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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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How to Keep Cars from Parking in Bike Lanes

No Parking and Pylons via Bike Lane Diary

Toronto has a real problem with cars, trucks, police vehicles and everything in between parking in bike lanes. Need proof? Take a look at the new Simcoe Street underpass. Take a look at College Street through the all-seeing lens of Google. Harbord itself is no stranger to bike lane violators, including undercover police. Well, it […]

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Toronto Police Launching Week-Long Bicycle Campaign

Tomorrow (Monday) morning at 8 AM at the intersection of Broadview and Danforth, the Toronto Police Service is launching their latest bicycle safety campaign: On Monday, March 29, 2010, at 8 a.m., 54 Division and 55 Division officers will start a week−long, zero−tolerance bicycle campaign in the Danforth Avenue/Broadview Avenue area. Officers will be enforcing […]

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Are Toronto Police Ticketing Cyclists More?

From the Forums: The Bike Union is reporting that some cyclists are reporting that the police are looking for cycling infractions more recently: http://bikeunion.to/news/2010/03/02/ticket-alert-cyclists-reporting-more-fines-police-attention Have you noticed anything? It’s been the same on my commute (I hardly *ever* see any cops). The Union offers a few good tips too: “Please also note that officers should […]

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Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety

Great article from RaiseTheHammer.org: Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety Too much of the car-vs-bicycle debate is overrun by myths and rank misinformation. Myth: Cyclists don’t pay for the roads and therefore have no right to use them. Reality: Municipal roads are paid for out of property taxes, which are paid by all residents. […]

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Learning from Toronto: Bicyclists Get Derailed by Streetcar Tracks

Originally posted in the Forum: Nice article in Streetsblog:SF about how cyclists deal with streetcar tracks… Toronto is mentioned as we have some railway tracks with firm rubber flanges (that contract under the weight of a train, but not under a bicycle) and Yvonne Bambrick of the Bike Union is quoted too: In Toronto, where […]

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Toronto Police "Safe Cycling" Campaign Starts Today

The Toronto Police Service is starting their annual “Safe Cycling” campaign todayhttp://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/16648.pdf (PDF file) The campaign begins Monday, June 22, 2009, and concludes on Sunday, June 28, 2009. This one−week Traffic Services initiative is designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling−related injuries. Traffic Services officers, along with Yvonne Bambrick, Executive […]

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2009 Ride of Silence is Tonight

DATE: May 20, 2009 TIME: 7:00 pm <!–Where: At over 200 U.S. locations and six other countries –> WHERE: South-east corner of Bloor & Spadina Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. * To HONOR […]

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Discuss: Cycling with Headphones?

Comment on Headlines: Cyclist Hit on Coxwell I wear one headphone on my right ear and not loud. Music helps to pump me up to bike faster or to enjoy the ride when it’s too boring. I am cautious though, looking over my shoulder all time and listening to cars and even other bike bells […]

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Driver fined $110 for hitting cyclist with door

You may have seen this news in your local paper, or in yesterday’s “Headlines” post, but in case you haven’t… The driver who opened their car door and hit a cyclist in May, resulting in that cyclists crashing and then getting run over by a van is being fined $110 for it. The Toronto Cyclists […]

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Results from the Police "Safe Cycling – Share the Responsibility" Campaign

A Toronto Star Article picked up on these results yesterday, but it’s interesting to have a look at the breakdown of the numbers: Officers issued 6,671 tickets to motorists and cyclists who were found committing offences. Of the tickets issued: • 3,691 tickets were issued to motorists for offences such as opening vehicle doors improperly, […]

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U.S. Statistics about Bicycling Safety

This isn’t really about cycling safety – it’s an interesting graphic taking American statistics and plotting out the odds of dying from different activities: Click for larger version (opens new window) Motor Vehicle Accident = 1 in 84Pedestrian Accident = 1 in 626Bicycling Accident = 1 in 4,919 You can also find more detailed stats […]

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Video: Are You Invisible to Drivers on Your Bike?

This video has been everywhere over the last couple of weeks – a video from Transport for London that illustrates the need for drivers to be aware of cyclists: While it’s been everywhere, what I haven’t seen explained is that it is a demonstration of how the human brain works. Give the brain a task […]

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Judge rules against Sikh challenge of helmet law

Remember the case of the Sikh man in Brampton charged for not wearing a motorcycle helmet for religious reasons? Baljinder Badesha, above, who was charged by Peel police in September 2005 with failing to wear a helmet, said he understands the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet but is willing to take […]

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Stuff: New Light Source Lasts 12+ Years without a Charge

At first I thought this new Litroenergy thingy from GloPaint had to be toxic to be able to glow for so long, but apparently it’s non-toxic and cheap. Perfect for helping light up you and your bike at night: “The Litrospheres are not effected by heat or cold, and are 5,000-pound crush resistant. They can […]

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