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The News Cycle for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 Watch For Bikes Initiative [The Urban Country]

Watch For Bikes InitiativeIn lieu of proper bike infrastructure, how can drivers and cyclists better co-exist on our streets? This is a question that is pondered frequently on this website and was the basis for our ‘i share the road’ campaign.

An annual initiative called “Watch For Bikes” also attempts to address this by encouraging safe driving and bicycling. The initiative was created by a partnership between the Canadian Automobile Association and the City of Toronto.

Dept. of Want: Bike Chic [Toronto Standard]

Dept. of Want: Bike ChicBike Month has arrived in Toronto, so what better way to celebrate than to get your two-wheeled wonder kitted out in some of the finest biking gear?

From vintage-inspired wooden crates to hand crocheted dress guards, our selection of bike accessories will lead you on the path to bike chic in no time.  

 

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SA [Toronto Life]

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SALast weekend, Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia road cycling race, and he rode a Toronto brand’s bicycle to win it. Cervélo’s P5  (seen above) isn’t the company’s first high-performance product, nor is this the brand’s first instance of media recognition—it was in the spotlight in 2003 for sponsoring Team CSC, a Dutch outfit that rivaled superstar Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France (and, subsequently,members of Cervélo-affiliated Team CSC were accused of doping, so there’s that press to remember as well). 

 

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parking [Toronto Star]

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parkingToronto’s second indoor bike station has opened at the TTC’s Victoria Park station, providing secure parking for up to 52 bikes.

“I think it’s a great arrangement. We have the bike racks on our buses, but once you get to the subway station you’re left scratching your head,” said city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who chairs Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

 

Driver surrenders after hit-and-run hurts 3 cyclists [Toronto Star]

Three cyclists were hit from behind in rural Caledon Thursday night by a vehicle that left the accident scene. Ontario Provincial Police say the driver later turned himself in.

The cyclists were heading north when they were hit from behind on the Gore Rd., south of King St., around 8:15 p.m.

Two of them were sent to a Brampton hospital by ambulance, one in serious but stable condition. The third cyclist was treated at the scene.

Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s rails  [Toronto Star]

The Fixer: Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s railsOf all the places to plunk down streetcar rails for a track replacement job, a cycling lane has to be the worst.

The TTC streetcar system requires tracks to be replaced on an ongoing basis, which wreaks havoc on traffic flow as vehicles are forced into a narrowed space to make room for the work.

The inconvenience is worsened when the replacement rails are stored on the street long before the work begins, which increases the time that traffic is pinched.

The Dupont bike lane is probably not being killed (but TO cyclists are wary) [OpenFile]

Cycle Toronto’s Director of Membership and Outreach, Jared Kolb, spoke with OpenFile this afternoon.

“If there’s anything to this it would be an outrage, right on the anniversary on the removal of Jarvis, Pharmacy and Birchmount. It’s a major lack of respect for anyone who chooses to get on a bike in Toronto,” says Kolb.

Kolb says that Cycle Toronto hasn’t seen text of a motion or a report so far.

Cyclist struck by TTC bus near Bayview and Eglinton [CBC]

A male cyclist was struck by a TTC bus in midtown Toronto on Tuesday afternoon.

The collision happened on Bayview Avenue at Roehampton Avenue, a block north of Eglinton Avenue, around 2 p.m.

The cyclist was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Making my own Bike Lane [Cupcake Ride]

Making my own Bike LaneWhen I arrived at the meetup location, I felt like royalty with volunteers and the artist herself prepping my bike to draw a liquid chalk line while I biked along Danforth Ave.

It was so fun to ride back where I already rode to see my liquid chalk trail. If only real bike lanes were this easy to create!

 

 

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Michael Bryant to Write Book about death of Darcy Allan Sheppard

From the Star:

Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant is writing a book about his deadly encounter with a Toronto cyclist.

Penguin Canada says “28 Seconds” will be published next fall.

In August 2009, Bryant was driving home from an anniversary dinner with his wife when he became involved in an altercation with bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard.

The 33-year-old cyclist latched onto the former politician’s car and died after falling under the vehicle.

Penguin says “28 Seconds” will look at the aftermath of that evening. Charges against Bryant were ultimately dropped after prosecutors concluded there was little chance of a conviction.

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Cyclist hit on Bloor Viaduct

The Star has news about a cyclist hit on the Bloor Viaduct:

A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car on the Bloor viaduct.

The 57-year-old man was cycling east bound towards Broadview Ave., when the vehicle appeared to have veered into the bike lane and struck him just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

… [an eye witness] said the driver remained at the scene and appeared to be very “shaken up.”

It’s pretty dark around 5 pm nowadays… be sure and be careful out there… and make sure to be visible on your bike.

[photo from veryscarygary on flickr]

A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car on the Bloor viaduct.

The 57-year-old man was cycling east bound towards Broadview Ave., when the vehicle appeared to have veered into the bike lane and struck him just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Cyclist Pinned Under Streetcar on Spadina

Be careful out there everyone.  It’s a good idea NOT to cut in front of streetcars.

A cyclist was pinned under a streetcar in Chinatown on Sunday, suffering severe but not life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported that the 30-year-old cyclist cut in front of the streetcar. The collision happened near Spadina and Nassaua around 6pm.

[CityTV]

The cyclist is apparently still alive, but can not be in very good shape.  We will let you know when we know more.


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Cyclist Hurt in Hit & Run at King & Dufferin

3 am this morning saw a collision at King & Dufferin that resulted in serious injuries to a cyclist, and the vehicle involved left the scene:

Toronto police are looking for two suspects after a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run incident early Friday.

A man on a bicycle was hit by a van near the intersection of King Street and Dufferin Avenue at around 3 a.m., police said. After the collision, the van sped away, they said.

Police did not provide further details.

The cyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital. His life is not believed to be in danger.

The blue van has damage to the windshield and to its front end, police said. A vehicle matching that description was later spotted by a security guard at an apartment building at 55 Charles Street W. near Bay Street. [CBC news]

Unfortunately, like any news story in the major media that involves cyclists, the comments section on the CBC story has turned into a war of words about drivers vs. cyclists and the law-abiding (or lack of) nature of each.
The discusssion should be focused on finding the individuals who left the scene of the collision, and the well-being of the injured person.
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