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Enough with the data, we already know bike lanes work: Elliott

City transportation staff are recommending that council make the Bloor bike lanes permanent. The 19-page document, released last week, systemically uses a giant pile of data to destroy any and all potential objections to keeping the bike infrastructure in place permanently. Oh, you thought the lanes were underused? False. Counts show bike traffic is up 49 per cent. It’s already the second busiest...

Here's a safety tip for pedestrians and cyclists— walk or ride to City Hall

Most elected officials at city hall still do not give the needs of pedestrians and cyclists anywhere near the same weight as the needs for drivers, writes Matt Elliott. I’m not going to tell you not to wear black. It seems every year around this time — as the days get darker — Toronto pedestrians are advised to wear bright, reflective colours as they walk around, lest they become another...

Toronto still playing catch up on car sharing — even as usage explodes

Car2Go vehicles are, for the most part, found only in approved parking lots across the city. The company started letting people drop cars in residential neighbourhoods in 2016 but, in doing so, went against the wishes of city hall. When it comes to car sharing, Toronto is both a leader and a follower. The city leads in usage. Since April of 2016, when car share agency Car2go began to allow users...

Woodbine bike lane opponents should look to the record

Bike lanes along Woodbine Avenue in the east end of Toronto. Woodbine Avenue’s new protected bike lanes are just a few weeks old and already opponents are playing the same old hits. A petition started by Woodbine area residents calling for Mayor John Tory to remove the lanes outlines the same set of tired objections I always hear about new bike infrastructure. Their list of reasons to remove the...

Tory's road to re-election runs straight through downtown Toronto: Elliott

Showing support for new bike lanes on Bloor and pushing for lanes on the Danforth are among the issues John Tory can take on to woo downtown voters. Now that Doug Ford has announced he will once again challenge John Tory in next year’s mayoral election it seems a good time to remind the mayor of a little electoral math. Because the math tells us something really important about the 2018 race: it...

On booze and pot, Toronto could stand to chill out: Elliott

Parks on Tap has been bringing craft brews to city green spaces since 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. It's the basis for a program being pitched for Toronto parks. On a Saturday in June, I drank a beer on Queen Street West. It was one of the first scorcher days of the summer. The sidewalks were packed. The sun was unrelenting. And then, as if by magic, my girlfriend and I came across a couple of...

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