While the Toronto Cyclist’s Union Cycle Toronto’s effort to force the city to conduct a time-consuming environmental assessment before removing the Jarvis bike lanes continues, it’s published city collision data showing changes from the period before the bike lane was put in, and the one-year numbers since the bike lane went in. The results, as Cycle Toronto puts it, are pretty definitive.
Cycling advocates say a city report showing fewer collisions on Jarvis St. since the bike lanes were installed is fresh ammunition in the battle to persuade Toronto to keep cycling space on that road.
But the chair of the public works and infrastructure committee said he hasn’t changed his mind about scrubbing the Jarvis lanes as soon as a new cycle track is built this year on Sherbourne St., physically separating bikes from cars on a parallel route.
Cycle Toronto, Board Election Results and Annual General Meeting Recap [Toronto Cyclists Union / Cycle Toronto]
Bikes of Bamboo [Torontoist]
“When I first saw a bamboo bike in a magazine, it was just breathtaking,” Kraiker said. “I had gone to school for welding, because I had this goal of becoming a frame builder, and suddenly welding was completely irrelevant. I was more interested in botany.”
The Toronto Bamboo Bike Studio is a small, gated-off area in the corner of a laneway garage, with just enough space for the two metal guides Kraiker uses to shape and assemble his frames out of iron bamboo, imported from the Yucatan.
How did Bixi do in its first year in Toronto? [TorontoLife]
For about a month last year, Toronto cyclist Lizz Bryce avoided the stretch of St. George Street near the Rotman School of Management at all costs. The building was under construction and the project spilled out onto the sidewalks and beyond, often blocking the street’s heavily-used northbound bike lane.
The Grid guide to cycling etiquette [The Grid TO]
How should people behave in cities? The Grid’s Urban Etiquette video series gives you a few tips on how to be a polite city dweller.
This week, we ask Andrea Garcia, the Advocacy Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, to advise us on why cyclists shouldn’t run red lights, how often to ring your bell, and whether bike flirting is an acceptable practice.
Bixi Toronto bike rental service turns 1 [CityNews]
Bixi Toronto is celebrating its first anniversary with events at several bike rental stations around the city.
The celebrations for the popular bike rental service featured a stunt rider, gifts and giveaways for Torontonians at five bike stations.
Spokesman Michel Philibert said the program has been a success, attracting 5,176 members who took more than 550,000 trips in the first year.
Bike Collision Rates are Down on Jarvis Street [Toronto Cyclists Union / Cycle Toronto]
We’ve briefly mentioned this story before, but the decision was finally made last night: the Toronto Cyclist Union had to decide whether to keep the word “union” in its name, or go with a more generic term. The results were pretty overwhelming.
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