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The New York Times is collecting Toronto Biking Wisdom!

Just in case you had any doubt that the NYTimes totally rocks (it was already, in my opinion, the only newspaper I would subscribe to to pass a paywall), they are now collecting cyclists’ wisdom about where to ride.

I believe they started with New York, piggybacking on the resurgent interest in cycling there (no doubt helped by the new Citibike / BixiNYC initiative), but have expanded it to include many other cities as well, including Toronto!

Go have a look and add your wisdom to the crowdsourced collection!

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The News Cycle for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

 

Advertising good, bikes bad [Dodgeville]

Enough has been written about these stupid info pillars elsewhere that I won’t bore you with another diatribe against their design or the questionable process that resulted in the city being saddled with them in the first place. This one is in front of Carrot Common on Danforth and in addition to looking ugly, replaced a perfectly good post and ring bike rack, as seen by Google Street View.

 

Toronto-Montreal Bixi comparison [Globe & Mail]

Excellent Infographic from the Globe and Mail comparing the first year of Montreal’s Bixi bikesharing program with the first 6 months of Toronto’s Bixi.  Toronto’s numbers are obviously lower due to the shortened time period, but are EXCELLENT considering we have one-fifth of Montreal’s Bixi bikes (1000 and 5000 bikes, respectively).

 

Trashy Bike Lane [The Urban Country]

To see how a bike lane might work on this street we gathered garbage and sticks and created a homemade bike lane. The painted bicycle symbols (or “sharrows”) were painted by an anonymous group/person shortly after Jenna’s death.  We observed how cars and trucks drove with our “trash” bike lane present. Drivers seemed to stay clear of our faux bike lane when they drove through the intersection, including a large tractor-trailer whose rear wheels stayed clear of our bike lane.

 

Create annotated bike rides with Spotcycle mobile app [BlogTO]

The most recent update to the app, however, ups the ante significantly. Now instead of merely using it to track down BIXI bikes, you can plot out annotated bike rides with your favourite cultural sites, restaurants and assorted retail. Where Spotcycle was formerly only useful to BIXI members, this new feature set opens up the app to anyone who rides a bike. Using the the GPS capabilities of one’s phone — it’s available on all three of the major platforms — the app will create a live map as you ride, which you can categorize and annotate when you’re done.

 

 

[photo from Dodgeville]

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Toronto Mobile Bike Map App Updated

The Toronto Bike Map App (available on iTunes for free) has been updated.

The creator, Mike Lin, has made what I think is the best online bike map (it uses the City’s Open Data information) even better by adding directions.

You can punch in start and end points, and the app tells you the best way to get there. The app integrates with Bike Directions on Google Maps to accomplish this.

Give it a try (it’s free!) and let us know what you think.

Some screenshots of the App:


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New Toronto Bikeway Network Map

PLEASE NOTE: this map was done as part of a graphic design exercise and does not claim to be complete or accurate.

There’s a cool new map of all of our downtown bikelanes, coined the “BWN” after BikeWay Network.

You can really tell that the “network” needs a lot more… and the Jarvis bikelane isn’t on there.

Click the map for the full-size version (which still isn’t that big)

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2010 Bikeway Network Projects – Mapped

There is an excellent information resource in the latest issue of Cyclometer – a Google Map that shows all the Bikeway Projects started or completed in 2010, as well as photos on their facebook group of the projects:


View 2010 Bikeway Network Projects in a larger map

Project photos include:

Harbord-Hoskin Bikeway: Dashed lines and chevrons have been used to help make the bike lane more continuous.

The reconstruction of Moore Avenue and installation of bike lanes from Bayview Avenue to Hudson Street was completed.

In Parkdale, the Dufferin Street Tunnel has been completed. The tunnel has been built at a width to include bike lanes, and it’s lighting has been designed with the needs of cyclists and pedestrians in mind.

Bike boxes have been added at the Spadina Avenue, St. George Street and Queen's Park Crescent intersections, along the Harbord Street – Hoskin Avenue corridor.

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