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NEWS: Socknacki and Chow compare cycling plans

Very weird… an entire Toronto Sun article about bikelanes and the columnist doesn’t talk crap about them. (but don’t read the comments. Never read the comments.  Especially in the Sun).

It’s good that both Soknacki and Chow want bikelanes, but it seems that Chow is the only one that realizes that making a bikelane physically separate from car traffic does not have to spend a lot.  There are cheap ways to make safe bikelanes.  See my quick video about the Laurier Ave. bikelane in Ottawa. Flexi-bollards, modular curbs. Easy-peasy and economical.

Soknacki compared his own cycling plan he publicly presented in May to Chow’s, which was announced Friday. Both plans promise to build 200 kilometres of bike lanes in four years, but Soknacki said Chow’s is based on “unrealistic budgeting.”

“She plans to do this by ‘reallocating priorities within the existing budget for bike lanes’ and she would also add up to $1 million a year to the cycling capital budget,” Soknacki said in a statement. “If she plans to achieve the same goals with just over half the money, this can only means she intends to abandon entirely any plan for separated lanes – the kind of bike lanes drivers and cyclists really want.”

More: Socknacki, Chow compare cycling plans | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun.

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NEWS: John Tory is now the Anti-Bike Candidate in the Mayoral Race

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Okay, Rob Ford will always be THE anti-bike candidate, but let’s just hope his support stays at 20% (in related news, 20% of Torontonians are on crack) and we don’t have to deal with him again.

John Tory’s campaign has come out against Olivia Chow’s plan to drastically increase bikelanes in Toronto, creating a Minimum Grid of infrastructure to help Torontonians get around the city by bike, safely.

Tory doesn’t understand that less people driving cars actually eases congestion…. but it’s really not a difficult concept.

A spokeswoman for John Tory, one of Ms. Chow’s main rivals, suggested that drivers cannot be inconvenienced by new bicycle infrastructure.

“John does not support anything that increases commute times for drivers,” Amanda Galbraith said in an e-mail. “John is in favour of building a network of separated bike lanes where it is practical, to ensure cyclists can safely travel throughout our city.”

More: Toronto mayoral race: Chow pledges 200 km of bike lanes – The Globe and Mail.

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NEWS: Olivia Chow has become THE bike-friendly mayoral candidate for Toronto

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Well, Olivia has gone “all in” on bike infrastructure for the mayoral campaign.  She was pretty much the bike-friendliest candidate before, but hadn’t released a cycling policy yet.  I’ll let the below speak for itself, but probably most significant is her adoption of Cycle Toronto’s Minimum Grid campaign to have a grid of separated, protected bikelanes across the entire city.  200km worth!

For those in other cities who read this site, the other good news is that Olivia is currently the front-runner in our mayoral election campaign!

Olivia would ensure better cycling by:

  • Achieving the grid required to make cycling safer and easier, with 200 kilometres of separated or designated bike lanes within four years.
  • Fast-tracking pilot projects for separated bike lanes on downtown streets. Separated lanes are safer for cyclists and less stressful for drivers, but under Ford turning ideas into action has been slow.
  • Improving maintenance of bike lanes, including fixing potholes that cause cyclists to fall off and better snow removal to serve growing numbers of year-round cyclists.
  • Making cycling easier to be part of a daily commute with safe connections and secure bike parking at transit stations.
  • Continuing to press—as she did as an MP—Transport Canada to mandate side-guards on trucks, to prevent cyclists being sucked into wheel wells. Olivia would also move to putting guards on city-owned trucks, at a cost of about $800 a truck.
  • Supporting the Eglinton Connects project in Midtown, which will increase capacity and create a more people- and business-friendly street.

Read More: New Mayor. Better Cycling. – Olivia Chow.

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NEWS: Mayoral candidate proposes banning street parking (to make room for bikelanes)

Finally, some good ideas in this mayoral campaign (I also like Olivia Chow’s “target zero” ideas to eliminate pedestrian deaths). Of course Minnan-Wong, chair of Public Works, responds to this by being all whiney about businesses causing a fuss when they lose parking.  If you did your JOB, Denzil, and showed these businesses the countless studies that show that cyclists spend more than drivers at retail stores, maybe they wouldn’t whine so much?

David Soknacki, the former city budget chief who is running for mayor, wants to remove all parking from main streets in the heart of Toronto to make room for cyclists and help move traffic faster.

“On arterial roads, we ban on-street parking at all times,” Mr. Soknacki said in an interview this week. “That would free up real estate to allow for cycling and better flow of traffic.”

More: Mayoral candidate David Soknacki proposes banning all street parking in the Toronto downtown core | National Post.

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NEWS: Downtown Yonge BIA to offer bike valet service

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Starting this week, cyclists who ride in downtown Toronto can get some VIP treatment.

The Downtown Yonge BIA is introducing a free bike valet service, where guests can drop off their bike, receive a ticket stub, and pick it up when the event is over.

The service will be operated by Cycle Toronto and can store over 200 bikes.

It will be provided June 19-22 for the North by Northeast Festival. It will also be available for World Pride on June 29, and August 21-24 during Scotiabank BuskerFest.

More: Downtown Yonge BIA to offer bike valet service | 680News.

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