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posted by Joe on Friday, February 01, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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



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

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

Toronto Bikeshop Map.

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posted by Joe on Monday, July 23, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark



This friday is the 12th monthly BikeFriday!

Last friday I added a new feature to the BikeFriday site - a map that has all the group commutes / bikepools on it. There are little green bike icons at all the start points.

I've also put a red marker at the Grassroots-Annex store, as I think they're doing a Bikers Breakfast this friday, but am waiting for them to confirm it, so that's tentative at the moment...

There's another breakfast event in the works too... stay tuned!

Go to the BikeFriday site to see the new map! :)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, January 25, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Well, a quick check of the Cog's Lost and Found section, as well as a perusal of the bicycle listings on craigslist, and I can't find information about any bikes being stolen over the past week.

Is it being naive to think that is actually the case? :)

To fill up some room, I'll remind you that tomorrow is BikeFriday. If it's too cold for you to ride (it's going to be a doozy of a frigid day!), then think about how you can participate on the last Friday in February (the 23rd), or in March (the 30th), and in April (the 27th), etc., etc.

There's good BikeFriday stuff coming. :) Be patient, my fellow cyclists. We shall fill the streets with cyclists this summer. Make the air cleaner, the streets safer, the cars slower.

Ride Daily, Celebrate Monthly with BikeFriday!

Oh, and check out the first map of the BikingToronto Map section - a map of hydro and rail corridors in the city - perfect places for "BikeWays" all over Toronto.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

City Council has endorsed in principle creating a network of trails in rail and hydro corridors across the new city. Planning, parks and transportation will be working with the Toronto Cycling Committee in the coming year to develop a multi-year implementation plan.
(Cyclometer, November 1998)

It's been almost 10 years since that "New Trail Corridors" item in Cyclometer (scroll down about halfway), and yet... there is really nothing to show for that decade.

Everyone seems to think these things are good ideas... great ways to create extensive cycling corridors seperated from automotive traffic (for the most part) at a relatively economical cost, and without (seemingly) the political opposition that proposed bikelanes sometimes creates in a city neighbourhood with a oil-company former executive as city councillor.

From "Potential Business Opportunities from Bike Trails Situated on Hydro and Rail Corridors" to the West Toronto RailPath, there are lots of people pushing for these things.

And yet... the railway companies are reluctant to sell any land in their rail corridors, and the City and Ontario Hydro (or whatever they are called nowadays) seem not to be talking about using the tons of land in Hydro Corridors.

Now, if it was beneficial for the railways and hydro to have these cycling paths on their corridors... maybe we could get some progress. What about the City paying for a nice two-way bike path... which is available to Hydro or Rail company vehicles for maintenance work? Even better, what about letting Hydro or CN/CP put up some advertising in areas so that they can advertise to cyclists as they are biking by?

Finally, just what is the potential here? Where exactly are all the hydro and rail corridors in the city? What kind of network could be possible?

I've been wondering that, so I finally made a Railpath & Hydro Map that plots out where they all are. I think I've got all of them on there, but if I've missed some, let me know and I'll add them.

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