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More Bikes than Cars using College Street

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This is beautiful stuff. I won’t even get all persnickety about the graph further down the post with a y axis that doesn’t start at zero. I shall keep my inner data geek in check.

Cycle Toronto observed this trend this fall, when it counted more bikes than cars on College St. On Thurs Sept 19th, from 5pm to 6pm, Cycle Toronto counted 680 bikes and 618 cars travelling westbound. The overall bicycle mode share was 52%, and one 15-minute interval had a mode share of 57%. This hourly count occurred within an overall westbound count between 4:30pm and 6:30pm of 1,150 bikes and 1,227 cars (48% bikes, 52% cars). Since 2010, bike traffic on College St has increased by 67%!

Full article: Cycle Toronto Observes More Bikes than Cars on College Street | Cycle Toronto.

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Who won at the Toronto Bike Awards?

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Dandyhorse Magazine has a write-up of all the winners from Tuesday night.  Congrats to all!

A large and enthusiastic crowd came out to the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom on the evening of November 26 for the 2013 Toronto Bike Awards.

The awards honoured individuals and organizations from both business and the community who have shown leadership in making Toronto a better place for cycling.

The ceremony was co-hosted by Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, and Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation. It is originally an initiative of the City of Toronto.

Full article:  Winners from Toronto Bike Awards 2013 | dandyhorse magazine.

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EVENT REMINDER: Tues, Nov. 26 – Toronto Bike Awards

Glad to see Cycle Toronto hosting this again. They do a good job. RSVP on facebook here.

Cycle Toronto and the City of Toronto are pleased to bring you the 2013 Toronto Bike Awards, supported by Daniels Corporation. The Bike Awards honours the people and organizations that show leadership in making our city a better place to bike! 

This years event will take place on Tuesday November 26 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. There will be live performances by Dirty Church and Paula Perri, VeloReel short films, and a silent auction. Well have a BIXI station onsite for the evening and Bike Valet powered by ING DIRECT!

More details: Toronto Bike Awards | Cycle Toronto.

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Cyclists rally for Lansdowne bike lanes after 4 year delay

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Great article by Spacing.  Horrible insight into city processes.  People complaining about the loss of a few car parking spaces delays City Council decisons.  Unbelievable.

As night descended on MacGregor Playground on Oct. 29, cyclists clad in ghoulish garb rallied in support of Lansdowne Ave. bike lanes that Toronto council approved in 2009 and 2010, but have yet to be installed.

“We wanted to organize tonight and come out and send a message to say that three and a half years, four years, is too long. We want to see action,” said Jared Kolb, executive director of Cycle Toronto, the advocacy group behind the rally, to a gathering crowd.

The approved lanes, if completed, would stretch along Lansdowne Ave. from Bloor St. W. to Davenport Rd. and from south of Dundas St. W. to Rideau Ave.

via Cyclists rally for bike lanes on Lansdowne Ave. after installation delays | Spacing Toronto.

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Cycle Toronto responds to the Rosie DiManno “Cyclists Should Be Shot” Article

Good on Cycle Toronto.  Read their response to Rosie DiManno’s “Cyclsts Should Be Shot” article (and probably the Star’s Public Editor Response calling it “a joke”)

Cycle Toronto believes that road safety is a serious issue and one that must be discussed in a mature and respectful manner. We advocate for safer streets so that people who choose to ride a bike can do so without risking their lives. However, in 2011 there were 2,275 car-pedestrian collisions, 1,315 car-bike collisions and zero bike-pedestrian collisions reported to Toronto Police.

We reject Rosie’s metaphors of war and her derisive attitude. It is never okay to joke about shooting people. We invite Rosie to contact Cycle Toronto if she is interested in engaging in a meaningful and constructive dialogue about how to make our streets safer for us all.

Full Response: Don’t shoot me, I’m only the cyclist | Toronto Star.

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