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June 11: Cycling News from Around the World

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here’s some news, views, and inspirations that I’ve come across in the last week.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

NYC Bicyclists Get Their Own MapQuest

The good old New York City Bike Map is about to face some stiff competition. On Sunday, three enterprising cyclists launched “Ride the City,” a web site that finds the safest and most efficient routes for those on two wheels.

Taking a Ride, with a Couple Thousand Friends, by the LA River

Yesterday marked the 8th Los Angeles River Ride. Thousands of cyclists, riders and even some Ridazz gathered at Griffith Park to go on organized rides of 10, 50, 70 or 100 miles.

Bells ring in Portland’s first Blessing of the Bikes

In a respectful and poignant outdoor ceremony, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Northwest Portland held their first-ever Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday.

CNN: “My Next Vehicle Will Be a Bicycle”

In the non-random sample of 42,275 respondents, more people said they are leaning towards a bike than a truck or SUV.

TreeHugger: Obama Wraps Up Nomination, Celebrates By Riding His Bike

This bit of news should erase any doubt left that Obama would be sympathetic to cause of cyclists. Then again, President Bush is known to be an avid cyclist, yet to our knowledge he hasn’t gone out of his way to promote cycling for recreation or transport

Australia: Cyclists want protected bicycle lanes

Bicycle Victoria wants to see bicycle lanes with a higher level of protection than just a white line trialled on some routes in Melbourne

Governors Island to Serve as Testing Ground for NYC Bike-Share

Turns out the wait for free bikes will be a lot shorter. Starting this week, 250 bikes at the island’s rental outfit, Bike and Roll, will be available to visitors at no charge on Fridays, thanks to sponsorship from Transportation Alternatives.


Kingston needs more bike lanes

While the City of Toronto is celebrating Bicycle Month and has plans to expand its 90 kilometres of bike lanes to 495 kilometres by 2011, city councillors in Kingston are delaying making decisions about this issue.

As gas prices soar, so does interest in bicycling in Massachusetts

Drivers clear a lane, bicyclists are taking to the road in record numbers in Massachusetts.

Cycle Fun Montreal: Bikes and local trains – the Montréal experience

Cycle Fun Montreal asks: The suburban train system: does it provide good access for urban cyclists to get to suburban/rural cycling destinations?




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GET INVOLVED: Help Plan Toronto’s Bike Network

The City of Toronto has launched the next phase a new bike plan process: fill out their second survey now! Later this year, City staff will bring a new 10-year cycling network plan forward to City Council. Our goal is to ensure that our core ask of building a city-wide Minimum Grid of 100 km of […]

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VISION ZERO: A Road Safety Plan for Toronto

Go read this right now at Dandyhorse.  Any politician who votes against Vision Zero is effectively voting FOR people dying on the streets.  Your kids, your friends, and you. Is Vision Zero, the Swedish initiative to eliminate road deaths, coming to Toronto? A Swedish video on the issue lays the premise of the movement: “For […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Bike Chic. Queen and Spadina

Source: Original photo – by sigma. on Flickr. via Tumblr ift.tt/1JeuzYF 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!

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto wants you to plan the future of cycling

Want a bikelane somewhere?  Let the city know, officially: Via an online survey, people are being invited to identify up to 20 streets – 10 downtown and 10 others anywhere in the city — as cycling priorities from a list of suggestions. The suggestions were based on earlier survey data and the city’s smartphone app […]

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EVENT: Sat, July 4 – Bike Pirates celebrates their 9th Birthday

Please join us this Saturday, JULY 4TH, for some fun, food, and high fives. We couldn’t have made it to 9 years without the support of this community!We will be outside the shop for part of the afternoon saying hello to our new Parkdale neighbours, so come by to see the shop in action, have […]

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INSTAGRAM: More Bells on Danforth

Bells on #Danforth! Looking east from Pape. #Danforthlovesbikes Danforth Loves Bikes! Follow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto

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NEWS: Nearby bikeshare station may raise your home’s value

Having a bike share station outside your front door might do more than give you a convenient way to ride to work — it might also boost the value of your home. According to a new study from McGill University, residential units in Montreal are worth more if they’re close to a Bixi station, Montreal’s […]

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NEWS: Cyclist dead following 2-vehicle collision on Dufferin St.

The cyclist wasn’t on the road (standing on sidewalk), but car struck a hydro pole, which then killed them. Awful. A cyclist has been confirmed dead by York Regional Police following a vehicle collision on Dufferin St. north of Steeles Ave. on Monday evening. Two cyclists were on the sidewalk corner of Dufferin St. and […]

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OH YEAH! The Viaduct bikelanes get MORE green paint!

Well, I don’t know what’s going on.  This is a level of paying attention to cycling infrastructure on the Bloor Viaduct that, quite frankly, I thought I’d never see (and it pissed me off, often). But now, after the green paint that was laid down late last week in the bikelane, there is now MORE […]

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FACEPALM: City closes Hoskin bikelane for PanAm Games

What’s a great idea?  Closing down one of the busiest bikelanes in the city and not providing a detour that’s safe for cyclists (and pedestrians) because of the “short distance of the inconvenience”. A sign erected on June 25 indicates the closure of the Hoskin bike lane for two months during the Pan Am Games. […]

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