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INFRASTUCTURE: Adelaide Separated Lane gets “pre-marked” tonight

Adelaide is almost ready for the big show!  Bring on the paint and the flexi-bollards!  It’s happening on Richmond too!

@TO_Transport has repaved curb lane for Adelaide Cycle Track Pilot Project pre-marking starts tonight

via Twitter / TO_Cycling: @TO_Transport has repaved curb ….

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Richmond and Adelaide being prepped for new bikelanes

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Richmond and Adelaide are coming!  I’m gonna make some special trips down there to be able to ride them.

Curb lanes on Richmond and Adelaide have been ground down, in preparation for new asphalt we are putting down for the Cycle Tracks.

via City of Toronto Cycling Facebook Page.

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NEWS: Canada Post “apologizes” after telling cyclist to “go f-k yourself”, and it’s not nearly enough

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A little bit of news in the story from yesterday, about a Canada Post worker parking his mail truck in a bikelane and then telling a cyclist to “go f-k yourself” when she documented it.

Canada Post has apologized to the cyclist and taken “appropriate action” … but I don’t think they really have.  While the behaviour of the mail worker is unacceptable, the larger issue here is his (and all postal workers) disregard for the City bylaw that prohibits them from parking in bikelanes (and driving like maniacs, to draw on some personal anecdotes).

Why isn’t Canada Post committing to implementing policies that direct drivers to do everything possible to find a regular parking spot when stopping their truck?

“The behaviour demonstrated by the employee in the video is completely unacceptable,” he said. “We reached out to the individual who posted the video online to apologize and thank her for bringing the matter to our attention. We were able to quickly identify the employee and take the appropriate action.”

Read More: Cyclist confronts Canada Post worker parked in bike lane – Toronto – CBC News.

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OH YEAH: The $50 Bike Share Toronto deal is STILL ON

UPDATE: the deal is now over.  Congrats if you scored yourself one. :)

 

The BikeShare Toronto deal over on Buytopia keeps rolling on.  $50 for an entire year of unlimited sub-30 minute rides!   That’s 14 cents a day.  14 cents!

AND BikeShare Toronto has let me know that even if you already have a membership, you can use this deal to ADD an additional year onto it!!  SCORE!

 

  • Use your Membership key or ride code to unlock a bike from any dock at any station
  • Return your bicycle to any station across the city
  • Bike stations are located across the downtown core
  • Check the status of a station at bikesharetoronto.com

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Frustrated with the TTC? Can’t justify spending the cash on taxis every day? There’s a solution for you! Toronto is reintroducing their bike share transit system as Bike Share Toronto. And with this Buytopia deal, you can get a one-month membership for just $10 or a one-year membership for just $50. Using your membership key, you’ll be able to unlock a bike from any dock at any station. After your journey, simply return your bicycle to any station across the city. Stations are located across the downtown core and beyond and you can check the status of a station from bikesharetoronto.com. Experience the freedom of commuting by bike with Bike Share Toronto and do it for a sweet discount with this Buytopia deal.

GET IT: $50 for a one-year membership to Bikeshare Toronto.

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NEWS: Bay Street gets a bikelane! (for one miserable block)

Hey there!  Need to go north or south in the downtown core?  Wanna do it safely?  Want to do it in a bikelane, even a painted one, which atleast carves out some space for you?  Wanna do it somewhere in the 2 km stretch between St. George/Beverly and Sherbourne?

Yeah, well, keep dreaming.

Transportation services recently installed a painted bikelane (actual photo above) on Bay… but just between College and Gerrard.  That’s a full 270 metres of bikelane that cars can now park in.   Why aren’t all bikelanes automatically getting flex-bollards now?  If we have bikelanes to provide safe, car-free spaces for cyclists in Toronto, let’s put at least something in to keep cars out of them.

Now, you may ask yourself… what about north of College?  Well, the City painted some sharrows there (I happened to take some photos of them this morning, below).  Sharrows are great for using up paint, and showing cyclists where drivers *should* be letting them ride, but in actual practice they do almost nothing in terms of making a street safer for cyclists.

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South of Gerrard?  I have no idea… but here’s a thought:  Maybe it would be nice to have an ACTUAL bikelane that goes down Bay to City Hall, where the new $1.2 million BikeStation will be?  There’s no bikelane on Queen (although there should be), so why not Bay?

Oh, auto-centric Toronto planners and transportation services people will tell you that bikelanes will affect car traffic “flow”… and aren’t possible… because we base all of our street planning on the maximum number of cars that use a road during rush hour.

The photos above? Taken at 9:05 am on a Monday morning.  The photo below? Taken at 6:00 pm on a Monday (also today).

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Look at all that space!  This is rush hour!  And all that space in the middle… where there’s just paint and some rarely used left turn lanes?  Just enough space to re-configure the road lines to make a bikelane along each curb.

Bay has SO much potential.  Not using it is wasting it.

 

via: Twitter / TO_Cycling: Bay street bikes – @TO_Transport ….

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