Plowing of downtown cycle tracks yesterday. Photo courtesy City of Toronto Transportation Services.
Getting down to bare pavement: The City’s plan for winter clearance of bike lanes
Story by Corey Horowitz
The upcoming renewal of the City’s snow clearance contract will allow for the formal inclusion of priority cycling routes for the first time. Up until now, there has been no official council-approved level of service specific to winter maintenance of bike lanes. Recent infrastructure investments such as the Sherbourne cycle track, Richmond-Adelaide bikeway and separated lane on Wellesley all present a timely opportunity to properly address winter service standards for cyclists.
Pedal-powered chocolatier has big plans
Story and Photos by Jeff Carson
The small electric-assist motor attached to the front wheel of Chocosol’s orange, surprisingly sleek, front-end-loading cargo bike is the last of the many custom features mentioned by Mathieu McFadden Chocosol’s chief wholesale and market animator. He points out the “pedal assist” mechanism grudgingly. He doesn’t want anyone to think that adding a motor to a bike takes away from the authenticity of Chocosol’s commitment to cycling.