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The News Cycle for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

From tragedy to disgust: Video of dead cyclist stolen [The Star]

Earlier this month, bicyclist Jenna Morrison was struck and killed by a truck while turning right from Sterling Rd. to Dundas St. W.  Now, the family has been rocked by the news that a video camera containing footage of the much-loved yoga instructor dancing with her son has been stolen.

Side guards get nod from city council [NOW Magazine]

In an overwhelming 39-3 vote, councillors approved a broadly worded motion to look into introducing several safety measures on trucks in Toronto, including side guards and other features like audible warning systems. The motion also voiced council’s support for a federal bill that would make side guards mandatory across the country, and asked staff to investigate the feasibility of fitting the guards on all city-operated trucks.

Canadians want more bike lanes and law-abiding cyclists: poll [National Post]

Following recent high-profile cycling deaths in Ontario, results of a poll suggest four in five Canadians think until more cyclists respect the rules of the road, they won’t be able to gain the respect of motorists. “What Canadians are saying is that there needs to be more understanding between motorists and cyclists,” Ipsos Reid associate vice-president Sean Simpson said.

Reminder: Toronto Cyclists Union Member Appreciation Night [Bike Union]

 The Bike Union’s Member Appreciation Night is tonight (Thursday) at Mountain Equipment Co-op.  Get 10% off MEC products, INCLUDING bikes! :)

Bixi gets bigger [Spacing Toronto]

Locating Bixi stations close to each other and creating a dense service area is crucial for a bike share system that is structured for relatively quick, under 30-minute trips. However, the realization that there are opportunities for stations outside the initial service area, while less densely located, is a welcome one.

 

[photo from National Post]

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The News Cycle for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

 

A ghost bike for Jenna Morrison [The GridTO]

In the wake of this morning’s public memorial for Jenna Morrison—the cyclist killed last week—we chart the journey of her commemorative ghost bike from the Bike Pirates shop on Bloor to the site of her death at Dundas and Sterling.

If the comprehensive bike lane network recommended in a 1998 coroner’s report (after a spate of cyclists’ deaths) had been built, not only would riders be safer, but we’d all be a lot further down the road, motorists especially, to accepting bikes and bike lanes as part of the transportation network.  Instead, here we are more than a decade later about to embark on another coroner’s inquest into bike deaths, this time a province-wide one announced a couple of weeks back.

Cycling blindspot: how simple truck side panels can save lives [NOW Magazine]

Side guards are designed to stop just this type of accident. Two simple panels are fitted between a truck’s front and rear wheels, ensuring that in a collision, cyclists or pedestrians are thrown clear of the vehicle, not pulled under. Canadian transit authorities say side guards reduce pedestrian fatalities by 20 per cent, and a 1998 Toronto coroner’s report on cycling deaths recommended exploring the idea of making them mandatory.

 

 

[photo from NOW Magazine]

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The News Cycle is a periodic post which brings together links to news, events and other things which may be of interest to Toronto’s cyclists.  If you have an item you would like to see in The News Cycle, please email it to me at joe[at]bikingtoronto.com

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The News Cycle for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

‘I saw nothing but bike helmets for blocks’ [The Star]

She was 38. I am 38. She had a five-year-old. So do I. She was killed on an average day, pedalling down the same two-lane street she always did by a truck that didn’t have a metal fence under its hulking belly because it would cost more. (How much could it possibly cost, compared to the price of a truck? That’s fodder for another column.)

A Failure to Address the Intersection Problem [Duncan's City Ride]

 There are no words to describe my disappointment and disgust with a recently installed “major multi-use path” along the Bayview extension, but I’ll try.

Wheels of Misfortune [Toronto Standard]

I’m aware this is going to be a busy ride. And by the restaurant district in Little Italy, where bike lanes have not yet materialized, it’s tight single-file riding, as there are well over a dozen of us. By Spadina, it’s 20, then 25, then 30. Slow riders, fast riders, impatient riders. It’s busy, but not the kind of busy I had in mind. While I was away, Toronto seems to have developed a passion for bike transit.

 

 

[photo from Lloyd Alter / TreeHugger]

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The News Cycle for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Cyclist’s death prompts call for mandatory truck side guards [The Star]

The NDP is calling for mandatory side guards on heavy trucks after the death of cyclist Jenna Morrison last week.

Toronto MP Olivia Chow, the opposition transport critic, will introduce a private member’s bill Monday that demands trucks be fitted with the guards that can prevent cyclists or pedestrians from being trapped between a truck’s wheels.

In the aftermath of tragedy, once more unto the breach [Globe and Mail]

 John Barber discusses his 50 years of cycling in Toronto, and how, all of a sudden, people are saying “good for you!”.  They better get used to it, says Barber, because as Toronto gets more congested and more populated, bikes will only be increasing in popularity.

Flickr Slideshow of Jenna Morrison Memorial Ride and Ghost Bike Installation [Flickr]

Great photos from the Toronto cyclist community on Flickr documenting the Memorial Ride and Ghost Bike installation after the tragic loss of Jenna Morrison.

How bikes and cars can peacefully coexist on the road [Globe and Mail]

 The recent death of a cyclist in Toronto has reignited the hotly debated issue of how cars and bikes can coexist on busy streets. Jenna Morrison, an expectant mother and yoga teacher, was killed last Monday while riding to her son’s school. When it comes to sharing the road, “we all have a role to play,” says Yvonne Bambrick, an urban cycling consultant. This round-up of simple tips can help make the roads safer for drivers and cyclists.

Jenna Morrison’s Memorial Ride Draws Hundreds [Torontist]

Estimating turnouts at things like this is difficult to do and politically fraught, so let’s just say there were hundreds of cyclists—easily hundreds—at Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue this morning, there to ride in memory of Jenna Morrison, a cyclist killed one week ago today.

 

 

[photo from the Star]

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The News Cycle for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

The Fixer: Cycling campaign appeals to drivers’ better instincts [The Star]

Request to drivers: Please be more accepting of cyclists and consider them fellow travellers, instead of adversaries. That’s the idea behind “I Share the Road,” a campaign begun by cycling advocate and blogger James Schwartz, who hopes to foster a better relationship with drivers.

Morrison memorial service set for Monday [The Star]

A service to honour the life of Jenna Morrison will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Bloor Street United Church, friends of the family announced Friday. Morrison was riding a bicycle when she was struck and killed by a truck last Monday morning while both were stopped at an intersection.

A bike ride into tragedy [The Star]

Excellent opinion article by Laura Robinson by the shocking lack of laws protecting those using roads (ie. public space) while not in cars.  Cyclists and pedestrians are seemingly ignored by the lawmakers of all 3 levels of government.

[photo from the Star]

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The News Cycle is a periodic post which brings together links to news, events and other things which may be of interest to Toronto’s cyclists.  If you have an item you would like to see in The News Cycle, please email it to me at joe[at]bikingtoronto.com

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