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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO]

Toronto Bike Month 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have organized numerous other events for the next few weeks to celebrate being two-wheeled and engine-free.

 

Toronto cyclist lay in shock with mangled leg after taxi hit him, court hears [Toronto Star]

A cyclist was in complete shock, lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bone and flesh fragments after his leg was crushed by a taxi driver, a Toronto police officer says.

Const. Usman Haroon testified Wednesday he came across Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz lying on his back on the sidewalk at the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008.

Bike with Mike this Sunday! [Cycle Toronto]

Mike Layton is hosting a Bike with Mike event this Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 at Christie Pits park on the street level part near Bloor St. We will be hosting a Cycle Toronto Ward 19 table to promote the activities of the Ward and organization generally. 

There are going to be lots of activities going on, including family friendly activities, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Cycle Toronto Requests Province to Order an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

As evidence continues to mount against the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes and reinstall the fifth centre lane, last week Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) filed a request with the Province for an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis.

Last month, we made a similar request directly to the City of Toronto. However, the City’s Transportation Services department responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment. 

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27

Fashion should be about comfort. Comfort in your own skin, comfort expressing yourself, and comfort cruising city streets on your bike.

Or at least that’s what Calgary-based fashion designer Kristi Woo thinks. It’s that philosophy that is the inspiration for her unique line of stylish made-for-cycling fashions. Riyoko Urban Bikewear makes fashion-conscious clothes for the female cyclist and urban traveller. She’s inspired to make her pieces by tackling issues found cycling in certain clothes, for herself and other fashionable cyclists.

Toronto cyclist struck by cab was walking away from dispute, he says [Toronto Star]

A former competitive cyclist who lost part of a leg after being hit by a taxi driver says he was walking away from a dispute at the time.

“When I woke up I was in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital,” Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz, 40, testified Tuesday.

The former cyclo-cross enthusiast was biking home around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008, when he and a Beck Taxi met at the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. in west Toronto.

Urban Car-Free Camping [The Urban Country]

Urban Car-Free Camping

Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. Whether pulling the car up to the campsite, or parking the car and heading to the campsite by canoe or kayak, I have always been reliant on a car.

This weekend a friend and I decided to do a short one-night, car-free camping trip in the city with our two dogs.

 

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Magazine]

New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.


Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line [Cupcake Ride]

Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line

A few months ago I shared a project that Denise was organizing called Rush Hour Service. Unfortunately due to major TTC bureaucracy hurdles she had to give up on that project, but she’s come up with an even cooler one!

Danforth Bike Line

 

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride [Toronto Star]

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride

I’m extremely glad I took Can-Bike 2. I wish every cyclist would.

Designed primarily by the Ontario Cycling Association, the course is a triumph of sanity, common sense, logic and consistency — all commodities that are just a wee bit lacking on the streets of this city.

Eleven students signed up for my particular iteration of the course, which began on a Monday in May, continued on a Wednesday, concluded on a Friday. It cost $112.

 

 

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Photos from the Bloor Viaduct Bikelane Improvements

Michelle St. Amour of the DIY shop BikeSauce has published some photos of the bikelane improvements being striped on the Bloor Viaduct I mentioned yesterday – including wider lanes, a small “buffer” between bikes and cars, and sharrows marked where bikes need to cross car traffic exiting from Bloor onto the Don Valley Parkway:

Thanks for the great photos Michelle!

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Changes Coming to the Bloor Viaduct Bikelanes

The Bloor Viaduct bikelanes are essential pieces of cycling infrastructure for residents of East York, the Danforth, Riverdale, Leslieville, the Beaches, etc… but they have some problems including being too narrow in spots as well as having a dangerous traffic crossing when approaching Broadview and Danforth from the west.  Safety concerns have been noted in the past by the Ward Advocacy Group Ward29Bikes.

The City looked at these safety concerns and decided to address some of them… stating that we’d see some changes by July 2010… but the changes have already begun:

viaductchanges

[photo via TakeTheTooker, via Tom Flaherty]

It looks like the new bikelane may not only be a little wider (which would be extremely useful during rush-hour as there are many cyclists using the lanes… and a little more width will make passing safer) but have a small striped “buffer zone” between car traffic and bike traffic.

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400 Charges in Danforth Bicycle Blitz

Danforth cycle safety blitz nets 400 charges

By Joshua Freeman

April 15, 2010

Neighbourhoods: Danforth Village

Ride - Sat. Apr. 5, 2008 014While Scott Torrance got the ball rolling on the impending safety audit, others have also recently turned an eye to the troubled intersection at Broadview and Danforth Avenues.

The week of March 29, Toronto Police Service’s 54 Division conducted a bike safety campaign aimed at cracking down on both unsafe motorists and cyclists in the area.

“The results were 417 provincial offence tickets issued to cyclists. A lot of them were riding their bicycles across a pedestrian crossover, (some had) no bell or horn, and there were some traffic light violations, such as running into an intersection against a red,” said Sergeant Jack West, who led the campaign. “We charged one motorist with opening a door into oncoming traffic. A cyclist had to come to a screeching halt in order to avoid contact,” he said.

Via Town Crier

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Photos from the DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

This past Saturday, DECA Bikes (from the Danforth East Community Association) had their first Tune-Up Workshop in the Danforth Mennonite Church just east of Woodbine and Danforth.

I was able to pop on by late in the day to say hi and I’m glad to report they had a ton of people show up over the 5 hours, and they have another Tune-Up Workshop planned for early May (if I’m remembering correctly).  I’ll make sure to let you know when they schedule another workshop.

I took a few photos on Saturday to share with you:

DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

Danforth Mennonite Church - a nice little church from back when the Danforth was more residential

DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

Directions to the Workshop

DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

The Workshop Space

DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

Teaching Tune-Ups

DECA Bikes Tune-Up Workshop

Talking Tires

If you’re interested in learning more about DECA Bikes, you can check out the DECA Bikes Group here on BikingToronto, or contact Jamie Thiers
at 416-587-7204 after 3 pm or email jamiethiers@gmail.com

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