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NEWS: Ending the tyranny of the car in Toronto requires political courage

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:38

Are there epic changes on the way in how Torontonians move through our city? Big changes could be coming to the way Toronto lives. A provincial government paper on climate change envisions a massive shift in how people get around. By 2050, says a draft climate change action plan unveiled in this newspaper, only 20 […]

NEWS: A Complete List of Bloor Bike Lane Articles

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:53

After 4 decades (!) of Toronto considering the possibility of bike lanes on Bloor, Toronto City Council overwhelmingly voted (38-3) in favour of a 1 year pilot to collect data and evaluate a 2 km stretch of Bloor with bikelanes. I think a lot of people were surprised at just how lopsided the vote was… […]

OH YEAH! Bloor bike lanes finally get the go ahead in Toronto

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:44

With a vote of 38-3 (!!!), City Council has approved a 1-year pilot of bike lanes on Bloor St! Bike Lanes are finally a reality on Bloor St. After years of campaigns and debate, city council voted 38-3 in favour of a pilot project that will see cycling infrastructure installed between Shaw St. and Avenue […]

OH YEAH! Suburban Etobicoke councillor changes vote on Bloor bike lanes to a ‘yes’

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:16

More proof that politicians who actually take time to understand the issues are, in fact, better politician. “Riding it, you do realize a separate bike lane is infinitely safer than riding with traffic,” Campbell said. The councillor was leaning toward voting against the pilot project before his daughter started texting him, praising the bike lane […]

NEWS: Vision Zero supported but not Bloor bike lanes?

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:21

City Council votes on the Bloor bike lane pilot this morning (it’s scheduled as the first item, at 9:30 – watch it stream on youtube here), and here’s a good piece from Albert Koehl in Dandyhorse about the project at the Public Works Committee last week: If Bloor isn’t safe, why do cyclists continue to […]

VIDEO: What’s it like to ride Bloor Street without bike lanes?

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:04

Metro Morning‘s Matt Galloway decided to document what it was like riding Bloor St. without bikelanes, in advance of the City Council vote about a bike lane pilot: What does it look like to ride a bike down Bloor Street in rush hour without bike lanes? I strapped a GoPro onto my helmet to find out. […]

NEWS: Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not. 

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:19

An excellent piece in Torontoist about why a bike lane pilot designed to collect data about benefits/detriments and overwhelming supported by the community is getting static from politicians: There really should have been little to no debate about this 2.5 kilometre bike lane pilot project running along Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue […]

FACEPALM: Bloor Bike lane pilot a victim of double standard

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:58

What do you do when politicians prevent people from making their city a better, cleaner, and economically attractive place? In Toronto, you can easily shut down an entire (or a part of)  a street for any reason (construction, festivals, corporate events, marathons, or just because) EXCEPT a bike lane pilot. EVEN if the entire community and […]

NEWS: Drivers support Bloor bike lanes

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:30

Newsflash for politicians that car drivers don’t want bike lanes:  THEY DO!  Bike lanes keep cyclists safe, and get bikes into their own lane on the road.  This means bikes aren’t in front of cars, causing stress and worry to drivers. Because of this, bike lanes don’t slow car traffic at all, and in some […]

NEWS: Toronto’s subway stations to maybe get more bike parking

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:38

Planning for 2018.  In TTC terms, that’s light speed, I guess.  I’m incredulous that it’s taken the TTC this long to recognize how people get to transit. There’s hope for better bicycle parking coming to TTC subway stations. The city’s public works and infrastructure committee passed a motion laying ground for collaboration between the TTC […]

NEWS: Is allowing cyclists to ride on sidewalks suitable for Markham?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:34

Suburban Cycling – unsafe on the roads, illegal on sidewalks.  Local government unwilling to spend money on infrastructure that isn’t for cars… Is cycling on sidewalks one of those laws that are meant to be broken? One cycling advocate is confident that’s the best way of encouraging people in Markham to ride bicycles in the city, […]

NEWS: More cycling paths, marketplace, on the way for Thorncliffe Park

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:58

A mini-revitalization project is underway that could bring improved cycling paths and a new marketplace to the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. Students from University of Toronto’s urban planning program have teamed up with area residents and youth to come up with improvement proposals for a community that’s been identified as a “priority neighbourhood.” More: More cycling […]

NEWS: Making biking in Scarborough more appealing

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:32

Scarborough Cycles! Wonderful initiative.  The city making some streets in Scarborough safe for cycling would go a long way in encouraging people to bike: The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of the Clean Air Partnership, recently announced the opening of two community bicycle hubs in Scarborough. The hubs will give residents access to […]

NEWS: Expansion of Waterfront Trail to be announced

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:18

Officials with Waterfront Toronto say they will use the occasion of former City of Toronto mayor David Crombie’s 80th birthday on Tuesday to announce an expansion of the Waterfront Trail. The trail, which passes through Toronto and links communities from Brockville to Niagara-on-the-Lake, is set to be expanded to Grand Bend on Lake Huron. In […]

NEWS: Bloor bike lanes pilot heads to Toronto city council 

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:09

The Public Works Committee was split on whether to approve a pilot of a bike lane on Bloor for the purposes of collecting data about how it benefits the neighbourhood and business, so now it goes to City Council next Monday, May 2nd. For the record, Mayor John Tory says he’s in favour of a […]

BIKE THEFT: What are the worst streets for locking up your bike in Toronto?

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:59

Interesting piece in the Star today about the streets where your bike is more likely to get stolen.  Biking Toronto is quoted, but it’s a really old quote… I gave that quote to the Star years and years ago for another theft story.  They did not contact me about this story. Torontonians may want to think […]

NEWS: Why the Bloor Bike Lane Pilot makes Bloor safer for everyone

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 12:07

The proposed plan for Bloor Street includes a design, known as parking protected bike lanes, that would help avoid this scenario. The planned set-up, moving from left to right, is: live traffic — parking lane — 0.6 metre buffer zone — bike lane — curb. “The parking protected bike lane uses the parked car to protect cyclists from live traffic,” Jared Kolb, […]

NEWS: Bike lanes on Bloor get boost from Toronto councillors, businesses

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:35

Everybody wants bike lanes on Bloor! Brian Burchell, chair of the Bloor Annex BIA, said many businesses are fearful their businesses will suffer but said they along with other partners have commissioned an economic impact study to get more information about how the lanes change customer behaviour and delivery issues. “We think that these cyclists […]

NEWS: Bike lanes on Bloor will prove that bike infrastructure works

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:26

Who wants a Bloor bike lane pilot to measure their impact?  Cyclists, pedestrians, residents, businesses, councillors, even Mayor John Tory.   Let’s let the data tell us what happens. The pilot project to build bike lanes on Bloor Street West this summer is a high-stakes chance to shape the future of cycling in the city, according to Toronto […]

NEWS: Cycling trails expected to be top priority in Toronto bid for federal cash

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:32

Cycling and active transportation projects are expected to be among the city’s first request for federal infrastructure money. Councillors are planning to ask the federal government for funding to extend the West Toronto Railpath and improve the East Don Trail. It’s expected to be the city’s first official request for a slice of the $60 billion in new infrastructure […]