How to get urban dwellers cycling: Make it normal [Globe & Mail]
I think the main thing is treating cycling as nothing special. If you have Option A and Option B, and Option A takes you 15 minutes, it’s comfortable, Option B takes you 25 minutes, it feels dangerous, most people will choose Option A. … The bottom line is just making it the most attractive choice.
After finishing a 12-hour shift at the hospital on Apr. 16, the nurse came out and found her $1,000 road bike was missing. The only thing left behind was a U-Lock and cut cable lock.
But a day after her story appeared in the Toronto Sun, a man whose heart went out to the 33-year-old nurse, dropped off his Raleigh hybrid sport bike at the hospital.
What a great day! A record breaking number of delegates participated in TCAT’s fifth annual Complete Streets Forum on Monday April 23, 2012 at the Evergreen Brick Works. There were 230 delegates gathered in Toronto and another 20 joined in through webcasting for a total of 250 participants!
Awarding Toronto Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award Irresponsible in Light of Statistics [Toronto Cyclists Union]
Yesterday, the City of Toronto received a Bicycle Friendly Community award, which recognizes long-term multi-faceted commitment to cycling. The Silver Award that is being presented to the City is proof that cycling is a major issue in Toronto and one that requires much more attention if we are to attain the Gold or Platinum standards shared by North America’s best cycling cities.
“I like to say we have no cyclists in Copenhagen,” Mr. Rohl, manager of the City of Copenhagen’s bicycle program, told about 200 people at the Ontario Bike Summit at the Hyatt Regency on King Street West on Tuesday. “We have citizens who use bikes to get from A to B.”
Danish cyclist showing Toronto how to cope with sharing the road [National Post]
Denmark’s history of cycling, combined with Copenhagen’s dense and flat landscape, has contributed to its popularity. About 37% of trips to school and work are on a bike, compared with 31% in the car, 28% on transit and 4% on foot. “First of all it’s infrastructure, you can’t ask people to do something where they feel like they put their lives in danger.”
Motorist Convenience Trumps Safety [The Urban Country]
A poll on the left-leaning Toronto Star website shows that 68% of readers would not be willing to reduce speed limits to 30 km/h on residential streets and 40km/h on other city streets.
An article in the right-leaning Toronto Sun newspaper warned that Toronto would become “Canada’s worst speed trap” if speed limits in this city were reduced (because drivers would of course disobey the new speed limit just as they do the current speed limits).
On April 23, 2012 at the Complete Streets Forum, TCAT released a new report titled Complete Streets Gap Analysis: Opportunities and Barriers in Ontario. Produced, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the report provides an analysis of the potential for Complete Streets in 17 of Ontario’s largest municipalities.
Big boost planned for city bike trails [Toronto Sun]
Projects proposed this year include extending the Finch Hydro Corridor Trail east of Yonge St. to connect with the Don Trail, extending the Waterfront Trail further west in Etobicoke and further east into Pickering, and commencing an Environmental Assessment for the expansion of the East Don Trail.
The public works chairman said the bikeway trails network would have investments of around $6 million a year for the next decade.
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