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INFRASTRUCTURE: Check out the new Downtown Yonge BIA bike racks

For the past few days, some old ring-and-post bikeracks have been removed downtown along Yonge to make way for a new design.  I’ve heard these referred to as “the staple design”.

Mark Romeril, the Membership and Ward Advocacy Manager at Cycle Toronto shared this photo yesterday… showing a close-up of the new racks.  Thankfully, they look very easy to use.  There were concerns that they’d be like the new Yorkville racks, which can be very difficult to lock up to if you use a small lock.

You can find some on the southwest corner of Yonge and College (outside College Park).  Probably other places too.

via Mark Romeril – in the City of Toronto Facebook group (scroll down in the comments).

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New Bike Corral on Spadina

Duncan broke the story (and had a photo) yesterday of the new bike parking corral on Spadina yesterday, even beating out the Toronto Cyclists Union and Spacing Magazine, who were instrumental in getting the new parking put in (their offices are in the adjacent building – 215 Spadina):

This new installation has created 16 much needed parking spaces in the same area that previously hosted 2 cars.  Protected by bright bollards, cyclists now have a safe new place to lock their two-wheelers.

The rack is also a unique design. (Not exactly unique… this rack design is also found in the new St. Clair West TTC station bike shelter – Joe) The front wheel is wedged between two metal brackets that form an ‘anchor’ of sorts for each spot.  The anchor spots, 8 in each of the two new racks, alternate with one near the ground, next to one that is raised in a ‘one up/one down’ pattern that allows bikes to fit better side by side.

City staff say that if this seasonal bike parking pilot proves successful, they will consider installing it in other high bike traffic areas as of next Spring.

- Toronto Cyclists Union

from Duncans City Ride

from Duncan's City Ride

from Spacing

from Spacing

from Spacing

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