City Hall die-in is a start: Zero Deaths campaigners have to be in it for the long haul
Better to block a cyclist than a car driver
Last week City staff removed the cycle track curb in front of 24 Wellesley. Yesterday we already started seeing this:
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Local designer helps us visualize what protected intersection can look like in Toronto context
I've spoken about protected intersections before. They're really common in the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe.
Does Toronto deserve its silver ranking as a Bicycle Friendly Community?
A few days ago I posted this photo on Twitter after coming across the sign last weekend in the Rouge Valley in Scarborough.
Who or What is "The Average Cyclist" and why are we designing only for them?
At the last public meeting for cycling, I asked Dan Egan, head of the City of Toronto's Cycling Department a rather purposeful question, specifically:
"Who is the intended design user of our cycling infrastructure?"
And his response was the rather bland:
"The average cyclist"
Well, that got me thinking, who (or what) is the "average" cyclist?
Yonge Street can easily accommodate protected bike lanes if we want
Previously on this blog I had panned a redesign of Yonge Street by young landscape architect Richard Valenzona, but which was given the prestigious NXT City Prize by a panel of judges which includes our Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmat.
As Schrödinger's Cat had pointed out, Valenzona's design was suspiciously similar to the Exhibition Place, London design which looks now like this:
Amazing Sherbourne cycling numbers should convince Buckley that painted lines are not enough
Stephen Buckley, Toronto's transportation chief, has been very reluctant thus far to install protection on the separated bike lanes approved by City Council. Numbers coming from his own City Cycling Department (@TO_Cycling) should convince him to give up that reluctance if he has any desire to increase the number and diversity of people cycling in Toronto.
Has Buckley brought over his "relaxed parking" bike lane philosophy over from Philadelphia?
Someone asked me last week why our Transportation Services chief, Stephen Buckley, doesn't want—or seems very reluctant—to install barriers on the Richmond and Adelaide "cycle tracks" (despite council voting for them 39-0 and despite Buckley signing up to NACTO's bike guide which defines cycle tracks as being physically separated).
Toronto's failed shared space experiments exclude the vulnerable
Some influential Toronto planners and politicians have been dabbling in "shared space" and "cultural corridors" for the last few years. They like to talk about "destinations" rather than "through-traffic". These are innocuous terms but the results are far from harmless and might end up infecting our approach to "Complete Streets".