Spacing plays a key role as champion for pedestrian issues at City Hall. Most recently, Dylan Reid documents
how the new transit shelters do not meet the City of Toronto's
accessibility standards for the amount of clear space required for
unhindered pedestrian passage. The only thing missing from this
excellent investigative article is a photo of Dylan out there on the
street with his measuring tape!
At a public meeting last week, the Toronto Star reports that residents expressed concerns about the newly narrowed Lansdowne. Cyclists at the meeting critized the sharrows (similar to those
installed on Dundas East) but an ibiketo blogger loves them.
For those who consider canoeing a form of active transportation too oft
overlooked, there's an exhibit currently showing at Arcadia Gallery at
680 Queen's Quay West that you may want to check out. It documents a
canoe ride across Toronto from northwest to southeast that took place
over 10 days last summer, accompanied each day by a different
co-paddler. The gallery is open on Sat/Sun afternoons and closes next
The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal has an exhibit on until next April celebrating urban activism from around the world. Take the Tooker's Mobile Bike Lane is displayed as is Toronto's Urban Repair Squad's bike lane stencil.
The UK government has just issued an urban design compendium
that offers guidance for designing for walking and cycling. Click on
"urban design principles" and go to the section "making the
Todd Litman's Economic Value of Walkability, released last year, is a great resource describing ways to evaluate the value of walking and walkability.
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The aim of this 2‐day event was to engage the general public, the cycling community and other stakeholders in discussing the future of public bike sharing -- a new form of personalized mass transportation in Toronto.
cycling infrastructure capital projects got the nod from the City's
budget committee at their meeting on November 25th, 2008:
- to build bike trails through the Finch and Gatineau Hydro Corridor, subject to receiving funding from the Province;
- to provide winter maintenance on the Martin Goodman Trail, between
Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road, as a pilot, for the 2009/2009
winter season; and
Waterfront Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto is currently
undertaking an environmental assessment for the revitalization of
Queens Quay Boulevard from Lower Spadina Avenue to Lower Jarvis Street.
This study is exploring how to implement long standing City policy
objectives including revitalizing Queens Quay into a scenic waterfront
drive and completing the Martin Goodman Trail which today is absent
through the central waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto is holding a public meeting to present the design alternatives:
The City of Toronto has undertaken a study to create a Master Plan
for the Western Waterfront. The study area covers a 4 km-long stretch
of the Western Waterfront between the Humber River and Marilyn Bell
Park. Recommendations will be made about the type and location of park
facilities that meet a range of community needs, as well as
improvements to the transportation, transit and pedestrian links with
official Canadian headquarters opened last week overlooking Dundas
Square. Google has implemented green initiatives to encourage their
employees to use public transportation or their own green solution to
get to work by offering a monthly subsidy. For those willing to take a
bicycle to work, the company offers other extras as well.
As reported in CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking, one of the world industries seemingly not
suffering in the current worldwide recession is the bicycling business.
"Top bicycle and bicycle parts makers in Taiwan and Japan are reporting
steadily increasing revenues, despite the falling popularity around the
world of the bicycle's four-wheeled cousin." Read more here.
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On November 18th the Public Works Infrastructure and Environment
Committee discussed snow-clearing improvements for bike lanes,
laneways, laneway entrances and sidewalks. They agreed to work jointly
with the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a pilot project
to provide winter maintenance along portions of the Martin Goodman
Trail. The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Toronto Cyclists Union,
will work with City staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot
On November 18, 2008, Legislative Bill 126, Road Safety Act, 2008 had
its First Reading. The amendment is primarily to toughen drinking and
driving measures but they've also tacked on a change in the definition
of a bicycle to the bill to include power-assisted bicycles (e-bikes).
To track the status of the bill and read the debates, click here.
Early Bird Registration was just announced for the Ontario Cycle
Tourism Forum, January 23, 2009 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in
Toronto. The forum will feature presentations from world-leading cycle
tourism organizations and provide market profiles of specific regions,
successful tourist product and marketing examples, business development
case studies, best practices in infrastructure and signage, and
evaluation of regional growth opportunities. The full agenda available here.
Congratulations to John Luton who has been elected as a member of the
Council of the City of Victoria, BC. Luton is the executive director of
the Capital Bike and Walk Society
and has for several years been deeply involved in many projects that
have added trails, bicycle lanes, better bike parking and signage
throughout the region. Victoria, BC has the highest active
transportation mode share in Canada, at 15.2% (the national average is