Bike Spotting on Adelaide: Do you like this bike lane with these new bollards?

Bike Spotting on Adelaide

We asked: Do you like this bike lane? What about these new bollards?

The fabulous new Richmond-Adelaide bikeway project  is growing. This week four new bollards were installed on Adelaide just west of the Simcoe intersection, in front of the parking garage entrance and exit. Apparently, motor vehicle encroachment was common in those spots. They are quite far apart, but still (at least) send a strong message: This is the bike lane, no parking here.

We asked a few cyclists what they thought of the new lane and the new bollards.

Tiffany

The bike lane is awesome! The bollards don’t really help. I don’t notice any difference.

Kim

I love it. This is my route to work and back home. Yes, the bollards are good. The bollards on Simcoe just south of Wellington are much better though – they work because they stop the cabs from parking there. I hope [the bike lane on] Richmond is installed soon!

Emil

I love it, but I don’t like that it doesn’t go very far. The bollards definitely help, yes. The longer the bike lane the better – they have to stop doing these little disjointed pieces where you suddenly end up in a major intersection [like University in this case] with …all that traffic. I’m comfortable in traffic but for people who want to use a bike lane to go to work, that doesn’t work.

Laura

Why yes, sure. This is my first time riding here. The bollards are good because they stop the cars. Yes, I like them.

 

Related on the dandyBLOG:

Bike Spotting on Adelaide: Do these bike lanes need bollards?

Bike Spotting at Simcoe and King: What do you think of this new bike lane on Simcoe?

Bike Spotting on Sherbourne at Adelaide: Do you know about the pilot project for bike lanes on Adelaide-Richmond?

Bike Spotting: dutil denim giveaway on Queen West

Harbord bike lane upgrades: update

 

 

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Ward 13 Ride with MP Peggy Nash and Councillor Sarah Doucette

Janet Joy Wilson and Jun Nogami of Ward 13 invited local City Councillor Sarah Doucette and MP Peggy Nash to join them on a ride through the neighbourhood to audit cycling facilities and point out opportunities for improvement.

Ward 13 Ride with Peggy Nash and Sarah Doucette

Story and photos by Janet Joy Wilson and Jun Nogami

The Ward 13 Advocacy Group of Cycle Toronto has been working to improve safe access to the waterfront for cyclists and pedestrians for several years.  The recent opening of the Sunnyside Bike Park has provided the impetus for action to be taken now.  The City of Toronto cannot ignore this area any longer, as there has been a rapid “densification” in recent years with multiple condo and townhouse developments. The combination of increased traffic, and a new destination for cyclists and families, provide a tipping point for positive change.

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Open Streets TO a success!

Crowds gathered to watch the Brampton AcroRopers in action… before jumping in and trying it out for themselves. Photo by Laura Bincik.

Toronto’s first Open Streets pilot a success

From acrobatic skipping demos to Tai Chi, young and old got into the action

Story by Tammy Thorne

Photos by Tammy Thorne and Laura Bincik

Open Streets TO is a phenomenon that is taking hold in big cities all over the world. Started in Bogota, Columbia, 20 years ago to help the population get physically active by letting people pedal, walk, jump, run and play in streets that would otherwise be clogged with car traffic, it is now held in over 100 cities worldwide. The family-friendly and accessible event is meant to encourage physical activity without the need for special equipment.

Thousands showed up – eventually – on Sunday, August 17, 2014, for the first Open Streets event in Toronto. The event started at 8 a.m. – before the subway and most shops opened – and so it really got rolling just after 10 a.m. before ending at noon. The short duration was due to bureaucratic challenges at City Hall, including (most obviously, and not surprisingly) our current mayor’s distaste for public street closures, apparently particularly ones that promote physical activity and don’t involve raising money. But that is exactly the point: This is an accessible event that you do not need money or any special equipment or registration to participate in. It also allows Torontonians to dream about what it would feel like to live in a world-class city that features permanent pedestrian malls — like most major cities have. The next Open Streets TO will be held on August 31.

Bike Share Toronto (seen above left in action) provided bikes for those who wanted to roll instead of stroll.

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Flashback Friday: Cruising down University

Flashback Friday: Cruising down University

By Alex Chronopoulos

Sir Ernest MacMillan wasn’t just a great composer; he was also an avid cyclist.

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Ride 4 Real Food

 

Ride 4 Real Food

IMPORTANT CORRECTION/UPDATE (Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.):

Registration for the Ride4RealFood 2014 Country Rides is between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. out at McVean Farm in Brampton, just north of Queen St (Hwy. 7)., at McVean and Dunegrass Way.  These routes include a lower 65km loop route to Spirit Tree Estate Cidery in Caledon, which may be extended to 115 k route by adding an upper, hillier loop to Alton Mills Art Centre. Both routes include detailed route sheets, road signage, and real food snacks generously provided by Spirit Tree, West End Food Coop fruit farmers, and our intrepid bakers. Links to the Caledon Trailway will also be provided.  Peel County is glorious in September, with fall wildflowers edging both country roads and the trailway.

City-to-Country Riders meet at Etienne Brule Park behind the Old Mill at 9:30 a.m.for the 35k route up the beautiful West Humber Bike Path to McVean Farm. All riders may register on-line at  http://parc.donorpages.com/Ride4RealFood2014/
Cost to register at the Farm next Sunday will be $60.

Interview by Sonya Allin

Photos by Monique Kelemen, Sonya Allin and Robin Sutherland 

September 14th will see the 4th annual Ride4RealFood, a city-to-farm cycling event that enables low-income Torontonians to access healthy, locally grown food.  We had a chance to speak with Brad Doner, the Event Coordinator for this year’s ride and Eugene Hennie, who’s both promoting the event and participating in the program it supports.  Past rides have been great fun in support of better food security in Toronto; this year we hope more cyclists will take part! You can sign up to join, or donate, at this website.

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