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Bikes in the News – July 20, 2010

It’s been a while since our last News Links post, so here are some news clippings we’ve collected over the last few weeks:

  • InsideToronto Article: Jarvis set to get controversial bike lanes
    Bike lanes are finally going onto Jarvis Street this month. The only question now is how long the hugely controversial lanes will stay there, after the fall’s municipal election.

    Council approved the lanes last year as part of a revitalization of Jarvis Street that includes removing the middle, reversible traffic lane, widening sidewalks and removing on-street parking.

    Jul 19, 2010

  • BlogTO: Top Toronto Bike Paths
    The top bike paths in Toronto aren’t made up of too many hidden gems. As it should, the Toronto Cycling Map charts the routes of the various paved and low-difficulty dirt trails across the city. But, due to our plentiful ravines — where a number of these paths and trails are located — in the absence of the map and/or a little local knowledge, it’s possible to miss some excellent opportunities to ride without fear of (heavy) vehicular traffic.

    Jul 18, 2010

  • Jarvis bike lane installation starts today – thestar.com

    Jarvis, pre-BikelanesIt was a decision that some believe helped set the table for this year’s transportation-focused city elections and proved a turning point for Toronto’s cycling community.
    With the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis St., beginning on Friday, motorists and cyclists will be able to gauge the impact of last year’s hard-fought battle to remove the reversible centre lane in favour of bikes.

    Jul 17, 2010

  • Rossi vows to undo bike lanes | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
    Paint can be cleaned up pretty easily, mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi said Thursday, vowing to undo Jarvis St. bike lanes if he should win the Oct. 25 civic election.

    “They’re drawing lines on Jarvis and I’m drawing a line in the sand,” Rossi said. “I will paint over those lines on Jarvis when I become mayor.”

    Work on removing the broad thoroughfare’s reversible centre lane and the pay and display parking machines begins Friday, with the painting of the new bike lanes starting July 24.

    Jul 17, 2010

  • Jarvis lane to disappear | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
    Starting Friday night — the same evening the Honda Indy comes to town — the centre reversible lane on Jarvis St. will cease to exist.

    Gary Welsh, general manager of transportation, said that night the overhead light marking the fifth lane will be turned off and the centre lane taken out of operation — in preparation for installation of bike lanes on both sides of Jarvis, from Charles St. to Queen St.

    Jul 15, 2010

  • The Fixer: Police barricades block bicycle lane – thestar.com
    The waist-high metal barricades are kept on a Toronto police trailer, which is usually parked right in front of the consulate, totally blocking the bicycle lane on the west side of St. George.

    Laura Morrison emailed to say that “every weekday for the past two summers,” the trailer has blocked the bike lane, forcing cyclists to swerve out of the dedicated lane and into traffic.

    “As St. George is a major southbound bike lane, I imagine this puts hundreds of cyclists in danger every morning, myself included,” Morrison wrote.

    Jul 14, 2010

  • Free Bike Rentals
    In a move that that will certainly shock the Toronto bike rental market, Segway of Ontario has announced their full launch into bike rentals. Calling it a “bold, innovative and purely awesome step forward”, Chief Fun Officer Aaron Binder jumped up and down excitedly while yelling the same statement over and over again while typing up this very press release.

    Jul 14, 2010

  • Metro – Cyclists and motorists: Why can’t we be friends?
    Just because we hang around gas stations and the occasional Tim Hortons drive-thru, doesn’t mean we hate cycling and cyclists. In fact, many of us are avid cyclists, and are extremely hip to everything the bicycle can offer — to the transportation cause, to overall health, to the quest for fun.

    During riding season, I often take my bike instead of the car, because it’s easier and quicker, especially in the city.

    Jul 14, 2010

  • Tour de GTA – thestar.com
    Saturday is Stage 7 of the Tour de France which will take the world’s top road cyclists 165 kilometres through mountainous terrain that ends at Station des Rousses, a ski resort town 1,000 metres above their starting point in the Burgundy town of Tournus.

    For less-skilled cyclists, the Star tried out our local brand of challenging ascents. We don’t have mountains, but what we do have are an inordinate number of river valleys and small hills that offer a surprising range of 100-metre inclines, not to mention some beautiful views. And of course, there’s the Niagara escarpment with near endless roads to climb.

    Jul 10, 2010

  • Cycling Secrets of the Don Valley – Torontoist
    The eleven-kilometre recreation trail running from Taylor Creek Park to Lakeshore Boulevard is one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets.

    Jul 9, 2010

  • Metro – Get on your bikes and ride Toronto’s trails
    “Toronto is such a bike-friendly place,” smiles Bruce Abe, co-owner of popular bicycle rental service Wheel Excitement. “There are literally hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths that can take you just about anywhere in the city.”

    Jul 9, 2010

  • Union Station transit gateway makeover unveiled – thestar.com
    The proposed design reduces traffic from two lanes in each direction to one, wide enough to accommodate cyclists, with patterned and textured pavement so drivers sense a change and slow down. Lighting would be enhanced and sidewalks almost doubled in width.

    The intersection of Front and Bay Sts. would also become a more elegant civic space, with wider sidewalks and crosswalks and patterned pavement.

    The cabs that usually clog the street would be relegated to lay-bys, curb indentations convenient for pick-ups and drop-offs.

    Pedestrians would be permitted to cross anywhere on the block. The current median, which blocks pedestrians from crossing because of its huge planters, would be replaced with a tree-lined island marked off from the rest of the street by bollards.

    Jul 6, 2010

  • IDEAS FOR TORONTO: Blue bike lanes « Spacing Toronto
    Portland, Oregon installed blue bike lanes at intersections over a decade ago in an effort to improve cyclist safety (see signage above). The coloured bike lanes span intersections where there are conflicts between cyclist and motorist rights-of-way. A 2003 City of Toronto study reported that the majority of bike-car collisions in Toronto occur at intersections where the motorist is performing a turning maneuver.

    Jun 29, 2010





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