Eleanor McMahon thinks it’s time to change the conversation around cycling in Ontario.
McMahon is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, who will be hosting the fifth annual Ontario Bike Summit this week in Toronto. She says that we need to stop talking about things like bike lanes and other bicycle infrastructure as a zero sum game between cars and bikes.
“We do polling, and our polling tells us that 89 per cent of Ontarians are both drivers and cyclists,” she says. “The notion that it’s cars versus bikes is overblown, and it’s really not working anymore. Deciding to change the conversation means going out of our way to poke holes in that idea and say from the get go ‘We don’t buy into that philosophy, and just because you say it, doesn’t make it true.’ ”
OH YEAH! Toronto might get a glow in the dark bike path:
The amount of excitement I have about this is almost dirty. Ha!
A glow in the dark bike path might soon become a reality in Toronto. A similar path, installed in Amsterdam earlier this year, was a huge hit and the studio behind the project have initiated talks to create a Toronto version in time for next year's Pan Am Games.The softly-glowing, solar-powered bike path, using phosphoresent-...
NEWS: Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety:
Wonderful news. Even without adding bikelanes, narrowing car lanes is a great way to get some drivers to slow down, psychologically.
Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.The city has just finished a new policy for lane widths, guidelines that will be rolled out gradu...
INFRASTRUCTURE: Introducing the King High Line:
Very awesome proposal.
The King High Line is a prospective linear park project on the southwest edge of downtown Toronto, initiated by Urbancorp developers and First Capital Realty. It aims to improve connections between neighbourhoods — just as the West Toronto Railpath has done further north. Indeed, the two projects would compliment each other quite nicely, as phase 2 of the railpath is in...
OH YEAH: Empowering Young People Through Bikes: Today, the average Toronto cyclist is a 35-year-old male who lives in the old City of Toronto and cycles in the West End along established bike lanes. But a non-profit organization is working to diversify the city’s cycling population. Charlie’s Free Wheels teaches young people how to build their own bikes and ride them safely, and they’re pumping out young riders like no one else in the...
What Happened at the 2014 Toronto Bike Awards?:
Dandyhorse Magazine has a good write-up of Thursday evening. Check out the videos.
The City and Cycle Toronto presented five Toronto Bicycle Friendly Business awards last night at the 13th annual Toronto Bike Awards. The winners included: Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery, Timbuk2 Toronto Designs, Bike Sauce, Steam Whistle Brewing and St. Michael’s Hospital.More: 2014 Toronto Bike ...
BlogTO compiles the Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto: The best used bike shops in Toronto offer a useful alternative to fending for yourself on Craigslist. While there's certainly some premium involved in buying from a store rather than some dude in sweatpants, you tend to get what you pay for. If you know a whole lot about bike maintenance, it probably makes sense to skip the middle man. For those of us, however, who prefer to ride rather than tin...
EVENT: Mon, Nov. 24 - Humber Bay Shores Park Trail Improvements:
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:30
Humber Bay Shores Park Trail Improvements
The City of Toronto invites you to learn more and give your input on proposed trail improvements in Humber Bay Shores Park.
Upgrades are needed to accommodate the increased popularity of this important waterfront park and trail system.
The City is establishing a vision for this trai...