TTC drastically reduces number of bike racks on buses

 

Was the “Rack it and Rocket” program designed to fail?

Story by Jeff Carson

On Oct. 16 the TTC was ordered by the Ministry of Labour to stop or limit use of bike racks on more than 90 per cent of the TTC’s bus fleet.

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dandyARCHIVE: Behind Bars

Behind Bars: On the road with Toronto’s bike cops

~This story originally appeared in issue 3 of dandyhorse, summer 2009. ~

Story by Tammy Thorne and Dana Lacey, Photo by Neil Wysocki

There’s four of us on bikes, bombing north up Bathurst toward Bloor — one of the busiest intersections in the city. We switch lanes casually — left arms extended — and cut through the rush of oncoming cars. Miraculously, the traffic parts, allowing our tiny gang to turn onto Bloor with ease with nary a blaring horn. The motorists give us plenty of room and wait until we’ve fully cleared the intersection before speeding off.

Moses couldn’t have done it better.

But this is no biblical intervention: we’re riding with the cops.

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Low Speed, High Stakes: Bike Cops comedy hopes to win CBC’s Comedy Coup

Low Speed, High Stakes: Bike Cops comedy hopes to win CBC’s Comedy Coup

Story by Jeff Carson

Picture this: Toronto’s new mayor has a plan to improve the city’s bike lanes (gasp!). To show off the new routes the mayor organizes a bike parade through the city. But, just before the parade, the mayor’s bike is stolen.

Looks like a case for the Bike Cops.

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Richmond and Adelaide through the eyes of a new cyclist

Construction plagues Toronto.

Richmond and Adelaide streets though the eyes of a new cyclist

Story and photos by Jenna Campbell

My first time riding down Richmond and Adelaide streets was terrifying. I had made the mistake to start riding during the middle of rush hour. It became dark sooner than I expected, there was a lot of construction, and traffic was aggressive, packed and gridlocked. I am a new cyclist in Toronto, so I’m not yet hardened to the “two-wheeled-facts-of-life” in this town.

Construction made it hard to make my way through to the bike lane pilot project.

My plan: travel west on Richmond Street, south down Strachan Avenue to the lovely lake, then back the way I came, except heading east on Adelaide Street — and finishing at the Distillery District. I have been reading about – and even participated in an awesome dandy Bike Spotting session on the newly minted Richmond bike lane – the new protected bike lane pilot project on Richmond and Adelaide, so I wanted to check it out and write about it for my dandyhorse series of stories about being a new cyclist in Toronto.

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Liv Ladies’ Night at Sweet Pete’s

Nica Novlesky, Kristen Courtney, Paolina Allan and Sweet Pete’s manager, Jill Allen, at the Liv Ladies’ Night

Liv Ladies’ Night at Sweet Pete’s

Story and photos by Claire McFarlane

As part of Sweet Pete’s Sweet Speak series, the bike shop recently hosted a Liv Ladies’ night at their Bloordale location.

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