Toronto’s first fully separated bike lane arrived on Sherbourne Street this fall, for the first time giving bikers the opportunity to move north and south through the eastern portion of downtown without mixing with traffic. But despite a rolled curb segregating autos and bikes, there have been numerous instances of cars using the narrow lane [...]
The Ministry of Transportation has released a draft cycling strategy [PDF], the first update to its cycling policy goals in 20 years. The proposed new strategy aims to improve cycling education, infrastructure, legislation, and interest—but it has received mixed reviews from the cycling community, and for good reason. Let’s start with some with some [...]
Toronto as a city is hardly overburdened with cycle lanes. There are just over 90 kms of bike tracks – not including off-street trails – winding their way through the region, often disjointed and rarely leading to or from anywhere useful. In comparison, the city ranks roughly on par with Vancouver, a city with a [...]
Face, meet palm. The vehicle in the photo was identified as one from the shelter, support, and housing administration division, according to city spokesman Patricia Anderson. She said the vehicles are used by workers providing street outreach to homeless people. “The people who use our vehicles know better than to park them in bike lanes, [...]
It’s finally happening! Can’t wait for new separated bikeways on Queens Quay! Highlights of the new Queens Quay include a pedestrian promenade with a of mosaic of 2.5 million red and grey pieces of Canadian granite, a canopy of more than 200 trees, and improved traffic lanes. Cyclists will also be elated with the addition [...]
Toronto could have its first east-west separated bike lanes within a year if the public works and infrastructure committee accepts a new report calling for a total reworking of the cycling facilities on Wellesley Street and Hoskin Avenue. If adopted and approved by city council later this month, new curved curbs like the ones presently [...]
Oh my god I love this!!! Legum launched Dial-a-Wrench earlier this month. It’s a simple idea: give her a call at 416-825-0358, tweet her, or write on the Dial-a-Wrench Facebook page and she’ll come to you with a complement of tools and fix what ails your bike. Her service area is St. Clair to the [...]
Down at City Hall, they chase gravy trains and fight a war on (or for) the car—and show respect for certain areas of the city by promising their residents underground transit. At some point, it seems that politics in Toronto passed into the realm of almost pure symbolism. This is especially true in the case of [...]
If you are a fair-weather cyclist extending your riding reach, you might be surprised to notice that a lot of cyclists who ride in all weather situations continue to be cavalier about proper lighting. They also ignore the little bits of extra reflective gear that keep us visible to others in low light, bad weather, [...]
Earlier today we linked to Hyedie’s recap of the Poutine Ride this past Sunday. A couple of great gals from Torontoist (Hi Racheal! Hi Gillian!) came out to ride with us, learn about our Sweet Rides and take photos. Here is their piece: Is there a best way to celebrate the last beautiful Sunday of [...]
The TTC is unveiling new streetcars, which even include space to store bikes! Intermodal transit for the win! Though we’ve already been introduced to many of the streetcars’ new features, some are worth highlighting again. The most noticeable is just how much bigger the new vehicles are: about twice as long as the ones we’re [...]
Interesting viewpoint from the Toronto Standard on the whole Jarvis thing: People are, of course, entitled to have an emotional response to political issues, and, in many ways, such a response is natural and to be expected. But by allowing emotional responses to dictate the nature of our political discourse, we create a false dichotomy [...]
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