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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.





Driver Trapped In Crumpled Wreckage After Crash

At least one person was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Wednesday night in Etobicoke. A small car and a delivery van collided around 7:30pm at Albion Road and Calstock Drive -- just east of Islington.

3 injured in east end rollover

Three cars were involved in a crash at Kennedy Rd. and Progress Ave. shortly before 8:20 a.m.

Crash leaves tanker truck on front lawn of home

A 50-year-old man is in hospital after a tractor-trailer carrying hundreds of litres of diesel fuel collided with his car Wednesday afternoon, leaving the tanker on the front lawn of a home.

Trucker charged after fatal crash

An Etobicoke truck driver has been charged after a man was crushed and killed by a tractor-trailer yesterday.

Teen Clings To Life Following Serious Crash

The 16-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries when the Neon he was in collided with a pickup truck hauling a trailer in the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Keele St.

One Dead In Tractor Trailer Crash On 427

The driver of the van was crushed inside the vehicle and trapped for quite some time. When rescuers finally got him out, it was too late, and he was declared dead at the scene.

Truck And Car Collide On 401, Trapping Woman

There are reports that a 60-year-old female was trapped under the truck, which ended up on top of the crushed car.

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The Toronto Star has picked up on the news that the city is planning a bunch of pedestrian and cyclist-friendly initiatives:

Pedestrian "scramble" intersections, where vehicle traffic is stopped in all directions, allowing pedestrians to cross diagonally or straight. The report suggests trying it out on Bloor St., and the Bay St. and Yonge St. intersections.

Re-setting stoplights to increase the time given for pedestrians to cross.

Abolishing the flashing "Don't walk" signals for pedestrians and replacing them with a flashing "Walk" when time is running down.

A bikeway through the downtown core (already in the city's bike plan), perhaps along the Richmond-Adelaide corridor, or the Wellington-Front corridor.

This should be made a "priority," the report says, with a consultant to be hired next year to study the route, and the route itself established by 2009. A Bloor-Danforth bikeway corridor should also be considered, says Butts.

A bike station, with secure bike parking, repairs, rental and showers, at Union Station. (A bike station is part of the redesign planned for Nathan Phillips Square.)

The Works Committee discusses this on Wed, Oct. 3rd. As I did previously, I encourage you to contact the Public Secretariat and all the members of the Works Committee and let them know you want them to make Toronto more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly.

Councillors on the Works Committee

Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair
Shelley Carroll
Adam Giambrone
Mark Grimes
Chin Lee
John Parker

Use this handy email link to email all of them at once :)

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Green Bike

Love the Photo of the Day more than any normal person should? Embrace your obsession by subscribing to the Photos RSS Feed or signing up to get these photos in your email. :)

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BikeFriday is here again. Here's what's going on. :) I'll even include links to the facebook event listings for each, for any f'bookers out there:


7:00 - 9:00 AM:
BikePools / Group Commutes

See the BikeFriday site for ride details.

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast

Grassroots gives Free Breakfast Treats at 372 Danforth (at Chester)
[facebook link]

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists

Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier)
[facebook link]

12:00 - 4:00 PM:
Bike to YorkU: Tune-Up Event

FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS on the north side of the Health, Nursing, and Environmental Studies building on YorkU's Keele campus
[facebook link]

6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass

Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30
[facebook link]

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Last summer, the temporary installation of Quay to the City on Queens Quay felt (to me anyways) like a small "tipping point" in Toronto's way to being a truly bike-friendly city. Cyclists loved it, pedestrians loved it. Drivers may not have liked losing half of the street, but having what I like to call "intermodal balance" (dedicated space for cars, transit, bikes and pedestrians) is something that is sorely lacking in Toronto (so far).

That was a trial-run for the permanent installation that was supposed to start construction this fall (if my memory is correct), but BikeLaneDiary is reporting that area businesses are putting up a stink (somehow believing that transit users, cyclists and pedestrians don't shop or spend money) about them and that WaterfronToronto is doing another EA (Envrionmental acessment) of that stretch before committing to development plans.

Let them know you want these physically seperate bikelanes on Queens Quay. That Queens Quay NEEDS them for this section of the waterfront to have any sustainable future at all.

Contact info:

Andrea Kelemen
Communications + Marketing
Waterfront Toronto
20 Bay Street Suite 1310
Toronto ON M5J 2N8
Tel: (416) 214 1344 x248
central@waterfrontoronto.ca

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The Globe and Mail has an intriguing article today about a bunch of cycling and pedestrian initiatives due to come up before the City Council Works Committee next week:
A pedestrian-only street, a city-spanning bike lane from Etobicoke to Scarborough and automated cameras to bust illegal left-turners - all those and more innovative schemes are about to hit the city council agenda as transportation planners experiment with low-cost ways to ease Toronto's congested traffic.

"What we're trying to do, it requires a public mind shift," Mr. McPhail said yesterday in an interview. "The public out there has to realize that the way they've been travelling historically ... just cannot continue."

Works committee chairman Glenn De Baeremaeker, an avid cyclist and key ally of Mayor David Miller, said the report would win council's support.

"To me it's a revolutionary document that's going to be the transportation bible for the next decade," Mr. De Baeremaeker said.

Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, I encourage you to contact the Public Secretariat and all the members of the Works Committee and let them know you want them to make Toronto more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly.

Councillors on the Works Committee

Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair
Shelley Carroll
Adam Giambrone
Mark Grimes
Chin Lee
John Parker

Use this handy email link to email all of them at once :)

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Speedy on Queen West

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Are you a cyclist who goes across the Bloor Viaduct (aka Prince Edward Viaduct) to get home from work?

If so, you may have noticed the "Bike Friendly Sign Campaign" (facebook event link) going on the bridge yesterday from 3-5 pm.

A bunch of cyclists got together with some signs to bring attention to the fact that although the Viaduct is one of the busiest stretches of bikelaned road in Toronto (as one of the few bridges over the Don Valley - the only way across via bridge from Millwood Road to Gerrard Street) there are no signs alerting drivers to be careful.

There's a "Right Lane Exits" sign for drivers, as the right lane becomes an entrance ramp for the Don Valley Parkway, and a "Yeild to Pedestrians" sign where the sidewalk crosses, but cyclists are left to fend for themselves.

The bikelane hugs the right side of that exiting right lane all the way to almost Broadview, when a lane change is needed to get over that highway ramp.

As an east-ender, I am well acquainted with this - sometimes you get lucky and traffic is light and you can make the lane change easily. Other times, there will be a nice driver who will let you do the change, slowing down for you. Most nerve-wracking is when drivers don't seem to notice you and you just have to signal and ease your way across - somehow simultaneously looking forwards and backwards to make sure you don't hit any road hazards or get hit by a car.

For me, once I could start to do this without freaking out too much was when I started feeling like I could deal with all manners of traffic on my bike. It's a trail by fire sort of thing.

I can only hope more of these demonstrations are planned.











[top image courtesy of topleftpixel, others from David Curtis]

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Walk21 Session Flyer

Our Streets – inserting oneself into the municipal process: a discussion for the everyday person on how to bring pedestrian change to you neighbourhood

Date: Sunday September 30

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cecil Street Community Centre, 58 Cecil Street (near College and Spadina)

Local residents, community groups and Business Improvement Areas are full of great pedestrian ideas for their neighbourhoods but feel paralyzed when it comes to effecting change. Where do I start? Who do I talk to? Where does the money come from for all this? These are just a few questions. While the municipality directs change at the citywide level, we have a valuable resource that can offer input and ideas on the finest details: area residents and businesses.

Come join TCAT for an open and frank discussion about how to insert oneself in the process and bring pedestrian change to your neighbourhood. Featuring:

  • Paul Hess, Geography & Planning Professor, University of Toronto
  • Paul Bedford, former Chief Planner, City of Toronto
  • Janice Etter, citizen activist involved with the campaign that led to the ban on new drive-thrus

Moderated by Catherine Porter, Toronto Star Environment Reporter

Free, no registration required.

For more information on the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) visit: www.torontocat.ca

For more information on the Walk21 conference visit: www.toronto.ca/walk21

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TheStar.com | News | Rusty remains hog downtown bike rack

"This means that other cyclists who may be coming over from the (Toronto) Islands to shop at Loblaws can't use the stands, and frankly, they are rusty and ugly."

Green leader urges fewer cars

"You guys in Sarnia-Windsor, you're in the cancer corridor of North America. So we have to take a serious look at the water, the air, the soil and what we eat, in order to defeat this cancer epidemic."

City rolls out online plan to address bike theft

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair will unveil a new online bicycle registration system today, in an effort to combat complaints from cyclists about rampant bike theft.

Police make arrest in Bloor St. bicycle assaults

A Mexican citizen has been charged in relation to 11 sexual assaults after being arrested during a sting operation in the Bloor Street West area over the weekend, police said Monday.

A Brain Surgeon on Bicycle Helmets (TreeHugger)


On a clear day, you see activists

Anti-smog brigade papers downtown with posters symbolizing 1,700 dead; cyclists promote bike use

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Bikes & Hydrant

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I missed the BellsonBloor ride yesterday - but it looks like lots of people made it. Reports are that close to 1,000 cyclists came out to show support for bikelanes on Bloor (which would hopefully extend over to the Danforth too!). Here's a cool photo from Darren and a video from Tino of the event:




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Bells On Bloor Photos!

Photos from the BellsonBloor event yesterday! More photos on flickr too! Looks like close to 1,000 showed up!

No 'A' for Canadian cities in green transportation

Victoria has the greenest urban transportation practices in Canada, followed closely by Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, and Winnipeg.

It’s for cycling, not recycling

It’s now week four of my quest for justice in the Cosburn bike lane. In previous weeks, I’d been bounced around in email and on the phone to various departments and units in my effort to deal with the recycling bins in the bike lane in front of 55 Cosburn.


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Bridge on the Spit

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Bike & Trolley

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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.



Two Serious Crashes Put Several In Hospital

A pair of major crashes has left two people fighting for life in hospital and several others with serious injuries.

Man Charged After Officer Hit With Car

Police have laid a slew of serious charges against a man accused of hitting an officer with his vehicle.

QEW westbound shut at Burlington

All westbound lanes of the QEW are closed at Highway 403 in Burlington after a car struck and killed a pedestrian

Fail To Remain Collision Involving Cyclist

The witnesses state the pick-up truck approached the intersection of Old School Road and Torbram Road, failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a cyclist on the roadway.

Pedestrian Killed in Hamilton Accident

A female pedestrian was struck and killed by a car on Highway 6 north of Hamilton Sunday night. The driver says the woman just appeared out of nowhere and it was impossible to stop.

Fatal Accident Shuts Down Portion Of Westbound QEW

A fatal accident has shut down the Niagara-bound QEW at the westbound 403. OPP said a woman from the Stoney Creek area, believed to be in her early 50s, was hit by a pick-up truck just before 4am Thursday while walking along the highway.

Woman Dies After Car Crash, Fire Near St. Clair

A woman was killed after a dump truck struck the car she and her sister were travelling in on Thursday afternoon.

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Happy Friday! Here's some quick links to start your day! :)

Bicycles on the TTC

I accept the premise that bicycles should be viewed as an important part of our transportation repertoire. The question is this: how can we meaningfully integrate them with the transit system?

More on PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day - an international event that "challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for urban open space."

Help make cycling an election issue

With all the talk about the need to embrace green solutions, it is puzzling that so many of us have forgotten the green solution hanging in our garage.

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A Toronto cyclist was doored today by a cab, and we all know that while some cabs drive responsibly, there are a whole lot who don't and drive dangerously in pursuit of fares.

It's a whole lot worse when the cabbie doesn't stick around to see if the cyclist is okay after getting hit by their door:
Hello fellow bikers,

I need some help. I need some extra eyes on the lookout for an Orange Cab (Not beck. Might be an independant) that doored me this morning.

I was going south on Bay and was slowing to turn right at Richmond. He was not pulled over and did not signal. His fare swung open the door so quickly that I had 0 time to react. I slammed into the door and the fare took off. The cabbie was reluctant to get out of the cab and never asked me if I was ok. Just watched as a lady asked me if I was alright. I was crying and in complete shock. I ended up walking away but had the presence of mind to get the plate #. It's ATXE 047. If anyone sees it can they grab the Cab Plate # for me?

Apparently it's the best way to find the Cabbie. He'll be charged because he should have pulled over to the complete right so that I could go around him safely.

Thanks for your help!

Cheryl C.

Keep your eyes open for license ATXE 047, and note the cabbie number for Cheryl!

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I'm back from an out-of-province funeral... here's some links for your Thursday:

Bikes Belong in Ontario

The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC), with the ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada, an organization dedicated to preventing brain and spinal cord injury through education, is holding a media conference in Toronto at Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, on Thursday. The groups will be discussing: the release of the “Bikes belong in Ontario!” policy platform, support for the proposal of provincial investment in municipal cycling infrastructure and an Ontario PST exemption on bicycles and bicycle helmets.

The Sierra Club of Canada is hosting the City of Toronto’s 2007 Car Free Day celebration on Yonge Street and Yonge-Dundas Square on Thursday, September 20 from 10 am to 2:00 pm. World CarFree Day is this Saturday, September 22 in Toronto.

The open road beckoned cyclist

For a year Charles Prinsep – Charlie to his many friends – had planned it, saved for it and organized it via computer spreadsheet down to the last gram of every item.

A bicycle-friendly city is environment-friendly, too

Bike lanes must be put where there are cyclists – not where these lanes least inconvenience cars. Toronto, for instance, has a bike plan that does not yet include bike lanes on Bloor St. and Danforth Ave., even though 14 per cent of the vehicle

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The Better Way

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Wheels on Queen West

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Bike Cops at the Beach

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Handcuff Bike Locks

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Biking Tom Waits

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Carrying Capacity

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Orange Bike with an Audience

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Happy Friday Morning to you! Here's a bunch of cycling and interesting Toronto news for you to start your day:


Miller renews tax pitch

Flanked by 18 fellow council members who support his call for the land transfer tax and a vehicle registry tax, and speaking to an audience packed with supporters, Miller yesterday unveiled a new website – www.fairtaxes.ca – and a PR campaign...

Miller wants quick vote on new taxes

On Thursday Miller launched a new website and e-mail campaign aimed at pressuring city councillors to approve the new taxes. "It's time for the council to act," said Miller.

Car-Free Day film night

WHAT: Screening of Contested Streets and panel discussion

WHEN: South Riverdale Health Centre, 955 Queen St. East at Carlaw

WHERE: Tuesday, September 18th, 7 pm sharp. Doors open at 6:30.

BMO gets bullfrogpowered

The Bank of Montreal (BMO) announced up to 53 branches will be powered using clean, emission-free electricity purchased from Bullfrog Power, a leading provider of green electricity.

London towers over Toronto in transit thinking

London has so many subway lines, it's damn near impossible for the visitor to figure the system out. And buses – the iconic double-deckers and the new "bendies" (articulated buses) – are everywhere. Then there are the bicycle users, who have their own lanes throughout much of the city.

Energy pusher

Cyril Guérette would like to see all the lights in the city powered by bikes.

All parties now vow to upload social services

Property taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for some key provincial social services programs after the Ontario fall election – regardless of who wins – after both opposition parties vowed Wednesday to relieve that burden from cash-strapped municipalities.

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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.



Brampton Crash Kills Woman

A woman was killed after colliding with a transport truck near Brampton on Thursday night.

Serious Crash Blocks Busy Mississauga Intersection

Police said a truck and a car collided there just after 7:30am Thursday. The woman behind the wheel had to be extricated from the wreckage and was taken to hospital just before 9:15am.

Hwy. 401 Re-Opens After Serious Collision

OPP said it's remarkable that no one was killed in a serious crash on highway 401 Thursday that destroyed both vehicles.

Richmond Hill driver dies from bus crash injuries

Tonya D’Ambrosi, 18, was sent to hospital with serious injuries when her black GMC Yukon was struck on the passenger side on Sept. 5 by the bus

Two people killed overnight

Two people were killed overnight in a crash in the eastbound lanes of the 401 at Highway 4, southwest of London. Police say a tractor-trailer struck a mid-sized car, killing both people in the smaller vehicle. Authorities are seeking the driver of the 18-wheeler.

Six injured in Hwy. 401 crash near Meadowvale

Just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon, a black Honda Accord crashed head-on into a cement guardrail while travelling from the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 near Meadowvale Rd into the transfer lanes.

400 Rollover Sends Driver To Hospital

A dump truck rolled over into the ditch on the Southnbound 400 at King Rd. just after 5pm Thursday, trapping the driver.

Crash Smashes Into Tree

A car was totaled after smashing into a tree near Bayview and Finch early Friday. Two people were hurt and taken to hospital with minor injuries.



Follow-Up:


NHL - Ramage to stand trial in Magnuson death

Former NHL defenseman Rob Ramage stands trial next Monday charged with five criminal offenses in a deadly car crash.

Driver charged after singer injured

Toronto police have laid a charge in a traffic accident last month that left Haydain Neale, the lead singer for the Juno-winning band Jacksoul, in critical condition. Mr. Neale was riding a motor scooter when he was hit by a car and remains in critical condition.


Related:

Kids Stop Speeders Near Their School

A group of students from St. Luke Catholic School left their classrooms at 9am to target something that could do them a lot of harm - speeders in the areas where they go to school.

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Good Thursday Morning too you. Here's some links to start you day. :)

TTC wants 15-cent fare hike

Toronto transit riders are facing fare increases, but no service cuts, as the TTC tries to do its part in the city's budget crisis.

TTC hikes Metropass fare

The TTC's fare hike could cost the system 6 million rides a year. But that's small potatoes compared with the millions of transit trips that will be lost if "intolerable" overcrowding on more than half of the system continues, according to TTC officials.

Green Party Leader Bicycles Between Cities (TreeHugger)

"It's not scary. It's normal, It will be normal, once we start being serious about climate change. And Green party people are serious about climate change. We're not just hot air."

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Cruising Kensington in a Sundress

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South of the border, if you commute to work by bike now, you get tax benefits:
Last Saturday the House of Representatives passed Energy Independence legislation that amends a section of the IRS code to include “bicycles” in the definition of transportation covered by the qualified transportation fringe benefit.

Introduced earlier this year by Congressman Earl Blumenauer as H.R. 1498, the provision calls for a $20 monthly benefit for riding a bike to work.

It wasn't easy getting this passed down in the U.S. of A., as the provision was met with opposition and ridicule in the House of Representatives, not least of which was "Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) who said bicycles were a, “19th century solution to a 21st century problem.”"

Someone YouTubed (is that a verb) McHenry's speech in all of it's glory:


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Remember the Leonardo? Well, TreeHugger has a great compilation post about a bunch of other novel bike storage solutions:


th-picks-cycloc.jpg The cute and curious Cycloc is essentially a plastic bucket that has two opposing "lips" that use your bicycle’s own weight to hold it in place. The void in the middle of the Cycloc keeps your gloves, pants clips, etc, close to hand, while holes in the cylinder allow you to fix a cable lock as well.
th-picks-cyclepods.jpg Got lots of bikes? Something like the Cyclepod might be what you need. It provides eight secure spaces for parking your bikes, storing the bikes upright, and the front wheel and frame can both be locked in place. More good news: Cyclepod is made from 95% recycled aluminum.

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I don't find my bike seat too uncomfortable (except when I've been biking for 5 hours straight or something), but the MoonSaddle looks like it could really hope those who have troubles with regular bike seats:
Dennis Bell was a busy engineer in Huntington Beach, Calif., when he noticed it was time to slim down.

He bought a bicycle at a garage sale, but weight wasn't all Bell lost to cycling.

"I started having boy problems because of the nose-on-the-saddle numbness, erectile dysfunction," said Bell, who now lives in Philipsburg.

While some men would have ditched the bicycle for the libido, Bell wanted both. An inventor holding more than 30 patents, he set out to create an alternative bike seat.

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MoonSaddle has a growing list of customers who say the eye-catching seat takes painful pressure off sensitive parts without sacrificing performance.

"I could realistically ride 100 miles without bike shorts" on the MoonSaddle, said Barry Falcon, who completes century rides to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. "Even though I'm on the bike for eight hours at a time, I can get off and I don't have any discomfort."

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Bike to York is a York University Cycling Advocacy Group. They started up last year and ran some tune-up clinics for York cyclists. With a new school year upon us, they are putting out a call for people interested in making YorkU more bike-friendly (and as a York Alumni, I know exactly how much more bike-friendliness it needs... a LOT!) :

To all cyclists and cycling advocates,

In the 2006-2007 school year, a small project started at York U called "Bike to York," which gained a bit of momentum before the end of spring exams. A group of volunteers gave free tune-ups on one sunny late March day, and fixed upwards of 35 bikes, and drew in dozens more. We also tabled at an environmental fair on campus; and sent 4 delegates to a City of Toronto budget meeting to make a deputation on behalf of the interests of bicycle transportation.

Whether called "Bike to York," or "The Bicycle Friendly Campus Project," or under any other name, this year there are plans to establish a cycling advocacy group at York U, register it as an official student club, and as an OPIRG "Working Group". Some ideas of projects or actions to undertake include but are not exclusive to:

  • Free bike tune-ups
  • Bicycle repair workshops (geared to teaching you the skills to fix your own bike)
  • Group rides, participation in Critical Mass
  • Group commutes or "Bike Buddies," tackling traffic in numbers
  • Establishment of a website for information on biking routes to York, info on anything relevant to biking
  • A physical "Bike Hub" or "Bike Kitchen;" a permanent indoor space as part bike repair workshop, part info center
  • Establishment of a bike-share program, or some kind of public bike fleet

If you are in any way interested in participating in any events, volunteering your time and skills whether as a bicycle mechanic, website designer, etc.; if you have any ideas of long projects or short actions that you want to see happen;
please contact us at < bike2yorku@gmail.com>

We are trying to book a room for a meeting on Wednesday September 19th to form a "steering committee" of sorts, to mold out a plan, figure out who can do what, how we can make this campus bicycle friendly.

Even you are not a student and/or do not bike to York, but are interested in sustainable transportation, feel free to join our efforts.

Bike to York
bike2yorku@gmail.com

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Spreadshirt's got a good back-to-school deal on now - free shipping on any order over $20 until September 15th (Saturday).

This is especially good for you if you're looking for an "I Bike T.O." t-shirt, since the BikingToronto Store is at spreadshirt. :) Yay!

Just remember to type in "CADSCHOOL07" where it asks you for the coupon code.

Here's a small sample of the type of stuff available - shirts, bags and buttons:

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NDP promises more money for cities

"You can't have a good transit system if you force all of the cost onto the fare box in Ontario municipalities. We would also begin to upload the cost of Ontario disability support and the Ontario drug benefit plan and we'd complete that uploading within 4 years..."

New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

The University of Toronto is stepping up it’s war on bicycle theft on campus with a new sticker program that encourages cyclists to place a “this bike could be a bait bike” sticker on their bicycles.

Torontoist's TTC Survey Results: Summary

You can view the summarized results of our survey online now, or download the summary as one of those lovely printable PDFs. For the sake of convenience, clarity, and brevity, here are some of the more salient results from our survey.

City Council Says No to King Street Car-Free Area

The TTC was also shut out by city council on Monday when councillors turned down a plan to turn part of King Street West into a streetcar-only road.

Officers recreate fatal collision that killed cyclist

Toronto Police took the unusual step yesterday of demonstrating how a 40-year-old cyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the hopes more witnesses will come forward.

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Flat fix and tune-up course @ CBN
Wed, Sept 12th: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

The Community Bicycle Network introduces mechanic classes for beginners. The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. Learning some basics about your bike saves you money in the long run when you can change your own tube or adjust your brakes.

Dates: Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm, weekly, beginning August 15th
Cost: $30 (including any deposit)

  • Bring your own Bike (encouraged but not absolutely necessary)
  • Two hour class.
  • Maximum 6 people per class.
  • Minimum 3.

Please RSVP by sending an email to toolworks@communitybicyclenetwork.org with the subject "Bike Mechanic Class RSVP", or by phoning 416-504-2918 and leaving a message under "general inquiries" stating that you wish to RSVP for the Bike Mechanic Class with your name and number. Someone will return your email or call to confirm how to RSVP a spot (and how to pay a deposit). Those who provide a $10 non-refundable deposit will be given preference on the list.

The class consists of:

Flat Fix - hands-on segment:
- Participants will remove their own rear wheel and tire and go through a tube repair and installation.

A brief discussion of:
- Bike fit
- General safety issues (loose parts, damage, etc)
- Lubrication

Brakes - instructor demo/description:
- general concepts and adjustment
- safety!

Gears and drive train - instructor demo/description:
- general concepts and adjustment

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The U of T is expanding the Bike Bait program it started last year (where they stuck GPS tags on high end bikes and then tracked them as they were stolen), now adding stickers that say "this could be a bait bike" to make would-be thieves think twice.

Apparently, theft levels on campus have dropped from 2-3/week to 1/week! Great job!
The University of Toronto is stepping up it’s war on bicycle theft on campus with a new sticker program that encourages cyclists to place a “this bike could be a bait bike” sticker on their bicycles. The goal is to make thieves think twice about snatching and running off with a bike -- something that still happens at least once a week on the St. George campus.

U of T is the first university in the country to have this sticker program available on campus, said Corporal Peter Franchi of the U of T campus police and co-ordinator of the Bike Bait program. Since the pilot Bike Bait program was introduced last year, a number of charges have been laid, including six arrests so far.

Bike Bait demonstration

Constable Gary Borges plays the part of a thief during a Bike Bait demonstration. Image: Mike Andrechuk

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When is Toronto going to embrace bikesharing as a good and economic policy to encourage people to get out of their cars?

We hear about Paris' successful bike rental program Velib a lot... there's another in Brussels run by the same advertising company:

Brussels has embraced a project allowing residents and tourists to rent a bike for a modest fee. Beyond the environmental benefit, tourists find this an exciting and inexpensive way to discover the city.

The introductory project has about 250 bikes, located at 25 sites, with fees starting at about 0.50 euros for half an hour, rising to 1.50 euros for a day.

It's sponsored by JCDecaux, a billboard advertising company. The Brussels program piggybacks on other similar initiatives, including one in the French city of Lyon, where 2,500 bikes are available for hire.

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Attention All Pedestrians, Cyclists, Bladers and Transit Users: South Kingsway on TPC Agenda

[This is courtesy of TCAT, and I mentioned this back in July too. ]

Responding to a letter from the Toronto Urban Renewal Network (TURN), the Toronto Pedestrian Committee (TPC) will be considering a motion to re-open the South Kingsway/Queensway Environmental Assessment (EA) on Wednesday, September 12th at 3:00pm. At issue is the opportunity for the City to use almost $1 million to make progressive pedestrian, cycling and transit access improvements that meet the City's Official Plan, Pedestrian Charter and Bike Plan or simply re-construct the 1950s style interchange virtually "as is".

Bill Saundercook, the local Councillor who declared the EA dead in July, will chair the TPC meeting. The TPC is comprised of citizen appointees and two councillors (see www.toronto.ca/tpc/#members). The meeting is open to the public so TURN requests that you attend in person and/or phone TPC members in advance requesting that they support the motion. This could well be the last chance to bring this fast and dangerous car-oriented area into the 21st century by making it much more people-friendly. For further information, contact Marty Collier at marty.colliersympatico.ca .

Thanks,

Marty Collier

Member, Toronto Urban Renewal Network (TURN)

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Toronto Pedestrian Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 12 at 3pm
City Hall, Committee Room 3


Full TPC Agenda for Sept. 12th ( South Kingsway is Item #2)
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2007/agendas/committees/tp/tp070912/agenda.pdf

Background on South Kingsway pedestrian improvements
http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/south_kingsway-queensway/index.htm


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Don't cut TTC, riders say (Toronto Star)

"We're in a rut of thinking how can we cut, instead of how can we grow," Carole Davies told city councillors and TTC managers to applause from a crowd of transit riders last night.

Citizen cyclist, Frank de Jong (Take the Lane)

It was the first time I have ever interviewed a political leader while he was riding a bicycle. But de Jong was on a mission, to make a point about green solutions for Ontario.

Two wheels enough for Green Leader (Globe and Mail)

While other party leaders fired up their campaign buses, Green Party Leader Frank de Jong launched his campaign yesterday on two wheels, pulling up in front of Queen's Park on his bike before embarking on a 100-kilometre ride to Guelph.

Kids Stop Speeders Near Their School (CityNews)

A group of students from St. Luke Catholic School left their classrooms at 9am to target something that could do them a lot of harm - speeders in the areas where they go to school.

Cyclists ride to remember (Toronto Sun)

"He loved biking around the city and always wore his helmet and had lights, front and back, when he rode at night," Bill Sukloff wrote in a tribute to Lonergan, who he described as friendly and outgoing.

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Recent TCAT activities and news items:



TCAT meets with Bike and Pedestrian-Friendly Councillor Joe Pantalone – Strachan Avenue study proposed

This past week TCAT met with Councillor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) to discuss past successes and future opportunities for improving and increasing pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in his ward. Councillor Pantalone is a supporter of walking and cycling and advocates for them at City Hall and when dealing with developers. TCAT looks forward to a strong and mutually-supportive relationship with the City’s Deputy Mayor.

Today at Toronto and East York Community Council, Councillor Pantalone will be moving a motion to direct staff to undertake a study of the CN/CP rail crossing at Strachan Avenue . The purpose of this study is to develop a design for a grade separated crossing that is inevitably necessary, given the projected growth in train traffic. While TCAT prefers to see the crossing remain at grade, it appears that will not be possible. That is why we are supporting Councillor Pantalone’s motion, insisting that any design work put the needs of cyclists and pedestrians first, ahead of motorists, to ensure that this crossing and vital link to the waterfront be safe and convenient for all who use it. A public design charette will be part of the study. TCAT plans to participate in this process and ensure, among other things, that the missing northbound link between the Martin Goodman Trail and Strachan Avenue be addressed (currently, there is no safe and legal way to cross Lakeshore Boulevard traveling northbound – for a photo of the situation, go to: http://bikelanediary.blogspot.com/2006/06/latest-bike-chunk.html).

To see a copy of the motion, go to: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-6336.pdf



Pedestrian Sunday in Baldwin Village – This Sunday, September 16th! & TCAT Volunteer Opportunity

PS Kensington and Streets are for People are leaders in creating car-free street festivals, and we encourage you to get out and enjoy their next event, not in Kensington Market but in Baldwin Village ( Baldwin Street near McCaul Street ). Streets are for People are also one of the over 35 community organizations that support TCAT.

The merchants and residents of Baldwin Village invite visitors to join them this summer as they introduce Toronto 's best-kept secret to the city through a series of Pedestrian Sunday celebrations. Baldwin Village is a hidden treasure nestled in the heart of downtown – a history-rich urban village that represents the culturally diverse heartbeat of Toronto . Composed of a collection of 38 independent restaurants and retailers, this community is amplified by an abundance of international cuisine.

The theme for this final event of the summer in Baldwin Village is ‘Tomorrow’. “What do you see for Baldwin Village in the future? Given the huge arts community we hope to come up with a fun, futuristic vision for the street. Visionaries welcome!”

Featuring...

· Gypsy Rebels - Authentic Gypsy Music
· Richard Underhill - Juno Award Winning Jazz Great
· Steve Mann Ensemble - International Hydraulophonist, Musical instrument using pressurized water
· irieband - Spirited Reggae Band
· Mz. Mosea and Band - Dynamic Soulful Singer
· Max Woolver Blues Band - Grassroots
· Chris Bezant & Craig Saltz Duo - Gypsy Jazz-Django Reinhardt Style
· Usmic Music - Yoshi & Chie Yamano - Guitar, Digeridoo, Sitar, Vocals
· Jim Reid - Guitar and Vocals
· Ardene Shapiro - Guitar and Vocals ... and many more Guest Artists

· Community Think Tank - What's your vision for the future of Baldwin Village ? ...with Michael J.
· Baldwin Village Film Fest - Free Movies on the Street. Bring blankets and pillows ...we'll supply movies & popcorn
· Children's Events :) - games, art & crafts, music, face painting and lots more
· Self Guided Walking Tour of Baldwin Village - present to the turn of the century
· International Delicious Food ...And a swell time for all !!


Time: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

For more information visit: www.pskensington.ca


TCAT LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

At the last Pedestrian Sunday in Mirvish Village , TCAT setup a successful display, handing out our brochure and discussing our activities with visitors to the street festival. We are now looking for volunteers to help us at future Pedestrian Sunday Events. If you are available and eager to help spread the word on TCAT, please e-mail info@torontocat.ca with your availability.


Upcoming Pedestrian Sundays are:

• Sept. 16: Baldwin Village (Theme: The future for Baldwin Village )

• Sept. 30: Kensington Market (Theme: Global Harvest Traditions)

• Oct. 28: Kensington Market (Theme: Halloween! Honouring Ancestors)



TCAT News – Help spread the word!

TCAT is continually looking to increase its list of supporters. Please send this message to any groups or individuals you think would be interested in learning more about TCAT, receiving our weekly e-Bulletin, or volunteering with TCAT.

To learn more about TCAT, visit our web site at: www.torontocat.ca

To subscribe to TCAT News, go to: http://lists.torontocat.ca/listinfo.cgi/tcatnews-torontocat.ca

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The Memorial for Patrick Lonergan was just yesterday, and thankfully the police are still on the hunt for his killer:
The suspect they're hunting for is the person behind the wheel who struck and killed a cyclist in the underpass of Murray Glen Drive near Pharmacy Ave., in the Lawrence and Ellesmere area a week ago Sunday. The 40-year-old was hit by a stolen truck around 2:45am and the driver got out of the vehicle, took one look at what he'd done and fled the scene on foot. There hasn't been a trace of him since.

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City to complete missing link for cyclists (Inside Toronto)

For years it's been a missing link for bicycle commuters using the bike lanes on Dundas and Shuter Streets. All that will change this fall when the city opens up a westbound dedicated bike lane on the Dundas Street bridge crossing the Don Valley Parkway.

Photos from Memorial Ride for Patrick Lonergan


Is Bicycling Safe? (Raise the Hammer)

Would-be cyclists often ask: But is it safe? Will I have to pay for my environmental choice with crippling injuries or premature death?

Stop idling! (Green Living Online)

It’s back to school so we can expect to see the familiar sight of the school bus waiting to pick up our children. But an idling school bus is not just a nuisance; it’s also a serious health risk.

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Wall in Port Dalhousie

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Loading the BikeTrain

[curious? see biketrain.ca]

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Riding the Welland Canal

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Here's a quick list of stuff going on this weekend, if you're looking for stuff to do. Not all are bike-related, but they all sound fun.


23rd Annual Vegetarian Food Fair
All Weekend
Harbourfront Centre. Admission is free.

6th Annual Ride for Karen
Sun, Sept 9 at 7:00 AM

Memorial for Cyclist killed on Pharmacy Ave.
Sun, Sept 9 at 10:00 AM
Meet at Bloor & Spadina

Pedestrian Sunday in Mirvish Village
Sun, Sept 9 from 12-9 PM (map)

‘Walking Life’ exhibit – Show opening
Sun. Sept 9 from 6-9 PM
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 3rd floor

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Links to start your Friday. :)

Tears of a Bikeless Cyclist

It's an all too familiar story in Toronto – another stolen bike. But while not wanting to minimize anyone else's pain, I cycled into a life transformation on those wheels, and it's hard to move on.

Liberals to pledge tax cuts on bikes and bike helmets

The Ontario Liberals' election platform will include promises to cut the Provincial Sales Tax on bicycles, give parents a tax credit for children enrolled in sports and offer dental care to the working poor.... The eight per cent PST cut on the sale of bicycles will also apply for helmets.

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The CN Tower from the Islands

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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.



Accident Causes Major Chaos And Big Blackout Up North

Police indicate the woman who was driving the van, the sole occupant of that vehicle, attempted to make a left turn when she apparently hit the bus.

Special Needs Students Hurt In Crash

Three special needs high school students and their driver are lucky to be alive after their minivan collided with a full size school bus and another van around 5:10pm at Woodbine and Mt. Albert Road in Sharon

One dead in Mississauga crash

One person is dead after a tractor trailer and a motorcycle collided in Mississauga Wednesday evening.

Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Crash

A man was taken to hospital Tuesday morning with serious but not life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle crash on the Gardiner.

Crashes kill 13 in Ontario, including groom a day before wedding

Among the 13 people killed on Ontario roads over the long weekend were a Good Samaritan who stopped to help at a crash near Kitchener and a man who was to be married the next day near Ottawa.

Cyclist killed in hit-and-run identified

Patrick Lonergan, 40, of Toronto, was struck by a stolen truck on Murray Glen Dr., near Pharmacy Ave. around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

Single-car crash victim dies

A man whose car left the road and struck a light pole over the weekend has died.

Killer roads

The fatality was one of at least 14 road deaths across the province on what was possibly one of the worst Labour Day weekends on record.

Two Separate Crashes On Ontario's Highways

A 55-year-old man from Whitby, Ontario, was airlifted from the scene of a serious crash on the Westbound 01 at Westney Road in Ajax on Saturday evening.

Traffic Tragedies Ruin Start Of Long Weekend

It's the last long weekend of the summer and OPP are asking people to be extra careful on the roads.

Victims Trapped For Hours After Truck Flattens Car

Two victims were trapped for several hours in a vehicle flattened by a five ton truck, which turned over onto it while taking evasive action.

Visitation Held For Crash Victim Killed In Front Of Daughter

Avelar was with her three-year-old daughter, Bela, on the 401 near Cambridge Friday when their car was hit by a truck. She got out and took her daughter to the side of the road before going back to the car, apparently to get her cell phone. When she did...

At Least A Dozen Dead In Long Weekend Accidents

It was, quite simply, a tragic weekend on roads across southeastern Ontario, and as the traffic volume rose Monday night for the rush back into the Greater Toronto Area, at least 12 people were dead in its wake.

Mom killed in hit-and-run crash

Police are investigating what may be a double hit-and-run accident after a woman was killed on Hwy. 401 near Kitchener this morning as her young daughter watched from the shoulder.

Three Killed In Three Separate Collisions Heading Into Long Weekend

In just a matter of hours, three serious collisions claimed three separate lives heading into the long weekend.

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Tonight at 6 PM, if you watch MTV Live, you'll see a segment all about bikes, including stuff from July's BikeFriday!

I know they interviewed Tammy T from Spacing, as well as Cheri Di Novo, the local MPP, who congregated at the Alternative Grounds Coffee Shop before BikePooling it downtown on the last friday in July (the 27th).

Watch it if you can... and if anyone knows how to record it and get it up on YouTube, I'd LOVE to hear from you.

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Morning Links to go with your coffee.

Montréal’s shared roads and bike lanes

In response to Dale Duncan’s post on August 27th about Toronto’s plan to use sharrows instead of bike lanes on the Lansdowne reconstruction, Spacing Montréal’s Christopher DeWolf has an interesting post about Montréal’s history with shared roads and sharrows. Check it out.

Memorial for Cyclist killed on Pharmacy Ave.

When: Sunday September 9th 12 noon.

Where: Riding from Spadina and Bloor, leaving at 10am.

Mid-way meeting point at Victoria Park Station (outside west pedestrian entrance) at appx. 11am., departing 11:15am for memorial site.

Still trashing the bike lane

Sure enough, last week’s request to the superindendent and call to by-law enforcement had no effect: the bike lane in front of 55 Cosburn Ave. was once again turned over to the big plastic bins for garbage day.

Bicycle belonging to charity cyclists crushed during Air Canada flight

They wrapped up their journey in August and caught an Air Canada flight back to B.C. on Saturday - only to find their faithful tandem bike didn't survive the return trip.

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The deadline for nominations for the City of Toronto's Bicycle Friendly Business Awards is this Friday, September 7th at 5pm. Don't miss this chance to honour

businesses and organizations in your community who are making an effort to encourage and support cycling.
The awards will be presented in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Questions? Contact:

Alex Bowron
BUG Network Facilitator
Bicycle User Group Network
(416) 338-5091
bugs@toronto.ca

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There's more fun Toronto Coalition for Active Transport stuff in the news!



Recent TCAT activities and news items:


  1. Martin Goodman Trail bollards at the Boulevard Club – TCAT’s response
  2. South Kingsway/Queensway Interchange – To be discussed at next Pedestrian Committee Meeting, September 12
  3. Walking Life’ exhibit – Show opening, September 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  4. Pedestrian Sunday in Mirvish Village – This Sunday, September 9th! & TCAT Volunteer Opportunity
  5. Bicycle manufacturers as cycling advocates – TREK announces new program
  6. Gould Street International Student Design Competition


1. Martin Goodman Trail bollards at the Boulevard Club – TCAT’s response

If you’ve walked or ridden the Martin Goodman Trail lately, or read the City’s cycling blogs (I Bike TO and BikingToronto) you will know that the City recently erected a second, staggered row of bollards at the intersection with the Boulevard Club’s driveway off the Lakeshore. These bollards have had a negative impact on users of the Trail and the rationale for making this change has not been sufficiently expressed to those concerned (in correspondence with City staff and local Councillor Gord Perk’s office). In an effort to clarify the situation and seek out a solution that can more fairly accommodate those who use this intersection, TCAT has sent a letter to Councillor Perks (attached). TCAT will keep our supporters up-to-date with any developments.

We encourage you to express your opinion about the new bollards by forwarding this letter to Councillor Perk’s office and the office of your local councillor with a statement that you endorse it. You can also write your own letter or make a phone call to make sure the voices of Trail users are heard.

2. South Kingsway/Queensway Interchange – To be discussed at next Pedestrian Committee Meeting, September 12

As reported in past TCAT e-Bulletins, the Environmental Assessment for redesign of the treacherous South Kingsway/Queensway interchange was cancelled in July, ending plans to make this 1950s highway style interchange more cycle/pedestrian friendly.

More recently, TCAT has learned that this issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee on Wednesday, September 12th at 3:00 pm at City Hall, Committee Room 3. TCAT will report back on this discussion and next steps for getting this project back on City Council’s agenda.

3. ‘Walking Life’ exhibit – Show opening, September 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Walking Life: A month long exhibit showcasing work created both by artists and community members that celebrates the experience of walking.

“The goals for Walking Life are quite simple. First and foremost, we hope to generate excitement about walking. We’d like to inspire people to reclaim (aka: use!) the sidewalks as public space. We’d like to inspire people to think about the pedestrian experience. And, we’d like people to contemplate the environments in which they walk. We have asked people of all kinds to convey their experiences through art, because the creative process has the potential to stimulate contemplation, interesting discussion and even innovation.”

Opening Reception:

Date: Sunday September 9

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West , 3rd floor

The exhibit will be open:

Sunday Sept. 9 to Thursday Oct. 4, 12-5 pm every day.

Admission is free.

4. Pedestrian Sunday in Mirvish Village – This Sunday, September 9th, noon-9pm & TCAT Volunteer Opportunity

PS Kensington and Streets are for People are leaders in creating car-free street festivals, and we encourage you to get out and enjoy their next event, not in Kensington Market but in Mirvish Village ( Markham Street south of Bloor Street ). Streets are for People are also one of the over 35 community organizations that support TCAT.

Mirvish Village, home to the landmark discount store Honest Ed’s at Bathurst & Bloor, is a collection of boutiques, studios and restaurants founded and named for the Mirvish family in recognition of Toronto’s retail show biz entrepreneur Ed Mirvish.

This historical area is located in midtown Toronto , (near Bathurst subway station) in an eclectic, culturally diverse, and vibrant neighbourhood. Filled with many spectacular specialty shops including video & bookstores, jewellery stores, antique stores, art galleries, vintage shops, and outstanding eateries to satisfy many different palates, visitors can stroll the spacious boulevard and open street, or relax & enjoy some food & drink on one of the many patios that Markham St. hosts.

The Mirvish Village BIA welcomes visitors to join the community in enjoying activities, entertainment & live music for all ages.

Time: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more information visit: www.pskensington.ca

TCAT LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

At the last Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market, TCAT setup a successful display, handing out our brochure and discussing our activities with visitors to the street festival. We are now looking for volunteers to help us at future Pedestrian Sunday Events. If you are available and eager to help spread the word on TCAT, please e-mail info@torontocat.ca with your availability.

Upcoming Pedestrian Sundays are:

• Sept. 9: Mirvish Village

• Sept. 16: Baldwin Village (Theme: The future for Baldwin Village )

• Sept. 30: Kensington Market (Theme: Global Harvest Traditions)

• Oct. 28: Kensington Market (Theme: Halloween! Honouring Ancestors)

5. Bicycle manufacturers as cycling advocates – TREK announces new program

Though this is not a Toronto story – not even a Canadian story – TCAT is pleased to see TREK bicycles playing a strong part in the cycling advocacy community in the US . In the coming months TCAT will be looking to work with other manufacturers, as well as the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, to combine our efforts creating a safer and more enjoyable cycling environment in Toronto.

[with files from the National Center for Bicycling & Walking]

John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle Corporation, this past Monday announced an ambitious new advocacy program during Trek World, its dealer event held at the Monona Terrace in Madison , Wisconsin .

Burke asked retailers to participate in the One World, Two Wheels program that will directly fund the efforts of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and the Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program of the League of American Bicyclists.

Trek will donate to IMBA $10 for every full-suspension bike sold, for a minimum of $600,000 over the next three years. Trek also will donate $1 per helmet to BFC, for a minimum of $1 million over the next three years. Burke said Trek will also provide ads, brochures, T-shirts, billboards and signage in support of the projects.

Burke urged bicycle dealers to help achieve the goal of increasing bicycle trips in the US from one percent to five percent in the next 10 years (by Trek World 2017).

"[This announcement] follows on from John Burke's presentations at the National Bike Summit and Taipei bike show, where he challenged the industry to spend more of their marketing dollars on advocacy," said Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "Rather than waiting for the industry to do this collectively, he decided Trek should take a leadership role and get on with it. Hopefully others will follow suit."

Clarke noted that the $1.6 million contribution to the BFC and IMBA programs (over three years) isn't being tacked on to the price of the bikes and helmets to dealers or consumers. "Trek described it as a tax on themselves," Clarke said.

6. Gould Street International Student Design Competition

Designing Gould Street is an open, international student design competition to propose an innovative, imaginative series of spaces that will transform the existing Gould Street corridor of Ryerson into a pedestrianized environment. The Competition is held in conjunction with the Walk21 conference.

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Flat fix and tune-up course @ CBN
7:00pm- 9:00pm

The Community Bicycle Network introduces mechanic classes for beginners. The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. Learning some basics about your bike saves you money in the long run when you can change your own tube or adjust your brakes.

Dates: Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm, weekly, beginning August 15th
Cost: $30 (including any deposit)

  • Bring your own Bike (encouraged but not absolutely necessary)
  • Two hour class.
  • Maximum 6 people per class.
  • Minimum 3.

Please RSVP by sending an email to toolworks@communitybicyclenetwork.org with the subject "Bike Mechanic Class RSVP", or by phoning 416-504-2918 and leaving a message under "general inquiries" stating that you wish to RSVP for the Bike Mechanic Class with your name and number. Someone will return your email or call to confirm how to RSVP a spot (and how to pay a deposit). Those who provide a $10 non-refundable deposit will be given preference on the list.

The class consists of:

Flat Fix - hands-on segment:
- Participants will remove their own rear wheel and tire and go through a tube repair and installation.

A brief discussion of:
- Bike fit
- General safety issues (loose parts, damage, etc)
- Lubrication

Brakes - instructor demo/description:
- general concepts and adjustment
- safety!

Gears and drive train - instructor demo/description:
- general concepts and adjustment

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Links to start your day off right. :)

Transit Priority on King at Community Council

Installation of a temporary right-of-way between Yonge and University during July and August 2008 based on the TTC’s design concept, but implemented in a manner similar to that used in 2006 on Queen’s Quay to test the reconfiguration of that street.

Memorial Ride for Victoria, Age 7

Crossing Canada for Children

This Labour Day, while biking around the city, I stopped in at HTO park where I met Bertrand Lemeunier, a cyclist passing through Toronto on a Cross-Canada trip to raise money for a Canadian childrens charity.

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Three Island Quadracycles

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A nice thank-you note from a Toronto cyclist helped by others:



Via Torontoist and TreeHugger

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Morning Links and News to Start your day:

Another cyclist killed by truck in Scarborough

At about 3am early Sunday morning, a cyclist was riding on Pharmacy Ave. north of Lawrence Ave. when he was struck and killed by a stolen landscaping truck. The truck's thief fled the scene and has not been found.

Cyclist Memorial - details in brief

Meet: Spadina and Bloor 6pm. or 630pm if you are taking the subway. Re-group at Warden Station (outside west entrance) at appx. 7pm., departing 715pm

Memorial site: Bay Mills Blvd near Warden appx. 8pm

BellsOnBloor.ca

Join hundreds of cyclists of all ages in celebrating car-free day with a pedal powered parade, ringing our bells all the way from High Park to the ROM.

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Velomobile

[ more info at BlueVelo.com ]

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Humber River Trail

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College Street Bikelane

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Happy Bike Cops

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