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July 29: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Yeah there are scofflaws in every walk of life, but I see cyclists flagrantly scoffing at the law more often than motorists. I see it every day on my commute. Do cars drive recklessly? Sometimes, yes…. Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Learning from Toronto: Bicyclists Get Derailed by Streetcar Tracks

Nice article in Streetsblog:SF about how cyclists deal with streetcar tracks… Toronto is mentioned as we have some railway tracks with firm rubber flanges (that contract under the weight of a train,… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Nice. I was impressed how some neighbourhoods got together and started maintaining things themselves. My local community association organized a “Lawnmower Party” for East Lynn Park near Woodbine and… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Most of those don’t bother me directly (well, #1 is pretty damned annoying, and #3 as well) but really what bugs me is what some of that behaviour does for driver perceptions and attitudes regarding w… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

It’s a shame it’s on Monday/Tuesday. It’d be cool to be able to, for example, ride out there on a Friday night, stay through the weekend and ride back Sunday afternoon. I don’t think I’d be able to ma… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Looks like some are getting a head start. They just mowed the park next door to us a few hours ago. Good sign. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Free Bikes at the Hyatt

Great idea. I think more places should be doing this. There are so many conferences (and lately *un*conferences such as Podcamp Toronto) – it’d be great to offer people coming from out of town another… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ward 5 Cycling Survey

Very encouraging. I wish we had one of these for every ward. (Maybe we do and I’m not aware of it?) It’d be a good tool for house/apartment hunting :-) … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Montrose Ave – Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Wow, I didn’t know about the one on Logan – I might actually use that one. Thanks! … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Montrose Ave – Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

I think you’re right adclN416 (how do you pronounce that? haha)… there’s one on Logan south of Dundas where it turns into a one-way street. Between Dundas and Gerrard it’s a 2-way street with 2-way … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Montrose Ave – Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Isn’t there one on Logan too? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ward 5 Cycling Survey

The results are in from Peter Milczyn’s Bikelane Survey. Click here for the PDF of the responses. Some interesting numbers from it: – 73% of respondents commute by bike – 61% of respondents use bikela… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

Nice article in the Guelph Mercury about the upcoming Ontario Bike Summit: The founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a tireless advocate in promoting the rights of cyclists on the streets… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Free Bikes at the Hyatt

From the NY Times: Work out and sightsee simultaneously, with Park Hyatt’s new Bicycle Valet program. Guests who stay at participating Park Hyatt properties in Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Du… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Montrose Ave – Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Don’t forget the one at Chester Hill Road and Broadview. That one’s a great time-saver allowing southbound cyclists to get to the Bloor Viaduct without dealing with the traffic at Broadview and Danfor… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Montrose Ave – Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

While looking over the Toronto Cycling Map I noticed a brief description of contra-flow bike lanes. I had no idea Toronto had any of these… turns out there are two. So I paid a short visit to one ju… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

BIXI: Montreal’s Bicycle Sharing System

Very nice post on The Urban Country about Montreal’s new Bixi system, from the point of view of a tourist from Toronto: The $15 million BIXI program – the largest of its kind in North America – consis… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Interesting blog post by Denise Balkissoon on being snarky about Toronto cyclists: Yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece about the Bike Snob, who has gained notoriety and made celebrity friends th… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

ooh, I had forgotten about that stoplight incident… but I found the blog post about it: Yes, the driver in the road rage incident yesterday (the one in which a driver lost his bananas on a cyclist … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

I’m reminded of the off-duty police officer who beat that guy in Toronto for stopping at a yellow light downtown. What *is* it with these guys? Or the cop in this case, for that matter? Seems like the… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

This is a crazy story… an Asheville N.C. firefighter shoots a cyclist in the head because he is biking with a child on a busy roadway. Thankfully the cyclists helmet stops the bullet. Officers said … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

West Toronto Railpath

The South Junction Triangle website has some new photos of the Railpath bridges being painted: Dupont Bridge gets painted with Railpath lettering Railpath, northbound crossing at Dupont St. Railpat… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Looks like the strike is effectively over (depending on ratification). Check out Spacing Toronto’s excellent headline coverage here. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Hahahaha. The streamers are cool. We should all have more streamers. :) … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…




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