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NEWS:  TTC Passes Motion To Consider Improved Cycling Facilities Along Transit Routes

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 17:17

Oh yeah!  Nice to see the TTC doing some sensible things to help people bike to and from transit. Next: the TTC should work with Bikeshare Toronto to get docks at every subway station (bus and streetcar stops too) so people have an option if there’s a big transit delay. One of the best ways […]

WTF: Former Canadian celebrity calls cyclists “pricks”

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 17:18

Remember Mike Bullard?  Apparently he misses people listening to him, because he has started whining and swearing about people on bikes via his twitter account. It seems he’s upset about not getting his car valet parked when he visits Saks Toronto? “Fuck bike lanes on richmond I have seen these pricks show a lot less […]

NEWS: Saks blinks on removing Richmond bikelane

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 11:16

An update from this crazy story from a couple days ago… Saks, when contacted by Toronto news outfits about their plans to move the super successful Richmond bikelane to have valet parking for cars, goes into damage control and says they are looking at “options”. The best part of the video above is Councillor Pam […]

WTF: Toronto’s Saks Fifth Avenue wants to destroy the new Richmond Cycle Track

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:41

UPDATE: Saks blinks on wrecking the Richmond bikelane, and refreshingly, Toronto politicians tear them a new one.  Metaphorically. If you listen to this clip from Metro Morning, you’ll hear that Saks wants to “bump the bikelane out of the way” to “make room for valet parking”.  They are talking about the massively successful cycle track […]

REMINDER: Wed, Feb. 24 – Toronto Bike Awards

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 13:40

Original post on Cycle Toronto’s website In partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto is pleased to bring you to the Toronto Bike Awards.​ This annual celebration invites the community to honour businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling in our city. ​Please join us to ​learn how Toronto’s business community is shaping […]

NEWS: Safe roads are way more important than wearing a helmet.

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 17:52

Excellent summary by Lloyd Alter in TreeHugger about how  it’s not about what is (or isn’t) on your head, but how the safe the cycling infrastructure is. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in parts of Canada but not in others. This created an opportunity for Researcher Kay Teschke and associates “to calculate exposure-based bicycling hospitalisation rates […]

NEWS: East Toronto cyclists set to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:58

The Danforth edition of the world-wide winter cycling celebration starts at Danforth and Logan avenues. Participants will meet between 8 and 8:15 a.m., before heading west along Danforth from Logan. Riders will then pass over the viaduct from Danforth to Bloor Street East and take Bloor to Sherbourne Street, travelling south on Sherbourne to Wellesley […]

OH YEAH: Anti-bike “journalist” gets pwned by his own poll

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:38

UPDATE 2: It seems like the Toronto Sun has re-set the poll.  Are they upset that not everyone wants a dirty city filled with cars? UPDATE: As of 6:01 pm on Thurs, Feb 4, the YES is at 78% (3089 votes) and the NO is at 22% (862)   Ah, Mike Strobel.  Car lover, bike […]

EVENT: Wed, Feb. 24 – Toronto Bike Awards

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:51

Original post on Cycle Toronto’s website In partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto is pleased to bring you to the Toronto Bike Awards.​ This annual celebration invites the community to honour businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling in our city. ​Please join us to ​learn how Toronto’s business community is shaping […]

PHOTOS: Coldest Day of the Year Ride 2016

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:52

The Coldest Day of the Year Ride has been very popular in the last few years. There were over 100 cyclists in 2015 and 2014, even though the climes were much harsher. Although those snowflakes did make for pretty pictures. Check out these pretty pictures below from this year’s sunnier ride by Yvonne Bambrick. Her […]

VIDEO: Toronto cyclists kick off cold weather bike ride

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 13:12
UPDATE: Watch it on the CityNews site to avoid all the crappy ads. City News filmed some good video of Cycle Toronto’s Coldest Day of the Year Ride.  Spoiler: it wasn’t very cold yesterday. With the right gear, cycling is an option four seasons of the year. More: Video: Winter cycling enthusiasts kick off cold […]

NEWS: This is cycling’s pivotal moment in Toronto

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 11:20

This is a pivotal time for cycling in Toronto, with a cautious optimism among advocates that real change is at hand. A 10-year bike plan will launch in 2016, requiring a substantial boost in funding but promising noticeably better bicycle infrastructure. Among the proposals is a pilot project putting bike lanes on Bloor West, something […]

NEWS: Toronto program aims to get elderly people outside, in bicycle rickshaws

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:07

A global movement getting elderly people on bikes is rolling its way into Toronto. Cycling Without Age was started four years ago in Denmark but has quickly spread to countries such as Norway, Germany, Sweden, UK, Australia, USA and Chile. Now a group of cycling enthusiasts wants to bring the movement to Toronto. “Cycling is […]

NEWS: Toronto’s First Step to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:32

The Vision Zero agenda holds that no traffic fatality is acceptable, and recommends using a combination of education, legislation, and redesigned infrastructure to create safer streets and roads for all users. “It’s going to take work,” says Kolb. “We’re talking about transforming our city streets and, quite frankly, I think that’s a generational project.” It’s […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists demand ‘minimum grid’ of safe bike lanes

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 09:51

As Toronto city council debates the 2016 budget, cycling advocates in the city are urging local leaders to get rolling on building a “minimum grid” of protected bike lanes. “If cycling is deemed a priority, then it’s something we could do rapidly,” said Cycle Toronto director Jared Kolb, citing a recent staff report showing the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]