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THE BETTER WAY: TTC plans 35 subway closures this year

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 17:11
Great news for getting more people biking Toronto!  I know *I* started biking when my TTC commute became way too much of an ordeal. The TTC has cut down on the number of subway closures it will need this year, but parts of the system will still be out of service on most weekends in […]

OH YEAH! Businesses on urban streets make their money from pedestrians and cyclists 

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 13:43
Study after study confirms it.  Cars don’t benefit city businesses. If anything, they hinder it. What I find most interesting is the breakdown of that 72 percent- 53 percent of the visitors come on foot, and they do get their own dedicated space, but it is shared with the retailers who fill it with stuff, […]

DEADLY STREETS: Drunk driver who killed cyclist should serve more time

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 09:30
Murie noted that the woman’s conduct — which included jokes about drunk driving on social media — should also have been taken into account by the judge. Selinevich’s Facebook profile made several references to impaired driving. One post from 2012 included a picture of a pint glass in a car’s cup holder, while in another post she mocked a police […]

NEWS: Drunk driver sent to jail for killing Toronto cyclist

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:19
7 years (reduced to 4.5, for some reason), is being described as “lengthy” and that’s infuriating. Drunk driving AND killing someone? Jail for minimum 20 years, and can NEVER drive again.  That’s where we should be starting from. In many cases where a driver is not drunk and doesn’t flee the scene they receive a […]

OH YEAH! Cyclists finish commute on time and ‘energized’

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 09:57
Companies should be encouraging EVERY employee to bike.  It increases productivity. A new study out of McGill University suggests cyclists are winning the commuting contest. Published in the February 2017 issue of the journal Science Direct, it found cyclists were the most likely to arrive to work or class on time, and feel “energized” for […]

OH YEAH! Torontonian of the year nominee: Albert Koehl

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 09:18
2 weeks ago, Metro Morning rightly named David Stark as Torontonian of the Year, for his work advocating for safer roads and laws to protect vulnerable road users after the death of his wife by road violence.  He’s also one of the founders of Friends and Families for Safe Streets. Another of the nominees for […]

THE BETTER WAY: Transit fares increase, again, driving Torontonians to bike.

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 15:50
Is this the year higher TTC fares and increasingly packed vehicles and horrible service drive you (or your friends) to finally start biking Toronto? There are great bikelanes being added downtown, with more to come outside of downtown! New increased rates for TTC riders using a Metropass or their Presto card took effect Sunday morning.Starting […]

USING YOUR NOODLE: Warren Huska’s pool noodle bike safety strategy

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 11:45
Warren Huska and his pool noodle was the most popular story on the Toronto Star’s website in 2016! “Some readers loved the noodle, and others hated it,” says reporter Peter Goffin. “Cyclists were posting on social media that they couldn’t wait to strap a pool noodle to their own bike. But plenty of Toronto drivers […]

NEWS: 70 Torontonians hit by cars in only 1 month

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:09
November had many days showing spikes in pedestrian collisions. Wet conditions played a factor on some days, while at nights earlier sunsets impacted drivers. More: Metro News » Toronto

NEWS: Cycling and Accessibility advocates against using bike lanes as parking

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 21:34
The  Toronto Star is awful with their title for this story (which I’ve adjusted for this post, but you can see it linked below).  Cycling advocates are not fighting the use of bikelanes for parking by vehicles for people with mobility issued… cycling AND accessibility advocates are BOTH saying this shouldn’t happen. “You’d think as […]

NEWS: Toronto’s new transportation boss says car is no longer king

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:52
This looks very promising.   Good luck to Barbara Gray in making Toronto’s transportation more efficient and safer.  Let’s all help her! She acknowledges that in a city like Toronto that has a dense urban core surrounded by sprawling suburban neighbourhoods, some residents will always have to rely on their cars. “So what I’ve said […]

FAIL: Toronto removes bollards on the Bloor Viaduct bike lane

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:32
For a brief, shining moment (a few weeks), the Bloor Viaduct bike lane had bollards.  The city has now removed them “for the winter” because of course they did. Does this mean that all the bollards on bike lanes all over the city will be removed this winter? No, no it doesn’t.  Bloor will not […]

THE BETTER WAY: East End Torontonians biking more due to horrible transit

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:28
Last week, I wondered about the possibility of horrible transit creating conditions that make more people take up biking to work, and this article explores this more: A home close to the subway was top priority for Ann-Marie Colacino and her husband when they were house-hunting in 2013. And after enduring several bidding wars they […]

Lake Shore Cycle Track delayed until 2017

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 20:18
The Lake Shore Boulevard West Cycle Track won’t be constructed until 2017.  Not surprising, as new bike infrastructure is rare at this time of year.  Looks like the sewer rebuilding on that stretch took longer than expected, and that the Cycle Track will be constructed in conjunction with some TTC streetcar track work, according to […]

BLOOR! Bloor East bike lanes due to be extended?

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 20:06
  Currently, the Bloor East bikelanes run from the Bloor Viaduct west to Sherbourne.  Cycle Toronto reports that the city would like to extend them westward to Church Street in 2018. It’s not a huge extension, but every little bit helps. Bike lanes on Bloor between Sherbourne & Church now coming forward in 2018 according […]

NEWS: Toronto offers lessons for Chicago cycling

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 14:34
Interesting article about biking in Toronto from the Chicago Reader: Since Toronto is a sister city to Chicago, there’s been some sharing of ideas when it comes to improving conditions for biking. The Chicago Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Ambassadors outreach team was directly modeled after Toronto’s Road and Trail Ambassador program. There’s been some friendly […]

NEWS: Allowing disabled to park in bike lanes ‘just bad policy,’ say cycling advocates

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:44
This idea of letting people park in bike lanes has good intentions, but bad ramifications Cycle Toronto also expressed concern that the policy will fuel tensions between cyclists and drivers. Kolb noted that due to the location of the accessible permit, there’s no way a cyclist can tell whether a vehicle has a right to […]

THE BETTER WAY: If transit gets worse and worse, do more people bike?

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 23:51
Sometimes I think the single greatest factor in encouraging people to take up biking in Toronto is the state and cost of our public transit. The Toronto Transit Commission has just announced another fare increase.  It’s mainly because (as always) the city is unwilling to fund it properly.  Maybe this is Toronto’s Cycling Strategy?  Turn people […]

NEWS: Bike lanes eyed as loading zones for those aiding the disabled

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:56
Yes, of course disabled people need access to places, and sometimes maybe parking in a bike lane is warranted. However, let’s not fool ourselves.  Many drivers, including WheelTrans drivers, park in bikelanes when there is a totally fine and equally accessible alternative 20 feet away on a side street. The recommendation is in a report […]

NEWS: The need for safe cycling infrastructure in Toronto spans generations

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 22:39
A great piece in the Star about the last 40 years of biking in Toronto: Marcus is now 45 and lives near St. Clair Ave. and Yonge St. He’s a successful executive for a condominium corporation. His daughter will soon be the age he was when he sat on the back of his dad’s bike. […]