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INFRASTRUCTURE: Downtown Yonge BIA replacing/expanding bike racks


I need to try these out to see if they are usable.  Similar ones in Yorkville are a little difficult to lock your bike to.  These look a little different though… so let’s hope it’s easier.

The Downtown Yonge BIA is implementing the next stage of their bike parking strategy. Starting August 3-6th, 51 City of Toronto Bicycle Locking Rings will be removed and replaced with 88 BIA bike racks. The area most affected by removals is Dundas St W (between Yonge St and Bay St.). Total capacity will increase by 37 racks across the BIA. See the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Bike Parking Strategy here: http://bit.ly/1la1Jeo. Please ensure your bike is removed by the date on the removal sign. You can contact 311 if you have any questions.

via City of Toronto Facebook Group

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Solving the bike problem with the new generation of bike storage

Great examples of what can be done, and is being done in other cities.

The momentum for ‘mode-shift’ to cycling in our cities continues at a pace, giving cyclists a new problem: where do they safely park their bicycles? Every day bikes are exposed to the rigours of the weather and threat of theft, making city dwellers particularly aware of the importance of secure parking. Some (but not many) commuters are blessed with the provision of vast underground parking areas below their offices, but what do the rest do? Bicycles are filling the streets, and the huge volume of street parking spaces are making some areas look increasingly unattractive and cluttered; visit the main railway station in Copenhagen and you will see how cycling can become a victim of its own success.

Full article: Solving the bike problem with the new generation of bike storage | Knowledge.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike to work? These property owners want you


From Vancouver.  Let’s get this going in Toronto.

In the past six years, Vancouver’s Pacific Centre has added secure storage spaces for nearly 150 bikes. When 725 Granville, the latest addition to the three-block-long downtown office-shopping complex, is completed next year, another 88 secure spots will become available.

Safe bike parking, alongside lockers, showers and other “end-of-trip” amenities, is “a key feature for us to attract clients to the buildings,” says Ultan Kampff, general manager of the Pacific Centre, which is owned and managed by Cadillac Fairview.

via Bike to work? These property owners want you – The Globe and Mail.

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Yonge and Gerrard trees protected from bikes now

Absolutely nothing about installing more actual bikeposts in the area so the people wouldn’t HAVE to lock to trees.  It’s treating the symptom, not the cause.

On Nov. 21 we reported that recently planted street trees on the west side of Yonge, north of Gerrard St., had been co-opted by cyclists to lock up their bikes due to a shortage of locking posts in the area.

The bikes and locks were rubbing a ring of bark off the spindly trunks of the young trees, leaving them even more vulnerable to the ravages of road salt and extreme weather.

We checked back and found that the trees are now wrapped by material that is too wide for a bike lock, which should give them a new lease on life.

via Yonge St. trees can no longer be used to lock up bikes | Toronto Star.

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Lack of Bike Parking on Yonge means bikes hurting newly planted trees

Here’s an idea – provide more bike parking – then people wouldn’t be forced to lock to trees.  Yes, there are bike posts on Yonge south of College, but they are often filled up.

The damage wasn’t as bad as the reader said, but a lot of bark on the trunks of some trees had been rubbed away, making them more susceptible to the ravages of weather and road salt, which often kills sidewalk trees.

There’s a big bicycle rack just up the street and other locking posts nearby, but many cyclists prefer to lock their bikes to the trees and conveniently overlook the damage it does.

Full article: Bikes rub newly planted trees the wrong way on Yonge St.: The Fixer | Toronto Star.

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