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The News Cycle for Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Rush hour parking hogs to face $150 fine [The Star]

Motorists should be dinged $150 for parking on busy streets in rush hour, or blocking a bicycle lane any time, city council decided. The city must now seek court approval before it can increase the fine from the current $60 for parking during rush hour — 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Commuter cyclists can help keep recreational Trail Plan on track [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Included as part the Mayor’s Bike Plan , the Trails Plan  aims to improve existing multi-use trails across the city as well as add 100 km of new off-road trails. About 30 km of new off-road multi-use trails are close to completion. These trails were approved in 2009, prior to the current mayor’s election, and are funded as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario (RInC). These trails include the Finch Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside trails (for a full list of RInC projects in Toronto see here ).

Betty & Dash: New bike share at Vic College [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Betty & Dash” sounds more like a Saturday morning cartoon than a bike club, but maybe that’s appropriate. Founders Stephanie Fox and Esther MacKenzie envisioned a non-intimidating group that wouldn’t take itself too seriously, and naming it after their own bikes was just the start.  The club now lends bikes and tools to students, free of charge. 

Why cycling can make you a happier person [Globe & Mail]

I wasn’t riding a bike just to ride a bike. I was doing it to enter the Church of the Wheel, where supplicants are a happy lot, if you believe the catechists.  The happiest cities all have a high number of cyclists, John Helliwell, a renowned happiness expert and economist at University of British Columbia, explained to me.

Toronto falling behind pack in averting bicycle collisions, data reveals [Globe & Mail]

While traffic fatalities overall have declined, according to Toronto Police, data acquired by The Globe and Mail show cycling collisions have remained stubbornly consistent for the past decade. The number of reported collisions in 2010 was nearly identical in 2000. Since 1986, only one year has passed without a bicyclist fatality.

[Map from the City of Toronto, via Dandyhorse Magazine]

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Hydro Corridor Multi-Use Trail Construction Update

I mentioned Cyclometer, the City’s cycling newsletter in Monday’s post about the nice maps and photos compiled of biking infrastructure projects started or completed in 2010, and thought I’d highlight another item from the latest issue, namely the construction progress of multi-use trails in Hydro and Rail Corridors in Scarborough and North York.

I’ll paste the text of the Cyclometer item here for you, as they’ve already done a great job of summarizing it:

Substantial progress has been made on all of the Multi-use paths being constructed in the Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor, CN Leaside former rail corridor, and Scarborough Pit Spur former rail corridor.

Cyclists who live near these projects have already begun riding on finished portions as they are completed. These projects are scheduled to be completed in full by spring 2011.

I’m looking forward to trying all of these out… is there one that stands out on your “To Ride” List?

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