The Ministry of Transportation has released a draft cycling strategy [PDF], the first update to its cycling policy goals in 20 years. The proposed new strategy aims to improve cycling education, infrastructure, legislation, and interest—but it has received mixed reviews from the cycling community, and for good reason. Let’s start with some with some [...]
According to data covering Oct. 31, 2011, to July 31, 2012, and analyzed by the Star’s Matthew Cole, more than 4,000 motorists have been hit with the bike lane fine for parking on a street with sharrows. Read the full post: “Map: Parking tickets for bike lane violations” on the Star.
Face, meet palm. The vehicle in the photo was identified as one from the shelter, support, and housing administration division, according to city spokesman Patricia Anderson. She said the vehicles are used by workers providing street outreach to homeless people. “The people who use our vehicles know better than to park them in bike lanes, [...]
It’s finally happening! Can’t wait for new separated bikeways on Queens Quay! Highlights of the new Queens Quay include a pedestrian promenade with a of mosaic of 2.5 million red and grey pieces of Canadian granite, a canopy of more than 200 trees, and improved traffic lanes. Cyclists will also be elated with the addition [...]
Toronto could have its first east-west separated bike lanes within a year if the public works and infrastructure committee accepts a new report calling for a total reworking of the cycling facilities on Wellesley Street and Hoskin Avenue. If adopted and approved by city council later this month, new curved curbs like the ones presently [...]
Oh my god I love this!!! Legum launched Dial-a-Wrench earlier this month. It’s a simple idea: give her a call at 416-825-0358, tweet her, or write on the Dial-a-Wrench Facebook page and she’ll come to you with a complement of tools and fix what ails your bike. Her service area is St. Clair to the [...]
Down at City Hall, they chase gravy trains and fight a war on (or for) the car—and show respect for certain areas of the city by promising their residents underground transit. At some point, it seems that politics in Toronto passed into the realm of almost pure symbolism. This is especially true in the case of [...]
The TTC is unveiling new streetcars, which even include space to store bikes! Intermodal transit for the win! Though we’ve already been introduced to many of the streetcars’ new features, some are worth highlighting again. The most noticeable is just how much bigger the new vehicles are: about twice as long as the ones we’re [...]
Interesting viewpoint from the Toronto Standard on the whole Jarvis thing: People are, of course, entitled to have an emotional response to political issues, and, in many ways, such a response is natural and to be expected. But by allowing emotional responses to dictate the nature of our political discourse, we create a false dichotomy [...]
Great comic from BikeyFace about business perceptions about cyclists. See the full comic (the above panel is only half of it): “Not-Cyclists” on Bikeyface .
What’s most irksome about the Jarvis debacle is the reason behind it. Though we’ve heard a lot of stuff about the new dedicated bike lane (Toronto’s first) now under construction on Sherbourne, the real story is the city’s desire to placate the north-end residents of Moore Park and Rosedale who hated to lose Jarvis’s reversible [...]
We need the fifth lane of parking traffic to keep Toronto moving. To keep Toronto’s economy going and Toronto’s moms with their kids for longer times, rather than stuck in parking traffic. The desperate need for this fifth lane of parking traffic has made us internationally famous. Toronto is on the map, and it’s moving [...]
“As a family and public health physician, I’m very concerned about the safety, the lack of public consultation and the misuse of taxpayer money,” Svoboda explained. “This is the only major North American city that is removing bicycle lanes. There’s going to be a net loss of one bicycle lane this year. And that’s a [...]
A female cyclist and garbage truck collided Tuesday morning at a downtown intersection, leaving the woman with life-threatening injuries. The 38-year-old woman had been cycling westbound on Gerrard St. E., police said. The collision, shortly before 8:45 a.m., happened at Yonge St. around the time the westbound truck turned right, according to police. “Right now [...]
The city is set to embark on a pilot project to keep cyclists safe from a ever-present menace: streetcar tracks. A report going before the public works committee next week recommends testing safety measures at trouble spots where riders frequently get their wheels caught in the tracks. If approved, the pilot project will [...]
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