Archive For The “advocacy” Category

INFRASTRUCTURE: Planning bikelanes with little thought about safe biking routes?

By | March 19, 2014

The fine folks in the Cycle Toronto Ward18 Group have written an open letter to Dan Egan, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure at the City.  New contra-flow bikelanes are planned in the west end, but have seemingly been planned with little thought about the safety of the overall route… specifically crossing Dufferin: Mr. Daniel Egan, Manager […]

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GET INVOLVED: Volunteer with Cycle Toronto

By | March 17, 2014

Cycle Toronto’s next volunteer orientation will take place on Sat Mar 22, 1-4pm! Register by tomorrow (Tues, Mar. 18) to get in. We’re not going to making biking in Toronto better by complaining on the internet… get involved! Please send a half-page application with the subject line “Volunteer application” to siva.v@cycleto.ca by Tues, Mar 18 for our Sat, […]

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NEWS: Ward 30 Bikes March Newsletter

By | March 16, 2014

Ward 30 Bikes holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 9 pm at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, 955 Queen Street East. Come out and discuss upcoming issues in the neighbourhood, including: Working on ongoing improvements to cycling infrastructure, such as the Felstead Ave cut-through, and making ramp connections to […]

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GET INVOLVED: Help Cycle Toronto with a Social Media Member Drive

By | March 10, 2014

via CycleToronto We need your help! This month, we’re running March Membership Magic. Everyone who joins Cycle Toronto or renews their membership this month gets entered into a draw for a bike from Giant Toronto.  To get the word out about the promo, I’m looking to get one tweet or Facebook post (or both!) every half [...]

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GET INVOLVED: Help Cycle Toronto with a Social Media Member Drive

By | March 10, 2014

via CycleToronto We need your help! This month, we’re running March Membership Magic. Everyone who joins Cycle Toronto or renews their membership this month gets entered into a draw for a bike from Giant Toronto.  To get the word out about the promo, I’m looking to get one tweet or Facebook post (or both!) every half [...]

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Write the Public Works Committee about electric scooters in bike lanes.

By | January 7, 2014

CycleToronto has a great rundown of what the city’s proposal to allow “e-bikes” in bikelanes will mean for Toronto’s cyclists.  Be sure and click through and send an email to the Public Works Committee about why this is a misguided proposal. This Thursday, members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee will consider a set of [...]

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Write the Public Works Committee about electric scooters in bike lanes.

By | January 7, 2014

CycleToronto has a great rundown of what the city’s proposal to allow “e-bikes” in bikelanes will mean for Toronto’s cyclists.  Be sure and click through and send an email to the Public Works Committee about why this is a misguided proposal. This Thursday, members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee will consider a set of [...]

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D.C. Program to help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment

By | December 10, 2013

This is fantastic and needed EVERYWHERE.  Can we bring something like this to Toronto?  I’ll help. Recently, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association partnered with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) in the District to give cyclists a safe place to vent and discuss harassment prevention and empowerment strategies, said Nelle Pierson, WABA’s coordinator of outreach [...]

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D.C. Program to help female cyclists, others learn how to handle street harassment

By | December 10, 2013

This is fantastic and needed EVERYWHERE.  Can we bring something like this to Toronto?  I’ll help. Recently, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association partnered with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) in the District to give cyclists a safe place to vent and discuss harassment prevention and empowerment strategies, said Nelle Pierson, WABA’s coordinator of outreach [...]

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How To Hold Drivers Accountable

By | October 30, 2013

A fantastic article about two very different philosophies when someone is is killed on a bicycle. The driver who hit Burgess Hu never saw him. She was making a right turn, and the police assume she was looking left. In other words, she wasn’t looking where she was going. As he biked into the driveway [...]

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Cycle Toronto responds to the Rosie DiManno “Cyclists Should Be Shot” Article

By | October 15, 2013

Good on Cycle Toronto.  Read their response to Rosie DiManno’s “Cyclsts Should Be Shot” article (and probably the Star’s Public Editor Response calling it “a joke”) Cycle Toronto believes that road safety is a serious issue and one that must be discussed in a mature and respectful manner. We advocate for safer streets so that [...]

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Cycle Toronto responds to the Rosie DiManno “Cyclists Should Be Shot” Article

By | October 15, 2013

Good on Cycle Toronto.  Read their response to Rosie DiManno’s “Cyclsts Should Be Shot” article (and probably the Star’s Public Editor Response calling it “a joke”) Cycle Toronto believes that road safety is a serious issue and one that must be discussed in a mature and respectful manner. We advocate for safer streets so that [...]

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10 Myths About Women and Cycling

By | October 2, 2013

via Momentum Magazine via The League of American Bicyclists

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Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People

By | June 6, 2013

  This is fantastic. Do yourself a favour and read how urban cyclists are lazy over at the Urban Country. Here in Canada, as in the United States, people tend to generally view bicycles primarily for recreation or sport. Thus, when someone asks me how I arrived somewhere and I tell them I rode my [...]

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Ontario Gov’t likes, but stalls on 1 metre rule

By | May 29, 2013

Toronto cycling activists were disappointed Tuesday when the city’s executive committee decided to wait for the province before weighing in on a new rule that would require motorists to leave a metre of space between their car and a bike when passing. A day later, there was better news but no commitment from Ontario Transportation [...]

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Cyclists advocate new Greenbelt bike route

By | May 28, 2013

Ajax Mayor Steve Parish has explored the world in destinations as far-flung as New Zealand — on his bike. He’s convinced the Toronto region could be one of the world’s great destinations in the growing cycling tourism industry. Parish was part of a team at the Ontario Bike SummitTuesday touting a new 600-kilometre Ontario Greenbelt cycling [...]

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Cyclists advocate new Greenbelt bike route

By | May 28, 2013

Ajax Mayor Steve Parish has explored the world in destinations as far-flung as New Zealand — on his bike. He’s convinced the Toronto region could be one of the world’s great destinations in the growing cycling tourism industry. Parish was part of a team at the Ontario Bike SummitTuesday touting a new 600-kilometre Ontario Greenbelt cycling [...]

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Ontario Bike Summit: Changing the Conversation

By | May 24, 2013

Eleanor McMahon thinks it’s time to change the conversation around cycling in Ontario. McMahon is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, who will be hosting the fifth annual Ontario Bike Summit this week in Toronto. She says that we need to stop talking about things like bike lanes and other bicycle infrastructure as a zero [...]

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Women Lead the Way For Cycling

By | May 21, 2013

According to “The American Bicyclist Study: On the Road to 2020,” released in 2012 and conducted by the Gluskin Townley Group, the women of Generation Y represent an important change to who is buying and riding bicycles. To us, this is a clear indication that it’s high time for the bicycle industry to embrace the [...]

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‘i share the road’ Campaign, One Year Later

By | November 7, 2012

Great post about the 1 year anniversary of these stickers from The Urban Country: Just over a year ago, we officially launched our ‘i share the road’ sticker campaign. The idea first hatched when a friend of mine expressed his interest in showing his support for bicyclists by placing a sticker on his car. I [...]

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Sign and Share the Beltline Petition

By | October 24, 2012

As you may be aware, the City is in the planning stages of a project to improve the Beltline Trail. We have launched an online petition at cycleto.ca/beltline.  If you haven’t yet signed our paper petition, please sign the online petition now.  And pass the word along to your neighbours! Let’s make a strong statement to the City [...]

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Join/Renew with Cycle Toronto, Win a Bike!

By | September 26, 2012

  Cycle Toronto has started their second Refer-A-Rider campaign (it runs to Oct 31) and I’m going  to try and win the campaign to win the great Bobbin Daytripper bike from Curbside Cycle that is first prize. (or, if I place 2nd or 3rd – competition is fierce, after all – it will be a Bobbin Birdie) If I win the Bobbin Bike, it is [...]

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Make Your Voice Heard about Cycling with Streetcar Tracks

By | September 10, 2012

Via CycleToronto: 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 [...]

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Riding 1,700 km for Kindness

By | June 18, 2012

In a couple of weeks, a friend of BikingToronto is embarking on a 1,700 km bicycle trip with his son. Instead of raising monetary funds for a cause, Todd and his son are riding to raise kindness.   They are encouraging people to do kind things for one another with the goal of collecting 500 [...]

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Photos from the 2012 Ride for Jarvis

By | June 13, 2012

Earlier tonight I took part in the Ride for Jarvis, organized by Cycle Toronto. It was smaller than last year, but there was still several hundred people there.  Here are some of the better photos I took with my phone (which doesn’t handle deep shadows well):   Gathering at Allan Gardens:   The Ride!   [...]

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