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The News Cycle for Thursday, May 3, 2012

OpenRoad: ‘War’ between cyclists and motorists overstated, but casualties are real [OpenFile]

OPENROAD: 'WAR' BETWEEN CYCLISTS AND MOTORISTS OVERSTATED, BUT CASUALTIES ARE REAL
When looking at 2007 to 2010 cycling accident data from six large Canadian cities, some trends quickly emerge. There were more bike accidents mid-week than between Friday and Monday, and more during the afternoon rush hour than in the morning—with the hour between 5 and 6 p.m. the most dangerous time slot. June through September saw the highest collision numbers overall, with July ever so slightly ahead of second-place June.

 

Toronto Cyclists Union Releases New Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles & Goals [Toronto Cyclists Union]

Thanks to the work of more than 20 core Strategic Planning Design Team members and the input of 80 participants at our January 2012 Strategic Planning Summit, we’re pleased to release our organization’s new Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles and Goals, approved by the bike union’s Board of Directors in April 2012. 

 

Cycling Advocates Consider a Rebrand [Torontoist]

Cycling Advocates Consider a Rebrand

This week, members of the Toronto Cyclists Union will consider a proposal from their board of directors to change the organization’s name to Cycle Toronto. The rebrand, which members of the union will put to a vote at the TCU’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, is part of an ambitious strategic plan to build membership and advocacy programs beyond the city’s downtown core.

 

Ride the Ravines [Toronto Cyclists Union]

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Evergreen Brick Works on their inaugural Ride the Ravines fundraising ride happening Sunday June 17! Ride the Ravines offers a fun challenge for recreational riders and a chance for all cyclists to experience Toronto’s ravines like never before. 

 

Spotted: Ghost Bike Posts | cityscape [Torontoist]

Spotted: Ghost Bike Posts

Back in November, we learned that Astral Media, which has a contract with the City of Toronto to provide street furniture (bus shelters, trash bins, et cetera) had been cutting down bike posts to make room for their new (and reviled-by-many, including usinformation pillars—not just removing them but sawing them off, rendering the posts unusable and the bikes that were still locked to them an easy target for theft. 

 

The Unconventional Urban Citizen Bicyclist  [The Urban Country]

The Unconventional Urban Citizen Bicyclist
There is something about bicycling in Amsterdam. Visitors who would never consider bicycling around their home cities often feel compelled to explore Amsterdam by bike simply because they see other people just like themselves pedalling around the city, at ease, in regular clothes.

 
 
 

dandy at Dragon’s Den with Maya Cycle [Dandyhorse]

dandy at Dragon’s Den with Maya Cycle

Marta Staniszewski, director of operations at Stamettech, invited me to ride a bike pulling one of her Maya Cycle single-wheel trailers on Dragon’s Den.

I’m a huge fan of the show and was really excited to “model” the Maya Cycle trailer for her. The trailer also converts into a wheelbarrow. I rode a BionX bike (but didn’t get to use the e-assist) and Troy Mitchell, proprietor of The Mobile Bike Shop Ltd. rode the other bike-and-trailer set on set. 

May 2012 Cupcake Ride Details[Cupcake Ride Blog]

May 2012 Cupcake Ride Details

Announcing the details for the 2nd Cupcake Ride of the third season! Hope you can make it out!

Date: Saturday, May 26th
Time: 1pm

Start: Swirls Cupcakes
4158 Dundas St. West

Action Alert: Connect Chaplin Station to the Beltline Trail! [Toronto Cyclists Union]

 The preliminary design for Chaplin Station presented by Metrolinx last Wednesday does not include any direct connections with the Beltline trail.  The primary (accessible) entrance is on the north-east corner of Chaplin and Eglinton.  A secondary entrance is placed on the south-west corner of Chaplin and Eglinton, forcing LRT users to ascend a lengthy set of stairs to reach the street level, exit the station, and then descend another steep set of stairs to to reach the Beltline at path level.

 

 

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