Bike Spotting: Mike Layton on Bloor Bike Lanes

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Bike Spotting on Bloor: A Sneak Peek at what’s inside our upcoming June print issue

Join dandyhorse (we'll be covering the event!) Sunday May 29 for  Bike with Mike, Mike Layton's annual celebration at Christie Pits

We asked Mike Layton if he was looking forward to the new bike lanes on Bloor, here's what he had to say:

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How Complete Streets Improve Commutes For City Cyclists—and Motorists

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How Complete Streets Improve Commutes For City Cyclists—and Motorists

By Claire McFarlane

This article was originally posted on Torontoist

After heated debate in City Council and the eventual passage of the Bloor bike-lane pilot project, the feasibility of cycling on Toronto’s roadways has been brought to the fore. How can cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers share the city’s streets safely and fairly? Can Toronto’s roads accommodate all forms of transportation?

That’s the question the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation’s Nancy Smith Lea and researchers set out to answer in the new book, Complete Street Transformations in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region.

The book, penned alongside researchers from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, examines nine Complete Street transformations—that is, roadways that are upgraded to better accommodate all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and public transit commuters—in southern Ontario, including two in downtown Toronto at Queens Quay and Richmond and Adelaide.

The study of the improvements made to Richmond and Adelaide streets, which included the addition of a cycle track separated from vehicle traffic by flexi-posts and planter boxes, concluded that the upgrades resulted in an increased number of cyclists using the roadways and reduced travel times for drivers. During off-peak hours, a motorist’s trip was 30 per cent faster after the cycle track was installed and 12 per cent faster during peak hours.

KEEP READING: How Complete Streets Improve Commutes For City Cyclists—and Motorists

Related on the dandyBLOG:

From the Horse's Mouth: Nancy Smith Lea

Building community through bike-friendly planning

New Complete Streets book launched at Ryerson University by TCAT

Bike Spotting: Have you heard the city is planning more protected bike lanes?

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Bike to Work Day May 30

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Bike to Work Day 2015. Photo by Evan Morrison. 

Bike to Work Day May 30

June is Bike Month, and to kick it all off in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is Bike to Work Day. While many of you may already be regular riders to where you bring home the bacon, now you can get rewarded for it. With pancakes. Enough said.

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Building community through bike-friendly planning

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Niagara Falls receiving a Bicycle Friendly Community award at the 2016 Ontario Bike Summit. Left to right: Jamie Stuckless, Share the Road, Caroline Grech, CAA, MPP Kathryn McGarry (Cambridge), Justin Jones, Share the Road, Corey Burant, Niagara Parks Commission, Christine Allum, CAA, and Jeff Guarasci, City of Niagara Falls (Photo by David Keogh, courtesy of Share the Road)

Celebrating Ontario’s Bicycle Friendly Communities

by Bryen Dunn

It takes a village (or community) to build a bike network. Recently, communities across the province were recognized for their work in supporting cycling infrastructure and education through the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program. The program recognizes qualifying communities with awards of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond for their efforts to increase cycling with the five E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation, as well as Planning. Bicycle Friendly Community award recipients this year were Mississippi Mills, Niagara Falls and Burlington. Continue reading

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