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Weekly News Wrap-Up: Top Cyclist Complaints, Cop Caught Parked in Bikelane

Happy Friday to you. Here’s all the New stuff! :)

  • UPDATE: No sign of Trial for Bike Thief
    Is a deal in the making? Stolen-bike case close to ending in deal, court told Lawyers in the Igor Kenk stolen-bicycles saga are discussing a possible deal to resolve the massive criminal case and head off a trial for the 50-year-old bike repairman, a Toronto court heard yesterday.… (Read More)
  • A Toronto Cyclist’s Top 10 Complaints
    AWESOME post by BlogTO: Toronto cyclists have much to complain about and generally aren’t shy about airing their discontent. Whether it be the scarcity of bike lanes, the abundance of potholes or simply the fact that our climate makes year-round riding nearly impossible, I think it’s only fair to… (Read More)
  • UPDATE: Toronto streets a job hazard, ex-courier says
    Interesting update from the Star, which addresses my concerns about the City not employing cyclists: Law backs cyclist’s quest for safe roads A former bike courier’s bid to take the city before the Ontario Labour Board – claiming Toronto streets constitute an unsafe workplace for people who bike on… (Read More)
  • UPDATE: Cop nailed for bike lane parking
    Follow-up article from the Sun. Councillor Pam McConnell (vice-chairman of the Police Services Board) says that cops should be held to the same standard as the general public, while surprisingly, Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker and Councillor Adrian Heaps say that maybe there should be exceptions for cops… (Read More)
  • Cyclist dies after being hit by car in Mississauga
    From CP24: A male cyclist has died after being hit by a car in Mississauga on Tuesday evening. The crash happened after 6:30 p.m. at Bloor Street and Runningbrook Drive, between Dixie and Tomken Roads. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The intersection has been shut down… (Read More)
  • City peddles bikes to its employees
    From the Star: Police do it. EMS workers and bylaw officers do it. But the city wants more of its employees to use sustainable transportation on the job. That’s why Toronto’s Smart Commute office has set up a bike-sharing program where employees can sign out two wheels instead of… (Read More)
  • Toronto streets a job hazard, ex-courier says
    Cyclist takes city to labour board, claiming roads are unsafe workplace for those who bike for a living. From the Star: Ten years ago, bike courier Wayne Scott won an epic battle against Revenue Canada. His arguments persuaded the Federal Court of Appeal to rule that bike couriers could… (Read More)
  • Toronto Cop Nailed for Bike Lane Parking
    A Toronto Police officer who parked his cruiser in a bike lane to get his lunch is getting no love from his superiors, who are coming down hard on his “stupid” and “unacceptable” actions. On Sunday,the Sun witnessed a city cop sitting inside the Grillway Cafe, at Runnymede Rd.… (Read More)
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