Category Archives: Cycling

Talking about cycling, bike maintenance, bike infrastructure, biking to work, people who bike, etc.

Dear Toronto City Council: Support Bixi

Rather than extending or guaranteeing more loans that will make Bixi less viable, Toronto should invest in the valuable public service by purchasing it outright. The purchase of Bixi’s outstanding debt would be no more than a footnote in the city’s budget.

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Let’s jump into the helmet debate, shall we?

Nothing seems to inspire more heated debate among cycling advocates and enthusiasts than helmets. Whether they should be worn by law, by suggestion or at all is a hot discussion topic these days. Everyone has an opinion. This week the …

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The Cyclists Union is dead. Long live the cyclists union.

Tonight, the Toronto Cyclists Union voted to do away with the organization’s name. By a very slim margin, the members decided to scrap the old name and move forward with a new name, Cycle Toronto. I voted against the change, …

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What’s in a name?

Last month, members of the Toronto Cyclists Union received an email from the organization’s Board of Directors, introducing the new name they had chosen for the organization. At the upcoming Annual General Meeting, members will vote on accepting the Board’s …

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To remember a fallen cyclist

I didn’t know Jenna Morrison. I’ve never biked past the corner where she was killed, and save for Google Maps, I would have never known where Sterling was. But something about her tragic, needless, entirely preventable death strikes a chord …

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The problem with cycling enforcement “blitzes”

If you’re going to bother enforcing any of the laws, enforce all of the laws. And don’t stand in the bike lanes.

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Going the wrong way on bike lanes

While all of us recognize that there are some cyclists who refuse to play by the rules, talking about how to punish them is the wrong place to start, and taking away options for safe riding is certainly not going to help either.

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Windy night on Kingston Road

Sure enough, all but one of my new business cards were floating on the breeze somewhere in the Upper Beach.

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Who will be the champion of Toronto’s bike network?

The real cycling superheroes will be the city councillors who vote against the Fords’ ridiculous, car-focused transportation plan. These superheroes will save Toronto from becoming one of the only cities in the world to remove bicycle infrastructure instead of promoting healthy alternatives to vehicle traffic.

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London, Ontario’s Master Plan – A cycling plan Toronto should steal

London’s Bicycle Master Plan features a commuter bicycle network and a recreational bicycle network, recognizing the different needs of different cyclists, and promoting cycling as an option for commuters, and a way to reduce vehicle congestion, promote active healthy living, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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