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10 Myths About Women and Cycling

10 Myths Women and Cycling Infographic

via Momentum Magazine via The League of American Bicyclists

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Meanwhile in New York, Bikesharing is all the rage

This is what happens when a city, a world class city, truly invests in bikesharing: widescale adoption.  Here in Toronto we’ve had politicians who are scared of the car lobby put in a dinky little Bixi system (1000 bikes) only in the very small downtown area and have refused to invest in it.

Toronto needs vision. Toronto needs investment in bikesharing.

Go here to learn more about CycleToronto’s campaign to get Toronto politicians to invest in and expand Bixi Toronto.

Infographic via MikeBloomberg.com: Citi Bike: A One Month Statistical Report Card.

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StatsCan: Number of cyclists unchanged from 2006 to 2011

I find this VERY hard to believe.  There are WAY more cyclists in Toronto than when I started Biking Toronto in 2006.  It would be interesting to see these stats broken down by province, city, etc.

The latest batch of data from Statistics Canada shows no difference in the percentage of Canadians who rode their bike to work in 2011 and 2006.

That number remains unchanged at 1.3 per cent. That works out to 201,785 cyclists out of more than 15 million commuters.

via Number of cyclists who commute unchanged from 2006 to 2011: Statistics Canada | CityNews.

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The News Cycle for Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Rush hour parking hogs to face $150 fine [The Star]

Motorists should be dinged $150 for parking on busy streets in rush hour, or blocking a bicycle lane any time, city council decided. The city must now seek court approval before it can increase the fine from the current $60 for parking during rush hour — 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Commuter cyclists can help keep recreational Trail Plan on track [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Included as part the Mayor’s Bike Plan , the Trails Plan  aims to improve existing multi-use trails across the city as well as add 100 km of new off-road trails. About 30 km of new off-road multi-use trails are close to completion. These trails were approved in 2009, prior to the current mayor’s election, and are funded as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario (RInC). These trails include the Finch Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside trails (for a full list of RInC projects in Toronto see here ).

Betty & Dash: New bike share at Vic College [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Betty & Dash” sounds more like a Saturday morning cartoon than a bike club, but maybe that’s appropriate. Founders Stephanie Fox and Esther MacKenzie envisioned a non-intimidating group that wouldn’t take itself too seriously, and naming it after their own bikes was just the start.  The club now lends bikes and tools to students, free of charge. 

Why cycling can make you a happier person [Globe & Mail]

I wasn’t riding a bike just to ride a bike. I was doing it to enter the Church of the Wheel, where supplicants are a happy lot, if you believe the catechists.  The happiest cities all have a high number of cyclists, John Helliwell, a renowned happiness expert and economist at University of British Columbia, explained to me.

Toronto falling behind pack in averting bicycle collisions, data reveals [Globe & Mail]

While traffic fatalities overall have declined, according to Toronto Police, data acquired by The Globe and Mail show cycling collisions have remained stubbornly consistent for the past decade. The number of reported collisions in 2010 was nearly identical in 2000. Since 1986, only one year has passed without a bicyclist fatality.

[Map from the City of Toronto, via Dandyhorse Magazine]

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BikingToronto in 2010: The Stats

Those of you who have been reading BikingToronto for a while (over a year) know that I *love* stats and graphs, and I love to wrap-up each year on BikingToronto with a few posts that look at the preceding year.

Here is the first of those posts.  This post is a general overview of the statistics about BikingToronto’s visitors in 2010.

The Overall Numbers

According to Google Analytics, over 155,000 people visited BikingToronto in 2010.

  • This is a 115% increase over our 2009 numbers
  • If you stacked all these people up, using the average height of Canadians (~1.7 metres), they would be as tall as 476 CN Towers, or 263.5 km
  • This represents about 6% of the population of Toronto

Also according to Google, pages on BikingToronto were viewed over 415,000 times

  • This is a 124% increase over our 2009 numbers
  • That means a page was viewed on BikingToronto 1,136 times a day, on average

We had our highest number of visitors on Wed, Dec. 8, 2010 … when we racked up over 6,000 pageviews.  Our most popular post that day was our quick post about the Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt, which by itself was viewed over 3,000 times on that one day.

Different stat programs give different numbers, of course.  We use Google Analytics as our standard because it is widely accepted as pretty accurate.  But, according to one stats program our 2010 numbers may be as high as:

  • 172,000 people visited BikingToronto…
  • Visiting us 577,000 times (3.35 times each)…
  • Viewing 3,000,000+ pages (just over 5 pages each visit)
  • Creating over 11,000,000 “hits” on BikingToronto

How Our Visitors Get Here

Our awesome viewers get here via many different places …. here are the top 10 from 2010:

  1. facebook.com
  2. twitter.com
  3. google.com
  4. reddit.com
  5. google.ca
  6. blogto.com
  7. thestar.com
  8. torontoist.com
  9. toronto.ca
  10. images.google.com

People look for biking information, and a lot of them come to BikingToronto via Google and other search engines.  Here are the top searches that brought people to BikingToronto:

  1. biking toronto
  2. bixi toronto
  3. biking in toronto
  4. duncans city ride
  5. toronto bike lanes
  6. queens park grand prix
  7. biggest bike store toronto
  8. cycling toronto
  9. toronto biking
  10. toronto cycling

Top Blogs in 2010

Did you know that BikingToronto has member blogs?  Be sure and check out all of them (they’re a great way to learn more about other people on the site) and here are the 5 most popular in 2010:

  1. Duncan’s City Ride
  2. Bikeroo in T.O.
  3. Fletcher Five
  4. Michael Holloway
  5. Cyclops

Top Posts in 2010

Being Toronto’s largest and best site about cycling means that people come here when they need to know the news and advice about biking in Toronto.  Here are the 5 blog posts they looked at most in 2010:

Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt

What do you do when Don Cherry gets up at Rob Ford’s investiture as Mayor and proceeds to label anyone on the left of the political spectrum or anyone who rides a bike as a “Pinko”?  Why, you take it in stride and have a laugh… and design t-shirts that proclaim your Pinko-ness (whether you are a pinko or not!)

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 1 of 10

This is the first part of 10 posts about cycling safely with traffic in Toronto.  All 10 posts were extremely popular, but most people started with the first tip (Drivers Don’t Want to Kill You) and worked their way through all 10.

2010 Toronto Cycling Map adds Bike Boxes

An excellent post by Duncan about the first sign of Bike Boxes coming to Toronto streets.  Duncan also writes an excellent blog here on the site – Duncan’s City Ride.

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 4 of 10

Another of our Cycling Secrets series… this one is “Avoid the Stoplight Squeeze” and gives some advice about how to stake out your own turf while waiting at a red light.

Rob Ford releases “Transportation Plan”

Squeaking into the Top 5 is Rob Ford’s Transportation Plan that he released via YouTube (yes, the video is in the post).  His transportation plan can be summed up in 10 words – “Cars good.  Cars go fast.  More cars is more good”.

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