Today in Toronto, while it was pouring rain, biking was again the better way.
Love the TTC? The crammed trains, the bunched up streetcars, the eternity of waiting for a bus when it’s -30? You pay for that “privilege”, and pretty soon it’s going to cost you even more.
If you haven’t thought about it, you should start considering biking everywhere, even in the winter.
Something to contemplate as you wait on the crammed subway platform this evening: the Toronto Transit Commission is looking to raise fares starting January 1. If the hikes are approved by the TTC board and city council, a single adult token would go up five-cents to $2.70 and an adult Metropass would rise to $131. There is also the possibility of a 25-cent increase on the cash fares (which has been frozen at $3 since 2010) or an additional price hike that would bring the price of Metropasses to $133.75.
Streetcar tracks may be a factor in almost a third of all bicycle crashes in Toronto, new research suggests.
Of 276 Toronto cyclists interviewed, 90 reported that streetcar tracks were directly involved in their crashes, says Kay Teschke, a professor in the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health.
About half of those track-related crashes occurred when a bike tire got caught, according to Teschke, while the rest happened when bike tires slipped on the tracks.
Read the full post: “Streetcar tracks blamed for a third of bicycling injuries” on The Star.
The issue of what to do regarding removing or paving over the decommissioned streetcar tracks on Wychwood Ave (following a recent cycling death there) will be discussed at the upcoming Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) meeting this Wednesday September 12th.
A motion requests that City staff explore improvements to both decommissioned streetcar tracks and active tracks. If you’ve gone down in streetcar tracks, or had a near miss, write the PWIC and tell them your story, why things need to change and perhaps a few options. Jared from Cycle Toronto would also love to have some deputants from our ward during the day- if you are free that day, please email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will connect with you.
- Please go to this link to request to speak or submit comments (it’s super simple!): http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/
- Cycle Toronto press release: http://bikeunion.to/news/2012/08/07/cycle-toronto-calls-city-toronto-investigate-streetcar-track-hazards.
- Jared also shared this resource with tips on making a deputation: http://commitment2community.
- If you are writing to email@example.com directly (not via the link provided) please also cc Cycle Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org and include the specific agenda item in the body of the message to PWIC.