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INFRASTRUCTURE: Markham has great bikelanes, even at intersections

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The above photo is via facebook user Florence Chan, who posted it to the City of Toronto Cycling facebook group. It shows how Markham (just north of Toronto) pays attention to cyclists, with green bikelanes extended right AROUND corners.  Here it Toronto, bikelanes annoyingly end at intersections so that cars can have a left turn […]


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NEWS: Toronto’s 50 most dangerous intersections for cyclists

Bikes + Data = Win.  Will the city use this information to make these 50 intersections safer for non-driving taxpayers?  My gut says no. Adrian Verster was just a humble data geek until his girlfriend got hit by a pickup truck. The crash — which left her with a concussion and memory loss — spurred […]


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TRANSIT: Toronto’s New Streetcar includes spots for bikes

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With a dedicated spot for bikes: It’s just three more sleeps until Toronto’s new streetcars roll out on the 510 Spadina line, and during a media event today, the TTC showed off some of the vehicle’s modern features at the Hillcrest rail yard on Bathurst Street. The new ride is packed with technological bells and […]


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NEWS: Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore

Several people riding along Lakeshore Blvd W. near Carlaw Ave. have been injured after their tires got caught in railroad tracks that intersect with the bike lanes. On Sunday, two cyclists fell after their wheels got caught in pieces of rubber covering the railroad tracks. One man had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. “How […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Chorley Park Switchback offers access to beautiful piece of Toronto

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This protest is crazy.  During the recent provincial election, there were more anti-switchback signs on lawns than election signs. A battle for access to our shared city is currently being fought in one of Toronto’s most beautiful places. Just north of the Don Valley Brickworks a sign stuck in the tall grass next to the […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Cyclists pushed out of bike lane by Shred-it truck

We’ve been keeping an eye on Shred-it vehicles since our May 29 column about a five-truck shredding operation that dominated Freeland St. when we came across it. Shred-it vice-president Bruce Andrew said his company uses the tiny street for off-site shredding, instead of blocking busier downtown streets, and that it is looking for ways other […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Connecting Parkdale to the Waterfront

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Great article from dandyhorse about how the west end is almost totally cut of from the lakefront (and how to change that): Standing at the foot of Roncesvalles “where King meets Queen”, you can see Lake Ontario only a few meters away. A slight hill creates the illusion that nothing separates you from that enticing […]


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NEWS: Bike Share Toronto Data Released

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Toronto Bike Share users have made 285,384 trips so far in 2014, criss-crossing the city via a network of 80 bicycle docks. In June alone, they pedalled 237,723 kilometres — burning an estimated six million calories in the process — and offset more than 100,000 pounds of carbon. The numbers are courtesy of Alta Bicycle […]


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ELSEWHERE: New Bike Lane Designs Finally Get Nod From U.S. Engineering Establishment

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Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. engineering establishment. Bike lane markings through intersections may soon be part of important engineering […]


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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

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SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]


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