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INFRASTRUCTURE: Mapping the City’s Bike Network Gaps

Toronto’s bikeway network is often a source of frustration for the city’s cyclists, and with the map above, it’s easy to see why. It illustrates the extent of Toronto’s bike infrastructure―or in some parts of the city the lack thereof―as of January 2015, and how there’s plenty of room for improvement to fill in the […]



OH YEAH: Ridership numbers continue to grow

Two different acquaintances recently remarked that when they returned from a couple of years working outside of Toronto, they were blown away by the increase in the number of cyclists on the roads. Those of us who stayed home during that time feel it viscerally – it’s not unusual to have to circle around the […]



OH YEAH! Toronto may get a glow-in-the-dark bike path

Well, this would be awesome, obviously. “We’re getting calls like crazy from all over the world. People get really excited about the environment, for either safety reasons or energy reasons, or just making something incredibly beautiful,” he said. One of those interested cities is Toronto. The firm has not signed a contract but he says […]



INFRASTRUCTURE: Bloor bike lanes delayed, again

Toronto: the City where everything takes forever, after delays and false starts and endless debate. The fault doesn’t totally rely on city staff, as they are understaffed (they were even before the dark period of the Ford years) … I’d say that City Council are mostly to blame – approving lots of projects and studies […]



INFRASTRUCTURE: TTC looking at making a park out Scarborough RT

Will they include a multi-use trail a la the West Toronto Railpath? Then cyclists deep in Scarborough can have a safe dedicated way to bike all the way to the Kennedy subway station. The TTC is on track to look at transforming the Scarborough RT into a park similar to New York City’s High Line […]



INFRASTRUCTURE: Despite drivers supporting it, Tory ready to scrap Bay-Bloor pedestrian scramble

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Pedestrian friendly infrastructure on our streets make things safer for everyone, including people on bikes. But, although a HUGE amount of drivers supporting the pedestrian-priority crossing phase at Bay and Bloor (table above) in the city’s own report (the same report that is advocating removing the pedestrian phase), and pedestrians being the majority (55%, or a […]



INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto cycling group pushing for Riverdale bike lanes

A local cycling advocacy group wants the Riverdale area to create safe bike lanes that would connect the neighbourhood to the waterfront.Ward 30 Bikes has called upon the expertise of 4th year students from Ryerson University’s school of urban and regional planning to study the feasibility of the project. Class professor Don Verbanac turned the […]



EVENT: Mon, Feb. 9 – Connecting Riverdale to the Lake

Join us for a presentation and a discussion on improving cycling routes from Riverdale to Lake Ontario Monday, February 9at 7:00pm South Riverdale Community Health Centre – SRCHC 955 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 3P3 More:  Connecting Riverdale to the Lake.



INFRASTRUCTURE: How to (and not to) plough bikelanes

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First off, above, a photo of Wellesley, close to Yonge (from the City of Toronto facebook group).  You may notice that the bikelane has been plough, and then blocked by snow from a driveway. And below, a great photo from Cycle Toronto on a great ploughed bikelane (Richmond), which a nice big snowbank between the […]



OH YEAH: A Bike Escalator That Can Get You Up That Steep Hill

Old news, but Torontoist finally woke up to it. A 130-metre hill in Trondheim, Norway, is home to what may be the future of urban cycling infrastructure: a bike escalator. First installed in 1993 under the name Trampe, the rig has helped more than 200,000 people from fussing over a particularly steep hump. In 2013, […]