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Update: Air Canada and Folding Bikes

Back in December, BikingToronto posted the story of Lloyd Alter, a Toronto-based blogger at TreeHugger.com and cyclist, who was takin
g issue with Air Canada charging for having a folding bike in baggage:

Over at TreeHugger.com, Toronto cyclist Lloyd Alter (himself an architect and prefab housing builder, as well as “green blogger) is having a bit of a dust-up with Air Canada. It seems that although his Strida folding bike compacts into a bag smaller than Air Canada’s maximum dimensions for luggage, they will still charge you $50 because there is a bike in the bag. This “Excess Baggage Fee” is waived if you try to fly with hockey bags, hockey sticks, skis or snowboards (all of which is much bigger than a folding bike), but not if you have a bike.

This case is now a legal one, before the Canadian Transport Agency, with Lloyd making the case that the “Additional Handling Fee” is discriminatory and unreasonable, as it requires (nor was given) any special treatment nor additional handling:

After I was charged for the handling of the bag, I deposited it on the same belt as all of the other luggage, and it came down the same ramp and landed on the carousel with all of the other luggage. On my return flight to Terminal 3 on American Airlines, it hit the carousel in the midst of conventional luggage, so Pearson Airport luggage handlers appear to have treated it like conventional luggage. At least at the portion of its journey visible to me, it received no special handling.

Also, notwithstanding M. De Serre’s listing of the tariffs on other airlines for bicycle transport, I have travelled with this bicycle on American Airlines, Porter Airlines and United Airlines and not one of them charged me this tariff because they considered it baggage.

I was travelling with a bag that met all of Air Canada’s restrictions on size and weight and was packaged in a fashion that required no special handling and so far as I can tell, did not receive any. None of the conditions that merit special handling fees applied; there were no operational constraints, and no special handling requirements. It was a bag. The fact that it contains a special folding bike is almost completely beside the point.

Read the entire legal submission by Lloyd on his personal blog, and his post on TreeHugger from December about this.


NEWS: Toronto triathlete struck in hit-and-run

Oh this is horrible. A young doctor and triathlete. The driver of the truck fled the scene. The suspect vehicle is described as an older black tow truck with rear dual wheels and “Free Tow And Scrap” written in white lettering on the side. If you have any information about the incident call police at […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: West Toronto Railpath Update

Good reminder from Dandyhorse about the plans to extend the Railpath: We at dandyhorse and very pleased that it would appear that the West Toronto Railpath is finally going to be moving south. We haven’t reported on any progress in a while — so we thought we’d just provide a quick overview and update of […]


TODAY: Toronto Star LiveChat with Cycle Toronto’s Jared Kolb

Fresh off his ride into Outer Harbour (for a fundraiser, wearing a pink cape, because he’s a good sport) last monday, Jared Kolb will be answering questions about Cycle Toronto, Minimum Grid, and cycling infrastructure on the Star’s website at noon today. Who else wants Cycle Toronto to start a podcast with updates about all the […]


EVENT: Thurs, May 28 – Biker Breakfast at Rosedale United Church

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 07:00 – 09:00 Come and enjoy breakfast at Rosedale United Church. The bike route is newly paved (finally) this year. Thanks for riding your bike in our neighbourhood. Location: 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, Toronto Original Link Read More: Biker Breakfast at Rosedale United Church


EVENT: Sun, Sept 13 – Ride 4 Real Food

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015 – 08:00 – 16:00 The Ride4RealFood is a food security cycling fundraiser that supports a fantastic food security program that Directly provides healthy food to those in need Provides job training and workplace opportunities to low-income people Supports local Ontario farmers Supports a non-profit food co-op and the good jobs […]

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EVENT: Mon, May 25 – Tune-up on Dupont

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015 – 16:00 – 19:00   So you took your bike out for Bike to Work Day…and noticed your brakes are weak and your tires are half-flat! No problem — come swing by Ward 18’s streetside tune-up station and get some air or a brake tweaked! We’re reaching out to say […]

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EVENT: Sat, June 13 – 3rd Annual Custard Tart Ride

Date:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 – 13:00 – 15:00   Meet at  1 pm at the Brazil Bakery, 1554 Dundas Street West at Sheridan (near Dufferin) for the third annual Custard Tart Ride! We’ll sample the best offerings of Little Portugal’s bakeries along the route, so bring your appetite! Family-friendly event! Location: 1554 Dundas Street […]


PHOTO OF THE DAY: Richmond x Tecumseth

Source: Original photo – by Fixed in Silver on Flickr. Toronto, April 24th 2015 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!


EVENT: Sun, June 21 – Newcomer Bike Ride

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 13:00 – 15:00   Cycle Toronto Ward 18 is partnering with CultureLink and Toronto BikeShare to create a welcoming ride for newcomers to Toronto and newbies to riding a bike! We’ll review some basics like safety, hand signals, and some essential rules of the road. Then we’ll stick together […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: City starts adding wayfinding sharrows

Those arrows in sharrows?  You may start seeing them telling you if you have to turn to follow a bike route.  The City just painted the first one to help cyclists find the link between Brimley and Kennedy on the Pan-Am Path. Toronto’s first Wayfinding Sharrows mark @PanAmPath link between Kennedy-Brimley via Toronto Cycling on […]

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