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The News Cycle for Thursday, May 17, 2012

June is Bike Month across Canada

 Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability [CBC News] Researchers at UBC and Simon Fraser University have come up with a way to rate how good major Canadian cities are for cycling. Modelled on a site called Walk-Score, researchers tallied up three factors: topography, bike accessibility to shops and the number of bike lanes. The results are […]

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The News Cycle for Monday, May 7, 2012

Jarvis safer since bike lanes, report shows

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

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The News Cycle for Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Recreation Trail Plan

Rush hour parking hogs to face $150 fine [The Star] Motorists should be dinged $150 for parking on busy streets in rush hour, or blocking a bicycle lane any time, city council decided. The city must now seek court approval before it can increase the fine from the current $60 for parking during rush hour — […]

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The News Cycle for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

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Cycling safely toward a better city [Toronto Star] Mostly an article with Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities about what is needed to make Toronto a great cycling city (hint – it’s things other cities like NYC, London, Montreal and Vancouver are doing) Bixi Toronto Newsletter – November 2011 [Bixi] The November edition of Bixi Toronto’s […]

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The News Cycle for Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

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Birchmount bike lanes latest to bite the dust [BlogTO] The removal of bikelanes under the Rob Ford regime continues, as Toronto removes incentives to cycle while every other major (and non-major) city in the world adds bikelanes, bike parking and more.  World class cities welcome cyclists, Rob! The Fixer: Cycling a better way to get […]

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One Step Closer to Separated Bikelanes on Adelaide and Richmond Streets

Richmond in 2012

Back in June, Rob Ford presented his BikePlan, which essentially was just a re-hashing of some earlier concepts by other politicians and I think, originally, by Dave Meslin, including most signficantly, an idea to put separated bikelanes on Richmond and Adelaide Streets. That plan is one step closer now due to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee […]

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Pharmacy Bikelane being Erased

pharmacy

BlogTO has a post today about the removal of the Pharmacy Ave. bikelane.  The Birchmount bikelane is also due to be removed thanks to the backwards-looking decision of Rob Ford’s regime at City Council. Although the vote to kill the Jarvis bike lanes got most of the attention earlier this year, they weren’t the only […]

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Councillor Josh Matlow to ask for higher bikelane parking fines

bikelaneparking

City Council is meeting this coming Wednesday (Sept. 21st) and Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Pauls) has a proposal on the agenda by substantially increasing the fine (to $500) for parking on city arterials or in bikelanes during rush hour periods. I don’t see parking enforcement officers ticketing bikelane parkers much (but do, on […]

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Music Video of the Ride for Jarvis!

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During the Jarvis Ride last night, I found a little raised platform near the Tim Hortons at Jarvis and Carlton, and filmed the ride going by. It took a full 7 minutes for the ride to completely pass me, so I’ve sped it up a little, and added some lively music. I’m quite happy with […]

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Re-Cap and Photos from the “Ride for Jarvis”

jarvis-gathering

The Ride for Jarvis happened last night, and thankfully had a good turnout.  I’ve seen estimates of between 900 -1200 cyclists. Here are some photos and a few words about the event: People start gathering at Allan Gardens.  Lots of news media.   It’s like a two-wheeled bike party.   There were LOTS of bikes! […]

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The Future of the Jarvis Bikelanes

Jarvis Bikelanes

The future of the Jarvis bikelanes is being decided today (or maybe tomorrow) by City Council. If you can’t make it to City Hall in person today (or tomorrow),  you can watch the activities of Council via this live feed from Rogers. Need to know more info about Jarvis? The Jarvis Bikelane is Doomed, and […]

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The Jarvis Bikelane is Doomed, and here’s why.

Jarvis Bikelane

I didn’t like writing the title of this post, but the following HAS to be said. We’re in danger of losing the 1-year-old Jarvis bikelanes as the Ford Mayoralty has shown that they believe (and they’re right) that the Torontonians that voted for Rob Ford and his idealogical counterparts voted for them to 1) reduce […]

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Ride to Save the Pharmacy and Birchmount Bikelanes

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Date & Time: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Meet at the Victoria Park subway station Help save the Pharmacy Av. and Birchmount Rd. Bike Lanes by joining us for a ride to raise awareness and to listen to what the local neighbours have to say. Toronto City Council votes […]

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How to Save the Jarvis Bikelanes

Jarvis Bikelanes

If you haven’t heard already, on Thursday the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at City Hall voted to take out the Jarvis Bikelanes that were installed about a year ago. This is not the final decision on the Jarvis bikelanes though… the matter now goes to City Council on July 12-13, and the Toronto cycling […]

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Presenting the Essentials of Rob Ford’s BikePlan

Rob Ford's Separated Bikelanes

Here is information straight from the latest issue of Cyclometer that runs down the essentials of the Rob Ford Bike Plan. There’s already hubbub about it because although it plans for separated bikelanes downtown, it also takes OUT bikelanes in Scarborough (on Pharmacy and Birchmount) – arguably an area that needs safe biking infrastructure way […]

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