Ice bike racing illustration by Chris Simonen (dandy ‘Spokes’ issue cover artist.)
+ PUMPED & FLAT —
+ Icycle, the annual two-wheeled ice race, had plenty of spills and tricked-out bikes! The winners Sean Thompson and Linda Shin joined spectators and competitors for an awesome after party at Bike Pirates. Check out photos by Dana Lacey from the 2012 event here.
— There’s been no progress on federal legislation requiring truck sideguards since MP Olivia Chow presented her (third) bill on the subject in November – unfortunately, private member’s bills like this rarely become law, especially when they come from the opposition.
+ City council voted to look into the feasibility of requiring sideguards on city trucks and other kinds of safety measures in the city – this is ongoing.
+ Drivers who block bike lanes during rush hour will soon face a $150 fine, up from $60
+ Sherbourne Street is getting separated bike lanes and a badly needed resurfacing, with construction beginning summer 2012
— Jarvis Street bike lanes are still slated for removal
Notable Quote from our Bike Spotting feature in this issue:
“I am told by city staff that hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of consultations have been spent on completing Environmental Assessments and Jarvis streetscape improvement plans. Removing the Jarvis bike lanes would be a terrible waste of money…Good urban planning principles should never be compromised for quick political gain – Jarvis Street deserves better than this.”
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
+ Bixi Toronto, still in its first year of operation, is the only bicycle sharing system in North America to run all winter. Bixi Toronto’s Winter Warrior Contest encourages users to keep riding all year round. The program launched in May 2011 and as of February 7, 2012, Torontonians have taken 437,474 trips! There are 4,154 Bixi subscribers in the city, and 38,160 casual users.
+ The Trails Plan is moving ahead to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
on March 21, 2012 (PWIC chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong has requested this report moved to the May 16, 2012 meeting) and includes consultation from the Toronto cycling community.
— The Mayor’s Bike Plan neglects much-needed on-street infrastructure improvements (and isn’t too robust in the details department regarding the exact nature and breadth of trails system improvements either).
+ A new Coroner’s Report is set to be released this spring, with analysis of past cycling collisions and recommendations for legislators.
— Recommendations from the last Coroner’s Report (including mandatory truck sideguards) have yet to be implemented.
+ Milton city councillors voted to approve the construction of a permanent velodrome for the 2015 Pan-Am games. The city will contribute $4 million to the $45 million project.
— Milton city councillor Rick Malboeuf believes the city will be footing a bill for the velodrome that will only be used by an elite group of cyclists, a majority of them from outside of Milton. (Full story coming to the dandyBLOG soon!)
Check out massive photo essay of Icycle 2012 by dandy senior editor Dana Lacey and our Icycle Bike Spotting session.
Truck sideguards meeting with MP Olivia Chow
A town hall meeting focussing on how truck sideguards can improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
February 22, 2012 at 7 pm at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, across from Bathurst subway station
Toronto International Bicycle Show
Featuring the 13th annual BMX Jam, an indoor mountain bike competition, lots of fantastic vendors, and yours truly – dandyhorse!
March 2-4 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
Jarvis Cultural Corridor Community Consultation
Discuss the future of the “Jarvis Cultural Corridor” and the current bike lanes on Jarvis with councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.
Date changed to: March 28, 2012 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Facebook Event Page: Jarvis Cultural Corridor Community Consultation
Complete Streets Forum
The 2012 Complete Streets Forum is TCAT’s fifth annual active transportation conference
April 23, 2012 at Evergreen Brickworks
The Bicycle Trade Association’s Expocycle
Canada’s largest bike show returns to Toronto!
Open to the public on September 8, 2012
September 9th and 10th open to industry only
At The Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
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