The rules of the Toronto bike lane are, let’s face it, unclear. Judging from a recent helmet cam video circulated on YouTube, most cyclists don’t know which vehicles are legally allowed to be stopped or parked in the bike lane. Contrary to popular belief, even dedicated bike lanes aren’t off-limits to all motorized vehicles.
The lack of clearly posted rules is coupled with a dearth of visible enforcement–fines range from $60 to $150 for most bike lane infractions, but the biggest scofflaws–delivery van drivers and moving companies, judging from angry tweets–seem able to dodge enforcement officers with relative ease, increasing the sense of frustration from cyclists.
Coming straight from the City of Toronto bylaw, here are the rules of the Toronto bike lane. Note that the rules differ slightly for painted and separated bike lanes, like on Sherbourne and Wellesley.
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! 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-...
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 ...
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...
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...