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Weekly Wrap-Up: Streetcar Tragedy, The New Roncy and Don’t Be A Jerk

Weekly Wrap-Up: Streetcar Tragedy, The New Roncy and Don’t Be A JerkWelcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

  1. Cyclist killed by Streetcar at Spadina and Lakeshore
  2. The New Roncesvalles: Ride Your Bike up onto the Curb
  3. On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns
  4. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity Page
  5. Road Rule #1: Don’t Be A Jerk
  6. On The Blogs: How To Light Your Bike
  7. The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”
  8. Google to map Toronto’s Bikelanes
  9. Cyclist Pinned Under Streetcar on Spadina
  10. Photos of the Week: Nov. 15 – 19, 2010

New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

On Saturday, Nov. 20th, a group of people in South Riverdale got together to have a look at the safety features (or lack thereof) for pedestrians and cyclists on the stretch of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Queen St. The street will be reconstructed when the TTC builds their new streetcar car barns […] Related posts: Reminder: Leslie Street Reconstruction Meeting Tonight Public Comments about Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue Bikelanes Does TTC Environmental Assessment for Lakeshore…
  • The BikingToronto Shop has just been updated with new shirts for men, women, children and babies. The profits from all purchases go to Toronto cycling-related charities. Visit the shop here: BikingToronto Shop Learn more about ibiketo.org, the charitable arm of BikingToronto, here. (Click on any of the images here to learn more about each product) […] Related posts: Tell the World, “I Bike T.O.” Covet: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets Social Cycling: Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike! Toronto 2010…
  • Lady is the Boss – Bicycle Fight Related posts:Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist Related posts: Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist
  • Video via Vélo d’hiver – Montreal – Bike Winter on Facebook. Related posts:Chicago Winter Cyclists Profiled by PBS Dottie Demonstrates Dressing for Winter Cycling The Least Expensive Winter Cycling Accessory You Need Related posts: Chicago Winter Cyclists Profiled by PBS Dottie Demonstrates Dressing for Winter Cycling The Least Expensive Winter Cycling Accessory You Need
  • Related posts:How to Use a Bike Box – City of Toronto PSA Related posts: How to Use a Bike Box – City of Toronto PSA
  • Photo via NY Mag by Randy Harris Since 2007, Janette Sadik-Khan has been commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and “is responsible for 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry, the nation’s busiest […] Related posts: The Changing Face of the NYC Commute
  • Here’s a fifth addition to the four cycling bags I recently “coveted.” Based in Toronto, YNOT Cycle, run by Tom Mosher, has recently expanded to a new location and continues cranking out custom bags for local riders. From the massive, carry-everything-you-own Cobra to the roll-top and room for plenty Gulper (pictured above) Tom and his […] Related posts: Covet: Repurposed Car Parts and Inner Tubes Become Mariclaro Bags Covet: Handmade Messenger Bags Created Right Here in Toronto Covet: PAC…
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  • Nice heels on the woman riding the white bike with the front rack! Certainly would be approved by my girlfriend. Via Cyclometer November Newsletter Related posts:City of Toronto Sharrows PSA City Wants You To Create Art We Can Lock Our Bikes To Where We Park Our Bikes in Toronto Related posts: City of Toronto Sharrows PSA City Wants You To Create Art We Can Lock Our Bikes To Where We Park Our Bikes in Toronto
  • Big news for map lovers today! Google Maps has announced that it will be mapping out the bikelanes of 8 Canadian Cities (including Toronto): The online information giant announced Monday that it is introducing a Bike Directions feature to its popular Google Maps site, allowing users to highlight bike-friendly trails and roads across most major […] Related posts: Getting Google Maps to pay Attention to Bikes 58% of Toronto wants Bikelanes on Major Streets Biking for Google StreetView
  • There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the problems New York City is facing by having tons more cyclists on their streets (thanks to large amounts of new bikelanes and cycling infrastructure on their streets). Essentially, there are a lot more confrontations between cars, bikes and pedestrians… as they all have to […] Related posts: The Road To A Better Future Jarvis Street, Before the Bikelanes Results from the Police “Safe Cycling – Share the Responsibility”…
  • Spotted on John Prolly’s Flickr photostream. According to Google, Coco-Mat is a mattress company whose products are now available in NYC. Update: More googling has turned up these videos of the delivery bicycle in action: Related posts:Cargo Bikes; Big in New York (and Toronto too!) Cruisers, Cargo bikes, Handmades and More – The Toronto International […] Related posts: Cargo Bikes; Big in New York (and Toronto too!) Cruisers, Cargo bikes, Handmades and More – The Toronto International Bicycle…
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Wed, Nov. 24 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Fri, Nov. 26 Critical Mass Toronto Know of other events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch in […] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 15 – 21 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 8 – 14
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  • Back in the spring of 2009, the renovation of Roncesvalles Ave. was just getting underway. Plans called for many more trees and wider sidewalks, including sidewalk “bump-outs” at some streetcar stops to allow transit users to board streetcars directly from the sidewalk. One bit of controversy was that while the street is planned to be […] Related posts: Have Your Say: Roncesvalles Streetcar Stops and Cyclists Headlines: Bike Infrastructure on Jarvis and Roncesvalles Balancing Streetcar…
  • Excellent and timely lighting post from Stephen on Cycling50+ … a great rundown of the lights and reflectors you need to ensure drivers see you at night: Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders The basic trick to night riding is […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists On The Blogs: Ride and Prejudice On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns
  • Over on the Photo of the Day blog, we feature a photo related to biking in Toronto every weekday (sometimes on weekends too). Here are the photos from the past week. Click on them to see them bigger and find links to the originals and the photographers. The Original Hipster Little Green Bike Fog Biker […] Related posts: Photos of the Week: Oct 4 – 8, 2010 Photos of the Week: Oct. 18 – 22, 2010 Photos of the Week: Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2010
  • Bikeroo checked out the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Cedarvale Park (and previously shared with us a crash video): For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a gritty cycling race in which riders race along an off road course. Technical skill is important as they have to ride in tight quarters with each other but navigate around or […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Cyclocross Crash Video On The Blogs: Queens Park Grand Prix Photos from the Canadian Cyclocross Championships
  • Concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety have been raised by residents of Leslieville and The Beaches in the south east of the city around the redevelopment of Leslie Street that will see Street Car tracks added to the street starting next year. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 20, 2010 Paul Young, Health Promoter at South Riverdale Community […] Related posts: Users ‘re-purposing’ Jones Avenue Bike Lanes – Two way bike lanes?!! Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane East/West Corridors – part 2
  • Tragedy on the streets this morning: A cyclist was struck and killed this morning by a streetcar on Spadina Ave. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Spadina and Lake Shore Blvd. W. The male cyclist, in his 60s, was declared dead at the scene, Const. Hugh Smith said. This was the […] Related posts: Cyclist Pinned Under Streetcar on Spadina Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina Cyclist Killed in the West End
  • All is not well in the suburbs. Artist: Arcade Fire Song: Suburbs Director: Spike Jonze Related posts:Mark Ronson’s The Bike Song (featuring Kyle Falconer and Spankrock) Fall Flowers a Fire Escape and a Cargo Bike Related posts: Mark Ronson’s The Bike Song (featuring Kyle Falconer and Spankrock) Fall Flowers a Fire Escape and a Cargo Bike
  • Not only is it a great post about signaling right turns with your left arm (instead of your right), but Duncan’s post on why he signals with his left has also spurred a great little discussion in the comments about the reasons why each method can be useful: It can be easy to forget or […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists 10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 5 of 10
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    OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto to double with $4.9 million from Metrolinx 

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