Posts tagged: safety

Start seeing bicycles

By , February 16, 2012 2:18 pm

Start seeing bicycles bumper sticker

This bumper sticker was spotted offering practical advice in Ward 29′s Playter Estates neighbourhood on Monday night.

 

New signs on Pottery Road

By , February 10, 2012 11:56 pm

New signs on Pottery Road

When Pottery Road re-opened at the end of November, some drivers reported confusion about what the newly painted sharrows meant, with some thinking that the downhill lane was for bikes only. To help alleviate any confusion on Pottery Road, the City of Toronto has erected new signs to indicate that the lane is shared by cars and bikes, that bikes should ride down in the middle of the lane, and that drivers shouldn’t try to pass cyclists while going down the hill.

Because this kind of pavement marking is still relatively new, a lot of drivers and cyclists alike may not know exactly what to do when they encounter sharrows on the road. The City of Toronto has put together a FAQ explaining the ins and outs of sharrows. The City has also produced a video to introduce sharrows to all road users:

 

 

Ward 29 Bikes 2009 Year (and a bit!) in review

By , March 3, 2010 3:53 am

What we’ve done so far

Ward 29 Bikes had a busy and successful 2009. Our volunteers engaged with the local community by holding two public meetings, participating in numerous community events, helping with the work of other groups, and raising the profile of cycling in our neighbourhood and across the city. Here is a summary of some of the activities that we undertook in our first full year of advocacy:

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Ward 29 Cycling Survey

By , August 14, 2009 5:00 am

We’re conducting a survey this week, both online and in person at the Taste of the Danforth, about cycling in and around Ward 29. If you completed the survey at our June meeting, there’s no need to fill out this one as well; we already have your answers. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey (there are just ten multiple-choice questions) or talk to one of our volunteers at the Taste of the Danforth this weekend.

Toronto’s Walking Strategy

By , May 19, 2009 6:17 am

Ward 29 Bikes is proud to support Toronto’s recently-adopted Walking Strategy. We believe that all forms of active transportation should be respected and encouraged, and that neighbourhoods designed around the needs of pedestrians (and by extension, cyclists) are stronger, safer communities. Any successful public policy must prioritize people above vehicles. The Walking Strategy does that in part by reducing conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians.

Minor measures such as restricting right turns on red lights at some intersections will go a long way toward making the public realm safer. “The Walking Strategy is not anti-car, it’s pro-people,” said Val Dodge, a member of Ward 29 Bikes. Member Luke Siragusa added, “The safety and welfare of pedestrians should receive top priority.”

We believe that safe streets for pedestrians mean safe streets for everyone and therefore endorse Toronto’s Walking Strategy as a step in the right direction. We are all pedestrians.

Ward 29 Bikes at Diefenbaker Public School

By , May 1, 2009 7:00 pm

The Ward 29 Bikes team at Diefenbaker Public School

Cycle26 member Brian Betsworth (left) with Ward 29 Bikes members Tom Flaherty (middle) and Luke Siragusa (right).

Ward 29 Bikes ran a cycling information area at Diefenbaker Public School on Thursday, as part of the school’s Minds and Bodies in Motion after-school evening dedicated to active lifestyles. Member Tom Flaherty organized our table and coordinated the volunteers. Our team included Brian Betsworth (a member of Cycle26), Luke Siragusa, and Val Dodge. Constable Roger Mayers, a bicycle police officer with 54 Division, was also on hand to talk about safety and impress students (and parents, and us too) with his fully-equipped police bike.

We spoke with 70 students and their teachers and parents about all things cycling, answered safety questions, demonstrated a variety of cycling gear, and pointed out local trails, bike lanes, and parks that offer safe and fun riding for all ages.

The rainy weather interfered with our plans to hold a full-scale bicycle rodeo outside, but we plan to make up for it later this spring. Everyone had a great time and we hope to bring our show to more area schools in the future.

Special thanks go to to David Robinson, the Sustainability Coordinator at Mountain Equipment Co-op for providing bicycle bells as giveaways for the kids; Constable Joanne Theriault of 54 Division for coordination assistance; Christina Bouchard and Barb Wentworth of the City of Toronto for providing a big box of cycling handouts, maps, and posters; the staff and students at Diefenbaker for inviting us; and Brian Betsworth, Constable Mayers, and Auxiliary Constable Carrie Lloyd for helping at the event. And a big thanks to Tom for arranging it all!

If you represent a school in Toronto-Danforth Ward 29 and would like us to attend one of your events, please contact us. If you’re a cycling advocacy group that would like to be able to run similar events in your neighbourhood, ask us for more information.

Check below the fold for some additional pictures.
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Bloor Viaduct Safety Report

By , January 13, 2009 7:19 am

Luke Siragusa and the rest of the Ward 29 Bikes team recently produced a professional-quality report (PDF) highlighting the safety issues faced by cyclists on the Bloor Viaduct. Conflict zones with cars exist at both ends of the Viaduct in both directions of travel, making this extremely popular cycling route less safe than it should be.

Luke’s report details the shortcomings of the Viaduct’s cycling infrastructure and offers simple, inexpensive solutions that can be applied in other conflict zones across the city.

It’s a shame that Toronto has let such dangerous conditions persist for so long when many of the fixes that Luke proposes come from the city’s very own bike lane guidelines and standards. Nevertheless, we have real opportunities here to raise awareness among cyclists, show City Hall what’s possible when citizens are engaged, and to improve a conflict zone between cyclists and motorists. Even pedestrians would benefit from improvements at both the east and west ends of the Viaduct.

Luke will deliver a brief presentation about his report to the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Monday January 19, 2009 in Committee Room 2 in City Hall. We hope to see the report’s recommendations adopted this year.

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