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OH YEAH: Anti-bike “journalist” gets pwned by his own poll

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:38

UPDATE 2: It seems like the Toronto Sun has re-set the poll.  Are they upset that not everyone wants a dirty city filled with cars? UPDATE: As of 6:01 pm on Thurs, Feb 4, the YES is at 78% (3089 votes) and the NO is at 22% (862)   Ah, Mike Strobel.  Car lover, bike […]
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EVENT: Wed, Feb. 24 – Toronto Bike Awards

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:51

Original post on Cycle Toronto’s website In partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto is pleased to bring you to the Toronto Bike Awards.​ This annual celebration invites the community to honour businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling in our city. ​Please join us to ​learn how Toronto’s business community is shaping […]
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PHOTOS: Coldest Day of the Year Ride 2016

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:52

The Coldest Day of the Year Ride has been very popular in the last few years. There were over 100 cyclists in 2015 and 2014, even though the climes were much harsher. Although those snowflakes did make for pretty pictures. Check out these pretty pictures below from this year’s sunnier ride by Yvonne Bambrick. Her […]
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VIDEO: Toronto cyclists kick off cold weather bike ride

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 13:12
UPDATE: Watch it on the CityNews site to avoid all the crappy ads. City News filmed some good video of Cycle Toronto’s Coldest Day of the Year Ride.  Spoiler: it wasn’t very cold yesterday. With the right gear, cycling is an option four seasons of the year. More: Video: Winter cycling enthusiasts kick off cold […]
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NEWS: This is cycling’s pivotal moment in Toronto

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 11:20

This is a pivotal time for cycling in Toronto, with a cautious optimism among advocates that real change is at hand. A 10-year bike plan will launch in 2016, requiring a substantial boost in funding but promising noticeably better bicycle infrastructure. Among the proposals is a pilot project putting bike lanes on Bloor West, something […]
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NEWS: Toronto program aims to get elderly people outside, in bicycle rickshaws

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:07

A global movement getting elderly people on bikes is rolling its way into Toronto. Cycling Without Age was started four years ago in Denmark but has quickly spread to countries such as Norway, Germany, Sweden, UK, Australia, USA and Chile. Now a group of cycling enthusiasts wants to bring the movement to Toronto. “Cycling is […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s First Step to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:32

The Vision Zero agenda holds that no traffic fatality is acceptable, and recommends using a combination of education, legislation, and redesigned infrastructure to create safer streets and roads for all users. “It’s going to take work,” says Kolb. “We’re talking about transforming our city streets and, quite frankly, I think that’s a generational project.” It’s […]
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NEWS: Toronto cyclists demand ‘minimum grid’ of safe bike lanes

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:51

As Toronto city council debates the 2016 budget, cycling advocates in the city are urging local leaders to get rolling on building a “minimum grid” of protected bike lanes. “If cycling is deemed a priority, then it’s something we could do rapidly,” said Cycle Toronto director Jared Kolb, citing a recent staff report showing the […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s Director of Sustainable Transportation doored

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 12:55

Toronto’s director of transit and sustainable transportation, Hilary Holden, was doored last night near Beford and Bloor (right by Mayor Tory’s home).  She’s okay, thankfully. Reached the day after the collision, Holden declined an interview request but stressed the need for safer cycling: “Pls say need protected bike lanes, helmets, safety in numbers.” Last year, […]
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WHAAAAT?  Rob Ford endorses cycling event

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:00

Guess what Cycle Toronto received in the mail?  A signed “congratulations” from Councillor, and former Mayor Rob Ford (yes, that Rob Ford) on their Coldest Day of the Year Ride, coming up on Jan. 30. Hell hath frozen over.  Pun intended. If you can’t read the text, it says: Councillor Rob Ford would like to […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: What the West Toronto Railpath extension will look like

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:18

The extension of the West Toronto Railpath hasn’t exactly been on the radar over the last little while as city staff were in the midst of an extensive Environmental Assessment of the route of Phase 2. That process has recently come to a conclusion, with a host of recommendations made for how to extend the […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Plan in the works to redesign King Street — and quickly

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:56

Huge props to Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat for embracing the experiences and knowledge from other cities who have done this quickly and successfully.  The vision calls for space for bikes, but more importantly, for a people-friendly street. Picture spring 2017, just over a year from now: the snow thaws and people emerge from their […]
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MUST READ: In our system you can kill a cyclist, pay $500

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 21:06

A must read piece in the Star about how the recent travesty of justice in the Tom Samson case is just the tip of the iceberg.  Most drivers who kill someone with their car pay a few hundred bucks in fines.  That’s it. Cyclists across the city lamented the sentence as more proof of how little […]
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OH YEAH: Toronto’s Chief Planner talks bikes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:03

An interesting short interview by Dandyhorse with Jennifer Keesmaat.  I’ve quoted below some of the bicycle-related stuff. If we can get the minimum grid endorsed by City Council it would be a way of removing that street-by-street, or major-road-by-road fight, so to speak, around cycling infrastructure. It would show council’s intention of putting cycling infrastructure on all […]
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OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD: Bike lanes make no sense in winter

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:29

Today in humour:  A driver gets ranty that bikelanes exist, because anything in his way is evil.  His rationale is that because less cyclists use bikelanes in the winter, they shouldn’t exist.   I guess we can use that logic to pave over Toronto’s beaches and golf courses too.  Instant parking lots! This is pretty […]
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NEWS: Humanity ‘disgusted’ by sentence in Tom Samson case

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:54

There’s a HUGE problem with these stories, and that it marks off and confines the disgust to “Toronto Cyclists”.  How about “People who value human life”? I often feel the media, in pursuit of easy headlines, stereotype groups of people.  I don’t define myself as a cyclist.  I define myself as wanting this city/country/planet to […]
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NEWS: Humanity ‘disgusted’ by sentence in Tom Samson case

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:54

There’s a HUGE problem with these stories, and that it marks off and confines the disgust to “Toronto Cyclists”.  How about “People who value human life”? I often feel the media, in pursuit of easy headlines, stereotype groups of people.  I don’t define myself as a cyclist.  I define myself as wanting this city/country/planet to […]
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NEWS: Toronto man to serve three months for hit-and-run that killed cyclist

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:44

I’m not going to comment because it would just be a lot of swearing.  Basically, if you’re not in a car, the system says your life is worth nothing. A Toronto driver who hit a bicyclist and left him to die in the road will serve three months in prison, a sentence that has outraged […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s Bike Share program to get new equipment this spring

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:17

Toronto’s Bike Share program is about to get a serious tune-up that may include selling it off and starting from scratch. New equipment is expected to hit streets this spring, and officials at the Toronto Parking Authority won’t release exact details until later this month. But users can at least look forward to mobile payment […]
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NEWS: Will Toronto Commit To Eliminating Traffic Fatalities?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:54

At a press conference in North York this morning, Public Works Chair Jaye Robinson (Ward 26, Don Valley West) announced that Toronto would implement some version of Vision Zero. Vision Zero is the name of a safety initiative that aims to eventually eliminate traffic fatalities… The core assumption is that traffic deaths and injuries are […]
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