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Bike Ride for Bike Lanes on Bloor

Bike Lanes on Bloor

There’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 […]

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How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

Bike-Friendly City Councillors

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 […]

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Where Candidates Stand On Cycling Issues

Bike-Friendly?

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 […]

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A Map of Rossi’s Separated Bikelanes

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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 […]

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TCAT Releases Results of Election Survey

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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 […]

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Sarah Thomson drops out of Mayoral Race

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Sarah Thomson has dropped out of Toronto’s mayoral race and put her support behind George Smitherman. This is big news for cycling because Thomson’s “BikeCity” plan was the most thorough and best researched cycling platform out there (of the “Big Five” contenders of Ford, Smitherman, Rossi, Pantalone and Thomson herself).  Whatever you thought of her […]

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Some Mayoral Candidates ride with the Bike Union

Photo by Martin Reis

This morning saw some of the candidates for mayor join the Toronto Cyclists Union for a little symbolic ride and press conference downtown today: The 30 minute ride, which stayed within the downtown core, allowed candidates to experience almost the full range of scenarios faced on a daily urban commute by bicycle.  The ride took […]

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George Smitherman signs up for Bixi Toronto

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Bixi Toronto had a demo station set up at the Brickworks yesterday, and mayoral candidate (and possible Rob Ford killer, depending on how anti-Ford sentiment coalesces) George Smitherman decided to stop by, try it out, and sign up. Smitherman has been a little bit all over the map on the bike issue during this campaign.  […]

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Sarah Thomson releases “Bike City” Plan

Today saw mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson release her bicycle transportation policy, dubbed Bike City. Sarah and/or her team has done their homework on this to attract people who love biking… proposing a good chunk of new cycling infrastructure features (ie. bike boxes, bicycle boulevardes, etc) and physically separate bikelanes on University Ave, Richmond Street and […]

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Rob Ford releases “Transportation Plan”

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Mayoral candidate (and current frontrunner) Rob Ford has released his “transportation plan” (PDF). The contents of the plan can be summed up as follows: Streetcars are bad.  TransitCity should not be built because an efficient wide-ranging Light Rail Transit system costs 1/10 as much as an equivalent subway system… but subway promises get votes.  Not […]

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Sarah Thomson to announce “Bike City” Policy

UPDATE: Thomson has announced her Bike City Platform.  Click here for details. Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson is set to announce a “Bike City” policy tomorrow, Sept 1st: You are cordially invited to the launch of Mayoral Candidate, Sarah Thomson’s Bike Policy, Bike City. Come an listen to the details of Bike City, a smarter way […]

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George Smitherman Releases His Transportation Plan

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Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman has released his transportation plan for the future. Full details are on his website… but here is the bike-related stuff for you: CYCLING—INTEGRATED WITH THE GRID FOR SAFETY Cycling in Toronto is important.  Torontonians often choose from day to day whether to walk, drive, take transit or cycle to get […]

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I BIKE T.O. T-Shirt at Queen’s Park on 24 Hours Toronto Edition Today

If I’m not mistaken, that’s Donald Wiedman, founder of Bikes+Transit sporting a fantastic t-shirt you can get here — IBikeTO.org. He’s flanked by June MacDonald on the left and Olivia Chow on the right. Cyclists gathered at Queen’s Park in Toronto to show their support for a bill tabled by Cheri DiNovo that would require […]

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Toronto’s Bixi BikeSharing System Endangered

A little bit of breaking news for you…there were rumours about this floating around yesterday, but I wanted to make sure things were “concrete”, so to speak, before blogging about it for you. Toronto’s plans to emulate the great success of bikesharing systems around the world, by using the Public Bike System company (the same […]

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Focus on Bikes and Complete Streets, Politicians Told

Build Transportation Infrastructure Everyone Can Use

The Toronto Environmental Alliance, along with various environmental and advocacy organizations, including TCAT and the Bike Union, have released priorities that municipal election candidates should pay attention to if we want, as a city, to be greener, healthier, and more efficient. “Below are 6 priority actions, in no particular order, that will build on 10 […]

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