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Cycling Network
> The Toronto Cycling Map is a great resource for planning your route to work, school, shopping, or simply to explore.
toronto  cycling 
july 2017 by sechilds
Toronto Bikelanes Map | Biking Toronto
Did you know that all of 's bike lanes are on a google map?
biketo  Toronto  cycling  from twitter_favs
june 2017 by sechilds
Did you know that all of 's bike lanes are on a google map?
biketo  Toronto  cycling  from twitter_favs
june 2017 by sechilds
How many cyclists have to be on Bloor for city councillors to make the bike lane permanent?
> Are the number of cyclists on Harbord and Bloor high enough to justify a bike lane on both streets? Are too many single-occupant cars still taking up too much precious downtown road space? Are cycling numbers on Bloor sufficient to justify the reduction of on-street parking? New numbers from our May 17, 2017 bike (and related) counts provide strong evidence for answering each question with “yes.” The numbers may help the cause of Bloor cyclists but as Toronto cyclists know, their safety, regardless of their numbers, isn’t usually enough to motivate city decision-makers to act in their favour.
> It’s unclear how many cyclists have to be on Bloor for city councillors to make the bike lane permanent. The city now claims to (really) care about the safety of vulnerable road users like cyclists but there are lots of things some councillors care about much more, including the apparent right to drive solo into the downtown and to park in front of a store on Bloor. And when it comes to attitudes, cyclists continue to fight uphill battles against motorists who look down on them from a high moral ground.
> On Wednesday, May 17, we dispatched a group of 30 volunteers, armed with clipboards, to count things that we hope will matter when a decision on the pilot bike lane is made later this year.
> In the morning 7-10 a.m. rush hour we documented a combined total of 2,318 cyclists on the Bloor and Harbord bike lanes at Spadina Rd. During the busiest 8-9 a.m. period alone, there were 611 cyclists in the Bloor bike lane and 513 on the Harbord one.
toronto  cycling 
june 2017 by sechilds
How does Toronto's Bixi bike program compare to Montreal's? | The Grid
RT : Dreaming of a Bixier Toronto? covers what could be: via

Right now, Bixi doesn’t cover all that much much of Toronto: there are only stations as far north as Bay and Scollard in Yorkville, as far east as Front and Trinity in the Distillery District, as far west as Bloor and Euclid in the Annex, and as far south as Bathurst and Queen’s Quay on the waterfront. (You can ride a Bixi wherever you want outside of that area, but it doesn’t make much sense to stray too far from any stations.) The Toronto Cyclists Union is hoping to change that with a new initiative inviting Torontonians to drop points on a map where they’d like to see new stations, and, in doing so, putting pressure on municipal politicians to make an expansion happen.
What, then, could Bixi Toronto be? We don’t have to look too far for inspiration: Bixi Montreal covers nearly seven times as much ground, with more than five times as many bikes. “The city has really bought into this,” the Toronto Cyclists Union’s Director of Advocacy, Andrea Garcia, says about Montreal. “We’d love to see the same thing here in Toronto.”
Here’s how the numbers break down:
5050: The total number of Bixi bikes in Montreal.
1000: The total number in Toronto.
3000: The number of bikes suggested for Toronto to start with by a Transportation Services report [PDF] released in May 2009, the same month that Bixi Montreal launched. (It took two more years here.)
12.5: How many times more bikes per person Montreal has than Toronto. (There are only 0.0030614 bikes per person in Montreal, and 0.0003824 per person in Toronto, but still.) “We definitely have an interest in seeing Bixi expand,” says Garcia. “It gets more people riding bikes, which is what we’re all about.”
82 km²: The area that Bixi Montreal’s 405 bike stations cover of that city.
12 km²: The area that Bixi Toronto’s 80 stations cover here—up from just 8 km² before last November. By way of contrast, the area of Toronto between the Humber River, Don River, Eglinton Avenue, and Lake Ontario, including the Toronto Islands, is approximately 91 km².
30 km²: The area that the 2009 report initially suggested Bixi Toronto cover—“bounded approximately by High Park in the west, Broadview Avenue in the east, Bloor Street in the north and Lake Ontario to the south.” Says Garcia: “it was really just in the last several months leading up to the final approval that it was cut down to what it is now.”
Toronto  Bixi  cycling  from twitter_favs
february 2012 by sechilds
We want more BIXI in Toronto | Tell us where you'd like BIXI stations in our city
This map will help politicians understand the pent-up demand for BIXI Toronto stations. It also may help BIXI Toronto decide where to place stations in the future, if and when they get funding to add more.
Toronto  bixi  cycling 
february 2012 by sechilds
Cars vs. Bus vs. Bicycle. Comparing the space required to tra... on Twitpic
Cars vs. Bus vs. Bicycle. Comparing the space required to transport 60 people.
transit  cycling  car  from twitter
october 2011 by sechilds
Kranium (Information : AnirudhaRao)
Expanded polystyrene has been used in creating bike helmets for the past few decades and they have advanced very little in terms of safety. Helmets protect your head only 16% of the times during a crash and have been giving us the false implication of safety. Emphasis this day is given to styling and aerodynamics. However, polystyrene does little to absorb impact energy but distributes it over the head. Since the past twenty years improvements have been made in the fields of aerodynamics and styling. However while cycling through a busy city at an average speed of 12mph, safety is more important than aerodynamics.
june 2011 by sechilds
The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities | This Big City
The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities | This Big City (via Instapaper)
cycling  urban  from instapaper
may 2011 by sechilds
BIXI Toronto station locations revealed
BIXI has revealed where Toronto's initial 80 stations will be (Kensington residents will be happy) –>

Bixi Toronto has a new website in anticipation of the program's launch on May 3rd, the key feature of which is an interactive map that plots out where the initial 80 stations will be located. A small but welcome surprise here is that there will be a couple stations located outside of the core zone, bounded by Bloor, Jarvis and Spadina. Of these, the one located in the heart of Kensington Market will surely be the most popular — so good on BIXI organizers for thinking outside the box (at least a little).

Although the Bixou app has yet to be updated with Toronto locations, arguably even more valuable is the fact that the station map has been optimized for mobile browsers, which should benefit more than just iPhone users.

A handy pricing chart has also been included on the site, which breaks down the various subscriptions and rental fees. Worthy of note is that those renting bikes for a 24 or 72 hour period are required to provide a $250 credit card deposit along with the rental fee.

Check out the video below if you're into seeing what Toronto's stands look like and visit the website for more information.
bixi  Toronto  cycling  from twitter_favs
april 2011 by sechilds
Winterize Your Bicycle - Wired How-To Wiki
Two feet of snow, 20-degree temperatures and patches of black ice will keep most cyclists away from the saddle. But a few brave souls insist on combating old man winter's drudgery by hitting the streets, no matter how poor the conditions.
Besides, sometimes the bike is your best bet in winter -- especially when cars are getting stuck, the buses aren't running, and the sidewalks are a slippery mess.
In order to get through the cold winter, we talked with Todd Downs, professional bike mechanic and author of The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair for Road & Mountain Bikes.
Here's his advice, plus tips from our readers.
cycling  from instapaper
january 2011 by sechilds
Apple Introduces us to the Smart Bike - Patently Apple
On August 5, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced Smart Bicycle System in development. The premise is rather like Apple's Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists. While the system is for individuals, it's also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system monitors speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace. The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself. Apple's patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate.
Apple  cycling 
august 2010 by sechilds
Top Toronto Bike Paths
The top bike paths in Toronto aren't made up of too many hidden gems. As it should, the Toronto Cycling Map charts the routes of the various paved and low-difficulty dirt trails across the city. But, due to our plentiful ravines -- where a number of these paths and trails are located -- in the absence of the map and/or a little local knowledge, it's possible to miss some excellent opportunities to ride without fear of (heavy) vehicular traffic.

For the most part, the paths described below are paved and in excess of five kilometres. I have, however, included a few shorter trails and those with hard-packed dirt based on my evaluation of their quality level.
Toronto  cycling 
july 2010 by sechilds
Okay, so you know how in Ottawa cycling on sidewalks is banned under the Ottawa traffic bylaw? Very sensible, right?

Well, since they’ve closed off the Riverside pathway between Hog’s Back Road and Bank Street for O-Train upgrades, cyclists who normally take this path have been advised to:

…use the existing asphalt sidewalk on the east/south side of Riverside Drive

Sure enough, there are nice shiny new signs posted all along the sidewalk telling us that this is now a shared cyclist-pedestrian sidewalk.

Hey! That’s super-terrific in my books because I love sharing. And, it’s such a nice, cozy, narrow sidewalk, especially when it crosses over the O-Train bridge. And, it runs on a fairly significant incline so that cyclists can really move when they’re barreling down toward Bank Street.

But wait! There’s more! What makes this all extra zany fun is that pedestrians can’t hear cyclists behind them because of the noise of the heavy traffic on the road next to the sidewalk. Cyclists can
Ottawa  cycling 
july 2010 by sechilds
Dewar releases cycling report
The drive to improve cycling in the city of Ottawa rolled forward Thursday with the release of a report by Ottawa Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar.
Ottawa  cycling  Dewar  NDP 
august 2009 by sechilds
West-side cyclists, take note: Winds really are against you
t’s a long-standing complaint from Ottawa cyclists: it doesn’t matter which way you’re riding, the wind always seems to blow against you.
Ottawa  cycling 
july 2009 by sechilds | GTA | City plans bike, foot-friendly corridor
I really like the idea of the 'scramble' intersection.cccccccc ccccccc
transit  cycling 
september 2007 by sechilds

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