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NEWS: 4 of 5 Mayoral candidates support bike lanes on University Ave.

This is a Toronto Sun article, so if you decide to click through, don’t read the comments if you want to have any faith in humanity.

Bike lanes on University Ave. could ride into reality if any of the four frontrunners vying to replace Mayor Rob Ford get elected.

But none of them will put bike lanes back on Jarvis St.

The Toronto Sun asked the four main mayoral contenders on Monday whether they would support bike lanes on University — a plan that was scrubbed by council in a tight vote before the 2010 election — and whether they would support bringing bike lanes back to Jarvis.

More:  Mayoral candidates not against bike lanes on University Ave. | Toronto & GTA

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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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City Council Votes “No” to University Avenue Bikelanes

Bad news from City Council today… coming after the good news of BIXI Toronto getting the go-ahead yesterday.

The vote was apparently tied… 13-13.  What happened to the other half of Council??

“City council has voted against putting bike lanes on University Avenue this summer — but one councillor may have accidentally voted the wrong way.

Coun. Paula Fletcher apparently voted against the bike lanes motion by mistake.

The proposal had been recommended to council by the Public Works Committee for a pilot study.

The pilot project would have set up a protected lane for bicyclists, using a temporary barrier that would have been removed in the fall.

Toronto’s cycling community has pushed for bike lanes on University Avenue because it connects to several east- and west-bound roadways, making it easier for cyclists to travel across the city.”

[from CTV Toronto]

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