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Welcome to Cycle Toronto's Ring & Post newsletter, your guide to Toronto cycling news.

Bidirectional lanes on Prospect Park West in New York City led to a 63% reduction in crashes. Learn more below. Photo thanks to NYC Department of Transportation.


August 2013

1. Support separated bike lanes on Harbord and Hoskin!
2. Bagels for Bike Lanes: Love-in at the Harbord Bakery
3. Sign the Petition: Urge City Council to Restart the Environmental Assessment for Bike Lanes on Bloor-Danforth & Implement a 2014 Pilot Project
4. Fight Bike Theft this September
5. Support our work: become a member, renew your membership or donate today!
6. Refer-a-Rider is back!
7. Crank Your Chain: Cycle Toronto pub/dance night at Handlebar
8. Follow Through TO
9. Save the Date: Revisioning Yonge Cycling Workshop
10. Welcoming our newest Silver Business Member: TALLBOYS - Craft Beer House
11. Ever been doored? New website to track dooring collisions
12. Introducing Cycle Toronto’s new Trails Working Group
13. Upcoming Events

Support separated bike lanes on Harbord and Hoskin!

Recent studies suggest that while 7% of people are satisfied by paint and signage, 60% will only ride on low speed residential roads, park paths & separated lanes. Separated bike lanes on Harbord are a key part of a grid of downtown separated lanes, enabling Torontonians to travel by bike in a safer, easier and lower stress environment. The City has proposed building bidirectional lanes along the north side of Harbord-Hoskin from Ossington to Queen’s Park and we think it’s a great idea! Bidirectional lanes along Prospect Park in Brooklyn have led to a number of benefits including reduced speeding, reduced crashes, reduced sidewalk cycling and a greater diversity of ages using the lanes.

Sign the petition here. See below for the proposed configuration for Harbord:

Proposed Configuration on Harbord

Bagels for Bike Lanes: Love-in at the Harbord Bakery

Harbord Bakery makes some outstanding baked goods. But they've stood in the way of bike lanes on Harbord for a decade. We want to show them that cyclists are an important part of their customer base and encourage them to support separated bike lanes on Harbord.

Let's head to the Harbord Bakery on Sat Sept 21 at 1pm, buy some bagels, challah or croissants and stand up for better bike infrastructure on Harbord. Wear your helmet or carry your pannier to show that you're a cyclist. Join us on the 21st! RSVP on Facebook here!

Read more coverage in the Star. And sign our petition supporting separated lanes on Harbord here.

Sign the Petition: Urge City Council to Restart the Environmental Assessment for Bike Lanes on Bloor-Danforth & Implement a 2014 Pilot Project

Bike Lanes on Danforth at Logan, with thanks to the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation

Bloor-Danforth is an important route for cyclists. The route is continuous, there is no danger of streetcar tracks and it is supported by a subway. The corridor is defined by its vibrant retail and commercial strips. While Bloor-Danforth has a relatively high cycling mode share, there is also a high incidence of car-bike collisions.

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will soon consider restarting an Environmental Assessment for bike lanes on Bloor. We think this is a great idea.

Six councillors along Bloor Street West have called to restart the Environmental Assessment for bike lanes on Bloor in Transportation Services’ 2014 budget and workplan. It's a good start, but why not take it a few steps further? Extend the EA to include Danforth as well. And why not establish a summertime pilot project along a stretch of Bloor-Danforth using paint and bollards? It’s cheap, could be implemented quickly, doesn't require an EA and demonstrates impact.

Sign the petition here!

Interested in taking a copy of our petition to your local business? Contact us!

Fight Bike Theft this September

Learn more about how to properly lock your bike

In September, our Street Smarts on-street outreach is focused on teaching people about how to avoid bike theft. Join us every Tuesday night from 5pm to 8pm in one of four different locations for tips on locking your bike, and register your bike on the spot with the Toronto Police Service's bicycle registration form. More information here. Street Smarts wouldn't be possible without the support of our Community Partners: Bateman's Bicycle Company, Urbane Cyclist Co-op, Sweet Pete's Bike Shop, and Evergreen Bike Works!

Learn more about combating bike theft here

Support our work: become a member, renew your membership or donate today!

Month after month, Cycle Toronto continues to push the conversation to improve our City’s streets forward with elected officials, City staff and cyclists across Toronto. From wins like Shaw Street and banning storage of construction materials in bike lanes, we continue to work for our members to improve cycling in Toronto. But we can’t do it alone. If you ride a bike in Toronto, join our movement for safer streets. Starting at $30, your Cycle Toronto membership supports our campaigns, projects and programs. You’ll receive your member card in the mail. So please, join, renew or make a donation to support our work!

Refer-a-Rider is back!

If each of our members convinced just one other person to join, we'd double our members! The more members we have, the stronger our voice becomes. Starting September 16th, tell your friends, family and colleagues to join Cycle Toronto through your own Refer-a-Rider campaign page. Help us build our organization and reach our goal of 500 new members, and win great prizes!

New this year: everyone will get entered into a draw for a bike from Curbside Cycle. Get one draw entry for each member you recruit, and they'll each get a draw entry too! Plus awesome milestone prizes from Sweet Pete's Bike Shop and Urbane Cyclist Co-op, and some amazing top prizes, including the coolest bikes from Curbside Cycle, gorgeous panniers from Hoopdriver Bicycles, and a Brooks saddle from Urbane Cyclist Co-op!

Look for more news on Refer-a-Rider in a couple of weeks!

Crank Your Chain: Cycle Toronto pub/dance night at Handlebar

Join us on Sept 12!

What's cranking your chain? On Thursday September 12 at 8pm, let's have a drink, meet great people, and talk bikes at Handlebar in Kensington Market! We'll discuss upcoming bike projects and celebrate three new pages in the Drivers Handbook specifically about sharing the road with bikes, a victory we had a huge part in! Everyone's welcome. Bring your member card to get $5 drinks (beer, wine, or bar rail), and get a free drink if you join or renew that night. At 10pm, DJs from Strawberry Sandwiches will spin some sweet tunes. Learn more here!

Follow Through TO

Four years ago, the West End Bikeways Plan was adopted by City Council to install bikeways throughout the west end of Toronto. Four years later and many of the projects approved remain uninstalled. Each of these projects are at various stages of installation. The Shaw St Bikeway will be installed this Fall, whereas the High Park Bikeway sits idle.

We want Toronto to get moving on these projects, but need your help. Here’s what we’d suggest:

Step 1) Take a look through the list of approved projects and isolate which lanes are in your neighbourhood and ward.

Step 2) Find your local councillor’s contact information (you can find this info quickly on our site here) and ask them to speed up delivery of the project in your ward. Don’t forget to cc

Your voice matters! Contact your councillor and ask them to follow through!

Save the Date: Revisioning Yonge Cycling Workshop

Yonge Street, Toronto’s grand main street, has long been a key Toronto destination for retail, tourism and events. However, conditions such as increased traffic congestion pose a barrier to cycling safely on Yonge. At a neighbourhood level, activities that people throughout the world use bicycles for – errands, stopping for coffee, cycling to school - can become dangerous. Yonge Street needs to function well for all of its cyclists and users.

As an initial step towards a revisioning of Yonge Street, Cycle Toronto is facilitating a community workshop about Yonge Street. We’ll be reviewing the whole of Yonge Street corridor - from Steeles to Lake Ontario – beginning a vision that could see Yonge transformed into a more complete neighbourhood street. We believe that enhancements, safety and connectivity for cycling will give life to its communities with benefits for all Toronto residents. Please join us and let your voice be heard.

Date: October 2, 2013 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard Boulevard, Toronto

Welcoming our newest Silver Business Member: TALLBOYS - Craft Beer House

Tallboys Logo

Cycle Toronto is pleased to announce our newest Silver Business Member: TALLBOYS - Craft Beer House.

As a supporter of Ontario independent craft breweries, handmade quality food including what our ED Jared calls "the best veggie burger in town", and several community events, TALLBOYS has become a fixture of the Bloorcourt neighbourhood. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

TALLBOYS is celebrating its 1st anniversary this Sunday - check out the event on Facebook.

Learn more about our business memberships here.

Ever been doored? New website to track dooring collisions.

Avoid getting doored

Dooring collisions must be tracked by the Toronto Police. Photo by Martin Reis.

Write-up by creator and Cycle Toronto member Justin Bull:

I created for a few reasons. The dominant reason being it's important to track and record something that's an issue in this community. By not tracking these incidents, how can we even begin to adequately address the issue? And as far as I'm concerned, "dooring" is not a trivial issue. It's a prevalent one and with little-to-no data supporting that claim, we can't make educated decisions. Hopefully, in time, the site will acquire useful data that we can present to those who can write policy, laws, and make decisions and actually make an impact rather than noise.

I'm unimpressed with Toronto Police who decided to stop recording it. Why? It's pretty easy to do. It makes it appear they don't care about cycling, and that's definitely a step in the wrong direction as a public institution. It sends a negative message to the people of the city that cycling is an afterthought and is not a valid method of transport in Toronto. Just because you've redefined what a word means doesn't mean you get to pretend the real-life occurrence doesn't happen anymore.

Give a test ride!

And read our submission to the Toronto Police Services Board on why the TPS must resume the tracking of dooring collisions as soon as possible.

Introducing Cycle Toronto’s new Trails Working Group

Did you know Toronto has committed funding of $6 million to build new multi-use trails between 2012 and 2016? During this time, the city will gain most of its new bike lanes off-road.

Cycle Toronto is excited to announce a new Trails Working Group which aims to advise on these developments and advocate for future trails improvements in our city. The Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan (BTIP) of 2011 identified 77 km of new trail connections to be built, on top of the somewhat fragmented 286 km of existing multi-use trails, with 30 km prioritized for building by 2016. Continue reading here.

Upcoming Events

Tues Sept 3 - Fight Bike Theft! Supported by Bateman's - 5:00pm at Davenport & Poplar Plains

Tues Sept 3 - Cycle Toronto & Bikechain at UTGSU BBQ - 5:00pm on Bancroft Ave at Spadina Crescent

Fri Sept 6 - Cycle Toronto & Bike Pirates at OCADSU orientation - 2:00pm at Butterfield Park

Sat Sept 7 - Cycle Toronto at the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival - 12:30pm at David Crombie Park

Sat Sept 7 - Street Smarts public workshop on safe cycling & flat fixes - 2:00pm at Leaside Library

Tues Sept 10 - Fight Bike Theft! Supported by Urbane - 5:00pm at the AGO

Thurs Sept 12 - Crank Your Chain: Cycle Toronto pub/dance night at Handlebar - 8:00pm at Handlebar

Tues Sept 17 - Fight Bike Theft! Supported by Sweet Pete's - 5:00pm at Bickford Park

Sat Sept 21 - Celebrate CultureLink - 25th Anniversary Bike Ride - 10:00am at Nathan Phillips Square

Sat Sept 21 & Sun Sept 22 - Bike Valet at On Common Ground festival, powered by ING DIRECT - 11:00am at Fort York

Sat Sept 21 - Bagels for Bike Lanes: Love-in at the Harbord Bakery - 1:00pm at Harbord Bakery

Sun Sept 22 - Bike Valet at Word on the Street, powered by AutoShare - 11:00am at College & Queen's Park Circle

Tues Sept 24 - Fight Bike Theft! Supported by Evergreen Bike Works - 5:00pm at Castle Frank

About Us

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