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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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NEWS: John Tory is now the Anti-Bike Candidate in the Mayoral Race

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Okay, Rob Ford will always be THE anti-bike candidate, but let’s just hope his support stays at 20% (in related news, 20% of Torontonians are on crack) and we don’t have to deal with him again.

John Tory’s campaign has come out against Olivia Chow’s plan to drastically increase bikelanes in Toronto, creating a Minimum Grid of infrastructure to help Torontonians get around the city by bike, safely.

Tory doesn’t understand that less people driving cars actually eases congestion…. but it’s really not a difficult concept.

A spokeswoman for John Tory, one of Ms. Chow’s main rivals, suggested that drivers cannot be inconvenienced by new bicycle infrastructure.

“John does not support anything that increases commute times for drivers,” Amanda Galbraith said in an e-mail. “John is in favour of building a network of separated bike lanes where it is practical, to ensure cyclists can safely travel throughout our city.”

More: Toronto mayoral race: Chow pledges 200 km of bike lanes – The Globe and Mail.

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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 on a bike tour of Parkdale–High Park, from Bloor Street West, down Roncesvalles to Queen Street West and up Sorauren Avenue, along the West Toronto Railpath and down Lansdowne Avenue.

“According to the 2006 census data, Ward 14 actually has the second highest proportion of cyclists and pedestrian commuters in the city with 26 per cent who either cycle or walk to work,” Pin said. “There are so many cyclists, yet very little infrastructure.”

Full story: Cycle advocates take Parkdale-High Park MP Nash for a ride.

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Truck side guards should be mandatory: Olivia Chow

The NDP transportation critic has renewed her calls for the federal government to implement a private members bill she introduced in the House of Commons to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada.

It follows the deaths of several cyclists who died beneath the wheels of big trucks in Toronto and elsewhere.

Cambridge, Ont.-based Shu-Pak Equipment Inc. says it will now install the guards on all new trucks it manufactures.

Standing next to family members of a Toronto cyclist who was killed by a truck, Chow thanked Shu-Paks president David Tanner for making the move voluntarily.

Full story: Truck side guards should be mandatory, Olivia Chow says – Toronto – CBC News.

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#CycleON: Is Ontario’s cycling strategy all talk?

It’s a good vision… but without money and commitment, it’s only a vision.  Let’s make it a reality, please?

It would be easy to dismiss Ontario’s new cycling strategy with a cynical, “So, what?” This province and its capital, Toronto, are, well, streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document will not make it catch up.

The strategy, cutely named #CycleON and announced by the Ministry of Transportation on Aug. 30, is full of gauzy rhetoric and capital letters. “At the heart of the Strategy are a bold Vision, ambitious Goals and a set of carefully targeted Strategic Directions,” it pronounces.

Full story:  A start for Ontario’s cycling strategy that is streets behind – The Globe and Mail.

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