Bloor bike Lanes
What are the Bloor Bike Lanes? It was a year long pilot project (June 2016-June 2017) to increase biking/cycling infrastructure in the City of Toronto. As more and more people are turning to their bikes as a mode of transportation, the city recognized this and wanted to support this. Other cities in the world, like Copenhagen, have become built for bikes more than motor vehicles.
- October 18th - the PWIC (Public Works and Infrastructure Committee) voted 4-2 to make the lanes permanent
- November 2017 - the item will be taken to City Council for a vote and final approval
Bloordale area bike shops
Bikes and The Law
A couple of notes to keep in mind to be a law abiding cycling citizen:
- "no person age 14 and older may ride a bicycle on a sidewalk". The fine for an adult who rides a bicycle on a sidewalk shall be $60. The intent of this bylaw is to allow young children to cycle on the sidewalk while they learn to ride." - as noted on the City of Toronto website.
- "no person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard, in-line skate or roller-skates, coaster, scooter, toy vehicle, toboggan, sleight or similar device on a sidewalk recklessly or negligently or at a speed or in a manner that is dangerous to the public, having regard to the circumstances. The fine for this offence is $90." - as noted on the City of Toronto website.
**AUGUST 2nd ANNOUNCEMENT - 70 NEW BIKE SHARE STATIONS ADDED TO THE CITY!
Don't have a bike? That is no excuse to not hop on a bike for a ride around the city :). We are very lucky to have 2 docks in the neighbourhood. (located just north of Bloor and Dufferin on the the west side near the subway AND at Dufferin Grove Park). The beauty of Bike Share Toronto is that, similar to renting a car, pick up a bike at a convenient location, pedal to your destination and then just drop it off at another dock. It is a pay per use type of set up. One more initiative to a green, cleaner and better Bloordale!
TOUR DE BLOOR
The Tour de Bloor is an initiative with Cycle Toronto and many other local businesses along Bloor. It highlights various businesses along the Bloor Bike Lane areas, and not only encourages more use of bikes, but also encourages cyclists to support local. Once 20 stamps are collected from patronizing local businesses, then the cyclists are able to redeem them for prizes. While it has not extended to Bloordale yet, we would love to see this here for 2018.
The Toronto Cyclists handbook
This very fun, cute and useful guide is a publication that has been created in partnership with Cycle Toronto and Culture Link. Learn about different parts of the bicycle, getting ready to ride, rules of the road, cycling safety, and the health benefits. Pick up your copy of the Toronto Cycling Handbook at the Gladstone Library or at the Perth/Dupont branch. Also visit the Cycle Toronto main office at 215 Spadina Ave.