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George Smitherman signs up for Bixi Toronto

0907smithermanBixi 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.  He wants to “pause” the Bike Plan and take a look at how to implement cycling infrastructure “where it makes sense” and has also called for curbs on bikelanes to separate bike and car traffic.

Whatever your opinion on the man or his policies, I give him credit for signing up for Bixi.  We need Bixi in 2011 to make Toronto (at least the downtown part) the sustainable and green city it can be.

Photos of George trying out Bixi from his facebook page:

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

George Smitherman - Bixi Toronto

Have you signed up yet?  It’s $95 (+HST = $107.35) for an entire year!  That gives you unlimited free rides for an entire year (as long as your trip is less than 30 minutes).

There will be 1,000 Bixi bikes sprinkled all over the downtown core (click for map) at 80 Bixi stations… all between Bloor, Jarvis, Lake Ontario and Spadina.  The perfect transportation option for downtown zipping around.

Check out our Bixi Toronto Information Page for more info!

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George Smitherman Releases His Transportation Plan

smithermanToronto 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 where they’re going.

George Smitherman supports Toronto cyclists and will make it easier for Torontonians to choose safe cycling.  His integrated transportation plan for cycling will rethink how we plan, build, take care of and use cycling routes in Toronto.

George Smitherman’s plans to make cycling safer and more efficient include:

  • Time out on construction of new bike lanes on arterial roadways, but move immediately to ensure current cycling routes are safer and better maintained
    • physical separation of bikes and cars: bicycle lanes should be separated from cars with properly curbed lanes, so everyone can travel more safely
  • Moving forward, expedite the expansion of dedicated bike “expressways” though hydro corridors, ravines and other non-roadways by 2015
  • Increase opportunities for children to learn bike safety and rules of the road
  • Better maintenance of bike routes—including year round upkeep, with snow clearance on bike expressways
  • Integration of cycling into Toronto’s planning and transit, by looking at incentives and possible partnerships to build a better bike infrastructure. Toronto should consider better bike parking at TTC stations, shower facilities and other ideas that make it easier for “dual-mode commuting” (riding to a TTC or GO station and hopping on transit).

What do you think of his plans?


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