Toronto Bike Month will launch this coming Monday with the annual Group Commute. Running from May 31-June 30, Bike Month features over 100 community events. For more information, visit the City’s cycling calendar or check out the Bike Month Guide, available at local bike shops and here.
TTC staff will report their final recommendations on the site and connecting track route for the planned Ashbridge’s Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility to the Commission. The TTC will be building a new storage facility for streetcars in the East End; the Ashbridge’s site at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Leslie Street remains the preferred option. On May 19th, the public was invited to a charrette to provide their comments to three architectural firms.
New shared lane pavement markings are being painted on downtown streets. These markings are called “sharrows” and are used to show the ideal cyclist position in the lane (away from the curb and parked cars), and to remind drivers to share the road.
The Bike Train initiative is celebrating its 2010 season launch with the inaugural Ontario Southwest Bike Train to Windsor, Essex County. The Bike Train, now in its 4th year of operation, adds bicycle racks to passenger rail trains across Ontario. With 2 new routes in 2010, plus expanded Toronto-Niagara Greenbelt Express service with GO Transit, its never been easier to explore Ontario by bike.
For schedules, fares, and itinerary ideas go here.
Thanks to the Friends of Fort York for keeping us updated on major projects happening in the Fort York area, including the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge which TCAT has supported and provided comment on. Here is an excerpt from the group’s most recent newsletter:
On Tuesday, May 11th, City Council approved the public bike share program by 33-8. The program will be run by Montreal’s Bixi and will start with 1,000 bikes at 80 stations located throughout the downtown. More information available in the Toronto Star and IBikeT.O.
On Tuesday, May 18, NDP Transit critic Cheri DiNovo will introduce a private members bill requiring vehicle drivers to give at least 3-feet of clearance when passing.
So-called “3 foot laws” have been passed in more than ten U.S. states, and go a long way in educating drivers and making cycling safer in both urban and rural settings.
Cyclists and friends are invited to join in the launch of this Bill at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, May 18:
The most recent edition of Yonge Street Media features a story about TCAT and the Complete Streets Forum. Dylan Reid’s article, “Streets for everyone” offers a great overview of Complete Streets Policies and the region’s interest in their implementation.
Dandyhorse Magazine (Toronto on Two Wheels) is hosting a launch party in celebration of their new issue.