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INFRASTRUCTURE: Cyclists eager to extend trips downtown on the West Toronto Railpath

The 3.5-metre-wide cycling and pedestrian path currently runs for two kilometres along the railway corridor, roughly following Dundas Street West, from Dupont Street in the north to near College Street in the south. Now, six years after the first leg opened, cyclists were eager to hear about the three-kilometre extension that will take the mostly off-road path deep into the city to Stanley Park near Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street West, even though work won’t start until 2016.

Read More: Cyclists eager to extend trips downtown on the West Toronto Railpath – The Globe and Mail.

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NEWS: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns

Jesus murphy. Look at these self-entitled motorists.  Just look at them.

New painted bike lanes started to appear on Simcoe Street this week, but it seemed users of the street’s soon-to-be-defunct parking meters were turning scofflaw, blocking the painted contraflow track with their cars and motorcycles.

Read More: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns.

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NEWS: Plans to shift Toronto’s bicycle strategy into high gear in the works

After years of backpedalling, Ontario is getting back on the path to creating a province-wide cycling network.

And in Toronto, where critics point out the city has failed to deliver the 495 km of bikeways it promised in 2001, there’s a new strategy in the works.

“The increased density in the way we’re building cities now means the urban sprawl days are behind us, which is a good thing,” says Eleanor McMahon, CEO of Share the Road, a cycling coalition she founded in 2008. Her husband, OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart, was killed in a 2006 cycling accident with a dump truck near Milton.

Her coalition links organizations from across Ontario in the common goal of making all municipalities, from big cities to small towns, more bicycle-friendly.

Read More: Dedicated bike routes planned across province, including Toronto and GTA – Wheels.ca.

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OH YEAH: Are bicyclists the happiest commuters on the planet?

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I’ve written before that I completely dropped the car in large part because I discovered that bicycling for transportation was much more enjoyable (even in hot and steamy Florida). I know that plenty of others have had a similar revelation. However, is it the norm that people enjoy bicycling more than driving or riding in a large vehicle?

New research doesn’t answer that question, but it hints at the answer I’d expect: bicyclists have a better mood than those traveling by car, bus, or train.

Read More: Are bicyclists the happiest commuters on the planet? : TreeHugger

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OH YEAH: Bikeshare Toronto membership for just $42.50! (Less than half price!!)

I’ve been promoting this deal a bunch, and with good reason… I want bikesharing in Toronto to be so successful that it expands from the core.  But this weekend (until Tuesday at midnight, Buytopia is also having a 15% off sale on anything over $20, which means you can apply it to a Bikeshare Toronto annual membership.  I applied the “CANADA147″ code at checkout to see the final price… $42.50!

That works out to just 82 cents a week!  12 cents a day!  12 CENTS A DAY!

For perspective, a TTC Metropass (only good for 1 month) is $134.  Even a TTC day pass is $11.

Travel a lot in the core? Tired of giving money to the TTC for their crappy service.  I think you know what you need to do.

  • Reintroducing Toronto’s Bike Share Transit System
  • Use your Membership key or ride code to unlock a bike from any dock at any station
  • Return your bicycle to any station across the city
  • Bike stations are located across the downtown core
  • Check the status of a station at bikesharetoronto.com

 

GET IT: Bikeshare Toronto membership for just $42.50!!!.

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