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NEWS: John Tory continues anti-bike crusade on Eglinton

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John Tory continues his plan to be THE Anti-Bike mayoral candidate.  Everyone knows Rob Ford is, but Rob Ford is old news, and John Tory will flip and flop in whatever direction will get him votes… and he’s after “Ford Nation” votes.  Plus Nick Kouvalis is Tory’s lead strategist this time around.  You may remember him as the ass who tapped into the less-intelligent voters of Toronto last time round, getting Ford elected.

It doesn’t matter to Tory that he’s wrong.  That Eglinton Connects INCREASES traffic capacity.   He says what will give him votes.

Props to Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz for doing their homework on this project and supporting it.

The plan, known as Eglinton Connects, is related to the light-rail line being built under the midtown road. Buried transit will reduce the need for bus lanes, freeing up space and prompting a reassessment of how best to use the roadway. Among the ideas are separated bicycle lanes and expanded sidewalks. In some parts of Eglinton, where there is lower demand, there would be fewer lanes for vehicles.

John Tory, who was on hand in Nathan Phillips Square for the launch of Caribana, said he wouldn’t support any project that takes traffic lanes out of service.

“The [traffic] study says that it’s going to lead to an increase in traffic on residential streets off Eglinton of 10 per cent and I don’t buy into that,” he said. “I don’t think that the residential people who live in there are counting on that.”

Read More: Mayoral candidates divided on plan to make Eglinton more cyclist, pedestrian friendly – The Globe and Mail.

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FUTURE? The rise of the e-bike

Like it or not, they are coming.  Maybe even for me one day (a normal one, not a scooter-type thing), when my knees give out.  Some days that feels closer than others.

These days, e-bikes are booming in popularity in Europe and China where they’re revered for their low impact on the environment. According to ZIV, a German industry organization, e-bike sales represented 10 percent of all bike sales at the close of 2012, a 15 percent rise over 2011 numbers. Because the motors used in e-bikes are electric and not internal combustion, these contraptions don’t emit any carbon dioxide directly (the source of their electricity, however, has an environmental impact, albeit one drastically smaller than a motorcycle or moped engine).

In China there are upwards of 120 million bikes on the country’s roads, up from a few thousand in the 1990s, according to the New York Times. Chinese e-bike exports, along with global interest in the phenomenon has contributed to the creation of a modern-day $11 billion e-bike industry.

Read More: The rise of the e-bike | PeopleForBikes.

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NEWS: Toronto takes stronger action to target illegal bike lane parking

Toronto’s parking enforcers are looking to put a stop to illegal bike lane parking once and for all.

As the city installs new downtown bike lanes in a year-long pilot project, it will be using a combination of new pavement markings, signage that threatens a $150 fine, and targeted enforcement blitzes to keep the lanes clear of idle cars.

The goal is to make the painted outlines of a bike lane as effective as a physical barrier.

Read More: Toronto takes stronger action to target illegal bike lane parking | Metro.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Simcoe to be first street with car parking protecting a bikelane.

Looking good Simcoe. Please, let’s have lots of flex-bollards or planters along that double-line to keep cars from parking in that bikelane.

Simcoe will be TO’s first street where parking used as bike lane separation off peak

via Twitter / TO_Cycling: Simcoe will be TO’s first street ….

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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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