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INFRASTRUCTURE: Why College Street is Toronto cyclists’ ‘dooring zone’

Why is College a dooring zone? Because they painted the bikelane right beside parked cars.   Maybe it’s time to (and I’m just brainstorming out of the box here) move the bikelane from right beside the parked cars and put it next to the streetcar tracks, with flex-bollards on each side, making it a protected (from streetcars and cars) bikelane?

Of the 1,308 Toronto cyclists hit by opening car doors between 2005 and 2013, most were hurt but only one was killed: A 57-year-old man biking east on Eglinton Avenue West on a May afternoon in 2008 when a 43-year-old woman opened her car door and sent the man flying into traffic, where he was hit by a truck. He died in hospital.

The woman was charged with “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” – the same charge applied, in theory, to any driver careless or callous or harried or busy enough to open a car door on a cyclist.

Read More: INTERACTIVE: Why College Street is Toronto cyclists’ ‘dooring zone’ – Toronto | Globalnews.ca.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Improvements sought for 6 Lakeshore Blvd intersections

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Ward 13 Bikes is putting on a push to improve the pedestrian and cyclist connections at Lakeshore Blvd near High Park.   It’s a travesty that our city’s largest park is separated from the waterfront by Lakeshore Blvd with no safe way to cross it (yet).

We have a proposal submitted to City Hall, and to Councillor Doucette to improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclist at the six intersections between Windemere, Ellis and Colborne Lodge with both the Queensway and Lakeshore Drive. The need for improvements has been there for years, but it is particularly acute now with the opening of the new Sunnyside Bike Park just this past week.

Read much more: Ward 13 Bikes — Intersection improvements in the ward.

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EVENT: Tues, July 29 – Tune-Up Tuesday at Castle Frank

Via CycleToronto:

Event date:

29 July, 2014 – 17:0020:00

Join us Tuesday evenings this spring and summer for Tune Up Tuesdays! Get a free safety check or basic tune up from one of our Community Partners, chat with our volunteers about cycling issues in the city, sign up as a member, or just enjoy the evening with us.

Location:

Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette

Castle Frank & Bloor St E

Toronto, ON

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(BikingToronto has partnered with CycleToronto to bring this content from their site right to BikingToronto. View the original post here.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: The Adelaide bikelane painted buffer is going in

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Woohoo!  Look at the quick progress on Adelaide.  If only all bikelanes went in this fast.  Why don’t all bikelanes go in this fast?

Painted buffer has been installed on Adelaide, between Bathurst and Brant. Please use caution when cycling in this construction area.

via City of Toronto Cycling.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Summer afternoon

Original photo – by madeleine_nik on Flickr.via Flickr.

See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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