What Do Safe Streets Look Like?
Forty-two. That is how many Torontonians died in the 2003 SARS outbreak, and it is also how many pedestrians and cyclists died on the streets of Toronto in 2019. If the City of Toronto treated pedestrian and cyclist safety as seriously as it is treating the current coronavirus scare perhaps that number would not have been so high. But, as the Toronto Star reported last December, Toronto police issued 140,000 fewer speeding tickets in 2018 than they had a decade earlier, and nearly fifty per cent fewer careless driving charges. There is a clear causal relationship between the reduction in the number of tickets that are issued and the increase…
Get Back Into Biking
Although winter this year has been mild enough to keep even the less than avid cyclist on the road for the majority of the season, most of us are eagerly awaiting those longer, warmer days of spring. Torontonians, on the whole, have embraced this efficient, clean, and fun way to get around; but while choosing the bike as a primary mode of transportation can be difficult for many, there is something to be said about its use recreationally. Opt for Trails and Pathways While the city debates over how to expand its on-street bike network, and those brave enough deal with the often stressful, although rewarding commute through these traffic-laden…
A Guide to Winter Biking
Dressing for the weather, winterizing your bike, and biking safely are all important for cycling in a Toronto winter.
Gear Up for Winter Cycling
Don’t put away that bike just yet By Megan Watcher If you live in Toronto, you’ve probably noticed a few seemingly crazy cyclists who refuse to put away their bikes for winter. While you’re huddled up waiting for the streetcar or speed-walking down the sidewalk with soaking wet feet, you might observe those particularly committed Canucks navigating through the snow and ice on their cherished two-wheeled chariots. Perhaps you’ve seen them braving the windy viaduct, that floating no-man’s-land between the Danforth and Bloor. You probably think to yourself, “Wow, I would never attempt to ride a bike in the middle of a Canadian January.” But perhaps you should think again.…
Why doesn’t the Danforth have BIXI bikes?
BIXI’s latest expansion plan does not include the Danforth because of the expense, yet the Annex is thriving with its new fleet of shared-bikes.
Wheels on Ice
How to bike safely in the winter months.
5 Tips for Winter Biking
Learn how to make your winter cycling experience easier with these 5 tips.