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Sept. 4: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Decommissioned police bikes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:01 PM PDT

hahah, hohoh… i love this from one of the items: “Sorry no sirens included …so don’t keep asking me!” I so wanted a siren! … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

On Passing – What Are the Rules?

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:57 PM PDT

Just read the blog post. I loved the reference from the handbook (relative to our other thread as well) and it exactly illustrates your point about educating motorists as well as cyclists. I can’t say… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:37 PM PDT

@duncan Your right, the education needs to go both ways. In aviation licensing, current holders are sent constant updates to the rules etc. Maybe something like that needs to be implemented for “road … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 02:25 PM PDT

I don’t understand why there has to be a separation between these two issues! Remember the former Attorney General had counter-spin doctors working immediately to besmirch the character of the victim… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 12:33 PM PDT

Wow, 3 crashes a day? That’s still *crazy*. All in all it’s kind of like the weather man saying proudly: “Temperatures have dropped! While it was 45°C last week, it’ll be only 40 this week!” Infrastru… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Statements after the fact

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 12:21 PM PDT

Scarr said: To the drivers who gave me plenty of room, allowed me to pass when they were pulling out on to the street, and who did not give me a hard time when I entered traffic to get around an obsta… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Statements after the fact

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:08 AM PDT

Ha! Actually I’ve got a big one I’ve been working on all summer. To the drivers who gave me plenty of room, allowed me to pass when they were pulling out on to the street, and who did not give me a h… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 09:30 AM PDT

If a license means that drivers will pass me safely and not try to cut me off to get in the right turning lane, I’ll get one. If a license means that I won’t be honked at and will be given the full la… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:38 AM PDT

I have often though licensing bicycles would be a good idea. Not because you want to make it hard for people to ride them but because they share the road with other vehicles and a lot of bicyclists do… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Statements after the fact

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:23 AM PDT

A few incidents that I wish I could have spoken up about at the time, but the time was lost. Maybe those people will be reading this forum. To the cyclist I gave hell to for running a stop sign when y… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:21 AM PDT

Do you think this is part of why drivers are *so* adamant about this? They know they’re driving a projectile and it freaks them out to know that they could easily kill someone and want every assurance… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:14 AM PDT

I tend to agree, Sandlynx. I’ve seen some careless folks, but arrogant? Haven’t seen that yet. Maybe you’re right about taking the lane. More than anything else the attitude that everyone on two wheel… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:11 AM PDT

Even with all this hubbub, the roads are getting more civilized? Less collisions, but more media coverage? Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say Collisions between bikes and cars are d… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:06 AM PDT

The National Post published some photos too: … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:04 AM PDT

Cyclist may have grabbed Bryant, wheel: police Toronto police are investigating whether a cyclist killed in an altercation with a car driven by former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant grabbed… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:01 AM PDT

NOW Magazine has an article saying the same thing – Bikelanes and Road Rage are two separate issues: In my novice cyclists’ opinion, Toronto needs many more bike lanes, and fast. It’s too dangerous … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Forum Newsletter – September 2009

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:42 AM PDT

Hi everyone, Welcome to the first monthly newsletter of the BikingToronto Forum. The purpose of this newsletter is to let you, a person who cares enough about cycling in Toronto to register on the For… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:14 AM PDT

That’s what I had thought also when I arrived. It played out totally differently. There must’ve been other rides happening as there was a Critical Mass-sized group at the corner of Bay/Bloor that just… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:08 AM PDT

I’m conflicted on this one. It’d be crazy to argue against the teaching of the rules of the road. On the other hand, what is the purpose of licensing users? Enforcement happens regardless of a license… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:07 AM PDT

Good points Todd. :) I thought the ride was going from Bay/Bloor to Avenue/Bloor, and that’s it. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:02 AM PDT

Weird that Citynews claims the road was blocked “for hours” – there was a ride that left Bay/Bloor at about 5, and got back to Avenue/Bloor at 6. By about 6:30 everyone had moved over to one eastbound… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:56 AM PDT

I think the core problem is education of both cyclists (when they’re starting school) and motorists. Then, after that, enforcing the laws equally. If you educate children in elementary school, whether… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:39 AM PDT

I just posted Photos and Video from last night’s Memorial over in the Memorial topic. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:28 AM PDT

It might be Bryant’s people digging up dirt, but then again it doesn’t seem like Sheppard was living under the radar so I can’t imagine it’s a hard job. In any case I don’t really care how much dirt t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Portland: Ice cream for bike lane builders

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:09 AM PDT

Cool story (no pun intended) out of Portland – their Bicycle Business League (a group of bike-related businesses) gave Portland Bureau of Transportation workers ice cream while they were installing bi… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:03 AM PDT

I keep hearing this about the “cavalier attitude of bike couriers”, and around my town, the “arrogance of cyclists” and wonder, “Is this true?” I haven’t met a cyclist around here yet that I can call … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:48 AM PDT

Why is it that many drivers show no respect for cyclists not wearing a helmet? And then, when we do wear helmets, they pass too closely because of this magical plastic bucket that is not capable of re… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:17 AM PDT

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:10 AM PDT

This is to be discussed next wednesday at City Council: City committee set to discuss cycling policy changes City politicians may not have felt easy talking about the specifics of Toronto’s latest cy… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:09 AM PDT

This is to be discussed next wednesday at City Council: City committee set to discuss cycling policy changes City politicians may not have felt easy talking about the specifics of Toronto’s latest cy… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:04 AM PDT

I tend to agree with this… there is absolutely nothing a bikelane would’ve done to prevent a cyclist/motorist incident akin to what happened Monday, and part of me thinks it’s a little tacky of cycl… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:59 AM PDT

Some photos of last night’s memorial ride, from Martin Reis: … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:57 AM PDT

Re: Sheppard’s Past Looks like Bryant’s PR people are doing a good job digging up dirt… or maybe reporters are just eager for scandal here. One thing really coming out during this tragedy is that pe… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:49 AM PDT

Police looking at videos for clues to what really happened: Police probe videos to see if cyclist grabbed Bryant Police confirmed Wednesday night that they are sifting through video surveillance foot… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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

Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:47 AM PDT

News outlets are continuing to pursue Sheppard’s past: Dead cyclist a fraud suspect She was the waitress. He was the disc jockey. Sheppard went to Schlender’s place for pizza “and he never left,” 3… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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