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Happy Friday to you. Here's all your news from the past week! Not as much going on now that the weather is cooling down, but there's always *something* going on. :)


  • SmartCentres Appeal Request Denied
    Back in April, SmartCentres appealed the OMBs decision to not allow a bigbox development in Leslieville. News from Paul Young of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre is that this request has been denied: The Ontario Divisional Court has just handed down their decision...
  • West Toronto Railpath: Official Opening - Fri, Oct. 30
    Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting recreational trail...


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Back in April, SmartCentres appealed the OMBs decision to not allow a bigbox development in Leslieville.

News from Paul Young of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre is that this request has been denied:

  • The Ontario Divisional Court has just handed down their decision.

    The request for appeal of the OMB's decision has been denied.

    To quote our lawyer, Eric Gillespie,

    "There is no ability to appeal from this decision, so this is the end for SmartCentres' case."

    We'd like to thank Eric, the city lawyer Brendan O'Callahan, and everyone who participated at the OMB hearing or contributed toward helping the cause for our community!

Here's a few blog posts about the subject:

SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path (April 2008)

OMB Stops Walmart - Good News for East End Cyclists (March 2009)

SmartCentres Appeals Pro-Neighbourhood and Pro-Cyclist OMB Decision (April 2009)

  • This is great news for Toronto cyclists because not only will a 1,700 parking lot NOT be built, but the proposed SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.

    The development would have turned a nice and well-used multi-use path...

    ... into an intersection like the one at Lakeshore and Leslie:

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studio tofu presents, in conjunction with:

dandyhorse magazine / spacing magazine / now magazine

First Annual Hallowheelin' Urban Cycling Challenge

Saturday, October 31st

- Open to ALL cyclists of ALL skill levels.

- Two Courses: Easy and Hard

- $8 To Ride, Includes Halloween After Party
- Registration Starts 530pm at Manic Coffee 426 College
- Ride Starts at 700pm SHARP!

- Halloween afterparty @ CineCycle 401 Richmond (Around back, off Spadina)

- Costumes STRONGLY suggested. Lights and Bag MANDATORY. Helmets suggested.

- Rain or Moon.

Tonnes of prizes furnished by:

Manic Coffee
Bikes On Wheels
Cycle Solutions
MEC
Origins Coffee
Blondie's Espresso Bar
Sweet Pete's
Bombshelter
Jet Fuel Coffee
Franklin Tattoo
Great Lakes Brewery

All proceeds going to FoodShare: http://www.foodshare.net/index.htm

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Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting recreational trail.

* Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
* Location: West Toronto Railpath entrance at Wallace Avenue (south of Dupont, west of Perth, north of Bloor). (map)

* Time:
o 2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks
o 2:15 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
o 2:20 p.m. – cyclists gathered ride the trail and enjoy the sculptures
o 2:25 p.m. – interested participants invited walk 2.1 km and explore the trail and sculptures
* RSVP: Toronto Protocol RSVP Line 416-392-7667

The West Toronto Railpath Park is a new 2.1 kilometre multi-use trail that is perfect for cyclists, joggers, and people out for a stroll. Travelling alongside the railway corridor, it features extensive naturalized landscaping to create an appealing public space.

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Critical Mass is riding this Friday... and as usual it'll be meeting at Bloor & Spadina at 6:00 and riding at 6:30.

This mass is usually the most fun, as everyone dresses up for Hallowe'en and rides in costume. Great responses from pedestrians. :)

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Toronto Ride For Heart bike-a-thon on the DVP 6


Driving the Lane: Toronto Prepares for Public Bicycling

by Emily Testa

What do Jack Layton and David Byrne have in common? Sure, Layton’s Twitter account tells us he’ll be busking on the Danforth this Saturday, but at press time, the range of his musical talent remains untested. No, it’s a shared interest in the future of cycling that unites the current NDP leader and former Talking Head, who will participate in an October 24 panel discussion at the International Festival of Authors. Along with Toronto Cyclists Union executive director Yvonne Bambrick and urban designer Ken Greenberg, Layton and Byrne will discuss the potential of urban planning — specifically, bike lanes — to improve the political climate of cycling in Toronto and around the world.

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What's on this week:

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Oct 28 10am
TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm


Oct 29 5pm-7pm
Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"
This monthly event is intended to provide a space where bike union board, executive, management team, ward captains, volunteers, and members can come together and converse over a refreshing beverage. This event is not formal and is not a meeting. Rather, it is a space where the union can meet for the sake of meeting.

http://bikeunion.to/news/2008/11/23/cinq-sept


Oct 29 7pm
Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting
Committee Room 2
2nd Floor, City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Toronto

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/committee/index.htm


Oct 30 6pm-8pm
Critical Mass Toronto(Hallowe'en Edition)
Join hundreds of cyclists for a group ride around downtown Toronto.

Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30

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Wall of Bicycle Stencils by Georgie_grrl.
Just some examples of Janet's work. More here at:

www.flickr.com/photos/janetbikegirl/

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Happy Friday to you. Here's all your news from the past week!


  • Queens Quay Revitalization Update
    Waterfront Toronto has released their October newsletter, which includes an update on the Queens Quay Revitalization: Waterfront Toronto’s plan to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard was approved overwhelmingly at October’s City Council meeting. The recommendation to replace two lanes of traffic south of the streetcar tracks…
  • Thank You - Cyclists Paving the Way
    Cyclists make nice to drivers About 5,000 cards with the words "Thank You" have been printed for cyclists to give to deserving drivers, perhaps by tapping on the car window at a stop light, Bambrick said. A motorist who looks over his or her shoulder before swinging open their…
  • Michael Bryant can't drive, so he's cycling
    Lawyers to make court appearance in Bryant case Lawyers in the Michael Bryant case are expected to make a brief court appearance today, their first since the former attorney-general was charged in connection with the death of a cyclist. Dan Robertson of Navigator Limited, the public-relations firm hired by…
  • 2009: A Good/Bad Year for Cycling?
    A recent Torontoist post about the Bike Union's BikeCampTO makes the argument that 2009 has been a bad year for cycling in the city. I commented on the post and listed 6 things (just to name a few) that have happened this year that makes it a GOOD year…



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A short while ago I posted about how we dress when biking in Toronto.

I think we're a pretty good looking bunch here in Toronto. Of course, when I tell people I'm a cyclist I can instantly see their eyes fog over as they picture me in full spandex.

As we've seen from my post, you don't need to wear spandex to enjoy biking in Toronto. However, if you're looking for more inspiration, here's some clothing brands that could help you overcome "spandex anxiety" and bike in comfort and style:

Bikes Without Borders: While not a clothing brand per se, Mountain Equipment Co-op carries some of their t-shirts and hoodies and they certainly have nothing to do with lycra:

Bikes Without Borders

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The Struggle

There are times when you feel absolutely alone on your bicycle. The cars keep streaming past you, closer and closer. The hill feels as thought it is never going to end. The rain starts to fall harder. The temperature goes from a slight chill to a bone-numbing deep-freeze.

We all face struggles when biking in Toronto, or anywhere else for that matter.

Yet, many of us, thousands upon thousands actually, continue to take our keys to locks, plant our feet firmly on our pedals and take to the streets. You'll see us in the rain. You'll see us during that first snowfall. You'll see us when it seems like everyone else on the road wants us gone.
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Want to know what's possible with bikelanes in a big city like Toronto? Look no further than New York (a much bigger city) for some inspiration. It doesn't take miracles to get cycling infrastructure like this... just political guts. :)




Bike lanes: In some cities people are literally dying to have them and some people go so far as to mark their own. Here in New York City, it feels like every time I get on my bike there is a new bike lane - sometimes on the left, sometimes buffered, and sometimes completely separated from automobile traffic. To understand these lanes, I had the opportunity to go for a ride with the NYC DOT bicycle boys. They explained the classes of bike lanes and showed off some of these inventive facilities. You can use Ride the City to find a safe bike route in New York City and watch this video to see what lanes are used on your route.

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Waterfront Toronto has released their October newsletter, which includes an update on the Queens Quay Revitalization:

Queens Quay Martin Goodman Trail
Waterfront Toronto’s plan to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard was approved overwhelmingly at October’s City Council meeting. The recommendation to replace two lanes of traffic south of the streetcar tracks with a beautiful linear park stems from a two-year long Environmental Assessment (EA) process that featured extensive public input.

The plan will be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) in November for approval, and the public will have a 30-day comment period during which they can review the full project report and provide feedback.

If approved by the MOE, Waterfront Toronto will begin schematic design for the entire project area from Spadina Avenue to Parliament Street. This first phase of design, which is expected to take about four months, will result in a comprehensive layout of the street from end to end and will be followed by detailed design work.

The construction of the revitalized Queens Quay will occur in phases to match funding availability. The first phase of construction, which will begin in the central waterfront, will be determined during schematic design. Phase one construction is expected to begin about one year after approval of the EA and will take 12 to 18 months to complete. The design and construction process will include numerous opportunities for public feedback.

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Cyclists make nice to drivers

About 5,000 cards with the words "Thank You" have been printed for cyclists to give to deserving drivers, perhaps by tapping on the car window at a stop light, Bambrick said.

A motorist who looks over his or her shoulder before swinging open their door into the street – sparing an oncoming cyclist the chance of collision – would qualify for a card, Bambrick says.

It's "a chance for cyclists to thank the drivers who do see them, and do treat them with respect and as fellow citizens," she added.

"We're trying to move away from the angry stuff that happened over the summer," she told a group at this weekend's BikeCamp T.O. event, which the union put on to discuss cycling issues.

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Nice to see the Union is embracing the notion that positivity ALWAYS gets more results than negativity. It's a concept more cycling advocates should wake up to.

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Lawyers to make court appearance in Bryant case

Lawyers in the Michael Bryant case are expected to make a brief court appearance today, their first since the former attorney-general was charged in connection with the death of a cyclist.

Dan Robertson of Navigator Limited, the public-relations firm hired by Mr. Bryant shortly after the incident, said that Mr. Bryant would not be attending.

The accused faces charges of dangerous driving and criminal negligence causing the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard, 33, a bicycle courier who collided with Mr. Bryant's Saab convertible on Aug. 31.

Mr. Bryant was charged and released the next day without a bail hearing and was told to surrender his passport and refrain from driving.

He has since been spotted cycling.

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Passing by

In the minds of many people there are just two categories of bicycles; road and mountain. A few know of a third category, the hybrids. And that's about it.

The problem is that each of these categories present a barrier to visualizing bicycles in everyday use, and in fact they don't even address that bicycles can be and are used daily as a method of transportation.

For example:

Mountain bikes are seen as weekend use, off-road only, daredevil tools.

And road bikes need to be accompanied by a matching spandex outfit, solid abs and massive quads.

Fortunately, neither of these beliefs are true as there are dozens of styles of bicycles and any one of them could help you get where you're going, deliver your groceries and take the family to school in the morning.

The Associated Press helps explain the newer trends in bicycle design and their use

Does your bike fit in to any of these categories? Share your ride in the BikingToronto Forum.

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What's on this week:

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Tues, Oct 20
8:30pm-11pm

Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

http://www.bikepolo.ca/club/toronto-canada

Wed, Oct 21
6:00-7:30 pm
Portland Bike Co-ordinator in Toronto
TCAT, in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union and the US Consulate General in Toronto, is happy to present a free public event to hear first-hand how Portland became the first major city in America to be designated as a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

http://bikingtoronto.com/forum/topic.php?id=382

Wed, Oct 21
10am

TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm

Sun, Oct 25
1pm

Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
Monthly Bike Polo tournament to coincide with Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington - last Sunday of the month from May to October at Scadding Court.

http://www.bikepolo.ca/club/toronto-canada


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A recent Torontoist post about the Bike Union's BikeCampTO makes the argument that 2009 has been a bad year for cycling in the city.

I commented on the post and listed 6 things (just to name a few) that have happened this year that makes it a GOOD year for cycling.

We are still 2.5 months from the end of the year, but let's start adding up the good things that have happened for cycling.

Even the Bryant/Sheppard incident is good for the discussion it has created.

Here are the quick six I thought of off the cuff for the Torontoist comment:

  • Todd, you seem to be falling into the "woe is me" mindset of many cycling advocates in this city in the writing of this article.

    2009 has not sucked AT ALL for bikes in this city:

    1) The fact that there is enough demand to hold a "BikeCamp"

    2) Bikelanes approved for Jarvis, a major artery, ... and they are ones that aren't put in "where there is room" but actually replacing car traffic

    3) The opening of Toronto's first BikeStation at Union Station, with more planned at City Hall and TTC stations.

    4) The Bryant/Sheppard incident brought attention to the need to share the road with all road users.

    5) Bike Store opens at First Canadian Place.

    6) Toronto looks to repeat Montreal's success with Bixi bike rentals by exploring options for our own bikesharing system.

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Happy Friday to you. Here's all your news from the past week!

  • Update on the Toronto Police Downtown Bike Blitz
    Yesterday, there was talk of a "Downtown Bike Blitz" being put on by Toronto Police - targeting cyclists running red lights and biking on sidewalks. The Toronto Police Service has let us know (via twitter) that there is no official campaign going on: Last night on Twitter I received…
  • Toronto Police Bike Blitz Downtown Today?
    Over on Twitter, there's some talk about police doing a Ticketing Blitz on cyclists downtown: Cops all over downtown today fining bikers who ride on sidewalks or pass thru the red light. Walk your bike on sidewalks! Anyone know more? Posted via web from bikingtoronto's posterous
  • Toronto Bike Messengers Looking to Unionize
    The Ryerson Free Press has an article about the plight of the bike courier to make a decent wage in Toronto: “You can compare it to people taking advantage of the labour in the third world. Courier companies don’t have to pay holidays or vacation pay…
  • Biking to Work in North America- Toronto is Number 5!
    The battle over which North American city is the best for biking is fierce and— most likely—unresolvable. Our latest Transparency will tell you which cities’ residents make the largest percentage of their commutes by bike. Portland, Oregon, you can keep on gloating. A collaboration between GOOD and Chris Korbey.…
  • New Off-Road Trail in East Don Valley
    Great news via the Don Watcher Blog: Since the summer the city has been busy creating a new trail in the East Don. The new trail will link a park known locally as Milne Hollow which is accessible from Lawrence Ave. East just east of the Don Valley Parkway…
  • Bicycling Magazine: When Worlds Collide
    Bicycling is covering the Bryant / Sheppart Incident in great detail: Darcy Allan Sheppard and Michael Bryant came from different worlds, but when they met in the heart of the posh shopping district on Toronto’s Bloor Street, their worlds violently collided. In the wake of that collision, one life…
  • Igor Kenk has been denied bail
    Igor Kenk is not getting out of jail any time soon... "The man accused of being Toronto's most notorious bike thief has failed to persuade a judge to reinstate the bail revoked last December. Looking dishevelled with long hair and a beard after months of incarceration at Don Jail,…
  • Bike Cops on Toronto Streetview
    Bike police doing their thing: via blogto.com Toronto Bike Cops are awesome. Have you found any cool Toronto bikey stuff on Google Streetview? Share it in the Forum.



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Yesterday, there was talk of a "Downtown Bike Blitz" being put on by Toronto Police - targeting cyclists running red lights and biking on sidewalks. The Toronto Police Service has let us know (via twitter) that there is no official campaign going on:

Last night on Twitter I received this "tweet" from the Toronto Police Services concerning a "blitz":

@TrafficServices: @DuncansCityRide There isn't an official bicycle enforcement campaign happening right now. Might just be divisional based enforcement.


This isn't to say, of course, that the police shouldn't be ticketing such offenses... it's not hard to stop at a red light (what makes cyclists so special that they can ignore traffic laws?) and at least downtown, the streets are safe enough to not HAVE to ride on sidewalks. Leave those for pedestrians.

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Over on Twitter, there's some talk about police doing a Ticketing Blitz on cyclists downtown:

Cops all over downtown today fining bikers who ride on sidewalks or pass thru the red light. Walk your bike on sidewalks!

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The Ryerson Free Press has an article about the plight of the bike courier to make a decent wage in Toronto:

“You can compare it to people taking advantage of the labour in the third world. Courier companies don’t have to pay holidays or vacation pay… they even try avoiding paying their WSIB,” said Hayward.

Because Ontario labour law recognizes couriers as independent contractors, they do not fall under the protection of the Ontario Employment Standards legislation.

According to Sam Vrankulj, a labour relations professor at McMaster University, independent contractors have no control over wages, vacation entitlement, maximum hours of work or severance.

The Toronto Bike Messenger Association of Toronto in a partnership with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, are currently leading a movement to unionize each individual courier company, which would allow couriers basic worker’s rights.

Hayward imagines a union contract including vacation pay, paid holidays and better job security. Most importantly, to combat rate undercutting, it would ensure couriers be paid a fair wage even if rates drop. Concurrently though, if rates rise, couriers would be paid according to the higher price.

Though historically, bike couriers have been viewed as a notoriously skeptical subculture of anarchists and anti-establishment types, Hayward remains confident unionizing the industry is possible.

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The battle over which North American city is the best for biking is fierce and— most likely—unresolvable. Our latest Transparency will tell you which cities’ residents make the largest percentage of their commutes by bike. Portland, Oregon, you can keep on gloating.

A collaboration between GOOD and Chris Korbey.

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Nice article about Copenhagen "bike life" in today's Globe and Mail:

"It took time and political courage. But today, Copenhagen is an example to cities seeking to develop a bicycle culture of their own"

http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20091014.BCMASON14ART2259/TPStory/TPComment/

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trip #1 by votreceinture.
Not sure how she was planning on getting the rest of that Papasan chair home.

You may also be interested in the "How We Haul Stuff in Toronto post from the BikingToronto Blog Duncan's City Ride.

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How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 05:21 PM PDT

The first pic in that post is my favourite.. her shoes match the table base she's wearing - how stylish. I have a milk crate sitting out in the balcony that I was going to use once I got a rack but di... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

My Ride is

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 04:54 PM PDT

You're welcome. I used to ride the boy version of your bike :P ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Rites of Passage - Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 02:21 PM PDT

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:42 AM PDT

Very cool. How did you guys score these bikes from Specialized Canada? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Rites of Passage - Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:23 AM PDT

It may be cool to do up an "urban cycling" routes of passage for people (male and female) who bike to work, or do utilitarian (running errands, visiting friends) cycling. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:12 AM PDT

On Saturday I purchased a decent-sized basket for my rear rack from Kensington Market ($35) and a Bell collapsible trailer from Craigslist ($100). The only time I drive my car currently is to go to my... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 09:41 AM PDT

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Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:45 AM PDT

Bob Mionske weighs in on licensing cyclists at Bicycling Magazine: License to Ride By Bob Mionske The transition from summer to autumn has been a tough time for Toronto cyclists this year. On August 3... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:38 AM PDT

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Rites of Passage - Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:37 AM PDT

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How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:29 AM PDT

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Great news via the Don Watcher Blog:


Since the summer the city has been busy creating a new trail in the East Don. The new trail will link a park known locally as Milne Hollow which is accessible from Lawrence Ave. East just east of the Don Valley Parkway and an unnamed park at the north end of the Wynford Park neighbourhood.

The sign says that the eventual plan is to have the trail link up all the way south to the Forks of the Don although it may be a little tricky finding space south of Eglinton Ave. East since there is little wiggle room past the Flemingdon Park Golf Course. Here a few pix from the new trail.


Trail just south of Milne Hollow lined with limestone gravel


A little farther south the path lining changes to wood chips


The path as it goes under the CPR main line just north of Wynford Park

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Bicycle City, Japanese artists.


Bicycles by Martin Heath, Cinecycle, Toronto

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Oct 17th, 2009 - 10:00am to 5:00pm, Registration from 10:00am
Presented by, Toronto Cyclists Union
@ Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave. Suite 400 & 120

Register Here - http://bikecampto.eventbrite.com/

BikeCamp eh, what the heck is that?

It's essentially a series of simultaneous participant led/generated workshops - all related to various aspects of cycling, and the politics of cycling advocacy. BikeCamp is an opportunity for bike union members, would be members, and the wider cycling advocacy community, to come together and jam on a variety of ideas, campaigns, events. The possibilities are endless, so if you are an avid cyclist with an interest in helping continue to grow and shape the momentum of this community, this event is not to be missed.

Proposed Schedule:
10am Registration
10:30 Keynote
11:00 Opening circle instructions and session proposals
11:45 Lunch/discussion
12:45 1st session
1:45 2nd session
2:45 3rd session
3:45 Reconvene in circle, "Best idea for action" & Propose action sessions
4:30 Action sessions
5:15 Closing circle and report back
5:45 Teardown and beers!!!

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Bicycling is covering the Bryant / Sheppart Incident in great detail:

Darcy Allan Sheppard and Michael Bryant came from different worlds, but when they met in the heart of the posh shopping district on Toronto’s Bloor Street, their worlds violently collided. In the wake of that collision, one life ended, and another lay in ruins. On the night of August 31, Sheppard—the Toronto bike messenger—and Bryant—the Toronto politician—both on their way home, became involved in a minor traffic dispute that quickly escalated into a violent incident of road rage, and within moments, Sheppard lay mortally injured on Bloor Street. Within hours, Bryant faced charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

When serious charges have been laid, all but the most indigent will hire a criminal defense attorney to represent them. Michael Bryant was no exception; it was soon announced that he had retained Marie Henein , one of Toronto’s best criminal defense lawyers, with a well-deserved reputation as “a formidable opponent” who is “razor sharp” and “a lawyer’s lawyer.” Henein wasn’t Bryant’s only hire, however—the morning following Sheppard’s death, it was revealed that Bryant was being represented by the Toronto PR firm Navigator Ltd., which, among its other services, specializes in “CEO Reputation Building ” and “crisis communications .” After being released on his own recognizance that morning, Sheppard went before the cameras to offer his “deepest condolences” to Sheppard’s family, in a page straight out of the textbook of crisis management .

I'm sad to see Bicycling making assumptions about a media-bias, such as:

September 4, in another editorial , the Toronto Sun also proffered the suggestion that Bryant was the victim, rather than the aggressor, posing the question “Finally, ask yourself what you would have done if you were in a car with your spouse, with the top down, and someone was attacking you?”

Well I know *I* would not be happy if someone was attacking me in the same manner.

Whether Sheppard attacked Bryant in this manner has yet to be revealed, or if Bryant "murdered" Sheppard.

Full article here.

Thanks to Dandyhorse (via twitter) for the heads-up.

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What's on this week:

View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.


Tues, Oct 13
8:30pm-11pm
Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

http://www.bikepolo.ca/club/toronto-canada

Wed, Oct 14
10am
TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm


Fri, Oct. 16
12 noon - 3pm
Ryerson Bike Parts Swap
The Ryerson Bike Club invites you to its first bike parts swap. If you're looking for something or if you're looking to trade/sell some parts then join us. This is a perfect opportunity to find what you are looking for before going to the Fall Bike Show. Looking for bio-pace chainrings? Have a carbon fibre kick stand you want to sell? This is the place to be.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133327393391&index=1

Fri, Oct 16
8pm
Joyride Bicycle Film Festival
Join Bike Pirates for a special documentary film night on Friday Oct 16th at 8pm. Showcasing small independent docs directed by Toronto cyclists riding the streets.

http://www.bikingtoronto.com/duncan/2009/09/joyride-bicycle-film-festival.html



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Igor Kenk is not getting out of jail any time soon...

"The man accused of being Toronto's most notorious bike thief has failed to persuade a judge to reinstate the bail revoked last December.

Looking dishevelled with long hair and a beard after months of incarceration at Don Jail, Igor Kenk smiled at his wife Jeanie Chung before he was led away from a University Ave. courtroom Friday afternoon after losing his bid for release."

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Tour de Spit by BruceK.

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Rites of Passage - Bicycling

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 01:47 PM PDT

From Duncan's City Ride: I can still remember the day I rode a bicycle without training wheels. My family lived in Saskatchewan, in a town with more cows than people. I'd been hounding my mother to ta... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 01:13 PM PDT

I guess I'm lucky that there are only about a half dozen cyclists on my commute. I have had a few people push from behind to run a red light on their bike, and just can't bring myself to yell, "Hey, w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 12:50 PM PDT

I stop at red lights to enforce my habit and because pedestrians are unpredictable. Not a big deal, it gives me a break and I grab a drink. I also feel like a sucker when I'm stopped at a red light an... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 11:40 AM PDT

failure to stop, but i had stopped, even put my foot down, and when the pedestrians had crossed I continued even though the light was still red but as I was crossing the top of a "T" I didn't see the ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 09:50 AM PDT

Oh, I totally agree, but I figure we should start talking about it now to help people get prepared. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 08:09 AM PDT

Yah, and they'll sell them to you cheap! Because by the next day they will already be mass producing them under a different trade name and shipping them off to other markets on the other side of the w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike stolen out of my locked vehicle

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:54 AM PDT

My road bike was stolen out of a locked SUV Oct 8, 2009 - also screwed up the passenger door lock in the process. Leader 780R Frame - dark blue frame Easton EA50 handlebars Thomson 4 bolt aluminum ste... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicyclists on the road treated no better than deer

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:09 AM PDT

In Ontario the rules of the road simply state that a safe passing distance be observed by motorists. Here's one very good reason why a specific distance needs to be established and enforced everywhere... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:03 AM PDT

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What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:00 AM PDT

lOCk, that was probably one of the most informative posts I've read in ages. Thanks! I used to work in the inline skate industry. Some of the smaller companies couldn't afford to create a whole new sk... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 06:40 AM PDT

HAHA! I know all about these... They are "30-day Wonders"... It's wonderful if something doesn't break before the 30 day warranty is up. These scoots are assembled in the city of Yongkang in Zhejiang ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 06:33 AM PDT

Winter cycling may sound hard and/or crazy... but here in Toronto it's surprisingly easy and enjoyable... helped by the fact that we have milder winters than most of Canada. Here are some tips to get ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Speaking of scooters... here's one on King West with a little seat apparently Google Street View Scooter on King West ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

"Scramble" Pedestrian Crossing at Yonge & Bloor this Friday!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 04:16 AM PDT

More articles about the new Scramble Crossing going in tomorrow at Yonge & Bloor: Post: Yonge-Bloor enters age of diagonal Star: Scramble eases pedestrian pressure Globe: Walkers get more green, d... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

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queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 07 Oct 2009 11:44 PM PDT

i was traveling west along the unbroken sidewalk and not very fast either, i had stopped to let the pedestrians cross. bikes need secondary signage in these silly situations where what makes sense for... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Bike police doing their thing:

Toronto Bike Cops are awesome.

Have you found any cool Toronto bikey stuff on Google Streetview?

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Happy Friday to you. Here's all your news from the past week!

Torontoist - Fix Your Bike, Matey
Torontoist visits Bike Pirates: Fix Your Bike, Matey "We started in a backyard, in a communal living house," said Geoffrey Bercarich, another longtime volunteer. From that backyard, Bike Pirates moved to a curb, then to a storefront at Bathurst and College streets, where a benefactor, known to members as…

Recreation Committee to Discuss BMX "Go Forward" Strategy
The Recreation Committee is discussing the BMX "Go Forward" Strategy (PDF link) this Friday: This report presents a Toronto BMX Go Forward Strategy that, in part, sets out a number of principles and strategic actions that would help make Toronto an improved cycling community for BMX, as well as…

Environment report knocks Toronto's lack of bike lanes
From the CBC: Environment report knocks Toronto's lack of bike lanes Toronto's cycling enthusiasts celebrated a small victory this week after the province's environmental commissioner released a report criticizing the city over its lack of bike lanes. In his annual report, this year entitled Building Resiliance, commissioner Gord Miller…

Canada's bike industry is growing despite economic turmoil
Info from a call for interviews from Bicycle Trade Association of Canada: Canada's bike industry is growing despite economic turmoil The Canadian cycling industry, like every other sector, has been impacted by the global economic crises. Numbers recently collected from Canadian specialty bike retailers and suppliers, however, suggest that…

InsideToronto: City bike plan pedals ahead slowly
City bike plan pedals ahead slowly According to city transportation staff, various hitches in proposed bike lanes around the city have meant that the process has slowed down somewhat. Public works and infrastructure chair Glenn De Baeremaeker wryly blamed democracy. "Some councillors have asked that there be more consultation…

Cycling Education in Public Schools
Interesting little piece from the Sun: First driver's-ed, now bike-ed Toronto public schools should take a spin at cyclist education, one trustee says. Josh Matlow is trying to get his colleagues at the Toronto District School Board to agree on a bicycle safety awareness campaign for students. "We offer…

Sidewalk Cycling Fine in Scarborough? $3.75
Afraid to bike on the big bikelane-free arterial roads in scarborough, where cars go 80-100 km/h? Breaking law nets $3.75 fine Sidewalk cycling is still 'a joke' in Scarborough Getting caught cycling on the sidewalk is a lot cheaper in Scarborough. A ticket for sidewalk cycling in most parts…

E-bikes face new sidewalk parking rules
From the Toronto Sun: E-bikes face new sidewalk parking rules Pedestrian and cycling advocates want the city to put the brakes on where e-bikes can park and ride. "They could seriously injure or kill a pedestrian if they hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk," says Dylan Reid, co-chairman of…

Today at the Public Works Committee
Via the TCAT Newsletter: The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee (TCAC) put forward some recommendations to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee that will be heard today. These recommendations include: * that Transportation Services attend the TCAC Oct 29th meeting to report on its plans for accommodating bike lanes on…

Your Chance to Improve Bike Parking Regulations
Via the TCAT Newsletter: TCAT was recently approached by Alan Heisey, a municipal lawyer and year-round Toronto cyclist for over 30 years. He has been reviewing the City of Toronto's new comprehensive zoning bylaw and believes that the sections pertaining to bicycle parking could be further improved. Heisey's law…

Bumpy road for Bike Station
From the Toronto Star... a column about the challenges that have confronted (and have yet to confront) Toronto's first Bike Station: Bumpy road for bike station It is the kind of facility planners and cyclists have long insisted Toronto needs to encourage green commuting. But timing is everything, and…

Rachel McAdams: Bicycle Built For One in Toronto
A solo Rachel McAdams goes for a bike ride in her hometown of Toronto, Canada on Sunday (October 4). Last month, the 30-year-old Canadian actress attended the Altuzarra Spring 2010 show during NY Fashion Week. She sat next to Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, who told JustJared.com that Rachel was…

Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety
Great article from RaiseTheHammer.org: Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety Too much of the car-vs-bicycle debate is overrun by myths and rank misinformation. Myth: Cyclists don't pay for the roads and therefore have no right to use them. Reality: Municipal roads are paid for out of property taxes,…

Torontoist: Sharrows Land on Bloor
Sharrows on Bloor at Yonge (top) and Church (bottom). Photos by David Topping/Torontoist. Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has just gained freshly painted sharrows…

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads
Toronto Sun: No more getting the gears for e-bikes The electric bike's long journey to legality is over. "E-bikes provide an important transportation option to Ontarians. They are affordable, green and easy to use," Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said in a release. "The McGuinty government is pleased to welcome…


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Winter cycling may sound hard and/or crazy... but here in Toronto it's surprisingly easy and enjoyable... helped by the fact that we have milder winters than most of Canada.

Here are some tips to get you out on two wheels easier and safer:

1. Make Winter Cycling an Option for You

Rather than storing your bike in the basement or hanging it up in the garage this fall, keep it where you usually keep it, so that cycling to work this winter remains an option for you. If you have to go somewhere "out of the way" to get your bike, you'll be much less likely to actually do it, especially on winter mornings. Rather, keep it in its usual spot, if that is feasible. A heated area is best, because then you don't have to worry about snow or ice on it.

2. Make Sure Your Bike is in Shape

It's not just us cyclists that need to be nourished and looked after... our bikes need it too. Winter cycling is different than summer cycling, and bikes need different things in a different season.

First off, make sure your bike is in good working order - take it to a bike shop and get it tuned up so that your brakes, gears, wheels and drivetrain are all working properly and are properly lubricated.

Second, perhaps look at a different style of tire for your bike, to make going over cold roads a little easier. While I've found that thin road bike tires don't have enough tire-to-road contact to make me feel safe, mountain bike tires, while nice and knobby, collect and hold a lot of snow, making things dangerous.

For me, hybrid tires strike a good balance... wide enough to get a little bit of traction, while thin and smooth enough to "cut" through any snow on the road and give my bike a more stable footing.

Finally, roads in the winter are doused in salt and sand... and this can gum up your gears and chain. Every week or so, clean off the moving parts of your bike to make everything keeps running smoothly. An old toothbrush works great for those hard to reach areas.

How-To Link: Cold Weather Cycling - Bicycle Choice and Equipment
How-To Link: Cold Weather Cycling - Maintenance

3. Dress Properly

Lots of first time winter cyclists make the mistake of over-dressing... forgetting that our bodies generate a lot of heat when they are exercising (yes, it's hard to believe because it's so fun, but we are exercising when cycling...).

While dressing for colder weather is a must when winter cycling, it's important to not go overboard... all those heavy clothes will bottle up your body heat and make you TOO hot.

Your best bet is to wear many layers when cycling in winter... that way you can add or remove layers (store them in your backpack or panniers) as you heat up or cool down.

How-To Link: Cold Weather Cycling - Keep Warm and Dry

4. Slow it Down

In the winter, roads are often covered with at least some snow (until the snowplows come) and maybe some ice too. It's important to take these road surface changes into account when navigating your way through the city.

Most people feel uneasy biking at "full speed" on winter roads, so they slow it down a bit (or a lot, depending on road conditions) to make sure they and their bike have a firm grip on the road. As well, the road surface has changed for other cyclists as well as cars, which may mean that they'll have a harder time stopping.

Slowing down your speed will give you more reaction and decision time when interacting with other road users.

5. Pick Your Route

This point depends on how many options you have to get where you're going, but if you live and/or work downtown, it should be fairly easy for you.

One simple way to make your winter commute much easier and safer is by picking out smaller roads to get to where you are going. Personally, I choose residential streets than run parallel to major streets.

This is for two reasons... one, major roads have more cars and often have snow plowed up into banks on the side of the street (where bikes usually go), and two, sidestreets have less traffic and usually a few car tracks through recent snow that let you have a clear path.

Hopefully these 5 points will help you start or continue Winter Cycling this coming winter.

If you have more tips and tricks about cycling in cold weather, please share them in the Forum.


Other BikingToronto posts you may find interesting:

Winter Biking in Toronto
Slush Puppies: How to Enjoy Biking in the Winter

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Torontoist visits Bike Pirates:

  1. Fix Your Bike, Matey

    "We started in a backyard, in a communal living house," said Geoffrey Bercarich, another longtime volunteer. From that backyard, Bike Pirates moved to a curb, then to a storefront at Bathurst and College streets, where a benefactor, known to members as "the anarchist professor," let the org stay for two years at below-market rent, before asking them to move on to another location last year .

    Chloé and Geoff spoke to us in the back of Bike Pirates's new storefront, at 1292 Bloor Street West, across a table in a little makeshift kitchenette that looked like it had been pretty well lived-in. Bike Pirates isn't exactly a repair shop, see—it's more of a community. And its members share much more than kitchen space.

    Tools and knowledge, for instance.

    Bike Pirates began as a loosely organized tool-sharing program, where members could dip into a centralized pool of equipment for bicycle repairs. Today, their storefront resembles a fully functional bike shop, but with an important difference: "We won't service your bike," said Chloé. "We'll help you service your bike."

    In other words, bringing your broken-down beater to the Pirates means taking their tools and their expert guidance and using those things to learn to do it all yourself. They're the opposite of a full-service, no-sweat repair place, but to the segment of the bicycling public for whom dirty fingernails aren't a problem, Bike Pirates is cycling Avalon. They don't make repairs; they make repairpeople.

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From Duncan's City Ride:

With only one bicycle station currently in Toronto, the lifetime membership doesn't provide access to anything else, but that should change in the near future as some TTC stations (and hopefully elsewhere) begin adding their own bicycle stations.

However, since this is only a pilot project, then what could the future of bicycle stations in Toronto become?

First, let's go to Chicago:


McDonald's Cycle Center offers not only secure parking, but showers, repair service and even bicycle rentals. It's essentially a one-stop shop for cyclists.

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The City of Toronto has proclaimed this Friday Messenger Appreciation Day:

WHEREAS Toronto is home to more than 50 local/rush courier companies that employ 500 active transport (bicycle, pedestrian and public transit) messengers who make more than 1.2 million deliveries each year, resulting in 2,500 fewer cars in the downtown core each day.

Bicycle, pedestrian and public transit messengers are recognized as the most sustainable and responsible form of urban transport for small packaged goods.

There are many benefits to sustainable active transportation including an improvement to the growing problems of pollution, traffic congestion, and a reduction in emissions that contribute to smog and global warming.

Messengers not only promote year-round cycling and walking, they are also goodwill ambassadors that assist tourists, aid charities and provide a cost effective service to businesses seeking to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Bicycle, pedestrian and public transit messengers have developed a cultural identity that has impacted our city in a very positive way and has garnered world recognition through participation in international bike races in recent years.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor David Miller, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 9, 2009 as "Messenger Appreciation Day" and congratulate messengers across the city who promote professionalism and safety and contribute to the well-being of our communities.

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The Recreation Committee is discussing the BMX "Go Forward" Strategy (PDF link) this Friday:

This report presents a Toronto BMX Go Forward Strategy that, in part, sets out a number of principles and strategic actions that would help make Toronto an improved cycling community for BMX, as well as other types of off-road cyclists. The strategic actions (see Attachment #1) aim to create an environment that helps to mitigate some of the concerns of the local off-road cycling community.

An integrated network of on and off-road recreational cycling facilities and trails would benefit a wide range of users of the City’s parks and trails systems, including local and visiting cyclists, skateboarders and hikers.

The City manages the wooden ramps at Wallace-Emerson Park, which are on loan from Toronto BMX, and also manages the dirt jumps at this and the Bayview Arena site. This report identifies current operations and maintenance that occurs at the City’s two existing BMX sites, as well as sets out additional basic operations and maintenance practices that should be considered for these facilities in the future.

Full PDF document here.

What are your thoughts?

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From the CBC:


  • Environment report knocks Toronto's lack of bike lanes

    Toronto's cycling enthusiasts celebrated a small victory this week after the province's environmental commissioner released a report criticizing the city over its lack of bike lanes.

    In his annual report, this year entitled Building Resiliance, commissioner Gord Miller criticized Toronto's handling over the Bloor Street revitalization project.

    The report said that the city didn't have to consult the public because of the way the project was classified.

    "It was classified as an 'A' which means there was very little opportunity for public consultation and discussion that some proponents of cycling wanted to see," Miller said after tabling his report in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

    Miller said the classification resulted in the loss of bikes lanes in the area of Bloor, between Church Street and Avenue Road.

    He said the province needs to do more to ensure bicycles are taken into consideration when municipalities seek provincial approval.

    "There should be a mandatory requirement," said Miller "[that] in future in these kinds of projects that cycling and pedestrians — as legitimate forms of transportation — be included in the consideration and the alternatives in discussion and design."

    Eventually the Bloor Street Transformation Project plan ended up in court. The city got what it wanted and cyclists ended up with 'sharrows' — a shared lane with traffic — instead of bicycle-only lanes.

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Info from a call for interviews from Bicycle Trade Association of Canada:


  • Canada's bike industry is growing despite economic turmoil

    The Canadian cycling industry, like every other sector, has been impacted by the global economic crises.

    Numbers recently collected from Canadian specialty bike retailers and suppliers, however, suggest that businesses north of the border are faring far better than their American colleagues, or other Canadian retail sectors.

    Rob Jones, Director of Data Capture for the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, has been analyzing the latest information [in regards to] how 2009 has been in comparison to 2008:

    • For Q4 2008 sales grew 2%, while the U.S. industry declined 13%
    • Annually, in 2008 Canadian sales grew 9.3%
    • Sales Year-Over-Year have increased 18% in the first six months of 2009
    • Which sectors of the bike industry are doing particularly well and why

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City bike plan pedals ahead slowly

According to city transportation staff, various hitches in proposed bike lanes around the city have meant that the process has slowed down somewhat. Public works and infrastructure chair Glenn De Baeremaeker wryly blamed democracy.

"Some councillors have asked that there be more consultation - so for the sake of democracy and public input, some projects are being slowed down," he said. "If you're the business owner or the school or the church on that road, it's a big deal. We want to do this democratically."

The city will be building less than 25 kilometres of bike lanes next year, as opposed to about 50 kilometres by the end of 2009, said De Baeremaeker - a figure that he admitted was far less than he would have liked to have approved.

Adrian Heaps, the chair of Toronto's Cycling Committee, expressed his frustration at the slow progress.

"I just think from the perspective of the bike plan we need to set quantifiable goals," he said. "If we can't do something today - I accept that. But if we can do it six months down the road, that's something I want."

One thing the city is moving forward in, in the longer term, is the plan to construct city-spanning dedicated bike lanes along the Bloor-Danforth corridor. Heaps called that the "Transit City" of bicycle infrastructure.

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Interesting little piece from the Sun:


  • First driver's-ed, now bike-ed

    Toronto public schools should take a spin at cyclist education, one trustee says.

    Josh Matlow is trying to get his colleagues at the Toronto District School Board to agree on a bicycle safety awareness campaign for students.

    "We offer a driver's education course, we should focus on cycling education, too," the St. Paul's trustee said yesterday. He will make his pitch at the Oct. 14 meeting of the board's programs and school services committee.

    "It is important that the next generation of bicyclists is aware of all relevant legislation, rules and safety practices to protect themselves, along with others, when riding bicycles in Toronto," Matlow states in his motion.

    If students have an understanding of the rules for both cars and bicycles, both drivers and riders should be safer, he said. Partnerships with organizations such as Toronto Police could keep costs to a minimum, Matlow said.

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From Duncan's City Ride:

On an overcast Sunday morning I boarded a school bus at the Toronto Mountain Equipment Co-op to participate in the Tour de Greenbelt. Traveling along the 400 series highways in Ontario you're bound to pass at least on sign proclaiming entrance in to the Greenbelt. Here's a handy map to show you where this Greenbelt is:

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Afraid to bike on the big bikelane-free arterial roads in scarborough, where cars go 80-100 km/h?


  • Breaking law nets $3.75 fine
    Sidewalk cycling is still 'a joke' in Scarborough

    Getting caught cycling on the sidewalk is a lot cheaper in Scarborough.

    A ticket for sidewalk cycling in most parts of Toronto costs $85 but it will only land you a $3.75 fine in the east-end suburb due to lack of harmony between bylaws across the megacity.

    "For $3.75, it ain't worth the time," a frustrated Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Mike Del Grande told the Sun yesterday. "It's a joke."

    "We're 10 years after the fact and we're still, 'harmonize this and harmonize that,' A bicycle is a bicycle no matter where you go and it should have been one of the easier ones (to harmonize)."

    Today, councillors on the public works and infrastructure committee will consider Del Grande's motion --approved by the Scarborough community council -- to harmonize bike fines and other issues related to bike safety across the city.

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Bridge and Green by Gusti Osterling.

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From the Toronto Sun:


  • E-bikes face new sidewalk parking rules

    Pedestrian and cycling advocates want the city to put the brakes on where e-bikes can park and ride.

    "They could seriously injure or kill a pedestrian if they hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk," says Dylan Reid, co-chairman of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee.

    "E-bikes are a good thing, it's just that they really shouldn't be on the sidewalk," he said yesterday.

    City council's public works and infrastructure committee will consider a recommendation from the pedestrian committee today to ban e-bike parking on city sidewalks.

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Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator in Portland's Office of Transportation will be in Toronto on October 21st. TCAT, in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union and the US Consulate General in Toronto, is happy to present a free public event to hear first-hand how Portland became the first major city in America to be designated as a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

TCAT is promising more details soon.

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Via the TCAT Newsletter:

  • The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee (TCAC) put forward some recommendations to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee that will be heard today. These recommendations include:

    * that Transportation Services attend the TCAC Oct 29th meeting to report on its plans for accommodating bike lanes on Bloor Street
    * that Transportation Services provide PWIC with 1) a list of priority projects for 2010, 2) increase the fine for parking in bike lanes, and 3) consider the feasibility of re-visiting the Roncesvalle Avenue project in order to include bike lanes as part of the final streetscape design.

    The entire letter that the TCAC sent to PWIC can be downloaded here. Martin Koob, one of TCAT's founders and the primary blogger at biketoronto.ca will be making a deputation to PWIC in support of the TCAC's recommendations. His deputation can be viewed here.

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Via the TCAT Newsletter:

  • TCAT was recently approached by Alan Heisey, a municipal lawyer and year-round Toronto cyclist for over 30 years. He has been reviewing the City of Toronto's new comprehensive zoning bylaw and believes that the sections pertaining to bicycle parking could be further improved.

    Heisey's law student has prepared specific amendments (available here) and is seeking comments on this draft from various individuals and organizations committed to cycling. If you have feedback please send them to Ugo Popadic at PHM Law with a copy to TCAT. This is a great opportunity for citizens to have their suggestions converted into legal format.

    If you prefer, you can also comment on the new bylaws directly on the City of Toronto's website.

    The deadline for comments is November 30th.

    Background: Since 2004, the City of Toronto has been working on harmonizing the 43 different zoning by-laws inherited from the six pre-amalgamation municipalities into one single comprehensive zoning by-law. The draft new zoning bylaw will govern land use and development standards within the City of Toronto using a common zoning language. Dylan Reid provided an interesting analysis of the new bylaw process in Spacing.

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Bumpy road for Bike Station

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 02:55 PM PDT

Sorry for the cynicism, but I think this may be representative of the problem with how the city handles cycling infrastructure. Sometimes I think doing it in a half-assed way does more damage than not... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bumpy road for Bike Station

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:52 AM PDT

From the Toronto Star... a column about the challenges that have confronted (and have yet to confront) Toronto's first Bike Station: Bumpy road for bike station It is the kind of facility planners an... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Celebrities Biking Toronto

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:25 AM PDT

The celebrity gossip rags apparently cover everything... and they seem to love that Rachel McAdams loves biking Toronto. This "GossipGander" story came through some twitter feeds I follow: A solo Ra... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 07:19 AM PDT

Maybe they should do a bicycle blitz for motorists, were they stop car traffic to hand out Pamphlettes on how to respect cyclists and then have a day where they ticket the motorists for doing things l... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 04:08 AM PDT

I know what you mean Todd. I'd LOVE to see an article that where a reporter sits at an intersection and counts the cars who don't come to a "full and complete stop". It's the Sun, so I don't really ex... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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From the Toronto Star... a column about the challenges that have confronted (and have yet to confront) Toronto's first Bike Station:


  • Bumpy road for bike station

    It is the kind of facility planners and cyclists have long insisted Toronto needs to encourage green commuting. But timing is everything, and celebration over the opening of Canada's first bike storage station, at Union Station, was muted somewhat by the city workers' strike this summer.

    So the city is trying again to spread the word about its new answer to many of the woes that befall urban cyclists.

    Toronto's version doesn't have the fancy showers and café of the bike station in Chicago's Millennium Park. But it does provide a secure refuge from the theft and vandalism that plague city cyclists.

    With a rack of tools and a vending machine that dispenses tire tubes, as well as snacks, it is a haven for fixing flats, and there's a clean room where cyclists can exchange their sweaty duds for office wear.

    The $400,000 Union Station facility is considered a pilot, the prelude to a bigger bike station to be built at City Hall next year that will accommodate up to 400 bikes.

    But no sooner had it opened on May 26 than the strike hit, shutting it down for most of the summer. And then there's the location and signage – photocopied pages directing cyclists to it are taped to the corridor walls.

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Rachel McAdams: Bicycle Built For One

A solo Rachel McAdams goes for a bike ride in her hometown of Toronto, Canada on Sunday (October 4).

Last month, the 30-year-old Canadian actress attended the Altuzarra Spring 2010 show during NY Fashion Week. She sat next to Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, who told JustJared.com that Rachel was “so beautiful in person! Very nice, too.”

Rachel next stars in the detective flick, Sherlock Holmes, out Christmas Day. The movie also stars Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.

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Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

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What's on this week:

View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Tues, Oct 6
6pm
Ward 29 Bikes Meeting
This an opportunity to sit down informally and discuss priorities and
strategies for improving cycling east of the Don Valley.

We want to share information with other east-end cyclists, hear about what's
happening outside our ward, and join forces on issues that affect all of our
neighbourhoods.

http://bikingtoronto.com/forum/topic.php?id=372

Tues, Oct 6
8:30pm-11pm
(repeats weekly)

Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

http://www.bikepolo.ca/club/toronto-canada

Wed, Oct 7
10am
(repeats weekly)

TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm

Thurs, Oct 8
7pm
(repeats monthly)

VeloSocial Bike Party
This group is dedicated to the monthly VeloSocial party in Toronto. The first Monday of every month we all get together and hang out and watch bike videos, drink some pints of Amsterdam Blonde, dance & listen to DJs, rock the open mic, yamn some spicy pad-thai, and grab some goodies at the info and merch table.

http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36270116494




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Parted out

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 08:36 PM PDT

sevenman has added a photo to the pool:

Parted out

Red and White Flower Basket

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:45 AM PDT

Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool:

Red and White Flower Basket

bike theft bad karma

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:45 AM PDT

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bike theft bad karma

Pretty streamers and words of wisdom.

Chopper at St Lawrence Market

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:45 AM PDT

Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool:

Chopper at St Lawrence Market

Cool ride!

Nuit Blanche at 401 Richmond Street

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 05:48 AM PDT

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Nuit Blanche at 401 Richmond Street

It's just a couple of days to Nuit Blanche everyone!

Come visit the 401 Richmond Street West studio to check out Bicycle Nuit Blanche!
Here is the web site for full listing of events:
www.401richmond.net/events/nuitblancheat401.cfm

Eye Newspaper has featured Bicycle Nuit Blanche:
www.eyeweekly.com/article/73349
or pick up a EYE newspaper at any Toronto cafe.

We'll be in Studios S-26 and S-27, in the basement
401 Richmond St West
Spadina Ave and Richmond St West ( just east of Spadina, south side of Richmond)

www.401richmond.net

Look forward to seeing you there!

The Fallen...

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:03 AM PDT

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The Fallen...

and "Can't get up"

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Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Great article from RaiseTheHammer.org: Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety Too much of the car-vs-bicycle debate is overrun by myths and rank misinformation. Myth: Cyclists don't pay for the roads... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting - Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 09:38 AM PDT

Oooh, that is not good news about cars parked in the bikelane. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Advertising on the Forum

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 09:34 AM PDT

The BikingToronto Forum runs advertising. This is to cover the costs of running and hosting the site. A portion of all revenue received via advertising goes to the BikingToronto Fund, which gives mon... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting - Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 07:46 AM PDT

I biked this the day after the opening. It was full of cars from the hotel parked in it. Apparently the hotel driveway wasn't enough. We can paint lines on the road, but we need better enforcement to ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cycling's Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 06:58 AM PDT

@lock - I agree but I think perhaps my (or rather the original author's) choice of the word 'idiot' is the problem. I think for the majority it isn't a problem of intelligence but of a willingness to ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Wheels of love turn slow but true

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 06:26 AM PDT

Cute piece in The Star. Note that the writer's name is almost "lonely": Wheels of love turn slow but true Oct 03, 2009 04:30 AM Sydney Loney Special to the Star When Barry Fraser met Karen Robock fo... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Great article from RaiseTheHammer.org:


Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety
Too much of the car-vs-bicycle debate is overrun by myths and rank misinformation.

Myth: Cyclists don't pay for the roads and therefore have no right to use them.

Reality: Municipal roads are paid for out of property taxes, which are paid by all residents. Fuel taxes pay for freeways and highways that cyclists cannot use. As the Ministry of Transport's, Guide to Safe Cycling reminds us, "Bicycles are prohibited on expressway / freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW."

Myth: Bicycles are not vehicles.

Reality: The Guide states, "A bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that, as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users."

Myth: Cyclists must always stay as close to the curb as possible so motorists are not slowed down.

Reality: Cyclists should generally ride 1m from the curb "unless they are turning left, going faster than other vehicles or if the lane is too narrow to share", according to the Guide.


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Sharrows on Bloor Street at Yonge Street

Sharrows on Bloor Street East at Church Street
Sharrows on Bloor at Yonge (top) and Church (bottom). Photos by David Topping/Torontoist.

Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has just gained freshly painted sharrows on both sides of the street. From what we saw today on the recently renovated roadway, they seem to be doing their jobs already: motorists are giving cyclists a bit more space than usual, and cyclists have moved a bit more into the road rather than towards the curb.

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Cycling's Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 03:02 PM PDT

Truth is, the average human intelligence `ain't that bright... and half the world is less than average intelligence. A light weight two/three-wheeled and slow speed vehicle operates much closer to the... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 02:57 PM PDT

Hey Duncan... I just noticed that I posted the very same Torontoist article as you. Ha. Great minds think alike... or fools seldom differ? :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 01:05 PM PDT

This city has to have every street sign in the same boring blue format. But they already have 4 official sharrow stencil designs... ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 12:56 PM PDT

I'm pretty sure they can go at the same speed of traffic (downtown, anyways)... 10 - 30 km/h. :) True... if you swallow the hype. 32kmh max... under perfect conditions. Life ain't like that. Truth? Y... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto to Niagara Falls - Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 10:43 AM PDT

It's certainly a big ride. Something I want to try soon enough. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:52 AM PDT

That's awesome. :) Good to know I was wrong. I'm sure some news people lurk on biking sites... and we'll see this in the press soon. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:46 AM PDT

Just heard back from Dan Egan: I'm not surprised {that we're all debating about who did it}... but it does make me laugh. They were installed by the City. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:44 AM PDT

Oh yes... our street has "speed humps" too. They are pretty old so they are worn down, though. A section of our street is one-way only too, to prevent people from using it as an alternative to major r... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:42 AM PDT

And, you know... anything like this would go through Public Works and Council meetings first and we probably would've seen some "War on the Car" articles referencing it. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:41 AM PDT

I'm betting that they aren't official. That pic from Torontoist has one of the wheels in the stencil looking all wonky, and official stencils are usually wonk-free. haha. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:34 AM PDT

I was noticing the same thing in our new neighbourhood on the west end. Lots of the residential neighbourhoods not only have 30 km/h speed limits, many of them have speed bumps as well. Definitely a d... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:31 AM PDT

I never really noticed it before because I drive so rarely, and generally try to go slower than usual on residential streets, but a section of my street (near Danforth and Woodbine) has a 30 kph poste... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto to Niagara Falls - Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:31 AM PDT

Just got a bit of feedback elsewhere. Sounds like a pretty long ride down so I'm leaning towards taking the GO train down on Sunday and then biking as far as I can home from there when I return unless... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:29 AM PDT

OK, just sent Dan Egan (Toronto Manager of Cyclist and Pedestrian Infrastructure) an email asking him if the city installed them. In the past he's been pretty good about responding. My money's on the ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:24 AM PDT

I'm pretty sure they can go at the same speed of traffic (downtown, anyways)... 10 - 30 km/h. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:22 AM PDT

Ah... Duncan beat me to it on the Wellesley stencil. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:19 AM PDT

Here's a photo of the recent upgraded sharrows on Dundas over the Don River: And here's a pic from Duncan's blog of the sharrows on Wellesley: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:17 AM PDT

This is a sharrow on Wellesley east of Yonge. The stencils are just heavy paper, so whatever company put these down (should they be contracted by the city) may just have newer, different stencils. Or... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:14 AM PDT

In my post above, the sharrow pictured has the same look as the bike lane stencils along the roads of York University. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:12 AM PDT

This sounds a lot like the previous restrictions on electric cars that kept them off the road as well. Not the same of course. Now, I'm not saying that these bikes shouldn't be on the road. And, drawi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 09:11 AM PDT

Torontoist just posted about this: Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

A Sharrow on Bloor?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:59 AM PDT

Torontoist has another photo: Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:56 AM PDT

Joe... They *can't* abide by those laws. They have been crippled by a 500W power limit. They're not fast enough to meld with the motorized carriages. Lots of folks on pedal bikes can travel faster tha... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:50 AM PDT

Yeah, Lock makes a good point... most "e-bikes" are more akin to electric scooters than bicycles with a motor-assist. They really should have to abide by the same rules as scooters / mopeds. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto to Niagara Falls - Anyone biked it?

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:43 AM PDT

So I have a client between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. I'm almost surely bringing my bike this time (it'll be the first time to this client) but am weighing my options as to how to get there in part ba... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:39 AM PDT

Duncan... ebikes are pretty new to Toronto... much of Canada. So far we have been seeing Canadians being "sold" the scooter-style ebikes. Most of the rest of the ebike world (eg EU and USA) don't ride... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:06 AM PDT

Woah. impressive that he can ride it then. I'm 6'2". ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:02 AM PDT

My brother is 6'1" ... just sayin'... haha. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 08:02 AM PDT

While I don't agree that these should be in bike lanes, I certainly think this is a step in the right direction... although I still expect to see them on sidewalks North of Sheppard (I see a few a wee... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ward 29 Bikes Meeting - Tues, Oct. 6

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:57 AM PDT

Ward 29 Bikes of the Toronto Cyclists Union would like to invite you to an open meeting on cycling advocacy on Tuesday October 6. This an opportunity to sit down informally and discuss priorities and ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Joyride Bicycle Film Festival - Fri, Oct. 16

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:52 AM PDT

From Duncan's City Ride: Via Bike Pirates: Join Bike Pirates for a special documentary film night on Friday Oct 16th at 8pm. Showcasing small independent docs directed by Toronto cyclists riding the ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How To Get Visible: Video

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:49 AM PDT

Just noticed that Duncan posted this on his blog a few days ago. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Star: City slow to install bike lane network

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:45 AM PDT

It's something every cyclist in the city knows already... but articles like this helps get the issue out to non-cyclists. :) It's also good to see a mention of how the outer city needs some co-ordinat... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

E-Bikes now fully legal on Ontario roads

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:40 AM PDT

A couple more articles about it: CBC: Ontario expands e-bike rules Star: Ontario unveils e-bike rules ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 06:37 AM PDT

I can't pedal a BMX... legs are too long. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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From Duncan's City Ride:

Via Bike Pirates:

Join Bike Pirates for a special documentary film night on Friday Oct 16th at 8pm.

Showcasing small independent docs directed by Toronto cyclists riding the streets.

Calling out to all Toronto cyclists to bring in their homemade films about riding in Toronto, please submit?

Films will be showed at Bike Pirates, 1292 Bloor Street W. at 8pm

Contact Bike Pirates here

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Ward 29 Bikes of the Toronto Cyclists Union would like to invite you to an open meeting on cycling advocacy on Tuesday October 6.

This an opportunity to sit down informally and discuss priorities and strategies for improving cycling east of the Don Valley.

We want to share information with other east-end cyclists, hear about what's happening outside our ward, and join forces on issues that affect all of our neighbourhoods.

Whether you want to begin a cycling advocacy campaign in your neighbourhood, discuss ideas with other local cyclists, or just listen, please join us on Tuesday.

Who:
Ward 29 Bikes , Toronto Cyclists Union, and all east-end cycling
advocates
What: Meeting to discuss priorities and strategies
Where: Timothy's World Coffee, 320 Danforth Avenue (Carrot Common, NE corner
of Danforth & Jackman Avenues)
When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday October 6, 2009
Please feel free to share this with others, or send us an email at
info@29bikes.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Be it helmets, bike lights, reflective tape and countless other accessories there are an infinite number of ways to improve your safety while on a bike.

The problem is, safety isn't cool.

And well, it isn't really sexy either.

But, leave it to the "blogosphere" to tackle this head on... literally.

The Safety is Sexy Campaign ties safety to fashion and through their blog, point us towards ways of looking at safety equipment as something you can look good in, too.

Great post from Duncan's City Ride:

http://www.bikingtoronto.com/duncan/2009/09/lets-get-visible-safety-is-sexy.html

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Very creative and funny video on making sure you get seen on the roads when it gets dark:

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  • Toronto Sun: No more getting the gears for e-bikes

    The electric bike's long journey to legality is over.

    "E-bikes provide an important transportation option to Ontarians. They are affordable, green and easy to use," Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said in a release. "The McGuinty government is pleased to welcome the e-bike to Ontario's transportation mix."

    It's been three years since e-bikes were first allowed on Ontario roads as part of a pilot project. During that time, the government says its had mostly positive feedback about the machines, which can be both pedalled and powered by their small electric motor.

    Bradley has tweaked the rules on the bikes slightly, adding a ban on modifications that would allow them to travel faster than 32 km/h and requiring a maximum nine-metre braking distance at top speed.

    All previous restrictions on e-bikes will continue to apply, including a maximum weight of 120 kg. Drivers must be at least 16 and wear a helmet. Otherwise, an e-bike must follow the same rules as a regular bicycle. They're also barred from 400-series highways.

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Happy Friday everyone. Here's all the news from the past week.

  • The Quest for Complete Streets in Toronto

    The private automobile is the only method of transportation that is routinely given a bye past the first round of design; everything else has to be studied and justified or is relegated to the margins as an afterthought. Even the way that streets are designed and funded is stacked in favour of the car: design most frequently begins with vehicle lanes—how many and how wide—and then tries to squeeze all other users into whatever space remains. Sorry, we need four wide lanes for cars. But sidewalks? Benches? Bike lanes? Crosswalks? Those are frills and we can't afford them. Some suggest that we'd arrive at a more equitable division of space if we designed from the edges in: start with sidewalks, buffers, and space for cyclists, and then squeeze cars into whatever space is left in the middle.
  • National Post Editorial: Time to stop giving bicylists a free ride

    Everybody knows that drivers of automobiles must pay their way. To drive on city roads, they pay heavy gasoline taxes to offset the cost. Drivers pay to park. They pay for car licences and driver's licences, which are all taxes. They pay heavy third-party liability insurance fees in case they run somebody over or ram into another car. All this is fair and just, right?
  • Toronto Marathon features Paramedics on Two Wheels

    This past weekend, the 50,000 or so competitors and spectators at the Waterfront Marathon in Toronto were able to get a bandage, oxygen or splint applied by a professional in mere minutes if they needed it.
  • Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson - Why?

    Out of its 65 racks, only 13 are actually being used, according to ancillary services. Campus bike thefts reached their peak in 2005 and the problem continues. Despite a colourful mural marking the location, student cyclist Shannon Jager has never heard of the service, which can be found by a laneway near Bond and Dundas Streets. "I didn't even know we had such a thing," said Jager, who uses public bike racks to store her bike.
  • Cycling's Enemy is not the Car

    Cycling's enemy is not the car; it is the idiot. And idiots travel by foot, car, and bicycle. If anything, the bicycle has more in common with the car than it does with the pedestrian, since the bicycle is a vehicle too.

  • BikeCamp TO: Sat, October 17, 2009

    It's essentially a series of simultaneous participant led/generated workshops - all related to various aspects of cycling, and the politics of cycling advocacy. BikeCamp is an opportunity for bike union members, would be members, and the wider cycling advocacy community, to come together and jam on a variety of ideas, campaigns, events.

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Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting - Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:43 PM PDT

ya seems a bit of a piddly token. they can do better. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting - Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:01 PM PDT

I got excited, right before the bit where this is only between Front and QQ. I know, I know: I'm just being cynical and pessimistic... as high as Bloor by, say, 2025? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:53 PM PDT

As a daily driver in the city I find that it would be quite nice to actually share the road with cyclists in the city. I see 99% of cyclists every day riding dangerously and without any regard for man... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting - Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 11:38 AM PDT

Awesome Duncan, and Val, if you are reading... great job! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting - Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 11:27 AM PDT

On the heels of this meeting, Val Dodge writes about complete streets over on Torontoist: Complete Streets No one—not even cyclist or pedestrian advocates—ever questions whether we should include spac... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Big cars, Red Pumps and an 80s Commute in Toronto

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:43 AM PDT

From ibiketo.ca: Dusted off from the archives, WolfRuck brings us some vintage footage of first-person cycling through Toronto's 80s streets. The biggest difference: no bike lanes. The same: the red ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:19 AM PDT

Yeah... it's a hard call on whether Corcoran is completely serious. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:13 AM PDT

I think this is just really, really, really poor satire. Kuitenbrouwer rebuts: Tax cyclists? Yes, and pedestrians, too Terence Corcoran, in today's post, calls for a $100 tax on cyclists, to help pay... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 09:08 AM PDT

I can't tell - is he serious? It's just out there enough to be tongue in cheek, and yet still something I could believe would come from that side of the fence. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 08:28 AM PDT

Terence Corcoran in the Post, though apparently conservative and opposed to big government, apparently wants all the bureaucracy involved in taxing cyclists... because apparently we don't "pay our fai... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Paramedics on Wheels

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:29 AM PDT

Although reserved for special events in Toronto, public safety services such as Police and Paramedics are found on two wheels here. Paramedics on wheels This past weekend, the 50,000 or so competitor... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson - Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 07:07 AM PDT

Looks like it is just for students, faculty and staff: Bicycle Room The Bicycle Room offers students, faculty and staff an indoor facility to park their bicycles. It is located at the back of 110 Bond... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson - Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:37 AM PDT

Hmmm... I wonder if it's open to non-students? Lots of people work in that area and having secure bike parking for that rate would be popular. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cycling's Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 06:30 AM PDT

Sometimes I think if we all just gave ourselves a little more time to get places (cyclists and motorists alike) and just chilled out a bit the roads would be a lot safer and smoother for us all. I've ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike Parking Empty at Ryerson - Costs as much as a good lock

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:59 AM PDT

Via The Eye Opener Stolen rides, empty bike room Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Written by Tanya Bahnesli As bike thefts continue to plaguecampus, Ryerson's Bicycle Room goes underused. Out... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Ah, good to know. The Toronto Bike Plan does include these, now when we'll see them is another mystery altogether. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:41 AM PDT

Well, apparently it wasn't an official bike-box, but one done by URS (Urban Repair Squad). Thanks for the reminder, I'll update the post. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Happened to the Harbord and Bathurst Bike Box?

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 05:31 AM PDT

In 2008 Joe wrote about a bike box at Harbord and Bathurst in Toronto. What happened? Not sure what a bike box is? Here's a video that explains: http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/portland-green-bi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cycling's Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:51 AM PDT

While I don't like to go around labeling people "idiots" it seems like we had a case of just this sort of thing happening yesterday in Toronto: No charges after fight between cyclist, motorist "He cal... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 04:41 AM PDT

Here's a case where no left turns on a streetcar route could help. I'm no city planner, but as J.J. Leeming told us many decades ago, by making way for more cars, you increase traffic congestion, not ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 30 Sep 2009 03:38 AM PDT

I googled Presta valves because I am no valve expert, and this is what I found, so I thought I'd share. :) The Presta valve (also called Sclaverand valve[1] or French valve) is a valve commonly foun... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...
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