Instagram user (and beer lover) BeerWithMeTO spotted a very cool public bike maintenance station set up by Steamwhistle Brewery. Free tools and free air. If ever you needed another excuse to drink more Steamwhistle… Photo by beerwithmeto on Instagram.
Citing a lack of “financial sustainability” and “not part of our core business”, the TTC is not going to take over Bixi. I’ll pause here so you can go back and re-read that sentence. … Read it? Good. Not financially sustainable? That’s the entire mantra of the TTC! Hundreds of millions of dollars flow into [...]
What can be done with Bixi Toronto? Just look at New York! In what seemed to happen almost overnight, New York City changed its transportation system as we know it, adding another mode of transportation for citizens and visitors alike to traverse that great city. New York’s bike share system – known as Citi Bike [...]
Both Toronto and Montreal have made progress towards creating a connected network of bike lanes, yet each has taken a different approach. In the 1980s, Montreal became one of the earliest cities in Canada to install segregated on-street cycling infrastructure, whereas Toronto started to install the majority of its on-street painted bike lanes in early [...]
Harbord St. might be getting a shake-up as the city drafts plans for a bi-directional cycling track, coming in 2014. At a consultation at Kensington Gardens last week, planners heard out opinionated cyclists and unveiled plans to construct a route leading around the Queens Park Circle and continuing west to Ossington. Some expressed concerns over whether or not [...]
Great article by The Urban Country on how cyclists didn’t really have any problems on Monday: When the dinner was over I went back to the coffee shop to grab my bike and pedaled to back to my neighbourhood in the rain to meet a friend who was in town just for one night. [...]
This is a good post to share with your friends who don’t bike (yet). We had better gear up for lots of new cyclists on the road this October… the TTC is shutting down the subway for 9 (!) consecutive days to upgrade the signal system. Badly needed upgrades will grind subway service to a [...]
Fabulous article from Dandyhorse on the planning of the Harbord Separated bikelane: In 2011, City Council voted to begin designing and consulting with the public on a separated bike lane on Harbord-Hoskin, as part of a downtown network of separated bike lanes, which will also include Wellesley, the Bloor Viaduct, Sherbourne and Beverley (south of [...]
It would be foolish for Toronto to drain the the tires of its fledgling Bixi program before it really gets going, however. Even if bike sharing has so far failed to live up to the hype of its promoters, the concept remains relatively new and programs are constantly improving. Cities are still testing business models [...]
Great article from the Star about Toronto’s 5 fittest councillors. The best part, unsurprisingly, is that 4 of them stay fit by making cycling a regular part of their lives. I’ve excepted parts of the article below: Karen Stintz – The Runner Stintz also bikes seven km to work twice per week — to make [...]
Great report from BikePortland on a study about how many cyclists are going through red lights. What can be done to address the 6% who still go through red lights? Going through a red light is not only disrespectful to the safety of other road users, but is a breach of the social contract. Red [...]
The Toronto City Council Executive Committee has asked staff to do more research on the feasibility of Toronto taking over the Bixi Program… perhaps with it falling under the Toronto Parking Authority of Toronto Transit Commission umbrella. I have concerns about either of these entities running Bixi… the TPA is very profits-focused, and if Bixi [...]
Great news… it looks like the Pan-Am Path is going ahead… linking various trails across the city together. As an east ender, I also really like the news that the Prince Edward Viaduct’s “Luminous Veil” light installation will FINALLY be installed as part of this. The Pan Am Path is a proposal to connect existing [...]
The Star has a tough article to pigeonhole today – it starts off all “linkbait-ish”, with a title designed to play to the (wrong) self-righteousness of drivers who feel that any transgression by a cyclist is justification for road rage. A cyclist rolls slowly through a stop sign? Let’s yell at/ticket/license them!! Let’s ignore that [...]
Hume doesn’t come out and say it, but we all know what he’s saying. BIKES are the Better Way in Toronto. In our sudden rush to expand the TTC, we’ve overlooked one small thing — the transit system we already have barely functions. Subway delays are a daily occurrence now and one can grow old [...]
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