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INFRASTRUCTURE: City makes it easier to cycle in Toronto this winter

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 11:12

Well, if we actually get some snow this winter, I’m curious about how the city performs.  The Viaduct bikelanes are a disaster in the winter, which is awful, considering it’s one of the most important connections in the city. The City of Toronto will make it a whole lot easier to ride a bike this […]
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JOBS: Cycle Toronto Communications & Education Manager

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 12:29

  A very interesting position at Cycle Toronto has opened up. Go apply if you want to part of a great organization doing great things for Toronto. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented, creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial and a self-starter. They should have a strong understanding of social marketing and experience working with or within not-for-profit organizations. […]
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OH YEAH! Donate to Cycle Toronto, and your donation is DOUBLED!

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 18:14

Via Cycle Toronto: We are extremely excited to announce that for the month of December, all donations made to our Street Smarts educational programming will be matched by BMO Nesbitt Burns, up to a maximum of $10,000! That means every dollar you donate will be DOUBLED until December 31st; your $5 donation will become $10 […]
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NEWS: Cyclist in trauma centre after collision

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 17:59

A cyclist has been taken to a Toronto trauma centre following a collision Sunday.Emergency services crews were called to Dufferin St. near Davenport Rd. around 6:40 a.m.A Toronto Paramedic Services spokesperson said the cyclist, a man in his mid-20s, was taken to hospital in serious condition. More: Cyclist in Toronto trauma centre after collision | […]
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TTC to become more bike-friendly in 2016

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 18:36

Great news!  I’ll use this space to [again] ask the TTC to work with Bikeshare Toronto (you are BOTH city agencies, after all!) to put bikeshare docks at EVERY subway station.  Let people bike along the subway routes when your service goes down.  Bus and streetcar stops are probably a good idea as well. At […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: What does Toronto’s new bike plan offer Scarborough?

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:01

In a previous post, I explained how small local investments in Scarborough’s cycling infrastructure could improve livability, safety, and prosperity, especially in communities with limited transportation options. This post examines Toronto’s proposed Cycling Network Plan and the potential impact that cycling investments could have in Scarborough. More: What does Toronto’s new bike plan offer Scarborough? […]
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NEWS: Mayor Tory open to using tech to catch cars, taxis parked in bike lanes

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:54

The countless frustrated social media posts about private cars, taxis, and delivery trucks blocking Toronto bike lanes might finally be getting real action. After a weekend that saw cabbies criticized for turning parts of Beverley Street into an illegal taxi stand, Mayor John Tory says he’s ready to talk improvements with police. At a press […]
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NEWS: Mayor Tory open to using tech to catch cars, taxis parked in bike lanes

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:54

The countless frustrated social media posts about private cars, taxis, and delivery trucks blocking Toronto bike lanes might finally be getting real action. After a weekend that saw cabbies criticized for turning parts of Beverley Street into an illegal taxi stand, Mayor John Tory says he’s ready to talk improvements with police. At a press […]
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OH YEAH! Five lessons Toronto could learn from New York’s transportation shift

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:33

It’s often called the biggest transformation in how New Yorkers move in a half-century. From 2007 to 2013, under mayor Michael Bloomberg, transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw the addition of hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, hectares of new pedestrian plazas and concerted efforts to calm driving. Safety improved but vehicle congestion didn’t spike. Ms. […]
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OH YEAH! Five lessons Toronto could learn from New York’s transportation shift

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:33

It’s often called the biggest transformation in how New Yorkers move in a half-century. From 2007 to 2013, under mayor Michael Bloomberg, transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw the addition of hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, hectares of new pedestrian plazas and concerted efforts to calm driving. Safety improved but vehicle congestion didn’t spike. Ms. […]
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OH YEAH! How cycling could help the Paris climate talks change the world

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:29

People ride a bike for all sorts of reasons: they’re fun; they keep you fit; in congested cities they have an amazing ability to deliver you to your destination on time. But what about saving the planet? That’s a tricky one. While cyclists face occasional taunts about being smug, self-righteous eco-warriors, in truth environmental considerations […]
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NEWS: Toronto ponders taking photos, then ticketing cars blocking bike lanes

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:13

City of Toronto bylaw officers could be given the green light by this spring to ticket vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes by snapping a photo. If the change is implemented, staff would be able to use the photo to look up the registered owner of the vehicle and then send that person a ticket in the mail. More: Toronto ponders […]
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NEWS: Bike Lanes on Bloor Street’s Horizon

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 02:03

The long-awaited plan for bike lanes on Bloor is slowly pedaling itself into reality. Last night was the first public drop-in event for Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project, where the plans were visually displayed for attendees to evaluate, comment on, and discuss with any of the other 200 people in attendance including local councillors […]
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NEWS: Blocked bike lanes heat up war between Toronto cyclists and drivers

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 01:42

Behan complimented the city for setting up protected bikes lanes on several downtown streets but said it could do more. “It’s great to have them,” he said. “I’m very supportive of the city for putting them here but without an enforcement strategy to keep them clear they don’t serve their purpose correctly.” More: Blocked bike […]
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NEWS: Blocked bike lanes heat up war between Toronto cyclists and drivers

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 01:42

Behan complimented the city for setting up protected bikes lanes on several downtown streets but said it could do more. “It’s great to have them,” he said. “I’m very supportive of the city for putting them here but without an enforcement strategy to keep them clear they don’t serve their purpose correctly.” More: Blocked bike […]
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Vision Zero: Could we end deaths on the street?

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 00:37

It can happen in an instant — a moment of distraction, a surge of speed — and a life is lost and others are affected forever. Thirty-four people have been killed in traffic collisions in the city of Toronto alone so far this year. One initiative wants to make that number zero. Described as the […]
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Vision Zero: Could we end deaths on the street?

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 00:37

It can happen in an instant — a moment of distraction, a surge of speed — and a life is lost and others are affected forever. Thirty-four people have been killed in traffic collisions in the city of Toronto alone so far this year. One initiative wants to make that number zero. Described as the […]
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NEWS: Bike lanes on Bloor no longer just a slogan

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 21:13

Love them or hate them, bike lanes are coming to Bloor Street West between Shaw Street and Avenue Road. The city of Toronto has given the green light to a one-year pilot project starting in 2016. Public meetings will be held to discuss these three design options. Coun. Joe Cressy says the local Business Improvement […]
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NEWS: Toronto gaining momentum among cycling cities

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:01

Torontonians make 96,000 bike trips a day and the numbers are growing. So is the city’s momentum when it comes to building cycling infrastructure, says the Pembina Institute, a national environmental think tank.When it comes to building a bike nation, different cities have different strengths and one size definitely does not fit all, said Nithya […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto to build $20 million bridge at Fort York

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:39

The Fork York Pedestrian Bridge is back, as Build Toronto unveiled a new design for the infrastructure project that Rob Ford notoriously cancelled back in 2011. The new bridge isn’t quite as stunning as the earlier iteration, but just having the project in the works is good news for the city. More: Toronto to build […]
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