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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 31, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Although our fancy BikeFriday graphic says "The Last Friday of Every Month", well, it's just too fun to keep the BikeFriday fun to one day a month. :)

Here's a couple BikePools going tomorrow morning. Feel free to join up at the start or along the way.

Martino's Bloor West 8 AM BikePool
Meet at 8 AM at Bloor W and High Park
(goes east along Bloor W)

Joe's (that's me!) Danforth 8 AM BikePool

Meet at 8 AM at Danforth & Woodbine
(goes west along Danforth)

Also, tomorrow morning sees a Grassroots Bikers Breakfast going at their Annex store at 408 Bloor West. Swing by between 8 - 9:30 AM for yummy and organic coffee, muffins and fruit!

(Cross-posted to I Bike T.O.)

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This is the first of two posts about Biking the Danforth.

I've got a follow-up post in the works ... why Biking the Danforth is good, how it could be better, and why the city should embrace it... but for now, I thought I'd share some photos from the Group Commute from Monday morning - as we met up at Danforth & Woodbine and turned down Yonge.

The Danforth Group Commute - May 28th, 2007

Congregating at Danforth & Woodbine

Congregating at Danforth & Woodbine

Out of the Sunrise

Out of the Sunrise

Pape & Danforth

Pape & Danforth

Taking over the Bikelane AND the Curblane on the Viaduct

Taking over the Bikelane AND the Curblane on the Viaduct

Heading Down Yonge

Heading Down Yonge

(yes, if you're wondering, you can still meet me at Woodbine & Danforth at 8 AM for a nice ride downtown for the rest of this week... )



(Crossposted to I Bike T.O.)

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There's a storm a-brewin' in cycling circles over Adrian Heaps proposed changes to the structure and meeting frequency of the Toronto Cycling Committee.

A good overview of Heaps and his bikeplan philosophy is in the Globe:

Mr. Heaps began his tenure by quietly disbanding the sprawling committee he inherited from Councillor Adam Giambrone, the last fresh face to be reddened by failure to build new bike lanes. The new committee will be smaller and more effective, Mr. Heaps promised, bringing a new approach to the job - and opening no fewer than 30 kilometres of dedicated bike lanes this year.

There are more details and the viewpoint of Martin Koob of on BikeToronto.ca

Councillor Heaps' recommendation reduces the number of citizens at large from 15 to 8 and eliminates all of the organizational representatives and reduces their involvement to being "consulted in the decision making process". There could be an argument that the total number of citizens at large on the main committee could be reduced if that was coupled with other means of increasing public involvement and maintaining strong liaisons with cycling organizations and the other organizations that have been on the TCC.

Personally, I'm reserving my opinion until I know more about the motivation behind the proposed changes. Heaps seems to have good intentions regarding speeding up implementation of the BikePlan, so this may fit into this well, as what was going on for the past 3 years wasn't working.

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posted by Joe on Monday, May 28, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Building on my post from Friday, I'd like to introduce the Danforth BikeWeek BikePool.

The Group Commute this morning was great (photos to come soon), but it only happens once a year...

I'll be meeting up with a nice woman named Rhonnda and her daughter India at 8 AM at Danforth & Woodbine (northwest corner) EVERY DAY THIS WEEK for a nice ride along the Danforth to Yonge.

Everyone is welcome to join us (or meet up with us on the way). I'll have a blue windbreaker on, and Rhonnda & India ride a bike with one of those child-carriers just behind the handlebars.

Drivers are always safer around groups of cyclists, so that's reason enough to join us. :)


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posted by Joe on Monday, May 28, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

A very cool BikeLane Parker contest is happening, courtesy of the nice folks at the BikeJoint:

Go out on the big bike lane game hunt with your cameras and take pictures of cars parked in bike lanes and win prizes! Go to the Bike Joint between 10am and 6pm on May 28th to register. Event runs to June 10th.

Basically, go by the BikeJoint ( 290A Harbord Street at Manning ) sometime today between 10 AM - 6 PM and register... then, over the next two weeks take photos of all those inconsiderate people who park their cars in your bikelane, and you'll win prizes!


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posted by Joe on Monday, May 28, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Grassroots is offering cyclists 10% off all regular priced, in-stock items from Monday May 28 to Sunday June 10. Your bike helmet is your coupon for savings. Bring in your bike helmet and ask for the 10% bike week discount. Ride and save with Grassroots!

Grassroots - Riverdale
372 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4K 1N8
Toll-free: 1-888-633-5833
Telephone: 416-466-2841
Fax: 416-466-2798

Grassroots - Annex
408 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5
Toll-free: 1-888-633-5833
Telephone: 416-944-1993
Fax: 416-944-9180

Grassroots is the winner of the 2006 Bike Friendly “Small Business of the Year” Award!


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Car Crash Sends Two To Hospital

Boy, 11, killed by dump truck in Durham area

Fatal Crashes Around the GTA

Holiday crashes claim three lives

Suspect Turns Himself In Following Fatal Hit-And-Run

Head-On Crash Kills Motorcyclist

Queen & Eastern Shut Down After Car Crash

Rollover On 400 First Major Traffic Incident Of Long Weekend


Related:

CityNews: Accused Street Racers Plead Guilty In Crash That Left Young Girl An Orphan




About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.



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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 24, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

As you may have seen in this morning's BikeFriday post - I'll be riding from Danforth & Woodbine at 8 AM tomorrow morning.

Everyone is welcome to join me. Look for the blue windbreaker on the northwest corner (or, if it's warm, a blue I Bike T.O. shirt. :)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 24, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Wow, May has gone by really fast!

Be sure and join up with one of the BikeFriday BikePools tomorrow morning...

And there's of course the Tooker Ride at 5:30 PM, Critical Mass at 6:30 (Bloor & Spadina), Critical Ass at 10:30 (Bloor & Spadina, with less clothes), and the BikeWeek Movie Night at Yonge & Dundas from 6:30 until 10:00.

7:00-8:30 AM
BikePools!

The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people. Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists.

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor, Eglinton East, Birchmount, McNicoll and Vic Park to Gordon Baker Road)
map / contact David

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
(to Hwy 7 & Warden)
map / contact Andrew

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
(to Mississauga City Centre)
map / contact Vic

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
(via Bloor to downtown)
contact Tino

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown)
contact Joe

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)
map / contact Darren

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)
contact Jo

8:30 AM - Queen & Roncy to UofT

(Ride from Roncey and Garden to Sorauren to Wright to Macdonnel to Lansdowne to College to St. George)
contact Tammy

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Great article on Grist over the weekend, looking at what is needed to make city roads "bike friendly", looking at European cities (who are centuries ahead of the North American counterparts) and cities in the Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver) who are decades in front of Toronto:

Bike friendly means a complete, continuous, interconnected network of named bicycle roads or "tracks," each marked and lit, each governed by traffic signs and signals of its own. It means a parallel network interlaced with the other urban grids: the transit grid on road or rail; the street grid for cars, trucks, and taxis; and the sidewalk grid for pedestrians. It means separation from those grids: to be useful for everyone from eight year olds to eighty year olds, bikeways on large roads must be physically curbed, fenced, or graded away from both traffic and walkers. (On smaller, neighborhood streets, where bikes and cars do mingle, bike friendly means calming traffic with speed humps, circles, and curb bubbles.)

Picture a street more than half of which is reserved for people on foot, bikes, buses, or rail; on which traffic signals and signs, street design, and landscaping all conspire to treat bicycles as the equals of automobiles. This is what bike friendly -- what Bicycle Respect -- looks like.

Oh, and today is a smog day in Toronto. Ironic.

(link via Take the Tooker)

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First Panda Ride (?)

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posted by Joe on Friday, May 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yup, only a week to go before May's BikeFriday ... just in time for BikeWeek!

Don't wait until the city-sponsored Group Commute on Monday, May 28th to ride with others... you can find others going your way on other days too.

Martino (he of the famous BikeLaneDiary) is a great example. Not content with a great idea like BikeFriday happening once a month, he's sent out an open invitation for an 8 AM BikePool from Bloor & High Park EVERY Friday.

The first couple of Martino's weekly rides were lonely, but that's starting to change, as he had a group of five biking this morning from High Park along Bloor, all the way to downtown!

Don't forget, I Bike T.O. has a RideMatching service, where you can list your commute and find others going the same way!

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At least Montreal politicians have the chutzpah to say "if you're going to drive downtown, you're going to pay for it:

The tolls would be accompanied by a major expansion of the city's subway system and a new light-rail tramway network as part of an ambitious new transit strategy.

And they would put Montreal in a place that Mayor David Miller has been reluctant to take Toronto. Miller has shied away from tolls as an answer to his city's budget problems.

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Any anti-congestion toll would be a first in Canada.

The new transit strategy would cost $8 billion over the next two decades, the bulk of which will go toward extending the subway eastward and building surface-rail lines.

The plan also includes a carpooling program, setting up a network of self-serve bicycle rental stands, and creating pedestrian zones downtown.

"The car will still have its place, just not the whole place. And it's from that perspective that we will appeal to profound changes in the mentality, attitudes and behaviours (of motorists)," the [Montreal] mayor told a news conference.

More at the Toronto Star.



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Out Of Control Van Wipes Out Bus Shelter

Oakville woman struck by car dies

Oshawa man dead in Hwy. 401 crash

Accident closes 400 ramp

401 death may have been deliberate

Pregnant Woman Airlifted After Crash

Burlington pupils watch fatal motorcycle crash

6 hurt in crash north of Markham

Friday afternoon accident on Hwy. 401 sends two to hospital


Related:

Asleep At The Wheel: The Dangers Of Driver Fatigue

Drowsy drivers kill hundreds a year, forum hears

Mom driven to spare grief



About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.


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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 17, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Just got this notice of 2 cool Bike2York events in the ol' inbox:

Bike2York Workshop:

What: "Do it Yourself Bicycle Maintenance" workshop.
When: Wednesday May 30th, 11:30 AM - 2 PM
Where: in front/on the north side of HNES (Health, Nursing, and Environmental Studies building, near Pond Rd. and Sentinel).

Celebrate Cycling at York U:

What: complimentary lunch of bagels, coffee & juice from Great Canadian Bagel York Lanes; free tune-ups by a bike mechanic; a bike tour of campus; and a chance to connect with the York University cycling community.
When: Tuesday June 5th, 12-4 PM
Where: York Lanes / Vari Hall (?)

"Bike to York" is an loose organization of cyclists and advocates of sustainable transportation which briefly came together during the winter semester of 2007 at York University.

We exist to extol the benefits of cycling for transportation and leisure: biking increases ones personal health and fitness, is more environmentally sustainable than public transit or personal car transport, and contributes to community (and campus) health overall. It is an affordable and efficient way of getting around, and in terms of speed is comparable to driving or transit.

Bike to York also works with an organization called "Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan" which also promotes bicycle transportation.


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Tonight's ride made it into the Globe and Mail:
"Toronto cycling activists will stage the city's third annual 'Ride of Silence' this evening to commemorate those killed or injured on bikes, and remind drivers that cyclists have rights.

Cyclists are expected to gather for the event, a slow ride in which participants are asked to remain silent, at 6:30 p.m. at Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue. Organizers say four cyclists have died in collisions since the first Toronto ride of silence in 2005."

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mybikelane photo

After just over 2 months, the MyBikelane Toronto site broke through the 100 violations milestone on the weekend with this post.

Toronto's section of the site has quickly jumped into the #2 position, after only New York, where the site originated last September.

I'm not sure if this is because of the dedication of the Toronto cyclists taking photos (great job, by the way!), or if it's due to Toronto drivers illegally parking in bikelanes more often than in other cities.

Whatever it is, it's good to see a good interactive site like MyBikelane being used by Toronto cyclists... there's already 2 vehicles that have been caught parking illegally twice: A Canada Post truck and a CanPar Delivery Truck.


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High Park Patrol

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In just two weeks, right at the start of BikeWeek, on May25th... BikeFriday rolls again.

The BikePools:

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor, Eglinton East, Birchmount, McNicoll and Vic Park to Gordon Baker Road)

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie

(to Hwy 7 & Warden)

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
(to Mississauga City Centre)

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)

(via Bloor to downtown)

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown)

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to the BikeFriday lineup and find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.

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Mel's (Bloor & Borden)

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Teen Suffers Only Minor Injuries After Being Dragged Down 401

Man Rushed To Hospital After Crash (Scroll Down)

Crash rescuers prop up SUV to save woman

Car Plows Into Front Of Drug Store

Six Hurt In Van Crash

Man Taken To Hospital Following SUV Crash (Scroll Down)

East End Crash (Scroll Down)

Woman in Mississauga accident dies

Related:

Mother Of Son Hit By Drunk Driver Wishes "Operation 911" Had Been In Place


About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.


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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 10, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

You may remember our post about the meeting for new bikelanes in Ward 21 (Joe Mihevc's stomping ground) a couple weeks ago...


(map courtesy of biketoronto.ca)

Well, you'll be happy to know that Inside Toronto is reporting that it was well attended and supportive of cycling infrastructure in Ward 21:

"I think it would be fair to say there was strong support for increasing bike networks in our ward," said Mihevc.

The city recently approved $3 million in its 2007 budget for the expansion of the city's bicycle network.

The plan involves not just dedicated bicycles lanes but "sharrows" which are lanes designated for use by cyclists and drivers alike.

"It will be painted with chevrons and bicycle stamps designating to cyclists and drivers that this lane should be shared," said Mihevc. "This has worked well in other cities. It gives motorist a sense they have to share it and cyclists a sense that it is their road too."

The bikelanes and sharrows could be implemented as early as this summer.

Inside Toronto | BikeToronto.ca article

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Yes, the driver in the road rage incident yesterday (the one in which a driver lost his bananas on a cyclist who didn't bike through a yellow light) is a policeman. A suspended policeman.

I'm tempted to give some "props" to the cop for turning himself in... but wonder if he would've if a video camera didn't catch the whole thing? Let's be positive and assume he would have.

Interesting coverage (and subsequent coverage) in the Toronto blogs today too:

Spacing Wire - comments are generally supportive of the cyclist, with some discussing ways to discourage automobile use on smog days.

BlogTO - comments are mixed ... some are saying that the cyclist wanted to throw his bike on the hood of the car (which somehow justifies the behaviour of the driver?)

The cyclist does pick up his bike, but seeing as how it's AFTER the driver has already kicked it, I think the cyclist was just trying to get the bike out of harms way. Add this to the fact that the cyclist was trying to get away from the psycho driver hitting him... well, it doesn't seem like the cyclist is that confrontational.

Now, having made that argument... if a driver kicked or hit your bike with the intention of damaging it... why is intending to damage their car viewed as worse? Because the driver spent more money on their vehicle? That's their mistake.

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From TakeTheTooker:

Let the city know what your vision is for Bloor Street West:
The Bloor Corridor refers to the area along Bloor Street West, between Avenue Road and Christie/Grace Streets.

The City Planning Division is coordinating a Visioning Study for the Bloor Corridor. The purpose of the study is to develop a shared vision for Bloor Street West for the next ten years, through consultation with area stakeholders including residents, businesses and landowners. The study will examine such matters as land use, built form, community services and facilities, transportation, heritage and urban design in developing a vision for the future evolution of the Corridor, as well as recommendations to achieve that vision.
Hmmm... this is a great place for some bikelanes... some wider sidewalks... less cars. :)

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Time: 6:00 -p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Walmer Road Baptist Church, Upper Gym, 188 Lowther Avenue

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Students Accidentally Catch Cyclist Assault On Tape:

"It was supposed to be a class project on public spaces in Toronto. But it turned into an amazing education on the legal system for a group of Grade 12 students Tuesday. Their cameras were rolling when they caught a startling crime on tape - a road rage incident in which a man physically attacks a cyclist."

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BikeToronto.ca is reporting on tonight's Parks and Environment Committee meeting:

  • Expanding the trail system to create a connected parks and trails system can be a relatively quick and simple way to begin work towards the Parks Renaissance;
  • ... Purchasing lands and easements for the creation of trails should be a high acquisition priority for the parks system; Create a plan and process for guiding and monitoring ongoing trail development; and
  • Establish a network of “green streets” that provides landscaped linkages to parks and trails along public rights-of-way.
Although it doesn't state it explicitly the actions stated here mesh with the Toronto's Bike Plan's goal of completing the 1074 km Bikeway Network. One point that could be added to the points above is to integrate the park trails and "green streets" into the on-street Bikeway Network.
View the complete details on BikeToronto.ca

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News from the East York - Riverdale Mirror over the weekend... a proposal by Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 - Toronto Danforth) for bikelanes on Eastern Avenue between Logan and Leslie has been approved:

A proposal to install bike lanes along Eastern Avenue has been approved as part of a cycling network in the city's east end, but the roadway won't be converted anytime soon.

Members of the Toronto and East York Community Council voted Tuesday to place the $20,000 plan on the city's list of approved cycling projects, reports Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth) Councillor Paula Fletcher.

"It's not delayed. It's been approved and it's in the queue," she said in an interview, adding she has requested the city to examine the feasibility of a bike lane on Greenwood Avenue, through to Knox Avenue, and on Leslie Street and Carlaw Avenue.

Hopefully they'll get built this summer. Eastern Avenue is like an expressway, and is not pleasant for cyclists, pedestrians, or homeowners.


(image courtesy of AndrewNovak.com - I think this is Eastern near the DVP, but it doesn't really get any better than this)

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Car Smashes Through Restaurant Door

Police seek witnesses after woman hit by car

Fatal QEW Crash Causes Massive Traffic Tie-Up

Pedestrians Hit By Car



Related:

Kids Lecture Drivers Over School Speed

Anti-Street Racing Initiative Warns Of Danger For Non-Drivers


About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.

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Everybody loves BikeFriday photos, right? :)

Martino's Photos from the Grassroots Bikers' Breakfast:




My Photos from the Grassroots Bikers' Breakfast:




Tammy's Photos from the BikeFriday Breakfast at Parkdale Library:




Martino's Video from Critical Mass:

http://bikelanediary.blogspot.com/2007/04/april-2007-cm.html




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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 03, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Marc Lostracco of Torontoist asks a great question: 9 years after the Coroner's report recommending sideguards for trucks for cyclist and pedestrain safety, why won't Transport Canada set requirements in the Highway Traffic Act that all new trucks be designed with side wheel guards to deflect cyclists in a collision?

In the U.K. and Europe, the deflectors have been mandated by law since the 1980s. According to the City staff report, Transport Canada advised that there is currently "no similar Canadian regulation because the nature of the traffic mix in Canada is different to that in Europe." So? With few bike lanes and so many construction and utility vehicles, Toronto cyclists are at particular risk at a rate of about ten injurious collisions with large trucks annually.

Tons more great info and links at Torontoist.

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The often imitated but never duplicated (thankfully!) Martino is doing BikeFriday every Friday - riding from Bloor & High Park at 8 AM - and he's looking for biking buddies - a cool friday BikePool every week!

Myself, I'll be doing my regular 7:15 AM commute from Coxwell & Gerrard (meet me on the NW corner) - I'll be the guy in the bright blue windbreaker. :)

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Another great post from BikeToronto.ca:

The city is resuming work on McCowan Park Trail construction - a 2 km stretch of paved trail that will eventually form part of a 9.4 km path through Southeast Scarborough on land reserved back in the day for the ill-fated Scarborough Expressway (what the now-gone Eastern Stub of the Gardiner was supposed to link up to) - from around Midland northeast all the way to Morningside. (you can click that map to make it much bigger)

Apparently, there's been some local resident opposition to this, because some in Scarborugh apparently think that bicycles = crime:

Two weeks ago I rode on the path to see whether it had been completed or not and to see what had the residents upset. I imagined the path must run right along their fences to generate this responses. I was surprised at how much room was available in the corridor and how much distance and how many trees there were between the path and the fences of some of the back yards. At Brimley where the trail starts the corridor is at its narrowest you can see the back yards of some of the houses through the trees but the park widens out towards McCowan where the bulk of the area of the park is. There it features a playground and walking paths.

ward 36 Scarborough Southwest: McCowan Park Path Toronto Bike
Here looking east the path heads toward McCowan. The new playground and walking paths and fields are to the left.


As I was riding through the path I thought this will actually increase the safety in this neighborhood. The new path will actually attract the neighbours. Once completed it will be an excellent place for people in the neighbourhood to walk, take their kids to the new play ground, run, rollerblade and bike. It is this kind of traffic that will keep this area safe. It follows with the 'more eyes on the street' philosophy where neighbours look out for each other and can see if something illegal is going on.
I was sooo happy to see this on BikeToronto - if any place needs more bike infrastructure (especially some seperated from car traffic) it's an old borough like Scarborough. Even better, when completed, this corridor will provide a good by-pass to the scary prospect of biking on Kingston Road in Scarborough, currently the only way to get from Pickering to the old city of Toronto close (or, relatively close) to the waterfront, as the waterfront trails don't really connect up.

I'll finish this post with another quote from Martin, the BikeToronto guy. It's really important that this trail is constructed properly and in it's entirety:
If you want to ensure that this trail is constructed and maintains the proper width you can contact Councillor Brian Ashton councillor_ashton@toronto.ca and the Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee Paula Fletcher councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca. It also would be good to copy your message to Councillor Adrian Heaps councillor_heaps@toronto.ca the newly appointed member of Council to the Toronto Cycling Committee.

(All images courtesy of BikeToronto.ca)

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(image courtesy of mintandchocolate on flickr)

Great post over on BikeToronto.ca right now:

Basically, a Dutch-Canadian couple living in the Netherlands is migrating to Canada (specifically Toronto) with the aim of becoming a Canadian distributor of Fietsfabriek Cargo Bikes (also known as "Bakfiets" [pronounced "back-feet"], which loosely translates into "cargo bike"). Cargo Bikes are insanely popular in the Netherlands - apparently almost every family has at least one:
This is an initiative of Anandamayii Czerwinski of the Netherlands and her Canadian partner Michael Lorincz who have been users of these cargo bikes in the Netherlands and now see an opportunity to bring them to Canada... They are moving with their two children and will start the business here from scratch. Once they are here they will start looking for investors or retailers that they can work with. Their plan has the support of the manufacturer of the bikes "Fietsfabriek" www.fietsfabriek.nl.
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To get more information on this initiative you can contact Anandamayii at anandamayii(a)tiscali.nl (replace (a) with @ in you e-mail program) and/or look at the website www.fietsfabriek.nl to see the various models that the manufacturer produces. (A new website www.dutchbikefactory.com is under construction and will hopefully be ready by May.)


Anandamayii is pictured here riding the cargo-bike in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. In it is her daughter Alisha, her son Mishka and his friend Noah. This is the bike she will be riding around Toronto in the month of May. If you see her on the bike she said you are welcome to ask to test drive it.

Way more great information about this is on the BikeToronto post.

More great info about Dutch CargoBikes / Bakfiets:

Bakfiets.nl
A Backfiets Blog
CargoBike distributor in Portland, OR
TreeHugger.com Article
Lots of Photos on Flickr
The Dutch Bicycle Company
Lots of Bakfiets news from BikePortland.org

De Fietsfabiek (manufacturers of CargoBikes coming to Toronto)

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Mike Smith of NOW Magazine, who moderated the NOW Bike Forum a few weeks ago, weighs in with his thoughts from the evening and how cycling will become the priority it needs to be - cyclists making themselves heard:
It almost seemed [City Councillor Adam Giambrone] was dropping a hint: get noisey now. The experience of a participant named Paul who was involved in the successful push for a Dundas East bike lane made the point.

While prior proposals faced stiff opposition, "the difference was community organizing," he said. "There are a lot of people out there with rusty bikes in the basement. If you create a bit of a movement, there's more support." He also pointed out that while Business Improvement Areas have staff to help them organize, cyclists don't.

Egan agreed. "Dundas East was really interesting. The traffic implications were greater than most projects," he said. "If the community is behind it, it makes it easier. Whether staff should lead that, that's a good question."

Darren Stehr, no friend of Giambrone's, actually agreed:
"We've had too many projects stall," Stehr said. "We go to the public and there's opposition. Even a mild outcry and the councillor gets cold feet and pulls back." He confided to the audience that many projects have gone under simply because cyclists haven't organized, while over-cautious merchants and motorists have.
So, we have to get organized and we have to get vocal.

That may mean bringing an organ to bike events to play those anthemic songs they play at hockey and baseball games - like We Will Rock You, or that "Charge!" one... the options are endless...

Now, who has an organ? :)

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WANTED: Secure Bike Parking stories!

The 777 Bay BUG is trying to get secure bike parking installed on our premises, but our landlord is proving difficult to convince.

If you already have secure bike parking in your workplace (e.g. bike cage or racks in a secure area like a parking garage), we want to hear your stories. In particular - How did you get it? What set-up do you use? Is there a charge to users?

We plan to compile any information received and distribute to the BUGle and any BUG who wants it.

E-mail bicycleusergroup@mah.gov.on.ca.

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