Cycling, Equity and Health in Scarborough
by Yvonne Verlinden
On a typical day at the Scarborough Cycles bike hubs, brakes get tightened, tires get pumped, chains get oiled and hands get a little bit dirty. Youth learn bike repair skills while volunteering their way to bike ownership through the Earn Your Bike program, and newcomers are mentored on safe places to ride in the city. The day often ends with a community bike ride exploring local neighbourhood streets.
Story and photos by Robert Zaichkowski - Crossposted from Two Wheeled Politics
A year and a half after the Bloor bike lane pilot project was debated at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, the committee endured a six-hour session to determine whether to make those bike lanes permanent or not. Almost 60 people registered to speak on this item – leading to deputation times to be cut from five minutes down to three – while hundreds more gave written submissions and over 6,600 supporters signed Cycle Toronto’s Bloor Loves Bikes pledge.
What: Lift Lock and Town Clock (actually Market Hall) Designer Bike Racks in Peterborough, Ontario.
Where: At The City Hall on George Street.
Why we think it's dandy: It's wonderful when heritage and art can be combined in one project and even better when that project happens to benefit cyclists. (Yay, more bike parking!) Well done Peterborough! PS Did you know that the Lift Lock became the highest hydraulic lift in the world when it opened to great fanfare in 1904? You can read more about the new racks in the Peterborough Examiner.
Bloor Street, in the vicinity of the bike lane pilot project, is economically healthy and experiencing growth, according to a new report
released on October 11, 2017, by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT).
The study looked at four economic indicators – customer counts, visit frequency, spending, and vacancy rates in the Bloor Annex and Korea Town business districts – and found that, despite the removal of approximately 160 on-street parking spots and one traffic lane, business on Bloor Street continues to flourish.