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INFRASTRUCTURE: Can Bike Lanes Connect Divided Communities?

What do bike lanes, racial equity, and economic equity all have in common? According to a new report by PeopleforBikes, quite a lot. The recently released report, “Building Equity: Race, Ethnicity … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Take A World Tour Of The Endless Struggle Between Bikes And Cars

Fewer people might be buying cars in the U.S., but around the world, cars are selling in record numbers. In five years, there may be 2 billion on the road. At the same time, there are also more bike … [Read more...]

MUST READ: Every Study Ever about the impact of Bike Lanes on Business

Oh yes. Read.  Share. Print-out and leave copies around your workplace, in local coffee shops.  Post on bulletin boards.  Email copies to every politician you know or have heard of. Here's the thing … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Mapping the City’s Bike Network Gaps

Toronto’s bikeway network is often a source of frustration for the city’s cyclists, and with the map above, it’s easy to see why. It illustrates the extent of Toronto’s bike infrastructure―or in some … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Bloor bike lanes delayed, again

Toronto: the City where everything takes forever, after delays and false starts and endless debate. The fault doesn't totally rely on city staff, as they are understaffed (they were even before the … [Read more...]

NEWS: Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets are Toronto’s road to good health: Report

At its meeting Monday, the Toronto Board of Health received three in-depth reports on how better street infrastructure — bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, lower speed limits, attractive … [Read more...]

OH YEAH! Toronto might get a glow in the dark bike path

The amount of excitement I have about this is almost dirty.  Ha! A glow in the dark bike path might soon become a reality in Toronto. A similar path, installed in Amsterdam earlier this year, was a … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Buffered Bikelanes going in on Lansdowne!

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Woo!  It's about time!  These were approved in 2009 and 2010. So nice to see that Lansdowne buffered bike lanes were installed last night between Dundas and Rideau!Again, this is a whole year after … [Read more...]

NEWS: Cyclists pedaling Minimum Grid in election

Wiped off the road in 2012, only a year and a half after they appeared, the Jarvis lanes became a symbol of the tensions that stoked the divides between motorists and cyclists, downtown and the … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Should the Jarvis bike lanes be re-installed?

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The removal of the Jarvis bike lanes in November 2012 was costly and disregarded the wishes of the residents and cyclists who protested the removal and demanded public consultation. The removal of … [Read more...]

NEWS: #MinimumGrid – A model for protected-lane politics

Very cool.  Cycle Toronto's #MinimumGrid campaign makes it onto the People for Bikes blog. Almost all urban politicians will tell you they think bikes are great. But only some actually do anything to … [Read more...]

OH YEAH! One cyclist’s response to John Tory’s “Sensible Bike Plan”

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Recently, mayoral candidate (and current frontrunner) John Tory released his "sensible bike plan", which looks like it's pretty close to Rob Ford's "bike plan" - namely... create infrastructure for … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Wellesley-Hoskin Cycle Track being constructed

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Part of the work being done on the Hoskin and Wellesley bikelanes is making the transition between them better (and more bike-friendly).  Construction is now well along on a curbed Cycle Track that … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Fermanagh Contra-flow lanes are painted

Upon riding on Roncesvalles this morning, I noticed the Fermanagh contraflow bike lanes have been painted! Cheers for Ward 14 advocacy! via Rob Zaichkowski … [Read more...]

80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

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Today, Cycle Toronto is pleased to announce that 80% of 142 responding candidates from 42 of Toronto’s 44 wards support building the Minimum Grid in the next term of council. 63% of council incumbents … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Flex-post bollards now installed on Adelaide

Awww yeah.  Flex-post bollards on Adelaide.  Let's get these on every bikelane. Bollards now installed to Adelaide CycleTrack, Bathurst-Spadina via Toronto Cycling on Twitter … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Stickers being used for bikelane parking shaming

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Someone has started an instagram account about stickering cars parked in Toronto's bikelanes. I hate bikelane parkers as much as everyone else, but is defacing property the way to respond? … [Read more...]

OH YEAH: A No-Brainer – Wayfinding for Cyclists

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Original Post: 10 NO BRAINERS: Lead the Way for Cyclists - Spacing Toronto. Here, Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, shares his No Brainer on how to introduce clear, consistent … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Danforth protected bikelanes with no loss of parking or car lanes

I bike the Danforth twice a day. There is more than enough room for protected bikelanes WHILE maintaining current car traffic "flow" and parking.  Plus it'll make the entire street safer for … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Contraflow lanes on Shaw St have doubled bike traffic!

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Following the great news that bike traffic has tripled on Sherbourne, it has more than doubled on Shaw St in less than a year, simply with the addition of a contra-flow bikelane! Contraflow lanes on … [Read more...]

NEWS: Sherbourne lanes a cycling success that should inspire more

Following up on the news that bike traffic on Sherbourne is up a whopping 300%, here's Minnan-Wong trying to appear bike-friendly. The number of cyclists whizzing along Sherbourne St. each day has … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Sherbourne separated bikelane sees 300% increase in bike traffic in 3 years!

Sherbourne's lanes have problems, but prove that if you build bikelanes that people (all people - novice and experienced, young and old) feel safe cycling in, more and more will use them. Bicycle … [Read more...]

OH YEAH: Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City

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Since 2007, New York City has added 31 miles of protected bike lanes — that is, lanes protected by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or a curb. The main point of building protected … [Read more...]

NEWS: Toronto’s new bike lanes are being misused

Yet another article about the total inadequacy of bikelanes without physical separation (curbs, planters, flex-bollards). It sucks to be a cyclist in this town. Less than a month after reporting … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Markham has great bikelanes, even at intersections

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The above photo is via facebook user Florence Chan, who posted it to the City of Toronto Cycling facebook group. It shows how Markham (just north of Toronto) pays attention to cyclists, with green … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Cyclists pushed out of bike lane by Shred-it truck

We’ve been keeping an eye on Shred-it vehicles since our May 29 column about a five-truck shredding operation that dominated Freeland St. when we came across it. Shred-it vice-president Bruce … [Read more...]

UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

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SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (temporary ones coming?)

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Last night I posted about an unacceptable situation unfolding on the Bloor Viaduct.  Construction barricades have been set up to perform work on the bridge (nature of the work detailed a bit below), … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Flexi-posts appear on Adelaide

But don't get too excited... only 4 have appeared.  Times that number by 100 and then we'll be talking. Ok we've got bollards on Adelaide, 4 to be exact, just west of Simcoe Source: Twitter / … [Read more...]

NEWS: After Cyclists Protest, Toronto Will Protect Downtown Bike Lanes

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Pretty cool... the action of Toronto cyclists in getting city staff to do what City Council told them to do has hit Streetsblog.org: In a victory for bike safety in Toronto, officials have agreed to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Cycle Toronto keeps pushing city staff to abide by Council’s wishes

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Via Cycle Toronto: Transportation Services willfully ignoring the direction of Council In June 2014, Toronto City Council unanimously approved a pilot project for cycle tracks on Richmond St, … [Read more...]

NEWS: Councillour McMahon, on Adelaide Bike Lane Separation

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You GO, Mary-Margaret!  Let's drag Toronto into the 21st century when it comes to biking infrastructure! “They need to be fully physically separated, not just paint—that’s not what I voted for. I … [Read more...]

NEWS: Adelaide bike lane is a mess

Good article by NOW.  I'm waiting for the Toronto Sun to advocate for physical separation.  Oooh, maybe Toronto Sun paper boxes topped with planters?  haha. In an interview with the Toronto Star on … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Trucks using Adelaide non-separated bikelane as express lane

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What happens when you make a nice wide bikelane using paint but neglect to put flexi-posts up to make it a separated bikelane?  Trucks use it as their own personal express lane.  A screenshot is above … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: What did Stephen Buckley recommend for Richmond and Adelaide’s separated bikelanes?

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NOTE: Send your requests for adequate separation during this pilot project to Transportation Services managers Stephen Buckley sbuckle@toronto.ca, Dan Egan degan@toronto.ca, Lukasz … [Read more...]

NEWS: Toronto not separating Richmone and Adelaide bike lanes despite council vote

NOTE: Send your requests for adequate separation during this pilot project to Transportation Services managers Stephen Buckley sbuckle@toronto.ca, Dan Egan degan@toronto.ca, Lukasz … [Read more...]

NEWS: City staff must install posts to make new bike lanes safer

NOTE: Send your requests for adequate separation during this pilot project to Transportation Services managers Stephen Buckley sbuckle@toronto.ca, Dan Egan degan@toronto.ca, Lukasz … [Read more...]

NEWS: Transportation Services refuses to follow Council direction to install protected bike lanes

  NOTE: Send your requests for adequate separation during this pilot project to Transportation Services managers Stephen Buckley sbuckle@toronto.ca, Dan Egan degan@toronto.ca, Lukasz … [Read more...]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Queens Quay separated bikelane is being made properly

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If you haven't been following along, there are a lot of people upset at the half-assed way that the "separated" bikelanes are being installed on Richmond and Adelaide.  These are bikelanes that have … [Read more...]

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