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3 killed in 401 rollover

Two back-seat passengers in the 1992 BMW 325 died at the scene after being ejected from the car as it rolled over on the westbound collector lanes between Dufferin and Keele Sts. around 1 a.m.

Driver hospitalized after multiple accidents

A 57-year-old man has been hospitalized in serious condition after being involved in several vehicle collisions in the city’s north end last night.

Speed May Be A Factor In Another Fatal Crash

A car police believe was speeding rolled over Wednesday morning on Highway 401, ejecting and killing two people and leaving two others in critical condition in hospital.

Driver Hits Vehicles (scroll down)

The driver was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, but the reason for the mishap isn't clear. Police are looking into whether he had a medical condition or if alcohol played a factor. It doesn't appear anyone else was injured.

Speeding BMW rolls 30 metres, killing 2

There was "virtually nothing left" of a BMW after it rolled for 30 metres on Highway 401 in Toronto early Wednesday, killing two people and critically injuring two others, a police officer said.

Man struck by police car

Yonge St. south of Eglinton Ave. was closed Monday morning after a 25-year-old man was struck by a Toronto Police cruiser. In a separate incident, traffic investigators are reconstructing a pedestrian accident on Queen and Givins Sts., near Ossington Ave

Keswick man dies in motorcycle crash

Whitby OPP said Richard Fore was traveling west on Highway 7A when he passed two other westbound vehicles and struck the truck, which was crossing the highway to a private driveway at the time.

Two Pedestrians Hurt In Separate Collisions

Officials say summer is a time for increased pedestrian danger, since there are more people on the roads and vehicles tend to go faster.

Serious accident closes one lane of Hwy. 401 at Colborne

At approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning a single vehicle accident occurred on the eastbound 401 at Colborne. A single male driver of a car was airlifted to a Toronto hospital with life-threatening injuries.

3 hurt in 401 crash

The crash occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer rear-ended three other vehicles as traffic in the eastbound lanes slowed because of a collision further ahead, said Ontario Provincial Police. Eleven victims were taken to hospital including the thre

Crash closes eastbound 401 lane near Allen

The single-vehicle collision happened when the motorcyclist was travelling in the westbound lanes, struck the guardrail and was thrown into the eastbound lanes of the highway, he said.

Serious Crash Shuts 401 Near Dixon

A serious crash has shut down the eastbound lanes of the 401 in the west end. All express lanes are closed at Dixon over to the 409 after a tractor trailer and car collided around 7:30am Saturday. At least one person has been rushed to hospital.

Morning crashes clog the highways

There was a five-vehicle smash-up at 7:25 a.m. that blocked the left lane at Mississauga Rd. Moments later, two cars crashed near Mississauga Rd and the Credit River bridge. No one was injured. Just before 7:45 a.m., another three vehicles were involved...

Motorcycle Crash / Six-Car Pileup

A motorcyclist is in serious condition Sunday night after his bike crashed into the guardrail on the westbound 401 at Avenue Road. He ended up in the eastbound lanes. Traffic was backed up for some time, but has since been cleared.

Crashes plague Toronto highways

A week of carnage on roads in and around the GTA continued yesterday with several more crashes that left at least one man dead, injured 16 others and stranded thousands more in their cars in bumper-to-bumper gridlock

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The O.P.P. say a car appeared to lose control, crashing into the guard rail and rolling over several times before coming to a stop on the eastbound express lanes. Two elderly victims were rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result.

Crash cripples Hwy. 401

A section of the eastbound Hwy. 401 was shut down for a couple of hours after an elderly couple were seriously hurt when their car rolled. Hundreds of cars and trucks were stalled on the express lanes from Victoria Park Ave.

Cyclist hit by pickup truck

A teenage cyclist taken to hospital with minor injuries is facing charges, as is the driver of a truck with which he collided last night. Riding up the wrong side of Front Street around 10:10 p.m. with no lights on his bicycle, the young man smashed into

Tractor-trailer crashes into highway construction site

A woman in her early 30s was arrested for impaired driving after flipping a big rig on the 401 near Keele on Thursday at around 8pm. The five-tonne vehicle rolled over onto an MTO pickup truck and another maintenance vehicle.


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TheStar.com - News - Seize cars at 50 km/h over limit: Fantino

Any Ontario driver going 50 kilometres over the speed limit should be considered a street racer and have his or her car seized by police, OPP commissioner Julian Fantino said yesterday.

Seven deaths in 19 days - where is the outrage? | The Record.com

Why is there so little regard paid by motorists to the cyclists on Canada's roads? Margaret Kirk would like to know. Her husband, John Taylor, was one of seven Ontario cyclists killed in a 19-day period this spring.




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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Tomorrow is the 11th monthly BikeFriday... we've been doing it every last Friday of the month since August 2006... and now it's starting to pick up.

We've got BikePools / GroupCommutes all over the city, and even the City of Mississauga is getting in on the fun!

If you haven't been to the BikeFriday site lately, check it out. I've recently added maps of all the Commutes to the page - like my 8 AM one from Woodbine & Danforth below:



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Treehugger clued me into an interesting article in the Star about electric bike users getting harrassed by the police and "regular" cyclists:

Electric bikes were legalized in Ontario last fall. But only now that snow is a distant memory are they appearing suddenly on the bike paths and streets around the city. And they are taking everyone by surprise – even police.

I have to admit that I get pretty pissed when I see motorcycles and scooters using a bikelane... but if an electric bike looks like a scooter (which some do)... should they be in the bikelane or what?

TreeHugger has a poll going on if electric bikes and scooters should be allowed in bike lanes, if you want to add your 2 cents.

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

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Safe Cycling - Share The Responsibility', Campaign Update, 4,841 Tickets Issued (PDF file)

Motorist to Cyclist ticket ratio? 2:1

Torontoist: Vaya Con Dios, Piñata Car

Anyone up for beating the sh** out of a car on Wednesday night?

Pedal pushers back in style [BikeFriday!]

When a large group of cyclists wend their way from Riverwood to City Hall this Friday in an historic ride, Smart Commute Mississauga’s Glenn Gumulka says they will be showing that riding a bike is a realistic way to get to work.

Critical Mass This Friday at Bloor & Spadina Meet 6/Ride 6:30 PM

Here's a glossary to clue you in. Now, when you wish to pass the word on, or reinforce the idea, you can join in and yell too—it's rolling democracy!

Bicycle Forest Toronto Location?

This weekend, I checked out some empty shop space in Toronto. The space is located between the Beaches and Leslieville, just a couple of blocks from the lake.


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Streetsblog » Rediscovering the Romance of the Bicycle in Paris

On July 15th, Paris will introduce a citywide system of public bike rentals called Vélib, intended to give pedal power to the people

Streetsblog » Permanent Congestion Pricing Gets Green Light in Sweden

The toll was operated on a trial basis last year and exceeded expectations of a 10 to 15 percent reduction of cars entering and leaving the capital, registering instead an average fall of between 20 and 25 percent.

Commute by Bike: It starts with us

The future of the American commute includes a lot less cars and a lot more bikes, however it takes a lot of work and resolve to make that happen and it has to start somewhere. So it starts with you and me.

Streetsblog » Free Bike Helmets for Delivery Workers Today

In anticipation of two new laws that take effect in July, DOT is handing out free helmets to commercial cyclists. One law requires businesses to provide helmets to employees who use bicycles as part of their work, and to make sure their workers wear them.

The Slowmotion Revolution: Bogata Traffic Taming

Enrique Peñalosa promoted a city model giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private car use, building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bike paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks.

Cycle-Licious: Lindsay Lohan's tricycle

Apparently, bicycle and tricycle riding are part of her drug rehabilitation. We agree that exercise and sunshine are good for your mental health and well-being!

BikePortland.org » Master Plan intro sheds light on potential, challenges

The Office of Transportation has published the first bit of their Bicycle Master Plan online. It’s a draft of an introduction to the Existing Conditions Report and it sheds light on how the city sees Portland’s cycling future.

TheWashCycle: Bicycle commuters still uncommon

The U.S. Census reports that in 2005 0.4 percent of commuters used bikes, just as they did in 1990 and 2000.


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BikePortland.org » Is "Idaho-style" stop sign law the way to go?

Since 1982 Idaho has had a law in the books that allows cyclists to treat stop-signs as yields. In 2005 lawmakers went one step further and passed legislation that said stop-lights can be treated like stop-signs.

Treadly and Me » Bike path congestion: it's here

According to a report in today’s Herald Sun, bike commuting is booming to the point that Bicycle Victoria was now hearing complaints about congestion on cycling routes

BikePortland.org » Vehicular homicide bill introduced in Salem

The bill would create the crime of vehicular homicide and make it punishable by a maximum of five years improsinment and/or a fine of up to $125,000.

The Green Life: Car-Free Convert

When Chris Balish put his SUV up for sale, he wasn't trying to change his life. He just wanted to save money on gas.

Spacing Wire » In Budapest, the President rides in Critical Mass

Some 50,000 Hungarians, 20,000 more than last year (and including President László Sólyom for the second time) participated in the Critical Mass bicycle protest ride on Earth Day 2007, Sunday, Apr 22, to promote cycling as a healthy, fast, cheap and en

Streetsblog » Londoners Take to the Streets — on Cycles

Via the blog of Stuart Hughes, a BBC journalist who lost part of his leg in Iraq while on assignment in 2003 and who is an avid cyclist, come a few interesting links regarding cycling in London. First, a BBC story on the skyrocketing popularity of biking.

Spinopsys » Sydney's Bike bus

Recently, the ABC’s excellent Catalyst science show featured a full evening of programming on energy, environment and solutions, including a People Power segment on Sydney’s bike bus initiative .




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bikeToronto: Building CN Leaside Spur trail could connect north and south Don Trail

The good news is that the local Councillor, Cliff Jenkins - Ward 25 Don Valley West is in support of the project, according to staff in his office, and has been trying to get the project moving forward.

bikeToronto: Kingsway Queensway intersection redesign proposal could benefit cyclists

This meeting would be a good opportunity to review the plans and see what improvements for cyclists there are and what improvements to the designs can be made to make the project truly cyclist friendly.

The Environmentally Concerned Individual: That guerrilla rides a bicycle!

The city is currently deciding which parts of their climate change plan they want to implement, so if you're concerned about this issue, NOW would be a good time to send a letter. As for the OURS's guerrilla bike lanes, their influence is starting to spread beyond city borders. They were featured on the New York Streetsblog. More impressively, the OURS has led to other guerrilla cycling groups starting up in Russia, Portugal and Los Angelos.

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Bill To Protect Cyclists From Careless Drivers Passes | Planetizen

The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill that will increase penalties to drivers who carelessly injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, and other "vulnerable" road users. Convicted offenders could face a one-year license suspension.

Streetsblog » Q&A With Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan

How was your trip to Copenhagen to meet with Jan Gehl? Had you ever been before? JSK: Never been. SB: What did you think? JSK: I thought it was spectacular. The experience of riding a bicycle in a city in which the car is not the priority was really inspiring...

BikePortland.org » PDX Airport will get new multi-use path

With ample and secure bike parking, a dedicated bike path directly to the terminal, and with a staff that responds to bicycle concerns, Portland International Airport is known as the most bike-friendly airport in the U.S..

Streetsblog » Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff: Bike Commuter

"It's the most environmentally friendly way of commuting other than walking," Mr. Doctoroff says. "It contributes to our efforts to reduce air pollution and global warming."

Streetsblog » StreetFilms: A London Driver Discusses Congestion Pricing

In this StreetFilm by Nick Whitaker, level-headed London motorist Barny Crocker talks about how congestion charging has effected London traffic and his own driving habits: "There was massive resistance to the congestion charge when it was first brought in...

TheWashCycle: Amsterdam Central

We, and I mean I, often talk about how great Amsterdam is for cycling...and it is, but as this article in the Post show, that brings it's own set of problems.

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Cyclist safety campaign now on

Traffic safety remains a top priority for the Toronto Police Service, and one of our traffic safety goals is to increase the focus on cycling safety. The police hope to do this by heightening public awareness of the need to share the roadways with cyclist

TheStar.com - News - We're happy to report on a barrel of fixes

On May 18, we told you about a series of bicycle rings, which cyclists use to lock up their bikes, on the east side of Bay St., south of Wellesley St., that had worked their way loose from the holes in which they were anchored.

Streetsblog » Toronto Cycling Activists Build Their Own Bike Network

Fed up with city government, which is two years behind schedule implementing a 1,000 kilometer bicycle network, Toronto's Other Urban Repair Squad have begun striping their own bike lanes -- in hot pink. The Toronto Star reports (via ibiketoronto):

Cycle of safety; There's discord over bike lanes. Are they really a road hazard?

"I think we truly need our own space for safe biking," he said. Viereck first saw bike lanes in Berlin, Germany, and recognized the benefit of having a special space for bicycle traffic. "I think it's a great idea and I would like to see it here," he s

Bicycle, van collide head on

A 14-year-old girl remains in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the bicycle she was riding and a van collided head on in Warsaw yesterday morning, Peterborough County OPP said.


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Great news out of the city just west of Toronto!

The City of Mississauga and Smart Commute Mississauga is embracing the last Friday of every month as BikeFriday - with the inaugural ride (and breakfast!) scheduled for this Friday, June 29th!

All the details can be found on the Smart Commute site as well, but here they are:

The last Friday of each month is Bike Friday in Mississauga.

Smart Commute Mississauga is encouraging all cyclists to participate in the Bike Friday campaign by riding to work on the last Friday of each month. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

Inaugural Ride & Pancake Breakfast

Councilors Parrish and Mullin along with the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and Smart Commute Mississauga invite you to the inaugural Bike Friday ride and pancake breakfast on Friday June 29th.

Ride Details

Cyclists will meet at the Barn in Riverwood Park (1447 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.) for a reception from 7:00am to 7:30am. Cyclists will be given a registration patch and entered for random draw prizes.

Enter Riverwood Park from the north side of Burnhamthorpe Road. The park is located on the eastern bank of the Credit River. Proceed to the top of the hill and follow the signs to the Barn.

At 7:45am cyclists will leave for City Hall where they will be greeted with a pancake breakfast. Councilor Parrish will be serving pancakes for all cyclists.

The Route - Approximately 4.5 km.

Click here for a route map

From Riverwood west along Burnhamthorpe trail to Creditview Rd.
North on Creditview to Rathburn Rd.
East on Rathburn to Duke of York
South on Duke of York to City Hall


Organized Rides:

Lots posted on the Smart Commute Site!


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You've probably noticed...

I went and switched the site over to the bikingtoronto.com domain today.

If you've bookmarked any of the pages, the URLs are exactly the same, only you have to replace bikingtoronto.blogspot.com with bikingtoronto.com... all the rest of the URLs stay the same, as far as I know.

I've got to fiddle with the RSS feeds a bit, but if you notice any technical glitches, please let me know in the comments or at joe@bikingtoronto.com. Thanks!

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Really bad week this week. The thing that is starting to really sicken me about these news stories is that a lot of them focus more on the inconvenience of the road closures than the loss of life.





CityNews: StreetBeat - June 21 - Bakery Truck Collides With Taxi

Fortunately no one was injured after a taxi carrying a pregnant woman collided with a bakery truck Thursday morning. One of the taxi passengers was trapped inside the crushed vehicle for almost an hour following the 2:30am crash on Church St. near Richmond St. East.

CityNews: Man Killed While Changing Tire At Side Of 401

A man who died Wednesday after being struck by a car while changing a tire on the side of Highway 401 turned down the help of a tow-truck driver minutes before he was killed.

The victim was a 52-year-old Mississauga man, who has yet to be identified.

TheStar.com - News - Crash sends pair to hospital

A single vehicle crash in the city’s east end this morning sent two people to hospital. A man and a woman were trapped in the car after it struck a pole near Brimley Rd. and Progress Ave. just before 7 a.m. The two were sent to Sunnybrook hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being cut out of the vehicle by firefighters.

Possible Road Rage Fatality (scroll down)

A man is dead after being hit by a car early Sunday in Toronto's west end, in what may have been a case of road rage. Police said he was struck on McRoberts Avenue near Caledonia and Eglinton around 4:30am. Authorities said they expect to lay a charge of second-degree murder.

CityNews: Police Seek Hit-And-Run Suspect

Police are hoping to track down a suspect after a hit-and-run collision that left a child in hospital. Monday's incident occurred on Driftwood Ave. in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of North York.

Cyclist suffers head injuries in collision (Peterborough)

A 14-year-old girl remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the bicycle she was riding and a van collided in Warsaw Monday morning, Peterborough County OPP said.

CityNews: Hwy 89 Shut In Both Directions Near Alliston

"We have the last three days have just been unbelievable in terms of crashes," said Const. Harry Lawrenson "Driver error in some cases, and in some, like this one (Tuesday) we're not sure, but yeah, we're just have to get that message out there for people to slow down."

CityNews: Hwy 400 Re-Opens After Serious Crash, Two Charged

A multi-car crash on Highway 400 sent 11 people, including a four-year-old, to hospital on Saturday. As a result, the 400 was closed for up to 18 hours in both directions between highways 88 and 89.

CityNews: Police Allege Car Used As Murder Weapon

Police allege a car was used to kill a young man early Sunday morning after a conflict at Dufferin and Eglinton. Twenty-year-old Daryl Sebado was having a party at his home when he left and got into an argument with the suspect. Police say the two didn't previously know each other.

CityNews: Fatal Accident Shuts Hwy 400 In Both Directions: One Killed, Two Arrested

A truck driver is being hailed a hero after apparently sacrificing his own life to save others during terrible crash that shut down Highway 400 in both directions near Barrie Monday. Both lanes have now reopened. The truck driver was killed after he swerved to avoid crashing into several cars. "I saw him coming across the highway into my lane in slow motion and then veering back, yet it all took like probably 5 seconds," recalled Jane Lennox.

Charges laid after multi-vehicle crash north of Toronto

Two people have been charged with dangerous driving and criminal negligence, amid suspicions that a street race might have led to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 400 north of Toronto.

CityNews: Lanes Reopen On Highway 400 After Terrible Crash

OPP Cst. Dave Woolford notes it was an especially nasty accident that started with a stopped car around 2:20pm. "We had a Ford Focus parked on the right shoulder of the highway. He was out of his vehicle checking the vehicle when this five-ton van come along and struck the rear end, and he got tossed into the ditch on the right side of the highway." Cops indicate the man was actually hit by his own car, after the transport truck struck it.

CityNews: Highway 400 Reopens After Fatal Crash

The passenger, 25-year-old Orangeville man Darren McMullin, was killed. Twenty-five-year-old driver Adam Raybolt, also from Orangeville, apparently wasn't seriously hurt. He has since been charged with impaired driving causing death. Police were visibly disturbed by the circumstances of the crash, and the fact that it appears McMullin wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

TheStar.com - News - Elderly man hit by truck

A 73-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was hit by a truck on a downtown street this morning. The man was crossing College St. at Grace St. when he was struck by a turning pickup truckshortly before 11:30 a.m., said Toronto police


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TheStar.com - News - Dangerous driving: The outcry grows

McGuinty says a car is a 'loaded gun,' and speeding endangers lives





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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I thought it would be interesting to look at the responses the Star has received to the question of "Should the addition of more bike lanes be a priority for the city?" that I mentioned back here in the "Bike Lanes in the News" post.

I went through them and 80% (20 out of 25 posted responses) of them are for bikelanes being a priority. Of course, I don't know if the Star picks and chooses what they choose to publish, or if these are ALL the responses. In my experience, the Star takes forever to actually post them - but they still have the submission form up, if you want to try and add your thoughts.

Here's a sampling of what you can find in the responses:

Of course we need more bike lanes. Without making a serious commitment to changing to environmentally friendly forms of transportation, most of our concern regarding global warming is just so much hot air. Cyclists are not sufficiently safe on many roads that lack bike lanes. Yet they are the responsible, non-polluting citizens doing their best to facilitate change.
Mark Page, North York

Definitely. And there should be at least one good, uninterrupted, north-south and east-west designated bike lane on major traffic routes like Yonge and Bloor/Danforth.
Eric Vernon, Toronto

Absolutely! I just got back from Europe and spent most of my time on a bike, even in large cities that I was unfamiliar with. The bike lanes were so well established with their own lights and space from cars and parking lanes that I felt safe riding around a foreign country, but not in my home town.
Jen Carter, Toronto

We need more and safer bike lanes to encourage people to leave their cars at home. I think that the city should look at extra space in rail corridors as new bike highways. They are flat and direct with few road crossings.
Gordon Peck, Toronto

Bike lanes should definitely be a priority, especially in a city where bike riders are constantly threatened by car drivers who don't recognise their two-wheeled counterparts as equally deserving of adequate road space.
Cara Goldberg, Toronto

The city should place priority in repairing damaged roads and creating new ones; city roads are already too congested and lanes too narrow for bike lanes to be added. The city should invest in more bike trails in parks for recreational cyclers who, if given more options, would opt to avoid all the traffic.
Connie Li, Thornhill

Yes, if you can't tell, that last response is not supportive of making bikelanes a priority. Somehow she things only recreational cyclists deserve infrastructure.


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Life in the fast lane - comments about the Urban Repair Squad Bikelanes [Toronto Star]

Toronto Police to Crack Down on Cycle-Unfriendly Drivers [BlogTO]

Ending vicious cycles: Cops push road safety [Toronto Sun]

Cyclists criticize city's bike-lane proposal; Paths may be as risky as riding in traffic [from Kingston]

Cyclist suffers head injuries in collision [from Peterborough]

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A few bikelane-centric articles in the news today, not including the good news that the City seems to be getting serious about finishing the BikePlan by 2012 (just 5 years away!):

Bike activists going guerrilla

Putting in bike lanes is exactly what the Other Urban Repair Squad does. Last week, the group of vigilante cyclists hit a stretch of Bloor between Ossington Ave. and Dufferin St. The two-hour effort it took to put down the lane is meant to protest how long it has taken the city to expand its bike lane program.

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Adrian Heaps, the newly appointed chair of Toronto's Cycling Committee, says as a cyclist, he absolutely understands why groups such as the Repair Squad are so frustrated with the delays. But, he adds, the city is going to hit its 30-kilometre target for 2007 or else.

"If the transportation department has to spray paint it themselves – you can quote me on this – it's going in," he said.

Also, the Star has a "Speak Out Section" on if the City should make installing bikelanes a priority. A recent poll on the site had 62% in favour of prioritizing bikelanes.

Read the responses here

ADD YOUR OPINION HERE

Over on the Bike Lane Diary, it looks like Bike Lane on Beverley is back!

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Motorcycle hits two pedestrians

A man was riding a motorcycle off the back of a truck for Bikers Against Drunk Driving when the vehicle ignition fired up, causing the rider to lose control at the southwest corner of Yonge St. and Charles St. W. around 2:30 this afternoon.

Young Boy Critical After Being Struck By Van

A 10-years-old boy is in critical condition Sunday after suffering life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a van on Steeles east of Bathurst. The accident happened around 10:30am near Cactus Avenue. The youngster was taken by an emergency run to York Central Hospital.

Car Crash On Canal Road

A driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a pole early Saturday morning on Canal Road in Bradford. Twisted metal is all that is left from the single vehicle accident near the same deadly stretch where three people have been killed since 2006.

Cyclist Struck And Killed By City Dump-Truck

A male cyclist, believed to be in his late forties, was struck and killed by a city of Toronto dump-truck Friday morning near Bayview Avenue. Toronto Police said the accident happened at Fifeshire Road and Bayview, just south of Highway 401.

Memorial Ride Tonight for this cyclist.




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[Warning: this is one giant post, chock-full of tasty tasty information and research. Make sure you have a cool beverage to quaff while reading to avoid dehydration.]

There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about the Lansdowne Renewal Project, which will see the section of Lansdowne between College & Bloor reconstructed to make it more pedestrian-friendly, cyclist-friendly and greener.

We here at BikingToronto don't like misinformation, so we've done our research about this project, and now we're passing our findings on to you, so that you aren't misled by any misinformation.

Yes, this post is all about the truthiness.

First off, let's talk about the misinformation - which seems to be coming from the Toronto Lansdowne Residents’ Association (TLRA) - on BlogTO, as well as their own website.

In essence, the TLRA is claiming that 1) they weren't consulted, or given the opportunity to let their opinions be known, 2) that removing parking is ill-advised, as it is much needed and there are lots of disabled and elderly people who will be inconvenienced, and 3) that the plan will increase traffic congestion on Lansdowne and/or other streets.

All three of these claims can be proven wrong. Here we go:

1) they weren't consulted, or given the opportunity to let their opinions be known

This is a biggie in the minds of the TLRA, and rightly so... as community participation is what makes Toronto (the city of neighbourhoods) work. Councillor Adam Giambrone told council that he went door to door along this stretch of Lansdowne and found that half didn't care, 30 per cent supported narrowing and 20 per cent were opposed. The TLRA is claiming that Adam Giambrone did not consult with homeowners about this project.

Luckily, BikingToronto has found comments (via the Funkaoshi blog) that one of Giambrone's aides posted to the Dufferin Grove Park Mailing List, that not only supports Giambrone's claim of consulting the community, but references that they can prove it:

Although no consultation is formally required in law or policy for such a project, Adam considered consultation appropriate and took it upon himself to:

1. Hold a public meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Flyers were distributed in both English and Portuguese and the meeting was well-attended.
2. Canvass the street about the project in the lead-up to the November election. Subsequent declarations collected and provided by some community members confirm at the very least that this canvassing took place.
3. Distribute a flyer on Lansdowne in April of 2007, in English and Portuguese, advising residents of the project and inviting further input.

A meeting with some residents who have requested one has been arranged for later this week. That was the nature of Adam’s commitment, conveyed by Chris at the BIG meeting, and he will keep it.


2) that removing parking is ill-advised, as it is much needed and there are lots of disabled and elderly people who will be inconvenienced

This claim is easily proven wrong by a quick glance at the city staff report (PDF file) on the project:

Currently, there are 104 parking spaces on east side and 99 parking spaces on west side, for a combined total of parking 203 spaces. At this time, 59 on-street overnight parking permits have been issued for this area. A number of field surveys were done for this section of Lansdowne Avenue to observe day-time and nighttime parking demand. Our field observations during a typical weekday off-peak period disclosed a maximum of 22 vehicles parked on the east side and 11 vehicles parked on the west side, for a total of 33 vehicles. Observations during a typical night-time period, before permit parking hours become effective, disclosed a maximum of 42 vehicles parked on the east side and 12 vehicles parked on the west side, for a total of 54 vehicles.

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The proposed plan removes all parking including permit parking, from the east side of Lansdowne Avenue and provides parking at all times on the west side. Existing peak period parking prohibitions would be removed from both sides of the road. The proposed plan will allow for approximately 110 parking spaces on the west side of the road, which will accommodate existing demand as described above.

Removal of permit parking on the east side of Lansdowne Avenue required the City Clerk to place a notice in a daily newspaper advising the public of the proposed change and asking those who object to write the City Clerk in order to be scheduled as deputations at the Community Council meeting. The City Clerk did not receive any written objections in response to the notice.

Two parking spaces for disabled permit holders are located on the east side of Lansdowne Avenue, at Nos. 435 and 639. With the removal of parking from the east side these two parking spaces will be also removed. Councillor Giambrone’s office has advised that the space for No. 435 is no longer required and should be permanently removed. We have also been advised that the resident at 639 Lansdowne Avenue may be making an application for disabled front yard parking. This will require a future report.

So, basically, there are currently 203 parking spaces (none during rush hour), and this will drop to 110 permanent spaces. These 110 spaces will still be underused, as there are 59 overnight parking permits for this stretch of Lansdowne. An average of 54 spaces are used overnight, and an average of 33 are used during the day.

3) that the plan will increase traffic congestion on Lansdowne and/or other streets.

This, in theory, makes sense, and gets a lot of play in the media because heaven forbid we slow down car traffic in residential neighbourhoods where kids play (that's sarcasm).

The city statistics report (PDF) that Lansdowne is underutilized at present, and reducing the space devoted to cars (or, increasing the time it's a 2-lane street from 20 hours to 24 hours per day) won't affect things too much.

Also, and this hardly ever enters the dialogue on road reconstruction projects such as this, is the fact that reducing the space set aside for cars doesn't make traffic seek out other routes, but makes traffic disappear:

In recent years, urban planners have come to accept a somewhat counter-intuitive theory called "induced demand." The theory posits that when you build a new road or widen an existing one to try to ease traffic congestion, the roadway almost always fills to its maximum capacity and traffic congestion grows even worse than it was before. In the mid-1990's British researchers discovered that the opposite of "induced demand" is also true. When roads are narrowed or altogether eliminated, or when it is less convenient or more expensive to drive, traffic doesn't just pile up elsewhere. Rather, traffic disappears.

Traffic jams, it turns out, are the result of tens of thousands of individual human decisions. When it is no longer convenient to drive, especially in a big city with lots of other travel options, a number of commuters will decide to take a different mode of transportation, travel at a different time of day, car-pool, make fewer, more efficient trips, or simply stay at home. The corollary to "induced demand" is often called the theory of "disappearing traffic."

But let's assume you don't buy into that theory, and think that reducing rush hour traffic lanes from 4 to 2 will mean a doubling of traffic congestion - meaning that it'll take twice as long to travel Lansdowne - consider the case of Cosburn Avenue, which recently had bikelanes installed in 2004, reducing active motor vehicle lanes from 2 to 4.

If you look at the city staff report on the before and after effects of the bikelanes on Cosburn, you'll see that traffic congestion did not double - travel times, on average only increased 20% for a car travelling the entire length of the street from Broadview to Woodbine (from ~ 5 min. to ~ 6 min.)

Anyone opposed to reducing motor vehicle lanes would tell you that the other 80% goes into something called "Traffic Infiltration" (meaning that traffic will move to sidestreets), but this hasn't happened on Cosburn. The sidestreets of Mortimer and Plains Road only saw an average increase of 15% during rush hour, not the 40%+ that would happen if traffic didn't disappear.

Oh, and bicycle use along Cosburn doubled with the implementation of the bikelanes.

So there you have it... the 3 main issues of Lansdowne resolved. Don't believe that reducing the space for motor vehicles between College and Bloor (to the benefit of other road users) will mean the end of the world, because it won't. It's not a road narrowing, it's redistributing the public space of this street to pursue a more equitable balance between different modes of transportation and use.

If you made it this far in this post, then kudos to you. You may be interested to check out Vic's photos of Lansdowne at present, which provided the small photos in this post.

As well, you may want to look at Adam Giambrone's webpage on this issue - the street rendering clearly has bike sharrows (reminders that cyclists are valid road users with rights to use the road on it (I've included it below too) ... so I'm hoping that these are put in between College and Bloor. I've emailed Adam to get confirmation, and will let you know if I hear from him.

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A memorial ride for the cyclist killed last Friday on Bayview is happening this Friday:

Cyclists will depart for a memorial ride this Friday, June 15 at 6 pm.

We'll meet at Bloor & Spadina. The ride will stop over at York Mills Subway Station at 7 pm before heading to Bayview Avenue for the memorial, which is tentatively scheduled for 7:30.

Bring flowers.

Martino took photos a couple days ago at the place the bicycle came to rest after the accident, if you're interested

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The Globe has a pretty good article with one of their columnists test-driving (test-biking?) a velomobile.

Read it while you can... content on the Globe's website isn't free for very long:

The next day, I rode through Yorkville, where I pulled up behind a Lamborghini driven by a guy who looked like an oil prince. All eyes shifted from his costly Italian steed to my tiny orange craft. The oil prince's thunder had been stolen - he looked crestfallen, like a man who had managed to seize the attention of a beautiful woman, only to have Brad Pitt stroll up behind him.

It's a good article, with the columnist stating that if the price drops to around $4,500, he'll own one (they are currently about $13,000), and that he really liked how he was markedly different from people who drive SUVs in the city.

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Torontoist has a write-up about what may just be the city's most extreme group ride:

On Saturday, Toronto was among 70 cities around the world that took a spin au naturel as a celebration of cycling, a protest against car culture, a comment on pollution, or just to express some exhibitionist tendencies. And in case you're wondering about the legality of being nude in public, the police were there as escorts, and as long as the participants were wearing something (shoes, for example), they weren't technically nude. As with Pride celebrations, what constitutes lewd behaviour and indecency is sometimes vague, but in the case of the WNBR, the cops tend to be more tolerant as long as there isn't any "flaunting."

Image courtesy of Torontoist.

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I stopped by the Grassroots - Danforth store for their Bikers Breakfast. There was a good turnout during the 10 minutes I was there, and I heard that last weeks (at their Annex store) was packed with people too. :)

Here are the few photos I snapped while I drank coffee before continuing on to work.


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I popped into Tino's I Bike T.O. photo exhibit last night after work long enough to snap some pics and eat some cheese and crackers.

The exhibit runs until June 30th on the basement level of 401 Richmond West.

I'm not a natural born photographer like Tino, but here's what my camera captured:

Also on display was Janet Attard's wonderful stencil work:


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Sad news from Bayview and the 401:

A male cyclist was struck and killed by a city of Toronto dump-truck Friday morning near Bayview Avenue. Toronto Police said the accident happened at Fifeshire Road and Bayview, just south of Highway 401.

The truck was towing a trailer containing heavy-duty construction equipment. It appears the cyclist was travelling in the same direction and came into contact with the truck along a stretch of Bayview where the road narrows. The name and age of the cyclist have not been released. There's no word yet on whether charges will be laid.


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Just saw this over on TreeHugger:

" It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy".

More details on worldnakedbikeride.org ... I know Toronto had a Critical Ass ride on May 25th, but does anyone know if there's anything organized for tomorrow?

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Sunset at Trinity Bellwoods

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Person is Struck and Killed by Car in Bayview/York Mills Area
A person has been struck and killed by a vehicle in the Bayview and York Mills area on Friday morning. It's unclear whether the victim had been walking across the street or riding a bicycle. Toronto Police said it happened at Fifeshire Road and Bayview, just south of Highway 401. Emergency crews were called to the scene around around 8am. The person was pronounced dead at hospital a short time ago.

Impaired charge follows fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Brampton collision left a young woman dead Wednesday night.

Man hurt as car hits building

An elderly man may have suffered some kind of medical condition today before he drove his car into an apartment building on Sheppard Ave. E. just west of Kennedy Rd.
Man Trapped In Car Wreckage After Crash
There were some frightening moments for a man involved in a two-vehicle crash overnight, as emergency workers carefully managed to extract him from the mangled wreckage of his car.

9 hurt in van rollover
Nine people were injured, two critically, in a van rollover on the southbound Queen Elizabeth Way at Stoney Creek this morning.

Car crashed at 150 km/h: Lawyer
Fifteen-year-old Chevon Josephs was driving at about 150 km/h when he crashed into two cabs early Saturday, while the police following him weren't going much faster than 100 km/h, according to Gary Clewley, the officers' lawyer.

Motorcycle Crash Sends Man To Hospital

A motorcycle crash closed down the intersection of Yonge and Lakeshore early Sunday morning. Police said the driver of an SUV made a left turn from the wrong lane cutting off the 24-year-old motorcycle driver and causing him to slam into a concrete pole.

Pedestrian Struck (scroll down)

A 37-year-old woman's expected to survive after she was hit by a car on the Danforth just west of Coxwell Sunday night. Police say the woman was crossing the street in heavy rain when she was struck and suffered a broken leg.

Mississauga Crash (scroll down)

CP24 viewer Curtis B. sent us the following picture of a serious car crash in Mississauga Sunday. It involved two vehicles and it took place at around 3pm at Creditview and Willoway. Reports say a young woman was taken to Sick Kids Hospital.
Two Fatal Motorcycle Crashes
Brimley and Ellesmere was closed for several hours after a motorcycle slid across the intersection and slammed into a car. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. The intersection of Castlefrank and Bloor was the scene of another deadly motorcycle crash just after midnight. Police said it appears the driver misjudged a turn. He was pronounced dead at St. Michael's Hospital just before 2am.

A woman was hit by a car on Bloor Street just west of Yonge Saturday afternoon, but was fortunate to escape with only minor injuries.

Father charged after allegedly running down teens

What initially appeared to be a tragic accident is now being considered a vicious act of malice after a father allegedly ran over a trio of young people, one of which was his own 16-year-old daughter.

Two Best Friends Died Together After Terrible Crash

Aleisha Ashley and Monique McKnight have been best friends ever since anyone can remember. They did everything together, went everywhere together. So it seems tragically appropriate that they both died together. The two girls were innocent victims of a horrific accident that took their lives and that of a 15-year-old they only met by accident.



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While officially, BikeFriday is the last Friday of every month, there's enough momentum out there that there are things starting to happen every friday:

The Schedule for tomorrow, June 8th:

Martino's Bloor West BikePool
meets at Bloor W. and High Park for a nice jaunt downtown along Bloor. Meet at 8 AM.

Joe's Danforth BikePool meets at Danforth & Woodbine (northwest corner) for a nice roll along the Danforth. Meet at 8 AM.

Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast: 8-9:30 AM
In support of Toronto's Bicycle commuters, Grassroots is hosting an early morning bike commuter breakfast. Plan to stop by Grassroots (372 Danforth at Chester) for a delicious, organic breakfast snack provided by our friends at Merchants of Green Coffee, Urban Herbivore, Noah's Natural Foods and the Big Carrot.

Upcoming:

Smart Commute Mississauga is officially launching our BikeFriday program on Friday, June 29th. All cyclists are invited to join us for our inaugural ride and pancake breakfast at city hall. More details on SmartCommute Mississauga.

Also, Tammy and Cheri di Novo's (MPP) office are working on a Breakfast Event for later in June. More details to come as we know them. :)

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Last year, Tracy and I missed the Ride for Heart, as we had gotten married the day before, and were leaving for our honeymoon the day after. I guess we could have fit in in somewhere, but we had family stuff to do that day too.

Luckily, this year we were free on the first Sunday of June (which happened to fall smack-dab on our first anniversary...) so we signed up for the Ride as soon as the website allowed and tried to get a few long training rides in to get used to 50 K (and, since we live about 10 K from the Exhibition Grounds, we had to prepare for 70 K, since we of course biked to and from the event), as well as got our friends, family and co-workers to sponsor us for the great cause.

Here's a few photos I took when I wasn't zooming up and down hills on the Gardiner and DVP:


Getting to the start... slowly....


Waiting in line to start...


Lots of people with us


We look super happy, considering we're about to start a 50 K ride. :)




Above: Lots of cyclists, just north of the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.


At the 50 K turn-around point at the DVP and York Mills.

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This article by Margaret Wente in the Globe was for the most part typical Wente - whining about everything without offering solutions to what she perceives to be problems.

Then, I nearly fell out of my chair when Wente writes that Toronto should emulate cities like London, England in implementing downtown Congestion Charges to discourage people driving their cars there, therefore easing traffic congestion and helping business along with the environment and the city's financial situation:

I know the city got a raw deal from the province and the feds. But other cities have figured out how to deliver services far more efficiently than Toronto. Other cities have imposed unpopular user fees (road tolls, anyone?) Not Toronto. Politicians would rather drain reserve funds to cover the budget shortfall and rattle their tin cups as they indignantly insist that someone else should bail them out.

I guess it makes sense for Wente to support downtown road user fees... she strikes me as a diehard capitalist, and in some instances capitalism can work well to further the public good. It's all about supply and demand.

If downtown streets are congested, it means there is a high demand for them. It would make sense to charge a user fee on these streets, since the drivers on them are necessitating their existance and maintenance.

In case you're wondering why hell is freezing over with Wente coming out in support of a Congestion Charge, it's because in the past she's been notoriously pro-car and anti-transit.


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Dale Duncan of Eye & Spacing poses this good question in the most recent issue of Eye Weekly:

Toronto's Bike Plan is starting to become a symbol of council's inability to accomplish things they deem important. Money or no money, the Bike Plan's perpetual stall doesn't bode well for all those new initiatives (such as doubling the tree canopy, implementing green building standards and building a network of light rail transit) that have recently been announced.

The answer has been, sadly, "very hard", but is perhaps changing to "it was hard, but now it's easier" due to changes at City Hall like not letting councillors like Rob Ford or Case Ootes block bikelanes that aren't in their ward, and increasing the number of staff working on BikePlan implementation (from 1 to 5).

It remains to be seen if these changes will result in more bikelanes and more importantly, more cyclists... but I'm looking at this as a "the glass could soon be half full" rather than "the glass is mostly empty".

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Oh, to have a BikeStation (many of them!) of our very own.

The Star has a great article about the one in Chicago:

Urban cyclists revere it as a kind of Shangri-La.

The McDonald's Cycle Center at Millennium Park, a jewel-like glass building on the Chicago waterfront, has many of the amenities of an upscale health club, including full-time staff, showers with fluffy towels and, best of all, secure parking for up to 300 bikes, close to the heart of the city.

"It's not heaven, but it's close," says Oakville-based cycling advocate Gil Penalosa, of Walk & Bike for Life.

There's a repair shop, tools for do-it-yourselfers, bike rentals, snacks and toiletries, and a seating/cafe area. Not surprisingly, there's also a waiting list for the 500 membership spots, which cost $149 (U.S.) annually or $20 a month. Last year 50,000 commuters and tourists visited the bike station.

In Toronto, all of that is still on the to-do-when-there's-money list.

A similar concept was part of the winning design in a competition for a re-imagined Nathan Phillips Square. "It is a huge part of our scheme," said Chris Pommer, of PLANT Architects Inc., which envisions a rental kiosk, repair facilities, secure bike parking, even showers and change rooms near the Queen and Bay entrance to the square.

Read the whole article here, and check out this photo-essay of the Chicago Bikestation from the New York Cycle Club.

Bikestations exist in other North American cities too - there's even a multi-city chain of them!


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A Thermoplastic bike stencil is the star of this short public service advertisement produced for London city government's transportation agency.

I think we (and by "we" I mean cycling advocates and/or the City of Toronto and/or whoever) would be well-advised to follow this example to produce media that Torontonians can watch (whether on YouTube or elsewhere) and get inspired to grab their bikes instead of their car keys for short trips in the city.



(via Streetsblog)


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Woman, 33, dies after SUV rollover

Driver killed in crash

Suspected Road Racer Charged After Police Chase

Car Collision Wipes Out Gas Metre, Leak Capped

Related:

Killer drivers won't do jail time




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