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NEWS: It’s time for Toronto’s second-class cyclists to take over our streets

You GO Christopher Hume!  The revolution will be bicyclized! haha.

Seriously though… his point is a valid one… with more infrastructure, the number of cyclists in this city will explode exponentially, making bikelanes and infrastructure not only the right thing to do, but politically feasible to those at City Hall.

The problem with this city is that there aren’t enough bicycles on the streets. True, hundreds of cyclists can be seen on downtown roads like College, King and Queen. The dedicated Sherbourne lane is sometimes busy and so are Bloor and Danforth.

But what Toronto needs is thousands and thousands of cyclists, hordes of two-wheelers, enough to take over the streets and establish, if not primacy, at least equality with cars and trucks.

The issue is critical mass, and this city hasn’t reached it. Of course, cyclists get precious little support from official Toronto. Despite the brave talk about 500 kilometres of bike lanes on city streets by 2011; that deadline has come and gone with little to show. The temporary proposed routes on Richmond and Adelaide are a good sign, but Toronto’s a long way from realizing its pedalling potential.

Read More:  It’s time for Toronto’s second-class cyclists to take over our streets: Hume | Toronto Star.


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DO IT! Bells on Danforth AND #DanforthLovesBikes !!

A new Cycle Toronto Action Alert dropped today. Join us for Bells on Danforth: A pedal-powered parade to celebrate cycling! Bells on Danforth returns for the fourth annual family-friendly ride across the Danforth. This year the ride reverses direction, starting at the Prince Edward Viaduct and riding east to the crossroads of the Danforth. RSVP on the […]


INSTAGRAM: Bikes love the Prince Edward Viaduct

The viaduct was soooo packed with eastbound bikes today. Best traffic jam ever! #biketo Follow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto


OH YEAH! Ontario approves tougher distracted driving penalties

The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act will: Increase fines for distracted driving from the current range of $60 to $500 to a range of $300 to $1,000, assign three demerit points upon conviction, and escalate sanctions for novice drivers who are convicted. Apply current alcohol-impaired sanctions to drivers who are drug-impaired. Require drivers to let […]



Source: Original photo – by uncomman on Flickr. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group. Also check out the thousands of amazing photos that have been shared on instagram with the #biketo hashtag!


OH YEAH! How to move by bicycle in downtown Toronto

Yes, you can move that A chest of drawers? No problem. A laundry bag the size and shape of a dead walrus? Easy. A compost bin filled with decaying vegetables and black slop? Sure thing, weirdo. More: Pedal to the mettle: How to move by bicycle in downtown Toronto | Toronto Star


NEWS: Cyclist, 75, dies in hospital after being hit by vehicle in Rosedale

A local architect has died of his injuries in hospital after he was struck by a vehicle while cycling in Rosedale last month. The man – identified by police Tuesday as 75-year-old Roger du Toit – was hit at the intersection of Roxborough Street East and Wrentham Place May 19 at around 8:20 a.m. Police […]


INFRASTRUCTURE: Checking in on the Missing Annex Bike Lanes

Want bikelanes on Bloor?  Sign the “Bloor Loves Bike” Pledge! After years of public meetings, council discussions, and community outreach, the Annex might finally be getting bike lanes, if another study and a pilot project goes its way.Transportation Services Toronto is conducting a preliminary feasibility study this year to determine the best way to implement […]


VIDEO: Books on Bloor!

  Great video by Jo Koga from the Books on Bloor ride this past weekend.  Looks like a great time.  I hope this event repeats next year.  

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BOOK REVIEW: The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

If you haven’t picked up Yvonne Bambrick’s new book “The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need to know skills & strategies for biking in the city“, then you need to. Here’s why: 1) It looks fantastic The front of the book (above) is great and colourful, but there are also wondeful illustrations inside by Mark Ngui. […]

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INSTAGRAM: Biking Toronto Photo

Oh yeah #biketo ! 5:30 pm on The Danforth! Curb lane = bike lane. #Danforthlovesbikes

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