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NEWS: Toronto’s Director of Sustainable Transportation doored

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 12:55

Toronto’s director of transit and sustainable transportation, Hilary Holden, was doored last night near Beford and Bloor (right by Mayor Tory’s home).  She’s okay, thankfully. Reached the day after the collision, Holden declined an interview request but stressed the need for safer cycling: “Pls say need protected bike lanes, helmets, safety in numbers.” Last year, […]
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WHAAAAT?  Rob Ford endorses cycling event

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:00

Guess what Cycle Toronto received in the mail?  A signed “congratulations” from Councillor, and former Mayor Rob Ford (yes, that Rob Ford) on their Coldest Day of the Year Ride, coming up on Jan. 30. Hell hath frozen over.  Pun intended. If you can’t read the text, it says: Councillor Rob Ford would like to […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: What the West Toronto Railpath extension will look like

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:18

The extension of the West Toronto Railpath hasn’t exactly been on the radar over the last little while as city staff were in the midst of an extensive Environmental Assessment of the route of Phase 2. That process has recently come to a conclusion, with a host of recommendations made for how to extend the […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Plan in the works to redesign King Street — and quickly

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:56

Huge props to Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat for embracing the experiences and knowledge from other cities who have done this quickly and successfully.  The vision calls for space for bikes, but more importantly, for a people-friendly street. Picture spring 2017, just over a year from now: the snow thaws and people emerge from their […]
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MUST READ: In our system you can kill a cyclist, pay $500

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 21:06

A must read piece in the Star about how the recent travesty of justice in the Tom Samson case is just the tip of the iceberg.  Most drivers who kill someone with their car pay a few hundred bucks in fines.  That’s it. Cyclists across the city lamented the sentence as more proof of how little […]
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OH YEAH: Toronto’s Chief Planner talks bikes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:03

An interesting short interview by Dandyhorse with Jennifer Keesmaat.  I’ve quoted below some of the bicycle-related stuff. If we can get the minimum grid endorsed by City Council it would be a way of removing that street-by-street, or major-road-by-road fight, so to speak, around cycling infrastructure. It would show council’s intention of putting cycling infrastructure on all […]
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OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD: Bike lanes make no sense in winter

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:29

Today in humour:  A driver gets ranty that bikelanes exist, because anything in his way is evil.  His rationale is that because less cyclists use bikelanes in the winter, they shouldn’t exist.   I guess we can use that logic to pave over Toronto’s beaches and golf courses too.  Instant parking lots! This is pretty […]
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NEWS: Humanity ‘disgusted’ by sentence in Tom Samson case

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:54

There’s a HUGE problem with these stories, and that it marks off and confines the disgust to “Toronto Cyclists”.  How about “People who value human life”? I often feel the media, in pursuit of easy headlines, stereotype groups of people.  I don’t define myself as a cyclist.  I define myself as wanting this city/country/planet to […]
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NEWS: Humanity ‘disgusted’ by sentence in Tom Samson case

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:54

There’s a HUGE problem with these stories, and that it marks off and confines the disgust to “Toronto Cyclists”.  How about “People who value human life”? I often feel the media, in pursuit of easy headlines, stereotype groups of people.  I don’t define myself as a cyclist.  I define myself as wanting this city/country/planet to […]
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NEWS: Toronto man to serve three months for hit-and-run that killed cyclist

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:44

I’m not going to comment because it would just be a lot of swearing.  Basically, if you’re not in a car, the system says your life is worth nothing. A Toronto driver who hit a bicyclist and left him to die in the road will serve three months in prison, a sentence that has outraged […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s Bike Share program to get new equipment this spring

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:17

Toronto’s Bike Share program is about to get a serious tune-up that may include selling it off and starting from scratch. New equipment is expected to hit streets this spring, and officials at the Toronto Parking Authority won’t release exact details until later this month. But users can at least look forward to mobile payment […]
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NEWS: Will Toronto Commit To Eliminating Traffic Fatalities?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:54

At a press conference in North York this morning, Public Works Chair Jaye Robinson (Ward 26, Don Valley West) announced that Toronto would implement some version of Vision Zero. Vision Zero is the name of a safety initiative that aims to eventually eliminate traffic fatalities… The core assumption is that traffic deaths and injuries are […]
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NEWS: Will 2016 be the year Toronto gets serious about road safety?

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:02

It’s really disappointing that this article includes a quote from Toronto’s manager of transportation, who seems to think that 64 deaths per year is somehow acceptable. Despite the high number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015, Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation, insisted Toronto’s streets are still safe.The 64 deaths on Toronto’s roads last […]
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NEWS: Will 2016 be the year Toronto gets serious about road safety?

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:02

It’s really disappointing that this article includes a quote from Toronto’s manager of transportation, who seems to think that 64 deaths per year is somehow acceptable. Despite the high number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015, Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation, insisted Toronto’s streets are still safe.The 64 deaths on Toronto’s roads last […]
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RIDE YOUR BIKE: TTC fares got more expensive today

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 16:39

It looks like we’re going to have a mild winter, which means the roads should be fairly clear.  This is another excuse to avoid the TTC and bike to work. TTC fares hikes will come into effect Sunday.These hikes include a 25 cent increase to adult cash fare, bumping them up to $3.25. The cost […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto friends share their love of reading with bicycle book library

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 10:51

This is awesome.  I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this before now!  Great job Madeleine and Sarah! Madeleine Curry and Sarah Beaudin’s books cover a lot of ground. In the summer, they cycle the streets of Toronto with 18 kilograms of books in tow. The titles find their way from their bike to the […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto should pay people to cycle with money from drivers!

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 23:22

Hey, we have “sin taxes” on everything else – cigarettes and booze being the biggies.  If we want to discourage bad behaviour (driving everywhere) and encourage good behaviour (using transit, walking and cycling), tax the bad behaviour and reward the good behaviour. A Swedish plan to pad the pockets of cyclists – using money taken […]
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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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