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UNACCEPTABLE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (and no temporary ones provided)

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UPDATE: It sounds like temporary bikelanes are coming.  Maybe. Hopefully.   I just rode home over the viaduct and sections of the eastbound bikelane are closed.  Giant jersey concrete barriers are in the way with signs saying the bikelane is closed and cyclists should merge with traffic.   I can’t, as someone who rides the […]



NEWS: City Staff respond (badly) to protected bikelane concerns

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UPDATE: Cycle Toronto likes the below response.  They interpreted it differently than I did, and that’s okay.  However, I would like to point out that the very last paragraph of the city’s response is a damning one: The objective is to strike the appropriate balance between separation design, education and enforcement to ensure that Simcoe, […]



NEWS: Cycle Toronto’s Ward 15 Group Launches

Great to see another Ward group launching.  Follow Ward 15 on Facebook, or on Twitter at @ward15bikes Our Ward 15 Bikes group is born! Their mission? To improve the streets of the Eglinton Lawrence area, welcoming more people to the streets by bicycle! Thanks to everyone that attended. via Cycle Toronto – Facebook Photos.



14 Reasons Why Every Bike Lane Needs To Be A Protected Bike Lane

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What’s a physically protected bike lane?  It’s one that trucks and buses and giant SUVs and obnoxious sports cars driven by men with self-image problems can’t drive or park in. They look like this, with some variations: And here are reasons why EVERY bikelane in Toronto needs to be a protected bikelane.  SPOILER alert: bikelanes are […]



HOW TO: How to run a Ward Group – A glimpse at Ward 18

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Just a quick shout-out to Ward 18 in the city’s west end.  They’ve released the minutes from their latest meeting and there are some things in there other groups (or wannabe groups) can learn. FUN! Ward 18 has really stood out for me during the past year as I try to keep abreast of bike stuff […]



TOURISM: Sightseeing by pedal power: Toronto (doesn’t) tout cycle tourism options

This article is basically an ad for Toronto Bicycle Tours… but more interesting is that it is NOT about Toronto touting cycle tourism options but that we are failing… that cycle tourism is big business and Toronto is letting it slip away by ignoring cycling infrastructure.  Make EVERY street bike-friendly.  Not just one here and […]



OH YEAH: Why Riding Your Bike Makes You A Better Person

Overall a good read. Too much emphasis on cycling for recreation though. All of these things apply to even cyclists like me who mainly just commute to work and go on an occasional longer ride for the fun of it. From the 2,500-mile Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail to the colorful RAGBRAI across Iowa — complete […]



WANTED: Models for Cycle Toronto Campaign

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Via CycleToronto: We’re looking for cyclists to star in a streetcar ad campaign about cycling in the city! We’ll be running streetcar ads in September to “normalize” bike commuting for people who might be hesitant to try riding to work or school. The ads will have photos of Toronto cyclists riding their bikes on city […]



ELSEWHERE: Introducing the #bikeYVR Print Campaign

I love this.  What a great campaign!  Let’s get on this #bikeTO! We just adore exploring Vancouver’s serene streets, separated lanes, and stunning seawall on a bicycle. The beautiful landscape and moderate climate make cycling an easy, year-round activity. We’re not alone, either. Our #bikeYVR campaign features fun and playful photos of twelve Vancouverites – of all […]



INFRASTRUCTURE: ‘Idaho stop’ is one hot potato

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The part of this whole debate that drives me nuts is the double standard between bikes and cars.  Everyone jumps all over cyclists when they don’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign on a deserted residential street… but don’t worry about it if cars do it… and EVERY car does it… all […]