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14 Reasons Why Every Bike Lane Needs To Be A Protected Bike Lane

What’s a physically protected bike lane?  It’s one that trucks and buses and giant SUVs and obnoxious sports cars driven by men with self-image problems can’t drive or park in.

They look like this, with some variations:

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And here are reasons why EVERY bikelane in Toronto needs to be a protected bikelane.  SPOILER alert: bikelanes are big giant #FAILS and giant wastes of money if cars can park in them.

 

1. This TTC Bus on Simcoe

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Photo by Harris Silver

 

2. This postal van and buses in the Bay Street bikelane (which you can’t even SEE!)

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Photo by Marcel Smazal

 

3. These cars working together on Simcoe

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Photo by Leah Hollinsworth

 

4. This Brinks truck in the brand new short Bay bikelane

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Photo by Scun Yun

 

5. This colourblind driver in the Sherbourne bikelane

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

6. This Tim Hortons Food Truck on Simcoe

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

7. This Beer Store truck that blocks the Gerrard lane EVERY Tuesday morning

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

8. This car congo line on Simcoe

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

9. This Coke truck on College

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

10. These UPS trucks on College

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

11. This genius on Shaw.  

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If only there was legal parking somewhere nearby…

Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

12. These cops in a car getting coffee

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

13. These dudes on Sherbourne eating Burritos

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Sherbourne (at least the south portion of it) is NOT a separated bikelane. Putting a gutter and a green line doesn’t make it separated.  Stop calling it one.

Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

And of course…

14. This Canada Post driver, who parked on St. George and then told person who documented it to “go f–k yourself

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

See post and video here.

 

Driver behaviour WILL NOT CHANGE.   They’ll park wherever they can fit their car or truck.  It’s better just to prevent them from getting in the bikelane in the first place.

Let’s try and make an actual EFFORT at making Toronto bike-friendly, okay?

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OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto Hackathon & Design Jam

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Very cool!  Bikeshare Toronto… I think I love you.  Great innovative event.

Save the date – we’re hacking Bike Share Toronto!

On August 15th, 16th and 17th, we’ll be holding a hackathon, design jam and various community events to see what kinds of apps, maps, stories and visualizations we can create using Bike Share Toronto data and other cycling and planning data.

 Bike Share TO is releasing its open data sets for the first time ever – and we’re inviting you to dig in first. (Don’t worry – we’ve already cleaned it up). The Toronto Open Data portal has other data sets of note/interest to consider, including bicycle parking, bike trails and others. To get an idea of the data used and entries created, check out this event from the Bay Area Data Challenge: http://www.bayareabikeshare.com/datachallenge

via Bike Share Toronto Hackathon & Design Jam | #hackbikeshareTO.

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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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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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