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Sept. 3: New in the BikingToronto Forum


Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 04:28 PM PDT

We should not allow this tragedy result in a cars vs bikes argument. Both need to peacefully and safely co-exist. As a driver, I try to move over to the left when passing cyclists to give extra room … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 02:41 PM PDT

I didn’t know either man but from what I’ve read it seems that Sheppard was a drunk, aggressive loser who was out looking for a fight after a spat with his girlfriend and a visit from police. He was a… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 02:02 PM PDT

^^ Of course, Michael Bryant was never your stereotypical Attorney-General. the Globe profile from last May quotes him explaining his love of boxing as: “I loved it from the start. It didn’t matter ho… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

I’m sorry, I realize I’m acting partly on conjecture here because I wasn’t there but really it seems obvious to me. Nobody gets charged with “Negligent operation of a handgun resulting in death” when … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:02 PM PDT

That was the best one so far, in my opinion. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:02 PM PDT

I’ll be going. It’s hard to say what will happen. With a large turnout there just may not be the space for them on the sidewalks. And as far as I’m concerned, if the observance really is 5 minutes, I … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Three cyclists hurt in crashes

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:53 AM PDT

Ride safely, folks… … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:46 AM PDT

So the courier had been drinking! And was aggressive. And shouldn’t have reached for the driver or grabbed hold of a car. But unless Bryant is an obstainer, and it’s a rare animal in political life wh… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Three cyclists hurt in crashes

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Unfortunately, 3 more cyclists have recently been injured on the roads: Three cyclists were in hospital after three separate bicycle-vehicle collisions yesterday. A 20-year-old woman was cycling north… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:59 AM PDT

From a legal perspective: Lawyers abuzz over Michael Bryant case Jonathan Rosenthal, who has extensive experience in motor vehicle cases, said he would look for evidence his client feared for his saf… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:56 AM PDT

And… unfortunately a rush-hour memorial blocking traffic is not going to go over well in the hearts and minds of “regular” Torontonians, who don’t have the best opinion of bike couriers to begin wit… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:49 AM PDT

In the aftermath of the Bryant / Sheppard tragedy, we are seeing great articles about the need for respect from all parties on the roads, including this piece in the Globe: Searching for a detente H… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:45 AM PDT

Pretty good piece about the memorial: Flowers, notes mark Toronto memorial for cyclist Bruce Wayne, a 40-year old part-time bike messenger, appeared distraught as he stopped to attach a message to t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:38 AM PDT

Wow. The Top 10 viewed Toronto articles on the Globe and Mail’s site ALL have to do with this: 1. Bryant resigns as head of Invest Toronto 2. Bryant’s story shocking, sobering – far too common 3. Bike… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:21 AM PDT

The Treehugger article coupled with this Christie Blatchford article that the Treehugger article links to seems to sum up the best opinion I’ve read. Not just because I agree, but because it expands o… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:01 AM PDT

CP24 is reporting that Bryant says he’s innocent: The former Ontario cabinet minister criminally charged in the death of a bicycle courier says he’s innocent of the accusations against him. Michael Br… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 09:22 AM PDT

Great follow-up coverage by TreeHugger: Friends describe Sheppard as at “total sweetheart.” Outraged cyclists are holding protest rallies. But this is Ontario, and the establishment sticks together to… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:48 AM PDT

I’m sorry the man died, but i think it’s motorists turn now. tomorrow, motorists should shut down highways for a cyclist causing his own death with an automobile … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

On Passing – What Are the Rules?

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:25 AM PDT

On Passing – What Are the Rules? While there are times when cyclists are able to overtake motorists, my concern is with vehicles passing me. What are the rules? Here’s my blog post on the topic… Wh… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

More cyclist blood shed on Bloor St.

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:20 AM PDT

Picked this up on Twitter. I am so sorry the courier was killed. Another cyclist injury in East Lansing, MI. http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=11033339&nav=menu25_2 Car Hits Bicyclist Posted:… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

International Mountain Bicycling Association Provincial Summit – Sep 25-27

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:09 AM PDT

Hot on the heels of the Ontario Bike Summit and right next door in Kitchener, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) will host the first-ever Ontario Mountain Bike Summit. Mountain … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Tour de University Heights – Sep 19

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:04 AM PDT

The 3rd annual Tour de University Heights bike race is happening on Saturday September 19th at Driftwood Community Centre (4401 Jane St.) from 9am to 5pm (setup at 8am). Previous races in 2007 & … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:03 AM PDT

They’ve released the agenda for the Ontario Bike Summit. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

TCAT Looking for a Active Transportation Researcher

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:59 AM PDT

TCAT is looking for a researcher on a short-term contract to assist in a review and update of TCAT’s platform. The work includes undergoing a review of progress made during the current term of Toronto… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

BikeTrain now between Toronto and Montreal

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:58 AM PDT

There’s a dedicated website for this too! BikeOnTheTrain.com … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Cyclists and Bikelanes benefit Businesses

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:52 AM PDT

TCAT has just released a printable brochure (PDF) of much of the information from their recent report “Bikelanes, On-Street Parking and Business”. Lots of good info. Link to PDF. Cross-posted to the I… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes good for Business Brochure

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:50 AM PDT

TCAT has just released a printable brochure (PDF) of much of the information from their recent report “Bikelanes, On-Street Parking and Business”. Lots of good info. Link to PDF. Cross-posted to the B… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:23 AM PDT

The Globe has some back-story on Sheppard: Courier had history with police Although admired by his co-workers for his charisma and adored by his friends and family for his comedy, Darcy Allan Shepp… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:20 AM PDT

Great discussions here. Scarr sums it up pretty well that unfortunately this is a case of two people letting road rage get the better of them. It sounds like Sheppard wasn’t in the best frame of mind … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:15 AM PDT

The story has hit the New York Times: Canadian Politician Charged in Death As the high-profile attorney general for Ontario, Michael Bryant had championed severe and controversial traffic safety laws… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:05 AM PDT

One more update here. http://www.thestar.com/article/689771 I’m really having trouble feeling immediately sympathetic for either Darcy Allan Sheppard or Michael Bryant, given what’s being reported. I … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Toronto Star Editorial: We need to share the city’s roads

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:45 AM PDT

The Star has a nice sensible editorial about sharing the roads in the wake of Monday nights tragedy: The latest altercation between a car and a bicycle on Toronto’s streets has left cyclist Darcy Alla… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Torontoist: The Cyclist Who Drew Toronto

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:20 AM PDT

Wow… this video is going viral. It was posted on Fandome.com, and now is a popular post on Digg. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

More cyclist blood shed on Bloor St.

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:33 AM PDT

Oh no… another cyclist has been injured after being hit by a truck near Bloor and Walmer Road (just west of Spadina). As our reporter headed this afternoon to Bloor Street in Yorkville, scene of las… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:21 AM PDT

I just posted some photos from yesterday’s bike courier protest/sit-in over in the memorial thread. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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