Great news coming out of public consultations on what Eglinton may look like following construction of the Crosstown LRT. The above is a rendering of what Eglinton may look like, complete with green separated bikelanes. It looks like a made-up part of the street, as I recognized those blue awnings from being from LOCATION. Here’s [...]
This is a horrible horrible article entitled “Toronto City Council to consider bike lanes on Bay St“. 1) it’s only 50 metres of Bay Street, near Bloor, and 2) it’s only sharrows. Sharrows are NOT bikelanes. They pretty little things with good intentions, but don’t work at all. Drivers still try to force cyclists out [...]
I know Meghan. She would not make this up. A Toronto cyclist alleges she was almost hit by Police Chief Bill Blair’s SUV after it swerved into a bike lane. Meghan Orlinski was biking to class at Ryerson University Wednesday around 12 p.m. When she crossed the intersection at University Avenue and College Street and [...]
Put your hand up if you’d rather see attractive and healthy green walls beside the Railpath instead of ugly soul-destroying concrete? In a press release issued on September 17, a community activist group called the Junction Triangle Rail Committee made a counterproposal: Instead of walls made of concrete, vinyl, or acrylic, why not use plants [...]
Encouraging, but why not the Danforth too? The Danforth is wider than Bloor in most places and easily has room for bike infrastructure, plus bike-friendly councillors in Fletcher, McMahon, Davis and Fragedakis. Despite annual rides in support of more cycling infrastructure on the street, there has been no official movement on Bloor since the incomplete [...]
It’s a good vision… but without money and commitment, it’s only a vision. Let’s make it a reality, please? It would be easy to dismiss Ontario’s new cycling strategy with a cynical, “So, what?” This province and its capital, Toronto, are, well, streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document [...]
Bike couriers talk strike action against a uniquely bad industry Can you picture the city’s bike couriers putting down their kickstands and walking off the job? Well, they probably can’t yet either. That’s why Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 104 is putting a war chest together – all the better to embolden the bike-mounted [...]
Too many politicians talk a good game, but how many actually follow through? Kristyn Wong-Tam FOR THE WIN. If, one day, the Bixi bicycle-sharing program finally arrives in neighbourhoods outside the downtown core, it may come courtesy of a downtown councillor and downtown developers. Playing infrastructure Santa Claus, the councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, has persuaded three [...]
The initial phase of installation will see separated lanes placed on Wellesley Street from Parliament to Yonge streets. The remainder of the route, covering Wellesley Street West, connecting through Queen’s Park, and along Hoskin and Harbord streets to Ossington Street, will be installed next year. Most of the route already has painted bike lanes installed, [...]
Now this is something I might have expected to see in Copenhagen where cargo bikes are omnipresent, but in Toronto? Two cargo bikes, carrying bicycles, yet? So at the next red light (because cyclists stop at red lights, you know) I caught up and asked what it was all about. Read more: TreeHugger
When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest. … Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes. On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto [...]
Okay, this is a little insane. The city has bollards in the middle of cycling paths painted in dark colours and it takes a cyclist ramming into it in the dark for the city to go out and paint it yellow. Bike lights are great for being visible, but unless you shell out a lot [...]
Cycle Toronto is organizing a “love-in” at the bakery on Sept. 21 to gently protest the store’s position. A Facebook group encourages bikers to show up wearing helmets as identification. “We just want to tell the Harbord Bakery that their customers are cyclists, too,” said Kolb. “We love their pastries and their breads — but [...]
When it came out that Toronto Police weren’t tracking “dooring” incidents, one Toronto man and coder decided he’d build a system to allow everyone to submit dooring incidents. Check out Doored!.
The TTC is in no position to save the Bixi bike-sharing program. But its board has agreed to take another look at the possibility if the city doesn’t come up with another solution. The TTC doesn’t have the cash, the staff or the space to run Bixi, according to a report before the transit board [...]
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