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Bike Ride for Bike Lanes on Bloor

Bike Lanes on BloorThere’s a “Bike Lanes on Bloor” ride being planned for this Saturday, Oct. 23 – to bring attention to the cause right before the municipal election on Mon, Oct. 25th.

With an election on Monday, let’s tell candidates how attractive bike lanes on Bloor could be, and how necessary for our safety, and to fight climate change!

Please invite your friends, cycling strangers and neighbours.

Starts at High Park at noon and rides east along Bloor, past Joe Pantelone’s office and down to George Smitherman’s office (Ford’s is near the airport)

For info about where candidates stand on Bloor/Danforth bike lanes, see question #5 on
www.torontocat.ca/main/platform_election_surveys

And visit www.takethetooker.ca

We bike – We vote!

Check out the facebook event page for it here.

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How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?A couple days ago we let you know about the Bike Union publishing how a bunch of City Councillors (the ones who participated in TCATs election survey) have voted on bikelane installation motions before City Council during the last few years.

Here at BikingToronto we decided to take it one step further and figure out (Google Doc) exactly who were the bike-friendliest Councillors in terms of Council voting (and who were the most bike-UNfriendliest).

The chart below takes all the voting records in the Bike Union document and gave Councillors +1 point when they made a bike-friendly vote and -1 point when they either made a bike-UNfriendly vote or didn’t bother to show up to vote.

Now we can all see, quickly and easily, who is the friendliest and who is the unfriendliest.

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

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Where Candidates Stand On Cycling Issues

The Toronto Cyclists Union is continuing their excellent work on getting cyclists involved in the municipal elections of Oct. 25th.

They’ve just released a wrap-up (PDF) of the voting records of every member of City Council on all bike-related decisions, which they made with the help of the Election Survey done by TCAT recently:

Check out our bike friendly summary of TCAT’s election survey – see the documents attached below! The Toronto Cyclists Union has identified a list of candidates who possess the potential to best understand and support the needs of cyclists in Toronto. This list was compiled solely based on candidates who completed the TCAT election survey.

Check out the document (PDF) and see how bike-friendly your city councillor has been.

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A Map of Rossi’s Separated Bikelanes

A few days ago we told you about Rocco Rossi’s Flip-Flop on bikelanes on major streets (he likes the idea now).

The Toronto Star has published a map (above) of where these physically-separate bikelanes would be.

Rossi’s proposed network includes east-west lanes on Richmond St. between Parliament and Bathurst Sts., and the existing Wellesley Ave.-Harbord St. lane separated from traffic between Parliament and Ossington Ave.

Cyclists travelling north-south would use the existing Sherbourne St. lane that would be separated from traffic between Elm Ave. and Queens Quay; or, to the west, the St. George St./Beverly St. lane extended to Queens Quay.

Rossi says building dedicated lanes in other cities has cost between $168,000 and $454,000 per kilometre.

His plan was quickly denounced as “a last-minute, half-baked idea” by Yvonne Bambrick, spokeswoman for the cyclists union.

“All he’s doing is tweaking (routes) that exist already,” and separating them from traffic, rather than proposing a true network that includes the suburbs, she said.

What do you think of Rossi’s new bikelane plan?

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TCAT Releases Results of Election Survey

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) released the results of its 2010 Municipal Candidate Election Surveys yesterday:

TCAT surveyed all Toronto candidates to provide voters the candidates’ views on active transportation issues and the concrete steps that can be taken to improve cycling and walking in Toronto. Surveys were sent in August 2010 to all of the mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates – 475 candidates in total, with 137 respondents to date.

Some of the cycling-related questions were as follows:

Full Implementation of the Bike Plan
  • What year will the Bike Plan be implemented?
  • How will you prevent the delays that have plagued the implementation of the Bike Plan for the past nine years?
Increase the use of cycling and walking to conduct city business
  • Increasing the number of employees using bikes in the course of their duties
  • Increasing the use of bike and foot couriers
  • Ensuring all city buildings and recreational facilities have a sufficient number of secure bicycle parking facilities
  • Exploring new purchasing policies that utilize local businesses to decrease dependency on motor-vehicle deliveries
  • What goal will you set for each of the above programs and services?
Creating a bike lane on Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue
  • Do you support building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue?
Improving pedestrian and cyclist access to public transit
  • Do you support integrating active transportation into the transit system?
Creating more on-street bicycle parking corrals throughout Toronto
  • Do you support creating more on-street bicycle parking corrals throughout Toronto to improve active transportation?
  • How many more on-street bicycle parking spaces will you create?
Some aggregate results from TCAT:
  • A Complete Streets Policy for Toronto: 69% per cent of 13 mayoral candidates and 77% of 84 council candidates strongly support developing and implementing a Complete Streets policy. This policy would ensure our streets are routinely designed to provide the safe travel of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Full implementation of the Toronto Walking Strategy by 2019: 54% of 13 mayoral candidates and 79% of 84 council candidates say they would fully staff and fund the Pedestrian Projects Unit of the Public Realm Section.
  • Building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue: 46% of 13 mayoral candidates and 45% of 83 council candidates strongly support this important artery for cyclists.
You can see individual responses as well:
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