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July 11: Toronto’s Weekly Carnage

About Toronto’s Weekly Carnage:

Toronto’s Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC’s Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

Two-Vehicle Crash On Hwy 404

A woman is lucky to be alive after a serious accident on Highway 404 that left her trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle for about 40 minutes. Police say a white taxi travelling at a high speed rear-ended the woman’s pickup truck near Elgin Mills Friday around 3am. The impact caused the victim’s vehicle to barrel roll right through the median.

Cyclist Survives DVP Crash, But Could Face Charges

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a crash in a place he should never have been – the Don Valley Parkway.

Man charged in bus stop hit-and-run

A man faces charges in connection with a June 26 hit-and-run collision that injured two pedestrians as they waited for a bus. The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. on Victoria Park Avenue at Peard Road, north of St. Clair Avenue.

Charges in road-rage death

Man charged after SUV hits guardrail and rolls for about 300 metres, killing ejected driver. Police said the man swerved to avoid a car after its driver slammed on his brakes in front of him. He died instantly when he was ejected from his SUV and crushed as it rolled several times, shortly after 5 a.m. on the highway’s eastbound lanes, just past James Snow Parkway in Milton.

Road rage eyed in Milton 401 death

Just after 5 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police responded to reports of a black Yukon SUV and a dark coloured Pontiac sedan driving fast and passing each other in the eastbound lanes near James Snow Parkway.

Driver Loses Control And Hits A Seniors’ Home

The crash happened at around 10:30 near Kennedy and Lawrence, when a driver apparently lost control and ran the vehicle straight toward the building.

Milton girl, 16, killed crossing Hwy. 401

A 16-year-old girl is dead after police say she “darted” across Highway 401 and was hit by a tractor-trailer in Milton.



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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


INSTAGRAM: Bells on Danforth

Dipping into the instagram archives for this great pic from Bells on Danforth. Biking the viaduct and #thedanny with hundreds of people! #Danforthlovesbikes #biketoFollow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto


OH YEAH: Easy Bikes – A New Name for Upright Bikes?

Interesting article from Momentum Mag from earlier this month: Did the Wall Street Journal just rename the most accessible, useful, and comfortable of all bicycle styles? Upright bicycles, sometimes referred to by Momentum Mag as city bikes, are hands down the best style of bicycle for daily use. A relaxed frame geometry and swept-back handlebars combine to […]



Source: Original photo – by uncomman on Flickr. I feel like this woman is a hardened cyclist in Toronto despite her delicate look. Helmet, water, bike lock and music ready to go. Compact commuter pack with carabiner all set. Swagger on two wheels, check plus. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos […]


INFRASTRUCTURE: Waterfront Toronto wants your feedback on the new Queen’s Quay

  Waterfront Toronto is asking for feedback about the new Queen’s Quay… but they’ve buried the feedback link down at the bottom of that link.  I’ve pulled out the relevant section for you below, but check out their page for more information. How to submit your feedback on Queen’s Quay Fill out this online form […]


OH YEAH! The Bloor Viaduct bikelane gets some green paint

Check this out.  The most dangerous section of the Bloor Viaduct bikelane has changed, with a bit of green paint. I tweeted out a quick photo (above) of it this morning as I was headed to work, but took some more (below) as I rode the paint on the way home today. It’s not perfect, […]


OH YEAH! Flower-filled Planter Boxes on Simcoe’s Separated Cycle Tracks!

    So wonderful.  Can we get these on all of Toronto’s bikelanes please? New planter boxes on Simcoe increase safety for cyclists and beautify the street. Kudos to Transportation Services for moving this forward. Source: Cycle Toronto Facebook Page


PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queens Quay Revitalization

Source: Original photo – by Marcanadian on Flickr.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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