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Weekly News Wrap-Up: Ice Bike Races and Toronto Bixi in Trouble

Happy seasonably warm Friday to you!  This morning was a great one for riding to work.  Spring is right around the corner!    Here’s all the news from the world of Toronto cycling from the past week, as well as what’s been active in the forums.

Photos and Video from the Ice Bike Races

On Sat. Feb 13, Dufferin Grove Park was the scene for “Icycle 2010″ – the annual Ice Bike Races put on by Derek Chadbourne of the Bike Joint.   We’ve collected a whole bunch of videos and photo collections of the evening for you.  (check them out)

Toronto’s Bike Sharing Bixi Plans are in Trouble (and how you can help)

Our city’s plans to have an extensive network of cheap rentable bikes all over downtown in 2010 is in danger due to start-up costs.  Putting an estimated $15 million into something that most of the electorate (unfortunately) sees as a “fringe” transportation option has politicians and city staff a little apprehensive during this election year.  Here’s a rundown of the situation as well as how you can help.

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OH YEAH! Bloor bike lanes finally get the go ahead in Toronto

With a vote of 38-3 (!!!), City Council has approved a 1-year pilot of bike lanes on Bloor St! Bike Lanes are finally a reality on Bloor St. After years of campaigns and debate, city council voted 38-3 in favour of a pilot project that will see cycling infrastructure installed between Shaw St. and Avenue […]

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OH YEAH! Suburban Etobicoke councillor changes vote on Bloor bike lanes to a ‘yes’

More proof that politicians who actually take time to understand the issues are, in fact, better politician. “Riding it, you do realize a separate bike lane is infinitely safer than riding with traffic,” Campbell said. The councillor was leaning toward voting against the pilot project before his daughter started texting him, praising the bike lane […]

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OH YEAH: Bloor bike lane pilot debate flow chart!

Well this is just amazing.   A complete flow chart that breaks down all the objections to a Bloor bike lane pilot and why none of the objections are valid. It was created by @the416anthill, @iainmcampbell and @antonlodder for Ward 19 Bikes. Source: Bloor bike lane pilot debate flow chart  

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NEWS: Vision Zero supported but not Bloor bike lanes?

City Council votes on the Bloor bike lane pilot this morning (it’s scheduled as the first item, at 9:30 – watch it stream on youtube here), and here’s a good piece from Albert Koehl in Dandyhorse about the project at the Public Works Committee last week: If Bloor isn’t safe, why do cyclists continue to […]

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VIDEO: What’s it like to ride Bloor Street without bike lanes?

Metro Morning‘s Matt Galloway decided to document what it was like riding Bloor St. without bikelanes, in advance of the City Council vote about a bike lane pilot: What does it look like to ride a bike down Bloor Street in rush hour without bike lanes? I strapped a GoPro onto my helmet to find out. […]