An application has been submitted to the City for a building totalling 69-storeys, featuring a glass and steel skyscraper rising behind a reconstruced 1890s heritage structure at the corner. Currently housing an Atmosphere sports store, the Jamieson building’s facade, now half hidden by aluminum panels from a partial restoration in the 1980s, would be fully [...]
How do you get around your city? Do you cycle? Would you like to cycle? What influences your decision? There have been numerous attempts to encourage a shift towards active transportation and cycling. The most high profile of these have focused on the construction of physical infrastructure such as separated bicycle lanes, bike parking and [...]
Via Treehugger Few posts that I have written brought out so many commenters, so much debate, as my question, Should Cyclists be Allowed to Blow Go Through Stop Signs? and Why Cyclists Blow Through Stop Signs: It’s Physics. In both, I make the case that stop signs exist primarily as a form of speed control for cars rather than a [...]
In late 2012, the City of Toronto announced the completion of its first separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Sherbourne Street. By physically separating cyclists from motor vehicle traffic, cycle tracks are a key way to increase safety, de-stress cycling, boost ridership and reduce conflicts between road users in Toronto. Cycle Toronto conducted an on-line [...]
Bicycle helmets may prevent head injuries, but a newly published study has found there’s no evidence that mandatory helmet laws do the same thing. “It is a bit counterintuitive that we don’t see an effect of helmet laws on head injuries,” said University of Toronto researcher Jessica Dennis, whose work was published Tuesday in the [...]
On Friday, council voted to restart construction of a bike station in the building’s underground parking lot, a project that gained notoriety when the mayor and his brother fiercely criticized the fact that it will include showers. Despite Mayor Rob Ford’s objections however, the project passed easily by a vote of 26-5. Before the decision, [...]
Mayor Rob Ford opposes adding showers for cyclists commuting to city hall but he wanted to look at installing a splash pad for kids as part of renovations to Nathan Phillips Square.Ford has slammed as a complete waste of money plans to park 380 bikes in the underground parking garage and provide a $130,000 change [...]
A Toronto councillor wants a law pased that would require a one-metre buffer zone between cyclists and drivers. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is seeking an amendment to the provincial Highway Traffic Act so that a one-metre gap is mandatory when passing cyclists. She says the motion is inspired by the death of Toronto cyclist Jenna Morrison. [...]
The annual Bells on Bloor ride is happening this Saturday, May 11th. Come out and show your support for Bike lanes on Bloor. The group ride will start at High Park and end at City Hall. This year in honour of Mother’s Day, there is a “best-flowers-plasitc-or-otherwise-on-a-bike” competition. More information is available here: http://cycleandsole.com/ via [...]
A cyclist rides past BIXI bikes in Toronto on Wednesday. BIXI Toronto Inc. borrowed $4.5-million from the city, and has a loan balance of $3.9-million as of Dec. 31, 2012, according to a city report going before the mayor’s executive committee next week. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail) For a city with big ambitions, [...]
Developers to cut the number of parking spaces in new residential developments could save Toronto’s ailing bike share program, says councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. Current city rules allow builders to trade parking capacity for auto share spaces or ring-and-post locks, and Wong-Tam wants BIXI stands added to that list. In a member’s motion to be heard [...]
Time: Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: Toronto – Downtown/East York Summary: A community conversation, with City Councillors in attendance, to examine how Yonge Street can be revisioned as a complete street that functions well for cyclists and all other road users. Read the full post: “Yonge Street Visioning Workshop” [...]
Time: Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Location: Halton Region Summary: A 65 or 83km ride from Schomberg to lunch in the village of Hockley. Read the full post: “Schomberg to Alliston / Hockley Ride” on the BikeMonth website .
Stakeholder meeting seeks input on how bylaws should classify electric bicycles. Cyclists, e-bikers agree to disagree. Read the full post: “Cyclists, e-bikers spar over bike lanes” on the Toronto Star.
Spare a thought this spring for your local wrench. Consider how Derek Chadbourne and Brad Annis of The Bike Joint on Harbord Street, east of Ossington Avenue, will spend their first perfect cycling days. When they arrive at 8 a.m., two or three cyclists will already be waiting outside for repairs that will “just take [...]
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