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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 for Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Five Books on Bikes [Toronto Standard]

Those of us who regularly mount a mechanical goat and canter through the city, are quite emotionally attached to our rides, much like how other people fawn over their automobiles. Like them, we two-wheel operators also enjoy looking at other people’s rides, and when it comes to books illustrating some of the beauties of cycle history, there’s some lovely ones to be found.

Toronto driver accused of mounting sidewalk to hit cyclist in alleged road rage case [National Post]

Disturbing news story about an argument at Ossington & Harbord that ended when the driver drove up on the sidewalk to hit the cyclist.

Memorial Ride for Jenna Morrison – Monday, November 14, 2011 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Friends, neighbours and supporters of safer streets are encouraged to meet at the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and Spadina at 7:30 am.  The ride will arrive at Dundas Street West and Sterling for 8:00 am where a ghost bike will be installed and a memorial held for Ms. Morrison.

 

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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Jack Layton, 1950-2011

My most vivid memory from my many years of riding in the Ride for Heart is riding along and having a tandem bike come up along beside me.  I thought nothing of it other than “cool! a tandem!” until I looked at the people riding it and saw Jack  and Olivia.

I nearly fell off my bike.

Thanks for your inspiration Jack.  I feel lucky to have lived in your riding of Toronto-Danforth for 6 years and actually getting to vote for you federally.

 

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Photos of Memorial Ride for Streetcar Death

Last week, a cyclist was killed by a streetcar.  Whether it was his/her own fault, the fault of the streetcar driver, or some combination is unknown, but some Toronto cyclists decided to hold a Memorial ride for the victim.

Here are photos of the ride (and ghost bike installation) from Jun Nogami:

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