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INFRASTRUCTURE: Cyclists pushed out of bike lane by Shred-it truck

We’ve been keeping an eye on Shred-it vehicles since our May 29 column about a five-truck shredding operation that dominated Freeland St. when we came across it. Shred-it vice-president Bruce Andrew said his company uses the tiny street for off-site shredding, instead of blocking busier downtown streets, and that it is looking for ways other […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Connecting Parkdale to the Waterfront

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Great article from dandyhorse about how the west end is almost totally cut of from the lakefront (and how to change that): Standing at the foot of Roncesvalles “where King meets Queen”, you can see Lake Ontario only a few meters away. A slight hill creates the illusion that nothing separates you from that enticing […]


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NEWS: Bike Share Toronto Data Released

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Toronto Bike Share users have made 285,384 trips so far in 2014, criss-crossing the city via a network of 80 bicycle docks. In June alone, they pedalled 237,723 kilometres — burning an estimated six million calories in the process — and offset more than 100,000 pounds of carbon. The numbers are courtesy of Alta Bicycle […]


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ELSEWHERE: New Bike Lane Designs Finally Get Nod From U.S. Engineering Establishment

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Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. engineering establishment. Bike lane markings through intersections may soon be part of important engineering […]


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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

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SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Is Canada missing the boat on cycling tourists?

Quebec is internationally recognized for its extensive 5,000-km cycling network, La Route Verte, which criss-crosses most parts of the province, making it North America’s longest bike path.  But in the two decades since the Quebec government and non-profit Vélo Québec first began work on the route, it remains an anomaly in Canada, even as other countries and regions seek to cash […]


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ELSEWHERE: Persuasive Evidence that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

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Past work has found that bike-share members decrease their car use considerably: According to one survey, 52 percent did so in Minneapolis, and 41 percent in Washington, D.C. The new, more fine-grained analysis of bike-share use in these cities reveals that its role in the transit system varies based on the character of the host […]


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UPDATE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (temporary ones coming?)

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Last night I posted about an unacceptable situation unfolding on the Bloor Viaduct.  Construction barricades have been set up to perform work on the bridge (nature of the work detailed a bit below), with signs that cyclists should “share the road” with motor traffic. Anyone who has biked the Viaduct knows that “sharing the road” […]


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UNACCEPTABLE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (and no temporary ones provided)

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UPDATE: It sounds like temporary bikelanes are coming.  Maybe. Hopefully.   I just rode home over the viaduct and sections of the eastbound bikelane are closed.  Giant jersey concrete barriers are in the way with signs saying the bikelane is closed and cyclists should merge with traffic.   I can’t, as someone who rides the […]


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NEWS: Bike Share struggling with repair problem

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I could do without the anecdotes from people whining about not being able to find a spot to park their bikeshare bike (that generally means that the system is popular), but it is a symptom of the larger problem… that BikeShare parts and new stations are hard to come by in the short term. PBSC […]


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