Monday, May 30, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
From the Star this morning (p. B2): Go West, cyclists
Leafy Royal York Rd. will get bicycle lanes as part of reconstruction of the street from Mimico Creek to Usher Ave. in central Etobicoke. City Council spent most of the morning yesterday discussing the painting of lines to mark the bike lanes before approving them in a 37-1 vote.
What isn’t said is that they aren’t proper bike lanes – 1.25 m instead of 1.5 m, and the only reason they’re happening is that a few people pushed Council into a corner. Without the pressure (for which we were royally dumped on), nothing would have been done about delineating space for cyclists. The lanes would have remained "bicycle friendly," without any markings.
Comments from some people who were there at City Hall for the vote:
"As far as we're concerned, 1.25 m is the new standard width for bike lanes in Toronto. The next time a reconstruction project like this comes up in a suburban area, someone will be pushing for 1.0 m. By the time Glenn gets bike lanes in Scarborough (if he ever does), they'll be down to 0.5 m, and he'll be telling cyclists in Scarborough they should be happy, because that's the best compromise he could get.
There's a saying somewhere about those whose goal is compromise had better be ready for defeat.
It would all have been a bit more palatable if Giambrone, De Baeremaeker and Chow had defined the goal as 1.5 m bike lanes, and made it clear that they were conceding something. But they didn't. Their starting point was compromise. The dictionary definition of compromise, by the way, is: the settlement of a dispute by mutual concession. In this case, one side did all the conceding. Nobody, at any point, suggested narrowing the travel lanes for motor vehicles in order to accommodate full bike lanes.
In this world, there are givers and takers. In this city, cyclists and pedestrians are the givers. Bless us all for our generosity."
Personal note: Despite our 'bike-friendly' councillors almost ruining the whole plan ... west-end activists like Rhona and Janice and Martin Koob and many others fought the good fight to make it happen. ;-)
Posted by Tino at 1:07 pm
Thursday, May 19, 2005
A big thank you to all who came out to ride (about 60 or so). I also wish to thank
Darren Stehr, Dan Abramsky, Marichka Melnyk, the Kuellmer Family and Jessica.
A very moving ride. More photos soon.
For great panorama photo by Jun Nogami click here
Darren Stehr (photo above) did an amazing job documenting the ride with his photos
Posted by Tino at 8:47 am
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Ride of Silence. Please join me and other cyclists at Bloor and Spadina (southeast corner) at 7 P.M on Wednesday, May 18th. This ride is being held on the same day in many other cities all over North America.
Dan Abramsky and I will be on CBC Radio this afternoon, around
3:30 p.m. talking about tonights ride. Listen in.
There is also a second ride in the East End available. For more information on this ride please download this flyer (.pdf)
Posted by Tino at 11:05 am
Monday, May 16, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Monday, May 09, 2005
Results from the BBC vote for Best Technological Innovation since 1800:
Bicycle - 59%
Transistor - 8%
Electro-magnetic induction ring - 8%
Computer - 6%
Germ theory of infection - 5%
Radio - 5%
Internet - 4%
Internal combustion engine - 3%
Nuclear power - 1%
Communications satellite - 1%
Makes you think, does it not?
Posted by Tino at 9:29 am