Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter
Explore more posts like this:

Bike Lanes are a Priority

I thought it would be interesting to look at the responses the Star has received to the question of Should the addition of more bike lanes be a priority for the city? that I mentioned back here in the “Bike Lanes in the News” post.

I went through them and 80% (20 out of 25 posted responses) of them are for bikelanes being a priority. Of course, I don’t know if the Star picks and chooses what they choose to publish, or if these are ALL the responses. In my experience, the Star takes forever to actually post them – but they still have the submission form up, if you want to try and add your thoughts.

Here’s a sampling of what you can find in the responses:

Of course we need more bike lanes. Without making a serious commitment to changing to environmentally friendly forms of transportation, most of our concern regarding global warming is just so much hot air. Cyclists are not sufficiently safe on many roads that lack bike lanes. Yet they are the responsible, non-polluting citizens doing their best to facilitate change.
Mark Page, North York

Definitely. And there should be at least one good, uninterrupted, north-south and east-west designated bike lane on major traffic routes like Yonge and Bloor/Danforth.
Eric Vernon, Toronto

Absolutely! I just got back from Europe and spent most of my time on a bike, even in large cities that I was unfamiliar with. The bike lanes were so well established with their own lights and space from cars and parking lanes that I felt safe riding around a foreign country, but not in my home town.
Jen Carter, Toronto

We need more and safer bike lanes to encourage people to leave their cars at home. I think that the city should look at extra space in rail corridors as new bike highways. They are flat and direct with few road crossings.
Gordon Peck, Toronto

Bike lanes should definitely be a priority, especially in a city where bike riders are constantly threatened by car drivers who don’t recognise their two-wheeled counterparts as equally deserving of adequate road space.
Cara Goldberg, Toronto

The city should place priority in repairing damaged roads and creating new ones; city roads are already too congested and lanes too narrow for bike lanes to be added. The city should invest in more bike trails in parks for recreational cyclers who, if given more options, would opt to avoid all the traffic.
Connie Li, Thornhill

Yes, if you can’t tell, that last response is not supportive of making bikelanes a priority. Somehow she things only recreational cyclists deserve infrastructure.


[photo credit]

RECENTLY ON BIKING TORONTO:

Sangyal-helps-rebuild-bikes-at-Bike-Pirates-c-Siva-Vijenthira-600x800

OH YEAH: Rolling Youth into Toronto’s Bicycle Renaissance

With countless community events being hosted from May 25th to June 25th, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is anticipating Bike Month 2015. Municipalities and community groups alike are hosting the A to Z in bike events, from food incentivized group rides to bike repair crash courses. Although cycling mode shares are still relatively low […]

2015522-steamwhistle-bike-repair

OH YEAH! Steamwhistle expands its network of bike repair stations

Oh yeah!  BlogTO has picked up the BikingToronto post last week about this.  Steamwhistle deserves lots of toasts. As Biking Toronto reports, over the last year or so the beer company has installed similar stations at the Brick Works, the Duke of York pub, and most recently in front of Bike Sauce. They’ve also been […]

newspgs12_13LA_IMGP8140-2_px626

NEWS: Why not make biking on sidewalks legal in the suburbs?

I tend to agree with the main concept here… that suburban arterials need bike infrastructure badly… but cars go SO fast on those roads, it’s impossible to feel safe even in a bikelane that is just paint. A physical barrier (curb, bollards, etc) is needed, or an cycling addition on the side of sidewalks.  Many […]

11018784_10155519219120405_804683175447314571_n

EVENT – Fri, June 19: Welcome Back Queens Quay! Let’s Ride the Waterfront

After years of construction, Queens Quay is ready for the spotlight, with a new refurbished multi-use trail and lots more public space. Come celebrate the opening with a group bike ride down this new section of the Martin-Goodman Trail! More details about the opening on the Waterfront Toronto blog: http://blog.waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe/portal/wt/home/blog-home/posts/queens-quay-opening-volunteer Facebook Event: Welcome Back Queens […]

17701044046_a48f7bc4d6_b

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queen and Spadina

Source: Original photo – by sigma. on Flickr. via Tumblr ift.tt/1HmS7fX via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group. Also check out the thousands of amazing photos that have been shared on instagram with the #biketo hashtag!

Newbike2

OH YEAH! How I learned to love cycling my way to work

I’ll be honest, and I hate to admit this, but I used to be that person that perpetually ran five minutes late—to everything. I’d do my best to be timely, but in many circumstances, I just couldn’t seem to make it to my commitments on time. A few years ago my brother became a bicycle […]

wards_keymap

EVENT – Wed May 27: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

Our monthly meeting is coming up. Join us as we work to make cycling in the city a safer way to travel. Facebook Event: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

image

NEWS: Cyclist suffers serious injuries after being struck by vehicle in Rosedale

A male cyclist was rushed to hospital via emergency run after he was struck by a vehicle in Rosedale during the morning rush hour Tuesday.It happened at the intersection of Roxborough Street and Wrentham Place in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant Road at around 8:30 a.m.According to police, a doctor was passing by at the […]

pikkk

EVENT: Fri, June19 – Waterfront Toronto launching new Queens Quay section of Martin-Goodman Trail

Toronto’s revitalized waterfront boulevard is just about ready to be unveiled. And, after three years of construction, road closures and patience, Waterfront Toronto plans to open the new Queens Quay with a bang.Waterfront Toronto is calling for volunteers to aid in its ribbon cutting ceremony on June 19, beginning at 6 p.m.  The organization is […]

1318c3463ebe4f69181d6f0663c9a4f5

EVENT – Tues, June 16 – Ward 31 Bikes – June Meeting

  We have been working with Councillor Davis and her office to organize a Ward 31 Bikes meeting where both Janet Davis will be in attendance as well as Jacquelyn Gulati, who is the new Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the city (she is replacing Daniel Egan who many of you may know). Facebook Event: […]

Recommended Lights

"Frog" Lights

Planet Bike Light Combo

Planet Bike 5 LED Tail Light
Recommended Books
See More Books



RECENT NEWS POSTS:



RECENT INFRASTRUCTURE POSTS: