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Are Public Consultations killing Toronto’s Bike Plan?

A good piece from NOW Magazine about the woefully inadequate implementation of Toronto’s Bike Plan. Here’s an idea – put in bikelanes for a 3 month pilot, THEN do consultations to see how everyone likes them (instead of before, when you’re asking people how they THINK they will like them), and then make a decision […]

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Toronto’s Bike Plan due to be finished in 158 years

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Fabulous infographic by Cycle Toronto: The City of Toronto continues to be stuck in neutral when it comes to installing bike lanes. In 2013, the City installed zero kilometres of protected bike lanes and 2.4 kilometres painted bike lanes. At the current rate, it will take 158 years to reach the 2001 Bike Plan’s target […]

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More Bikes than Cars using College Street

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This is beautiful stuff. I won’t even get all persnickety about the graph further down the post with a y axis that doesn’t start at zero. I shall keep my inner data geek in check. Cycle Toronto observed this trend this fall, when it counted more bikes than cars on College St. On Thurs Sept 19th, from […]

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Toronto Take Note: 10 best protected bikelanes of 2013

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If you’re already excited about the Sherbourne bikelanes, and are looking forward to Harbord and Richmond and Adelaide and possibly Eglinton getting some separated bikelanes and you wish they’d install some already up on Bloor East, you’ll want to check out this Best Of list from Peopleforbikes.  They list their favourite American protected bikelanes of 2013. […]

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Guess Who’s Parking in Toronto Bikelanes Now?

Posted without comment. Ah, who am I kidding?  This needs lots of upset and perplexed comments. via Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.

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Are the Sherbourne separated bike lanes working?

Great piece in the Grid about the Sherbourne separated bikelanes.  I’ve heard that there will soon be more bollards separating car traffic. Eric Krumins, a technical writer for an east-end software company, is in a somewhat unique position to comment on the issue. A vehicle owner, he has experienced Sherbourne over the dashboard of his […]

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Press Release: Toronto saves and expands bikesharing!

Yay!  The official City of Toronto press release about the saving (and future expansion) of Bixi (or whatever it will be called going forward).  ”We are pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be keeping the bike share program operating for our customers,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the City’s Public works and Infrastructure […]

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Must Read: The Bike Share Planning Guide

What makes some bike share systems succeed wildly while others fail?   How to make sure a bike share system is a success is now documented in a handy how-to guide! Bike-sharing is a model of cost-effectiveness both for users and cities. Using bike share to commute is cheaper than public transit for system members. […]

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City will take over Bixi bike-share program

Something that was known, but the official announcement is nice.  Long live Bixi (or whatever it’ll be called)!! The city will take over the Bixi bike sharing program, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said at Toronto city hall on Wednesday. “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” he told reporters, quoting John F. Kennedy. […]

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Green paint being added to Bloor East Bikelanes!

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The above photo makes me so happy.  That green looks fantastic! The City has been busy upgrading the bikelane on Bloor East between Sherbourne and the Bloor Viaduct. The latest thing they’ve done is add some green colouring to the bikelane as it goes through the Bloor and Parliament intersection.  Photo from Hayley Easto above, […]

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The future of Toronto’s Bixi bikes

Great write-up by Spacing on the saving and future expansion on Bixi Toronto: Bixi has been granted a reprieve by council, after a motion passed unanimously to save the program. The vote united councillors of every political stripe, with representation from every geographical corner of the city. The plan is not only to save Bixi, […]

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Cycle advocates take MP Peggy Nash on a bike tour of Parkdale-High Park

Great stuff. We need more politicians taking bike tours of the areas they reprsent – hopefully municipal, provincial and federal politicians all at once! With the caveat that local cycling issues are not within the federal representative’s jurisdiction, the pair pointed out safety issues and concerns for cyclists along the way. The pair took Nash […]

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Toronto turns management of Bixi over to Portland firm

Bixi Toronto will be administratively under the Toronto Parking Authority, but managed by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share. Toronto’s plan to save Bixi transfers the bike-sharing program to the Toronto Parking Authority, turns over management to a Portland-based firm  and uses money from Astral Media that was going to be spent on public toilets, the National Post has […]

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Lack of Bike Parking on Yonge means bikes hurting newly planted trees

Here’s an idea – provide more bike parking – then people wouldn’t be forced to lock to trees.  Yes, there are bike posts on Yonge south of College, but they are often filled up. The damage wasn’t as bad as the reader said, but a lot of bark on the trunks of some trees had […]

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Re-capping the Richmond-Adelaide bikelane public meetings

Great write-up on Dandyhorse about the public meetings that took place on Monday and Tuesday night regarding plans for separated bikelanes on Richmond and Adelaide. Last night, November 18, 2013, approximately 40 people gathered in the Metro Hall rotunda to browse plans and review images for the proposed cycle tracks for Richmond qnd Adelaide streets, […]

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