Harbord Street Loves Bikes (Even More than Before)

Cyclist will notice a bunch amazing improvements along Harbord Street this week.

First, there is the bike box. Bike boxes allow cyclists to “pool” in front of cars at stop lights. This is helps avoid collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles, particularly with right-turning cars. Both cyclists and motorist should love the new boxes.

Approved in April/May at City Council, this area of Toronto will see four sets of bike boxes: Harbord/Hoskin and St. George, Spadina and Harbord, College and St. George, and College and Spadina. So far, only Harbord/Hoskin and St. George has been installed:

Bike Box at Harbord/Hoskin and St George

The bike boxes come from Portland, which are slightly different from our Toronto version:

Bike Box in Portland, on Hawthorne

BikeSauce, along with Bikechain and the Transportation Sub-Committee of the Sustainability Office Advisory Board at UofT, are working together to submit recommendations on the bike boxes. Included in these recommendations are using coloured paint (like in Portland), adding a “bicycle excepted” sign to the “no right on red” and to repaint the line that marks the separation of through-traffic and left-turning traffic in the boxes. Also, we’re working on a public education campaign, where we pass out the City’s flyers to road users. Wanna join us? Then shoot us an email…

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Municipal Election Day is Monday Oct 25.

YOUR CITY, YOUR VOTE

They’re here! They’re here! Municipal Elections are here, Monday October 25!!!

* Why should I vote? What are municipal issues? *
Municipal issues include: streets (including bicycle and pedestrian
infrastructure), public libraries, parks, child care, housing, community
centres, community health centres, public transit, (tap) water, garbage collection and more!!!

* Am I eligible to vote? *
You can vote in the City of Toronto municipal election if you are:
- a Canadian citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident of the City of Toronto; or
- a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the City of Toronto, or their spouse; and
- not prohibited from voting under any law
(More information can be found here)

* What if I’m not on the voters’ list? *
You can still vote!!! Simply go to your polling station and be sure to bring the
appropriate ID (one with a picture and signature and one with proof of Toronto address).
(A full list of acceptable IDs can be found here)

* Where do I vote? *
You must vote at the polling location closest to your place of residence. For your
polling location, visit the city website here)

* Who should I vote for? *
Well, we can’t really decide that for you. Be sure to check out the candidates for Mayor,
Councillor and School Board Trustee. There are many groups and websites dedicated to
“grading” candidates and releasing “report cards” on particular issues. Below is a list
of such websites. There are many more issues out there too; this list is not exhaustive.

- Arts (by Arts Vote Toronto)

-Public Transit (by Public Transit Coalition)

- Cycling Infrastructure and Bikes (by Toronto Cyclists’ Union):

- Environment (by Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)):

- Labour Issues (by Toronto and York Region Labour Council):

If you still have questions about voting, please do not hesitate to call the city at 311 (free info line).

HAPPY VOTING!!!

‘Sauce Goes to the BIXI Launch on July 28 (and so should you)

On May 11-12, 2010, City Council passed motion PW32.8, adopting a BIXI Public Bike Share system here in Toronto. BIXI systems, born in Montreal, have already been successfully launched in several other cities, such as London, Washington and Boston.

Not too long ago, Toronto’s public bike system was in jeopardy. Cyclists, advocates, activists and citizens alike flooded councillors’ email inboxes with pleas to move ahead with the deal, a campaign lead by the Toronto Cyclists Union. Thankfully, the project moved ahead and now there are a few milestones to achieve before the system rolls out in May 2011. One milestone is to sign up 1,000 members before November 30, 2010.

In an effort to kick-start the pledges, the City is hosting a Bixi Launch PartyWednesday, July 28, 7pm at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West). The event will provide complimentary food and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to take a BIXI bike for a test spin!!!

Have any questions? This Q&A sheet might be able to help

Painting Jarvis Street

Jarvis workers

It’s here! It’s finally here! The paint has finally been put down on Jarvis Street!

The press release came out July 14, saying that the work on Jarvis was about to begin. The lights down the reversible middle lane were removed and solid yellow lines were painted to indicate to drivers that they should no longer use this infamous lane.

Unfortunately, this caused confusion for riders and drivers alike, following the fine example set by these guys. Cyclists were even ticketed for riding down the centre lane (even though she was taking pictures to write this post, to clarify the situation for others).

Painting the actual lines began yesterday (July 24) and continued today. The bike symbols are planned for early this week. Check out some pictures of the painting process!

See even more pictures in our Facebook Album.

So if you have any spare time, grab your bike, head to Jarvis and give the new lanes a test ride!!!

SoDa Bikes: Ward 30 Advocacy Meeting, Tues. July 6, 7pm @ ‘Sauce

SoDa Bikes: Ward 30 Advocacy Meeting, May 2010

Want to make the streets of Ward 30 and the City a better place to bike? Have ideas of improvements to cycling infrastructure that you’d like to see implemented?

Then join the meeting on Tuesday July 6!!!

SET BUG (South East Toronto Bicycle User Group) and SoDa: Ward 30 Advocacy Group (South of Danforth) will be holding our monthly advocacy meeting at BikeSauce (717 Queen E) at 7pm.

Draft Agenda:

- Approve Minutes, Appoint Minute-Taker

- Update on Meeting with Councillor Paula Fletcher

- Inter-Ward Communication

-Ward 30 Bike Union Website

- Upcoming Cycling Events

- Leslie TTC Tracks / Re-build and Advocating for a Complete Street.

New Paint on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct

Have you had a chance to go for a ride over the Bloor Viaduct yet this week?  Have you seen the new, wider bikes lanes and the sharrows at the conflict zones?

Over the past 2 years or so, Ward 29 Bikes, and the bike community, have been advocating for a safer crossing for cyclists along the busy Bloor/Danforth bridge. In 2008, Ward 29 Bikes released a detailed and persuasive report: The Bloor Viaduct Safety Report. Last week, the city started with the pre-stripping and by this week, the project was completed!

Take a look at new lines! The buffers! The sharrows!

Bloor Viaduct, (heading east)

And look how much wider the lane is now! (heading east around the curve, right before the bridge)

Curve before the Bloor Viaduct, (heading east)

There are also a few sets of sharrows to help east-bound cyclists make that ever so tricky left-hand merge, right at the DVP on-ramp:

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