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#CycleON: Is Ontario’s cycling strategy all talk?

It’s a good vision… but without money and commitment, it’s only a vision.  Let’s make it a reality, please? It would be easy to dismiss Ontario’s new cycling strategy with a cynical, “So, what?” This province and its capital, Toronto, are, well, streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document […]


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Toronto’s 5 fittest city councillors do it by bike

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 […]


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Bixi Toronto to be saved by public toilet money?

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Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall: The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a […]


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Making Toronto World Class: Purchase & Expand BIXI

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While Toronto City Hall has dithered over the future of BIXI Toronto, something amazing has happened south of the border: New York City has launched CitiBike with 6,000 bikes and 400 stations. In its first month alone, CitiBike attracted 50,000 annual members and logged more than 500,000 trips! It’s a testament to what’s possible in […]


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Karen Stintz ticketed for running stop sign on bike

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Go Karen Stintz!  I love that the Chair of the TTC chooses to bike to work!  As a long-time Leafs fan, I also have newfound respect for  former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive Richard Peddie who said: “Eh — she gets marks from me for riding her bike.” What I like about Karen […]


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Mayor Rob Ford slams bike station, then floats idea of city hall splash pad

Mayor Rob Ford opposes adding showers for cyclists commuting to city hall but he wanted to look at installing a splash pad for kids as part of renovations to Nathan Phillips Square.Ford has slammed as a complete waste of money plans to park 380 bikes in the underground parking garage and provide a $130,000 change […]


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Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

One Toronto cyclist is trying to get Rob Ford to bike a mile in her shoes. “Mayor Rob Ford has lots of opinions about cycling in Toronto but has he ever ridden our streets?” asks Candice Anderson. The cyclist and blogger has started an online petition encouraging the mayor to give pedal power a try […]


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Jarvis bike lane latest in City Hall’s symbolic struggles

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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 […]


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The News Cycle: Coroner’s Report / Bike Helmet Edition

The News Cycle: Coroner’s Report / Bike Helmet Edition

A couple weeks ago, the Chief Coroner released a report titled “Cycling Death Review: A Review of All Accidental Cycling Deaths in Ontario from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010″ and made recommendations to make our streets safer.  They were, among others: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach in community planning Development of an Ontario Cycling […]


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The News Cycle for Thursday, May 17, 2012

June is Bike Month across Canada

 Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability [CBC News] Researchers at UBC and Simon Fraser University have come up with a way to rate how good major Canadian cities are for cycling. Modelled on a site called Walk-Score, researchers tallied up three factors: topography, bike accessibility to shops and the number of bike lanes. The results are […]


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