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Annette St. and Dupont St. Bike Lanes

 Annette St. and Dupont St.Bike Plan: Annette St. and Dupont St.

Over the last few weeks, I have had some communications with Adam Giambrone and his staff. They informed me about the Dupont St. bike lanes that are being planned, and announced it publicly on Wednesday evening at a meeting of the South Junction Triangle Residents Association.

According to Chris Gallop (Adam Giambrone's constituency assistant), the current timeline for implementation is: "The report is going to the Works Committee next Tuesday, City Council at the end of the month, and if approved they should be installed by approximately the end of the summer."

Here is the map (PDF) of the proposed Annette and Dupont St. bike lanes, including the on-street parking configurations.

More background and design details about Annette, St., Dupont St., Pharmacy Rd. (Scarborough), and others can be found in this document (PDF) too.

I also just received this email from the City's Bike Plan people this afternoon:

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No more road sharing for you!

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On the Sunday of the Victoria Day long weekend, after doing some camping and hiking at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Jen and I rode to Hamilton to visit family. Riding to Hamilton is actually a relatively frequent trip for us, and for the majority of the ride it's really fun and scenic.

On Sunday I noticed this sign for the first time, while riding eastbound on York Blvd. into downtown Hamilton. I had to stop and turn around to take a picture because it cracked me up.

Seriously...what does this sign really mean? Are we expected to stop sharing the road after this point? Is it OK for a motorist to just run right over a cyclist anywhere beyond this sign? Should we have pulled over and walked our bikes along the sidewalk the rest of the way?

It reminds me of the signs I see around Toronto: "Community Safety Zone....Ends!"

Anyway, besides this little chuckle, we actually had a nice time riding around Hamilton. Sometime soon, I will post another article and photos of a new bike lane that was installed on a more westerly portion of York Blvd. in Hamilton.

BikeLinx!

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Good news from the Province of Ontario's Metrolinx. Five million dollars will be invested for bike parking and bike racks & safe storage facilities at transit stations under a new program called BikeLinx

Bells on Bloor Ride Sunday May 25th

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Bells on Bloor is BACK!!!
On Sunday May 25th 2008 help us get ONE THOUSAND Bells on Bloor!
Join cyclists of all ages in a pedal-powered parade, ringing our bells all the way from High Park to Queen’s Park. Cycling protects our environment, so let’s protect our cyclists with more bike lanes. Free bike bells for all cyclists, plus bike flags, bike clowns, music, and a special escort courtesy of Toronto's bicycle police!

Don't miss Toronto's biggest cycling advocacy ride of the year!

The Route
Date: Sunday May 25, 2008 (rain or shine!)
Time: 12 noon (please arrive early to hear ride logistics)
Start: Bloor St. W at the main gate to High Park
End: Queen’s Park (Queen’s Park Cres. W at Wellesley)

Alternatively you can choose to join the ride anywhere along the route. You won't be able to miss us!
Bike Lanes on Bloor: Good for You, Good for Toronto, Good for the Environment!
For more information please visit: http://www.bellsonbloor.ca

Yonge and Lawrence adds some flair

This past weekend the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA unveiled a set of bike art racks along the Yonge Street sidewalks.

Community residents, especially bike enthusiasts, will be delighted with the latest project of the Yonge Lawrence Village Business Improvement Association (BIA).

In early May 2008, 16 innovative bike stands will be installed on Yonge Street from Lawrence Ave to Yonge Blvd. The first eight “art” racks are now in production and have been designed by an entrepreneurial group from Bike Stand Art, led by Phil Sarazen and Jack Gibney.

Flower Bike Rack

My favourite one so far is this flower rack which sits almost in front of a flower shop. (Unfortunately I arrived after it closed last night.) Many of the racks have small pieces of stone embedded in the rack to give an accent.

People Bike Rack

From the Forum: The Sun talks bikes

The Sun has a couple of articles on bikes. The first one is worth reading.
As for Sue-Ann Levy, I think she'll soon announce her opposition to summer and chocolate cake when Miller says something good about them.

Luke Siragusa writes:

Sunburned

The May 8th edition of the Toronto Sun reports and comments on matters velo. Pending approval by Council, there will be bike lanes on Wellesley St. and Vaughan Ave; the efforts of Hamish et al do not go unnoticed by Sun reporter Sarah Green:

http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2008/05/08/55...

Columnist Sue Ann Levy disparages these same efforts in a column critical of Mayor David Miller. To be stained by bile directed at His Blondeness -- the horror!

http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Levy_Sue-Ann/200...

Read. Discuss.

Annette Bike Lane - Public Meeting

 Annette St. areaBike Plan: Annette St. area

West end cyclists may want to attend tomorrow evening's public meeting about the Annette St. bike lane. 6:30pm at the Annette Recreation Centre. Details about the meeting are posted here.

I frequently ride along Annette St., especially the section between Dundas and Jane streets. It's actually a pretty decent east-west route through that part of the city, except for the fact that the pavement is in absolutely terrible condition. It's primarily a residential area, with some small shops, schools, and several churches along the way.

As part of this year's re-paving, it appears they will finally be putting in the bike lanes that have been promised in the Bike Plan for ages. Personally, I'd be happy enough if they just fixed the pavement and didn't put in any bad cycling facilities. But if they can put in something good (at the expense of parking) I'm all for it.

This lane would connect to the Runnymede bike lane (north-south), a southbound route to the waterfront via High Park Ave., the Humber River trail system via the Baby Point area, the West Toronto Rail Path, and also continue eastward along an eventual Dupont St. bike lane.

I'm not sure if there has been any community opposition to this bike lane, but it might be a good idea for cyclists to attend this meeting so that we can 1) find out more about the project, and 2) provide input so that it gets done in a bike-friendly way.

A few points that I think are worth bringing up at the meeting:

Ontario Bike Plan

COA at the Bike ShowCOA at the Bike Show

Over the last year or so, the Cycle Ontario Alliance has been working with a contractor to produce a new Ontario Bike Plan. This week, the plan was finally made available as a free PDF download from their website.

The Ontario Bike Plan presents a series of strategies for both recreational and utilitarian cycling to encourage cycling participation in Ontario, specifically focusing on the implementation of the Ontario Bicycling Route. The strategies take into account existing cycling conditions in Ontario, derived from data and research in various Ontario communities and elsewhere, as well as consultation with various stakeholders including provincial ministries, Cycle Ontario Alliance (COA) members and the general public through COA's web site.

I haven't had the opportunity to read this plan yet, but the COA had a printed version of it available for viewing at their Bike Show booth earlier this month, and I had a chance to quickly flip through it. Looks like it covers a wide variety of ideas for cycling infrastructure improvements. But the question remains: Who will take these ideas and implement them?

Has anyone else read it yet? Any comments?

You can download it from here.

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