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This week's
News Wrap-Up includes some news just breaking today:

1. Annette Street Bikelanes Approved - that very contentious stretch of bikelanes on Annette between Jane and Runnymede has been approved. City Council received over 200 emails (some of which came through BikingToronto) from citizens, all in support of the Bikelanes! [read about it at Torontoist]

2. Big Budget Money for Cycling - there's now a specific amount budgeted ($70 million over 5 years) to finish the Bike Plan by 2012! [read about it at the Globe]

3. Bloor St. Lawsuit Fails - The Bloor-Yorkville street reconstruction is to go ahead, the court finding that the William Ashley China store was acting in it's own best interests. [read about it at the Globe]


This week's headline links:
  • Globe: Toronto proposals put transit ahead of repair backlog

    For the first time, the capital budget sets aside money to complete the city's bike plan by 2012, with construction of 410 kilometres of bike lanes, 122 kilometres of shared lanes and 83 kilometres of off-road paths over the next five years.
  • Torontoist: Cyclists Now Getting Doored for .7 Fewer Kilometers

    City Council finally voted on the vexed question of Annette Street cycling infrastructure, and after a fairly easy-going discussion approved full bike lanes in a 20-11 vote. Councillor Saundercook's bid to delay implementation of the bike lanes in favour of the lower-impact (and less safe) sharrows for two years failed. Councillor Heaps, chair of the Cycling Committee, introduced the motion which restored city staffers' original recommendation for full bike lanes, and was strongly supported by Councillors Perks and Giambrone. The 209 citizens who wrote in to council, every single one of them in favour of bike lanes rather than sharrows, and the cycling advocates that have tirelessly made their case to the community, deserve equal billing for bringing this one home.
  • Spacing: City budget moves on TTC, roads and cycling

    While the biggest dollar figures were reserved for TTC and roads, bike lanes play a prominent role in the $1.6 billion spending plan. Mayor David Miller, budget chief Shelley Carroll and city manager Joe Pennachetti all highlighted the investment of $70.3 million to be spent installing bike lanes between 2009 and 2012. Starting with $8 million in 2009, Miller said that with those funds and the streamlined approvals process, the bike plan will be completed by 2012. The outcome of the Annette bike lane debate at today’s meeting of City Council should be an indicator of whether the City will be able to spend the entire cycling budget.
  • Globe: 'Great victory' ends tussle over Bloor Street makeover

    The city of Toronto scored a "great victory" yesterday, according to Councillor Kyle Rae, when a three-judge panel of the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed an application to halt long-planned improvements to Bloor Street, the city's most expensive shopping mall. And prominent retailer William Ashley China, which led the battle against the $20-million makeover, suffered an embarrassing rebuke - criticized for its "unduly delayed" challenge to a legitimate approval process and ordered to pay the city's costs in the action. The 14-page judgment accepted the city's contention that the retailer had trumped up its arguments about negative environmental impacts only after failing to obtain "a number of special requests," such as a parking lay-by in front of the store, in order to "improve its own financial position."
  • Star: More than bike lanes at stake

    Toronto City Council this week will discuss whether to create designated road space for cyclists on Annette Street between Runnymede Road and Jane Street. But that discussion is about more than a few hundred metres of potential new bike lanes in one neighbourhood. It is also a significant test of council's political leadership and commitment to building a better Toronto.
  • Globe: Councillor fears '500-kilometre discussion' over 700 metres of bicycle lanes

    What should have been the routine approval of new bicycle lanes along six blocks of one wide, largely residential street has become a messy standoff threatening to cause long hours of hot debate when council meets today. "I hope we don't have a 500-kilometre discussion for 700 metres of bike lanes," said Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the city cycling committee and champion of a new fast-track process meant to paint hundreds of kilometres of long-planned but backlogged routes. "It's just not worth it."
  • Star: Dots mark the spot for bicyclists to trigger traffic light

    You may have seen them, without knowing what they were: three white dots, each about the size of a dinner plate, painted on the road at intersections throughout the city. The mysterious markings, dubbed "bike dots," are one of the lesser-known and least-advertised components of the city's ambitious bike plan.
  • Star: Navigating cycling's 'black hole'

    A new project by the city's cycling committee and the Toronto Cyclists Union asks cyclists to suggest quick fixes to make the area – bordered by the Gardiner Expressway, Bloor St., Bathurst St. and Keele St./Parkside Dr. – more bike-friendly. "It's tricky," said Yvonne Bambrick, spokesperson for the bike union, who describes the area as "a black hole" in a city that, in general, has a scant network of paths and trails.
  • Eye Weekly: Share and share a bike

    Around 10am Oct. 24, a large flatbed truck pulled up to the southeast corner of Bloor and Spadina. As it unloaded seven sleek black-and-silver bikes, matching modular locking racks and a solar-power automated kiosk onto the street, a trio of workers dressed in matching red rain-jackets began demonstrating Montreal’s popular bike sharing system to onlookers. Bixi — a combination of bicycle and taxi — had peddled its way into town to show off its fancy new hardware to an envious cycling community.
  • Star: A Canadian in Amsterdam discovers the downside of a cyclist's paradise

    In Amsterdam, cyclists frequently yell and ring their bells at pedestrians, especially tourists. They are not on the defensive, as Toronto cyclists frequently are: They know the space is theirs and they control it skilfully and aggressively.
  • Star: The latest skirmish in the bike wars

    Despite the small-town feel of the neighbourhood, it's been swept into the bickering and bureaucracy of City Hall – and the battle to make Toronto a more sustainable, bike-friendly place.

["Streets for all Modes" photo by Dylan Passmore]



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2006
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2007

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Star: More than bike lanes at stake

Toronto City Council this week will discuss whether to create designated road space for cyclists on Annette Street between Runnymede Road and Jane Street. But that discussion is about more than a few hundred metres of potential new bike lanes in one neighbourhood. It is also a significant test of council's political leadership and commitment to building a better Toronto.

Globe: Councillor fears '500-kilometre discussion' over 700 metres of bicycle lanes

What should have been the routine approval of new bicycle lanes along six blocks of one wide, largely residential street has become a messy standoff threatening to cause long hours of hot debate when council meets today. "I hope we don't have a 500-kilometre discussion for 700 metres of bike lanes," said Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the city cycling committee and champion of a new fast-track process meant to paint hundreds of kilometres of long-planned but backlogged routes. "It's just not worth it."

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2007

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Star: Dots mark the spot for bicyclists to trigger traffic light

You may have seen them, without knowing what they were: three white dots, each about the size of a dinner plate, painted on the road at intersections throughout the city. The mysterious markings, dubbed "bike dots," are one of the lesser-known and least-advertised components of the city's ambitious bike plan.

Star: Navigating cycling's 'black hole'

A new project by the city's cycling committee and the Toronto Cyclists Union asks cyclists to suggest quick fixes to make the area – bordered by the Gardiner Expressway, Bloor St., Bathurst St. and Keele St./Parkside Dr. – more bike-friendly. "It's tricky," said Yvonne Bambrick, spokesperson for the bike union, who describes the area as "a black hole" in a city that, in general, has a scant network of paths and trails.

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2006
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2007
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Eye Weekly: Share and share a bike

Around 10am Oct. 24, a large flatbed truck pulled up to the southeast corner of Bloor and Spadina. As it unloaded seven sleek black-and-silver bikes, matching modular locking racks and a solar-power automated kiosk onto the street, a trio of workers dressed in matching red rain-jackets began demonstrating Montreal's popular bike sharing system to onlookers. Bixi — a combination of bicycle and taxi — had peddled its way into town to show off its fancy new hardware to an envious cycling community.

Star: A Canadian in Amsterdam discovers the downside of a cyclist's paradise

In Amsterdam, cyclists frequently yell and ring their bells at pedestrians, especially tourists. They are not on the defensive, as Toronto cyclists frequently are: They know the space is theirs and they control it skilfully and aggressively.

Star: The latest skirmish in the bike wars

Despite the small-town feel of the neighbourhood, it's been swept into the bickering and bureaucracy of City Hall – and the battle to make Toronto a more sustainable, bike-friendly place.

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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.


Sunday:
From The Archives: October 26

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2006
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2007

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Torontoist: Annette Street Bike Lanes, Again

The cycling community has come out in full force to try and rescue the Annette Street bike lanes. An email campaign is underway, as is extensive lobbying of councillors. City Council will debate the issue at their next meeting, held on October 29–30.

If you'd like to express your support for the Annette Street Bike Lanes to City Council, check out this post (or email Council using this handy one-click email link).

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What's on this week:

Mon, Oct. 27:

Oct 26: Bike Polo - Scadding Courts

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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: SunsetPhoto of the Day: Waiting at DundasPhoto of the Day: Sunset BikelanePhoto of the Day: Autumn RidePhoto of the Day: The Joy of BikingPhoto of the Day: Like a BikePhoto of the Day: Car Free Day

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2006
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2007

New Sharrows on Landsdowne
Weekly News Wrap-Up
Photo of the Day: Colourfully Black
Toronto's Weekly Carnage

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2007
Building Bike-Friendly Bridges
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Photo of the Day: Bells on Bloor - Photography

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This week the
Wrap-Up focuses on the real big news of the week - the Annette Street "Bikelane Battle".

Essentially, despite an overwhelming community response in favour of Bikelanes on Annette St. between Runnymede and Jane Streets, a few business merchants are making a fuss about losing a few spots of parking - prompting the city councillor for the area, Bill Saundercook to try and compromise by first re-routing the bikelanes onto other streets and now by proposing "sharrows" for Annette.

World19 is on the "frontlines" of this battle - and have an entire section of their website dedicated to it. Be sure and check out their "Comments" page - which re-prints emails they've gotten about the subject.

One-Click Email Link

World19 also has a great email link that automatically fills in an email to City Council - and I've built on it a little by adding a pro-bikelane line to it.

Click here to open an email to City Council, and feel free to add/edit it before sending.


Headlines from the past week:
  • Torontoist: Annette Street Bike Lanes, Again

    The cycling community has come out in full force to try and rescue the Annette Street bike lanes. An email campaign is underway, as is extensive lobbying of councillors. City Council will debate the issue at their next meeting, held on October 29–30.
  • Spacing: Lawrence Heights walking-cycling consultation

    As part of a revitalization project for the Lawrence-Allen area, including Lawrence Heights, the City of Toronto is asking local residents about pedestrian and cycling conditions and looking at ways to make improvements. This study is a great initiative, an example of how the City is starting to take active transportation seriously, and they are looking for people to participate. Anyone who lives or travels through this area is encouraged to take part.
  • Spacing: Annette bike lane controversy

    On Oct. 10, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee voted 3-2 to recommend “sharrows” instead of bike lanes for this portion of Annette in response to concerns from some local merchants, but contrary to the recommendation of city staff (PDF). The proposal will go to City Council on October 29. The Chair of the city’s Cycling Committee, councillor Adrian Heaps, has said that he will probably try to get the bike lane reinstated as originally proposed. Cycling groups are organizing a letter-writing campaign to try to support the reinstatement of bike lanes on Annette at council.
  • Star: Cyclists say bike lanes make sidewalks safer

    There's no quick fix for cyclists using sidewalks intended for pedestrians, but there are some good ideas in the cycling community on how to improve the situation.
  • Globe: No yielding on city's bike-lane battleground

    Next week, Toronto city council - in an effort led by Councillor Adrian Heaps, the cycling committee chairman - may be asked to overturn what some call a compromise that scrapped bike lanes for this stretch of road, now a symbolic battleground for cycling activists who are urging supporters to bombard councillors with e-mails.

[photo by Dylan Passmore]


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Spacing: Lawrence Heights walking-cycling consultation

As part of a revitalization project for the Lawrence-Allen area, including Lawrence Heights, the City of Toronto is asking local residents about pedestrian and cycling conditions and looking at ways to make improvements. This study is a great initiative, an example of how the City is starting to take active transportation seriously, and they are looking for people to participate. Anyone who lives or travels through this area is encouraged to take part.

Spacing: Annette bike lane controversy

On Oct. 10, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee voted 3-2 to recommend "sharrows" instead of bike lanes for this portion of Annette in response to concerns from some local merchants, but contrary to the recommendation of city staff (PDF). The proposal will go to City Council on October 29. The Chair of the city's Cycling Committee, councillor Adrian Heaps, has said that he will probably try to get the bike lane reinstated as originally proposed. Cycling groups are organizing a letter-writing campaign to try to support the reinstatement of bike lanes on Annette at council.

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2006
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2007

BikeFriday is this Friday!
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Photo of the Day: Bells on Bloor - The Police Escort

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2006
BikeFriday Coffee Event!
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2007
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Photo of the Day: Bells On Bloor

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Star: Cyclists say bike lanes make sidewalks safer

There's no quick fix for cyclists using sidewalks intended for pedestrians, but there are some good ideas in the cycling community on how to improve the situation.

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2007
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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.


Sunday:
From The Archives: October 19

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Globe: No yielding on city's bike-lane battleground

Next week, Toronto city council - in an effort led by Councillor Adrian Heaps, the cycling committee chairman - may be asked to overturn what some call a compromise that scrapped bike lanes for this stretch of road, now a symbolic battleground for cycling activists who are urging supporters to bombard councillors with e-mails.

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2007
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What's on this week:


Mon, Oct. 20:

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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: Bloor Viaduct Critical MassPhoto of the Day: Summer in the CityPhoto of the Day:Photo of the Day: Kensington SepiaPhoto of the Day: The Bike ClinicPhoto of the Day: Critical Sass

Photo of the Day: Harbourfront Critical Mass
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2007
Photo of the Day: Fabulous in the BikeLane

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2006
CycleTherapy Fall Bike Auction
I Say Swap It, Swap It Good!

2007

The Aftermath of a Cyclist-Taxi Collision, in Photos
Mississauga Cyclist Dies From Crash Injuries
Photo of the Day: Docking at Hanlan's Point

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2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Copyright of the I Bike T.O. Design
The Fixer Does Bikes: Broken Bollards on the Martin Goodman Trail
Photo of the Day: Button Basket

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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!

Headlines from this week:

Star: Bicycles, sidewalks don't mix well

Few people would argue that bicycles and people on foot are not a dangerous mix – except those cyclists who apparently believe city sidewalks intended for pedestrians also belong to them. And not without reason; cyclists never finish first in collisions with vehicles and are justifiably fearful of a fast-moving truck, inches from their handlebars. They are run down, maimed and killed with frightening efficiency. It might come as a surprise to cyclists – accustomed to the righteous role of victim in all violent encounters with traffic – that when a bike blows past a pedestrian from behind, so close the breeze from their passing can be felt, it is no less intimidating than their own close calls with bigger, faster vehicles.

Globe: China shop, bike group unite to fight Bloor St. project

Strange bedfellows - posh china shop William Ashley and a group of cycling advocates - were in court yesterday trying to stop a $25-million remake of Bloor Street's high-end shopping district that would strip it of parking and add wider granite sidewalks.


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2006
Streetcar Door Etiquette

2007

The Star: Bikes could put Toronto on the map
Photo of the Day: Shadows

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Star: Bicycles, sidewalks don't mix well

Few people would argue that bicycles and people on foot are not a dangerous mix – except those cyclists who apparently believe city sidewalks intended for pedestrians also belong to them. And not without reason; cyclists never finish first in collisions with vehicles and are justifiably fearful of a fast-moving truck, inches from their handlebars. They are run down, maimed and killed with frightening efficiency. It might come as a surprise to cyclists – accustomed to the righteous role of victim in all violent encounters with traffic – that when a bike blows past a pedestrian from behind, so close the breeze from their passing can be felt, it is no less intimidating than their own close calls with bigger, faster vehicles.

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2006 A BikeFriday Update

2007

Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation News
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What's on this week:


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Happy Post-Thanksgiving and Election Day 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: CNE Critical MassPhoto of the Day: PostsPhoto of the Day: Morning RedPhoto of the Day: Queen West AlohaPhoto of the Day: Sleep RidingPhoto of the Day: Flower PoweredPhoto of the Day: Humber DawnPhoto of the Day: Dundas and Grace

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Globe: China shop, bike group unite to fight Bloor St. project

Strange bedfellows - posh china shop William Ashley and a group of cycling advocates - were in court yesterday trying to stop a $25-million remake of Bloor Street's high-end shopping district that would strip it of parking and add wider, granite sidewalks.

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Toronto's Weekly Carnage
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  • Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain wins two Ontario Tourism Awards!
    The enormously successful BikeTrain program has not only been extended into October this year (there is space available on the Oct. 17-19 weekend), but they've also been awarded two prestigious tourism awards! The Bike Train Initiative has won two awards for its contributions to the Ontario tourism industry and…

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Spacing: Toronto Cyclists Union Survey

The Toronto Cyclists Union is taking a survey of its members and Toronto cyclists in general to get a picture of biking conditions in the city — the more representative it is of all riders, the better the results

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The enormously successful
BikeTrain program has not only been extended into October this year (there is space available on the Oct. 17-19 weekend), but they've also been awarded two prestigious tourism awards!
The Bike Train Initiative has won two awards for its contributions to the Ontario tourism industry and its innovative approach to capturing an emerging market. The Bike Train was honoured with the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation's Best Tourism Marketing Partnership, and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario's Excellence Award for Tourism Innovation.
These awards recognize the successful development and launch of this collaborative project, and the growing cycle tourism market opportunities and economic benefits for the Province of Ontario.

More Information about the BikeTrain:

The Bike Train is a new initiative that encourages low impact tourism and healthy lifestyles. This service combines two sustainable modes of transportation - bikes and trains - allowing passengers to reduce their carbon footprint, and have fun too!

By enjoying local and regional tourist attractions Bike Train passengers are avoiding long distance car journeys and air travel that produce abundant greenhouse gas emissions. You can enjoy wines and produce from the Greenbelt, interact with Ontario farmers and get to know the world around you.


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Supercycle Hooligan MTB (Yonge & Adelaide)

Lost my Supercycle Hooligan 21-speed Dual-suspension mountain bike to a dirty thief during Nuit Blanche Oct 4, 2008 around 4am @ Younge and Adelaide. The bike was chained to a railing; it is missing the seat (I still have it), the back brake cable is a bit loose, everything else was in great condition. I don't expect to ever see my bike again, but I sincerely hope the thief overdoses on crack purchased with my bike's money.

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The Safe Cycling Coalition is hitting the courts tomorrow, as an intervenor in the Bloor Street Reconstruction Lawsuit.

If you'd like to attend:
Day: Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2008
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Main Court House - 130 Queen St. West (map)
Name of Case: William Ashley Ltd v. City of Toronto

Here's some background info about the case, from a previous post:
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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Those of you who follow the BikingToronto Links Blog, may have noticed something this morning about Copenhagen's "Green Wave" - a strategy by that city to co-ordinate traffic lights with the average speed of cyclists. (that link also describes the efforts by the city to restrict cars from the Nørrebrogade, a major street popular with cyclists).

Copenhagenize decided to check out the Green Wave, and filmed it for us:


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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: Dundas and Grace

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Devinci Caribou Green Touring Bike (City Hall)

My bike went missing near City Hall last night during Nuit Blanche October 4th, 2008. It was locked against a temporary fence. I'm hoping the city removed it and not thieves! I'm waiting for Toronto Police to call back to take my report. Devinci Caribou Green Touring bike 27 speed, back rack, fenders, toe clips, ABUS lock.

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Grey, Black and White Gary Fisher Zebrano

October 4th, 2008 My bike was stolen last night from outside of the Keg on York St. (York and King W.). It is a Gary Fisher Zebrano stepthru- women's bike. The colours are black, grey and white. I have the seat.

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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!

  • Toronto Community Foundation Gives Money to Toronto Cycling Groups
    Great news from the Toronto Community Foundation. They've received $231,922 from a class action lawsuit and will be distributing it to transportation related groups in Toronto: Toronto Community Foundation is distributing $231,922 to local initiatives as part of the latest settlement in a longstanding class action lawsuit involving price fixing…
  • Eye Weekly Writes Coherently about Bike Lanes
    A very good opinion piece by Jonathan Goldsbie is in this week's issue of Eye Weekly. It starts out like any other pro-cycling and anti-automobile rant about the slow implementation of Toronto's Bike Plan (these rants ignore the fact that politicians have to balance the needs and wants of…
  • Bike Lockers being considered for Keele Subway Station
    Great news from InsideToronto: "There is clearly a demand here," [City Councillor] Gord Perks said, looking around a less-than-full parking lot at the Keele Street subway station.Although cars were not in abundance, bikes were a different story. They filled the bike racks in front of the station and were locked…
  • Eye Weekly writes about the "Bloor Bike Brawl"
    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…

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

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Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. More Chances to Find Your Stolen Bike in the Igor Kenk Collection

3. The Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going International

4. Cyclist Killed in the West End

5. Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Trial Delayed

6. Councillor Joe Mihevc rides the new Vaughan Road Bike Lane

7. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

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

9. "Safe Cycling Coalition" Intervening in Yorkville Court Case

10. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft



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Great news from the Toronto Community Foundation. They've received $231,922 from a class action lawsuit and will be distributing it to transportation related groups in Toronto:
Toronto Community Foundation is distributing $231,922 to local initiatives as part of the latest settlement in a longstanding class action lawsuit involving price fixing by manufacturers of a rubber product known as EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) used in transportation and other areas.

"In Toronto's Vital Signs(R), the Foundation's annual report, we've identified transportation as one of the key issues impacting quality of life. Over the years we've witnessed trends and concerns involving commuting times, access to public transit, gridlock and traffic congestion. We've done our research and these grants will be distributed in order to maximize impact on the quality of life in Toronto."

Specifically, the Clean Air Partnership / Toronto Coalition for Active Transport and the Toronto Cyclists Union will be getting unspecified amounts:
  • Clean Air Partnership - Toronto Coalition for Active Transport for a two-year project that includes research on bike lanes, on-street parking and the impact on commercial business, a comprehensive comparison study looking at how Toronto fares internationally against other cities implementing cycling and pedestrian-friendly policies, and laying the groundwork for N/S and E/W commuter cycling arteries.

This is great news, and will go along way towards getting more commuters out of cars and onto transit, bikes and their feet.

For a full list of organizations receiving money and more details, see the Canada Newswire Press Release.

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Post: Gayla's bike snaps pictures

Gayla Trail no longer takes the quick route when she runs an errand on her bike. The 35-year-old author and photographer goes out of her way to ride through back alleys and side streets so her bike can "see" the downtown Toronto landscape. It is all in service to the camera attached to the handlebars, which takes a photo every 60 seconds and instantly uploads them to a personalized Flickr account.

Newswire: Settlement Contributes $231,922 to local transportation initiatives in Toronto

Toronto Community Foundation is distributing $231,922 to local initiatives as part of the latest settlement in a longstanding class action lawsuit ... and have identified transportation as one of the key issuesimpacting quality of life. Over the years we've witnessed trends and concerns involving commuting times, access to public transit, gridlock and traffic congestion. We've done our research and these grants will be distributed in order to maximize impact on the quality of life in Toronto."

Eye Weekly: Kill a cyclist, pay $110

What if I told you that you could kill a man — or a woman or a child — for the low cost of $110? No jail time. No criminal record. No other fines or fees. Quite a bargain, huh? And you may not even have to pay that much, if you successfully challenge the penalty in court. The offer is not gonna get any sweeter than this. I dare you, find a better deal. Kill a person, pay $110, move on with your life.

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Toronto's Weekly Carnage collects the news stories from the past week that highlights the dangers of creating communities and infrastructure based on the private automobile and the neglection of policies and urban planning that encourage the use of public transit and active transportation modes like cycling and walking.

  • Roofing Truck Crash On Glebemount

    It happened just before 9am Wednesday. A car was heading north on Glebemount when it collided with a roofing truck at Mortimer. The force of the impact saw the truck push the smaller vehicle right into a hydro pole.
  • Woman hit by car in north end

    An 86-year-old woman is in hospital after she was hit by a car, while crossing the road in the city's north end this morning. At about 10:30 a.m., the woman was walking on Yonge St. just north of Finch Ave. when a car travelling northbound hit her.
  • Police rescue man from burning car

    At 1 a.m. a collision occurred on the exit ramp from Hwy. 401 to McCowan Rd. The driver lost control of his vehicle and landed in a ditch. Three 43 division officers who were in the area saw the car burst into flames.
  • Crash involving TTC bus sends 5 to hospital

    The van T-boned the southbound bus in the intersection, that then veered and hit a northbound tractor-trailer. The driver of the van fled on foot, according to police, but was caught within an hour by the police canine unit just blocks away.
  • Fatal collisions on QEW and Hwy. 400

    Mohammad Rao wasn't far from his Mississauga home after a late fare from Pearson airport early today when his taxi van was clipped by a car that sped in and out of traffic on the Queen Elizabeth Way near Cawthra Rd.
  • Driver Under Arrest After Fatal Crash On QEW

    The accident happened around 4am in the westbound lanes just past Dixie Road when a BMW smashed into another car and a mini-van taxi.
  • Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Northbound 400

    The northbound lanes of Highway 400 near Highway 9 have been closed due to a multi-vehicle collision. Apparently a tractor-trailer collided with two other cars, and two people have been rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
  • Fewer deaths since street racing law

    From the beginning of the year to the end of August, 209 people had been killed in 183 crashes on Ontario highways, compared to 309 fatalities in 263 crashes in the same period in 2007, the OPP said in a recent news release.
  • Taxi driver killed in QEW collision

    The crash happened at about 1 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing a BMW speeding in the westbound lanes of the QEW in Mississauga. According to police the car was driving erratically and aggressively.
  • Two-Vehicle Crash Sends Six To Hospital

    A mother and her three-month-old baby were among six people hurt in a two-vehicle crash near Victoria Park and Danforth Sunday.
  • Deadly Crash Kills One At 400 And Wilson

    Officers on scene say the Oldsmobile was headed east on Wilson Avenue when it crashed into a concrete pillar.
  • Crash kills Toronto man

    The man was travelling eastbound on Wilson at a high rate of speed just before 6 a.m. ET Sunday when, according to police, he lost control of the vehicle and collided with a concrete overpass.

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A very good opinion piece by Jonathan Goldsbie is in this week's issue of Eye Weekly.


It starts out like any other pro-cycling and anti-automobile rant about the slow implementation of Toronto's Bike Plan (these rants ignore the fact that politicians have to balance the needs and wants of all their constituents, cyclists and non-cyclists, no matter what is best for the environment or public health):
What if I told you that you could kill a man — or a woman or a child — for the low cost of $110? No jail time. No criminal record. No other fines or fees. Quite a bargain, huh? And you may not even have to pay that much, if you successfully challenge the penalty in court. The offer is not gonna get any sweeter than this. I dare you, find a better deal. Kill a person, pay $110, move on with your life.

When I finished reading the above paragraph, the first in the article, I was tempted to stop. No one really needs another rant about bikelanes (which is what it's about, despite the title). What is needed to get the Bike Plan implemented quickly and properly is rational and logical persuasion.

I was glad I kept reading though, because the article explores the politician's side of things, using Councillor
Glenn De Baeremaeker (himself an avid cyclist, biking to City Hall all year) and his efforts to balance the wants of all his constituents to illustrate:
"There are 200 families that will lose parking [if bikelanes are installed on Brimorton Drive]" he told me. "Staff said the people who are losing parking can park across the street." So why can't they? "People who live on both sides of the road have parking ... Most people, when they have a parking spot in front of their house, they see that as how their family functions. It's been that way since they bought the house in 1950. To take parking away is an emotional issue for many people."


The thing is, these spots are in addition to front-yard parking. These are spots for visitors. Visitors who will have to cross the street, something Glenn was hesitant to ask them to do, as it's "essentially a four-lane road right now" and not everyone is able-bodied enough to be able to navigate that.


I encourage you to check out the full article. It's a good step on the way to rational discourse and progress on cycling infrastructure in Toronto.



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Great news from InsideToronto:
"There is clearly a demand here," [City Councillor] Gord Perks said, looking around a less-than-full parking lot at the Keele Street subway station.

Although cars were not in abundance, bikes were a different story. They filled the bike racks in front of the station and were locked to just about anything they could be locked to in the rear of the station.

[Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park] Peggy Nash said bike lockers would provide peace of mind for cyclists. Bike lockers are enclosed secure bicycle parking that provides protection from theft, vandalism and inclement weather. Nash and Perks put in a request to have lockers installed while the station is being re-done. They said it is all part and parcel of the work they have been doing together to promote bike infrastructure and alternative transportation.

This is great first step in the pursuit of "intermodal connectivity" (having practical infrastructure that allows people to switch easily from one mode of transportation to another) in Toronto.

If you live in Gord Perk's Ward (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park), but even if you don't, send him an email that tells him you support Bike Lockers at Keele Subway Station (and others too!)

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