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INFRASTRUCTURE: Planning bikelanes with little thought about safe biking routes?

The fine folks in the Cycle Toronto Ward18 Group have written an open letter to Dan Egan, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure at the City.  New contra-flow bikelanes are planned in the west end, but have seemingly been planned with little thought about the safety of the overall route… specifically crossing Dufferin:

Mr. Daniel Egan, Manager

Cycling Infrastructure & Programs, City of Toronto

Dear Dan,

We are writing on behalf of Cycle Toronto Wards 14, 18 and 19 groups, as well as the Toronto Bicycling Network, to express our concerns about the proposed designs for the Argyle-Florence and Dewson-Lindsey contra-flow routes.

Specifically, we have serious concerns about the proposal to install these bike routes without providing for safe bike crossings at Dufferin Street in either case. While we understand that there is pressure to “get the lanes painted” as soon as possible, we believe that it is irresponsible to proceed with installation without addressing the route deficiencies at Dufferin.

Full Letter: Ward 18 Cycle Toronto – An Open Letter to Dan Egan

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GET INVOLVED: Volunteer with Cycle Toronto

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Cycle Toronto’s next volunteer orientation will take place on Sat Mar 22, 1-4pm! Register by tomorrow (Tues, Mar. 18) to get in.

We’re not going to making biking in Toronto better by complaining on the internet… get involved!

Please send a half-page application with the subject line “Volunteer application” to siva.v@cycleto.ca by Tues, Mar 18 for our Sat, Mar 22 orientation. In your application, please describe yourself and why you’re interested in being a Cycle Toronto volunteer. Note that volunteer applicants should be members of Cycle Toronto.

If you cannot make it in March, the next application deadline is Thurs, Apr 17 for our Tues, Apr 22 orientation.

Get all the details: Volunteer with Cycle Toronto! | Cycle Toronto.

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GET INVOLVED: Help Cycle Toronto with a Social Media Member Drive

We need your help! This month, we’re running March Membership Magic. Everyone who joins Cycle Toronto or renews their membership this month gets entered into a draw for a bike from Giant Toronto

To get the word out about the promo, I’m looking to get one tweet or Facebook post (or both!) every half hour on Tuesday, March 11. This is a method that a lot of organizations have been using lately to create virality, and it’s something we think it would be awesome to try. 

Please check out this Google doc to sign up for a timeslot, and to see some options for what you might say to your followers/friends:

This could be huge! With your help, we can make March our biggest membership month yet. As you know, we’re aiming for 3000 members by the end of 2014, and this is going to be a major part of getting there. The more members we have, the stronger our voice, and the better we can work to make this a better bike city.

 

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D.C. Program to help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment

This is fantastic and needed EVERYWHERE.  Can we bring something like this to Toronto?  I’ll help.

Recently, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association partnered with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) in the District to give cyclists a safe place to vent and discuss harassment prevention and empowerment strategies, said Nelle Pierson, WABA’s coordinator of outreach programs.

“A lot of women start biking because it is empowering, but also because they can just get away from a situation,” said Zosia Sztykowski, 28, of Columbia Heights, the lead outreach coordinator for CASS, a grassroots organization dedicated to building awareness and ending sexual assault and harassment on the streets. The organization produces a blog that curates women’s experiences with street harassment. “A lot of people think street harassment happens just to them and that they’re alone,” she said.

via D.C. groups help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment – The Washington Post.

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Cycle Toronto responds to the Rosie DiManno “Cyclists Should Be Shot” Article

Good on Cycle Toronto.  Read their response to Rosie DiManno’s “Cyclsts Should Be Shot” article (and probably the Star’s Public Editor Response calling it “a joke”)

Cycle Toronto believes that road safety is a serious issue and one that must be discussed in a mature and respectful manner. We advocate for safer streets so that people who choose to ride a bike can do so without risking their lives. However, in 2011 there were 2,275 car-pedestrian collisions, 1,315 car-bike collisions and zero bike-pedestrian collisions reported to Toronto Police.

We reject Rosie’s metaphors of war and her derisive attitude. It is never okay to joke about shooting people. We invite Rosie to contact Cycle Toronto if she is interested in engaging in a meaningful and constructive dialogue about how to make our streets safer for us all.

Full Response: Don’t shoot me, I’m only the cyclist | Toronto Star.

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