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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto wants you to plan the future of cycling

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:49

Want a bikelane somewhere?  Let the city know, officially: Via an online survey, people are being invited to identify up to 20 streets – 10 downtown and 10 others anywhere in the city — as cycling priorities from a list of suggestions. The suggestions were based on earlier survey data and the city’s smartphone app […]
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NEWS: Nearby bikeshare station may raise your home’s value

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:55

Having a bike share station outside your front door might do more than give you a convenient way to ride to work — it might also boost the value of your home. According to a new study from McGill University, residential units in Montreal are worth more if they’re close to a Bixi station, Montreal’s […]
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NEWS: Cyclist dead following 2-vehicle collision on Dufferin St.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:27

The cyclist wasn’t on the road (standing on sidewalk), but car struck a hydro pole, which then killed them. Awful. A cyclist has been confirmed dead by York Regional Police following a vehicle collision on Dufferin St. north of Steeles Ave. on Monday evening. Two cyclists were on the sidewalk corner of Dufferin St. and […]
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OH YEAH! The Viaduct bikelanes get MORE green paint!

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:01

Well, I don’t know what’s going on.  This is a level of paying attention to cycling infrastructure on the Bloor Viaduct that, quite frankly, I thought I’d never see (and it pissed me off, often). But now, after the green paint that was laid down late last week in the bikelane, there is now MORE […]
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FACEPALM: City closes Hoskin bikelane for PanAm Games

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:33

What’s a great idea?  Closing down one of the busiest bikelanes in the city and not providing a detour that’s safe for cyclists (and pedestrians) because of the “short distance of the inconvenience”. A sign erected on June 25 indicates the closure of the Hoskin bike lane for two months during the Pan Am Games. […]
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OH YEAH! The Bloor Viaduct bikelane gets some green paint

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:53

Check this out.  The most dangerous section of the Bloor Viaduct bikelane has changed, with a bit of green paint. I tweeted out a quick photo (above) of it this morning as I was headed to work, but took some more (below) as I rode the paint on the way home today. It’s not perfect, […]
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OH YEAH! Flower-filled Planter Boxes on Simcoe’s Separated Cycle Tracks!

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:04

    So wonderful.  Can we get these on all of Toronto’s bikelanes please? New planter boxes on Simcoe increase safety for cyclists and beautify the street. Kudos to Transportation Services for moving this forward. Source: Cycle Toronto Facebook Page
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OH YEAH! Toronto sets 30 km/h speed limit for downtown residential streets

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:11

Following up on the post from yesterday, a good first step to making our streets safer: On Monday evening, members of Toronto-East York community council voted unanimously to reduce speed to 30 km/h, down from 40 km/h, on 387 km of local roads.“This is not going to stop people from speeding, but it’s going to contribute,” said […]
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NEWS: Walking, biking the deadliest commutes in Toronto

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:30

Surprise!  Drivers are inattentive and cause the majority of collisions. One of the more encouraging parts of the report is what McKeown calls the “safety in numbers effect.” “As more people cycle and there’s more bikes on the road, the rate of injuries and fatalities per million trips, or per time that you spend on […]
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OH YEAH! 30 km/h limits likely for local downtown streets

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:07

Whether drivers will abide by new speed limits is another question, but this is a great first step. On Monday evening, councillors in the Toronto-East York community council convene for a special meeting, with deputations, on the proposal to legislate 30 km/h, down from 40 km/h, for 387 kilometres of local roads. Asked if there […]
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NEWS: Toronto cyclists hold ‘die-in’ at Nathan Phillips Square

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:20

Cyclists gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday morning to protest three fatal collisions involving cyclists in the past several weeks. CBC’s Linda Ward reported from the scene that cyclists laid on the ground with their bicycles in a silent “die-in.” Advocates want the city’s cycling budget increased from $8 million to $20 million, and 100 km of […]
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NEWS: Adam Excell, cyclist killed in Toronto, mourned in Halifax

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:39

Friends in Halifax will hold a memorial bike ride Saturday for Adam Excell, a former resident who died in an apparent hit-and-run in Toronto last weekend. Excell loved active living, photography and cycling, friends said. He ran the bike shop at Mountain Equipment Co-op until a few months ago, when he moved back to Ontario. […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s deadly streets: City must unite around safer roads

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:34

Everyone is a pedestrian, but they never speak with one voice. That’s the message from Walk Toronto’s Dylan Reid, who’s calling for change in the wake of an alarming increase in road deaths. People need to be vocal, committed and unified to improve safety, he said. It’s a hard message to get across to pedestrians […]
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NEWS: Halifax cyclist Adam Excell, killed in Toronto accident, lived for the outdoors

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:10

The 26-year-old was on his bike Saturday night, heading home from his latest camping trip in Pennsylvania, when he was struck and killed in a hit-and-run at the intersection of Avenue Rd. and Davenport Rd.Despite being an adventurer, those who knew him best say Excell was a not a risk taker. He was wearing a […]
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NEWS: Downtown Toronto to get more separated bike lanes

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:08

A recommendation to extend separated bike lanes on downtown Richmond and Adelaide Sts. breezed through Toronto’s public works committee.Councillors gave a unanimous green light to the city staff proposal that will roll into city council for final approval July 7.The politicians from all parts of the political spectrum, and urban and suburban wards, marveled at […]
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DATA: Toronto bicycle collisions mapped over 25 years

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 16:46

Bicycles plus data.  I’m in heaven. The Globe’s bicycle data tracker maps 25 years of collision information from Toronto’s Traffic Safety Unit. Add your own markers to highlight dangerous intersections, potholes or congested areas. Take the guided tour for more insight. More: Explore the data: Toronto bicycle collisions mapped over 25 years
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GETTING LEGAL: Ontario Cyclists Affected by Changes to the Highway Traffic Act

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:58

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto in June in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.   Ontario recently passed a number of changes to the Highway Traffic Act through Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015. Cyclists will be affected by these changes including the […]
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GETTING LEGAL: Ontario Cyclists Affected by Changes to the Highway Traffic Act

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:58

Note: Singer Kwinter will be contributing a few posts to BikingToronto in June in honour of Brain Injury Awareness Month.   Ontario recently passed a number of changes to the Highway Traffic Act through Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015. Cyclists will be affected by these changes including the […]
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NEWS: New Adelaide & Richmond bike lanes are speeding up travel times for cars (and bike traffic is skyrocketing)!

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:43

It’s not really emphasized in the city reports, but not only are the new separated bikelanes on Adelaide, Richmond and Simcoe not “impeding” car traffic, it’s actually making it faster. Someone tell John Tory that spending 500 million extra dollars to re-build an elevated highway is NOT going to solve congestion.  Building more separated bikelanes WILL. New […]
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NEWS: Cyclist killed; police looking for driver in fatal Yorkville hit-and-run

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 09:49

Again. This is the 3rd death in two weeks.  Awful. Toronto police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run involving a cyclist in Yorkville Saturday night. The collision happened on Avenue Road near Davenport Road, around 11:30 p.m. Police say the car struck a male cyclist and failed to […]
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