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Cycling’s Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 03:02 PM PDT

Truth is, the average human intelligence `ain’t that bright… and half the world is less than average intelligence. A light weight two/three-wheeled and slow speed vehicle operates much closer to the… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 02:57 PM PDT

Hey Duncan… I just noticed that I posted the very same Torontoist article as you. Ha. Great minds think alike… or fools seldom differ? :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 01:05 PM PDT

This city has to have every street sign in the same boring blue format. But they already have 4 official sharrow stencil designs… … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 12:56 PM PDT

I’m pretty sure they can go at the same speed of traffic (downtown, anyways)… 10 – 30 km/h. :) True… if you swallow the hype. 32kmh max… under perfect conditions. Life ain’t like that. Truth? Y… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Toronto to Niagara Falls – Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 10:43 AM PDT

It’s certainly a big ride. Something I want to try soon enough. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:52 AM PDT

That’s awesome. :) Good to know I was wrong. I’m sure some news people lurk on biking sites… and we’ll see this in the press soon. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:46 AM PDT

Just heard back from Dan Egan: I’m not surprised {that we’re all debating about who did it}… but it does make me laugh. They were installed by the City. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:44 AM PDT

Oh yes… our street has “speed humps” too. They are pretty old so they are worn down, though. A section of our street is one-way only too, to prevent people from using it as an alternative to major r… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:42 AM PDT

And, you know… anything like this would go through Public Works and Council meetings first and we probably would’ve seen some “War on the Car” articles referencing it. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:41 AM PDT

I’m betting that they aren’t official. That pic from Torontoist has one of the wheels in the stencil looking all wonky, and official stencils are usually wonk-free. haha. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:34 AM PDT

I was noticing the same thing in our new neighbourhood on the west end. Lots of the residential neighbourhoods not only have 30 km/h speed limits, many of them have speed bumps as well. Definitely a d… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:31 AM PDT

I never really noticed it before because I drive so rarely, and generally try to go slower than usual on residential streets, but a section of my street (near Danforth and Woodbine) has a 30 kph poste… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Toronto to Niagara Falls – Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:31 AM PDT

Just got a bit of feedback elsewhere. Sounds like a pretty long ride down so I’m leaning towards taking the GO train down on Sunday and then biking as far as I can home from there when I return unless… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:29 AM PDT

OK, just sent Dan Egan (Toronto Manager of Cyclist and Pedestrian Infrastructure) an email asking him if the city installed them. In the past he’s been pretty good about responding. My money’s on the … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:24 AM PDT

I’m pretty sure they can go at the same speed of traffic (downtown, anyways)… 10 – 30 km/h. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:22 AM PDT

Ah… Duncan beat me to it on the Wellesley stencil. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:19 AM PDT

Here’s a photo of the recent upgraded sharrows on Dundas over the Don River: And here’s a pic from Duncan’s blog of the sharrows on Wellesley: … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:17 AM PDT

This is a sharrow on Wellesley east of Yonge. The stencils are just heavy paper, so whatever company put these down (should they be contracted by the city) may just have newer, different stencils. Or… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:14 AM PDT

In my post above, the sharrow pictured has the same look as the bike lane stencils along the roads of York University. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:12 AM PDT

This sounds a lot like the previous restrictions on electric cars that kept them off the road as well. Not the same of course. Now, I’m not saying that these bikes shouldn’t be on the road. And, drawi… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:11 AM PDT

Torontoist just posted about this: Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:59 AM PDT

Torontoist has another photo: Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:56 AM PDT

Joe… They *can’t* abide by those laws. They have been crippled by a 500W power limit. They’re not fast enough to meld with the motorized carriages. Lots of folks on pedal bikes can travel faster tha… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:50 AM PDT

Yeah, Lock makes a good point… most “e-bikes” are more akin to electric scooters than bicycles with a motor-assist. They really should have to abide by the same rules as scooters / mopeds. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Toronto to Niagara Falls – Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:43 AM PDT

So I have a client between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. I’m almost surely bringing my bike this time (it’ll be the first time to this client) but am weighing my options as to how to get there in part ba… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:39 AM PDT

Duncan… ebikes are pretty new to Toronto… much of Canada. So far we have been seeing Canadians being “sold” the scooter-style ebikes. Most of the rest of the ebike world (eg EU and USA) don’t ride… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:06 AM PDT

Woah. impressive that he can ride it then. I’m 6’2″. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:02 AM PDT

My brother is 6’1″ … just sayin’… haha. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:02 AM PDT

While I don’t agree that these should be in bike lanes, I certainly think this is a step in the right direction… although I still expect to see them on sidewalks North of Sheppard (I see a few a wee… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ward 29 Bikes Meeting – Tues, Oct. 6

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:57 AM PDT

Ward 29 Bikes of the Toronto Cyclists Union would like to invite you to an open meeting on cycling advocacy on Tuesday October 6. This an opportunity to sit down informally and discuss priorities and … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Joyride Bicycle Film Festival – Fri, Oct. 16

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:52 AM PDT

From Duncan’s City Ride: Via Bike Pirates: Join Bike Pirates for a special documentary film night on Friday Oct 16th at 8pm. Showcasing small independent docs directed by Toronto cyclists riding the … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How To Get Visible: Video

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:49 AM PDT

Just noticed that Duncan posted this on his blog a few days ago. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Star: City slow to install bike lane network

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:45 AM PDT

It’s something every cyclist in the city knows already… but articles like this helps get the issue out to non-cyclists. :) It’s also good to see a mention of how the outer city needs some co-ordinat… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:40 AM PDT

A couple more articles about it: CBC: Ontario expands e-bike rules Star: Ontario unveils e-bike rules … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:37 AM PDT

I can’t pedal a BMX… legs are too long. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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Oct. 1: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting – Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:43 PM PDT

ya seems a bit of a piddly token. they can do better. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting – Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:01 PM PDT

I got excited, right before the bit where this is only between Front and QQ. I know, I know: I’m just being cynical and pessimistic… as high as Bloor by, say, 2025? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:53 PM PDT

As a daily driver in the city I find that it would be quite nice to actually share the road with cyclists in the city. I see 99% of cyclists every day riding dangerously and without any regard for man… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting – Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 11:38 AM PDT

Awesome Duncan, and Val, if you are reading… great job! … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting – Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 11:27 AM PDT

On the heels of this meeting, Val Dodge writes about complete streets over on Torontoist: Complete Streets No one—not even cyclist or pedestrian advocates—ever questions whether we should include spac… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Big cars, Red Pumps and an 80s Commute in Toronto

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:43 AM PDT

From ibiketo.ca: Dusted off from the archives, WolfRuck brings us some vintage footage of first-person cycling through Toronto’s 80s streets. The biggest difference: no bike lanes. The same: the red … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:19 AM PDT

Yeah… it’s a hard call on whether Corcoran is completely serious. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:13 AM PDT

I think this is just really, really, really poor satire. Kuitenbrouwer rebuts: Tax cyclists? Yes, and pedestrians, too Terence Corcoran, in today’s post, calls for a $100 tax on cyclists, to help pay… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:08 AM PDT

I can’t tell – is he serious? It’s just out there enough to be tongue in cheek, and yet still something I could believe would come from that side of the fence. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 08:28 AM PDT

Terence Corcoran in the Post, though apparently conservative and opposed to big government, apparently wants all the bureaucracy involved in taxing cyclists… because apparently we don’t “pay our fai… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Paramedics on Wheels

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:29 AM PDT

Although reserved for special events in Toronto, public safety services such as Police and Paramedics are found on two wheels here. Paramedics on wheels This past weekend, the 50,000 or so competitor… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson – Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:07 AM PDT

Looks like it is just for students, faculty and staff: Bicycle Room The Bicycle Room offers students, faculty and staff an indoor facility to park their bicycles. It is located at the back of 110 Bond… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson – Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:37 AM PDT

Hmmm… I wonder if it’s open to non-students? Lots of people work in that area and having secure bike parking for that rate would be popular. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Cycling’s Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:30 AM PDT

Sometimes I think if we all just gave ourselves a little more time to get places (cyclists and motorists alike) and just chilled out a bit the roads would be a lot safer and smoother for us all. I’ve … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson – Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:59 AM PDT

Via The Eye Opener Stolen rides, empty bike room Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Written by Tanya Bahnesli As bike thefts continue to plaguecampus, Ryerson’s Bicycle Room goes underused. Out… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Ah, good to know. The Toronto Bike Plan does include these, now when we’ll see them is another mystery altogether. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:41 AM PDT

Well, apparently it wasn’t an official bike-box, but one done by URS (Urban Repair Squad). Thanks for the reminder, I’ll update the post. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:31 AM PDT

In 2008 Joe wrote about a bike box at Harbord and Bathurst in Toronto. What happened? Not sure what a bike box is? Here’s a video that explains: http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/portland-green-biClick to read more in the Forum >>>…

Cycling’s Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:51 AM PDT

While I don’t like to go around labeling people “idiots” it seems like we had a case of just this sort of thing happening yesterday in Toronto: No charges after fight between cyclist, motorist “He cal… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:41 AM PDT

Here’s a case where no left turns on a streetcar route could help. I’m no city planner, but as J.J. Leeming told us many decades ago, by making way for more cars, you increase traffic congestion, not … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 03:38 AM PDT

I googled Presta valves because I am no valve expert, and this is what I found, so I thought I’d share. :) The Presta valve (also called Sclaverand valve[1] or French valve) is a valve commonly foun… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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Sept. 30: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Cycling’s Enemy

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 06:04 PM PDT

One of the more recent Bike Snob NYC entries was good on its own merit (and if you haven’t already discovered him, you might want to check him out. Quite funny in a bit of a snarky way, IMO.) That sai… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:11 PM PDT

I’m terribly unprepared, really. But sometimes I remember the small pump (that is still packed somewhere – just a Cdn Tire special – works great, though). The folding bike makes *sure* I have a pump a… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:32 PM PDT

Usually, when I’m posting in the “How-To” section it is with some advice. Today though, I’m looking for advice. For the second time in as many weeks I’ve been caught unprepared for a flat. The first t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike stolen at Ossington and Dupont – Gary Fisher Cruiser

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:15 PM PDT

Eek! That’s my area! Was your bike stolen from in front of your house? We’ve had a couple of waves of people smashing windshields in the past (a few years ago), if there’s going to be a wave of bike t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike stolen at Ossington and Dupont – Gary Fisher Cruiser

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 10:34 AM PDT

The one thing closer to my heart other than my cat is my bike. It was stolen from me on September 28 at Ossington and Dupont. it is a chocolate brown Gary Fisher cruiser with a brown basket and brown … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:47 AM PDT

Jim Bradley, Ontario’s Transportation Minister agrees with us… education, not legislation is the way to make things safer: Cyclists and motorists must learn to share the road: transportation minist… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Request City Services by dialing “311″ in Toronto

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:29 AM PDT

I asked them (via twitter) to confirm about requesting post-and-rings as well as getting bikelanes snowplowed… and it’s a yes to both! Yes! Call 311 for both (post-and-rings & getting bikelanes … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Request City Services by dialing “311″ in Toronto

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 07:51 AM PDT

Awesome new service by the City of Toronto (well, let’s hope it turns out to be awesome…) to make it easier for residents to find out and request non-emergency services, just by dialing “311″: 311 … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:27 AM PDT

Speaking of a big casual ride, this past Sunday (Sept. 27) I joined a couple hundred cyclists for the Tour de Greenbelt ride in Ajax. The mayor of Ajax is a “lycra lizard” and gave a fairly motivation… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:19 AM PDT

I’ve found the best breakfast for my mornings has been some hemp granola from Noah’s (I forget the brand) and yogurt. Then, when I get in to the office I’ll have a banana and some raw almonds. And, yo… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:15 AM PDT

I keep meaning to try my mp3 player on my route. I don’t have noise-canceling headphones, and I have cycled long distances with people who still carry on a conversation while their music is on. So, as… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 04:15 AM PDT

Yeah, I don’t agree with the mp3/podcast thing either. But, I don’t know what the writer’s commute is like. It may be down country lanes or separated bikelanes… BUT he does mention getting lost in t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 04:10 AM PDT

Haha. Don’t admire me too much… I sleep as long as I can in the mornings and then ride in… so I won’t be late… but I start pretty early (sometimes 8 am, sometimes 7:30), so my hunger instincts d… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:59 AM PDT

Oh, and I might also add that I find that though I’m very fond of it, coffee is one of the worst things I can have before riding. Not only does it knock my blood sugar down fairly soon after I drink i… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:57 AM PDT

I like and use them all except for the mp3 player thing. That is really stupid, IMO. Might be fun to have a stereo on a trailer like I often see at Critical Mass but not worth that effort. I actually … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:54 AM PDT

Other great sources of quick protein is yogurt or a handful of almonds. Most mornings I’m usually on my bike to work soon after I wake up, so I usually don’t have breakfast until I’m downtown and at w… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:51 AM PDT

Just as the “what to eat before leaving for work” topic came up, this one wound up in my feed: I did the maths. Approximately 252 working days a year (minus holidays), multiplied by 14 miles each day,… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:47 AM PDT

Yeah… but we don’t even have to do the one-way street thing… just make left turns illegal on streetcar lines. It’s not to big of an inconvenience to loop around a block, and it would speed up stre… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:35 AM PDT

I agree with crazycga – eggs are good (though I can’t abide by hard boiled). My usual for its speed was a bagel (high on carbs) and peanut butter (high on protein) and then possibly a piece of fruit. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:32 AM PDT

Ah yes, but really, it was only a matter of time. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 07:53 PM PDT

I personally find that two hard boiled eggs are good. Protein = good thing. And you can make them the night before. Which reminds me, I forgot to make mine! >:( … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 06:35 PM PDT

I’m trying to figure out what are good things to eat in the morning when your time between waking and biking is limited. I figure some protein is good but the key is carbs? Some peanut butter and toas… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 06:30 PM PDT

Thanks Todd! You realize we’ve now revealed ourselves as complete nerds? :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Love the idea, sandlynx. I’m not really a very fast rider so the donut ride’s out for me but a few hours on a weekend morning would be nice on occasion at a more leisurely pace. I swear that’s half th… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:48 PM PDT

I had great ride on Sunday. I’m starting a local bicycle club for casual cyclists, those who are not interested in being ‘lycra lizards’, but just want to ride in a group around town. They get left ou… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:46 AM PDT

Why not? Make left turns illegal but have alternating one-way streets so that every other block or so you could make a right 3 times to get to where you’re going. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting – Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:04 AM PDT

Thanks to the Bike Union for the heads-up! Date: Tuesday, September 29 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Harbour Street Who: All welcome Media are invited to join Counci… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 10:04 AM PDT

Not sure… have been trying to figure that out myself. A way to get stuff italicized is to hit the “i” button, and then the “li” and “ul” buttons to get stuff in a box, like when we quote newspaper a… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Toronto Life looks at Bicycle Style

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 10:02 AM PDT

Pretty nice little feature on Toronto Life: With a new DIY attitude came one crucial summer accessory: the bicycle. Cheaper than driving and more individual than a new pair of jeans, it seemed like e… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:57 AM PDT

Why doesn’t the “quote” code ever work for me???? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:57 AM PDT

but it may depend on the family Good point. I took my kids to see The Frantics a few years ago when they played at The Bad Dog (they test out material there before going on tour – great way to see the… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:44 AM PDT

I think left turns should be illegal anywhere on streetcar lines already. I’m constantly flabbergasted that this wasn’t done, oh, decades ago! … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:29 AM PDT

We could have it on most arterial roads that don’t have streetcars if we eliminated all left turns by cars. That’s something streetcars could use as well to eliminate delays. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 08:57 AM PDT

Um… no. Not family friendly, but it may depend on the family… haha. just kidding. There were a lot of f-bombs from one cast member, but the other cast members called her on it as part of the show…. Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 08:49 AM PDT

Thanks, Joe – works for me! Richmond and Adelaide also come to mind. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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Sept. 22: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:04 PM PDT

Agreed – I don’t see how the school has the right to dictate how someone gets there. Sure, on their property they can set the rules, but outside? Absolutely not. That’s a slippery slope. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:59 PM PDT

Sounds like fun – just passed that one on to my partner, Sage, who really enjoys the productions at the Bad Dog. And now that we live way closer to the subway it’s much easier to get there. I had a pr… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

World Car-Free Day

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

From Facebook: To recognize Car Free Day, the City of Toronto and Sierra Club Ontario will be hosting a celebration in Yonge Dundas Square between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be hosted by Candic… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

World Car-Free Day Critical Mass

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:46 PM PDT

From Facebook: September 22nd is International Car-Free Day! Let’s get together and celebrate car-free culture on our sexy bikes! Departure at 6:30pm, ride around to Trinity Bellwoods Park and join th… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

i hear what you are saying guys. but regarding the get off and walk approach at crosswalks, this is just shamefully poor urban planning. i mean to car drivers ever have to get out and push to avoid br… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:56 AM PDT

Awesome cast, including Kerry Griffin (Canadian Comedy Award winner), Lisa Merchant (Train 48), Aurora Browne (Comedy Inc.), etc., and brilliant director (I’m a bit biased there). We’re early in the s… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:21 AM PDT

Good for that family. I rode my bicycle to elementary school in warmer months, and walked all winter. We didn’t live very far, but do you know how they kept kids safe? They enforced a reduced speed li… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:12 AM PDT

Great idea. Saturday around noon I went for a mountain bike ride in the Don Valley Crothers Woods. Ran in to members of TORBA and IMBA working on a new trail work-around and making improvements to exi… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:08 AM PDT

Cool… is Hot Oil Barons good? I am sure it is. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:05 AM PDT

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School[b] (Sept. 14, 2009) snippet: SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first day of school, already a happy and trying event for any student, saw a little addit… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:04 AM PDT

Attended episode 2 of Hot Oil Barons in Love. :) Had my first African drumming class. Fingers bruised *ouch*! Me and five little kids, it’s hillarious if somewhat embarassing. I plan on bringing my dr… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:48 AM PDT

I worked on our porch for a lot of the weekend (I’m re-building it), but went to Grimsby for a wedding… and found lots of good BikeTrain info. Planning a big group trip next summer. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:46 AM PDT

Hi everyone, There’s enough of us posting regularly now that a “how was your weekend” thread may be appropriate. What did you do this past weekend? Bike anywhere? Take photos? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:45 AM PDT

Thanks for posting this Duncan… saw the Star article, but have been swamped so far today. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Tour de Greenbelt promises to be educational

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:30 AM PDT

This coming Sunday, September 27, 2009 I’ll be heading out on the Durham Region Tour de Greenbelt. My mother, brother, girlfriend and I will be tackling the 43 km ride and are really looking forward t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:45 AM PDT

Cycling summit part of personal crusade for Burlington woman The 47-year-old Burlington woman has made great strides in that direction by founding the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, which is holdi… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:40 AM PDT

Fighting for a safer ride of way Cycling activist calls for provincial policy on ways to share roads Tess Kalinowski Transportation Reporter The debate between cyclists and motorists over who owns t… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:05 AM PDT

There needs to be more clarity with right turning cars. I love the way the bike lane on Sherbourne moves to the left of the right turn lane, it would work very well if the *&^&^%$ cars changin… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 06:23 AM PDT

Annie, That’s an interesting way of handling red lights. Do you pull completely off the road? Lately, whether I’m first in line or behind a few cars I find myself filling the lane at red lights. While… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:45 AM PDT

Where there isn’t much traffic or where there’s an advanced green for left turns, I will make the lane change and turn left from the left lane. Otherwise, if the light is green, I continue to the next… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:11 AM PDT

Jeff, These laws feel like they were written from a car-centric stance, because they were. There’s one street where I use what I call a “wide left” or crosswalk left turn because drivers there are too… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 09:48 PM PDT

i hear that cyclists are not supposed to cross at crosswalks when turning left, rather change lanes into the center and turn from there. On some Toronto streets this is crazy.I argue that this is one … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 09:13 PM PDT

do we really need more insulting nanny state legislation infantalizing us all. I mean where does it end. whatever happened to personal responsibility and thinking for yourself. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

I’m taking an economics course this semester. It made a point about seat belts. People started driving faster and getting into more crashes, because of this we added seat belts to help the problem of … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Breaking the Cycle: What Toronto Needs to Make Streets Safe

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:38 PM PDT

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:05 PM PDT

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:01 PM PDT

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:35 AM PDT

I like the carrot and stick approach, give incentives to those who don’t drive and penalize those who do. A carbon tax would be the simplest method, this could be used to fund massive infrastructure f… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:51 AM PDT

@sandlynx In your above post you mention that your bicycle is registered/licensed and I also understand from other posts that you’re not living in Toronto or Ontario. Could you explain what registerin… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:44 AM PDT

John Lorinc in Spacing makes some good points: Knocking Heads The cycling community knows it’s got the ear of council — for now. But that status could change after next year’s municipal election, so… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:27 AM PDT

It would be nice if people on either side of this debate argued their point by using studies and statistics instead of meaningless anecdotes. Yes, mandatory helmets will mean less people cycling – why… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:25 AM PDT

Article in the Star today: Nothing settled in bicycle wars Cyclists oppose proposals for mandatory helmets and licences Yvonne Bambrick, of the 800-member Toronto Cyclists Union, vocally opposed bot… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:03 AM PDT

Gut reaction to this: “two resolutions by Councillor Michael Walker to regulate and control cyclists: one to force them to wear helmets (an idea that is laughable in the cycling-friendly countries of … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 08:44 AM PDT

We’re not just less hazardous when colliding with pedestrians, but with everyone. Fatalities on the streets almost always involve automobiles. If they stopped wasting money on fruitless debates over … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 07:38 AM PDT

Joe, I like that idea. In New York they just passed a bill requiring employers to allow cyclists to bring their bikes in to offices if there is elevator access. If rather than having a law there were … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 07:21 AM PDT

It’s a good idea. Maybe have an employer program that encourages workplaces to compensate people for biking to work. Enough provide free parking and sometimes metropasses already… … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Give cyclists $5 a day – Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:25 AM PDT

I’d have to adjust my commute, but I like this idea! Give cyclists $5 a day The television sets of reporters in the City Hall Press Gallery yesterday were all tuned to a grim spectacle going on in Co… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Disc lock alarm

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:10 AM PDT

Without the alarm I’d be all for a small locking device like this. It’s sort of like “The Club” for bikes. However, I can just imagine the rage an alarm like that would provoke in passersby. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

New bicycles help build great neighbourhood

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:07 AM PDT

New bicycles help build great neighbourhood August 14, 2009 Children in Swansea Mews will benefit from donation of bicycles and helmets Thirty-three children living in the West-end community of Swans… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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