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