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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, April 2nd


Thurs, April 3rd

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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posted by Joe on Monday, March 31, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

City Council discussed it earlier today, and the Star has the story:

For cyclists, the curb lane on Bay St. from Queen's Quay to Yorkville will become a bike-only lane for the duration of a strike. So will the curb lanes on Queen's Quay from Lower Spadina Ave. to Yonge St., and Dundas St. E. from River St. to Broadview Ave.

More at the Star.

I'm wondering if City Council saw the Bike The Strike page. They all got a lovely email last week about it. :)

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posted by Joe on Monday, March 31, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikingToronto has been tipped that City Council will be talking about dedicated bike lanes in the council meeting today at 2:00 PM (now!)

You can try to view it live via Rogers Cable Streaming Video.

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Photo of the Day: Black on White, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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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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posted by Joe on Monday, March 31, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Sunny Days, Sweeping The Clouds Away

2006: Let's Get Critical

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: Today is BikeFriday

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: 30 Kilometres, MAP, and History

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

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Photo of the Day: Getting Vertical, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, March 29, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: World Class Cities Have Bike Rental "Street Furniture"

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Take the BikeTrain this Summer

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, March 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

  • Bike the TTC Strike - A Guide for Biking to Work
    TTC employees, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, will be in a legal strike position as of midnight Monday, potentially affecting 1.5 million people who use the TTC every day. Instead of clogging the streets with more cars (the last thing Toronto needs), here's a handy guide…
  • Tomorrow, March 28th is BikeFriday!
    Yes, it's BikeFriday again! The site has been cleaned up and re-designed too. :) 8:00 - 9:30 AM: Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM 6:00…
  • Judge rules against Sikh challenge of helmet law
    Remember the case of the Sikh man in Brampton charged for not wearing a motorcycle helmet for religious reasons? 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…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: March 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: Walking Strategy Open Houses - March 25,…
  • How People Commute in Toronto
    A couple weeks ago, there was a Statscan Release that showed that even with higher gas prices and increased investment in transit, people still love driving: In 2006, there were 2.4 million commuters in what the agency calls the census metropolitan area of Toronto, and 71.1 per cent of them…

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posted by Joe on Friday, March 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark



TTC employees, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, will be in a legal strike position as of midnight Monday, potentially affecting 1.5 million people who use the TTC every day.

Instead of clogging the streets with more cars (the last thing Toronto needs), here's a handy guide to biking to work for those who haven't tried it yet:

bikingtoronto.com/bikethestrike

Share this with of your friends - let's fill the streets with bikes if the TTC strikes!

If you have an email program like Microsoft Outlook open, this email link should give you a pre-written email for sending the Bike The Strike webpage to your friends.

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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.



Hummer Limo Cuts Path Of Destruction Through T.O. Neighbourhood

The massive vehicle left a path of destruction along Inglewood Dr., near Mt Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave. after 1am Friday.


Serious Crash Shuts Part Of Highway 407

The collision has closed Highway 407 between Britannia and Derry Rds. Thursday morning. Two people were reportedly ejected from a Chevy Suburban that struck the centre median and then rolled.


Car Crashes Into Light Stand

The crash occurred on the Lake Shore near Parkside around 6am, blocking the eastbound lanes.



Driver Ejected From Car In 427 Crash

Police said the driver was heading south on Highway 427 around 1:30am Saturday when he lost control of the car and rolled several times.



Minivan Rollover Could Have Been Much Worse

A minivan slid on the slick streets and flipped onto its roof overnight on the Queensway near Roncesvalles.


Driver OK After SUV Rollover

The accident happened Thursday on Sheppard, east of Keele. The passenger was stuck inside for 20 minutes, before firefighters could get her out.


Cyclist Suffers Life Threatening Injury

A collision at a busy downtown intersection has left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries. A twisted bike is at the centre of an investigation into a crash between a truck and a two-wheeler on Niagara Street near Queen around 1:30pm.




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Photo of the Day: September Sun, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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

2007: BikingToronto - Photo of the Day

2007: Have Your Say in the City's 2007 Operating Budget Process

2007: Make BikeFriday Your Own!

2007: Biking the Dundas Streetcar Reconstruction - Clarification

2006: "The Bum Is In Good Shape..."

2006: Saturday's Ride, In Photos

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, March 27, 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, March 27, 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:
  • None!

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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posted by Joe on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yes, it's BikeFriday again! The site has been cleaned up and re-designed too. :)


8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM


6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass Toronto
Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30


8:00 - 9:00 PM:
Speaker Series: Bicycle Bob
"If you've never heard Bob speak, you're in for a treat. He's passionate, radical, poetic, inspirational. He's really the grand daddy of the bicycle movement in Canada. As founder of Le Monde a Bicyclette in Montreal in the 70's alongside Claire Morrisette, he kicked off the Canadian movement for cyclists rights. As Moses he parted the waters to protest cyclists not being allowed on the bridge, and the protests continued through the 80's to get access to the metro, buses, bike lanes, and much more. Cycling in Mtl is decades ahead of Smogtown because of his (and Claire's) visionary leadership. They paved the way for Velo Quebec which has moved cycling facilities to the best on the continent."
761 Queen St West


9:00 PM - 2:30 AM:
Navid'S Birthday Bicycle Cabaret !
  • Goldsprint races
  • DJs - Rollin Cash - Dope breaks, Jazz, funk, dub...(http://www.djrollincash.com)
  • DJ Anatone aka Mr. Jesse Morrison - Deep, dark, funky! (http://www.myspace.com/anatonemusic)
  • Bike Bondage! Check out our installation of art bikes beautifully bound in rope in the shibari tradition. Artfully done by Lord Morpheous. (http://www.lordmorpheous.com/)
  • Bike films, visuals and sexy surprises to come!

  • 5$ at door
  • Free admission if you are dressed like a bicycle! :)
1300 Gerrard East (just east of Greenwood)





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Photo of the Day: Heels on Wheels, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: Cyclists Suffer from Environmental Angst

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: We Can Help Toronto Pursue Green Goals

2006: Let The Sun Shine In...

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, March 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Remember the case of the Sikh man in Brampton charged for not wearing a motorcycle helmet for religious reasons?

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.


Well, the judge ruled against him. I wonder what this means for Sikh cyclists if mandatory bicycle helmet laws ever come to Ontario?

A judge in Brampton, Ont., rejected a human rights challenge to an Ontario law on Thursday, ruling that motorcyclists must wear helmets while riding because safety concerns outweigh religious rights....

Blacklock said "no accommodation appears possible" under the law because there is no question that helmets reduce the risk of head injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes.

He said allowing Badesha, along with other Sikh motorcyclists, to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet would put "undue hardship" on the province to maintain safety standards.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Google Maps is a handy-dandy little tool. It shows you maps of anywhere you want to go - in standard version, satellite images, and terrain maps, and you can find directions between two addresses, even saying "avoid highways" (which is useful to cyclists).

What it doesn't have is a "Bike-Friendly" Option, but an online petition hopes to change that:

The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route...

There are many reasons why this feature would be a wonderful edition to Google Maps. Among them, some of the most influential would be to:
  • Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
  • Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
  • Help Google realize its core mission of 'organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.'

They've got almost 29,144 signatures so far. Add your name to them if you want.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, March 26, 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, March 26, 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, March 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

"Spring is sooorta coming back, very slowly, to Toronto. Hopefully we'll see more cyclists soon."

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: The March Issue of Cyclometer Is Out!

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Bike Events This Week - March 26-31, 2007

2006: Toronto HPV Dinner Tonight

2006: First 2006 Weekend Ride

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, March 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. Walking Strategy Open Houses - March 25, April 3 & April 7
  2. Bike Month event registration - March 27 Deadline
  3. Bicycle Bob speaks at CBN - March 28
  4. 2008 Operating Budget - City Council to approve March 31-April 1
  5. Bloor-Yorkville Transformation - Plans go to East York Community Council without bike lanes?
  6. Jarvis Street Streetscape Improvement EA - Let the City know you want bike lanes

More on the TCAT site.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

A couple weeks ago, there was a Statscan Release that showed that even with higher gas prices and increased investment in transit, people still love driving:

In 2006, there were 2.4 million commuters in what the agency calls the census metropolitan area of Toronto, and 71.1 per cent of them used a car to get to work, either by driving or as a passenger.

Only 22.2 per cent of commuters used public transit to get to work, Statistics Canada said Tuesday, releasing data on where Canadians work, how they get there and travel times.

A total of 4.8 per cent walked to work, while only one per cent biked.

I'm unsure of how the CBC found the numbers for walking and biking, as the data from Statscan lumps it together - but looking around the statscan site, we can find some interesting info about commuting modes... and how much they have changed since the 2001 census. THESE are for the City of Toronto, not the entire GTA (which is obviously auto-centric)...

TORONTO Census Division (ie. the City of Toronto)

Total Commuters
2001: 1,145,975
2006: 1,148,935

Drivers:
2001: 598,405 (~52%)
2006: 567,465 (~49%)
Change: -3%

Passengers:
2001: 61,620 (~5%)
2006: 73,145 (~6%)
Change: +1%

Transit:
2001: 387,485 (~34%)
2006: 394,960(~34%)
Change: none

Walk/Bike:
2001: 88,155 (~8%)
2006: 101,350 (~9%)
Change: + 1%

Other:
2001: 10,310 (~1%)
2006: 12,015 (~1%)
Change: none







So, what can we take from these numbers?

In the City of Toronto - which is urban at its core, yet suburbanish at it's edges, things are changing - slowly but surely.

In the 5 years between 2001 and 2006, 3% fewer people of the working population are driving to work, 1% more people are carpooling and 1% more people are walking or biking to work. Transit use modal share and "other" remain unchanged.

From a bikign perspective, I feel this is huge - there are ~31,000 less people driving to work every day, and ~13,000 more people walking or biking to work.

That's a ~15% increase in those walking or biking to work between 2001 and 2006!!!

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, March 25, 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:

Stuff:


Past Category Digests:

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, March 25, 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 day:

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

Past Daily Digest Posts:

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Photo of the Day: Slushy at Spadina, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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

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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posted by Joe on Monday, March 24, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark



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:


Thurs, March 27th


Fri, March 28th (BikeFriday!)

  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM:
  • Critical Mass Toronto
    • Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]

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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Photo of the Day: Wet Speed, originally uploaded by jasonmcconnie.

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posted by Joe on Monday, March 24, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Happy Easter Monday, you cycling bunnies!

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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posted by Joe on Monday, March 24, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: Less Cars on Yonge Street and King Street

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: Car Free Friday!

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: One Week Until BikeFriday!

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

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

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Photo of the Day: Tracks, originally uploaded by Martinho.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, March 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: More West Toronto Railpath News

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Cycling Poker Run this Saturday

2007: The West Toronto Railpath Lives!

2006: The Start of the 2006 CBN Speaker Series

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, March 21, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

  • Queen West Cyclist in hospital after crash yesterday
    From the Star: A 37-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital in critical condition this afternoon after his bike hit a large delivery van on Queen St. W.The bike and van were heading eastbound on Queen St. near Niagara St., around 1:30 p.m., Toronto police traffic services Staff Sgt. Andy Norrie…
  • Toronto Police want your opinion on Traffic Issues
    Here's your chance to let the Toronto Police Service know (anonymously) how they are doing with enforcing traffic issues. While they don't mention parking in bikelanes specifically, they do allow people to identify themselves as cyclists. Most of the questions are multiple choice, but there's a few "text areas" where…
  • The Portable Bloor BikeLane
    Back in early March, the TakeTheTooker folks put down a portable bikelane on Bloor to showcase how great it would be to have an east-west bikelane running the entire length of Bloor and Danforth: Local cycling activists created Toronto's latest and shortest bicycle lane in the heart of city today,…
  • 2008: The Year of the Bicycle?
    A recent post on Streetsblog highlights this question - and it's a relevant one for Toronto too, just to name a couple things happening here this year: 2008 is the first year BikeWeek is called BikeMonth, 2008 will see the launch of the Toronto Cyclists Union magazine and website, 2008 will see…
  • Star: Downtown density will prevail over slums of suburbia
    Interesting article from the Star's Christopher Hume earlier this month - and it draws heavily from what most city cyclists already know - downtown density is good, suburban sprawl is bad: Looking back at the postwar conditions that unleashed the explosion of suburbia, it's clear the growth was inspired…
  • NOW Magazine: Cycling part of a Green Revolution
    NOW included cycling (of course!) in their "ultimate guide to a green revolution in eight easy moves": 3. Tired of waiting for bike lanes that never show? SOFTCORE: Send a message to the city and drivers by hogging a whole car lane when you ride. This works especially well when…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: March 17th
    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 wants to hear from you -…


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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:

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






Driver OK After SUV Rollover

The accident happened Thursday on Sheppard, east of Keele. The passenger was stuck inside for 20 minutes, before firefighters could get her out.

Cyclist Suffers Life Threatening Injury

A collision at a busy downtown intersection has left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries. A twisted bike is at the centre of an investigation into a crash between a truck and a two-wheeler on Niagara Street near Queen around 1:30pm.

Man, 86, dies, wife hurt in pickup truck crash

The couple were in their Kia, making a left-hand turn from Richview Rd. to northbound Scarlett Ave., in the Royal York Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. area, when they were hit by a southbound pickup truck around 9:30 a.m., said Traffic Services Staff Sgt. Steve

Two dead in head-on crash; Pregnant woman suffers serious injuries

Two people are dead following a head-on crash yesterday on County Road 27, near Schomberg. A 26-year-old Minden woman who was on her way to a job interview in Toronto was killed after a major artery in her neck was slashed, police said. She was airlifted

Motorist faces impaired charge after fatal crash

A Brampton driver has been charged after a crash last night that killed the man sitting next to him in the car. Annaz Ahmad, 23, of Brampton, was driving his 2003 Acura north on The Gore Rd. north of Queen St. E. around 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of

Cause Of Fatal Halton Crash Unknown

Halton Police are looking for the cause of a crash that killed one and left two others in hospital. Two vehicles collided halfway between the 5th and 10th Sideroads in Halton Hills at about 9:30pm Sunday.



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posted by Joe on Friday, March 21, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: A BikeStation at the New Nathan Phillips Square

2007: The Most Cost Effective Sustainable Transportation

2006: More Interesting Links

2006: Spring Ahead...

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, March 20, 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, March 20, 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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From the Star:

A 37-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital in critical condition this afternoon after his bike hit a large delivery van on Queen St. W.

The bike and van were heading eastbound on Queen St. near Niagara St., around 1:30 p.m., Toronto police traffic services Staff Sgt. Andy Norrie said. The van appears to have been turning when the accident happened but it's not yet clear who was at fault, Norrie said.

"The cyclist has received substantial injuries," Norrie said, and was taken to hospital.

If you have information about this accident, contact the Police at: (416) 808-1900.

photo courtesy of Citynews.

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Here's your chance to let the Toronto Police Service know (anonymously) how they are doing with enforcing traffic issues. While they don't mention parking in bikelanes specifically, they do allow people to identify themselves as cyclists.

Most of the questions are multiple choice, but there's a few "text areas" where you can type whatever you want in there, if you have specific concerns that aren't addressed by the survey.

TPS Traffic Issues Survey

MyBikeLane Toronto

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Photo of the Day: Get Tricky, originally uploaded by lampglow.

From the Toronto Bicycle Show.

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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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Back in early March, the TakeTheTooker folks put down a portable bikelane on Bloor to showcase how great it would be to have an east-west bikelane running the entire length of Bloor and Danforth:
Local cycling activists created Toronto's latest and shortest bicycle lane in the heart of city today, but after a while they had to roll it up again. While curious pedestrians and a small group of cyclists watched, Take the Tooker members Angela Bischoff and Hamish Wilson unfurled the bike path along Bloor Street at Avenue Road. The path, a 144 ft. long piece of roofing felt, came complete with painted bike symbols and lane stripe. “Let's help the city to visualize how beautiful, easy and inexpensive it would be,” Ms. Bischoff said. “We're out here to donate this lane to the city.” After cyclists had done a few rides down the path, things got a bit bumpier when a strong wind blew the path into a heap. Showing that chunks of street ice can have a purpose, organizers quickly straightened out the path and the ride continued. Take the Tooker campaigns for a east-west bikeway through Toronto along Bloor Street. It is intended to be a legacy to bike and climate activist, Tooker Gomberg, who died four years ago today. “When we first started three years ago there wasn't really any hope,” Ms. Bischoff, Tooker's widow, said. “Now there's a lot of discussion about accommodating bikes with bike lanes along Bloor.” [National Post]

TaketheTooker isn’t the only group with an active interest in claiming part of Bloor for the bike. "We’re actively working with councillors along [the Bloor/Danforth] strip," says Fred Sztabinski of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation, referring to his organization’s efforts at city hall to "solve all the little problems." Local businesses along Bloor are wary of giving up streetside parking, concerned that no cars mean no customers. "We’re looking for data that would show how a lot of customers along this stretch actually get there by transit, bike or foot," he says. "We know the majority of people here are not driving—it’d be great to have the numbers to show that."

After last week’s city budget, Monday’s demonstration also addresses the issue’s bottom line: its price tag. With auto-centric infrastructure like the Front Street Extension costing our cash-strapped city $170,000,000, the estimated $25,000-per-kilometer pricetag of a Bloor/Danforth bike lane is, according to TaketheTooker’s literature, "peanuts."

Another little problem is reducing the number of vehicle traffic lanes to accommodate cyclists. "The city can do studies to show you that removing parking lanes wouldn’t necessarily inhibit traffic flow," Sztabinski suggests, citing a precedent that made Dundas Street East more bike-friendly. "There used to be four lanes of traffic and they took out two. It hasn’t been a problem at all."

[Torontoist]

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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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via craigslist:

  • Older gold colour Velo Sport road bike with straight bars, mirror and rear rack,
  • Stolen from Sherbourne and Wellesley area.
  • It has little cash value but I'd love to get my old friend back.
  • If you see it or know where I might find it, please let me know.
  • Any information would be greatly appreciated and a small compensation would be available.
Contact the owner by email if you can help.

Also posted on the Stolen Bike Listing.

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Photo of the Day: Surfing on Ice, originally uploaded by silk cut.

Another photo from the IceBike Races

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

BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Take the Tooker Meeting this Wednesday!

2007: Bike to York Plans and a Meeting

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A recent post on Streetsblog highlights this question - and it's a relevant one for Toronto too, just to name a couple things happening here this year:

From Streetsblog:
First the trends: oil costs are surpassing $100 a barrel, global warming alarm calls are mounting, polluting autos and trucks increasingly clog city streets, and health concerns about a sedentary and fattening society are mounting.

And now the developments: Handy bike-for-hire stations are proving instant hits in Paris and other European cities and seem poised to invade urban America. Moves to add painted bike lanes along city roadways are being eclipsed by proposals for entire networks of "bike boulevards" -- roadways altered radically to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. And a companion "Complete Streets" movement -- making roadway space for cyclists and pedestrians, not just cars and trucks -- is gaining traction nationwide.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), founder of the Congressional Bike caucus (now 160-bipartisan members strong), claims a new pro-bike politics is forming, that it can mobilize a 1-million-plus national constituency and force clear recognition of the role of bicycles in the next (2009) federal transportation bill. He and the Bike Summit will be pushing a sense of Congress resolution recognizing the potential of bikes to undergird a greener, healthier and more efficient national future.

Cycling, nationwide, still counts for tiny portions of commuting and shopping trips. But Portland's experience shows the potential, Blumenauer insists: since that city's bike program began in the 1990s, the "modal split" for bikes has quadrupled and a $100 million bike industry of bike shops, bike sales, a start of manufacturing and bike tourism, accounting for 1,000 jobs, has emerged.

Paris' "velib" bike rental program -- the name combines "velo" (bicycle) and "liberte (freedom) -- opened last July and registered an astounding 2 million trips in its first 40 days. Almost identical systems are sprouting up across Europe -- in Lyons, Rennes, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm, Seville, Brussels, Vienna. Many others are soon to come including London and Rome. There's also reported interest in Moscow and Beijing.

This April the first serious U.S. fast bike-rental system is due to open in Washington, D.C., followed shortly by San Francisco. Considering the idea or in active negotiations are Houston, Tucson, San Antonio, Portland, Cambridge and Boulder. Among possible U.S. cities is Chicago -- Mayor Richard Daley tested a Velib bike in Paris last summer and came back a fan.

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A very short video of February's Critical Mass:



From YouTuber jnyyz.

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Interesting article from the Star's Christopher Hume earlier this month - and it draws heavily from what most city cyclists already know - downtown density is good, suburban sprawl is bad:

Looking back at the postwar conditions that unleashed the explosion of suburbia, it's clear the growth was inspired as much as anything by a desire to escape from the city. Density, associated with danger, disease and decay, was the enemy.

Sixty years later, beset by gridlock, shoddy construction and environmental degradation that can no longer be ignored, density has started to look good again.

The response has been to make the suburban more urban. But as Leinberger notes, "Sprawling, large-lot suburbs become less attractive as they become more densely built, but urban areas – especially those well served by public transit – become more appealing as they are filled in and built up. Crowded sidewalks tend to be safe and lively, and bigger crowds can support more shops, restaurants, art galleries."


While gas prices are rising, they will not mean the end of the suburban lifestyle - car companies will transfer over to hybrid and electric vehicles, meaning the suburban planning methods will continue, regardless of gas prices.

What suburbanites need to realize (and it'll likely take a generation or two) is that being isolated from stores and workplaces in "residential zones" is a horrible way of living life. Biking to work and walking to a local grocer is not only better for the planet, it's better for your soul.

More at the Star.

Photo by photosapience.

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A new design out of Sweden that combines small bike convenience with extra carrying capacity:
Small balloon tires, a low-rider frame and lots of hauling attachments are the features Swedish cycling company Skeppshult felt would be most needed in a short-trip urban bike. ... [It's] maneuverability and its front and back hauling attachments are pretty nifty. There are extra-wide package racks (widely used in Sweden) that can fairly easily be positioned into either frame end, and black or silver attaching boxes with lids that can take about a 20-pound load, as well as metal attachable baskets.
Via TreeHugger.

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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. Since I was offline last week, there's a lot less than usual. :)


Photos:
Archives:
Digests:


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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Photo of the Day: Tricky Turn, originally uploaded by silk cut.

From the 2008 IceBike Races at Dufferin Grove Park.

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

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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NOW included cycling (of course!) in their "ultimate guide to a green revolution in eight easy moves":

3. Tired of waiting for bike lanes that never show?

SOFTCORE: Send a message to the city and drivers by hogging a whole car lane when you ride. This works especially well when there’s more than one of you. And if you hang our Honk If You Love Bike Lanes sign (see online) on your fender, you can give the thumbs-up to anyone who blares the horn at you.

HARDCORE: Why wait for the city? Next time the streets are clear and dry, paint your own bike lane, like the Other Urban Repair Squad did last fall (www.urbanrepairs.blogspot.com). Or sign up for the group’s next guerrilla bike lane session.

More of the guide at NOW.

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1963 Bike Safety Film, with Monkeys and awesome music.


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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:

Mon, March 17th

Wed, March 19th


Starting Thurs, March 20th

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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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 wants to hear from you - Active Transportation Green Paper consultation open until April 7
  2. Bike Summit 2008 - TCAT to bring leading bicycle policy experts to Toronto
  3. Jarvis Street Streetscape Improvement Environmental Assessment - Public Open House March 19
  4. Walk21 Community Conference - Presentations posted on-line
  5. Annette Street repaving - Another bike lane coming to Etobicoke
  6. Toronto Police Traffic Survey - Have your say
  7. Scarlett Road / CP Rail Bridge Environmental Assessment - Completed

More on the TCAT site.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day you cycling Leprechauns! :)

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


I'm not sure about the story behind this photo, but the official name of it is "this man should be my husband".



Photo of the Day: Winter Courier, originally uploaded by Martinho.



Photo of the Day: St. George, originally uploaded by Martinho.



Photo of the Day: Fender, originally uploaded by Najmk.



Photo of the Day: Fenced, originally uploaded by andyscamera.


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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I'm not sure about the story behind this photo, but the official name of it is "this man should be my husband".

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: BikeFriday is in 2 Weeks!

2007: Public Comments about Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue Bikelanes

2007: Cyclists and the Dundas Streetcar Track Reconstruction

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: Car Free News: Central Park & Public Space

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Photo of the Day: Winter Courier, originally uploaded by Martinho.

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

2007: More Councillor Comments about BikeLanes and the Budget

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

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

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Photo of the Day: St. George, originally uploaded by Martinho.

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

2007: The BikeChain Wins the Vote! (But Still Needs Help)

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Students make plea for bike repair shop

2007: "Bike to York" Meeting Today at 4:30 PM

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 8 of 8)

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: BikeChain Workshop - Bottom Brackets, and the Flat Fix of Doom!

2006: News From Abroad: Naked Bunnies Like To Bike

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 7 of 8)

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

2007: Rob Ford is Famous... Again

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Commuting with Psychopaths

2007: Bike to York - Redefine the Possible

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 6 of 8)

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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:

Stuff:


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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Photo of the Day: Fender, originally uploaded by Najmk.

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 5 of 8)

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

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Photo of the Day: Fenced, originally uploaded by andyscamera.

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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: Politicians get Foot-in-Mouth Disease

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Take The Tooker to Canadians for Kyoto Rally

2007: BikingToronto Site News

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 4 of 8)

2006: Does Someone Need An Intervention?

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Dead Cyclists Always At Fault, Says Councillor Rob Ford

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 3 of 8)

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Photo of the Day: Snowcovered, originally uploaded by Guajava.

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

2007: 320 New TTC Buses To Have BikeRacks!

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: UofT Student? Support the BikeChain!

2006: Cute As A (Biking) Button

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 2 of 8)

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

  • Subway Station Stairs to get Bike Tracks
    TTC subway stations are scheduled to start getting bike tracks (little grooves at the side of stairs that take bike wheels) so that we can roll our bikes up stairs instead of carrying them. This story first appeared in the Star, but Torontoist does a better job of covering the…
  • The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again
    The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain is making a return in 2008 after a successful pilot project in 2007. The Bike Train is a sustainable tourism and transportation initiative that will introduce bike racks onboard VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and the Niagara Region. The 2008 edition of the service will…
  • The New Ryerson Student Centre to have Bicycle Only Parking
    The new Ryerson student centre (rendering above) will be replacing and/or enhancing the old Sam the Record Man building at Yonge & Gould is planned to have bicycle only parking, according to a recent article in the Star: The single most dramatic gesture would be to close Gould St.…
  • City to finalize Transportation Services Operating Budget
    A very quick post to let you know that tomorrow sees the Budget Committee meeting that will finalize the 2008 Operating Budget. Spacing has a great post about it: Although we welcome the 2008 capital budget increase in transportation services from $3.0 million to $5.5 million for cycling infrastructure
  • BikeChain Co-ordinator Profile up on Spacing Toronto
    The Spacing series of Winter Cyclist Profiles continues, this time with Alex Gatien, the U of T BikeChain Co-ordinator! When did you start commuting in winter and why? Just this winter. I’ve ridden in the winter in the past two years as long as there was no snow, but this…
  • Slush Puppies: How to Enjoy Biking in the Winter
    Just wanted to make sure I get a link up to a great article in the Post about Winter Cycling in Toronto called "Slush Puppies" from Spacing contributor Tammy Thorne: The non-stop snow doesn't mean much to the city's small army of winter cyclists: They still get to work faster…
  • Duke's Cycle to Rise from the Ashes
    I have a bit of a backlog with posts about the Queen West Fire and the destruction of Duke's Cycle, but this CityTV news story gives a good glimpse of the owners of the store and how they want to re-build: "Obviously it's too soon to tell what is going…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: March 4th
    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 - Supporter feedback &…
  • Mountain Biking Strategy - Call for Comments
    The City of Toronto is formulating a strategy to deal with mountain biking use of trails in parks and other natural areas. They are collecting input from the public on the issue until March 7th (thursday). Click here for more info. You can contact the city about this here: Jennifer…

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TTC subway stations are scheduled to start getting bike tracks (little grooves at the side of stairs that take bike wheels) so that we can roll our bikes up stairs instead of carrying them.

This story first appeared in the Star, but Torontoist does a better job of covering the story:

To better serve its two-wheeled ridership, the TTC plans to install prototype bicycle conduits in two station renovation projects, according to the Star. The tracks will be fitted beneath the stairway handrails, assumedly similar to the grooves on the stairs of Toronto's bicycle-friendly bridges, which allow the wheels to remain inside a metal channel so that a bike can be guided easily down the stairs via the handlebars rather than carrying it awkwardly.

The plan is currently a pilot project, but is to become standard system-wide if they turn out to be as effective as hoped.

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Yup, plows made especially for the bikelanes. I bet those little sidewalk tractors could do an alright job here in Toronto...

via TreeHugger.

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Photo of the Day: Finding a Path, originally uploaded by Martinho.

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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:

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



Driver charged in fatal crash

A 32-year-old man faces a dangerous driving charge after the passenger of his car following a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning. The 33-year-old man succumbed to his injuries Tuesday evening. The Toyota Camry he was riding in had smashed into a hy

Bus Carrying Seniors And Children Rear Ended By Truck On Highway 401

It was supposed to be a pleasure outing. It didn't end that way. Only one of the eastbound 401 express lanes was open during the afternoon rush after a truck rear ended a bus on the busy highway. The accident, which happened just west of the 400 around 3:30pm, left some of the 53 seniors and children onboard suffering various complaints.

Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run accident

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that seriously injured a Toronto woman in a hit-and-run accident this morning. The 49-year-old victim was walking with her husband southbound on Stevenson Rd. at Mount Olive Dr., near Albion Rd. and Finch Ave

Serious Single Car Crash Sends One To Hospital

Two people were hurt in a serious single-car crash that closed off Warden Ave. north of Steeles Monday morning. The driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole just after 3am, shattering the pole and causing significant damage to th

3-Car Collision At Finch-Hwy. 27

A three-car crash shut down the westbound lanes of Finch at Highway 27 Thursday morning. Police said two women were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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

2007: Bikeracks on New Buses?

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2006: 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Part 1 of 8)

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

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The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain is making a return in 2008 after a successful pilot project in 2007.

The Bike Train is a sustainable tourism and transportation initiative that will introduce bike racks onboard VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and the Niagara Region. The 2008 edition of the service will be launching in late June and running over 8 weekends until late September.

Bike Train tickets and getaway packages will be available for purchase beginning April 15, 2008. Approximate cost for travel on the Bike Train between Toronto to Niagara Falls will be $59.00 round-trip including taxes. One-way tickets will also be available for $35. Children under 12 travel for free, but with a $5 bike transport fee per departure.



Not recommended for those unexperienced
with tightrope cycling.


Top photo by pedalwest, illustration from fixedgear.

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At first I thought this new Litroenergy thingy from GloPaint had to be toxic to be able to glow for so long, but apparently it's non-toxic and cheap. Perfect for helping light up you and your bike at night:
“The Litrospheres are not effected by heat or cold, and are 5,000-pound crush resistant. They can be injection molded or added to paint. The fill rate of Litroenergy micro particles in plastic injection molding material or paint is about 20%. The constant light gives off no U.V. rays, and can be designed to emit almost any color of light desired.”



Via Ecoble.

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The new Ryerson student centre (rendering above) will be replacing and/or enhancing the old Sam the Record Man building at Yonge & Gould is planned to have bicycle only parking, according to a recent article in the Star:
The single most dramatic gesture would be to close Gould St. between Yonge and Church Sts. That would help make Ryerson a truly pedestrian precinct, and provide the means to establish a genuine campus, one that belongs to students.

"I think closing Gould will lead the process," says Ryerson president and CEO Sheldon Levy. "We can't be passive to the city-building aspect of the plan."

He also admits proposals he once worried would be viewed as "radical" are now seen as "moderate."

The appetite for change is growing; suddenly ideas like closing Gould, tearing down Kerr Hall, and turning the recently purchased Sam The Record Man site into a student centre with bicycle-only parking make eminent sense.

Indeed, we are starting to grasp that old ways of doing things – handing over cities to cars and building hideous schools – are irrational and destructive.


Along with a pedestrian/cyclist-friendly Master Plan under way (including making part of Gould St. closed to cars), Ryerson is on its way to becoming BikeU for Toronto. Let's hope this will inspire the other downtown institute of higher learning, UofT (to plan for people and make some pedestrian boulevardes out of city streets) and maybe even YorkU, up there on the edge of the city (but in the heart of suburbia).

If you're wondering about Sam's giant iconic spinning record signs (which have been granted heritage status by the city), the new building is supposed to incorporate them, making them an indoor feature.

They'd look pretty cool as the spinning wheels of a giant bike...

Rendering courtesy of Torontoist.

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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

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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Photo of the Day: Chinatown, originally uploaded by alfred ng.

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

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: MyBikeLane.com comes to Toronto!

2006: Do Cyclists Dream of Spandex-Clad Sheep?

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

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A very quick post to let you know that tomorrow sees the Budget Committee meeting that will finalize the 2008 Operating Budget. Spacing has a great post about it:
Although we welcome the 2008 capital budget increase in transportation services from $3.0 million to $5.5 million for cycling infrastructure (needed to install the substantial increased amount of 50 km of on-street bike lanes scheduled for this year) it is now time to ask that the cycling safety, education and promotion programs also receive a similar much-needed boost.

Martin Koob of biketoronto.ca has posted a succinct summary. It includes an outline of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation’s (TCAT) bike-related recommendations (Read TCAT’s full letter to the Budget Committee).

They asked council to:

  • Double the current funding dedicated to cycling promotion, safety and education staff and programs – like Bike Month and Kids CAN-Bike Camps – from $164,000 to $328,000 in the City Planning operating budget.
  • Fund a full-time trails and pathways planner to coordinate the planning, consultation, construction and maintenance of bikeway network infrastructure projects in Toronto’s parks – approximately $80,000 in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation operating budget.

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Folding Bikes are cool - take them on transit, stick them in small trunks or backseats... but what if you need them to fit somewhere smaller?
We love folding bikes. Because they remove one of the arguments about taking up cycling; “I don’t have any room for a bicycle.” Here is a folding bike concept to would give short shrift to that excuse, were it ever to transition into a real world commercial product. Gregor Dauth, a student at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany has worked with Cube bikes to develop his Urban Street Concept Bike. Gregor reckons you can fold up his full size bike to fit in a Smart car. Continue folding it like the blades of a Swiss Army Knife and he says the frame willl fit into a rucksack.




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Streetfilms has a cool feature called Cyclist of the Month. Their most recent one is about Mary Beth Kelly. Mary's husband was killed while they were out for a ride on a Greenway in Hudson River Park. Mary has since become a great cycling advocate in New York City:

In June 2006, she and her husband Dr. Carl Henry Nacht were bicycling home from dinner on the Hudson River Greenway in Chelsea when an NYPD tow truck turned sharply into the bike lane at 38th Street and 12th Avenue. Despite signs telling drivers to yield to pedestrians and cyclists, the tow truck did not slow down as it headed toward a riverfront tow pound. The truck struck Carl, injuring him severely. He died four days later...

Rather than forsaking cycling after Carl’s death, Mary Beth and her children Zoe and Asher got right back on their bicycles. Perhaps most important, Mary Beth has emerged as an outspoken and eloquent advocate for New York City cyclists. She now serves on the advisory council for Transportation Alternatives, where she is working to create and pass comprehensive complete streets legislation in honor of her husband.


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

1. Duke's Cycle Victim of Massive Fire

2. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

3. Memorial for Eugene Yao, Urbane Cyclist Founder

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

5. Stolen Chopper Bike "Darryl" Recovered!

6. Photo of the Day: Practice Safe Cycling

7. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

8. Snowy Bikelanes on Metro Morning, with Audio

9. Metrolinx Wants Your Input to make the Toronto Area more Bike-Friendly

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


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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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New York City used to be hostile to cyclists... Toronto now has to emulate them, as evidenced by this video from last Hallowe'en... at least I hope that's why Clarence of Streetfilms is dressed up:
We went back to check in how things were progressing on the NYC DOT’s plans for the 9th Avenue physically separated bike lane. The pleasant surprises continue as lane improvements, ample signage, and cyclist-only bike signals have now appeared making the innovative project even safer. And although driver behavior continues to improve, there are a few problems to highlight.



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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

2007: BikeFriday is a SmartCommute!

2006: Bike TV

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 Alex Gatien, the U of T BikeChain Co-ordinator!

When did you start commuting in winter and why?
Just this winter. I’ve ridden in the winter in the past two years as long as there was no snow, but this is the first time I’ve had a dedicated winter bike.

What are the biggest challenges for winter bikers in Toronto?
I find drivers are less forgiving in the winter. That safety-in-numbers feeling that’s present during the summer just isn’t there. Narrower roads and the downright pitiful state of bike infrastructure in this city don’t help either.

What could the City do to make winter biking better?
More bike lanes and clear the existing ones. However, I do think that the City really needs to rethink the way it builds bike lanes, especially on major streets like College. It’s bad enough that you’ll see six vehicles parked [in bike lanes] in one block of the street, but it’s even worse that they go unplowed. The City also really needs to understand that accommodating cyclists and pedestrians will come at the expense of cars. I also think that the link between driving and the host of extremely negative consequences (oil wars, climate change, the exploitation of indigenous lands, horrendous urban landscapes, etc.) needs to become much more clear in people’s minds before we see major changes. It’s either that or we run out of oil and everyone rides bikes because they have to.



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A very nice little video about the Queen West Fire and Duke's Cycle:

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Moving all of your worldly possessions by human power!



From Streetfilms.

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Just wanted to make sure I get a link up to a great article in the Post about Winter Cycling in Toronto called "Slush Puppies" from Spacing contributor Tammy Thorne:
The non-stop snow doesn't mean much to the city's small army of winter cyclists: They still get to work faster than you

Torontonians are reputed to be whiners when it comes to weather. But, as Canadians, we are better known for our innate drive to conquer the elements. It is in our bones, part of our history. A robust people who embrace our northern landscape in all its inclement glory, we refuse to be kept inside by a simple snow squall.

A typical Torontonian is more likely to be injured teetering along in a pair of fashionable boots on an icy sidewalk than riding a bike to work. Yet winter cyclists in the city are met with mixed reactions that range from amusement to disbelief to hostility.
More at the Post.

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I have a bit of a backlog with posts about the Queen West Fire and the destruction of Duke's Cycle, but this CityTV news story gives a good glimpse of the owners of the store and how they want to re-build:

"Obviously it's too soon to tell what is going to happen ... the building is completely gone. But we're definitely going to rebuild and get something going. We'll probably start something up in the neighborhood." ...

"It's tough to see a landmark like this gone. It's probably the longest-standing bike store in North America that is continuously owned and operated by the same family and same location without moving. So it's devastating."

Despite the magnitude of the loss, Newman is grateful no one was hurt.

"Nobody was hurt. Nobody was injured. I mean as bad as it is, it's only stuff. They're bricks and wood. It's metal. We can rebuild and replace that. I mean it's really more of the sentimental attachment. We had a lot of historical stuff inside the building."


After all, they've been in business since 1914... why stop now?

Keep up to date with Dukes on their webpage.

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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:
Stuff:

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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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 - Supporter feedback & Clarification
  2. Bloor-Dundas Visioning Session - March 5
  3. Walk 21 Community Conference a great success!
  4. Complete Streets legislation tabled in US
  5. Government seeks UK's first 'cycling city'
  6. Welcome TransActive SolutionsNew group joins TCAT’s growing list of Supporters

More on the TCAT site.

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Snow Speed

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(via craigslist, also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page)

If anyone comes across this bike being sold or around town, please notify me, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks!!!


GREEN, RED and BLACK Gary Fisher Big Sur hard tail

Details:
  • Gary Fisher Big Sur (hard tail)
  • Small frame, green with black and red lettering
  • Red Michelin rear tire, Black Continental front tire
  • Red Good & Evil grips
  • XT derailleurs front and rear
  • SRAM PC 990 cassette (red and silver)
  • LX Crank
  • Crank Bros Egg Beater pedals
  • Black Spire Big Ring Protector (bash guard)
  • Rock Shox Judy SL front shocks
  • Mavic 225 rims w/ LX hubs
  • Avid Single Digit 7 v-brakes

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

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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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, March 5th

Fri, March 7th - Sun, March 9th


Sat, March 8th


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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Well, this looks cool - bike panniers that turn into luggage:
More luggage than bag, PakNgo is made from rigid polycarbonate, which helps fix the load securely to the back, and protects your stuff in the event of a close shave with a four-wheeler. Waterproof fabric keeps your stuff dry, and neatly detaches from the back when you get where you're going, turning into wheeled luggage or messenger-style bag. The design has been shortlisted for an Dyson Student Award at the Australian Design Awards.


Via TreeHugger.

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The City of Toronto is formulating a strategy to deal with mountain biking use of trails in parks and other natural areas. They are collecting input from the public on the issue until March 7th (thursday).

Click here for more info.

You can contact the city about this here:


Jennifer Kowalski, Parks and Recreation Planner
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Strategic Services
Metro Hall, 24th floor, 55 John St.
Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6
email: jkowals@toronto.ca
phone: 416-392-3355

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This is a really cool product that I saw recently on BikeHugger:

Glo gloves are simple, reflective over-gloves which will help you survive your night time rides. Here’s a good review by the Gadgeteer, but you won’t need too much convincing once you understand the value of the gloves.

These are the same gloves you see police officers directing traffic with, although there are 3 models, only one of which has the ‘stop sign’ on the palm. You can get this model online or at uniform stores here in Seattle and elsewhere.

The gloves will help you stay visible during one of the riskiest road maneuvers for a cyclist — turning. Signalling is a great way to improve your safety, but if drivers can’t see your signals they don’t count for much. Glo Gloves increase your odds of being seen. At around $20 they’re incredibly cheap insurance.


More on BikeHugger.

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If you're looking for some nice photos from the IceBike Races, the BikePirates have some nice ones up on their blog:






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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: Encouraging Biking with Organized Rides

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

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Elves

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

2007: BikeFriday is in 4 weeks!

2007: BikingToronto Photo of the Day

2007: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006: Let's Celebrate Cycling On Friday

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: Ghost Bike Installation for Bianca Gogel

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

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