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NEWS: Toronto’s new bike lanes are being misused

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:59

Yet another article about the total inadequacy of bikelanes without physical separation (curbs, planters, flex-bollards). It sucks to be a cyclist in this town. Less than a month after reporting the news that the Simcoe bike lanes were being used as a parking space by motorists, the freshly pained bike lanes are once again in […]
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TOMORROW! Sun, Aug 31 – Open Streets TO opens up major roads on Sunday

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:57

Oh yeah! OpenStreetsTO happens again tomorrow! What will be OPEN: Bloor Street between Parliament Street and Spadina Avenue. Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen Streets. Major intersections will have crossing points where cars can pass through. What’s better for businesses on a street?  People using the street to socialize, interact and shop, or people trapped […]
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OH YEAH! General Motors starts a bikesharing program for employees!

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:51

Unexpected, but awesome! Faced with a serious transportation problem on its sprawling technical center campus in a Detroit suburb, General Motors Co. has turned to a solution that predates cars – bicycles. GM has launched a bike share program for 19,000 employees at its Warren Technical Center. It will help them navigate the 61 buildings […]
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OH YEAH! Is That an E-Bike?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:48

I’m not opposed to e-bikes… just the ones that look like scooters and no one ever pedals.  This one on the other hand… is beautiful! Less than 0.5 percent of bicycle sales in the US are e-bikes. Last year in Germany, e-bikes were the fastest growing bike category with 410,000 e-bikes sold, 7.9 percent of […]
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NEWSFLASH: E-Bikes are the furthest thing from “hip”

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:06

This guy is doing “biking to work” wrong if he shows up all sweaty.  Especially during this cool summer we’ve had.   His commute is a few kilometres and he can’t do it on a real bike?  I bike farther than him and have knee and back problems.  I take my commute easy though. That […]
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NEWS: Two face street-racing charges after cyclist killed

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:44

It’s my personal opinion that if you operate a motor vehicle in any way that causes the death of a human being, that is akin to murder, or at least manslaughter.  It doesn’t matter if it was an accident.  You had a responsibility to operate the vehicle safely, and you didn’t. Two drivers who police […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s 50 most dangerous intersections for cyclists

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:38

Bikes + Data = Win.  Will the city use this information to make these 50 intersections safer for non-driving taxpayers?  My gut says no. Adrian Verster was just a humble data geek until his girlfriend got hit by a pickup truck. The crash — which left her with a concussion and memory loss — spurred […]
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TRANSIT: Toronto’s New Streetcar includes spots for bikes

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:40

With a dedicated spot for bikes: It’s just three more sleeps until Toronto’s new streetcars roll out on the 510 Spadina line, and during a media event today, the TTC showed off some of the vehicle’s modern features at the Hillcrest rail yard on Bathurst Street. The new ride is packed with technological bells and […]
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NEWS: Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:56

Several people riding along Lakeshore Blvd W. near Carlaw Ave. have been injured after their tires got caught in railroad tracks that intersect with the bike lanes. On Sunday, two cyclists fell after their wheels got caught in pieces of rubber covering the railroad tracks. One man had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. “How […]
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NEWS: Family appeals to cyclists to help find missing woman

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:50

Catherine “Kit” Currie, 50, vanished from her home in the city’s west end two weeks ago after suffering a mental health episode. The Toronto woman’s family believes she may be alone and afraid — possibly living off the land in the Don Valley — so they’re appealing to the city’s cycling community to help them […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Chorley Park Switchback offers access to beautiful piece of Toronto

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:23

This protest is crazy.  During the recent provincial election, there were more anti-switchback signs on lawns than election signs. A battle for access to our shared city is currently being fought in one of Toronto’s most beautiful places. Just north of the Don Valley Brickworks a sign stuck in the tall grass next to the […]
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NEWS: Bike Share Toronto Data Released

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:23

Toronto Bike Share users have made 285,384 trips so far in 2014, criss-crossing the city via a network of 80 bicycle docks. In June alone, they pedalled 237,723 kilometres — burning an estimated six million calories in the process — and offset more than 100,000 pounds of carbon. The numbers are courtesy of Alta Bicycle […]
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EVENT: Sun, Sept 14 – Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:45

Toronto’s free outdoor pedal-powered music festival is celebrating its 5th year. This free event is taking place at 3 parks across this great city with mobile performances leading group rides between parks. Full event listing (facebook): 5th Annual Toronto Bicycle Music Festival.
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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:09

SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]
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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:09

SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]
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UPDATE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (temporary ones coming?)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:08

Last night I posted about an unacceptable situation unfolding on the Bloor Viaduct.  Construction barricades have been set up to perform work on the bridge (nature of the work detailed a bit below), with signs that cyclists should “share the road” with motor traffic. Anyone who has biked the Viaduct knows that “sharing the road” […]
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UNACCEPTABLE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (and no temporary ones provided)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:37

UPDATE: It sounds like temporary bikelanes are coming.  Maybe. Hopefully.   I just rode home over the viaduct and sections of the eastbound bikelane are closed.  Giant jersey concrete barriers are in the way with signs saying the bikelane is closed and cyclists should merge with traffic.   I can’t, as someone who rides the […]
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NEWS: Cyclist struck by van in Brampton

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:50

A 45-year-old male cyclist has been airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre from Brampton after he was struck by a van Sunday afternoon. The cyclist was riding westbound on Steeles Ave., between Hwy. 50 and Finch Ave., around 2 p.m. when he was struck by the vehicle heading in the same direction. His injuries are […]
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NEWS: Bike Share struggling with repair problem

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:45

I could do without the anecdotes from people whining about not being able to find a spot to park their bikeshare bike (that generally means that the system is popular), but it is a symptom of the larger problem… that BikeShare parts and new stations are hard to come by in the short term. PBSC […]
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TOMORROW! Sun, Aug 17 – Open Streets TO opens up major roads on Sunday

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:48

What will be closed OPEN: Bloor Street between Parliament Street and Spadina Avenue. Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen Streets. Major intersections will have crossing points where cars can pass through. The media does not get it.  Open Streets *OPENS* the streets (it’s right in the damn name) to everyone, not just the idiots who drive […]
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