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NEWS: Toronto cyclists rally behind pitch for lower speed limits

For those who commute on two wheels, safer streets are slower streets. Cyclists in Toronto are rallying behind a provincial proposal to reduce residential speed limits, saying the change would mean fewer fatalities. “The number one way to reduce fatalities and serious injures is to lower the speed limit,” said Cycle Toronto director Jared Kolb. More: Toronto […]



NEWS: Toronto cyclists gear up for ‘coldest’ ride

Cyclist Jared Kolb insists “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” The director of Cycle Toronto bikes throughout the year and will be on hand Saturday to lead the city’s annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride. “It’s really a celebration of winter cycling, and an opportunity for people who don’t normally ride in […]



ELSEWHERE: London is building Europe’s longest bike superhighway

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Something seriously newsworthy is happening in London — and no, it has nothing to do with Lady Cora’s affair with that creepy art critic, sorry. Yesterday, London mayor Boris Johnson approved what is said to be Europe’s longest “segregated” bike lane. Segregated bike lanes — what we here in the states would call “protected” lanes — are […]



NEWS: Charge withdrawn against man involved in collision with Toronto city councillor

This is a travesty.  Be prepared to be outraged. A Toronto city councillor broke down crying outside traffic court Wednesday after learning the charge against a man involved in a collision that saw her knocked off her bicycle would be withdrawn. “This is a nightmare,” Mary-Margaret McMahon told the Star outside the courtroom. “To say […]



OH YEAH: Redesigning Cities Without Cars

Here’s one way to solve global warming: Spend $90 trillion £59 trillion over the next few years to redesign all the cities — as in all the cities on earth — so people live in more densely packed neighborhoods and don’t need cars. That is one of the more ambitious and possibly outlandish ideas knocking […]



BUY: The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

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Toronto cycling advocate and consultant Yvonne Bambrick has a new book out.  It looks really good.  I’ll review it once I get a copy, but I know she’s put a lot of work into it (and knowing Yvonne, she’s done a great job), so please consider purchasing a copy for yourself. North America’s cities have […]



READ: The Female Advocate Dilemma

Great piece on involving women in advocacy.  If few women are coming to your event, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s a pretty common scenario – we are invited to an urbanist meet up or a group ride and I look around to find I’m one of just a handful of women in a sea of […]



EVENT REMINDER: Sat, Jan 31 – Coldest Day of the Year Ride 2015

Celebrate and support winter cycling by joining us for the Coldest Day of the Year Ride, a short, comfortable, car-free group ride departing from Trinity Bellwoods Park. Meet us at 11:45 am at the southern gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park (see map). We’ll depart at noon and head east along the Adelaide and Simcoe protected […]



PHOTO OF THE DAY: Oh Harbord…

Source: Original photo – by von Loewen on Flickr. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.



ELSEWHERE: Sneckdowns show what part of the road cars actually use

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From NYC (be sure and watch the video at the link): With more than two feet of snow expected to accumulate on NYC streets in the next couple of days, this city is about to get blanketed by nature’s traffic calming. Sneckdown fever won’t be far behind. To get things started, we’re reposting the classic […]