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OH YEAH! Woman sees photo of her bike being stolen, then watches thief get arrested

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 16:31

Great coincidence, plus justice! A Toronto PhD student was despondent after having her bike stolen, but then saw a photo online allegedly showing a suit-wearing thief in the middle of nabbing her ride. Rebecca Metcalfe felt the loss of her reliable two-wheeler “Kirby” hard. “I really miss my bike…loved him a lot,” Metcalfe said. “Yeah, […]

NEWS: Bikeshare Toronto is almost back to full operations

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:45

Bikeshare Toronto planned to update their systems in all of their docking stations this past weekend in preparation for a large expansion this summer.  It’s taken them longer than expected. via Bikeshare Toronto: We’re continuing to work hard to restore Bike Share Toronto service as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and […]

POLITICS: Does Your City Councillor Support Bike Lanes?

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:38

This article has an interesting concept, but the data visualization is impossible.  It may be time for me to crank through the data like I did a few years ago (2010!) for the post “How Bike-Friendly Is Your City Councillor?” On a scale of Mike Layton to Giorgio Mammoliti, how much does your City councillor […]

NEWS: Toronto Bike Share outage drags on as staff feels the heat

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:29

It’ll be back at full strength soon, and I’ve heard there’s a big announcement coming in a week or two as well, fingers crossed. “We were hoping to have a three-day outage, but it’s taking a little longer than expected,” said Marie Casista, TPA’s vice-president of real estate and development. As of Wednesday afternoon, Casista […]

NEWS: Bells on Danforth mass cycling ride slated to start at Bloor Viaduct Park

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:28

Bike lanes on Danforth! Riders will gather at the Bloor Viaduct Park, across from Castle Frank subway station, at 10:30 a.m., and then depart en masse at 11 a.m. heading east along Danforth Avenue all the way to Danforth Road in Scarborough. Participants can join in the celebration of cycling at any point along the […]

VISION ZERO: Beefed up road safety plan approved by city hall committee

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 18:48

This is one of those times when tons of outcry about a politician’s proposal (aiming to reduce road deaths by a paltry 20%) actually changes a politician’s mind.  I mean, outcry by non-drivers. Mayor John Tory’s original Road Safety Plan had been criticized by some for its target of a 20 per cent reduction in […]

HOW TO: Bike Camping with Children

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 19:59

Great How-To from Momentum: There is special joy to be found in getting out of the city with your family and away from your daily routine. Sharing our wonder of natural landscapes and being in the wild is something that I, and many parents, love to do with our children. Camping by bike offers an […]

MUST READ: The most condescending things city councillors said about cyclists last week

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 18:05

People are literally dying on the streets because some politicians don’t want cars to slow down even a little bit. This article is a must read.  It starts with a mother trying to explain to her kids why their father will never come home again, and why the driver that killed him faced no punishment. […]

VISION ZERO: Torontonians share personal stories of close calls on city’s deadly streets

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:31

Everyone has a story of cars hitting themselves or someone they love.  EVERY DAY I have a story seeing a driver/car almost hitting someone at College and Bay (near my work), and I cross that intersection MAYBE 4 times a day.    Cars bully everyone else off the road. Over the past week, Metro has […]

NEWS: Bikeshare Toronto System is Temporarily Closed

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:50

Bikeshare Toronto is closed this weekend to upgrade all their systems and to get ready for a big expansion! The Bike Share Toronto system is temporarily closed. If you have a bike out, please return it as soon as possible. As a reminder, the system closure is to allow our technicians time to change out all of the […]

VISION ZERO: ‘We’re asking our politicians to act': Victims of Toronto’s deadly streets call for change

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 21:25

I’m devastated just reading this article.  I would’ve been a mess at the press conference.  Shame on politicians who think *any* death on our streets for the sake of speedy travel by cars is okay. Victims of Toronto’s deadly streets gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Wednesday to put a name and face to the chilling […]

VISION ZERO: Friends and family of road violence victims call for end to traffic fatalities and serious injuries

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 13:27

Friends and family of road violence victims gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to call on City Council for an end to traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries. Council is set to vote on the new Road Safety Plan, which includes a mere 20% reduction goal in traffic fatalities and injuries over ten years. Families and friends […]

VISION ZERO: Mayor John Tory responds to criticism by embracing Vision Zero road safety plan

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:13

For a guy who doesn’t bike often, he sure is backpedaling furiously…  although let’s note that he’s not offering a date as a goal. Toronto’s new road safety plan has gone from “Zero Vision” to Vision Zero in less than 24 hours. The day after the plan was panned by critics online and in the […]

VISION ZERO: Toronto mayor vows quicker action on road safety after intense criticism

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 00:36

It looks like Mayor Tory and Public Works Chair Jaye Robinson have started to realize you can’t promise to end road deaths in Toronto and then only commit to reducing deaths 20% over 10 years. The plan sparked a savage response. Critics attacked it on social media with the tag #ZeroVision and advocates called it […]

VISION ZERO FAILURE: Toronto says “Let’s Save Lives”, but not too many, because cars are more important, mmmkay?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:52

Today in “politicians failing people spectacularly“, the mayor and chair of public works, Jaye Robinson, who *literally* just said “There’s no level of fatalities that are acceptable and my vision is to try to get to zero”, now say “oh well, some deaths are acceptable.  We’re going to aim for a paltry 20% reduction in […]

VISION ZERO: Why Metro is pushing to fix Toronto’s deadly streets

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:24

In advance of an road safety announcement today by Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the Public Works Committee, Metro newspaper has started a series of stories about the high death toll of designing cities to prioritize cars movement. This has to stop. Pedestrians and cyclists are dying at an alarming rate in Toronto, plowed down […]

NEWS: Riskiest spots for pedestrians and cyclists get new rules in road-safety plan

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 18:23

The strategy, in the works for over a year, aims to reduce the number of vulnerable road users killed and hurt on the city’s roads. “I think the stats speak for themselves. We can no longer ignore this . . . We need to have a plan and we need to execute it,” said Councillor […]

NEWS: 10 Year Cycling Network Plan passes Toronto City Council, with most major streets ignored.

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 16:44

The 10 year cycling network plan passed Council today, unanimously, through a lot of compromise.  While east end councillors, (with the support of Cycle Toronto volunteers, business owners, business improvement associations and residents associations) managed to rescue the idea of studying the possibilities for bike lanes on the Danforth, other major corridor studies won’t get […]

FAILURE: Police brag about 273 tickets over 5 days in bike lane parking crackdown

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:47

Seriously?  How is 273 tickets over 5 days a success? Police added a dozen officers last week to focus *solely* on bike lane parking.  273 tickets over 5 days by 12 officers is 4.5 tickets per officer per day. That’s an utter failure. 4.5 tickets per officer per day is *ONLY* if these dozen officers gave […]

MUST READ: All the collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists in just the last month

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:01

NOW Magazine mapped the collisions involving cars and cyclists or pedestrians reported by police (and compiled by @StruckTOBot, covered in this blog post) in just May 2016. In just 1 month, 10 collisions involving cyclists happened on major streets where city staff are recommending *studies* to consider the possibility safe protected bike lanes, but the Mayor […]