In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada’s British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.
As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible.
What a weird story and turn of events. After the City decided to replace the Toronto Island bike rental service (seemingly without letting the current rental company bid), the prospective new rental company pulled out, and now everything is going back to the way it was, except the original company sold some (or most, if what I’ve heard is correct) of their old stock and now have to replace it all.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Once again we want to thank Toronto and all the people who have commented on this thread, and shown your support to our families in this trying time.
Today we were informed by the Parks and Forestry Department that the other bidder has “retracted their Proposal for the Bicycle Rental Concession at Toronto Island Park and…the City is prepared to recommend to the relevant City authorities that (we) be considered as the Preferred Proponent for the operation”
In other words, WE WILL BE BACK to serve you on the Island!
One of the essential Toronto experiences is biking on the Islands. It’s great that bike rentals will still be there, but unfortunate that the family that’s run the rental for so long is being shut out.
After 32 years, the family that has run Toronto Islands’ bike rental business is closing up shop and passing the reins to a new operator.
But Torontonians can hold on to a piece of their childhood, as the Rao family sells off its stock, including the iconic four-seater quadricycles they brought to the island decades ago.
As more and more data comes out about the Bloor bike lanes, it’s evident that they’re receiving support from local residents, businesses, cyclists and drivers. They’ve made the street more efficient, safer, and better for business.
The city’s survey shows that 64 per cent of local residents and 53 per cent of businesses support the bike lanes and, more importantly, believe they embody “acceptable trade-offs in motorist traffic flow and parking convenience.”
This suggests the lion’s share of people living or working near the lanes have made their peace with them. They may be a little frustrated with vehicle speeds (eight minutes slower during the peak of evening rush) or feel parking is a bit trickier to navigate, but overall they believe the project constitutes a reasonable compromise.
A group of prominent lawyer-cyclists wants the province to intervene in the city’s John Street revitalization plan because it offers too little to cyclists and too much to drivers, they say.
Alan Heisey, Brian Iler, Laura Dean and Ian Flett — all of whom say they ride on John to get to and from work — made their written request to Environment Minister Glen Murray late last month.