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Bixi in bankruptcy but Bixi Toronto is safe

The good news is that Toronto’s Bixi system will probably be fine. City hall saw this coming months in advance and laid the groundwork for a takeover. The plan is to transfer responsibility for Bixi Toronto to the Toronto Parking Authority, and use money scrounged from the city’s street-furniture budget to keep the system going […]

E-Bikes not allowed in bike lanes … for now.

Good news… the decision about whether to allow electric scooters (some people call them e-bikes) into Toronto’s bikelanes has been deferred: E-bikes won’t be granted access to Toronto bike lanes just yet, after a recommendation before the City’s public works committee was deferred this afternoon. The report in question makes a distinction between two type […]

Pay Attention Toronto: Europe’s Most Congested City Going Car-Free

Something similar should be done in Toronto on Yonge St. south of Bloor, and perhaps King and Queen between Bathurst and Jarvis. Keep the middle lanes open for streetcars only (or buses on Yonge), and let’s open these streets up for business. Cars are choking us economically. If the city’s new mayor gets his way, […]

Write the Public Works Committee about electric scooters in bike lanes.

E-bike riders seek equality with pedal-pushing counterparts

CycleToronto has a great rundown of what the city’s proposal to allow “e-bikes” in bikelanes will mean for Toronto’s cyclists.  Be sure and click through and send an email to the Public Works Committee about why this is a misguided proposal. This Thursday, members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee will consider a set of […]

West Toronto Railpath remains unplowed

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UPDATE: Councillor Ana Bailao has commented with a link about when the Railpath has been salted and/or ploughed. ——————— For those of you who are in the west end, the Railpath remains unplowed by the city… and not since yesterday’s snowfall, but the one BEFORE it.  Please take care if you’re going to be biking […]

Toronto Fails Again: City to allow E-Bikes in bike lanes

In a move that is entirely consistent with Toronto giving higher priority to those who choose to get around our city with help of a motor, there are reports that City Staff are going to recommend that E-Bikes be allowed in bikelanes. If you’re not moving under your own power, get out of the bikelanes. […]

Are Public Consultations killing Toronto’s Bike Plan?

A good piece from NOW Magazine about the woefully inadequate implementation of Toronto’s Bike Plan. Here’s an idea – put in bikelanes for a 3 month pilot, THEN do consultations to see how everyone likes them (instead of before, when you’re asking people how they THINK they will like them), and then make a decision […]

Are the Sherbourne separated bike lanes working?

Great piece in the Grid about the Sherbourne separated bikelanes.  I’ve heard that there will soon be more bollards separating car traffic. Eric Krumins, a technical writer for an east-end software company, is in a somewhat unique position to comment on the issue. A vehicle owner, he has experienced Sherbourne over the dashboard of his […]

D.C. Program to help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment

This is fantastic and needed EVERYWHERE.  Can we bring something like this to Toronto?  I’ll help. Recently, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association partnered with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) in the District to give cyclists a safe place to vent and discuss harassment prevention and empowerment strategies, said Nelle Pierson, WABA’s coordinator of outreach […]

Press Release: Toronto saves and expands bikesharing!

Yay!  The official City of Toronto press release about the saving (and future expansion) of Bixi (or whatever it will be called going forward).  ”We are pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be keeping the bike share program operating for our customers,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the City’s Public works and Infrastructure […]

City will take over Bixi bike-share program

Something that was known, but the official announcement is nice.  Long live Bixi (or whatever it’ll be called)!! The city will take over the Bixi bike sharing program, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said at Toronto city hall on Wednesday. “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” he told reporters, quoting John F. Kennedy. […]

Green paint being added to Bloor East Bikelanes!

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The above photo makes me so happy.  That green looks fantastic! The City has been busy upgrading the bikelane on Bloor East between Sherbourne and the Bloor Viaduct. The latest thing they’ve done is add some green colouring to the bikelane as it goes through the Bloor and Parliament intersection.  Photo from Hayley Easto above, […]

The future of Toronto’s Bixi bikes

Great write-up by Spacing on the saving and future expansion on Bixi Toronto: Bixi has been granted a reprieve by council, after a motion passed unanimously to save the program. The vote united councillors of every political stripe, with representation from every geographical corner of the city. The plan is not only to save Bixi, […]

Cycle advocates take MP Peggy Nash on a bike tour of Parkdale-High Park

Great stuff. We need more politicians taking bike tours of the areas they reprsent – hopefully municipal, provincial and federal politicians all at once! With the caveat that local cycling issues are not within the federal representative’s jurisdiction, the pair pointed out safety issues and concerns for cyclists along the way. The pair took Nash […]

Who won at the Toronto Bike Awards?

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Dandyhorse Magazine has a write-up of all the winners from Tuesday night.  Congrats to all! A large and enthusiastic crowd came out to the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom on the evening of November 26 for the 2013 Toronto Bike Awards. The awards honoured individuals and organizations from both business and the community who have shown leadership […]



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