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NEWS: Brookfield will no longer remove bikes at Yonge & Bloor

Lisa Ferguson says her bike disappeared from a pole outside Hudson's Bay centre while she was in a meeting

  Well, all the emails and tweets and outrage worked.  Will everyone who has had their bike stolen by Brookfield be compensated though? Give yourself a pat on the back if you were one of the folks who expressed outrage at Brookfield Properties strategic removal of bikes at Yonge and Bloor that it deemed a […]


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NEWS: Brookfield’s bike-cutting excuse is bunk: property law expert

Thanks to the Star, we now know the answer of whether or not it’s legal to steal bikes that are legally locked up on public property, even if you own “adjacent property”.  The Star asked a property lawyer professor, and he confirmed what we all (except Brookfield Properties) know.  Spoiler – it’s not. Jeremy de […]


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NEWS: Elderly cyclist killed in Mississauga

A 69-year-old cyclist was killed when he was struck by a truck in a Mississauga intersection Friday morning. Peel Regional Police say the man on the bike collided with the straight truck at Central Pkwy. and Mavis Rd. shortly after 8 a.m. The truck driver, who was visibly distraught, remained at the scene. “The cyclist […]


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NEWS: Brookfield Properties defends stealing bikes at HBC Centre

Brookfield Properties offers a piss poor excuse for stealing bikes parked legally on public property, citing “adjacent property rights”. I’m not a real estate lawyer, but if there is one out there that can shed some light on what “adjacent property rights” may be, that would be helpful.  I can’t find anything regarding them for […]


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NEWS: Had your bike stolen from Yonge & Bloor? The thief may be Brookfield Properties.

This is getting crazier and crazier.  How long has Brookfield Properties been doing this?  How many people have lost their bikes after parking them legally and on public property? Brookfield has just been cutting locks off and confiscating the bikes and not notifying anyone. Ferguson was able to get her bike back but wants to […]


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NEWS: Hudson’s Bay Centre confiscating legally parked bikes

A quick update to the story from a short time ago… the bikes being confiscated are legally parked, and are on PUBLIC property, not private. A portion of sidewalk outside 2 Bloor Street East does in fact belong to Brookfield but as this map that draws from the city’s Open Data illustrates, the privately-owned space […]


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NEWS: Stolen bike listing touted for Toronto

The Star has picked this up.  It’s still a fairly young idea, but maybe with a bit of effort we can truly harness the web and social media to put a big dent in bike thefts.  Or, at least, help recover some bikes. The feel-good stories always create a buzz: the Toronto woman who turned […]


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NEWS: Security guards cutting locks, confiscating bikes outside Hudson’s Bay Centre

It’s never boring in Toronto.  This is galling (locked up bikes “block pedestrians”?  Anyone who knows this corner knows there is a giant sidewalk and a bike locked to the TTC sign does not block anything), and I would not be surprised if a bunch of cyclists lock their bikes up there all at once… […]


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NEWS: New Toronto bike repair shop comes to your door

Very cool idea.  I may try it out. Toronto’s got a new bike repair shop, but one that lacks an actual storefront. Instead of opening a bricks and mortar space, Zach Tatem decided to operate a repair service that comes direct to customers’ doors. Formerly a manager with Trek Canada’s mountain bike team, the cycling […]


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NEWS: Dozens of Toronto cyclists have been doored since November

Cyclists have reported being “doored” 62 times since November, according to Toronto police, the first public tally of a statistic the force began tracking last year. “Dooring,” which occurs when a stopped car suddenly opens its door and hits a cyclist, is among the worst fears of urban bike riders. From 2012 until November 2013, […]


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