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OH YEAH! Cycle Toronto shares maps of bikelane supportive businesses on Bloor and Danforth!

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:51

Oh yeah!  The links are in the text of this Cycle Toronto post, but there are maps of bikelane-supportive businesses on Bloor and Danforth.  Check them out here – Danforth Map and Bloor Map –  or check the Bloor Loves Bikes and Danforth Loves Bikes webpages for the maps and more details. Also – you KNOW […]
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OH YEAH? Bikelanes on Avenue Road / Oriole Parkway?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:00

There’s some lane re-painting going on over on Avenue Road / Oriole Parkway.  The photo above was posted in the City of Toronto Cycling facebook group and noted as Avenue Road, but this looks like part of Oriole Parkway. These look *almost* wide enough to be bikelanes (are diamond and bike symbols coming?), but it […]
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OH YEAH? Bikelanes on Avenue Road / Oriole Parkway?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:00

There’s some lane re-painting going on over on Avenue Road / Oriole Parkway.  The photo above was posted in the City of Toronto Cycling facebook group and noted as Avenue Road, but this looks like part of Oriole Parkway. These look *almost* wide enough to be bikelanes (are diamond and bike symbols coming?), but it […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Huge Bike Share Toronto expansion coming

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:45

Not sure why Dandyhorse is posting about this now since the news came out in early July, but no matter – it’s good to remember that Bikeshare Toronto is getting a huge expansion! Metrolinx and the Toronto Parking Authority have partnered up to expand Toronto’s Bike Share program. The new partnership will more than double […]
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STOLEN BIKES: Toronto woman blames condo for 4 bike thefts

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 08:54

The building’s management says it’s against the rules for tenants to bring a bicycle inside their unit. She complained to management, but they insist that she use the outdoor bike racks or those in an underground lot. McGregor says two of her bikes were stolen when they were locked outside, and another two taken from […]
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NEWS: Toronto cycling advocates want ‘the Idaho Stop’ made law

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:41

It’s an annual thing… news stories about the “Idaho Stop”, which would allow cyclists to legally roll through stop signs, provided they do so safely. What doesn’t get reported every year?  That almost every driver does Idaho stops in their cars.  Most cars slow down to about 5-10 km/h, look around for other cars (specifically […]
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BLOOR LOVES BIKES!  It’s really a village, not a freeway

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:39

Great piece in the Annex Gleaner community newspaper about bikelanes on Bloor. It is a misconception that all those cars that transit Bloor Street through the Annex are shoppers just looking for a place to park, so they can stop and buy something. They are just using it as a, well, a highway. According to […]
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NEWS: Dead cyclist’s father wants jail time for hit-and-run drivers

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 08:51

What kind of society doesn’t have a minimum sentence if someone kills someone and flees? Uri Samson gets up every day and puts one foot in front of the other. He goes to work, he cares for his wife, daughter-in-law and grandkids.He trudges on despite a heart that was irreparably broken in November 2012, when […]
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SHOCKER: Canadian Prime Minister parks his bus in pinko communist bike lanes

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 13:09

Let’s be honest… the bus driver is an idiot for parking here… but Harper’s staff told the bus driver to park here.  Although, is anyone surprised that Harper didn’t give a damn about where the bus was parked? Stephen Harper doesn’t care about your communist bike lanes More: Reddit: Stephen Harper doesn’t care about your communist […]
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NEWS: Cyclist struck, seriously injured in Mississauga

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:30

A Mississauga cyclist suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening. Peel Regional Police said the middle-aged male cyclist was struck on southbound Southdown Road, near the intersection with Royal Windsor Drive which becomes Lakeshore Road West, around 6:30 p.m. More: Cyclist struck, seriously injured in Mississauga
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OH YEAH! Toronto data proves Narrow Car Lanes Are Safer—and Still Move Plenty of Cars

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 09:50

A common refrain from anti-bikelane people is “wahh, wahh, there is no room for bikelanes… we can’t narrow car lanes because we just can’t!”.  Okay, I may be paraphrasing, but you know this argument. A new study using data from Toronto and Tokyo shows that not only does narrowing car lanes from ~12 feet (~3.7m) […]
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NEWS: Toronto police mobile app lets you report cars parked in bike lanes

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:52

Very cool.  The Toronto Police Service has released a new app that allows any Torontonian to report crimes, including (and they’ve confirmed this for me on twitter) cars parking in bike lanes! Anyone else see Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol?  Just me? Now, there is also the Tow It app, which isn’t directly linked […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto hires first sustainable transportation director

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:06

Toronto!  You shock me sometimes.  This is fantastic! A veteran transportation planning consultant has been named the city’s first director of transit and sustainable transportation. Hilary Holden, who has worked for major transportation consulting firms since the 1990s, will report directly to Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat starting in mid-August. The new role underscores the […]
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OH YEAH: Wheelys bicycle cafe pedalling its way to Toronto

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:26

More coverage about Wheelys: Coffee lovers in Toronto may soon be able to get their brew by bicycle. Wheelys Cafe, based in Sweden, builds custom bikes that transform into pop-up coffee shops. A recent Indiegogo campaign for the company raised over $170,000 in less than a week. There’s no confirmed launch date, but a spokesperson for Wheelys told […]
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NEWS: Cyclist struck on College Street

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:56

A cyclist was struck by a vehicle just west of University Avenue on College Street on Thursday morning. A woman riding the bicycle was brought to hospital with head injuries, and is in serious condition. A missing bike tire and smashed front windshield remain at the scene while police investigated what happened. More: Cyclist struck […]
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NEWS: Danforth bike lanes gain ground

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 23:26

Danforth Loves Bikes!  Bikes Love Danforth!  Obviously, making a street safe for all the people who use it means more business for all the stores and restaurants on that street. This is the start everyone.  One sticker at a time.  One pledge of support at a time.   Lots of people want a people-friendly Danforth. […]
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NEWS: Cyclist-pedestrian confrontation highlights Queen’s Quay growing pains

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:36

Const. Clint Stibbe, with the Toronto Police, said no charges were laid following the incident, which he viewed online. Stibbe said you can’t blame the road on people’s mistakes. “The issue isn’t the design of the area,” Stibbe said. “It’s the issues of people not following the rules.” Stibbe said there’s “nothing confusing about it” […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto Bike Share system is expanding, with help from a cycling CEO

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:08

Biking Toronto hightlighted this Dandyhorse story last week, but it’s good to see TreeHugger picking up on it. Five years ago, when Toronto got its new bike share system, I thought it would be strangled at birth, what with its coverage of a very small area downtown that made it almost useless for commuting, and […]
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NEWS: Pedestrian punches cyclist in the face for running Queen’s Quay red light

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 22:11

Okay, the pedestrian needs some anger management courses, but the cyclist should have been more careful.  Red lights mean stop.  Share public space. An angry pedestrian was caught on video confronting a cyclist on the new Queen’s Quay bike lane at Lower Simcoe, eventually punching him in the face. Pedro Marques said he was walking […]
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NEWS: Why is Hamilton’s bike sharing scheme more popular than Toronto’s?

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:36

Honestly, I think the main factor is that downtown Toronto is walkable AND everywhere downtown is close to the subway.    There are options beside biking.   Aside from a few bus routes through downtown Hamilton, biking is the only way to go. As Toronto gets set to roll out a $4.9-million expansion to its Bike […]
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