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This week, Eye Weekly has a pretty good synopsis of the whole Yorkville Bloor Street Reconstruction issue:

The transformation has been hailed as a pedestrian-friendly revitalization that will encourage shoppers to spend far more time salivating in and around the big-ticket boutiques of the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. And there’s no doubt that “extensive tree plantings in innovative and sustainable soil cell systems, widened granite sidewalks, seasonal flowerbeds and attractive up-lighting for each tree” would enhance the experience of even the casual heel-toe commuter. But some are arguing that the effort to keep pedestrians in the area is making it more difficult for all other traffic (both auto and bicycle) to get through.

While it's not cool that the City of Toronto is seemingly by-passing proper environmental assessments because the rich businesses of Yorkville are contributing lots of money to this project, it should be noted that city staff had said that this section of Bloor won't have parking, but will have wide curb lanes (possible location for future bikelanes or sharrows):

Daniel Egan, the city's manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, said the narrower road and lack of parked cars would make the new Bloor better for cyclists, although activists disputed this.

Mr. Egan said traffic volumes - 30,000 cars a day - meant that the new narrower Bloor still needed four lanes and could not accommodate full-size bike lanes. However, he said the street could be retrofitted with bike lanes later.


The "Safe Cycling Coalition" has been granted permission to intervene in the lawsuit against the City (which argues that the City skipped important things like environmental assessments), which is a step forward for some cycling advocates in this city. Using the system will produce far more gains for the benefit of Toronto cyclists than rebelling against it.

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Star: More than 100 cyclists protest arrest

One cyclist was arrested just after the start of the demonstration for obstruction and several traffic infraction tickets were issued. Staff Sgt. Brown of 52 Division says that the tickets are nothing out of the ordinary. However, cyclists feel that police presence during the rides has become increasingly aggressive.

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Star: Sometimes biking is just the ticket - to the tune of $110

It was the morning rush and I was on the sidewalk on King St. W., a U-lock in my hand, about to secure my bike to a post in front of my office. The "hey, you" startled me. The "you just broke the law" was incomprehensible. In all the years I had been cycling on the streets of Toronto – more than 30 – I had never been stopped by a police officer

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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.



Photo of the Day: U of TPhoto of the Day: Dundas and GracePhoto of the Day: Orange HoodiePhoto of the Day: The LairPhoto of the Day: Post and RingPhoto of the Day: Kensington PoloPhoto of the Day: Kensington Brown

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Toronto plans bike, foot-friendly corridor
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Queens Quay Bikelanes in Jeopardy
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It's Friday again everyone. Happy Friday to you!

Here's the weekly wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!

  • Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Trial Delayed
    The Igor Kenk Saga (which made international headlines) seemed to somewhat alleviate the frustration of Toronto cyclists in having their bicycles stolen only to find them show up in Igor Kenk's store a few days later. However, now Toronto cyclists get the frustration of the delays of the legal…
  • More Cycling Details from the New Metrolinx Plan
    Following up on the post from earlier today, the Toronto Star has more details from the Metrolinx $50 billion Greater Toronto Area transit plan (I've excerpted the cycling stuff for you): There are about 100 projects in the plan. The key aspects include: ...2. An integrated cycling and walking…
  • New Metrolinx Transit Plan worth $50 Billion, big role for cycling possible
    The Toronto Star has a bit of the information coming from Metrolinx (the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) today about a transit plan for the next 25 years: The plan, released today by Metrolinx, includes no recommendations for road tolls or other taxes to pay for the transit improvements that…

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York Region: We're great place to walk, cycle, award says

Sun: Bike-theft suspect gets 8-week breather

CityNews: Alternatives To Viva For York Region Commuters


CityNews: Airport Access And Bikes Lanes Play Huge Role In GTA Future

Star: Kenk trial delayed

Torontoist: Sharing Bikes as a Public Good

Star: Metrolinx unveils massive transportation fix

Star: $50B transit plan would improve GO, TTC

Spacing: Sidewalk cycling in the burbs

Post: How mayors got to work yesterday


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York Region: We're great place to walk, cycle, award says

If you like getting around on two feet or a pair of wheels, York Region is the place to be. Our region has been named as one of Canada's best places to walk or cycle.

Sun: Bike-theft suspect gets 8-week breather

The lawyer representing infamous bike dealer Igor Kenk won an eight-week break in court proceedings yesterday after saying he's yet to see any evidence from the Crown's case against his client.

CityNews: Alternatives To Viva For York Region Commuters

There are lots of bike lanes and paths in York Region and it's good exercise in decent weather, but cycling down Yonge St. can be a pretty scary proposition at the best of times. It's a good way to reach the TTC and there are now bike racks on many Red Rocket bus routes.

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The Igor Kenk Saga (which made international headlines) seemed to somewhat alleviate the frustration of Toronto cyclists in having their bicycles stolen only to find them show up in Igor Kenk's store a few days later.

However, now Toronto cyclists get the frustration of the delays of the legal system as Kenk's trial has been delayed for 6 weeks so his lawyer can look at over 4,000 new pages of evidence:

In a brief court appearance this morning at Old City Hall, the accused bike thief was awarded a six-week adjournment so his attorney, Lon Rose, can review the thousands of documents involved in his case.

He also plans to ask for another one once that one has been completed, Rose said.

"I've been told there are over 4,000 pages," none of which have currently been provided to the defense, Rose told the court.

The Crown expressed "concerns" about the six-week delay, fearing the case would lose momentum. [Toronto Star]




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CityNews: Airport Access And Bikes Lanes Play Huge Role In GTA Future

"The second big move is the creation of a region-wide network of bicycle lanes," outlined Rob MacIsaac of Metrolinx. "Walking, cycling, roller blading and other mobility devices" could all use the routes, he expanded.

Star: Kenk trial delayed

In a brief court appearance this morning at Old City Hall, the accused bike thief was awarded a six-week adjournment so his attorney, Lon Rose, can review the thousands of documents involved in his case.

Torontoist: Sharing Bikes as a Public Good

With the right number of bikes at start-up—Boyce suggested one thousand as a bare minimum, but the audience thought five thousand was a more attractive number—and a network developed to follow (and expand upon) Toronto's existing bike infrastructure, a bike sharing system could easily succeed here.

Star: Metrolinx unveils massive transportation fix

Metrolinx hopes to spend $500 million on building 7,500 kilometres of on- and off-road bike lanes. It also wants a series of transportation hubs around the region to make it easy to transfer from one mode of transportation to another.

Star: $50B transit plan would improve GO, TTC

There are about 100 projects in the plan. The key aspects include: An integrated cycling and walking network with more than 7,000 kilometres of dedicated cycling lanes.

Spacing: Sidewalk cycling in the burbs

As an arterial street where car is king, Dundas forces suburban cyclists to make this decision: peddle on the sidewalk or compete for space with vehicles doing 70km/hr in the darkness of the overpass. I've stepped aside for many cyclists in this area. Pedestrians and cyclists share sidewalk space – I don't think too many walkers begrudge them for taking this route. It happens along other parts of Etobicoke countless times a day. I'm sure there are complaints and safety concerns about having bikes on sidewalks, but I'd wager that in a region of the city where cars are the preferred method of travel, pedestrians and cyclists are on the same side.

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Infinity Invader Burgundy

Originally posted by Jeremy over here: Well it just got stolen on September 23 around 5 pm and its an Infinity Invader Burgundy, i bought it at costco, it has Shimano brakes, and gears, also if the theft hasn't taken it off it has a red small loop lock.

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Every Monday, BikingToronto takes a look all the upcoming cycling-related events going on in Toronto that week (Monday-Sunday) and links to them all in one post, for you, the BikingToronto reader.

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Post: How mayors got to work yesterday

Ms. McCallion set the standard for car-free day by donning a helmet and riding a simple blue bicycle marked with a licence plate reading "Mayor 1" to work. The 87-year-old Mayor said the seven-kilometre trip, from her home in Streetsville to the Mississauga Civic Centre, was "thoroughly enjoyable."

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Green Iron Horse Team FS (Pape and Danforth)


I just lost my 2006 Iron Horse Team FS. It was while I was at the gym today between 11:50 and 1:00PM today (Tuesday, September 23rd 2008.) The location was the Extreme Fitness Gym, at the intersection of Pape and Danforth Ave. The bike was locked with a thick cable lock right alongside the gym. It is a green-coloured 21" (inch) frame. Dual suspension and with front and rear mechanical disc brakes. It's Filzer bike computer bracket is still on the handle bar, I still have the computer itself in my pocket. Has detatchable mud guard for rear tire and an overhanging, small Specialized cargo pouch secured by straps beneath the seat. Any help would be appreciated. It was a good, reliable workhorse. Here is a pic of it without the small cargo bag on the seat, from a year or so ago.

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Following up on the
post from earlier today, the Toronto Star has more details from the Metrolinx $50 billion Greater Toronto Area transit plan (I've excerpted the cycling stuff for you):

There are about 100 projects in the plan. The key aspects include:

...2. An integrated cycling and walking network with more than 7,000 kilometres of dedicated cycling lanes.

...5. A network of connected mobility hubs that will be more than simply train stations, according to MacIsaac. The bigger versions will be destinations in of themselves and they will all provide a way to connect various modes of transportation from heavy rail to biking.

More details at the Star.

Thankfully, cycling infrastructure is insanely cheap compared to subways, light rail, and pretty well every other transit option besides walking. Let's hope this translates into significant cycling infrastructure - as one can never tell how long money will flow from the Provincial and Federal levels of government to implement plans such as these.

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The Toronto Star has a bit of the information coming from Metrolinx (the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) today about a transit plan for the next 25 years:

The plan, released today by Metrolinx, includes no recommendations for road tolls or other taxes to pay for the transit improvements that are being called the most ambitions of our life time.

The experience of the other cities shows it is best to offer transportation alternatives before asking people to pay new fees, Metrolix chair Rob MacIsaac said...

When implemented in 25 years, 75 per cent of Toronto area residents would live within two kilometres of a dedicated transit line.


I can't find the full plan document online anywhere yet (when I do I'll let you know), but this sounds like excellent news for cycling in Toronto and the surrounding region. Having 75% of GTA residents within 2 km of a dedicated transit line can make cycling a preferred option for residents getting to those transit lines.

Add this to Metrolinx's previously stated intentions of making transit "hubs" cater to pedestrians and cyclists, and we have a recipe for great cycling infrastructure and utilization.

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Post: Stilettos on wheels - Cycling goes chic

"A different type of cyclist is emerging - a cyclist who is not concerned about sport or how many gears they have on their bike but who simply wants to get from A to B, and look good doing it," says 29-year-old London cycle-chicster Caz Nicklin, who started cycling in the English capital little more than a year ago and quickly became frustrated by cycling's "geeky image."

Post: A bicycle (route) built for you

For the next two weekends, as coordinator of the Tour de Greenbelt, Hastings-James and a number of volunteers will be leading guided bike tours through this expanse that stretches from Niagara to Cobourg and as far north as Tobermory. There are four routes in total -- one per day each weekend -- and each ride highlights a different area of the Greenbelt.

Globe: Montreal rolls out bike-sharing plan

Paris has Vélib, Barcelona has Bicing, and as of today, Montreal will start to showcase its own European-style bike-sharing program with a fetching name: Bixi.

Star: 'Raging granny' upset by bikes on sidewalks

A place for everything and everything in its place. That's the philosophy of Frances Cooper, who says sidewalks are for pedestrians and bike lanes for cyclists. The twain should never meet.

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Black KHS Urban X (Queen and Parliament)

My son's bike was stolen this afternoon (September 22) from our backyard (Queen & Parliament area) while we were out. It is a black, medium-sized KHS Urban X (commuter-style) with a black carrier rack. It was locked to our iron picnic table with a cable lock and the back wheel was locked to the frame with a Kryptonite U-lock. The theft has been reported to the police. Any news/sightings would be appreciated.

Silver and Black KHS Brentwood (College and Spadina)

I got my bike stolen last night (between Saturday SEP 20 and Sunday SEP 21 2008) on College Street, right in front of this nightclub called Suba (292 College st). I got there around 11 PM and I noticed the theft at about 1 AM. I hadn't locked it properly so they took the frame and the backwheel, and left the front wheel attached to the lock. The bike is a silver and black KHS Brentwood Mens 2007, 17" frame, Shimano breaks and 21 speeds. The original seat had previously been stolen so I replaced it some months ago with one of these black GEL seats. It has a black round bell on the left handle. The serial number is 461066235. I don't have a picture of it but this is the what the model looks like. The color is silver and black though

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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.

Photo of the Day: Trick PossePhoto of the Day: Colour Co-ordinatedPhoto of the Day: BluePhoto of the Day: RosesPhoto of the Day: RedPhoto of the Day: NeonPhoto of the Day: Gardiner and the DVP

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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's the weekly wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!

  • Councillor Joe Mihevc rides the new Vaughan Road Bike Lane
    Above you'll see a photo of one of Toronto's most bike-friendly councillors, Joe Mihevc, trying out the brand new Vaughan Road Bike Lane (which runs from St. Clair East to Winona). From Joe's Newsletter: The City installed a new bicycle lane on Vaughan Road between St. Clair Avenue and…
  • "Safe Cycling Coalition" Intervening in Yorkville Court Case
    There's a press release floating around today about a "coalition of cycling advocates" named the "Safe Cycling Coalition" being granted permission to intervene ("being able to present arguments or evidence defending the interests of people who are not parties to the legal proceedings but who face related problems") in…
  • New Bikelanes on Pond Road and Birchmount Road
    The City of Toronto has just finished painting two new bikelanes! Specifically Pond Road up at York University (between Sentinel and Shoreham) and a big 2.5 km stretch on in Scarborough on Birchmount Road (between St. Clair East and Kingston Road). They are having Bike Lane Opening Events for these…
  • Cyclist Memorial Scheduled for Wednesday
    Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists is co-ordinating a ride and memorial in memory of the cyclist who was killed at Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St.: A cyclist memorial will be held this coming Wednesday September 17th for the cyclist killed on September 10th. Ride together from Bloor and Spadina, leaving…

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Above you'll see a photo of one of Toronto's most bike-friendly councillors, Joe Mihevc, trying out the brand new Vaughan Road Bike Lane (which runs from St. Clair East to Winona).

From Joe's Newsletter:
The City installed a new bicycle lane on Vaughan Road between St. Clair Avenue and Winona Drive last month. The installation included a dedicated, signed bike lane with pavement markings on the north-bound side of Vaughan Road and a wide curb lane on the south-bound side. The wide curb lane is not considered a dedicated bike lane, but it will have signs installed indicating it is a bike route. The installation of the bikeway route signs were not part of this work, but should be installed later on in the Fall.

Parking on the north-bound side of Vaughan Road is not affected by the proposed bike lane and there currently is no parking on the south-bound side of Vaughan Road.

I am looking forward to trying out these new bikelanes the next time I'm in the area.

I have heard that some "advocates" in Toronto cycling circles are criticizing these new bikelanes, citing things such as the opening doors of parked cars encroaches on them, as well as that they're aren't many cyclists that use Vaughan Road.

Can you believe those reasons?

I can't.

Firstly, I agree that bikelanes right up against where cars park are a problem. New cyclists often forget about opening car doors (since they are usually pre-occupied with the moving vehicles on the other side fo them), and car occupants often forget to check for bikes before opening their doors. This is NOT a reason to abandon painting a new bikelane. New bikelanes create a sense of security for new and established cyclists alike, whether the "dooring" risk is present or not.

The argument that this bikelane is "not where cyclists are" does not make sense. Using this logic, there should never be bikelanes installed anywhere in the city (or the suburbs) where there are no cyclists. There are very few cyclists in places like Scarborough and North York because the roads are planned around the car. The installation of bikelanes in areas like this tell residents that the road is now safer for them if they are on their bikes.

Thanks for your work in support of "active transportation" Joe Mihevc. The more bikelanes the better, especially where cyclist numbers are low (for now).


The Vaughan Road Bikelane has been added to the Toronto Bikelanes Map.


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Globe: Riding out the housing market

Posted: 17 Sep 2008 08:50 AM CDT

Real-estate agents are ditching their suits and cars for helmets and bikes. The payoff? Eco-minded clients love it - plus the workout doesn't hurt

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A BikingToronto reader (hi Sara!) sent in a photo of the Stephen Drive Bike Lane that went in earlier this summer. Stephen Drive is a short little street that runs north from the Queensway to the west of the Humber Valley, and is a common route for anyone wanting to get from the Queensway to the Humber Valley Trail.

In fact, it's essential for anyone biking from the mouth of the Humber River up the Humber Valley - as it's a connection between the lower part of the trail (by Humber Bay) to the upper part north of Bloor St.

Stephen Drive Bike Lane


You can see this bikelane on GoogleMaps, and is of course on the BikeLanes Map.

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Spacing Event Guide: Bikes as a public good

On Thursday, September 18th, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation, the Clean Air Partnership and the Community Bicycle Network have organized a public forum with a series of presentations focused on sparking community discussion about public bike sharing in Toronto.

Star: Giving stolen bikes to needy gets boost

At least some of the 2,000 or so unclaimed bikes recovered in a recent police case should be tuned up and given to low-income riders who need wheels to get to work or school, cycling advocates say.

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There's a press release floating around today about a "coalition of cycling advocates" named the
"Safe Cycling Coalition" being granted permission to intervene ("being able to present arguments or evidence defending the interests of people who are not parties to the legal proceedings but who face related problems") in the merchant-sponsored lawsuit against the City of Toronto and the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Association.

To make a long explanation a lot shorter for you, here's my quick synopsis of what has happened concerning this so far:
1. Bloor-Yorkville BIA wants to re-do Bloor Street to make it nicer for pedestrians, including more trees, more flowers, wider sidewalks, no parking, less traffic lanes. They are willing to donate millions of dollars towards this "transformation"

2. City of Toronto says "ok" and allegedly skips important environmental assessment process, although the BIA plan ignores things like placing bikelanes on this popular cycling street, or even making p
rovisions for bikeracks.

3. "Concerned About Bloor", a group of merchants concerned about the loss of parking, pursues a lawsuit against the City, saying it shouldn't skip things like environmental assessments

4. The above-mentioned "Safe Cycling Coalition" applies for and is granted permission to intervene in the lawsuit - allowing them to make the case for bikelanes


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planning to link to the news release, but I can't find it online anywhere (I received it twice via email), so I'm going to post it here for you:

Toronto Cyclists Take Battle for Safe Streets to Court

Coalition of Bicycle Advocates Intervene in Court Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

TORONTO: In what is likely the first intervention of its kind in Ontario legal history, a coalition of cycling advocates, the Safe Cycling Coalition, has sought and (yesterday) been granted the right to intervene in an Ontario court case.

The case, first brought to the Ontario Superior Court in August by certain downtown merchants, alleges that the City of Toronto violated the province's Environmental Assessment Act when it proceeded with the Bloor St. Transformation Project --- along Yorkville's so-called Mink Mile --- and failed to properly consult the public or to study alternatives.

"This is about one of Toronto's most valuable public spaces -- a $25 million 'transformation' of that space warrants public consultation," explains Margaret Hastings-James, a Bloor Street bike-commuter who began to advocate for bike lanes when hit, and nearly crushed, by a truck in 2002. "The huge volume of pedestrian and cyclist traffic in this area demands an allotment of dedicated and safe space."

The intervening citizen advocate group, asserts that proper classification of the project would have allowed cyclists the opportunity to highlight provincial laws that direct municipalities to ensure the safety of all roadway users by including features such as bike lanes.

"The Bloor St. Transformation Project does have some positive features for pedestrian traffic," said Angela Bischoff, lead contact for the Coalition. "Unfortunately the City has again forgotten cyclists. Motor vehicles will get about 15 meters in width of the public roadway, and cyclists will get zero. That's not fair, and it's certainly not safe."

According to a 2007 Toronto Public Health report, 440 people die in Toronto each year from the effects of traffic pollution. The same report indicated that the death toll could be reduced dramatically by investing in cleaner options such as mass transit and better cycling infrastructure.

"The battle for safer cycling conditions in Toronto has now reached a new phase," said Albert Koehl, a lawyer representing the group. "The urgency of problems like global warming and air pollution means we can no longer tolerate old-school approaches to fixing our inefficient and dirty transportation system. Bicycles are zero-emission vehicles that deserve a safe space on our roads."

In August 2008 William Ashley China Ltd. filed an action in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) for a declaration that the city's decision to proceed with the Bloor St. Transformation Project was illegal. On Sept. 9, 2008 the Safe Cycling Coalition applied to the Court for an order allowing it to intervene. The application was granted on Sept. 15.

The members of the Coalition include cycling advocates with over five decades of combined cycling advocacy experience. They include Angela Bischoff, Margaret Hastings-James, Hamish Wilson, Martin Reis, and Kristen Courtney.

The hearing of the case (William Ashley China Ltd. v. City of Toronto) is scheduled for Oct. 9, 2008.


Contacts:
Albert Koehl, lawyer, 416-533-1231
Angela Bischoff, 647-342-1964




[Rendering of Planned Transformation at top of this post from the Bloor-Yorkville BIA website]


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The City of Toronto has just finished painting two new bikelanes! Specifically Pond Road up at York University (between Sentinel and Shoreham) and a big 2.5 km stretch on in Scarborough on Birchmount Road (between St. Clair East and Kingston Road).

They are having Bike Lane Opening Events for these two bikelanes (just like they did with Logan, Vaughan Rd and Finch). I've put all the details in blog posts over in the Events Blog for you:
Also, I've updated the Bikelanes Map with these new bikelanes too.

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We are now halfway through September, so I want to remind everyone about the Community Contest we have going on.

It's a draw-type contest, and the more you participate in the BikingToronto Community, the more draw entries you get. It's that easy.

You can win a free, customized BikingToronto T-shirt, a Little Green Book of Big Savings (180 discounts worth over $4,000 in freebies and savings from locally owned and operated restaurants), and some BikingToronto buttons.

All the details are here.

Come to the Community. Win Stuff. :)

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

  1. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner
  2. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
  3. The Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going International
  4. Stolen Bike Recovery Program - 3000+ Bikes on Display!
  5. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
  6. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto
  7. More Chances to Find Your Stolen Bike in the Igor Kenk Collection
  8. Toronto Police may have your Stolen Bike!
  9. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist
  10. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

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I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in July. Obviously the Igor Kenk Stolen Bike Saga was popular (see top 2 posts below).

  1. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner
  2. Stolen Bike Recovery Program - 3000+ Bikes on Display!
  3. Toronto Police Take Bike Registration Online
  4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
  5. The Lansdowne Reconstruction: Setting the Record Straight
  6. Toronto Police may have your Stolen Bike!
  7. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft
  8. Toronto's Weekly Carnage
  9. Photo of the Day: Criterium
  10. Photo of the Day: Stormy Dundas

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Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists is co-ordinating a ride and memorial in memory of the cyclist who was killed at Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St.:
A cyclist memorial will be held this coming Wednesday September 17th for the cyclist killed on September 10th.

Ride together from Bloor and Spadina, leaving at 630pm to arrive on site around 730pm. Please bring flowers or candles.

More Info, Darren Stehr 416-707-4744 darrenstehr (at) gmail.com




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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.


Photo of the Day: Sidewalk ChainPhoto of the Day: Sepia SpadinaPhoto of the Day: Kensington FlowersPhoto of the Day: Red DressPhoto of the Day: Loads

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

Photo of the Day: Penny Farthing

Photo of the Day: Penny Farthing, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

Photo of the Day: For Lease

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Star: Crothers Woods a fit for both dogs and bikers

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 01:21 PM CDT

I had never heard of Crothers' Woods until the other day. It is all treed hill and bushy dale, and if you can imagine that the traffic noise on the DVP is a huge and rushing stream, you can forget you are in the city. As we walked along, I could see how people on foot, and dogs off leash, might run into problems on bike trails that are narrow, with blind corners and sudden switchbacks.

InsideToronto: Greenbelt ride takes people on Rouge tour

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 10:38 AM CDT

Participants won't get a yellow jersey at the end of the Tour de Greenbelt, but they may have a greater appreciation for the green space that surrounds Toronto and the GTA.

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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's the weekly wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!

  • Police: Charges Pending in Cyclist Death
    On Wednesday, we had a cyclist fatality in the west end (at Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St.). The Toronto Sun is reporting that charges are pending against the driver: "The cyclist was travelling westbound, was wearing a helmet and taking all the necessary precautions as far as clothing and visibility,"…
  • 50 km of Bike Lanes in 2008? It's More Unlikely Now
    You may have caught this if you pay attention to the Today's Headlines posts here on BikingToronto, but the goal of 50 km of new bikelanes in 2008 has hit a speed bump. The Toronto Star reports that 7 km of bikelanes have been "deferred" by the Public Works and…
  • Cyclist Killed in the West End
    Sad news from the streets this morning: Cyclist dies in west-end accident The westbound cyclist was hit at the intersection of Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St. at about 8 a.m. by a 4Runner making a left turn, said Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows. He was pronounced dead at the scene.…

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On Wednesday, we had a cyclist fatality in the west end (at Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St.). The Toronto Sun is reporting that charges are pending against the driver:

"The cyclist was travelling westbound, was wearing a helmet and taking all the necessary precautions as far as clothing and visibility," Sgt. Tim Burrows said. "For whatever reason the cyclist was just not seen by the driver of the 4Runner."

Police said the man's family asked them not to release his name.

The Sun also has a video about this, which I've embedded below (there's an ad first though):




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Posted Toronto: Hazel gets ready to ride to work

Mayor Hazel McCallion has promised to ride her bike to Mississauga's city hall on Sept. 22 in honour of Car Free Day. The legendary 87-year-old mayor says she is braving the city streets, with a helmet, to get people thinking about the easy, inexpensive ways they can help the environment, and reduce traffic congestion, like getting on a bike or car pooling.

Sun: Cyclist killed in intersection

"The cyclist was travelling westbound, was wearing a helmet and taking all the necessary precautions as far as clothing and visibility," Sgt. Tim Burrows said. "For whatever reason the cyclist was just not seen by the driver of the 4Runner."

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The Morning Crank: Anti-Theft Bike Stickers, Political Promises & Failures, and the Hunt for a Killer
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You may have caught this if you pay attention to the Today's Headlines posts here on BikingToronto, but the goal of 50 km of new bikelanes in 2008 has hit a speed bump.

The Toronto Star reports that 7 km of bikelanes have been "deferred" by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

Toronto's bike plan has hit another snag, making it unlikely the city will reach its goal of installing 50 kilometres of new bike lanes and paths this year.

"It's not as likely as it was yesterday," Daniel Egan, manager of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, acknowledged after yesterday's public works committee meeting, where councillors deferred voting on 7 kilometres of new bike lanes.

The deferred bikelanes include 3.1 km on Brimorton Drive (from Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road) in Scarborough and 3.0 km on Horner Avenue (from Browns Line to Judson Street) in Etobicoke.

The good news is that the committee did approve 6.1 kilometres of lanes on Renforth Rd. (from Bloor Street West to Rathburn Road) , The Queensway (from 250 metres east of High Street to Windermere Avenue) and Conlins Rd. (from Ellesmere Road to Sheppard Avenue East).


Committee Report (PDF file). Bikelane stuff is on pages 5-7.

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Star: Cyclist dies in west-end accident

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 11:20 AM CDT

The westbound cyclist was hit at the intersection of Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St. at about 8 a.m. by a 4Runner making a left turn, said Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows.

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Elsewhere: The Cycling Muscles from Brussels
South Kingsway on Toronto Pedestrian Committee Agenda
The Morning Crank: Cycling Politicians, Remembering Patrick, School Speedtraps and Saving the TTC
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Sad news from the streets this morning:
Cyclist dies in west-end accident

The westbound cyclist was hit at the intersection of Trethewey Dr. and Tedder St. at about 8 a.m. by a 4Runner making a left turn, said Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man driving the 4 Runner remained at the scene and is fully co-operating with police, Burrows said, adding that no decision had been made on whether charges would be laid.

The cyclist had a credit card but was not carrying photo identification. He was wearing a helmet.

More at the Toronto Star.

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Globe: Underpass will ease the way at Dufferin jog

Soon, city officials say, it will be known for its brand-new underpass, which will take drivers, one of the TTC's busiest bus routes and cyclists in new bike lanes under the train tracks to reconnect Dufferin's two disjointed ends.

Globe: Want to make a difference for cyclists? Start a war

Yesterday's debate, dominated by doubters to whom the so-called bicycle advocates happily deferred, was enough to dash recent hope that Toronto's torpor was over.

Post: Stolen bicycle viewing ends

Toronto Police have wrapped up their massive bicycle-viewing open houses, saying they successfully returned a fifth of the 2,865 bikes allegedly stolen by Igor Kenk -- and won some new friends with the investigation. n''It's been the best PR Toronto police have got in many, many years,'' Superintendent Ruth White of 14 Division said yesterday of the Kenk probe, which saw 573 bikes returned to their owners after the notorious Queen Street West bike-shop owner was caught in a bike-theft sting.

Star: Bike lane plan hits bump on road to 50 kms

Toronto's bike plan has hit another snag, making it unlikely the city will reach its goal of installing 50 kilometres of new bike lanes and paths this year.

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Happy Tuesday!

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


Photo of the Day: Friends for Life Bike RallyPhoto of the Day: The Better WayPhoto of the Day: Surf BikePhoto of the Day: Electra

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

Photo of the Day: Red RocketsPhoto of the Day: Pole Position

Photo of the Day: Pretty Prohibition

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InsideToronto: City's bike plan mapping out new routes

Toronto's bike plan is sending spokes out into suburban communities, in the form of new bicycle lanes in Etobicoke and Scarborough that the city's cycling committee chair says will help knit the city's bike network together. "What we've been trying to do is take the path of least resistance of putting lanes in wherever we can get them," said Ward 35 (Scarborough Southwest) Councillor Adrian Heaps. "Now we want to connect those networks. We're getting a lot of calls from outside the downtown core, from people who want to cycle in and connect with those routes."

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2007
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2007
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It's time for another Community contest! Over $100 worth of prizes!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!

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  • Photos from the Dandyhorse Magazine Launch Party
    Toronto's new cycling magazine, Dandyhorse, launched last week, with a "happening" shindig at Cinecycle last Thursday night. Yvonne Bambrick was there, and took about a zillion photos (that's only a rough estimate) of the fun. Pages of the magazine were enlarged and displayed. There was cake! Shaped like a post-and-ring!…
  • Finch Avenue East Bikelane Opening Celebration
    Finch Avenue East now has a tiny little section of bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section: The Finch Avenue East bike lane has now been installed from Neilson Dr. to Morningside Ave. Location: Finch Ave. E & Neilson…
  • Vaughan Bikelane Opening Celebration
    Vaughan Road now has a Bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section: The Vaughan Road bike lane has now been installed from St. Clair Ave. W. to Winona Drive Location: Vaughan Rd. & Kenwood Ave. (map) Date: Tuesday September…
  • Reminder: The Logan Avenue Bikelane Opening is Tomorrow
    A quick reminder for Toronto (and especially east-end) cyclists... City of Toronto cycling staff are officially opening the newest section of the Logan Avenue Bikelane (from Gerrard down to Dundas): Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate the opening of this new bike lane on Wednesday September 3rd, from 4-6…

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Toronto's new cycling magazine, Dandyhorse, launched last week, with a "happening" shindig at Cinecycle last Thursday night.

Yvonne Bambrick was there, and took about a zillion photos (that's only a rough estimate) of the fun.




Pages of the magazine were enlarged and displayed.


There was cake! Shaped like a post-and-ring!


People browsed, and drank...


... and drank...


... and posed ... (the guy on the far left is me)


... and looked "happening".


Lots of talking went on.


Dave Meslin (the publisher) gave us a speech.


Tammy Thorne (the editor-in-chief) gave a speech too.


"Critical Sass" gave everyone a show.



It was a very good time. I can't wait for the next issue (due in the spring).

Many, many more photos by Yvonne Bambrick are on Flickr.

Actually, let's do it up right and embed a slideshow of Yvonne's photos here for you:

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Eye Weekly: Dandyhorse cycling mag gets into gear

That's sort of how I'm feeling about cycling in Toronto these days; there's been a cultural shift of some sort, and whether "tipping point" is the right term, I don't know, but it doesn't seem to be the wrong one, either.

Sun: Bike theft charges rolling up

Queen St. W. bike dealer Igor Kenk will be slapped with 30 more charges, Toronto Police said yesterday. Kenk, who has been under house arrest since his release on $275,000 bail Aug. 2, will face at least 88 charges in connection with his initial arrest and the ensuing police seizure of 2,865 bikes.

Sun: New bike lanes for the 'burbs

The proposed lanes will be on sections of Brimorton Dr. and Conlins Rd. in Scarborough and on Horner Ave., Renforth Dr. and The Queensway in Etobicoke.

InsideToronto: Scarborough bike path plans rolling along

Call it the Great Bike Lane of Scarborough. At 24 kilometres, stretching from Victoria Park Avenue all the way to the Rouge River, city staff are looking at carving out what would be the longest continuous bicycle lane in Toronto, along Lawrence Avenue - and starting work on the plan as early as next year.

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Red Trek MTB (College and Spadina)

Make: Trek Model: Not sure, I got it used, but it is a pre-2000 mountain bike frame with wide wheels. Colour: Red. Covered with lots of stickers for punk rock bands. General description: Smallish frame with some wear and tear. Water bottle holder attached. Straight handlebars. Black grips with orange flames. Gear casing on right handlebar replaced with clear plastic, other side black. Black seat also with some wear and tear. Bell on right side. Quick release wheels. No fenders. Date/place stolen: Monday August 25 in the middle of the night from my front porch on Brunswick Ave. (College/Spadina). Wheels were locked together with a Kryptonite U-lock and cable. I miss my baby.

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Suburban Cycling Infrastructure in Aurora (Part 1 of 2)
2007
Reminder: Bicycle Friendly Business Award Nomination Deadline
TCAT News: Boulevarde Bollards and all things Pedestrian
CBN hosts Flat fix and tune-up course tonight
The Morning Crank: Biking for Kids, Biking for Victoria, and Transit on King
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Globe: Bike deaths halved after helmet law

The study found that the number of children who died in the province every year has halved since the mandatory helmet law came into effect in late 1995, to an average of six a year from a pre-legislation average of 13. The study cannot definitely prove that the law was responsible for the drop in deaths. The authors suggest a number of factors - including cycling safety education - plus the legislation are probably behind the decline.

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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. Check out the Daily Digest Category to see more of these posts.


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I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in June. Enjoy. 1.


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Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

3. Toronto Bikeway Network Update

4. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

5. Cyclists on the Gardiner (and not for the Ride for Heart)

6. New Bike Boxes at Harbord and Bathurst

7. Stolen: Green CCM Falcon (Bloor & Lansdowne)

8. The New Maps Section!

9. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

10. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto



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

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2006
A Few More Smelly Photos

2007
"You Give Me Faith in Humanity"
The Morning Crank: Another Cyclist Has Died, and Bells on Bloor
Photo of the Day: Velomobile


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Star: 905 lagging in bike safety, advocates say

Municipalities in the GTA – including Durham and Peel, where the cyclists died, are incorporating cycling strategies in their transportation planning. But Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists' Union says efforts to improve infrastructure have been concentrated in Toronto's city core. Roads are safer in downtown Toronto than in the rest of the GTA, she says, because that is where the bulk of cyclists are and drivers are used to sharing the road with cyclists.

Star: New cycling magazine Dandyhorse touts city's pedal power

Dandyhorse, named after a 19th-century two-wheeler considered a forerunner to the bicycle, is an edgy but earnest mix of advocacy, gear, history and fashion, written by and for Toronto cyclists.

CBC: Fewer kids died after Ont. adopted bike helmet law

"These findings provide support for extending the law to include adults," the researchers concluded. "The findings also argue for continued enforcement of the existing law as it applies to bicyclists less than 18 years of age."

CBC: Last week to check Toronto stolen bike cache

If people don't come to the police warehouse to check for their bicycles, they may not have a chance to do so again, although it's not clear yet what police will do with the stolen bikes, said Detective-Const. Eric Andre on the weekend.

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2006
Globe & Mail - Commuting on two wheels and a prayer

2007
Photo of the Day: Humber River Trail


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Finch Avenue East now has a tiny little section of bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section:

The Finch Avenue East bike lane has now been installed from Neilson Dr. to Morningside Ave.


Location: Finch Ave. E & Neilson Rd. (map)

Date: Wednesday September 10th, 2008

Time: 4-6 p.m.


This event has been added to the Events Calendar and this new bikelane has been added to the Toronto Bikelane Map!

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Vaughan Road now has a Bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section:

The Vaughan Road bike lane has now been installed from St. Clair Ave. W. to Winona Drive


Location: Vaughan Rd. & Kenwood Ave. (map)

Date: Tuesday September 9th, 2008

Time: 4-6 p.m.


This event has been added to the Events Calendar and this new bikelane has been added to the Toronto Bikelane Map!

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A quick reminder for Toronto (and especially east-end) cyclists... City of Toronto cycling staff are officially opening the newest section of the Logan Avenue Bikelane (from Gerrard down to Dundas):
Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate the opening of this new bike lane on Wednesday September 3rd, from 4-6 p.m. Free juice and treats will be served.
Check the recent "Cycling Events this Week" for more events between now and Sunday (the 7th), or check the Events Page for lots more events!

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What's on this week:


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Happy Tuesday!

I usually do this post on Monday, but yesterday was Labour Day, so you're getting it today. :)

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


Photo of the Day: NDP CyclistPhoto of the Day: Canada Day RelaxationPhoto of the Day: Island TripPhoto of the Day: Queen St. EastPhoto of the Day: College and St. GeorgePhoto of the Day: Art GalleryPhoto of the Day: Eco-Cab

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Peterborough Examiner: It's unfair to label all cyclists, or motorists, as chaotic

It is unfair to label all cyclists as chaotic, rule-breaking individuals who choose to completely disregard all rules for city roads. There are cyclists who choose to ignore rules, just as there are drivers who do the same. It is unwarranted and completely impractical to label all cyclists as such.

BlogTO: TTC Adds Bike Racks to More Busses

In their effort to equip 100% of Toronto's buses with bike racks by 2010, the TTC has announced that beginning Sunday, 19 more bus routes will become bicycle friendly. This will bring the fleet of bike rack equipped buses to 43.

Daily Times (Pakistan) World's most prolific bike thief

Officers recovered 2,865 stolen bicycles from the owner of a Toronto bike shop, reports The Guardian. Igor Kenk, 49, is awaiting trial on 58 charges of theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen goods and possession of burglary tools.

Post: Window to claim bikes set to close

More than 2,300 bicycles remain unclaimed from the 2,865 bikes originally recovered by police from a number of Queen Street West-area storage facilities allegedly belonging to suspected bike thief Igor Kenk. At last count, approximately 500 bicycles have been returned to their owners since police began a series of public viewings mid-July. But with the viewings set to end on Sept. 7, police must now determine what to do with the remaining supply. One officer yesterday at the warehouse -- a former police garage -- said they may have to move the entire inventory out by the start of October. Although police officials were not able to confirm the timing, Staff Sgt. French said the question of finding new storage would cause a logistical nightmare.

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Photo of the Day: College Street Bikelane


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4 Weeks Until BikeFriday

2007
Photo of the Day: Happy Bike Cops


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