Is Toronto a smart city? MBA students say it could be smarter when it comes to bike lanes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image by Dave Murray for dandyhorse from issue 6.

How MBA students turn the bike lane issue on its head

By Gideon Forman

As Toronto strives to build a network of separated bike lanes throughout the city, some local business owners continue to raise objections.

Some claim the lanes — which can require parking spots to be removed — make it less convenient for drivers to access restaurants and stores, resulting in lost sales. Others complain the lanes impede delivery trucks, making it more difficult for merchants to receive supplies. Still others suggest the new road configuration exacerbates congestion.

The claims aren't always true. City of Toronto data suggest the Bloor lane, for example, has not harmed sales, but the perception remains among some owners that bike lanes threaten their establishments.

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Heels on Wheels with Ivy Knight

Heels on Wheels with Ivy Knight

Photo by Molly Crealock, interview by Tammy Thorne.

~ This interview was originally published in issue 7, the food issue, summer 2011. ~

UPDATE: Ivy Knight is featuring in The Heat Documentary which is debuting now at Hot Docs 2018.

What do you like most about Toronto?

Our library system. I can place a hold on the latest best-sellers and the library calls me when it comes in. I pick them up and have a month to read them, for free. How awesome is that? I currently have a book on gluten-free baking – that one’s a real page-turner, let me tell you.

What do you love about summer in the city?

Impromptu day drinking on patios – especially at Churchill, the Drake and Cafe Diplomatico. You’ll notice all those patios have something in common: they all serve Bud Light. I am a very devoted fan of the stuff.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

I’m a Victorian tenderfoot taking the air – paved paths through parks suit me just fine.

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Will Ontarians vote with their bikes?

 

Will Ontarians vote with their bikes?

New polling data shows support for cycling infrastructure investments

As Share the Road rolled up it's annual Ontario Bike Summit on April 18 this year, it released results of a new poll conducted by Nanos Research.

The report shows upwards of four in ten Ontarians – enough to elect a majority government – are likely to vote for provincial candidates if they make public commitments to fund cycling infrastructure.

Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP and urban transit critic, says the poll results are not to be ignored. "Ontarians will definitely vote with their bikes! The NDP introduced Ontario's first Cycling Strategy over two decades ago, and New Democrats remain fully committed to cycling as a convenient, healthy and sustainable mobility option," says the MPP for Hamilton Centre, a city where urban cycling is fast growing as a form of transportation.

"We will update the Cycling Strategy to set clear targets for increasing the percentage of trips by bike, backed up with funding for active transportation infrastructure that is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. We will work to ensure all municipalities have active transportation plans by 2021. And we will pass a Vulnerable Road Users' law to improve road safety and reduce the number of cycling and pedestrian fatalities to zero."

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A Bike For Every Occasion

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A Bike For Every Occasion

A bike has many uses and can be used for almost any situation. As our readers will know, a bike can be used for many different occasions. For example, you can use your bike as a means of transportation to get to work. You can add a basket to the front of your bike or saddlebags on the back to hold your groceries. You could head to your local coffee shop on your bike or even rent one while on vacation.  Some people own and use their bikes as a means of physical activity. While bikes are beneficial for people’s health and wellbeing, the reasons to own a bike go further than that. A bike is an eco-friendly alternative to driving or even using public transportation. Whether or not the bike is often used, it is one of those items that almost everyone should own.

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12th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival May 4-6 in Toronto

Photos by Michelle Jane from last year's How to Make the Danforth part of a Cycling City Walk. 
12th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival May 4-6

Everyday Torontonians lead free walking tours across the city

Thousands of Torontonians will convene in the streets all across the GTA from May 4-6, 2018, to participate in the Jane’s Walk Festival. Everyday Torontonians lead free walking tours for a city-wide event founded 12 years ago in honour of famous Toronto-transplant Jane Jacobs.

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