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NEWS: Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets are Toronto’s road to good health: Report

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:29

At its meeting Monday, the Toronto Board of Health received three in-depth reports on how better street infrastructure — bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, lower speed limits, attractive pedestrian-friendly tree-lined walkways, lighting and street furniture — make Torontonians healthier, because it encourages us to get out of our cars. The reports summarized decades of studying the […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: In Rosedale, a trail becomes a dividing line

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:05

In sum, Rosedale residents have a public park that they don’t want connected to other parks with accessible multi-use trails, because you know, the proletariat may come too close to their homes. The city’s plans to alter this hillside have led to a fierce debate over the future of an exclusive park little known outside […]

NEWS: All road users break the laws, not just cyclists

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:26

Before you roll your eyes at a Toronto cyclist rolling through a stop sign, Wes Marshall suggests taking a good look in the mirror. “I think everybody that uses the transportation system is a criminal,” the University of Colorado professor said. “People who drive go a few miles over the speed limit and pedestrians will jaywalk.” However, while we generally […]

NEWS: TTC streetcar hits cyclist on Spadina

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:04

A cyclist was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries Friday evening after being struck by a TTC streetcar.  Paramedics say they were called to the area of Spadina Avenue and St. Andrew Street at 9:50 p.m. The male victim, who was originally said to be a pedestrian, was then rushed to St. Michael’s hospital.  More: TTC streetcar hits […]

JOB: Cycle Toronto Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 21:27

Want to be on the front lines of cycling advocacy in Toronto? Cycle Toronto seeks a Communications & Outreach Coordinator to help in the growth and success of our organization. The best candidate for us is a charming, gregarious person who has worked or volunteered in the local community. They should be empathetic and adept […]

NEWS: Pan Am Games velodrome gets thumbs up from cyclists

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:09

One of the mammoth facilities built for the Toronto Pan Am Games opened its doors Saturday for its first bit of major competition following much-publicized delay. Even though construction trailers, mounds of dirt, and a handful of pylons remained outside, speed cyclists from across the country — including members of Canada’s national team with sights […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto vows to improve winter bike-lane maintenance

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 17:03

The city of Toronto is ramping up snow clearing in downtown bicycle lanes, trying to make it easier to ride through the winter.From a militant handful of winter riders a generation ago, cycling all year round has become increasingly mainstream. A steady flow of cyclists is seen on some routes in all but the very […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Self-Righteous Drivers still trying to drive in separated bikelanes.

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 14:24

If a car might fit somewhere, a driver will try and fit it there.  The above was spotted in the brand new separated Wellesley bikelanes at Yonge.   Via: Seen today at Yonge and Wellesley

Still we ride? Checking out Toronto’s dwindling Critical Mass

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 17:01

Is Critical Mass in Toronto dying?  A victim of it’s own refusal to be part of the system?  It’s hard to make something successful if you don’t promote it. The local ‘zine community helped to spread the word—and still does. But only a loosely organized Facebook group currently exists to ‘promote’ the ride. But to […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Wellesley West gets separated bikelanes

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:04

Photoso are surfacing of the new separated lane on Wellesley west.  This photo looks to be looking east on Wellesley from Bay. Look: a bike path that’s physically separated from traffic! Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? via John Lorinc on Twitter

NEWS: Toronto to spend $650,000 to plow snowy bike lanes

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:44

Finally.  It’s about time the city devoted a bit of money (it works out to less than 1% of the snow-clearing budget) to this. Year-round cyclists in Toronto will have an easier commute next winter, as the city has drafted a plan to to plow its bike lanes.The move comes as the city is renegotiating […]

NEWS: Bike Share Toronto expansion coming in 2015 with TD sponsorship

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:00

WOOOOOOOO! The City of Toronto will install 20 additional bike share stations in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games and continue to expand into high-density areas in 2016, according to the president of the Toronto Parking Authority. The new stations will be initially situated at Pan Am Games sites, such as the West Don […]

NEWS: John Tory to make Bikeshare announcement

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:40

UPDATE! TD is sponsoring Bikeshare Toronto for the next two years, opening up expansion plans. I just saw the “ticker”/news-scroll on CP24 say that John Tory is about to make an announcement regarding Bikeshare Toronto this morning. Let’s hope it’s like the recent NYC Citibike expansion announcement that came after Alta Bikeshare (the company that […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: More Bollards go in on Richmond

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:03

Bollards are good. I like bollards. Pavement temperatures are too cold for painting – the contractors are now installing bollards as this work can be done in colder/wet temperatures. This pic is from Richmond, between York and Duncan. via Chris Bouchard – Photos from Chris Bouchard’s post in City of….

GET INVOLVED: Take the Sunnyside Bike Park Survey

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 10:39

Take the linked quick survey about Sunnyside Bike Park to help it become/remain a welcoming space for everyone. The survey below is an attempt to gather everyone’s input regarding possible uses of the building.Groups like TORBA, Cycle Toronto, Sunnyside Bike Park Working Group, Ward 13 Bikes and many others including the City and PF&R Parks […]

NEWS: Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:51

Wonderful news.  Even without adding bikelanes, narrowing car lanes is a great way to get some drivers to slow down, psychologically. Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.The city has just finished a new […]

What Happened at the 2014 Toronto Bike Awards?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:14

Dandyhorse Magazine has a good write-up of Thursday evening.  Check out the videos. The City and Cycle Toronto presented five Toronto Bicycle Friendly Business awards last night at the 13th annual Toronto Bike Awards. The winners included: Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery, Timbuk2 Toronto Designs, Bike Sauce, Steam Whistle Brewing and St. Michael’s Hospital. More: 2014 Toronto […]

OH YEAH: Help raise $20,000 for Street Smarts and get a charitable tax receipt!

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:35

Via CycleToronto: Help us raise $20,000 to directly fund our Street Smarts educational outreach program, and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt! read more (BikingToronto has partnered with CycleToronto to bring this content from their site right to BikingToronto. View the original post here.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Introducing the King High Line

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:22

Very awesome proposal. The King High Line is a prospective linear park project on the southwest edge of downtown Toronto, initiated by Urbancorp developers and First Capital Realty. It aims to improve connections between neighbourhoods — just as the West Toronto Railpath has done further north. Indeed, the two projects would compliment each other quite […]

REMEMBRANCE DAY: WWI Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:12

During the First World War, which started 100 years ago this year, the advantage of a bicycle-mounted army battalion over a horse-mounted one became obvious. Quiet and stealthy, the bicycle covered as much ground as the horse, but required far less care and attention. Cyclists were thought to make good soldiers because they were considered […]