Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter

Case Ootes is Retiring

Case Ootes, who has been city councillor for Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth since 1994, has decided to leave city politics.

Links:

Toronto Star: Case Ootes calls it quits

Toronto Sun: Case closed: Ootes retires

City Website: Case Ootes

BikingToronto:

Ward 29 Group

Ward 29 Forum: Case Ootes Retires

cootesThis is pretty significant news, as Ootes has held Ward 29 for 17 years… a Ward that straddles the dense urban residential environment of the Danforth as well as the slightly more dispersed but equally monied old borough of East York.

Ootes was once a fairly vocal and aggravating opponent of bikelanes in Toronto… and held up bikelane installation for months or years (notibly the Cosburn bikelanes) requesting extra reports, etc, even if the bikelanes were no where near his Ward. This changed a bit during this last term of Council, as Council streamlined the bikelane approval process, effectively preventing stall tactics like the ones Ootes used.

Although Ootes is not liked by bikelane advocates in Toronto, it is worth noting that politics is a profession where one must try to balance the needs and wants of all constituents in order to survive, and it’s something that Case must’ve been good at to hold Ward 29 for so long.

Ootes was deputy mayor under Mel Lastman from 1997-2003, and helped guide the City through the first years post-amalgamation.





RECENTLY ON BIKING TORONTO:

cbpix25.jpg.size_.xxlarge.letterbox

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 […]

16621-55241

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 […]

Danforth-window-cling-v4-blue-bkgrd-circle-rev-6

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 […]

Screen-shot-2015-07-02-at-11.22.00-PM

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 […]

tremaine-hit-run

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 […]

minimumgrid

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-NEW-1024x649

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 […]

19218110215_5878dde133_b

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!

cycle

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 […]

Sangyal-helps-rebuild-bikes-at-Bike-Pirates-c-Siva-Vijenthira-600x800

EVENT: Sat, July 4 – Bike Pirates celebrates their 9th Birthday

Please join us this Saturday, JULY 4TH, for some fun, food, and high fives. We couldn’t have made it to 9 years without the support of this community!We will be outside the shop for part of the afternoon saying hello to our new Parkdale neighbours, so come by to see the shop in action, have […]

Recommended Lights

"Frog" Lights

Planet Bike Light Combo

Planet Bike 5 LED Tail Light
Recommended Books
See More Books



RECENT NEWS POSTS: