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A fantastic article about two very different philosophies when someone is is killed on a bicycle.

The driver who hit Burgess Hu never saw him.

She was making a right turn, and the police assume she was looking left. In other words, she wasn’t looking where she was going.

As he biked into the driveway of Excelsior Middle School in Byron, California, 12-year-old Burgess was knocked down and dragged some 60 feet before the driver came to a stop. He never made it to school that day. Instead, as the school day began, Burgess lay dead under the wheels of the black GMC Yukon.

In this country, “I didn’t see the cyclist” is the negligent driver’s universal get-out-of-jail free card. It shouldn’t be. If you say you were driving and didn’t see somebody, it’s almost always because you weren’t paying attention. Maybe you were reaching for something in the front seat, or maybe even the back seat. Maybe you were daydreaming. And then suddenly, there’s a cyclist who “came out of nowhere,” smashing into your car.

This is a MUST READ.  Please click through below.

Full article:  There’s Another Way | Road Rights | Bicycling.com.

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The News Cycle for Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012

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Cycle Toronto Calls on City of Toronto to Investigate Streetcar Track Hazards [Cycle Toronto]

On Monday, August 6, 2012, a Toronto cyclist was involved in a fatal accident when his wheel got stuck in a streetcar track and he was thrown off his bicycle as a result. The incident occurred on Wychwood Ave., south of St. Clair Ave., where the existing streetcar tracks have been out of service since 1978.

Cyclist in Toronto dies in bike fall [CBC News]

Janet Calder, who witnessed the accident, said the bike got caught in a stretch of streetcar track. “The track held on to the wheel, it threw him, he fell on the concrete, split his head open,” she said.

EMS said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, though police haven’t determined whether the fall or a medical condition led to his death.

Leaner, faster, friendly: how cops on bikes are good for cities [OpenFile]

Cruising the streets with Lisa Ferris is like taking a holiday from many of the stresses that normally come with cycling in Toronto’s downtown. While we still have to watch for streetcar doors and oblivious pedestrians, no one yells at us from car windows. No one blasts the horn because we’ve taken a lane. The police standing guard at construction sites wave cheerful hellos as we pass.

Muslim cyclist’s plan to visit 30 mosques complicated by bike theft [CBC News]

A Toronto Muslim who has pledged to cycle to 30 mosques during Ramadan has been forced off the road.

Himy Syed had received a new bicycle as a Ramadan gift from his brother and sister-in-law so he could blog and tweet stories about the various Muslim communities.

Helmet cams popular with Toronto cyclists [CBC News]

A growing number of Toronto cyclists are using helmet cams to record aggressive drivers and upload the incidents online, Jermaine Hylton reports.

Police say riders and motorists have the right to record incidents with a helmet cam, but that if they feel harrassed the best thing to do is file a complaint.

Origin stories: The tale of the ubiquitous Toronto bike ring [OpenFile]

The Long Branch Foundry has been Toronto’s bike ring manufacturer for more than 25 years. It also recently won the $78,000 tender to produce 1,000 new rings for the city, which have been redesigned so they can no longer be easily broken by bike thieves.
For owner Luigi Soda — a “master foundryman,” according to the ring’s designer, David Dennis — spotting the ubiquitous bike rings around Toronto has become a point of pride.

 

Expocycle Fashion Show: Bikes a la Mode [Momentum Magazine]

To celebrate the vibrant coast-to-coast city cycling culture in Canada, Momentum Mag and BTAC are bringing a city-style bicycle fashion show to Expocycle, that will be held in Toronto, ON at the Direct Energy Centre on Saturday, September 8th at 12 & 3pm.  This inaugural Expocycle Fashion Show will feature local Toronto bike celebrity models (real people that ride bikes), and it will highlight the best of 2013 city bikes and accessories from the trade show floor, all while showcasing Canadian fashion designers from across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The News Cycle for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 Watch For Bikes Initiative [The Urban Country]

Watch For Bikes InitiativeIn lieu of proper bike infrastructure, how can drivers and cyclists better co-exist on our streets? This is a question that is pondered frequently on this website and was the basis for our ‘i share the road’ campaign.

An annual initiative called “Watch For Bikes” also attempts to address this by encouraging safe driving and bicycling. The initiative was created by a partnership between the Canadian Automobile Association and the City of Toronto.

Dept. of Want: Bike Chic [Toronto Standard]

Dept. of Want: Bike ChicBike Month has arrived in Toronto, so what better way to celebrate than to get your two-wheeled wonder kitted out in some of the finest biking gear?

From vintage-inspired wooden crates to hand crocheted dress guards, our selection of bike accessories will lead you on the path to bike chic in no time.  

 

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SA [Toronto Life]

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SALast weekend, Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia road cycling race, and he rode a Toronto brand’s bicycle to win it. Cervélo’s P5  (seen above) isn’t the company’s first high-performance product, nor is this the brand’s first instance of media recognition—it was in the spotlight in 2003 for sponsoring Team CSC, a Dutch outfit that rivaled superstar Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France (and, subsequently,members of Cervélo-affiliated Team CSC were accused of doping, so there’s that press to remember as well). 

 

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parking [Toronto Star]

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parkingToronto’s second indoor bike station has opened at the TTC’s Victoria Park station, providing secure parking for up to 52 bikes.

“I think it’s a great arrangement. We have the bike racks on our buses, but once you get to the subway station you’re left scratching your head,” said city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who chairs Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

 

Driver surrenders after hit-and-run hurts 3 cyclists [Toronto Star]

Three cyclists were hit from behind in rural Caledon Thursday night by a vehicle that left the accident scene. Ontario Provincial Police say the driver later turned himself in.

The cyclists were heading north when they were hit from behind on the Gore Rd., south of King St., around 8:15 p.m.

Two of them were sent to a Brampton hospital by ambulance, one in serious but stable condition. The third cyclist was treated at the scene.

Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s rails  [Toronto Star]

The Fixer: Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s railsOf all the places to plunk down streetcar rails for a track replacement job, a cycling lane has to be the worst.

The TTC streetcar system requires tracks to be replaced on an ongoing basis, which wreaks havoc on traffic flow as vehicles are forced into a narrowed space to make room for the work.

The inconvenience is worsened when the replacement rails are stored on the street long before the work begins, which increases the time that traffic is pinched.

The Dupont bike lane is probably not being killed (but TO cyclists are wary) [OpenFile]

Cycle Toronto’s Director of Membership and Outreach, Jared Kolb, spoke with OpenFile this afternoon.

“If there’s anything to this it would be an outrage, right on the anniversary on the removal of Jarvis, Pharmacy and Birchmount. It’s a major lack of respect for anyone who chooses to get on a bike in Toronto,” says Kolb.

Kolb says that Cycle Toronto hasn’t seen text of a motion or a report so far.

Cyclist struck by TTC bus near Bayview and Eglinton [CBC]

A male cyclist was struck by a TTC bus in midtown Toronto on Tuesday afternoon.

The collision happened on Bayview Avenue at Roehampton Avenue, a block north of Eglinton Avenue, around 2 p.m.

The cyclist was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Making my own Bike Lane [Cupcake Ride]

Making my own Bike LaneWhen I arrived at the meetup location, I felt like royalty with volunteers and the artist herself prepping my bike to draw a liquid chalk line while I biked along Danforth Ave.

It was so fun to ride back where I already rode to see my liquid chalk trail. If only real bike lanes were this easy to create!

 

 

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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO]

Toronto Bike Month 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have organized numerous other events for the next few weeks to celebrate being two-wheeled and engine-free.

 

Toronto cyclist lay in shock with mangled leg after taxi hit him, court hears [Toronto Star]

A cyclist was in complete shock, lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bone and flesh fragments after his leg was crushed by a taxi driver, a Toronto police officer says.

Const. Usman Haroon testified Wednesday he came across Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz lying on his back on the sidewalk at the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008.

Bike with Mike this Sunday! [Cycle Toronto]

Mike Layton is hosting a Bike with Mike event this Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 at Christie Pits park on the street level part near Bloor St. We will be hosting a Cycle Toronto Ward 19 table to promote the activities of the Ward and organization generally. 

There are going to be lots of activities going on, including family friendly activities, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Cycle Toronto Requests Province to Order an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

As evidence continues to mount against the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes and reinstall the fifth centre lane, last week Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) filed a request with the Province for an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis.

Last month, we made a similar request directly to the City of Toronto. However, the City’s Transportation Services department responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment. 

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27

Fashion should be about comfort. Comfort in your own skin, comfort expressing yourself, and comfort cruising city streets on your bike.

Or at least that’s what Calgary-based fashion designer Kristi Woo thinks. It’s that philosophy that is the inspiration for her unique line of stylish made-for-cycling fashions. Riyoko Urban Bikewear makes fashion-conscious clothes for the female cyclist and urban traveller. She’s inspired to make her pieces by tackling issues found cycling in certain clothes, for herself and other fashionable cyclists.

Toronto cyclist struck by cab was walking away from dispute, he says [Toronto Star]

A former competitive cyclist who lost part of a leg after being hit by a taxi driver says he was walking away from a dispute at the time.

“When I woke up I was in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital,” Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz, 40, testified Tuesday.

The former cyclo-cross enthusiast was biking home around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008, when he and a Beck Taxi met at the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. in west Toronto.

Urban Car-Free Camping [The Urban Country]

Urban Car-Free Camping

Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. Whether pulling the car up to the campsite, or parking the car and heading to the campsite by canoe or kayak, I have always been reliant on a car.

This weekend a friend and I decided to do a short one-night, car-free camping trip in the city with our two dogs.

 

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Magazine]

New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.


Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line [Cupcake Ride]

Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line

A few months ago I shared a project that Denise was organizing called Rush Hour Service. Unfortunately due to major TTC bureaucracy hurdles she had to give up on that project, but she’s come up with an even cooler one!

Danforth Bike Line

 

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride [Toronto Star]

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride

I’m extremely glad I took Can-Bike 2. I wish every cyclist would.

Designed primarily by the Ontario Cycling Association, the course is a triumph of sanity, common sense, logic and consistency — all commodities that are just a wee bit lacking on the streets of this city.

Eleven students signed up for my particular iteration of the course, which began on a Monday in May, continued on a Wednesday, concluded on a Friday. It cost $112.

 

 

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The News Cycle for Thursday, May 17, 2012

 Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability [CBC News]

Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability

Researchers at UBC and Simon Fraser University have come up with a way to rate how good major Canadian cities are for cycling.

Modelled on a site called Walk-Score, researchers tallied up three factors: topography, bike accessibility to shops and the number of bike lanes. The results are then colour-coded on a map posted on a website.

The Fixer: Cycling on Kew Gardens paths is no crime after all [The Star]

The Fixer: Cycling on Kew Gardens paths is no crime after all

He did a computer search on the bylaw noted on the signs — 319-69 — which later became 1969-319, and “it turns out the bylaw was repealed 15 years ago and the city just hadn’t taken down the signs.”

Between the date of our column and Leroux’s investigation, all but one sign was removed, he said, noting that “the entire Fixer article is incorrect.”

June is Bike Month across Canada [Dandyhorse Magazine]

June is Bike Month across CanadaToronto’s Bike Month has evolved from a single Bike to Work Day in 1998 to become one of the largest events of its kind in the country. Bike Month is organized by the City of Toronto and theCycle Toronto (formerly Toronto Cyclists Union). Below are a just a couple of events dandy will be at, but check out their calendar for full event listings.

 

Urban Planet: Why Kids Don’t Ride to School Anymore [Spacing Toronto]

Urban Planet: Why Kids Don’t Ride to School Anymore

Did you ride your bike to school as a kid? According to this piece on NPR, back in 1969 nearly half of children got to school on foot or by bike. Today, that figure is closer to 13%. Reporter David Darlington talks about what has changed – from concerns about liability to sprawling neighbourhood design to a changing understanding of bikes as recreation rather than transportation.

 

Behind the scenes at Cervelo Cycles in Toronto [BlogTO]

Behind the scenes at Cervelo Cycles in TorontoCervélo might just be the most innovative bike company in the world — and its Toronto-based headquarters is the type of place to send a tingle up and down the average roadie’s spandex-clad back. One wall is entirely whiteboard — with sketches, equations, and complex diagrams offered as an inadvertent equivalent to decor. Men with rings on their pinky fingers spend their days tinkering with the latest and greatest in software applications, trying to find that optimal balance between strength, stiffness, and aerodynamics.

Cyclist hospitalized after downtown crash  [CityNews]

Cyclist hospitalized after downtown crashA cyclist was rushed to hospital after a crash in the city’s downtown overnight Saturday.

Police tell CityNews the victim was biking near Queen and Victoria Streets just after 1 a.m. when a driver slammed on the brakes, causing the cyclist to crash into the back of the car.

 

Councillor and TTC chair Karen Stintz bike infraction earns her a ‘scolding’ from police officer [National Post]

Karen Stintz bike infraction earns her a ‘scolding’ from police officer

The Toronto police officer in the cruiser behind her pulled the councillor over and reminded her she had to come to a full stop, like other vehicles.

“I said I was sorry, and that I would be more mindful in the future,” said Ms. Stintz, who tweeted about her encounter as a public service announcement. “The way she was scolding me, I’m fairly certain she did not know who I was,” she laughed.

Waiting on Wellesley [NOW Magazine]

Waiting on Wellesley

It’s becoming a not-so-proud tradition in Toronto: propose a bike lane, approve a bike lane, and then delay building the bike lane.

The city has consistently fallen short of targets set out in the official Bike Plan 10 years ago, and it appears the separated cycle track planned for Wellesley St. is the latest project to be pushed back. According to a report going before the public works committee next Wednesday, the separated lane from Queen’s Park Crescent to Sherbourne Ave. won’t be completed until 2013, a year later than originally planned.

 

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