Tag Archives: Bike lanes

Reviving bike lanes on Bloor

Bike lanes on Bloor - highlight 2
Bike-Lanes-on-Bloor is starting to resemble Subways-to-Scarborough. Maybe they’ll happen, maybe they won’t. But congratulations to Cycle Toronto for pushing to revive the initiative. As they say on their website, it’s good for people, good for business, good for Toronto. You can sign the petition here.


Berlin Bike lanes

For a Toronto cyclist, riding through Berlin is in many ways an unexpected experience. The first thing you notice is the vastly superior infrastructure. Bike lanes physically separated from roads.

20120524-092448.jpg

traffic lights turn green for bikes a few seconds before car signals, so bikes can get away first

20120524-093017.jpg

and if someone does block a bike lane, the sidewalks are wide enough, and their relation to the parking area is such that you veer onto the sidewalk and not the street.

20120524-113414.jpg


Eglinton bike lanes

This just arrived from the Toronto Cyclists Union:

The City of Toronto has announced that it will undertake an
Environmental Assessment over the underground section of the Eglinton
Ave LRT, from Black Creek Drive to Brentcliffe Road. As you may
already know, the proposed Eglinton Ave LRT route includes bike lanes
on the surface section, but NOT the underground section. Now, the City
will explore re-designing the street surface over the underground
section. This is OUR chance to ensure bike lanes are included in the
conversation and to advocate for their implementation as part of the
final Environmental Assessment recommendations! BUT, WE NEED YOUR
HELP.

	This month, there will be three (3) public consultation meetings to
introduce the objectives of the study, discuss guiding principles and
provide an opportunity for the community to provide feedback. WE NEED
TO FILL THE ROOM WITH AS MANY CYCLISTS AS POSSIBLE TO SEND A CLEAR
SIGNAL THAT EGLINTON AVENUE SHOULD BE RE-DESIGNED AS A COMPLETE STREET
WITH SAFE AND CONVENIENT PROVISIONS FOR CYCLING.

	Below are the meeting dates and location. You can also find more
information for each meeting here. [2]

	ACTION ALERT: Demand Complete Streets for Eglinton by attending one
of the following public consultation meetings:

	THURSDAY, MAY 17 - Fairbank Memorial Community Centre: 2213 Dufferin
Street (south of Eglinton Ave. West)

 TUESDAY, MAY 22 - The Hub at Victoria Village: 1527 Victoria Park
Avenue (north of Eglinton Ave. East)

 THURSDAY, MAY 24 - Northern District Library: 40 Orchard View Blvd.
(northwest of Yonge Street and Eglinton Ave. West)

	ALL MEETINGS BEGIN AT 7PM AND END AT 9PM.

	Together, we can make Eglinton into a Complete Street. We hope to see
you there!

	Ride Safely,

 Andrea Garcia
 Director of Advocacy

Bike Lane Blues I: e-bikes

Recently I stopped a person riding a scooter in the bike lane and pointed out to them that they were breaking the law. I was informed that, because it had pedals, this “e-bike” was indeed permitted in the bike lane. I apologized and told the rider I didn’t know that, then proceeded on my way.

image from Ministry of Transportation http://www.mto.gov.on.ca

As it turns out, it’s not that simple. What is an e-bike, and what can it do? Read more here.

According to Ontario law, “E-bikes are allowed to travel anywhere bicycles are permitted to travel.” However, it also makes room for municipalities to prohibit e-bikes from “municipal roads, sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails, and bike lanes under their jurisdiction.”

Indeed, according to City of Toronto bike lane bylaws, “bicycles must be propelled by muscular power.” So the rider in question was right, with the small caveat that the pedals have to be not only present, but used.

All this is fine, but what am I supposed to do next time, make a citizen’s arrest? If only traffic police considered it part of their mandate to make cycling safer and easier, I might not have to worry about this kind of thing.


City to Raise Fines for Blocking Bike Lanes

This just in from the city’s Cyclometer report. Now if only they start enforcing it!

Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommends $150 Fines for Motorists Illegally Stopping, Standing and Parking in Bicycle Lanes

On January 4, 2012, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee adopted a Transportation Services staff report which recommended that the fine for stopping, standing or parking in bicycle lanes be increased from $60 to $150.

The Transportation Services staff report responded to Council’s request to consider ways to alleviate traffic congestion caused by motorists and delivery vehicles obstructing traffic lanes and bicycle lanes during rush periods. The transportation report recommends that stopping, standing and parking fines be increased to $150 for motorists during rush periods and that the increased fines apply to bicycle lanes at all times of the day.

The report will be considered by City Council on February 6, 2012.