Archive For The “politics” Category

Cycle advocates take MP Peggy Nash on a bike tour of Parkdale-High Park

By | December 2, 2013

Great stuff. We need more politicians taking bike tours of the areas they reprsent – hopefully municipal, provincial and federal politicians all at once! With the caveat that local cycling issues are not within the federal representative’s jurisdiction, the pair pointed out safety issues and concerns for cyclists along the way. The pair took Nash [...]

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Cycle advocates take MP Peggy Nash on a bike tour of Parkdale-High Park

By | December 2, 2013

Great stuff. We need more politicians taking bike tours of the areas they reprsent – hopefully municipal, provincial and federal politicians all at once! With the caveat that local cycling issues are not within the federal representative’s jurisdiction, the pair pointed out safety issues and concerns for cyclists along the way. The pair took Nash [...]

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City Council votes to save Bixi Toronto!

By | November 15, 2013

Great bike news came out of the Rob Ford debacle at City Hall yesterday…. not only has Council agreed to sustain Bixi Toronto (possibly running it via the Toronto Parking Authority), but making changes to development bylaws that allow Section 37 funds (the money that condo developers pay the city to exceed height restrictions) to [...]

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City Council votes to save Bixi Toronto!

By | November 15, 2013

Great bike news came out of the Rob Ford debacle at City Hall yesterday…. not only has Council agreed to sustain Bixi Toronto (possibly running it via the Toronto Parking Authority), but making changes to development bylaws that allow Section 37 funds (the money that condo developers pay the city to exceed height restrictions) to [...]

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Truck side guards should be mandatory: Olivia Chow

By | October 13, 2013

The NDP transportation critic has renewed her calls for the federal government to implement a private members bill she introduced in the House of Commons to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada. It follows the deaths of several cyclists who died beneath the wheels of big trucks in Toronto and elsewhere. Cambridge, [...]

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City Council pursuing new safety measures for bike commuters

By | October 12, 2013

This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.  Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here).  Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership. City Council has [...]

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City Council pursuing new safety measures for bike commuters

By | October 12, 2013

This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.  Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here).  Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership. City Council has [...]

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#CycleON: Is Ontario’s cycling strategy all talk?

By | September 18, 2013

It’s a good vision… but without money and commitment, it’s only a vision.  Let’s make it a reality, please? It would be easy to dismiss Ontario’s new cycling strategy with a cynical, “So, what?” This province and its capital, Toronto, are, well, streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document [...]

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Toronto’s 5 fittest city councillors do it by bike

By | July 7, 2013

Great article from the Star about Toronto’s 5 fittest councillors. The best part, unsurprisingly, is that 4 of them stay fit by making cycling a regular part of their lives. I’ve excepted parts of the article below: Karen Stintz – The Runner Stintz also bikes seven km to work twice per week — to make [...]

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Bixi Toronto to be saved by public toilet money?

By | July 3, 2013

Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall: The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a [...]

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Making Toronto World Class: Purchase & Expand BIXI

By | July 1, 2013

While Toronto City Hall has dithered over the future of BIXI Toronto, something amazing has happened south of the border: New York City has launched CitiBike with 6,000 bikes and 400 stations. In its first month alone, CitiBike attracted 50,000 annual members and logged more than 500,000 trips! It’s a testament to what’s possible in [...]

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Karen Stintz ticketed for running stop sign on bike

By | June 28, 2013

Go Karen Stintz!  I love that the Chair of the TTC chooses to bike to work!  As a long-time Leafs fan, I also have newfound respect for  former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive Richard Peddie who said: “Eh — she gets marks from me for riding her bike.” What I like about Karen [...]

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Mayor Rob Ford slams bike station, then floats idea of city hall splash pad

By | May 10, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford opposes adding showers for cyclists commuting to city hall but he wanted to look at installing a splash pad for kids as part of renovations to Nathan Phillips Square.Ford has slammed as a complete waste of money plans to park 380 bikes in the underground parking garage and provide a $130,000 change [...]

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Mayor Rob Ford slams bike station, then floats idea of city hall splash pad

By | May 10, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford opposes adding showers for cyclists commuting to city hall but he wanted to look at installing a splash pad for kids as part of renovations to Nathan Phillips Square.Ford has slammed as a complete waste of money plans to park 380 bikes in the underground parking garage and provide a $130,000 change [...]

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Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

By | April 5, 2013

One Toronto cyclist is trying to get Rob Ford to bike a mile in her shoes. “Mayor Rob Ford has lots of opinions about cycling in Toronto but has he ever ridden our streets?” asks Candice Anderson. The cyclist and blogger has started an online petition encouraging the mayor to give pedal power a try [...]

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Jarvis bike lane latest in City Hall’s symbolic struggles

By | November 18, 2012

Down at City Hall, they chase gravy trains and fight a war on (or for) the car—and show respect for certain areas of the city by promising their residents underground transit. At some point, it seems that politics in Toronto passed into the realm of almost pure symbolism. This is especially true in the case of [...]

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The News Cycle: Coroner’s Report / Bike Helmet Edition

By | June 29, 2012

A couple weeks ago, the Chief Coroner released a report titled “Cycling Death Review: A Review of All Accidental Cycling Deaths in Ontario from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010″ and made recommendations to make our streets safer.  They were, among others: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach in community planning Development of an Ontario Cycling [...]

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The News Cycle: Coroner’s Report / Bike Helmet Edition

By | June 29, 2012

A couple weeks ago, the Chief Coroner released a report titled “Cycling Death Review: A Review of All Accidental Cycling Deaths in Ontario from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010″ and made recommendations to make our streets safer.  They were, among others: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach in community planning Development of an Ontario Cycling [...]

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The News Cycle for Thursday, May 17, 2012

By | May 17, 2012

 Website rates Canadian cities on bike-ability [CBC News] Researchers at UBC and Simon Fraser University have come up with a way to rate how good major Canadian cities are for cycling. Modelled on a site called Walk-Score, researchers tallied up three factors: topography, bike accessibility to shops and the number of bike lanes. The results are [...]

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Leslieville, a Grand Gateway to the green and wild places on the Great Lake Ontario

By | February 25, 2012

Video of a little trek I took from Jones Avenue and Queen via Queen Street to Leslie Street, via Leslie to Lake Shore Boulevard. Some residents of Toronto’s downtown east side neighbourhood known as Leslieville, want the City of Toronto to install cycling infrastructure along Leslie Street when it is redeveloped this year. This video […]

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The News Cycle for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

By | December 1, 2011

From tragedy to disgust: Video of dead cyclist stolen [The Star] Earlier this month, bicyclist Jenna Morrison was struck and killed by a truck while turning right from Sterling Rd. to Dundas St. W.  Now, the family has been rocked by the news that a video camera containing footage of the much-loved yoga instructor dancing [...]

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The News Cycle for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

By | November 13, 2011

The Fixer: Cycling campaign appeals to drivers’ better instincts [The Star] Request to drivers: Please be more accepting of cyclists and consider them fellow travellers, instead of adversaries. That’s the idea behind “I Share the Road,” a campaign begun by cycling advocate and blogger James Schwartz, who hopes to foster a better relationship with drivers. Morrison [...]

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One Step Closer to Separated Bikelanes on Adelaide and Richmond Streets

By | November 7, 2011

Back in June, Rob Ford presented his BikePlan, which essentially was just a re-hashing of some earlier concepts by other politicians and I think, originally, by Dave Meslin, including most signficantly, an idea to put separated bikelanes on Richmond and Adelaide Streets. That plan is one step closer now due to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee [...]

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Pharmacy Bikelane being Erased

By | October 5, 2011

BlogTO has a post today about the removal of the Pharmacy Ave. bikelane.  The Birchmount bikelane is also due to be removed thanks to the backwards-looking decision of Rob Ford’s regime at City Council. Although the vote to kill the Jarvis bike lanes got most of the attention earlier this year, they weren’t the only [...]

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Councillor Josh Matlow to ask for higher bikelane parking fines

By | September 19, 2011

City Council is meeting this coming Wednesday (Sept. 21st) and Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Pauls) has a proposal on the agenda by substantially increasing the fine (to $500) for parking on city arterials or in bikelanes during rush hour periods. I don’t see parking enforcement officers ticketing bikelane parkers much (but do, on [...]

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