Archive For The “infrastructure” Category

NEWS: Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton Approved by Public Works

By | April 16, 2014

This is such a great news story.  THIS is what cycling advocacy is all about. Two years ago, a senior City staffer told me that we’d never achieve bike lanes on Eglinton. I reflected on this as I watched the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) unanimously approve the Eglinton Connects Environmental Assessment last week, which includes […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike Share Toronto gets a new app

By | April 16, 2014

Posted about this new app back on Saturday, but I’m glad BlogTO is featuring it too. Bike Share Toronto, the new company that has replaced BIXI, currently lacks its own mobile app to track bike availability and station location. They currently recommend that users try Spotcycle, but there’s a new player on the scene that it might […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: The top 5 bike trails in Toronto

By | April 15, 2014

Cycling trails in Toronto offer sanctuary from both vehicular traffic and the general hustle and bustle of city life. We are a city blessed with ravines, and that is a very good thing if you like to ride your bike off road. While Toronto is also endowed with a healthy number of bike paths, the […]

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EVENT: Apr. 25-27 – Guided Railpath Extension Tours!

By | April 13, 2014

Well this looks awesome. Guided tours of the proposed route of the Railpath Extension! We invite you to explore the proposed route and help shape what will become Toronto’s premiere piece of cycling infrastructure. Join us on a series of guided walking and cycling tours that promise to reveal the landscape of the rail corridor. Guided tours […]

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EVENT: Apr. 25-27 – Guided Railpath Extension Tours!

By | April 13, 2014

Well this looks awesome. Guided tours of the proposed route of the Railpath Extension! We invite you to explore the proposed route and help shape what will become Toronto’s premiere piece of cycling infrastructure. Join us on a series of guided walking and cycling tours that promise to reveal the landscape of the rail corridor. Guided tours […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Do bike lanes slow car traffic? Not if you put them in the right place

By | April 11, 2014

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight is the go-to site if you are a stats geek. Planner Gretchen Johnson and MIT PhD candidate Aaron Johnson munch the stats on bike lanes to answer the question: do bike lanes increase car traffic congestion? It’s an important issue; whenever bike lanes are proposed (or a politician like Toronto’s Rob Ford, who hates them, […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Eglinton LRT plan calls for $150 million in streetscaping

By | April 11, 2014

Residents seldom heap praise on city hall. But there were plenty of kudos this week for the city’s plans to beautify Eglinton Ave. after the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT opens in 2020, including construction of what would be Toronto’s longest bike lanes. Read More: Eglinton LRT plan calls for $150 million in streetscaping | Metro. Previously: Separated […]

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NEWS: Separated Bike Lanes are coming to Eglinton!

By | April 9, 2014

Pardon my galactica, but holy frack, this is amazing.  It’s for stuff like this that I’m proud to be a CycleToronto member, and recommend membership to everyone I know. The City is redesigning the streetscape along Eglinton as part of the Eglinton Connects planning project. Amazingly, the City is recommending full, separated bike lanes for […]

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NEWS: Separated Bike Lanes are coming to Eglinton!

By | April 9, 2014

Pardon my galactica, but holy frack, this is amazing.  It’s for stuff like this that I’m proud to be a CycleToronto member, and recommend membership to everyone I know. The City is redesigning the streetscape along Eglinton as part of the Eglinton Connects planning project. Amazingly, the City is recommending full, separated bike lanes for […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Richmond: Do you want a protected bike lane here?

By | April 9, 2014

Bike Spotting on Richmond: Do you want a protected bike lane here? Photos by Sarah Greene Interviews by Matt Talsma We went down to Richmond street to ask cyclists about their experience biking there. The City has floated a proposal … Continue reading → Read More: Bike Spotting on Richmond: Do you wa Read More: […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Chorley Park Multi-Use Trail work underway

By | April 6, 2014

Work is underway to connect Chorley Park to the Brickworks with a switchback trail into the valley. The 3m trail will improve access to the brickworks for pedestrians and cyclists, and double as a point of exit for those working at the Brickworks in the event of a flood. As part of this project, Transportation […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Instant Protected Bike Lane? Just Add Armadillos

By | April 4, 2014

How do you make an instant protected bike lane? Just add “armadillos”. “Armadillos” – named after the little road kill critter – are recycled plastic dividers that create a protected space for cycling. It’s just a small, gentle bump that reminds motorists to stay out of a protected bike lane. “They’r Read More: Instant Protected […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Instant Protected Bike Lane? Just Add Armadillos

By | April 4, 2014

How do you make an instant protected bike lane? Just add “armadillos”. “Armadillos” – named after the little road kill critter – are recycled plastic dividers that create a protected space for cycling. It’s just a small, gentle bump that reminds motorists to stay out of a protected bike lane. “They’r Read More: Instant Protected […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Harbord Street bike lane upgrades: City announces new plans

By | March 28, 2014

Harbord Street bike lane upgrades are coming Story and photos by Nico Mara-McKay A new design has been proposed for the bike lane on Harbord Street. The bike lane on Harbord is currently intermittent, switching from a full bike lane … Continue reading → Read More: Harbord Street bike lane upgrades: C Read More: Harbord […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Community Engagement & Active Transportation

By | March 24, 2014

TCAT released a new report today titled “Community Engagement & Active Transportation: Two Demonstration Projects in Toronto” describing a year-long project, part of the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, to identify interventions to improve walking and cycling in Toronto. Throughout 2013, T Read More: New TCAT Report: Community Engagement & Active Transportation | Toronto […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Community Engagement & Active Transportation

By | March 24, 2014

TCAT released a new report today titled “Community Engagement & Active Transportation: Two Demonstration Projects in Toronto” describing a year-long project, part of the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, to identify interventions to improve walking and cycling in Toronto. Throughout 2013, T Read More: New TCAT Report: Community Engagement & Active Transportation | Toronto […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto’s melting snow reveals mega mess to clean up

By | March 23, 2014

Ah, the dawn of spring. Marked by chirping birds, emerging tulips, greenery bursting from tree branches, fresh air. Oh — and by puddles galore, those vast urban lakes of murk that can only be traversed via balletic leap. By crusty … Continue Reading Read More: Toronto’s melting snow reveals mega mess Read More: Toronto’s melting […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Can I Take My Bicycle on the TTC?

By | March 21, 2014

Kudos to Scott Kobewka (@CivicImages on twitter), who made a cool website that answers one question quickly and easily. Can I Take My Bicycle on the TTC?.

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OH YEAH: The case for protected bike lanes in one story

By | March 19, 2014

In order to maintain population growth, cities will need to diffuse vehicle traffic, which is a major leverage point for the cycling community: If more and more people are curious about bicycling, now’s the time to seriously consider adding protected lanes and bike shares. It’s a much cheaper — and seemingly more effective — alternative to building more streets […]

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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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TONIGHT: Public Meeting – Richmond and Bathurst Bikelanes

By | March 18, 2014

The City of Toronto is proposing to install two new bike lane connections in the Richmond and Bathurst area: • Richmond Street: A contra-flow bicycle lane west of Bathurst Street, to allow cyclists to legally travel in both directions, while maintaining one-way only for motorists • Bathurst Street: A bicycle lane between Richmond Street and Adelaide Street, to allow […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Big Changes to Harbord/Hoskin Bikelane Plans

By | March 13, 2014

It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response. I personally don’t [...]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Big (Bad?) Changes to Harbord/Hoskin Bikelane Plans

By | March 13, 2014

It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response. I personally don’t [...]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Staff to Study Poplar Plains and St Clair Crossing!

By | March 10, 2014

Victory: Staff to Study Poplar Plains and St Clair Crossing! If you cycle through midtown Toronto, at some point you’ve probably come to the end of Poplar Plains Rd at St Clair Ave. As part of the main north-south bike route in the central part of the City, it was severed by the St Clair [...]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Staff to Study Poplar Plains and St Clair Crossing!

By | March 10, 2014

Victory: Staff to Study Poplar Plains and St Clair Crossing! If you cycle through midtown Toronto, at some point you’ve probably come to the end of Poplar Plains Rd at St Clair Ave. As part of the main north-south bike route in the central part of the City, it was severed by the St Clair [...]

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