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INFRASTRUCTURE: What are the rules of the bike lane in Toronto?

I posted about this back in June, but maybe I should schedule this as a monthly post to remind everyone, frequently.  I went looking for it again after getting some cranky comments defending the postal worker who blocked the St. George bikelane and then swore at a cyclist for documenting it.

The rules of the Toronto bike lane are, let’s face it, unclear. Judging from a recent helmet cam video circulated on YouTube, most cyclists don’t know which vehicles are legally allowed to be stopped or parked in the bike lane. Contrary to popular belief, even dedicated bike lanes aren’t off-limits to all motorized vehicles.

The lack of clearly posted rules is coupled with a dearth of visible enforcement–fines range from $60 to $150 for most bike lane infractions, but the biggest scofflaws–delivery van drivers and moving companies, judging from angry tweets–seem able to dodge enforcement officers with relative ease, increasing the sense of frustration from cyclists.

Coming straight from the City of Toronto bylaw, here are the rules of the Toronto bike lane. Note that the rules differ slightly for painted and separated bike lanes, like on Sherbourne and Wellesley.

Read the rules: What exactly are the rules of the bike lane in Toronto?.

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INFRASTUCTURE: Adelaide Separated Lane gets “pre-marked” tonight

Adelaide is almost ready for the big show!  Bring on the paint and the flexi-bollards!  It’s happening on Richmond too!

@TO_Transport has repaved curb lane for Adelaide Cycle Track Pilot Project pre-marking starts tonight

via Twitter / TO_Cycling: @TO_Transport has repaved curb ….

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Richmond and Adelaide being prepped for new bikelanes

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Richmond and Adelaide are coming!  I’m gonna make some special trips down there to be able to ride them.

Curb lanes on Richmond and Adelaide have been ground down, in preparation for new asphalt we are putting down for the Cycle Tracks.

via City of Toronto Cycling Facebook Page.

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NEWS: Canada Post “apologizes” after telling cyclist to “go f-k yourself”, and it’s not nearly enough

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A little bit of news in the story from yesterday, about a Canada Post worker parking his mail truck in a bikelane and then telling a cyclist to “go f-k yourself” when she documented it.

Canada Post has apologized to the cyclist and taken “appropriate action” … but I don’t think they really have.  While the behaviour of the mail worker is unacceptable, the larger issue here is his (and all postal workers) disregard for the City bylaw that prohibits them from parking in bikelanes (and driving like maniacs, to draw on some personal anecdotes).

Why isn’t Canada Post committing to implementing policies that direct drivers to do everything possible to find a regular parking spot when stopping their truck?

“The behaviour demonstrated by the employee in the video is completely unacceptable,” he said. “We reached out to the individual who posted the video online to apologize and thank her for bringing the matter to our attention. We were able to quickly identify the employee and take the appropriate action.”

Read More: Cyclist confronts Canada Post worker parked in bike lane – Toronto – CBC News.

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OH YEAH: The $50 Bike Share Toronto deal is STILL ON

UPDATE: the deal is now over.  Congrats if you scored yourself one. :)

 

The BikeShare Toronto deal over on Buytopia keeps rolling on.  $50 for an entire year of unlimited sub-30 minute rides!   That’s 14 cents a day.  14 cents!

AND BikeShare Toronto has let me know that even if you already have a membership, you can use this deal to ADD an additional year onto it!!  SCORE!

 

  • Use your Membership key or ride code to unlock a bike from any dock at any station
  • Return your bicycle to any station across the city
  • Bike stations are located across the downtown core
  • Check the status of a station at bikesharetoronto.com

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Frustrated with the TTC? Can’t justify spending the cash on taxis every day? There’s a solution for you! Toronto is reintroducing their bike share transit system as Bike Share Toronto. And with this Buytopia deal, you can get a one-month membership for just $10 or a one-year membership for just $50. Using your membership key, you’ll be able to unlock a bike from any dock at any station. After your journey, simply return your bicycle to any station across the city. Stations are located across the downtown core and beyond and you can check the status of a station from bikesharetoronto.com. Experience the freedom of commuting by bike with Bike Share Toronto and do it for a sweet discount with this Buytopia deal.

GET IT: $50 for a one-year membership to Bikeshare Toronto.

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