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Biking Toronto’s Top Ten Posts from September

Well, I meant to post this back in early October… I guess time got away from me. :)

Here are the Top Ten viewed posts from September:

Suburban Cycling Infrastructure in Aurora (Part 1 of 2)
I show photos of bikepaths beside Bayview Avenue in Aurora, and the missed opportunity of having a cool GTA-wide bike path network utilizing hydro corridors.

Suburban Cycling Infrastructure in Aurora (Part 2 of 2)
I show pictures and talk about unused bikelanes on empty streets in an Aurora subdivision that is cut off from everything else in Aurora by six-lane “arterial” roads that aren’t condusive to cycling at all.

Globe & Mail – Commuting on two wheels and a prayer
Darren and Andrew are featured in a Globe & Mail article about biking in the ‘burbs. You’ll need a “Globe Insider” account to read the full article, because the Globe likes to screw with people who want to read their content. Go figure.

4 Weeks Until BikeFriday
A post about what I was trying to get going for September’s BikeFriday.

A Few More Smelly Photos
Some photos from the Smells of Toronto Ride that Herb of the Cycling Cog organized. It was a smell-o-tastic evening!

More Bike Racks on Buses!!!
There was a chance that the Rack it & Rocket program would be discontinued, but the TTC voted to not only continue it, but add bikeracks to all new buses!

Another Cyclist Killed
A cyclist killed at Leslie & Eglinton by a cement truck.

3 Weeks Until BikeFriday
Another promo post for BikeFriday. :) Updating the Group Commute news, and what politicians are doing.

Biking Toronto’s Top Ten Posts from August
Things like the Quay to the City bikepath photos and the whole bikeposts vs. lumber thing were popular, among others.

The Star – Machiavellian Cyclists
Kenneth Kidd includes the promotion of cycling as part of his 10 Point Transit Blueprint, saying that “we have to be a little Machiavellian here: you encourage cyclists because they make automobile travel even more inconvenient. Anybody who has ever driven on a downtown street during rush hour knows the platelet effect that bicycles have on the flow of traffic.” Apparently, he’s not yet realized that more cyclists on the roads will ease traffic, since you can fit 6-8 bike commuters in the space one person in a car takes up (this includes the space between it and the car behind it), but somewhat redeems himself by saying “we need to build bicycle parking lots all over the city core and give them pride of place. It does, after all, visibly speak to options other than cars.

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OH YEAH! Sexy people stopping at a red light

I shared the above photo on facebook the other day, and it got such a good response, I thought I’d share it here too. Look at all these sexy people on bikes stopped at a red light (at a T intersection, no less). Sooooo hot. See it (and a good discussion) on the City of […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Messenger’s Line

Source: Original photo – by Phanciest on Flickr. Toronto via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

OH YEAH! Toronto lawyer helps cyclists pedal through ‘unjust’ legal system

For cyclists injured in an accident, navigating the legal system can be as hard as biking through downtown Toronto during rush hour, says lawyer Patrick Brown. “The system can be very complicated and a lot of cyclists don’t know what entitlements they have,” he said. That’s why Brown, an ardent cycling advocate, has partnered with […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Help out with the Toronto Parks and Trails Wayfinding Strategy

  Help Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department design their wayfinding system: What is Wayfinding? Wayfinding encompasses all the ways in which people understand their surroundings and navigate from place to place. Wayfinding is more than signs – it also includes names, landmarks, conventions, maps and new media. What is the Toronto Parks & Trails […]

NEWS: Car Columnist has trouble remembering bicycle turn signals; bitches about it

A car columnist for the Globe whines about hand signals being too confusing for him.  Because remembering stuff is hard. He also blames car-bike collisions on drivers not understanding bike hand signals.  That’s totally the reason there are collisions.  It’s not drivers being inattentive or the self-righteous belief that being in a car means they should […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: New Contraflow Bikelane on Florence St.

Having fun watching cyclists discover the freshly installed bike lane on Florence St. In just a couple minutes since I arrived, over a dozen eastbound cyclists who yesterday were going the wrong way on Florence illegally, have adjusted their lane positioning into the centre of the new contra-flow bicycle lane coming around the corner from […]

OH YEAH: Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them.

About 100 years ago, the auto industry pulled off a neat trick: It stole the public roadways from us. See, in the early days of the motor vehicle, there used to be this quaint idea that the person operating the giant machine should look out for other people. Then came mass production and the Model […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Richmond street

Source: Original photo – by Fixed in Silver on Flickr.  via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Pan Am Path Update: Launch Event May 16

Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch Event May 16 With the international attention that the Pan Am Games will generate, a unique window of opportunity will open to showcase the city’s natural assets to an international public. The Pan Am Path, a project initiated by an independent not-for-profit community-led organization called Friends of the Pan […]

HOW TO: Yvonne Bambrick tackles the commuting fear factor

Is it safe to cycle in a large city like Toronto? In her new book The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, Toronto cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick attempts to address the “fear factor” that riders new to bike commuting might feel as they roll through our crowded streets.  In a conversation with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Bambrick said it […]

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