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Condo developers contribute $1 million to Bixi Toronto

Too many politicians talk a good game, but how many actually follow through? Kristyn Wong-Tam FOR THE WIN.

If, one day, the Bixi bicycle-sharing program finally arrives in neighbourhoods outside the downtown core, it may come courtesy of a downtown councillor and downtown developers.

Playing infrastructure Santa Claus, the councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, has persuaded three companies planning highrise condos in booming Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, to put a total of $1 million toward the expansion Bixi says is desperately needed. The city now has 80 Bixi stations; the $1 million could pay for about 20 more.

Full Story: Bixi: Condo developers contribute $1 million to Toronto bike-share expansion | Toronto Star.

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Bike Pirates makes cycling more accessible: TreeHugger

Now this is something I might have expected to see in Copenhagen where cargo bikes are omnipresent, but in Toronto? Two cargo bikes, carrying bicycles, yet? So at the next red light (because cyclists stop at red lights, you know) I caught up and asked what it was all about.

Read more: TreeHugger

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“Doored” Toronto cop wants police to track incidents

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When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest.

Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes.

On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto Police Services Board, arguing against the force’s policy.

“I believe these incidents should be tracked,” he wrote. “They are a very serious threat to all cyclists.”

Toronto police stopped tracking dooring in 2012 after the provincial government redefined “collisions” as involving vehicles in motion.

Read more: Toronto cop who was ‘doored’ on duty wants police to track incidents

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Event: Dandyhorse #10 Launch Party and Bike Raffle

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We are pleased to have launched dandyhorse issue #10, The Safety Issue. It’s been well received by our subscribers, within our retail locations and sponsors and more recently the Toronto Public Library! 

Now it’s time to celebrate! Come get your Safety Issue of dandyhorse and party at CineCycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave. on Saturday, July 27 starting at 9 p.m.

$10 gets you in the door with a new copy of dandyhorse in your hand. (Contributers and subscribers are in for free!)

Come “safety dance” with with DJ JonathanG Goldsbie!! (Yes, it’s the same mayor-chasing Jonathan G from NOW magazine…and he DJ’d at our first party at Cine Cycle too.)

We’ll be distributing out safety vests compliments of Redpath Sugar, and selling raffle tickets for $5 to win a brand new Green Linus Dutchi 3-Speed Bike, compliments of Curbside Cycle!

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All the party details: dandyhorse magazine » dandyBLOG

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Activists install separated bike lane in 10 minutes for $350, Seattle follows through

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Bit of a dated story, but it’s soooo good.  Can this happen in Toronto?

Seattle cycling advocates spent $350 and 10 minutes installing bollards on a painted bikelane and making it a MUCH safer piece of infrastructure.  The City of Seattle removed their work, but then re-installed it 3 months later with additional improvements, thanking the activists for their idea.

You can see what a group of anonymous safety activists calling themselves the Reasonably Polite Seattleites built in the dead of night last April. In their email to the city, they explained the merits of such a project and noted that it had cost them $350 and taken 10 minutes to install. The bollards had been affixed using an easily removable adhesive.

Read more: Green Lane Project Blog

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