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Bloor Street bike lane study clears Public Works Committee

The city of Toronto’s public works committee has approved an environmental assessment to study the feasibility of installing a bike lane along Bloor Street.

The study — which if approved would take about a year to complete — will investigate the possibility of putting a bike lane along Bloor from west of Keele Street in the city’s west end to east of Sherbourne Street. The study will also examine installing a bike lane on Dupont Street.

Full Story: Bloor Street bike lane study clears committee – Toronto – CBC News.

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Bloor and Dupont Bikelanes on City Council Agenda

Council voted in July 2011 to halt an environmental assessment that was studying the possible impact of creating lanes on one of the city’s major streets. But city officials have now brought the issue back to the table, recommending that council allow a smaller Bloor assessment to be done at the same time as an assessment of proposed lanes on parallel Dupont St.

The recommendation comes four months after six Bloor-area councillors — Ana Bailao, Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan, Pam McConnell, Kristyn Wong-Tam, and Mike Layton — formally requested the resumption of the Bloor assessment.

Full Story: Bloor bike lanes back on council agenda | Metro.

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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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