Bixi Toronto had a demo station set up at the Brickworks yesterday, and mayoral candidate (and possible Rob Ford killer, depending on how anti-Ford sentiment coalesces) George Smitherman decided to stop by, try it out, and sign up. Smitherman has been a little bit all over the map on the bike issue during this campaign. [...]
Today saw mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson release her bicycle transportation policy, dubbed Bike City. Sarah and/or her team has done their homework on this to attract people who love biking… proposing a good chunk of new cycling infrastructure features (ie. bike boxes, bicycle boulevardes, etc) and physically separate bikelanes on University Ave, Richmond Street and [...]
Mayoral candidate (and current frontrunner) Rob Ford has released his “transportation plan” (PDF). The contents of the plan can be summed up as follows: Streetcars are bad. TransitCity should not be built because an efficient wide-ranging Light Rail Transit system costs 1/10 as much as an equivalent subway system… but subway promises get votes. Not [...]
UPDATE: Thomson has announced her Bike City Platform. Click here for details. Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson is set to announce a “Bike City” policy tomorrow, Sept 1st: You are cordially invited to the launch of Mayoral Candidate, Sarah Thomson’s Bike Policy, Bike City. Come an listen to the details of Bike City, a smarter way [...]
Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman has released his transportation plan for the future. Full details are on his website… but here is the bike-related stuff for you: CYCLING—INTEGRATED WITH THE GRID FOR SAFETY Cycling in Toronto is important. Torontonians often choose from day to day whether to walk, drive, take transit or cycle to get [...]
Following up on the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee discussions of a couple weeks ago regarding implementing a BikeSharing system in Toronto as well as improvements to the Bikeway Network, both of these items go before Toronto City Council tomorrow. I think we can all expect many news articles about a so-called “War on the [...]
A little bit of breaking news for you…there were rumours about this floating around yesterday, but I wanted to make sure things were “concrete”, so to speak, before blogging about it for you. Toronto’s plans to emulate the great success of bikesharing systems around the world, by using the Public Bike System company (the same [...]
(Cross-posted to the News discussion group) Globe and Mail: Rossi vows review of transit plan http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/rossi-vows-review-of-transit-plan/article1439298/ Wow… I’m not sure of Rossi’s chances… but who would really think that we need less transit and bikelanes in the city? Elect this guy if you want to see Toronto grind to a halt due to traffic congestion. [...]
Patrick Cain at the Toronto Star loves maps (who doesn’t?). He’s done a couple general commuting maps for the GTA, but has just released one just about Commuter Cyclists, organized by Census Tracts. The map looks pretty much like you’d expect… higher levels of people using bicycles as their primary mode of getting to work [...]
Case Ootes, who has been city councillor for Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth since 1994, has decided to leave city politics. Links: Toronto Star: Case Ootes calls it quits Toronto Sun: Case closed: Ootes retires City Website: Case Ootes BikingToronto: Ward 29 Group Ward 29 Forum: Case Ootes Retires This is pretty significant news, as Ootes has [...]
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