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Condo developers contribute $1 million to Bixi Toronto

Too many politicians talk a good game, but how many actually follow through? Kristyn Wong-Tam FOR THE WIN.

If, one day, the Bixi bicycle-sharing program finally arrives in neighbourhoods outside the downtown core, it may come courtesy of a downtown councillor and downtown developers.

Playing infrastructure Santa Claus, the councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, has persuaded three companies planning highrise condos in booming Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, to put a total of $1 million toward the expansion Bixi says is desperately needed. The city now has 80 Bixi stations; the $1 million could pay for about 20 more.

Full Story: Bixi: Condo developers contribute $1 million to Toronto bike-share expansion | Toronto Star.

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Bike Pirates makes cycling more accessible: TreeHugger

Now this is something I might have expected to see in Copenhagen where cargo bikes are omnipresent, but in Toronto? Two cargo bikes, carrying bicycles, yet? So at the next red light (because cyclists stop at red lights, you know) I caught up and asked what it was all about.

Read more: TreeHugger

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“Doored” Toronto cop wants police to track incidents

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When Jeff Taylor was hit by a car door while riding his bike in June, his fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest.

Unlike the force he has served on for more than 20 years, Taylor thinks police should track the crashes.

On Aug. 8, he sent a strongly worded email to the Toronto Police Services Board, arguing against the force’s policy.

“I believe these incidents should be tracked,” he wrote. “They are a very serious threat to all cyclists.”

Toronto police stopped tracking dooring in 2012 after the provincial government redefined “collisions” as involving vehicles in motion.

Read more: Toronto cop who was ‘doored’ on duty wants police to track incidents

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HOW-TO: How to Shop by Bike

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Photo by Lily Holman; Momentum Magazine

Great article from Momentum Magazine on the basics for shopping by bike.  Adding this to the page of How-To Resources.

When it comes to shopping by bicycle, you’ll have greater success with the right accessories.

My partner and I picked up the habit of shopping by bike shortly after we first started riding together. On the way home from a ride, we’d stop in at a butcher shop or pick up some take-out for dinner. At first, we’d hang bags from our handlebars, but we knew this was putting our purchases at risk as they swayed and bounced off our front wheels. We soon had the urge to carry more with us – without having to take transit or resort to borrowing a car. 

Read more: Bike Curious: How To Shop By Bike – Momentum Magazine

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VIDEO: Comparing Bike Infrastructure in Toronto and Montreal

Both Toronto and Montreal have made progress towards creating a connected network of bike lanes, yet each has taken a different approach. In the 1980s, Montreal became one of the earliest cities in Canada to install segregated on-street cycling infrastructure, whereas Toronto started to install the majority of its on-street painted bike lanes in early 1990s, only to receive its first segregated lane on Sherbourne in late 2012.

The purpose of this video — produced by  Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) — is to explore reasons for the segregated versus painted approach and provide a discussion about what each city could do to make their cycling network more connected, more convenient, and safer for all cyclists.

Read more: Spacing Toronto

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