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INFRASTRUCTURE: Richmond and Adelaide being prepped for new bikelanes

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Richmond and Adelaide are coming!  I’m gonna make some special trips down there to be able to ride them.

Curb lanes on Richmond and Adelaide have been ground down, in preparation for new asphalt we are putting down for the Cycle Tracks.

via City of Toronto Cycling Facebook Page.

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NEWS: Canada Post “apologizes” after telling cyclist to “go f-k yourself”, and it’s not nearly enough

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A little bit of news in the story from yesterday, about a Canada Post worker parking his mail truck in a bikelane and then telling a cyclist to “go f-k yourself” when she documented it.

Canada Post has apologized to the cyclist and taken “appropriate action” … but I don’t think they really have.  While the behaviour of the mail worker is unacceptable, the larger issue here is his (and all postal workers) disregard for the City bylaw that prohibits them from parking in bikelanes (and driving like maniacs, to draw on some personal anecdotes).

Why isn’t Canada Post committing to implementing policies that direct drivers to do everything possible to find a regular parking spot when stopping their truck?

“The behaviour demonstrated by the employee in the video is completely unacceptable,” he said. “We reached out to the individual who posted the video online to apologize and thank her for bringing the matter to our attention. We were able to quickly identify the employee and take the appropriate action.”

Read More: Cyclist confronts Canada Post worker parked in bike lane – Toronto – CBC News.

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NEWS: Canada Post driver parks in bikelane, tells cyclist recording it to “go f–k yourself!”

This happened earlier this week. You can contact Canada Post using this handy part of their website (online, social media, phone and via mail)

via: I stopped to report this Canada Post truck parked in the bike lane. Recorded the video instead. – YouTube.

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NEWS: Bay Street gets a bikelane! (for one miserable block)

Hey there!  Need to go north or south in the downtown core?  Wanna do it safely?  Want to do it in a bikelane, even a painted one, which atleast carves out some space for you?  Wanna do it somewhere in the 2 km stretch between St. George/Beverly and Sherbourne?

Yeah, well, keep dreaming.

Transportation services recently installed a painted bikelane (actual photo above) on Bay… but just between College and Gerrard.  That’s a full 270 metres of bikelane that cars can now park in.   Why aren’t all bikelanes automatically getting flex-bollards now?  If we have bikelanes to provide safe, car-free spaces for cyclists in Toronto, let’s put at least something in to keep cars out of them.

Now, you may ask yourself… what about north of College?  Well, the City painted some sharrows there (I happened to take some photos of them this morning, below).  Sharrows are great for using up paint, and showing cyclists where drivers *should* be letting them ride, but in actual practice they do almost nothing in terms of making a street safer for cyclists.

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South of Gerrard?  I have no idea… but here’s a thought:  Maybe it would be nice to have an ACTUAL bikelane that goes down Bay to City Hall, where the new $1.2 million BikeStation will be?  There’s no bikelane on Queen (although there should be), so why not Bay?

Oh, auto-centric Toronto planners and transportation services people will tell you that bikelanes will affect car traffic “flow”… and aren’t possible… because we base all of our street planning on the maximum number of cars that use a road during rush hour.

The photos above? Taken at 9:05 am on a Monday morning.  The photo below? Taken at 6:00 pm on a Monday (also today).

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Look at all that space!  This is rush hour!  And all that space in the middle… where there’s just paint and some rarely used left turn lanes?  Just enough space to re-configure the road lines to make a bikelane along each curb.

Bay has SO much potential.  Not using it is wasting it.

 

via: Twitter / TO_Cycling: Bay street bikes – @TO_Transport ….

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EVENT: Sun, July 20 – Cycle Toronto July Social

Via CycleToronto:

Event date:

20 July, 2014 – 16:0019:00

Join us at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 20th at Propeller Roastery for a barbecue and delicious coffee roasted and brewed onsite! This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome! We’ll also be leading a group bike ride from Christie Pits at 3:15pm — details below.

Location:
Propeller Roastery

50 Wade Ave

Toronto, ON

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