Instagram user (and beer lover) BeerWithMeTO spotted a very cool public bike maintenance station set up by Steamwhistle Brewery. Free tools and free air. If ever you needed another excuse to drink more Steamwhistle… Photo by beerwithmeto on Instagram.
Citing a lack of “financial sustainability” and “not part of our core business”, the TTC is not going to take over Bixi. I’ll pause here so you can go back and re-read that sentence. … Read it? Good. Not financially sustainable? That’s the entire mantra of the TTC! Hundreds of millions of dollars flow into [...]
Bit of a dated story, but it’s soooo good. Can this happen in Toronto? Seattle cycling advocates spent $350 and 10 minutes installing bollards on a painted bikelane and making it a MUCH safer piece of infrastructure. The City of Seattle removed their work, but then re-installed it 3 months later with additional improvements, thanking [...]
What can be done with Bixi Toronto? Just look at New York! In what seemed to happen almost overnight, New York City changed its transportation system as we know it, adding another mode of transportation for citizens and visitors alike to traverse that great city. New York’s bike share system – known as Citi Bike [...]
Both Toronto and Montreal have made progress towards creating a connected network of bike lanes, yet each has taken a different approach. In the 1980s, Montreal became one of the earliest cities in Canada to install segregated on-street cycling infrastructure, whereas Toronto started to install the majority of its on-street painted bike lanes in early [...]
Harbord St. might be getting a shake-up as the city drafts plans for a bi-directional cycling track, coming in 2014. At a consultation at Kensington Gardens last week, planners heard out opinionated cyclists and unveiled plans to construct a route leading around the Queens Park Circle and continuing west to Ossington. Some expressed concerns over whether or not [...]
Dandyhorse has a great re-cap of the 2013 Complete Streets Forum: Hundreds of practitioners, professionals and advocates gathered for the 2013 Complete Streets Forum on Monday May 27, 2013, at Toronto’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. This sixth annual event was hosted by The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation TCAT, a project of the Clean Air [...]
Fabulous article from Dandyhorse on the planning of the Harbord Separated bikelane: In 2011, City Council voted to begin designing and consulting with the public on a separated bike lane on Harbord-Hoskin, as part of a downtown network of separated bike lanes, which will also include Wellesley, the Bloor Viaduct, Sherbourne and Beverley (south of [...]
Lloyd Alter of TreeHugger weighs in on if cyclists should play by rules made for cars: Toronto City councillor Karen Stintz gets a $110 ticket for rolling through a stop sign that didn’t exist. Toronto’s own Dorothy Rabinowitz, Judith Timson is outraged that Stintz is fighting the ticket, writing in the Star: “She’ll get off [...]
It would be foolish for Toronto to drain the the tires of its fledgling Bixi program before it really gets going, however. Even if bike sharing has so far failed to live up to the hype of its promoters, the concept remains relatively new and programs are constantly improving. Cities are still testing business models [...]
The Toronto City Council Executive Committee has asked staff to do more research on the feasibility of Toronto taking over the Bixi Program… perhaps with it falling under the Toronto Parking Authority of Toronto Transit Commission umbrella. I have concerns about either of these entities running Bixi… the TPA is very profits-focused, and if Bixi [...]
Great news… it looks like the Pan-Am Path is going ahead… linking various trails across the city together. As an east ender, I also really like the news that the Prince Edward Viaduct’s “Luminous Veil” light installation will FINALLY be installed as part of this. The Pan Am Path is a proposal to connect existing [...]
The city has started an environmental assessment to study how best to route the Railpath’s southern extension. Unfortunately, running the trail into downtown isn’t as simple as paving a path beside the railroad tracks. For the existing section of the path, the city had purchased an out-of-use railway right-of-way. But South of Dundas, city planners [...]
Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall: The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a [...]
This is what happens when a city, a world class city, truly invests in bikesharing: widescale adoption. Here in Toronto we’ve had politicians who are scared of the car lobby put in a dinky little Bixi system (1000 bikes) only in the very small downtown area and have refused to invest in it. Toronto needs [...]
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