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NEWS: Plans to shift Toronto’s bicycle strategy into high gear in the works

After years of backpedalling, Ontario is getting back on the path to creating a province-wide cycling network.

And in Toronto, where critics point out the city has failed to deliver the 495 km of bikeways it promised in 2001, there’s a new strategy in the works.

“The increased density in the way we’re building cities now means the urban sprawl days are behind us, which is a good thing,” says Eleanor McMahon, CEO of Share the Road, a cycling coalition she founded in 2008. Her husband, OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart, was killed in a 2006 cycling accident with a dump truck near Milton.

Her coalition links organizations from across Ontario in the common goal of making all municipalities, from big cities to small towns, more bicycle-friendly.

Read More: Dedicated bike routes planned across province, including Toronto and GTA – Wheels.ca.

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VIDEO: It’s Your Move Active Transportation Champion Nicole Arsenault

 

Another in a great series of “It’s Your Move” videos from TCAT.  Also, I went to high school with Nicole.  Great job Nicole!

With Nicole`s It`s Your Move video, we`re highlighting the importance of dedicated funding for active transportation projects and infrastructure that would help create pedestrian and cycling connections between the University campus and the communities of York region that surround it.TCAT’s It’s Your Move is a video series that is part of a strategic partnership with Metrolinx designed to promote the importance of walking and cycling. Each video in the 12-part series features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto.

via Video Release: It’s Your Move Active Transportation Champion Nicole Arsenault | Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Sunnyside Bike Park preview

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Great look at the the new Sunnyside offroad park by jnyyz:

Today was volunteer day at the new Sunnyside Bike Park that is due to open in July. The call went out for people to help out with some basic landscaping. The city also took the opportunity to take lots of pictures of the volunteers working. From my visit today, I can see that it is going to be awesome, especially considering the very small silver of land that it occupies bounded by the Gardiner, Lakeshore, Ellis and Colborne Lodge.

Read More: Sunnyside Bike Park preview | Biking in a Big City.

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OH YEAH: Bikeshare Toronto membership for just $42.50! (Less than half price!!)

I’ve been promoting this deal a bunch, and with good reason… I want bikesharing in Toronto to be so successful that it expands from the core.  But this weekend (until Tuesday at midnight, Buytopia is also having a 15% off sale on anything over $20, which means you can apply it to a Bikeshare Toronto annual membership.  I applied the “CANADA147″ code at checkout to see the final price… $42.50!

That works out to just 82 cents a week!  12 cents a day!  12 CENTS A DAY!

For perspective, a TTC Metropass (only good for 1 month) is $134.  Even a TTC day pass is $11.

Travel a lot in the core? Tired of giving money to the TTC for their crappy service.  I think you know what you need to do.

  • Reintroducing Toronto’s Bike Share Transit System
  • 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

 

GET IT: Bikeshare Toronto membership for just $42.50!!!.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike trail plans for 3 Scarborough waterfront parks shelved

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This is on PUBLIC land.  Who cares what the stupid self-entitled rich people who live nearby think?  Just BUILD it.  The last paragraph is the worst.   Scarborough is a no-go for cyclists and will be until this is fixed.  The Waterfront Trail exists from Niagara all the way to Quebec… except for this part.

Residents who objected and Scarborough councillors who agreed with them have won a fight to keep bike paths out of three waterfront parks.

The City of Toronto planned to build the paths last year to fill in gaps in its Waterfront Trail that forced cyclists to move along an often-busy Kingston Road.

Ratepayers near the upper section of Bluffers Park, however, said a hard-surface trail would damage the space they called Chine Meadow. Their resistance to the “bikeway implementation plan” prompted a motion by Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford, passed in July, removing the Bluffers path from the plan until a “proper dialogue” with residents took place.

“We’ve done consultation with the community. Based on that, we’ve decided not to proceed with the projects at this time,” Dan Egan, city manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, said Wednesday.

Read More: Bike trail plans for three Scarborough waterfront parks shelved.

photo: Inside Toronto

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