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INFRASTRUCTURE: Planning bikelanes with little thought about safe biking routes?

The fine folks in the Cycle Toronto Ward18 Group have written an open letter to Dan Egan, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure at the City.  New contra-flow bikelanes are planned in the west end, but have seemingly been planned with little thought about the safety of the overall route… specifically crossing Dufferin: Mr. Daniel Egan, Manager […]

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TONIGHT: Public Meeting – Richmond and Bathurst Bikelanes

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The City of Toronto is proposing to install two new bike lane connections in the Richmond and Bathurst area: • Richmond Street: A contra-flow bicycle lane west of Bathurst Street, to allow cyclists to legally travel in both directions, while maintaining one-way only for motorists • Bathurst Street: A bicycle lane between Richmond Street and Adelaide Street, to allow […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Big (Bad?) Changes to Harbord/Hoskin Bikelane Plans

It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response. I personally don’t […]

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EVENT REMINDER: Thurs, Feb 27 – Public Meeting on contraflow bike lanes on Argyle-Florence

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Attend a public meeting to support contraflow bike lanes on Argyle-Florence! This proposed bikeway will connect Brock St to Shaw St and help create a better bike network in the west end.The meeting will take place Thurs Feb 27 from 6-8pm at Alexander Muire/Gladstone Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.  Here’s the City’s posting: http://cycleto.ca/sites/default/files/Argyle-Florence.pdf via EVENT: […]

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EVENT: Contraflow bikelane public meetings on Mar. 4 and 6

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via the CycleToronto facebook page Contraflow bike lanes give bikes their own lane to go against the flow of traffic on a one-way street. So on a westbound one-way street, both bikes and cars can go west using the regular lane, but bikes can also go east using the contraflow bike lane. Adding contraflow bike […]

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JOB POSTING: General Manager – Toronto Bike Share at Alta Bicycle Share

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Well, this is COOL.  Want to run Toronto’s bikeshare?  Here is your chance: About Toronto Bike Share: Bicycle sharing is a sustainable, healthy, and community-based transportation option that enhances urban livability and mobility. Toronto Bike Share will operate with 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in the City of Toronto.  Through contracts with the City of […]

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FAIL: E-scooters now legal in Toronto bike lanes

The idea was first proposed in a staff report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in January, but at the time councillors on the committee rejected it.   But when the report came before council late Thursday evening, members reversed the earlier decision, voting 23-17 to approve the report’s original recommendations. Most of council’s right […]

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$600 Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane gets Minneapolis Excited

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  Minneapolis is testing out a protected bike lane system using popup protected bike lanes.   It’s cheap, it’s easy… and it should be ALL OVER Toronto. Read more: TreeHugger

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OpenStreetsTO tentatively scheduled for 4 Sundays this summer!

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Can’t wait!  I know lots of people already planning activities! The tentatively proposed route for Open Streets TO will connect neighbourhoods along Bloor Street from High Park to Greenwood Ave as well as Yonge St (south of Bloor) by opening these streets to people.  Additional connections can be made via Toronto’s trails, parks, and bicycle […]

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Review: Shaw Street bike route

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It has been a rather trying winter for cyclists in Toronto. Besides the unseasonably cold temperatures, the snow and ice has made cycling difficult. Bike lanes are left partly or completely snow-covered — only the occasional thaw manages to clear the lanes. But during one of those few days this winter where the snow had a chance […]

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Yonge and Gerrard trees protected from bikes now

Absolutely nothing about installing more actual bikeposts in the area so the people wouldn’t HAVE to lock to trees.  It’s treating the symptom, not the cause. On Nov. 21 we reported that recently planted street trees on the west side of Yonge, north of Gerrard St., had been co-opted by cyclists to lock up their […]

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Bixi in bankruptcy but Bixi Toronto is safe

The good news is that Toronto’s Bixi system will probably be fine. City hall saw this coming months in advance and laid the groundwork for a takeover. The plan is to transfer responsibility for Bixi Toronto to the Toronto Parking Authority, and use money scrounged from the city’s street-furniture budget to keep the system going […]

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E-Bikes not allowed in bike lanes … for now.

Good news… the decision about whether to allow electric scooters (some people call them e-bikes) into Toronto’s bikelanes has been deferred: E-bikes won’t be granted access to Toronto bike lanes just yet, after a recommendation before the City’s public works committee was deferred this afternoon. The report in question makes a distinction between two type […]

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Write the Public Works Committee about electric scooters in bike lanes.

E-bike riders seek equality with pedal-pushing counterparts

CycleToronto has a great rundown of what the city’s proposal to allow “e-bikes” in bikelanes will mean for Toronto’s cyclists.  Be sure and click through and send an email to the Public Works Committee about why this is a misguided proposal. This Thursday, members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee will consider a set of […]

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West Toronto Railpath remains unplowed

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UPDATE: Councillor Ana Bailao has commented with a link about when the Railpath has been salted and/or ploughed. ——————— For those of you who are in the west end, the Railpath remains unplowed by the city… and not since yesterday’s snowfall, but the one BEFORE it.  Please take care if you’re going to be biking […]

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