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posted by Joe on Friday, February 29, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.

  • Reminder: Tomorrow is BikeFriday
    Tomorrow is BikeFriday, and thankfully the weather is supposed to be (relatively) balmy, with a high of around 0 degrees centigrade. Perfect biking weather. Here's all the good stuff on tap for tomorrow that you and your bike can do: 8:00 - 9:30 AM: Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
  • Toronto Cyclists Union and TCAT get grant money from BTAC!
    Holy acronyms, batman! The Toronto Cyclists Union and the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation have gotten grants from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada: Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation’s - Cycling Policy Conference scheduled for spring ’08 will receive $5,000. This policy conference expected to garner worldwide attention, will feature…
  • Not Wearing a Bike Helmet for a Religious Reason?
    Interesting story last week about a Sikh man named Baljinder Badesha who can't ride his motorcycle because according to his faith, he can't wear a helmet (either instead of a turban or on top of a turban). Baljinder Badesha, above, who was charged by Peel police in September 2005…
  • Toronto Cyclists Union releases February Newsletter
    BikingToronto is fully behind the upcoming Toronto Cyclists Union. It looks like it'll be a great advocacy organization for cycling in Toronto! They have just released their February Newsletter (PDF): Our first volunteer meetings!Bike union trailer fleetEugene YaoDefending the UnionOur magazine nameLobbyists VS Lobbyists Download the newsletter here: http://www.bikeunion.to/Ultrasound_February.pdf
  • Crafty Cyclists Build Railway Underpass
    The ravines of Toronto are awesome places to ride, and if you're a free spirit, like most cyclists are - the presence of railway lines and rivers sometimes severely impedes your spirit. In the Don Valley, some industrious cyclists have built a railway underpass on the bank of the Don…
  • Does Less Room for Cars Mean Traffic Jams?
    Toronto has had a lot of snow this winter. Most of it has come down in February. This means that snowplow drivers and other city staff that keep the thoroughfares clear haven't had as much time to get rid of all that snow. Rather, they've piled it up in drifts…
  • Stolen Chopper Bike "Darryl" Recovered!
    A great good news story happened here in Toronto yesterday. A "chopper" bike named "Darryl" was stolen, surveillance camera photos of the thief emerged, and the bike was recovered through a couple of anonymous tips. Here's the complete story, from the owner of the bike.
  • Stuff White People Like: Bicycles
    I came across this site after reading something about how it's politically incorrect (does that even mean anything anymore?), but I gotta say, as a white person, I find the site hilarious and often quite accurate (such as recent posts about Oscar Parties and Threatening to Move to Canada).
  • Photos from WeloBike Orientation
    You may remember an event from a Weekly Events post a couple weeks ago about WeloBike - a project to generate pedal-powered energy for non-profit organizations: Created by Cyril Guerette, WeloBike is an organization dedicated to producing clean green energy to power the lights for non-profit, government, and corporate organizations.
  • Update on the Stolen Zebra Chopper Bike
    In case you missed the original post, a Zebra Chopper Bike was stolen recently in the Dupont & Ossington neighbourhood. It turns out that the building had surveillance cameras, so here's some blurry images of the thief... keep an eye out for the bike (which may or may not still…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: February 25th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: TCAT AGM Recap - Supporters turn-up to…

Past Weekly News Posts:

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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.





Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run accident

The 49-year-old victim was walking with her husband southbound on Stevenson Rd. at Mount Olive Dr., near Albion Rd. and Finch Ave. W., when she was hit from behind at around 6 a.m.

Teenager Dies In Derry Rollover

A terrifying rollover has killed a 17-year-old boy. He was in a van with five other teens when the vehicle went out of control on Derry Road west of Mavis around 1pm on Tuesday. One boy and four girls are still in hospital.

Crash closes Hwy. 400 southbound lanes

A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after an early morning crash that closed the southbound lanes of Hwy. 400 near Aurora Rd.

Classmates shocked by girl’s death

Students at Newtonbrook Secondary School found it difficult to believe that Eugenia Migounov wouldn’t be coming back to classes.

One killed, several injured as car hits bus shelter

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m., near Bathurst St. and Steeles Ave., when an Acura carrying four people spun-out while travelling southbound on Bathurst St.

Teen Charged In Crash That Kills 15-Year-Old Passenger

The victim, 15-year-old Eugenia Migounov, was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, which lost control and hit another car at about 9:30pm Sunday at the intersection of Bathurst St. and Steeles Ave. W. She was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Girl, 15, dead after north end crash

A 17-year-old male has been charged with impaired driving after the vehicle he was driving crashed in Toronto's north end Sunday, killing a passenger in the car.

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posted by Joe on Friday, February 29, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

There aren't any archived posts for Feb. 29th. It's a Leap Day!

Check out other From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tomorrow is BikeFriday, and thankfully the weather is supposed to be (relatively) balmy, with a high of around 0 degrees centigrade. Perfect biking weather.

Here's all the good stuff on tap for tomorrow that you and your bike can do:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM

6:00 - 7:00 PM:
Critical Mass
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30

7:00 - 10:00 PM:
Pirate Critical Bask and Film Night
457 Bathurst St. (South of College) - Hot Chocolate and food for thought are rewarded to anyone that bikes in the heart of the urban jungle. And if you miss the bike ride, come and partake in a screening of Beijing Bicycle at BikePirates!

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Holy acronyms, batman! The Toronto Cyclists Union and the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation have gotten grants from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada:


Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation
’s - Cycling Policy Conference scheduled for spring ’08 will receive $5,000. This policy conference expected to garner worldwide attention, will feature high profile speakers and detailed presentations of studies, statistics and facts that are supportive of the position that governments which dedicate funds to programs that encourage cycling reap a broad range of societal, transportation and economic benefits..


Toronto Cyclist Union (TCU) will receive $2,500. As the first membership-driven bicycle advocacy organization in the Greater Toronto Area, the TCU has a target of engaging one million cyclist across the region. This is consumer focused group are dedicated to promoting bicycles use, create positive perceptions of cycling and to shift the gears of political culture towards sustainable and bike friendly planning.

Congratulations TCU and TCAT. It's well deserved.

All recipients on HuffStrategy.com.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest 5 photos submitted to the group:


The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

Again, the full list is on the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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What happens when our pal Tino slaps a camera on his bike and takes part in the "Rubber Race" at the Ice Bike Races? We get an amusing video. Thanks Tino!

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Interesting story last week about a Sikh man named Baljinder Badesha who can't ride his motorcycle because according to his faith, he can't wear a helmet (either instead of a turban or on top of a turban).

Baljinder Badesha, above, who was charged by Peel police in September 2005 with failing to wear a helmet, said he understands the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet but is willing to take the risk to follow his Sikh tenets.

"I know it is for safety, but people die in car accidents all the time," the 39-year-old owner of a used car dealership said yesterday outside a Brampton court. He is fighting a $110 ticket he received for wearing his turban instead of a helmet while riding his motorcycle on Queen St. in Brampton near Hwy. 410.

"Telling Mr. Badesha to choose between his religion or participating in the normal life of Ontario is discrimination," Scott Hutchison, an attorney for the human rights commission, told a Brampton court yesterday.

This brings up interesting questions if a mandatory bicycle helmet law ever comes into effect in Ontario.

If this is a human rights issue and Sikh cyclists don't have to wear helmets when biking, isn't mandating non-Sikh cyclists to wear helmets also discrimatory?

More at the Star.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Gotta love the Norwegians. In the hilly town of Trondheim, they wanted to ease the burden for cyclists tackling one of the largest hills in town - so they installed a bikelift (Trampe).



I can think of a couple places one of these would come in handy in Toronto...

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BikingToronto is fully behind the upcoming Toronto Cyclists Union. It looks like it'll be a great advocacy organization for cycling in Toronto!

They have just released their February Newsletter (PDF):
  • Our first volunteer meetings!
  • Bike union trailer fleet
  • Eugene Yao
  • Defending the Union
  • Our magazine name
  • Lobbyists VS Lobbyists

Download the newsletter here:
http://www.bikeunion.to/Ultrasound_February.pdf

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikeChain Workshop Topic Change

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Automobiles In The News


For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Wow, I want to visit London.

In addition to their mayor pledging a Billion Bucks to cycling infrastructure, those Brits have cool businesses like Velorution, who rent folding bikes to tourists:
“There is no faster way to get around London than by bicycle. Order one of our models and we will deliver it to your room; at the end of the day, just leave it to the concierge and we will pick it up; couldn't be easier. If the weather is not friendly, we can rent you smart weatherproof jackets and trousers.

Don't waste time in traffic jams!” You can choose from a Strida, Brompton, Dahon or even an
iXi. It will set you back £20 for first 24 hours and £15 for subsequent 24 hour periods. The aforementioned wet weather ensemble is an additional £10/day. And should you enjoy the experience, they have a robust collection of folding bikes, including many TH favourites, to tempt your wallet open further.
Velorution has a nice blog too.

More at TreeHugger.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

The ravines of Toronto are awesome places to ride, and if you're a free spirit, like most cyclists are - the presence of railway lines and rivers sometimes severely impedes your spirit.

In the Don Valley, some industrious cyclists have built a railway underpass on the bank of the Don River with new lumber and lots of concrete. I'll let the DonWatcher Blog explain it in more detail for you:


Bike trail trestle constructed underneath CN rail bridge

I first discovered it all finished in early September. It consists of a wooden trestle about 15 m long and about 75 cm wide. It extends from one side of the bridge to the other. It is low enough for a biker but I had to duck my head when I walked along it. It is solidly built and creatively uses available space. the bridge is resting on poured concrete pilings that are sitting on rocks that were already there. From some of the comments I've read on the biker forums it took 40 bags of cement to build.



Footings of bridge are cement poured into forms and anchored on stone
Both CN Railways and the City seem to be content to let the underpass stay, for now.

More on the DonWatcher Blog.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Toronto has had a lot of snow this winter. Most of it has come down in February. This means that snowplow drivers and other city staff that keep the thoroughfares clear haven't had as much time to get rid of all that snow. Rather, they've piled it up in drifts and incurred the complaints of drivers and cyclists alike.

However, it's perhaps a good thing that these snowbanks are here and cutting down the width of roads - it shows us just what happens when lanes built for cars are blocked. Darren of Toronto Cranks was out with a camera on Pharmacy Avenue after a recent snowfall and documented how the snowbanks created bikelanes out of curblanes, and how automobile traffic wasn't effected at all:





It may be good to remember this the next time the city wants to put in bikelanes and someone says that less room for cars means more congestion.

Photos from Toronto Cranks.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is now an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto, so join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently on the brand new BikingToronto Community:

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the last week:



Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

A great good news story happened here in Toronto yesterday. A "chopper" bike named "Darryl" was stolen, surveillance camera photos of the thief emerged, and the bike was recovered through a couple of anonymous tips. Here's the complete story, from the owner of the bike.


Amazon riding Darryl the chopper.

My bike is RIGHT here, back at home. Am never leaving it where I cant see it again!

How did I get my bike back?? As soon as my bike went missing I posted Craigslist and emailed EVERYONE, who posted it EVERYWHERE, (THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH) because who would be dumb enough to steal a zebra covered art chopper bike???

There are a lot more details Im leaving out, sleuthing, photos, asking all the neighbors, calling 14th div, for advice, but long story short, with the help of some good friends he's back.

I then got an anonymous email from my LOST AND FOUND posting on Craigslist, telling me vaguely where my bike was. Then I got another, with more information- that it was in a bar, and was used against a bar tab!!

Apparently the idiot who stole it took it for a joyride then to a bar and left it as collateral. He tried to rip off the fur and the stickers and couldn't, or maybe he realized it was too original, so he ditched it. Lucky for me!!!

When I called the bar this morning as soon as it opened the kind lady there knew right away what I was talking about. I raced down (I have never run so fast) to a sketchy bar on Bloor street and there he was. Darryl!!! I gave her flowers as a thank you and everyone told me how much they loved my bike and how they wondered who owned it. They were so kind.

Later when I thought about it, the reason they still had it and were trolling on Craigslist is that they probably thought that they could sell it, but seeing it all over the net (thank you all!), they probably realized that this bike was not only hot, it was HOTTT! I didn't even think to ask them about the thief.

Crying with joy, I inspected him quickly and rode Darryl home like a bat out of hell. His fur was torn a bit and they had tried to remove the stickers, but hes really no worse for wear.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY. Thank you stranger who emailed me, whatever your intentions. Thank you universe!!! Darryl's home.

Now we just have to find the bike thief and nail him!!

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Rider in the Storm

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto Wants One Cent Now

2007: Toronto Cyclists Union, Lack of Progress on BikeLanes, BikePirates Website and a BikeTrain to Niagara

2006: Rack 'Em Up!

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I came across this site after reading something about how it's politically incorrect (does that even mean anything anymore?), but I gotta say, as a white person, I find the site hilarious and often quite accurate (such as recent posts about Oscar Parties and Threatening to Move to Canada).

There's a good post about bicycles on it:
For the most part, these rules have been unisex. But there is a special category of bicycles that appeal far more to white women, the European city bike (pictured). White women have a lot of fantasies about idealized lives, and one of them is living in Europe and riding around an old city on one of these bikes. They dream about waking up and riding to a little cafe, then visiting bakeries and cheese shops and finally riding home to prepare a fancy meal for their friends who will all eat under a canopy with white Christmas lights..

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

You may remember an event from a Weekly Events post a couple weeks ago about WeloBike - a project to generate pedal-powered energy for non-profit organizations:
Created by Cyril Guerette, WeloBike is an organization dedicated to producing clean green energy to power the lights for non-profit, government, and corporate organizations. Each WeloBike can produce on average 50W/h of electricity (and upwards of 100W/h for experienced cyclists).

Our pilot project will be helping to power the lights at The Gateway homeless shelter in downtown Toronto with WeloBikes. We are inviting media and government officials. People will walk into the room in the dark (just floor lights). Once people begin biking the house lights come on ... we will keep track of how much power is generated druing the pilot project.

Well, they had the orientation, and invited me to share a couple photos with you, dear readers. :)


Fast Welo-Biker!


WeloBike Volunteers

Much more info:
Welobike website | Facebook Group | Toronto Star Article

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:


News:
Photos:
Events:
Elsewhere:
Video:
Infrastructure:
Weekly:


Past Category Digests:

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by day:

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

In case you missed the original post, a Zebra Chopper Bike was stolen recently in the Dupont & Ossington neighbourhood.

It turns out that the building had surveillance cameras, so here's some blurry images of the thief... keep an eye out for the bike (which may or may not still have zebra stripes):


Bike Thief before theft.


Bike Thief riding away on stolen chopper


Chopper with it's rightful owner

Again, if you see this bike with anyone else riding on it, let me know, at joe@bikingtoronto.com or Amazon at 647-835-3473

Posted on the Stolen Bike Listing

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Ice Biking Photos and Videos

2007: Bike Events This Week

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Monday, February 25, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:
  1. TCAT AGM Recap - Supporters turn-up to tell us what they think & New Steering Committee appointed
  2. 2008 Operating Budget - Pedestrian Committee supports TCAT recommendation
  3. Transit City - TTC acknowledges TCAT recommendations
  4. Enviro Forum & Eco Fair - Thursday, February 28

More on the TCAT site.

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Via the BikingToronto Inbox on Facebook. :)

This is pretty crazy but someone stole a Zebra stripe painted, banana-seated chopper bike from in front of their owner's apartment.

If you see this bike around town ridden by anyone other than the person in this photo, give a shout.



Contact me at joe@bikingtoronto.com or Amazon at 647-835-3473

Also posted onto the Stolen Bike Listing, of course.

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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Friday, Feb. 29th (BikeFriday)

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

Google Calendar Page | Facebook Page | Alternative Grounds

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Critical Mass Toronto
Google Calendar Page | Facebook Page | CM Toronto website

8:00- 10:00 PM - Pirate Critical Bash
Google Calendar Page | Facebook Page | BikePirates Blog


Saturday, Mar. 1st

9:30 - 6:00 PM - Walk21 Toronto Community Conference

Google Calendar Page | Facebook Page | City of Toronto Page


If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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Happy Monday!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.


Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Mass Against The Machines

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2006
Critical Mass & MAP in the Paper

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: MAP in the Globe and Mail?

2006: Cyclists Already Know They Are The Future

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Friday, February 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.

The Bicycle Film Festival is looking for submissions for 2008
If you caught (or wanted to catch) the Bicycle Film Festival last year when it swung through Toronto, you'll know that it's very popular (a reason why it travels through tons of cities every year). The Festival is in the planning stages for the 2008 edition and are looking…

BikeWeek has been expanded to BikeMonth!
It's official! The City of Toronto's BikeWeek has been expanded to BikeMonth!!! Oh, there were whispers it was going to receive a name change, since BikeWeek has been lasting for a couple weeks the past few years, but now it's a nomenclature event! :) The City has updated their…

Bike-Friendly ChocoSol Traders profiled in the Toronto Star
Chocosol Traders has been profiled in the Star, drawing deserving attention to their sustainable production and refinement practices: "I'm more into the food and nutrition and social justice and ecology side of the business," says Michael Sacco, who has a master's degree in environmental studies from York University.

BikeMonth Event Submission Deadline is March 27th
Considering planning a BikeMonth event? You have until March 27th to let the City know so they can help publicize it. Bike Month, get involved! It's fun to ride your bike. As transportation or recreation, it's good for your health, and the environment. If you're working with your business or…

Memorial for Eugene Yao, Urbane Cyclist Founder
One of the founders of the extremely popular bike co-op The Urbane Cyclist has passed away. Eugene Yao helped found Urbane in the mid-1990s after a layoff from the corporate world (he had an electrical engineering degree) made him disillusioned with regular work environments. Visitation is at Cardinal Funeral Home…

Reminder: TCAT General Meeting is Tonight
Just a final reminder that tonight is TCAT's first Annual General Meeting. This meeting is open to all our supporters - individuals and organizations - and anyone else who wants to learn more about what TCAT does and our plans for the future. There will be snacks and refreshments!…

Duke's Cycle Victim of Massive Fire
If you haven't already heard the news, there was a massive fire overnight in the Queen & Bathurst area, and one of the businesses lost was Duke's Cycle, which had been there for 95 years: More than 150 Toronto firefighters worked to tame the fire, which broke out around…

BikePirate profiled on Spacing Toronto
The Spacing series of Winter Cyclist Profiles continues, this time with Geoffrey Bercarich, one of the BikePirates! What would you say to convince someone who is considering commuting by bicycle to go for it? It’s cheap and effective. It brings speed, liberty and freedom to persons in transit. You’re not…

TTC rolls out new hybrid buses with bikeracks
You may have caught the story in the Star last week, and maybe even noticed the photo of the bus with the bikerack on the front (above) and wondered if all 500 of the new buses had bikeracks... All hybrids are low-floor, which means riders board at curb height.…

Ice Bike Races on Saturday Night
Just a quick reminder that the 2008 edition of the Toronto Ice Races will be going Saturday night at the rink at Dufferin Grove Park. If I'm there, you'll see me wipe out numerous times in the rubber race at the end of the night on my winter bike.…


Last Week:
Feb. 15: Weekly News Wrap-Up

Past Weekly News Posts:
Feb. 8: Weekly News Wrap-Up
Feb. 1: Weekly News Wrap-Up
Jan. 25: Weekly News Wrap-Up
Jan. 18: Weekly News Wrap-Up
Jan. 11: Weekly News Wrap-Up

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posted by Joe on Friday, February 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's not just cycling advocates that get frustrated when the city doesn't clear bikelanes... regular people do too... here's a video from a guy who decided to document it:

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If you caught (or wanted to catch) the Bicycle Film Festival last year when it swung through Toronto, you'll know that it's very popular (a reason why it travels through tons of cities every year).

The Festival is in the planning stages for the 2008 edition and are looking for submissions - so if you have an eye for moving pictures about bikes, check it out.

The deadline for submissions is March 7th.

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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.



Car Goes Into Ditch On DVP

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash on the northbound DVP early Wednesday.

Tragic crash at wedding

What should have been a night of celebration took a tragic turn after an out-of-control car vaulted a snowbank, seriously injuring a taxi driver and guests leaving a lakeside wedding reception.

Two Rollovers Send Three To Hospital

A man and a woman were driving in the westbound collector lanes, just east of Yonge, when the car flipped. Witnesses say it turned three times before coming to a rest on its roof.


Related:

Man guilty of manslaughter in death of pedestrian

A Toronto man has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2005 death of a pedestrian who was struck by a car on a walkway.

Shawn Plafker, 22, was originally charged with second-degree murder, but a jury found him guilty Friday of the lesser charge in the death of Sumit Kapoor, 23.



Recent Carnage Posts:

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posted by Joe on Friday, February 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Flickr Finds, 11-20

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark



It's official! The City of Toronto's BikeWeek has been expanded to BikeMonth!!!

Oh, there were whispers it was going to receive a name change, since BikeWeek has been lasting for a couple weeks the past few years, but now it's a nomenclature event! :)

The City has updated their Cycling pages with information about hosting an event for BikeMonth (which starts May 26th and goes to June 21st), and details about the Group Commute Launch Event!

Are you as excited as I am? I'm itching for snow-free streets. :)

[note: I haven't seen an official BikeMonth logo yet, so until I do I'll use the above "June is BikeMonth" graphic.]

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Chocosol Traders has been profiled in the Star, drawing deserving attention to their sustainable production and refinement practices:

"I'm more into the food and nutrition and social justice and ecology side of the business," says Michael Sacco, who has a master's degree in environmental studies from York University.

The business is built on relationships of mutual respect. That includes fair trade – giving Mexican farmers fair price for their beans – but it also means he listens when farmers tell him they don't want the chocolate to be sold at such a high price that most people can't afford it. [the star]

If you haven't heard of Chocosol, they won a Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the City last fall:
ChocoSol is a leading example of the many ways in which a bicycle can be used to promote and sustain a business. All deliveries and errands are made by bike. Bicycles and bike trailers are used for attending markets and other events, and all employees bike on a regular basis. The business has also custom-built two bicycle-powered machines that are used in the production of their products. [BFBA page]
Interested in Chocosol's products?

Sacco and his apprentice Mathieu McFadden, 22, transport them to Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market every Thursday by cargo bike. In the summer, they also sell at Brickworks Farmers' Market and Riverdale Farmers' Market.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I'm a pretty regular visitor to a site called ikeahacker, where people share IKEA products that they've hacked to be more useful or stylish or more appropriate to their home decor (because what could be more fun that taking a swedish fjaarngaard and turning it into something un-fjaarngaardish?)

I'm happy to share with you a recent hack for storing two bikes in a house or apartment that helps get them out of the way and off the floor using a stolmen post, some brackets and some hooks:
"there are a lot bicycle storage/rack-systems on the market, but none of them met my expectations in function/style and price. i wanted to get 2 bikes on a wall in my apartment.

so i build one on my own. here's how it looks:

bicycle rackall you need to get from ikea is one stolmen post, two brackets and four hooks. you’ll also need some screws and some aluminium 20x20mm square pipe, maybe some foam rubber.
Full instructions on IkeaHacker.

Pretty stylish and modern for about $50.

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Considering planning a BikeMonth event? You have until March 27th to let the City know so they can help publicize it.
Bike Month, get involved!
It's fun to ride your bike. As transportation or recreation, it's good for your health, and the environment. If you're working with your business or community to make Toronto a better place for cyclists, or want to start, we can help. Consider registering your event on the Cycling Events Calendar, which will be published between May 26 and June 21. The calendar is distributed to public libraries, community centers, Civic Centers, environmental groups and a growing list of businesses.

Event Planning Guide

Check out the Event Planning Guide. Deadline to submit events is March 27, 2008 by 4 p.m. Please contact us with any questions about the Cycling Events Calendar, and other promotions going on during Bike Month.

More info on the BikeMonth Site.

And, I've of course added this to the BikingToronto Calendar. :)

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest 5 photos submitted to the group.


The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

There are no new Listings this week.

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

Again, the full list is on the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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One of the founders of the extremely popular bike co-op The Urbane Cyclist has passed away.

Eugene Yao helped found Urbane in the mid-1990s after a layoff from the corporate world (he had an electrical engineering degree) made him disillusioned with regular work environments.

Visitation is at Cardinal Funeral Home Bathurst Chapel (366 Bathurst Street) on Friday, February 22nd from 3pm-9pm, and the service is Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00am.

There will be a memorial gathering at Cecil Community Centre (58 Cecil Street) on Saturday, February 23rd from 4:00pm.

Donations may be made to OCAD’s Eugene Yao Urbane Cyclist Bicycle Design Award Fund.

The Urbane Cyclist is very well regarded in cycling circles in Toronto - it is generally well known as a place to get "unusual" bikes like recumbents, foldies and fixies, along with "regular" bikes too.

There's a good article in Activist Magazine about Eugene and the principles behind Urbane
The difference lies in the level of customer service. Shoppers at Urbane Cyclist receive more sincere assistance than in other traditionally run bicycle shops. Yao attributes this to empowerment. “If you don’t empower people, they’re not going to put in 100 percent,” he says confidently. By taking ownership of their work, members care more about what they do and as a result tend to provide better service. Customer service is crucial to success because it consistently ranks among the most important factors driving a consumer’s purchasing decision. In this respect, Urbane Cyclist has a competitive advantage over its corporate cousins.

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Just a final reminder that tonight is TCAT's first Annual General Meeting. This meeting is open to all our supporters - individuals and organizations - and anyone else who wants to learn more about what TCAT does and our plans for the future.

There will be snacks and refreshments!

Date: Tonight, Thursday, February 21

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Committee Room 3, City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

If you have any questions please contact us at info@torontocat.ca or 416.392.0290

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: 2 Days Until BikeFriday!

2006: St. Clair Streetcar ROW - City Wins in Court

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is now an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto, so join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently on the brand new BikingToronto Community:

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the last week:



Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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If you haven't already heard the news, there was a massive fire overnight in the Queen & Bathurst area, and one of the businesses lost was Duke's Cycle, which had been there for 95 years:

More than 150 Toronto firefighters worked to tame the fire, which broke out around 5:30 a.m. in National Sound, a ground-level stereo store at 615 Queen Street West, just east of Bathurst Street.

By about 7:30 a.m., the fire had destroyed Duke's Cycle at 625 Queen Street West, five doors down from where the blaze began. The bicycle store — a destination for cyclists for 95 years — had collapsed.

"There is no building left anymore. It's gone," owner Gary Duke told CBC News. "My father was born upstairs, my brother lived upstairs. It hurts." [cbc.ca]

Very sad news. The good news is no one has been hurt.






Video at the Star, good photo collection at Torontoist.


[top two photos by fixedridingmetropolis, others from Torontoist]

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Graphic Cycling, Driving Apathy!

2006: Flickr Find #20

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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The Spacing series of Winter Cyclist Profiles continues, this time with Geoffrey Bercarich, one of the BikePirates!

What would you say to convince someone who is considering commuting by bicycle to go for it?
It’s cheap and effective. It brings speed, liberty and freedom to persons in transit. You’re not trapped in a tunnel or encased in a car’s cage.

When did you start commuting in winter and why?
Since 2001. I never saw a problem with riding in winter.

What are the biggest challenges for winter bikers in Toronto?
The disappearance of poor city street infrastructure under plowed snow, like bike lanes and much needed curbside. You must take your place as a cyclist in the lane-way, sometimes blocking the cars.

What could the City do to make winter biking better?
Plow the roads to the curb. Plow the bike trails that are not connected by roadways.


More on Spacing Toronto.

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You may have caught the story in the Star last week, and maybe even noticed the photo of the bus with the bikerack on the front (above) and wondered if all 500 of the new buses had bikeracks...

All hybrids are low-floor, which means riders board at curb height. A ramp is still needed to provide wheelchair access at curbside.

Hybrids come with air conditioning and bike racks. Their interior features peripheral seating; there are fewer seats at the back, but riders have an easier time reaching the back to stand there.

Well, they do. These are part of all new buses are to have bikerack announcement that BikingToronto reported on almost a year ago.

Start planning your bike/TTC trips. :)

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

News:
Photos:
Events:
Elsewhere:
Video:
Infrastructure:
Weekly:


Past Category Digests:

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by day:

Monday:

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Bike Events This Week

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Thursday, Feb. 21st:

TCAT Annual General Meeting
7 - 8pm

Committee Room 3, Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON


If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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Viaduct Mass

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Happy Monday!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.



Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: January's Photos of the Month

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Say It Loud, Say It Proud

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Rusty

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: News About BikeFriday

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Winter Arrives Just In Time For IceBiking!


For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: Reader Submitted Photo!

2006: Cycling, Walking & TTCing in the "2K6"

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Just a quick reminder that the 2008 edition of the Toronto Ice Races will be going Saturday night at the rink at Dufferin Grove Park. If I'm there, you'll see me wipe out numerous times in the rubber race at the end of the night on my winter bike.

Its that time of year again folks! Time to put on every warm layer you own and heat up the rum and cider to watch and/or participate in the best ice racing this city has to offer!

Get your studded tires ready....or just get the knee pads out and ride in the "Rubber Class" -This years ice race is going to amazing!

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
Location: Dufferin Grove Outdoor Ice Rinks
Street: Dufferin, south of Bloor

[photo by Darren J.]

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.

  • Bikelanes filled with Snow? TreeHugger feels your pain
    There's been a lot of discussion about most of the bikelanes in Toronto being filled with snowbanks (something not likely to change any time soon due to another storm on it's way...), and TreeHugger Lloyd Alter wrote about it recently, as he's trying to wean himself off his car and…
  • New Winter Cyclist Profile up on Spacing Toronto
    Continuing their Winter Cyclist series of posts, Spacing Toronto is featuring Yvonne Bambrick. You might not know her name, but you'll know the organization she's very active with - Streets Are For People: What’s the best thing about commuting by bicycle in winter? Getting nice and warm — you’ve got…
  • The February 2008 Cyclometer is here!
    The February issue of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter is out and in inboxes and online. Here's a peek of what it contains: 1. Union Station to Have a Bike Station! Opening July, 2008, Toronto will see its first ever Bike Station to be housed in Union Station…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: February 12th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: Metrolinx Active Transportation Paper - Report ready…
  • Star: Proposed Transit Hubs may shun Cars
    A recent article in the Star about the work of the GTTA/Metrolinx in planning "Mobility Hubs" to be useful to those using "Active Transport" starts with a dream-like image that those of us advocating for pedestrian and cycling-based planning have been imagining for years: What would Monday morning feel…

Past Weekly News Posts:

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There's been a lot of discussion about most of the bikelanes in Toronto being filled with snowbanks (something not likely to change any time soon due to another storm on it's way...), and TreeHugger Lloyd Alter wrote about it recently, as he's trying to wean himself off his car and onto his bike for trips downtown:

I thought it might be interesting to see how the City copes and how much concern they have for the bicycling crowd.

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The short answer is not much concern at all. I am very fortunate to have some form of bike lane for almost the entire distance between my home and the University. The start was not promising; as you can see they have ploughed the road nicely, dumping all of the snow into the bike lane. In fact, they might as well just rename it the snow lane, for the snow always seems to end right on the painted line.

As you can see from the signage, this is both a bike lane and a snow route; these are designated streets where if the Mayor announces a snow emergency, all the cars have to move or be towed so that the loaders and dump trucks can take away the snow.


More at TreeHugger.

Know of a bikelane that needs clearing? You can talk about on the BikingToronto Community.

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Autumn Ride

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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.





Big Rig Straddles 401 Median After Crash

Road crews are working to clear a tractor trailer off the road after it crashed on Highway 401 at Bayview and became stuck against the median.

Brampton Car Crash

A single car crash near Steeles and Hurontario in Brampton brought Peel Police out just after midnight on Tuesday. Officers were called to McMurchy Avenue and found a car on its roof.

Driver rushed to Sunnybrook after rollover

Police responded to find the man's small Mazda had flipped over in the transfer lanes. The man, in his 60s or 70s, was wearing a seatbelt, but badly injured his head, OPP Const. Dave Woodford said.

23-year-old woman is fourth pedestrian death of 2008

A 23-year-old woman was killed Friday night after being hit while crossing Wilson Ave. east of Allen Road, Toronto police said.

Car Rollover On Avenue Road

The accident occurred on Avenue Road north of Lawrence. The motorist apparently hit a snow bank and rolled, landing the car on its roof. The driver was trapped inside but quickly freed.


Recent Carnage Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: A MAP for Cleaner Air in Toronto

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 14, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark



Interesting post from Streetsblog recently about the huge differences in cycling policy between Chicago and Los Angeles:
Chicago:

The mayor introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would slap fines ranging from $150 to $500 on motorists who turn left or right in front of someone on a bicycle; pass with less than three feet of space between car and bike; and open a vehicle door into the path of a cyclist.

Daley, an avid rider, said he personally has been involved in unhappy encounters with motorists, providing them with "a few choice words" and "salutes" that he said were delivered "in the Chicago way."

Los Angeles:

"I was born in a Communist country with limited freedoms and rights. When I moved the United States of America, I set foot on this ground and I immediately took possession of basic rights and freedoms. Why is it that when I climb on a bicycle I become a 2nd class citizen and get treated as if I have no rights? Those days end now and I'm claiming my rights!"

More at Streetsblog.

[Chicago Police on Bikes by bcbeatty]

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Seattle and Portland are already know as great "green" cities who pay a lot of attention to cyclists, but they're getting even greener with the announcement of green bikelanes and green bikeboxes.

Seattle is getting green bikelanes, using data from Seattle, who has had blue ones for a while:

Portland, which has been using blue lanes for more than 15 years, noted that the lanes have changed motorist and cyclist behaviour but not always for the better.
"City officials videotaped traffic and found that motorists yielded far more often to bikes in marked blue lanes — and that cyclists glanced at cars less often, a problem. Still, drivers and cyclists said the streets seemed safer."
Portland is going even further, changing from blue to green bikelanes (green is the recommended colour for "Colored Bicycle Facilities", according to the U.S.-based National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), and adding bikeboxes!



In case you are wondering, Toronto did a test-run of some blue colouring in the Strachan Avenue bikelane (where it meets Lakeshore Boulevarde). Unfortunately, the colour came off within days due to a "faulty bonding agent", so this test area will be tried again in the spring.

For a refresher on BikeBoxes, check out BikingToronto's recent video post.

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Over on Flickr there's a BikingToronto Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of good photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day) and I want to do more to showcase the great photographers taking photos of our two-wheeled mechanical horses. :)

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest 5 photos submitted to the group.

Valentine for bike riders

alfred ng has added a photo to the pool:

Valentine for bike riders

someone been painting these hearts on the snow near my area, this is at John street and Queen st., Toronto

this man should be my husband

TheElixirfixer has added a photo to the pool:

this man should be my husband

Bic courier in snowfall

alfred ng has added a photo to the pool:

Bic courier in snowfall

another 10-15cm of snow are falling in Toronto, life still go on. that's winter in Canada for you.

dressed for the occasion (against all odd)

alfred ng has added a photo to the pool:

dressed for the occasion (against all odd)

somehow riding a bicycle and wearing fur coat doesn't seems to mix but it was cold today. seen in Chinatown, Toronto

After the Snow

stumblintrucker has added a photo to the pool:

After the Snow

The next door neighbours bike after the storm.


The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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You can visit the Stolen Bike Listing Page for more details about how to prevent your bike from being stolen, and what you can do if you find it missing one day, as well as a full list of bikes stolen recently.
New to the Listing this week:

Again, the full list is on the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: Great News Photos Today in the Star

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Cycling budget at risk at City Hall: Deputations Needed Feb 14th

2006: I Love Missing Meetings

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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Continuing their Winter Cyclist series of posts, Spacing Toronto is featuring Yvonne Bambrick. You might not know her name, but you'll know the organization she's very active with - Streets Are For People:

What’s the best thing about commuting by bicycle in winter?
Getting nice and warm — you’ve got an automatic heater! The thought of standing at a streetcar stop — being stationary and waiting for transport — doesn’t work for me. I love getting where I’m going on my own steam. My meals are my fuel. Bikes offer a certain freedom. I’m glad I have the courage and stamina. I grew up outdoors; camping, on tall-ships, skis, skates and bikes so it’s not so scary for me. I realize that this is not the case for everyone and so am thankful to be a well-weathered person. And, I know how to layer!

What do you like about biking in Toronto in winter?
I kind of like being one of the few that does it — makes me feel like a rugged Canadian. I would much rather see more people out, but I recognize its not doable for everyone. It’s nice to not have to search for bike parking. I love making fresh tracks in newly fallen snow, riding quietly on a mild flurried night when the side streets are empty, it’s just so peaceful and calm - nothing quite like it. Also, I like staying warm. I am never cold in winter when I’m on my bike.


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This video was posted to promote the Coldest Day of the Year Ride (back on Jan. 30th), but is mostly about the Community Bicycle Network - how it fixes up and sells used bikes and gets people to register bikes with the police to help recover them if they get stolen:

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There is now an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto, so join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently on the brand new BikingToronto Community:

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the last week:

Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: No New Money for Cycling in 2007, Glenn De Baeremaeker profiled, and Muzzling talk of BikeShare Salvation

2006: You Light Up My Bike

2006: Flickr Find #19

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Here's a very cool invention from Specialized and Google's "Innovate or Die" competition.

The "Aquaduct" Bicycle "consists of a storage tank, filter, peristaltic pump, clean tank and clutch.":



Via TreeHugger.

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The February issue of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter is out and in inboxes and online. Here's a peek of what it contains:

1. Union Station to Have a Bike Station!

Opening July, 2008, Toronto will see its first ever Bike Station to be housed in Union Station in the York Street Teamway. There will be secure, covered parking spaces for 200+ bicycles, signed out on a membership basis.

2. New Bike Lockers at Kennedy Station

There are now six bike lockers available for use at Kennedy Station, next to the elevator by the South parking lot. Lockers are still only $10/month + gst. Go to www.toronto.ca/cycling and click on the 'Bike Lockers' link to apply. There are now fourteen locker locations around the city.

3. 2008 CAN-BIKE Schedule Released

Visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/canbike and discover the freedom of safe cycling. Courses for beginners and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and skill level are available at recreation centres across the city.

4. Please Don't Squeeze - New Web Page for Drivers and Cyclists

Visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/safety for the latest tips and information about how to share the road safely with large vehicles. Large vehicles often take up the full width of a lane so it is not safe for bikes and trucks, buses, delivery vans, etc. to try to share the lane.

5. CAN-BIKE Cycle Touring Course - NEW for 2008!

Learn how to plan your own cycle tour so you can go where you want, when you want and venture out in confidence. Based out of the Etobicoke Olympium in the west end of Toronto, this course includes riding and classroom sessions.

6. Call For City Volunteers for the Bike Show

If you would like to volunteer for the City's Bike Show display (7-9 March at the CNE), please get in touch with Alex Bowron at 416-338-5076 or bugs@toronto.ca. Volunteers will get free admission to the Show. Get in touch soon!

7. New Email for Bike Month: CyclingEvents

For all those proposing an event to be part of Bike Month, 2008 direct your inquiries to cyclingevents@toronto.ca, NOT bikeweek@toronto.ca, which is now decommissioned. Any mail sent to the old address will bounce back.

8. Icycle Race in Dufferin Grove Park, Saturday, 16 February!

The annual "Icycle Race" will be held at 6pm on 16 February in the hockey rink at Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin Street south of Bloor Street West). Entrance fee for racers is $10 pp. Watching the race is absolutely free as always and promises to be thoroughly entertaining and exciting.

9. Coldest Day of the Year Ride Report

We are pleased to report that the first-ever Coldest Day of the Year Ride went off as a big success on 30 January. Over 40 cyclists rode a frigid, blustery and fun ride from City Hall (where Councillor A.A. Heaps made a short speech before riding) to Metro Hall in -20C wind-chill conditions.

10. Snow Removal Hotline

Frustrated with snow and ice-filled bike lanes? If a bike lane you use hasn't been cleared of snow twelve hours after a snowfall, call 416-338-SNOW (7669), and report it to the City.

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BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:
  1. Metrolinx Active Transportation Paper - Report ready for public comment
  2. TCAT Annual General Meeting - February 21
  3. Big Boost for Walking and Cycling in the UK
  4. Union Station Bike Station - Early details announced
  5. South Kingsway-Queensway Interchange - On-line petition

More on the TCAT site.

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Imagine Dr. Evil saying "one billion dollars" with a pinky in his mouth to make yourself laugh... it may keep you happy that London, England is devoting $1 billion towards a new bikesharing program (modeled on Paris' Velib) and here in Toronto the annual $100,000 to keep BikeShare going was too much:
London will adopt a bicycle rental scheme similar to a popular initiate in Paris under a $1 billion cycling investment package announced yesterday.

Under the plan, part of a series of environmental measures due in coming days, 6,000 bicycles will be available for rent from stands every 180 metres throughout the city centre.

London, which accounts for seven per cent of Britain's climate-changing carbon emissions and is at the forefront of efforts by major cities around the world to combat global warming, plans to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.

More at the Star.

London is planning more than just a bunch of bikesharing bikes though:

It is a vision in which, for the first time, cycling will be fully funded and officially integrated into the existing transport network. The GLA says this will happen thanks to:
  • A London bike hire scheme, similar to the Velib operation successfully launched in Paris last year, which will make 6,000 bikes available to the public.
  • About a dozen cycling corridors providing safe, easy access to central London for commuters
  • Bike Zones in both inner and outer London aimed at encouraging the use of bikes for short trips to schools, shops and workplaces
  • On-line cycling information encouraging Londoners to make the switch to pedal power
  • Improved bike/rail integration with more cycle parking facilities at stations

More at BikeRadar.

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

News:
Photos:
Events:
Elsewhere:
Video:
Infrastructure:
Politics:
Weekly:


Past Category Digests:

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by day:

Monday:

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Bike Events This Week

2006: Cycling Committees, Jobs, and Clowns


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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 12th:
WE'LO Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, Feb. 13th:
Friends for Life Bike Rally 10th Anniversary Launch Party

Saturday, Feb. 16th:
Toronto Ice Race 2008


If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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A recent article in the Star about the work of the GTTA/Metrolinx in planning "Mobility Hubs" to be useful to those using "Active Transport" starts with a dream-like image that those of us advocating for pedestrian and cycling-based planning have been imagining for years:

What would Monday morning feel like if, instead of jumping in the car, you hopped on your bike and rode a couple of kilometres on a safe, treed path to the GO station?

What if you could then lock your bike in a secure storage facility, grab a shower and change your clothes in a clean, staffed locker room? Refreshed, you could then head to the WIFI lounge, order a coffee and check your email while you wait for your train.

That's the kind of transit terminal the Toronto area's transportation agency is considering for development around the region.

More at the Star about Metrolinx wanting less parking and more active transport options at transit stations.

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Happy Monday!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.


Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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Basket of Leaves

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Flickr Find #18

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: Motorists vs. Cyclists - Toronto Newspaper Smackdown!

2006: Flickr Find #17

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.
  • Snowy Bikelanes on Metro Morning, with Audio
    If you missed yesterday's Metro Morning, here is the audio (mp3) of the segment with Martin Reis and City Councillor (and Cycling Committee Chair) Adrian Heaps talking about winter biking and trying to keep the roads clear for all users (whether they be in cars, on foot, or on…
  • Winter Workshops at the Community Bicycle Network
    The Community Bicycle Network started these last night, but theygo for the next 3 Wednesdays as well. Flat-fix / Basic Tune-up Workshop - Feb. 13, 7-10 pmWheel Building Workshop A - Feb. 20, 7-10 pmWheel Building Workshop B - Feb. 27, 7-10 pmEmail us as soon as possible to register…
  • More Voting for the Magazine for the Toronto Cyclists Union
    The first poll was inconclusive (no entry getting more than 22% of the vote), so the vote for the possible name of the Magazine for the Toronto Cyclists Union is going to a Round Two, with only 6 choices: On January 31st, we posted a poll to help name Toronto’s…
  • Snowy Bikelanes on CBC Metro Morning Tomorrow
    BikeLaneDiary is reporting that Martin Reis (Martino) will appear on CBC's Metro Morning (6 - 8:30 am) tomorrow. He'll be talking about the sad state of our bikelanes when it snows, as they are often where the piles of snow are dumped when a road has been plowed, making them…
  • Metrolinx Wants Your Input to make the Toronto Area more Bike-Friendly
    Metrolinx (or the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) wants your input on "mobility hubs" and "active transportation". For those not familiar with the lingo, a "Mobility Hub" is a place that brings together many forms of transit - cars, public transit, bicycles and pedestrians and helps to make the transition…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: February 5th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: 2008 Operating Budget Process - TCAT speaks…
  • Rob Ford: Charity gives Toronto clogged arteries
    The Sun is reporting that Rob Ford is again up to his anti-cyclist antics, but this time he's against charitable fundraising for the Heart & Stroke Foundation too: The time has come for Toronto council to seek alternatives to closing two major expressways for an annual charity event, says Councillor…
  • Toronto BikeShop Map
    Two years ago I made the first Toronto Bikeshop Map, and I've just updated it to be bigger, better, and more useful than the first! View Larger Map A large version of it is on it's own page on BikingToronto. If you see any mistakes, or know of a shop…

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If you missed yesterday's Metro Morning, here is the audio (mp3) of the segment with Martin Reis and City Councillor (and Cycling Committee Chair) Adrian Heaps talking about winter biking and trying to keep the roads clear for all users (whether they be in cars, on foot, or on bikes).

It's a good listen, and generally positive about winter biking and cycling in general.

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Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in January. Enjoy.

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. 10 Reasons Why 2007 Was A Great Year for Biking in Toronto

3. Cyclist Challenges Driver Downtown - And Wins

4. BikeWinter: Coldest Day of the Year Ride is Wed, Jan 30th

5. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

6. Photos of the Week: Dec. 31 - Jan 6

7. New Cycling Trail connects Toronto and Caledon

8. New Bathurst Bridge To Have Bike Lanes

9. Taking A Lane With Two Bikes (Or A Sidecar)

10. Velomobile: This Bike Looks Like A Car


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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 In Hospital After Police Call Off Chase

A man and woman are in custody in hospital after a stolen car crashed following an aborted police pursuit. The crash happened on Dufferin south of Lawrence just after 1am Wednesday.

Scarborough Crash

Two people were sent to hospital after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Brimorton Drive and Bellamy Road in Scarborough. One of the vehicles rolled over and there are reports one of the victims was trapped for a while.

Street race suspected in crash

"He was struck by one of the two vehicles, which appeared to be racing," said Roberts. "Those speeds are for the highways ... certainly not for residential areas. People have kids and are walking on the roadways. It's just too fast."

Fatal Crash On Hwy. 403

A young woman was killed in a crash on the westbound 403 near Mavis early Saturday. "The passenger ejected from the vehicle is a female in her late 20s. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene,"


Recent Carnage Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: A Beautiful Thursday, and my Giant Melon Head.

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Sewell on the Suburbs, Bush & Exxon on Oil

2006: Cycling “Citizens on Patrol” in Toronto

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If I knew more about polo, I'd make some polo-lingo joke about horses, or Prince Charles, and sound intelligent about it. But, since I don't, you get me going right to this article from New York:

Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

Each gripping a mallet with one hand and maneuvering the bike with the other, these athletes skillfully pass and control a street hockey ball in a balancing act that would send most cyclists crashing to the ground.

With this no-frills brand of polo, there is no need for the niceties of equestrian etiquette. These city renegades have custom-built bikes that are perfectly suited to the rider, rather than the horseman having to adapt to a horse with a mind of its own.

Although bike polo was a demonstration sport at the 1908 Olympics, it is only in the last decade that tournaments and teams have sprung up in major cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Ottawa, London and Berlin.

More from NYC's Downtown Express.

Yes, in case you are wondering, Bike Polo is alive and well in Toronto.

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The Community Bicycle Network started these last night, but theygo for the next 3 Wednesdays as well.
  • Flat-fix / Basic Tune-up Workshop - Feb. 13, 7-10 pm
  • Wheel Building Workshop A - Feb. 20, 7-10 pm
  • Wheel Building Workshop B - Feb. 27, 7-10 pm

Email us as soon as possible to register for one of the dates listed above, or contact us immediately if your plans have changed so that we might fill the spot.

Price: $30 per person per class. Registration is required with a cash deposit of $10 at our office, 761 Queen St. West between 2-6pm Monday to Friday. A maximum of 6 people per class will be accepted.

The class location is: CBN Intersection, 761 Queen Street West, Toronto.


More information on the CBN website.

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The first poll was inconclusive (no entry getting more than 22% of the vote), so the vote for the possible name of the Magazine for the Toronto Cyclists Union is going to a Round Two, with only 6 choices:

On January 31st, we posted a poll to help name Toronto’s new bicycle magazine. Published by the Toronto Cyclists Union, the magazine is set to launch this spring during Bike Month.

Over 1,200 people voted and over 100 passionate comments were posted. Opinions were mixed and none of the names surpassed 22% of popular support. So, let’s move on to round two. Velove, Velocipede, Cog & Spinster have been eliminated from the race. Due to popular demand, we’ve added a new suggestion: Ring & Post.

I've emailed the Cyclists Union already that "Ring & Post" should actually appear as "Post & Ring" as that is not only the name of Toronto's BikePosts, but was how it was phrased in the original submission.

The Poll and more on Spacing Toronto.

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Over on Flickr there's a BikingToronto Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of good photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day) and I want to do more to showcase the great photographers taking photos of our two-wheeled mechanical horses. :)

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest 5 photos submitted to the group.

Gabi~ has added a photo to the pool:

Gabi~ has added a photo to the pool:

Gabi~ has added a photo to the pool:

Gabi~ has added a photo to the pool:

35/365 - I love my Bike

ericrobinson has added a photo to the pool:

35/365 - I love my Bike

I had to tune up the brakes on my bike. I'll need new pads to do a good job though. For now I can stop. If it were only a bit warmer I'd ride to work on occasion. It's 36kms each way.



The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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The Stolen Bike Listing exists to bring more attention to what has been stolen in Toronto so that we can all keep an eye out for our beloved missing bicycles.

Since this began on November 1st, 43 stolen bikes have been added to the Listing.

You can visit the Stolen Bike Listing Page for more details about how to prevent your bike from being stolen, and what you can do if you find it missing one day, as well as a full list of bikes stolen recently.
  • A new as-it-happens Stolen Bike RSS Feed - accessible now through the more popular RSS Readers:
    • Add to Google Reader or Homepage
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • Add to netvibes
    • Subscribe in Bloglines
You can also sign up to get a daily email on whatever has been stolen in the city.

There are no new listings this Week!

Again, the full list is on the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Harbord Nights

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: UofT BikeChain Winter Workshops!

2007: Eastern Ave. and Leslie St. Bikelane Meeting - Date Change

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Flickr Find #16

2006: Ride Your Bike, Save The Planet?

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BikeLaneDiary is reporting that Martin Reis (Martino) will appear on CBC's Metro Morning (6 - 8:30 am) tomorrow. He'll be talking about the sad state of our bikelanes when it snows, as they are often where the piles of snow are dumped when a road has been plowed, making them unusable by cyclists.

Martino has been documenting the state of the bikelanes photographically since last Friday's snowfall.

Image by Martino

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Metrolinx (or the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) wants your input on "mobility hubs" and "active transportation".

For those not familiar with the lingo, a "Mobility Hub" is a place that brings together many forms of transit - cars, public transit, bicycles and pedestrians and helps to make the transition from one to another smoother.

"Active Transportation" is human-powered methods of transportation, like walking, cycling, and roller blading.

If you have ideas on how to create a better transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Metrolinx wants to hear from you. Metrolinx today issued two Green Papers, focusing on mobility hubs and active transportation.

Both Green Papers have been posted for public review and comment on Metrolinx's interactive consultation website at http://metrolinx-consult.limehouse.com/portal. Metrolinx staff will be meeting broadly with stakeholder organizations to gather further input for a comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan.

"The release of these papers is intended to provoke discussion throughout the community on a wide range of ideas and policy options for improving transportation in our region," said Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac. "We want people to tell us what they think will work, and what they think won't work. We are determined to get this right."
Check out the Metrolinx feedback site for yourself and be sure and give them feedback and ideas.

Here are the basics of the two Green Papers:
Mobility Hubs Green Paper
Sets out concepts and questions around mobility hubs - key points of intersection between various forms of transportation.

"Creating easier links between walking, cycling, auto use and public transit is a key element in improving people's ability to get around," MacIsaac said. "These hubs often foster vibrant employment and residential areas, and draw amenities such as entertainment, shopping and family services to their vicinity. This mix of land use and transportation can be mutually supportive and should be encouraged." (more)


Active Transportation Green Paper
Deals with active transportation - human-powered travel, such as walking and cycling.

"We have engineered walking and cycling out of many parts of our region and it has had very negative consequences. Our environment and our health have suffered because we can't do as much as buy a cup of coffee without using our cars. Other cold climate cities do a much better job of encouraging - and enabling - people to walk or cycle. We're looking for ways to make active transportation a much more important part of the way we get around," MacIsaac said.

Potential innovations cited in the Green Paper to encourage active transportation include ideas like "road diets" - narrowing existing roadways for bicycle lanes and sidewalks - in high pedestrian areas, "bike-n-ride" parking spots at subway stations, and self-service bicycle-rental stalls at subway stations (for passengers who need a bike at both ends of the trip).

"We are open to whatever ideas will work to improve the transportation system, at every level," MacIsaac said. (more)

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There doesn't seem to be an online discussion place for things cycling-related in Toronto, so join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently on the brand new BikingToronto Community:

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the last week:


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Autumn Commute
(on the Martin-Goodman Trail)

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: Toronto Bike News

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: John Sewell on Urban (and Suburban) Planning

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BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:
  1. 2008 Operating Budget Process - TCAT speaks to the Budget Committee
  2. TCAT Annual General Meeting - February 21
  3. Walk21: Toronto Community Conference - March 1
  4. New Bike Lane Approval Process - Approved by City Council

More on the TCAT site.

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It may be the middle of winter, but as TreeHugger points out, now is a great time to start planning your summer bike trips - if you're the type of person who likes "touring".

TreeHugger Andrew goes through all the basics, from where to stay (everything from camping to hotels), what you need on your bike (good tires, good gears, good seat, etc) to how to pick where you are going:
Next, you want to pick a route. The Adventure Cycling Association puts out fantastic maps for numerous routes around the country. I selected the TransAmerica Trail, but chances are, they have a map for the route you want to do. The great thing about their maps is that they are waterproof; designed specifically for cyclists; provide turn-by-turn directions; and show where gas stations, campgrounds and other essential services can be found along the route. Even if you select your own route and maps, Adventure Cycling is a great starting point, and offers lots of other great information. Also, all their map sets explain the ideal time of year to start a particular route. Another great source of information is KenKifer.com; there you can learn more about bicycle touring, commuting, culture and humor.
For those of us not biking in the States this summer, the Cycle Ontario Alliance Bicycling Route Page is an okay place to start doing research on nice places to ride in Ontario.

Canadatrails.ca looks like a good national resource, but if you know of others, please leave a comment to let other BikingToronto readers know.

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Ride at night a lot? Want some extra carbon-free illumination on your ride?

The "2CLight Solar Cap" may be right up your alley:

Spend the day in the great outdoors and when the sun dips below the horizon you press a switch under the same brim and Sol’s captured energy is still with you, beaming out via a couple of bright light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

The LEDs are designed to angle down and shine about 2 metres ahead of you for effective night walking, and not blind companions when you look them in the face.

The award winning design comes from New Zealand, but with limited international distribution at this stage, they're selling the caps on line for about $35 USD. Three basic styles are on offer, and there is also a winterised version with fake fur ear flaps.

More on TreeHugger.

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The Sun is reporting that Rob Ford is again up to his anti-cyclist antics, but this time he's against charitable fundraising for the Heart & Stroke Foundation too:

The time has come for Toronto council to seek alternatives to closing two major expressways for an annual charity event, says Councillor Rob Ford. ...

"It really upsets a lot of people," Ford said. "I don't think anybody is against charity. I know I'm not. It does raise a lot of money, but it does inconvenience thousands of people." ...

Ford yesterday questioned why the event couldn't be moved to Exhibition Place.

"I don't see why they have to close down major arteries in the city," he said. Ford said the closures hurt businesses because they discourage people from going downtown.
I'm not worried that Rob Ford will convince any of his fellow Council members (who matter) to agree with him. I think he just likes seeing his name in the news, so he makes outlandish statements.

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

News:

Photos:
Events:
Elsewhere:
Weekly:


Past Category Digests:

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by day:

Monday:

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:
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Autumn on the Leslie Spit

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Bike News from Other Cities

2006: Flickr Find #15

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Toronto received a sizable dump of snow late last week, and it's all melting this week (with forecast temperature highs for tomorrow of 9 degrees celcius).

If you think urban winter cycling is crazy (which it's really not, at least in Toronto), check out this video of guys cycling in all manner of winter conditions.

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Remember in the fall when City Council approved "Pedestrian Scrambles" for Bloor & Yonge, Bay & Bloor, Yonge & Dundas and Bay & Dundas on a pilot project basis?

A Pedestrian Scramble is when traffic lights in all directions are red so that pedestrians can cross in any direction (even diagonally) without fear of moving car traffic.

Streetsfilms has a new video that illustrates New York's only scramble:



Yeah, red lights in all directions means that cyclists have to stop too.

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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Wed Feb 6, 7 - 9 pm
Victoria Park TTC Station Modernization - Open House
Oakridge Junior Public School, 110 Byng Ave. (map)

The TTC is holding an open house next Wednesday to share plans for the redesigned bus terminal and to hear your comments.

Details of the session were posted by the Scarborough Mirror (http://www.mirror-guardian.com/News/Scarborough/article/40078), and list the following elements that could be of interest to pedestrians and cyclists.

* Enhancements to existing pedestrian access routes and station entrances
* New commuter facilities, including bicycle lockers
* Widening of Victoria Park Avenue to provide bicycle lanes

For more information on the project, visit the TTC's station modernization web site by clicking here:
http://www.toronto.ca/ttc/station_modernization.html



If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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Through Allan Gardens

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Happy Monday!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.



Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Help Your Taxes Pay For Cycling, Not Cars

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Yonge Bikes

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Flickr Find #14

2006: SUVs Not Needed in a Cycle-tastic City

2006: Flickr Find #13

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Illuminated Ring

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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: Getting Ready for Spring Biking

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Two years ago I made the first Toronto Bikeshop Map, and I've just updated it to be bigger, better, and more useful than the first!



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A large version of it is on it's own page on BikingToronto.

If you see any mistakes, or know of a shop I missed, please let me know in the comments. I'll be expanding the map out to the GTA soon too!

Toronto Bikeshop Map.

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.
  • Name Toronto's New Bike Magazine - Reminder
    In case you've missed it, the Toronto Cyclists Union is running a poll over on Spacing Toronto to find what is a popular name for their magazine which is slated to launch in the spring. In a day and a half, the poll has gotten 1000+ votes and 80+…
  • A Short Coldest Day Ride from the Globe
    This morning the Globe printed a short re-cap of the Coldest Day Ride that happened yesterday from City Hall to Metro Hall: About 30 well-bundled cyclists and a handful of police joined Councillor Adrian Heaps, chairman of city council's cycling committee, yesterday to brave frigid air and warnings of heavy…
  • Another Winter Cyclist Profile from Spacing Toronto
    I try to keep up with all the great cycling posts over on Spacing Toronto, and this one caught my eye, not only because it continues Spacing's great series of cyclist profiles, but it's on another person I know - "Leehe the personal trainer", who I met at the Bicycle…
  • Today is the Coldest Day of the Year Ride
    Here's a reminder for everyone who can get down to City Hall around lunch time for the Coldest Day of the Year Ride: Cyclists will be meeting at City Hall at 12pm and riding together over to Metro Hall for a small winter festival fair complete with FREE Hot Chocolate…
  • A Bicycle-Powered Moving Day
    Vanessa at Green as a Thistle is moving house tomorrow. It's not a big move in terms of distance (only about a block) so she's having a bike-powered moving party: Come on over for what might just be Toronto’s first green moving party — starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.,…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: January 29th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: 1. TCAT Annual General Meeting - February…
  • Help Name Toronto's New Bike Magazine
    The Toronto Cyclists Union is looking for a name for their new magazine. After getting over 250 names, they've whittled the list down to 11 - and now want your vote on what sounds the best to you. My personal favourite from the list is "Joyride" (partly because it's my…
  • The Winners of the BikeWeek Poster Contest
    In case you haven't heard, the City has announced the winner of the BikeWeek Poster Contest: We tallied over 160 votes on January 10, and we're pleased to announce that Gabriella Sarlay was our winner. She snagged 1st and 2nd place and shared 3rd in a tie with Kevin Sylvester.…

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This Oscar season, the actress of the moment is Ellen Page of Juno.

Turns out, Ellen is a pretty avid cyclist when at home hanging with her fellow Haligonians:
Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike."

More at the LA Times.

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Riding in the Rain

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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.


Rollover On 401

OPP are investigating a two-car crash that happened on the ramp of the eastbound 401 at Kennedy Road. One car ended up on its roof, the other had its front end pushed in just after 11pm Wednesday

Woman, kids injured after schoolbus crash

A woman suffered critical injuries Tuesday morning after she was involved in a car accident with a schoolbus filled with children.

86-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit By A Bus

She survived for almost a century, but that long life came to a sudden and tragic end Monday afternoon, after an 86-year-old woman was hit by a Mississauga transit bus.


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Here's a look back into the BikingToronto Archives for today:

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Cars Make Me An Awful Human Being

2006: Dealing With Drivers, the Follow-Up Post

2006: Flickr Find #12

2006: Famous Toronto Cyclists?

2006: How Do You Deal With Drivers?

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