to improving conditions for biking. The Chicago Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Ambassadors outreach team was directly modeled after Toronto’s Road and Trail Ambassador program. There’s been some friendly […]

NEWS: Allowing disabled to park in bike lanes ‘just bad policy,’ say cycling advocates

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:44
This idea of letting people park in bike lanes has good intentions, but bad ramifications Cycle Toronto also expressed concern that the policy will fuel tensions between cyclists and drivers. Kolb noted that due to the location of the accessible permit, there’s no way a cyclist can tell whether a vehicle has a right to […]

THE BETTER WAY: If transit gets worse and worse, do more people bike?

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 23:51
Sometimes I think the single greatest factor in encouraging people to take up biking in Toronto is the state and cost of our public transit. The Toronto Transit Commission has just announced another fare increase.  It’s mainly because (as always) the city is unwilling to fund it properly.  Maybe this is Toronto’s Cycling Strategy?  Turn people […]

NEWS: Bike lanes eyed as loading zones for those aiding the disabled

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:56
Yes, of course disabled people need access to places, and sometimes maybe parking in a bike lane is warranted. However, let’s not fool ourselves.  Many drivers, including WheelTrans drivers, park in bikelanes when there is a totally fine and equally accessible alternative 20 feet away on a side street. The recommendation is in a report […]

NEWS: The need for safe cycling infrastructure in Toronto spans generations

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 22:39
A great piece in the Star about the last 40 years of biking in Toronto: Marcus is now 45 and lives near St. Clair Ave. and Yonge St. He’s a successful executive for a condominium corporation. His daughter will soon be the age he was when he sat on the back of his dad’s bike. […]

OH YEAH!  Bike traffic on Bloor Street has QUADRUPLED in 3 years!!

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:29
Such insanely great numbers!  We all need some good news this week: Bloor Street moves more people now than it did three years ago and the numbers show we have a protected bike lane to thank. In 2013 before the bike lane, the number of vehicles observed at the intersection of Bloor St and Brunswick […]

STREETS: Meet the new kind of street coming to Toronto

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:25
Great introduction to Complete Streets in the Globe today: There’s a new kind of road coming to Toronto. A road that uses the space differently, recognizing that it has to do more than just move cars. One that is “beautiful and vibrant” and puts safety first – a crucial move in a city struggling with […]

YES! 4.35 Million Trips in the Toronto Area could be done by bike

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:29
You should read this.  Great data nuggets from a new Ryerson Cycling report summarized by Torontoist. In 2011, an estimated 126,000 cycling trips were made each day. That’s a 61 per cent increase from 10 years before, but it works out to an abysmal less than one per cent of all trips. Seventy-eight per cent […]

NEWS: Toronto hires Seattle planner as new transportation chief

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 15:45
  The city has announced Barbara Gray, the former deputy director of Seattle’s department of transportation, will start as the new general manager of transportation in early December. She will be in charge of the new road safety plan, designed to cut the number of pedestrians hit by cars, as well as other areas like […]

VISION ZERO: Group takes aim at Toronto’s road violence epidemic

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:10
The 42 councillors and 1 mayor who did NOT show up for this event should be ashamed of themselves. The group – Friends & Families for Safe Streets – officially launched Tuesday at City Hall. It is spearheaded by people such as Mr. Stark, all of whom have lost a family member or close friend […]

FACEPALM: Toronto panics as Bloor Street is made safer for citizens

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:55
Ahh, the media.  This story quotes TWO business owners (TWO!  Out of hundreds and hundreds of businesses along this stretch of Bloor St… hardly a representative sample). Let’s all pretend the sky is falling because an ICE CREAM SHOP sees a decrease in business between AUGUST and OCTOBER!  It’s truly the End Of Days, and […]

NEWS: Mayor says don’t rush Bloor bike lane decision

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:20
Good on the Mayor for staying the course and wanting to collect actual evidence about the success of the Bloor bike lane instead of relying on one-off anecdotes from maybe 2 store owners. Also, props to the Metro newspaper for including early on in the article that while 135 parking spots were removed from Bloor […]

NEWS: Korea Town business owners overreacting about Bloor bike lanes

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:30
You know, I’d like to see the income data from these businesses that are groaning about the absolutely wonderful new Bloor bike lanes. Since only about 10% of shoppers on Bloor get there by car, even if you made it *impossible* to park anywhere near Bloor, their business would only go down about 10%.  However, […]

OH YEAH! Bike Lanes Are Now Super-Popular in Toronto!

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:36
Has Toronto turned the corner when it comes to accepting the bicycle as a legitimate part of our transportation system? A Forum Research poll from September 30 provides good reasons for optimism. The survey found 70 per cent of Torontonians favour bike lanes compared to a mere 22 per cent who oppose them. A majority […]

OH YEAH! Here is the new protected bike lane on the Bloor St. Viaduct!

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 08:36
The best new bike lane in Toronto may be Bloor Street, or it may be Bayview, or it may be the Bloor Viaduct! 5 years (!) after City Council voted to make the Bloor East bikelane a protected one, rigid plastic bollards have been added to the Bloor Viaduct. While concrete barriers would be much […]

OH YEAH! Bayview bike lane is a game changer

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 16:39
Can’t wait to try this out.  Bayview was a scary nightmare.. now it looks like a dream of rainbows and unicorns… There are a number of finishing touches still required before construction will officially wrap on the project, but cyclists have already started using the guardrail-separated path that runs along the east side of the […]