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The News Cycle for Monday, May 7, 2012

Cycle Toronto says city data shows Jarvis safer for everyone with a bike lane [OpenFile]

Cycle Toronto says city data shows Jarvis safer for everyone with a bike lane

While the Toronto Cyclist’s Union Cycle Toronto’s effort to force the city to conduct a time-consuming environmental assessment before removing the Jarvis bike lanes continues, it’s published city collision data showing changes from the period before the bike lane was put in, and the one-year numbers since the bike lane went in. The results, as Cycle Toronto puts it, are pretty definitive.

 

Toronto News: Jarvis safer since bike lanes, report shows [The Star]

Jarvis safer since bike lanes, report shows

Cycling advocates say a city report showing fewer collisions on Jarvis St. since the bike lanes were installed is fresh ammunition in the battle to persuade Toronto to keep cycling space on that road.

But the chair of the public works and infrastructure committee said he hasn’t changed his mind about scrubbing the Jarvis lanes as soon as a new cycle track is built this year on Sherbourne St., physically separating bikes from cars on a parallel route.

Cycle Toronto, Board Election Results and Annual General Meeting Recap [Toronto Cyclists Union / Cycle Toronto]

After 5 weeks of discussion and engagement among members and non-members, the bike union voted on the name change to Cycle Toronto.  The organization required a two-thirds majority to approve the change.  The motion passed with 71% for the new name and 29% against.  Incoming Board President Nick Cluley commented that with the new name “We will be able to reach out to more Torontonians and attract a wider variety of individual and business members to make us truly self-sustaining.” Look for our new branding throughout this summer!

 

Bikes of Bamboo [Torontoist]

Bikes of Bamboo

“When I first saw a bamboo bike in a magazine, it was just breathtaking,” Kraiker said. “I had gone to school for welding, because I had this goal of becoming a frame builder, and suddenly welding was completely irrelevant. I was more interested in botany.”

The Toronto Bamboo Bike Studio is a small, gated-off area in the corner of a laneway garage, with just enough space for the two metal guides Kraiker uses to shape and assemble his frames out of iron bamboo, imported from the Yucatan.

How did Bixi do in its first year in Toronto? [TorontoLife]

How did Bixi do in its first year in Toronto?

Maybe it was the unnaturally mild winter or the rising ranks of the city’s pinko cyclists, but stats show 23,000 trips were taken in winter, accounting for about 22% of the first year of usage. Altogether, BIXI met its goal of attracting 5,000 members and Torontonians took more than 556,000 trips around the downtown core. 

 

 

OpenRoad: How construction projects can occupy bike lanes—legally [OpenFile]

OPENROAD: HOW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS CAN OCCUPY BIKE LANES—LEGALLY

For about a month last year, Toronto cyclist Lizz Bryce avoided the stretch of St. George Street near the Rotman School of Management at all costs. The building was under construction and the project spilled out onto the sidewalks and beyond, often blocking the street’s heavily-used northbound bike lane.

 

 

The Grid guide to cycling etiquette [The Grid TO]

How should people behave in cities? The Grid’s Urban Etiquette video series gives you a few tips on how to be a polite city dweller.

This week, we ask Andrea Garcia, the Advocacy Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, to advise us on why cyclists shouldn’t run red lights, how often to ring your bell, and whether bike flirting is an acceptable practice.

Bixi Toronto bike rental service turns 1 [CityNews]

Bixi Toronto bike rental service turns 1

Bixi Toronto is celebrating its first anniversary with events at several bike rental stations around the city.

The celebrations for the popular bike rental service featured a stunt rider, gifts and giveaways for Torontonians at five bike stations.

Spokesman Michel Philibert said the program has been a success, attracting 5,176 members who took more than 550,000 trips in the first year.

Bike Collision Rates are Down on Jarvis Street [Toronto Cyclists Union / Cycle Toronto]

This week the Toronto Cyclists Union obtained a collision review of Jarvis Street.  The data, compiled by City Staff in the Transportation Services department, proves that Jarvis Street is now safer for all road users. The motor vehicle-bicycle collision rate has decreased by 29%, while the number of collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles decreased by 89%. In fact, since the bike lanes were installed, the total number of all reported collisions per year along Jarvis Street has decreased by 23% – this includes drivers, pedestrians and cyclists! 

 

Toronto Cyclist Union changes name to “Cycle Toronto” [OpenFile]

 We’ve briefly mentioned this story before, but the decision was finally made last night: the Toronto Cyclist Union had to decide whether to keep the word “union” in its name, or go with a more generic term. The results were pretty overwhelming.

 

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