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INFRASTRUCTURE: Simcoe to be first street with car parking protecting a bikelane.


Looking good Simcoe. Please, let’s have lots of flex-bollards or planters along that double-line to keep cars from parking in that bikelane. Simcoe will be TO’s first street where parking used as bike lane separation off peak via Twitter / TO_Cycling: Simcoe will be TO’s first street ….

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NEWS: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns


Jesus murphy. Look at these self-entitled motorists.  Just look at them. New painted bike lanes started to appear on Simcoe Street this week, but it seemed users of the street’s soon-to-be-defunct parking meters were turning scofflaw, blocking the painted contraflow track with their cars and motorcycles. Read More: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns.

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NEWS: Plans to shift Toronto’s bicycle strategy into high gear in the works


After years of backpedalling, Ontario is getting back on the path to creating a province-wide cycling network. And in Toronto, where critics point out the city has failed to deliver the 495 km of bikeways it promised in 2001, there’s a new strategy in the works. “The increased density in the way we’re building cities […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto does protected bikelanes correctly (for one block)


If there’s one thing that bothers me about the slow installation of “physically separate” protected bikelanes on Sherbourne, Bloor East and Wellesley (soon to come to Richmond and Adelaide and Harbord/Hoskin) is just how half-assed it seems to be being done. The key to “physically separate” is something physical between where cars drive and where […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Richmond West starts getting a contra-flow bikelane


The first part of the Richmond bikelane (which is supposed to be physically separated between York and Bathurst with flex-bollards) has been put in… but just in the section to the west of that stretch, between Bathurst and Niagara. The Richmond W yellow bike lane has been painted between Bathurst and Niagara via Twitter / […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Why Protected Bike Lanes Matter

For anyone who rides a bike regularly, we know anecdotally that protected bike lanes make a huge difference. We feel safer. We feel welcome on the streets, navigating them calmly to get from place to place. But just how safe are we, and how much does the design of our streets change behaviors? Turns out, […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Stephanie Street gets a contra-flow bikelane

A tiny little contra-flow bikelane was installed on Stephanie St. (the east-west street at the bottom of Grange Park).  This is great for cyclists going between Beverley and John, but raises a big question for me… namely, why this was installed so quickly while other bikelanes (Lansdowne was approved in 2009 and is STILL non-existant) […]

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NEWS: Socknacki and Chow compare cycling plans

Very weird… an entire Toronto Sun article about bikelanes and the columnist doesn’t talk crap about them. (but don’t read the comments. Never read the comments.  Especially in the Sun). It’s good that both Soknacki and Chow want bikelanes, but it seems that Chow is the only one that realizes that making a bikelane physically […]

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NEWS: John Tory is now the Anti-Bike Candidate in the Mayoral Race


Okay, Rob Ford will always be THE anti-bike candidate, but let’s just hope his support stays at 20% (in related news, 20% of Torontonians are on crack) and we don’t have to deal with him again. John Tory’s campaign has come out against Olivia Chow’s plan to drastically increase bikelanes in Toronto, creating a Minimum […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular


In the past few years, U.S. cities have come a long way to make sure bicyclists are safe on the road, but even protected bike lanes have an achilles heel: the intersection. Most protected bike lanes—lanes that have a physical barrier between bicyclists and drivers—end just before the intersection, leaving bicyclists and pedestrians vulnerable to […]

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