Changing Gears: Toronto releases new report on cycling in Toronto

The release this month of Changing Gears: Toronto for Cyclists documents cycling improvements in the city thus far and provides encouraging statistics about ridership. The report sets 7 priorities:

TCAT Joins MEC’s Bikefest – July 3rd

Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Bikefest is a full day event that connects the cycling community with new and experienced cyclists. Activities will include:

  • Bike clinics and seminars
  • Bike swap
  • Different bike rides through the city
  • Live music and gear giveaway

Bikefest will be on July 3, 2010 at Toronto’s Liberty Village.

New website maps cycling routes in Toronto

A new website, Ride the City, is offering a mapping service just for cyclists. The site lets you choose from “safe”, “safer” and “direct” routes. Give it a shot!

Complete Streets Policy Development Underway in Toronto and across the GTA!

One of TCAT's goals for last month's Complete Streets Forum was for the City of Toronto to adopt a complete streets policy. As such we were quite pleased that Gary Welsh, General Manager of Transportation Services and many other senior transportation staff attended the Forum. Mr. Welsh was quoted in the Toronto Star the day after the Forum that he will take a serious look at adopting a complete streets policy in Toronto.

Spacing features TCAT’s Complete Streets Forum

Last week, SpacingToronto featured a story about TCAT’s Complete Street Forum. Hillary Best’s article, “Complete Streets: What they are and why we need them”, provides a great overview of the benefits of Complete Streets policies. Best’s coverage of the Forum zeros in on the health and economic benefits of reducing motor vehicle traffic.

Happy Bike Month! - May 31-Jun 30

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.

New Sharrows throughout Toronto

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.

Getting away with your bike just got easier –Bike Train and Go Transit announce new schedules

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.

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge construction on track

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:

City Council Votes to Keep Bike Share and 2010 Bikeway Network Improvements, minus the University Avenue bike lane project

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.

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