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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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NEWS: Top 10 worst intersections for cyclists, vehicles in Toronto

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:42

The City of Toronto has identified its top 10 worst intersections for collisions involving cyclists, and those for other vehicles.For cyclists, the following intersections had the highest rate of collisions over a five-year period from 2009 to 2013 in descending order: Queen Street West at Claremont Street / Niagara Street Grace Street at College Street […]
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STOLEN: Bike that crossed Canada stolen outside Toronto bar

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:23

She’s a sturdy bike, built to carry heavy panniers and a passenger through the Rockies, across the plains and over the roughest terrain of the Canadian Shield. “I didn’t want anything delicate,” Mark Smith says of Gracie, the bicycle he rode thousands of kilometres across Canada from April to July. “Anything that happened on the […]
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NEWS: Cyclist dies after being struck by pickup truck

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:10

A 71-year-old man has died of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a pickup truck while on his bicycle. Toronto police say the man was riding southbound on Victoria Park Avenue, when he was struck while attempting to cross the O’Connor Drive intersection, at 3:18 p.m. on Tuesday. The man was rushed to […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a set of Dandyhorse Magazine back issues!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:21

  Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win 1 of 2 sets of Dandyhorse back issues! Dandyhorse has donated 2 sets of all their back issues to go into the prize draw (more prizes listed below) for people who use my link to sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto. Join (or […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a matted print from Culture Snap Photography!

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:20

  Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win 1 of 3 matted bicycle prints from Henry VanderSpek of Culture Snap Photography. Henry has donated 3 matted prints (1 of which is shown above) to go into the prize draw (more prizes listed below) for people who use my link to sign up […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a copy of the new Urban Cycling Survival Guide

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:05
  Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win 1 of 4 copies of Yvonne Bambrick‘s new book, the Urban Cycling Survival Guide!  Yvonne has donated 4 copies of the book (which is released in March) to go into the prize draw (more prizes listed below) for people who use my link […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a $50 Gift Card from Nuvango!

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:55

  Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win 1 of 3 Nuvango gift cards worth $50. Nuvango has donated 3 gift cards (worth $50 each) to go into the prize draw (more prizes listed below) for people who use my link to sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto. More about […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a Bikeshare Toronto membership!

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:40

  Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win 1 of 10 (!!!) Bikeshare Toronto memberships Bikeshare Toronto has donated 5 annual memberships (worth $90 each) and 5 monthly memberships (worth $18 each) to go into the prize draw (more prizes listed below) for people who use my link to sign up […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win Leaf Tickets!

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 13:30

Right now, if you sign up (or renew) with Cycle Toronto, you can win a pair of Leaf tickets! The tickets have been donated by Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers (who also advertise at the very top of every BikingToronto page – learn more about them here) The game will be in the new year […]
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Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, get a free shirt

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 13:27

Just a quick reminder post.  In the upcoming days I’ll have posts featuring the companies and organizations who have donated prizes.  You can see them listed below as well.  Also, if you are (or work with) a company or organization interested in donating a prize and getting some exposure on BikingToronto, get in touch with […]
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NEWS: Cyclists pedaling Minimum Grid in election

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:52

Wiped off the road in 2012, only a year and a half after they appeared, the Jarvis lanes became a symbol of the tensions that stoked the divides between motorists and cyclists, downtown and the suburbs.Monday’s civic election offers fresh hope for progress on cycling infrastructure, said Cycle Toronto executive director Jared Kolb.Despite the anti-car/anti-bike […]
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NEWS: Ministry of Labour orders bike racks removed from certain TTC buses

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:44

If you’re a cyclist who relies on an articulated TTC bus as part of your commute, you’ll have to get by without the bike rack until the transit agency figures out a solution to a recently discovered safety issue. Bicycles plunked on the racks of certain buses can impair a driver’s view of the road, […]
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NEWS: Drivers who door cyclists, use phones face tougher fines in Ontario

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:17

Ontario plans to double fines for motorists who door cyclists or use their mobile phones while driving, as part of a sweeping road-safety crackdown. On Tuesday afternoon, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca reintroduced a list of amendments to the Highway Traffic Act in the legislature. The Liberal government originally put the proposals forward in the […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bikelanes FINALLY come to Lansdowne (5 years after being approved)

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:17

Great news!  5 years after approval, the city is FINALLY installing bikelanes on Lansdowne. Finally! Bike lanes on Lansdowne, a year after our Ward 14 & 18 Advocacy Groups organized the Phantom Bike Lane Ride for the approved-but-not-installed “phantom” lanes! Plus a great new mural by Maya Hayuk! Photo by Twitter user El Costello: https://twitter.com/elcostello/status/523200342973247488 […]
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NEWS: Chief Planner releases proposed Bike Policy Framework: A Toronto-wide Grid

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:49

Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, has tweeted out a graphic of a proposed Bike Policy Framework, saying “a city-wide-grid would make cycling a *true* transportation choice. The downtown area is marked with the words “further evolution of a maturing cycling culture”, while the old burbs are marked with “big gestures needed to expand cycling”. I […]
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