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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Toronto’s 5 fittest city councillors do it by bike

Great article from the Star about Toronto’s 5 fittest councillors. The best part, unsurprisingly, is that 4 of them stay fit by making cycling a regular part of their lives. I’ve excepted parts of the article below: Karen Stintz – The Runner Stintz also bikes seven km to work twice per week — to make […]

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Bixi Toronto to be saved by public toilet money?

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Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall: The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a […]

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Making Toronto World Class: Purchase & Expand BIXI

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While Toronto City Hall has dithered over the future of BIXI Toronto, something amazing has happened south of the border: New York City has launched CitiBike with 6,000 bikes and 400 stations. In its first month alone, CitiBike attracted 50,000 annual members and logged more than 500,000 trips! It’s a testament to what’s possible in […]

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Karen Stintz ticketed for running stop sign on bike

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Go Karen Stintz!  I love that the Chair of the TTC chooses to bike to work!  As a long-time Leafs fan, I also have newfound respect for  former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive Richard Peddie who said: “Eh — she gets marks from me for riding her bike.” What I like about Karen […]

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Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

One Toronto cyclist is trying to get Rob Ford to bike a mile in her shoes. “Mayor Rob Ford has lots of opinions about cycling in Toronto but has he ever ridden our streets?” asks Candice Anderson. The cyclist and blogger has started an online petition encouraging the mayor to give pedal power a try […]

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Jarvis bike lane latest in City Hall’s symbolic struggles

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Down at City Hall, they chase gravy trains and fight a war on (or for) the car—and show respect for certain areas of the city by promising their residents underground transit. At some point, it seems that politics in Toronto passed into the realm of almost pure symbolism. This is especially true in the case of […]

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Pharmacy Bikelane being Erased

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BlogTO has a post today about the removal of the Pharmacy Ave. bikelane.  The Birchmount bikelane is also due to be removed thanks to the backwards-looking decision of Rob Ford’s regime at City Council. Although the vote to kill the Jarvis bike lanes got most of the attention earlier this year, they weren’t the only […]

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Councillor Josh Matlow to ask for higher bikelane parking fines

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City Council is meeting this coming Wednesday (Sept. 21st) and Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Pauls) has a proposal on the agenda by substantially increasing the fine (to $500) for parking on city arterials or in bikelanes during rush hour periods. I don’t see parking enforcement officers ticketing bikelane parkers much (but do, on […]

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Jack Layton, 1950-2011

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My most vivid memory from my many years of riding in the Ride for Heart is riding along and having a tandem bike come up along beside me.  I thought nothing of it other than “cool! a tandem!” until I looked at the people riding it and saw Jack  and Olivia. I nearly fell off […]

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The Future of the Jarvis Bikelanes

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The future of the Jarvis bikelanes is being decided today (or maybe tomorrow) by City Council. If you can’t make it to City Hall in person today (or tomorrow),  you can watch the activities of Council via this live feed from Rogers. Need to know more info about Jarvis? The Jarvis Bikelane is Doomed, and […]

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72% of Torontonians want Separated Bikelanes downtown

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The headline for this Toronto Star article is about opposition to road tolls to pay for Mayor Ford’s enormous (and unfunded) subway plans, but if you read past the first few paragraphs, you’ll see that in a telephone poll (PDF) conducted by Forum Research found that a “whopping” 72% of those surveyed support the rumoured […]

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Despite Campaign, Fort York Bridge proclaimed Dead

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The Fort York Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge is, for all intents and purposes, dead. Some background, in case you haven’t been following along: You may remember our post from a couple weeks ago when the Public Works Committee decided that a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist bridge that would link historic Fort York (and waterfront neighbourhoods) […]

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