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Top eleven posts of 2011

Photo: Herb. Bells on Bloor 2011, popular as ever, even though City Council voted to stop the Environmental Assessment

Cycling and politics were a hot item in 2011, from the vote to remove Jarvis Bike Lanes, the vote to install protected bike lanes, the launch of Bixi, and the politicians who took cheap shots by trying to make cyclists into urban terrors. Here's a recap of 2011's top 11 blog posts, ranked by the number of comments. It's not the only way to rank blog posts, but the easiest to come by.

  1. Separated bike lane proposal and battle heating up
    Bixi bikes are on the streets and the fight continues to get separated bike lanes approved for downtown. Some lefty councillors oppose, some support.
  2. Few bike lanes: the cause of most sidewalk cycling
    A pedestrian dies after colliding with a cyclist in North York. There is a strong call to crack down on cyclists yet the pedestrian's family say he was an avid cyclist and understood how bad cycling infrastructure is in the burbs. And where are the critics when a pedestrian is killed by a motorist?
  3. Public Works committee votes to take out Jarvis bike lanes: total -8 km bike lanes this year
    The vote to take out the Jarvis bike lanes made international news. What big city in this era votes to take out bike lanes?

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Here are some things you can blog about:

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  • tell people how they can change an inner tube
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  • give your philosophy on painted lines for cyclists
  • tell people how to dress for the winter
  • try out a new part of town
  • explain why X is the best shop in town

And so on.

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I Bike T.O. 2008 Wrap-up

As 2008 wraps up us bloggers at I Bike T.O. wish you happy holidays and a good, safe new year for you and your bike. We've enjoyed blogging about cycling in Toronto and we've had plenty of interesting fodder this year. We ask that you seriously consider a small contribution of 10 to 20 dollars towards our hosting costs so we'll stick around for another year.

A lot has happened in 2008:

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  • Toronto Police finally busted Toronto's most infamous stolen bike dealer, Igor Kenk, and this fine city made international news when police discovered over 2400 of his bikes stuffed into garages around the city. Cyclists try to find out if Igor actually made money off these stolen bike or if he has an obsessive collecting disorder.
  • E-bikes took over the streets in a big way. Ontario's e-bike pilot period and the high price of gas contributed to a lot of people leaving their cars behind and stepping onto an e-bike. The controversy continues as pedaling cyclists see the e-bikes as too heavy and fast for bike lanes and paths. E-bikers figure anything that keeps people from driving their gas-guzzlers has got to be a step in the right direction.
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