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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto to build $20 million bridge at Fort York

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:39

The Fork York Pedestrian Bridge is back, as Build Toronto unveiled a new design for the infrastructure project that Rob Ford notoriously cancelled back in 2011. The new bridge isn’t quite as stunning as the earlier iteration, but just having the project in the works is good news for the city. More: Toronto to build […]

OH YEAH! Cactus Club stops valet parking in bike lane after tweets

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:55

Good PR for the Cactus Club.  I now know about it and may visit and give them some business for showing respect for the bikelane. The Cactus Club Cafe opened up on Adelaide Street West in Toronto’s Financial District a few weeks ago. And being a rather high-end chain restaurant, it offered its patrons valet […]

NEWS: Cyclists crowd-source close calls on Twitter

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:36

Cyclists are encouraged to share photos and the whereabouts of dangerous areas of the city on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #NearDeathTO. Visschedyk wants to identify unsafe locations where cycling accidents are likely to occur. “Nobody’s tracking minor injuries or those times when cyclists have a near collision,” she says. “By using #NearDeathTO, when […]

NEWS: City begins removing abandoned bikes from Toronto sidewalks

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 13:06

There are ALWAYS stories of city workers taking away bikes that clearly are not abandoned, so if you regularly park your bike outside on a public ring-and-post, take precautions. If your bike doesn’t look the best (by design or not), maybe put a note on it that it isn’t abandoned?  Checking with 311 Toronto on […]

NEWS: Female cyclists have lower hospitalization rates, plus helmets make no difference 

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:36

If you click through to the actual study, you’ll read some interesting things that anyone with a brain already knows: ▪ We found that females had lower bicycling hospitalisation rates than males in analyses of all injury causes, consistent with results found elsewhere and for other travel modes, an effect often attributed to conservative risk […]

NEWS: Witnesses sought after cyclist struck in Don Mills

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 16:24

Toronto police are looking for witnesses after a cyclist was struck in the Don Mills area on Sunday night. The man, believed to be in his 20s, was hit near Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East around 8:20 p.m.He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. No charges have been laid. Source: Witnesses sought […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: The Math Behind Minimum Grid

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 13:43

Minimum Grid calls for 100 km of bike boulevards on residential streets and 100 km of protected lanes on main roads. The combination of coverage in both residential neighbourhoods and high-traffic areas is intended to improve the crucial last kilometre of any journey: it is at this point that cyclists typically make the transition from […]

OH YEAH! BMX Supercross track in Toronto getting global praise

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:08

Many of us whined about the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, but there were a few upsides to the summer event, like the the numerous legacy project we’ll get to enjoy for years to come. While the Toronto Sign in an obvious example, you might not be aware of some of the other ones. Take the […]

NEWS: Cyclist dead following collision in Etobicoke

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 02:25

A male cyclist is dead after two collisions near Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The man was struck and thrown off his bike by the first vehicle, and then hit by a second vehicle, according to Sgt. Rob Brown. More: Cyclist dead following collision in Etobicoke | Toronto Star

INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto cross-town bike lane could be a game-changer

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 20:37

The Suzuki Foundation supports bikelanes on Bloor and Danforth! Toronto already has lanes on shorter streets, such as Adelaide in the downtown core, and they’re proving very popular. Since bike lanes were installed on Adelaide in 2014, the number of cyclists has nearly tripled, from 550 to 1,575 over an eight-hour period. Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, […]

NEWS: Cyclist struck and killed in Brampton was father of 2

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 23:52

Peel Regional Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle believed to have struck and killed a cyclist in Brampton early Thursday morning. More: Cyclist struck and killed in Brampton was father of 2

INFRASTRUCTURE: Harbord gets a Halloween themed bike lane

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 18:53

Those who had the good fortune of commuting into work today via Harbord St. (heading east) were treated to one of the cuter bike lane installations we’ve seen in a while. DIY Halloween-themed bollards were placed alongside the existing bike lane at Clinton St., which drew a smile from drivers and cyclists alike. It looks […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Bicycle Signals on the Beltline!

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 18:44

First they put curb cuts on the Beltline trail… now bicycle signals that look like bicycles! A small, but nonetheless exciting step forward for our bicycle signals – the new Avenue Road location is the first in Toronto to use bicycle silhouettes as the light itself. Previously, our standard was to use a regular signal […]

OH YEAH! Bike lanes and paths easier to build under new Ontario rules

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:57

Toronto will be able to build bike lanes in less time for less money thanks to new provincial rules, says the city’s manager of cycling infrastructure and programs. Toronto will no longer do provincial environmental assessments (EA) to build on-street bike lanes. The assessments have been blamed for holding up projects such as the Richmond-Adelaide […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Queens Quay trail attracts nearly 600 cyclists an hour

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 09:40

Bike traffic is up — way up — on the redesigned portion of Queens Quay that includes an extension of the Martin Goodman Trail on the south side of the street.Despite some initial confusion about how bikes and pedestrians mix on the new section of trail, nearly 600 cyclists an hour are travelling the waterfront […]

OH YEAH! Cyclists Get Lit, Stay Safe

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:56

Cycle Toronto is handing out free bike lights.  If you need some, get some! Last week, when Milway was out handing out free lights, donated by Urbane Cyclists Worker’s Co-op and Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, she noticed that almost fifty per cent of cyclists were not lit properly. They ended up handing out almost 200 […]

WTF: Driver runs down cyclist who allegedly slapped him

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 17:09

The video appears to show the cyclist slapping the male pedestrian, causing something to fall on the ground. The cyclist continued east on College Street toward Markham Street. The pedestrian got into a black BMW and drove east on College, eventually catching up to the cyclist at Markham Street. The BMW and the cyclist collided […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Let’s move beyond the fictional war on cars

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:19

A bike lane along the full length of Bloor-Danforth has always been a no-brainer. People on bicycles need an east-west thoroughfare just as much as motorists do, but they’ve never had one. Bloor-Danforth makes sense because there is already a subway running underneath it — for all its shortcomings, Line 2 is almost always a […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: The long road to Bloor Street bike lanes

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:17

A good abbreviated history of the push for bike lanes on Bloor, from the Star. Want to add your name to the thousands of people pledging support for bikelanes?  Click through to Bloor Loves Bikes and Danforth Loves Bikes. To cycling advocates, it’s a step toward a key piece of infrastructure that’s been the subject […]

FACEPALM: Cyclist hit by driver, gets charged for mischief

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 21:29

Toronto: get hit by a car, get charged.  Good synopsis of this by TreeHugger. The cyclist was going eastbound on Queen and the driver was going westbound, the driver made a quick left, t-boned the cyclist and stopped in the intersection. at this point, the driver was getting out to see what happened. the cyclist […]