Rack’n'Roll: Bike parking in Toronto not keeping pace

New Video: City Cyclist on bike parking

Rack’n'roll: Bike parking in Toronto not keeping up with the times

As the number of cyclists increases, the number of bike parking spots stays the same

Story by Alex Chronopoulos

Having trouble finding a spot to park your bike in Toronto? 
It might be because the number of new, stand-alone, outdoor bike parking spots installed by the City has not increased in the last eight years.

Yet the number of cyclists in the city continues to rise. A recent estimate by the City of Toronto puts the cycling population at about 54% of the total, which would mean there are approximately 1.5 million people who ride a bike in this city.

The City’s street furniture department reports there are currently about 17,000 ring-and-posts, which is close to the same number that has been reported since as far back as 2006.

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TCAT Complete Streets Forum on Oct. 6

Photo by Chris Hardwicke

Story by Jenna Campbell

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation is hosting Complete Streets Forum 2014. The seventh annual event will take place at Daniels Spectrum on Oct. 6.

Roads are not just for motorists. TCAT has been promoting the concept of complete streets over the last several years — “complete” meaning “safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”

The forum will gather community members, speakers and professionals to deliberate how roads across Ontario can satisfy the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.

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dandyhorse September newsletter

The above photo of a high wheel bike from the vintage bike show this summer. Photos by Kyle Schruder 

The September newsletter is here with a recap of everything we’ve been up to since the launch of our bike plan election issue.

The newsletter recaps a bunch of great upcoming events including BIKESTOCK this weekend, the Ride for Real Food, the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival, the TWEED ride and Word on the Street.

Check it out here, and subscribe for future newsletters here.

Related on the dandyBLOG:

dandyhorse summer newsletter is here 

dandyhorse Bike Month 2014 newsletter is here!

dandyhorse spring newsletter is here

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Top 5 Bike Plans in Other Citites

We think we have it bad in Toronto… in Hamburg even the dogs block the bike lane (which perhaps speaks to the comfort level of their bike lanes?). [H/T to The Local blog.]

Top 5 Bike Plans in Other Cities

By Alex Chronopoulos

As summer comes to an end so must our series “Bike Plans in Other Cities.” It’s been fantastic taking this virtual tour around the world and learning about what other cities are doing to promote and sustain biking as a primary source of transportation. To end, we’ve rounded up our “Top 5″ because, who doesn’t love a good list?

Please note that these Top 5 are based solely my own personal opinions. While I’d've loved to have visited each and every city on my bike, my decisions were based purely on my online research. This is in no way an exhaustive list of the best bike plans, nor is it based on actual riding experience in these cities. This series is a nod to the “Other Cities” spread in our current print issue (picture below.)

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