The Tossing of King Rotford
On a 'lighter' note ...
Toronto becomes more polarized around "war on car" / "war on bike"
There is some danger of assigning "mandates" to elections. Toronto just elected as mayor the worst choice possible for supporting walking or cycling. As Eric at Curbside puts it: "Today the city of Toronto voted in its 64th mayor, a porkchop of a man who, by all looks, rarely refuses gravy." So does this mean the war on the car has been won by the drivers?
Lloyd of Treehugger thinks so, that there's a big backlash coming:
Ride For Bike Lanes On Bloor - Saturday
New TCAT reports show how Toronto is falling behind other cities in bike facilities
TCAT has surprised me with two reports announced at the same time, the Benchmarking Active Transportation in Canadian Cities report and the Building Better Cycling in Cities: Lessons for Toronto report.
Two-way sharrows in Toronto - another innovation by Urban Repair Squad
(Photos by Tino)
From the Urban Repair Squad folks a two-way sharrow on Macdonnel St in Parkdale. The Torontoist has a good post and interesting comments:
Editor of car fetish Wheels joins ranks of cyclists
A few weeks ago a positive cycling article came out in - of all places - Wheels, the Toronto Star's car fetish section. The author, Mark Richardson, rode country roads alongside Eleanor McMahon, founder of the Share the Road coalition. The article is interesting for not only its focus on McMahon's strong push for better cycling infrastructure and her experience working with politicians and policy-makers, but also for the fact that Richardson has had an increasing personal interest in cycling.