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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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NEWS: After Cyclists Protest, Toronto Will Protect Downtown Bike Lanes

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Pretty cool… the action of Toronto cyclists in getting city staff to do what City Council told them to do has hit Streetsblog.org: In a victory for bike safety in Toronto, officials have agreed to add protective posts to three new downtown bike lanes. Toronto striped two buffered bike lanes in July and is preparing […]


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NEWS: City Staff respond (badly) to protected bikelane concerns

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UPDATE: Cycle Toronto likes the below response.  They interpreted it differently than I did, and that’s okay.  However, I would like to point out that the very last paragraph of the city’s response is a damning one: The objective is to strike the appropriate balance between separation design, education and enforcement to ensure that Simcoe, […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Cycle Toronto keeps pushing city staff to abide by Council’s wishes

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Via Cycle Toronto: Transportation Services willfully ignoring the direction of Council In June 2014, Toronto City Council unanimously approved a pilot project for cycle tracks on Richmond St, Adelaide St and Simcoe St and painted bike lanes on Peter St by a vote of 39-0. Cycle tracks are “physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk.” The installation […]


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