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June 24: Latest Comments Update

Re: Headlines: Helmet Saftey Runs in the Family

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 08:47 AM PDT

I think cyclists in Toronto are crazy not to wear helmets. Those freewheelin’ tree-hugging radical British Columbians have had to wear them for years and people don’t complain anymore. I mean, sure the drivers are worse on the West Coast, but is that the reason people are more accepting of a good idea? Ontarians still buy their beer on a conveyor belt, so it’s not like they are generally more hostile to government intervention. Don’t you people wear seatbelts either? Aren’t there better ways to rebel against “the man” than risking your own life because you bike helmets are kind of ugly? Is this a city of angsty teenagers?

If you don’t know at least one cyclist that’s been doored, you don’t know many cyclists. No, a helmet obviously isn’t going to protect you from a direct head-on collision (or a homicidal taxi-driver), but those are pretty rare according to the Toronto Police Bike Collision stats. You’re much more likely to get hurt by dooring, getting stuck in streetcar tracks, or getting knocked over somehow in traffic. A helmet helps in all these cases.

Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:18 AM PDT

Thanks for the comment Mat. This topic has been raised in the BikingToronto Forum as well.

Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:04 AM PDT

I compel anyone interested in this matter to look into it more closely. The city was actually approached by two companies, both with good ideas, albeit very different from one another. Both are logical and compelling ideas, and the city has decided to only include one in the bidding process. As far as I am concerned, a non-competitive process that isnt open to public scrutiny wont be succesfel.
But hey…You decide.
There other option by the way included lots of goodies…
regenerative breaking
mobile internet support
smart electrical assist
and weighs 20 pounds less than the competitor.

Re: City Amending By-Laws To Ban E-Bikes and Folding Bikes from Sidewalks

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 06:32 AM PDT

My prefered route in Mississauga was recently under construction. That forced me onto the only viable option. Derry rd is a 60km road, but motorist frequently exceed that limit. I tried it for about a week but decided it was too dangerous. For my own safety, I road on the side walk for a few days. I used extreme caution at all intersections and deferred to the single pedestrian I encountered. I want to be on the road where I belong but not at the cost of my life.



OH YEAH! It’s time bike lanes were installed everywhere in Toronto

The Editor of the Star’s Automotive Section calls for dedicated, separated bikelanes on almost every road.  A sensible write-up that advocates for Vision Zero (that NO ONE should die on the road) and safe infrastructure for all road users…  it helps that there is evidence from right here in Toronto that bikelanes actually HELP drivers […]


NEWS: Province of Ontario announces $10 million in #CycleON funding

The Province of Ontario will commit $10 million as a part of a 20-year #cycleON strategy to promote cycling as a viable form of transportation and to help improve safety for cyclists of all ages. This initiative will see the creation of two new funding programs, the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, and the Cycling […]


DO IT: Danforth Loves Bikes Pledge (and Pub Crawl)

One of Cycle Toronto’s current action campaigns is getting businesses and residents of the Danforth to pledge their support of DanforthLovesBikes, to get the city to consider a PILOT of bikelanes on the Danforth, to see what works or doesn’t work, and how bikelanes can benefit business, drivers, and pedestrians. Over 60 businesses on the […]


OH YEAH! Heavy Metal in the Bike Lane: Meet Priya Panda

A brand new issue of Dandyhorse is coming soon, and it features Priya Panda on the cover.  Glad to see Dandyhorse is starting to put people riding bikes on their covers. We are very pleased Priya Panda, lead singer of Diemonds and member of the band She Demons, is on the cover of our new issue […]


NEWS: Hit and run kills cyclist in Milton

A cyclist is dead after a hit and run on Tremaine Road in Milton. Halton Regional Police say they were called to the scene shortly after 9 p.m. The victim had no vital signs and was pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect vehicle had fled the area. More: Hit and run kills cyclist in […]


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 […]


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 […]


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!


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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