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  • Rolling Youth into Toronto's Bicycle Renaissance - Spacing National
    this benchmark The bicycle combines physical activity with utility biking simply to get to everyday destinations is a feasible means to sneak in exercise Moreover the backseat generation lacks opportunities to be independently mobile free to travel in their urban space as they wish Here the bicycle may be framed not only as a tool for physical health but for exploration and autonomy as well It is quite exciting then that this year s Bike Month will be accompanied by the region s inaugural Bike to School Week from May 25 th to the 29 th Over 100 schools and counting across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area have registered to participate in this week long event Registration essentially means that participating schools will be delivering cycling related events leading up to or during the Week with the potential opportunity to snag prizes Perhaps it is too early to dub Bike to School Week a celebration of youth cycling in the region as Toronto youth cycling rates have not been climbing upwards as they have been with adults Numerous factors are at play here parental fears lack of infrastructure inaccessibility or perhaps concern over helmet head Still Bike to School Week has the potential to be something more interesting than a celebration of biking in my eyes It can be a catalyst for change The idea of Toronto undergoing a bicycle renaissance is quite uplifting however it does not occur over one week or one month It requires long term investment and engagement from numerous stakeholders ranging from the chief city planner to the average city cyclist So as our bicycle renaissance rolls on let s not leave behind our youngest companions Bike Month and Bike to School Week is a time for folks across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area young and old experienced and uncertain to hop on a bicycle Of course it is healthy and environmentally sustainable But let s not forget it is also fun 1 The Transportation Tomorrow Survey DMG 2014 measures travel modes across the city If these rates still seem unimpressively low bike mode shares are substantially higher in particular downtown neighbourhoods However suburban urban cycling is a whole other discussion in itself Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Toronto cyclists have hearts of gold Green settlement living sustainable lives in Canada Cycling Think Do Tank the new 2015 series on city cycling BIKE THINK TANK Ridership numbers continue to grow Tweet More posts by Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Frederick Emrich 6 months ago I m am an avid no addicted cyclist and newcomer to Toronto living in the downtown core I had hoped to get my kids into cycling here as well but unfortunately I find the traffic in the city difficult even for me and I am

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/05/22/rolling-youth-torontos-bicycle-renaissance/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Lessons on rekindling a regional romance: a visit to Hamilton reveals a percolating urban revival Canada needs to watch - Spacing National
    the downtown Shops were shuttered and buildings emptied Even the iconic Royal Connaught Hotel once inaugurated by a member of the British Royalty sat idle Worse buildings like the old city hall a French Romanesque jewel in the style of Toronto s old city hall had been knocked down earlier for a rendition of urban renewal that erected massive shopping centres across several city blocks These sprawling and squat chunks of concrete have their backs to the street like Jackson Square at James Street and King William Norton lauds the efforts of local developers acquiring idle buildings downtown and creating new condos and restaurants encouraged to preserve old architecture with a 20k city grant program for facades The land housing the Tivoli Theatre once Canada s oldest running cabaret was approved for a 22 story condo on the condition of restoring the theatre The Listor Bloc built in 1924 was given a 26 million restoration and contains the city s arts and culture department But the manner of development gives many locals caution weary of going down the Toronto route of towering glass condos which pierce the skyline and the eye and where keeping a building facade is seen as preservation enough A Manhattan feel at a Tower of Babylon pace It seems a low bar for city building Other downtowners however are starved for densification after years of hollow living and are thirsty for tall towers There is justified anxiety about the Toronto Hamilton romance in the Hammer which is an unequal power relationship after all Some of the tourists noted how it can take an hour to cross Toronto to get to work downtown when inter city transit improves why not be living in a bigger and cheaper space within a smaller still urban city But Hamilton doesn t want to be a bedroom community for TO It clearly isn t any kind of room in another edifice at all and during Hamiltime its stand alone muscles were showing One of the most popular civic engagement websites in Canada is Raise the Hammer Founder and editor Ryan McGreal spoke to Hamiltime while overlooking the downtown from another escarpment viewpoint on Mountain Brow Boulevard He noted another key to Hamilton s downtown revival changing the flow of traffic on streets that were flipped into one way thoroughfares one gloomy night in the fifties Opening streets to bidirectional flow encourages stops walking shopping and perusing but takes away fast passage through downtown And thus emerges the urban suburban divide Torontonians know intimately although in Hamilton it didn t produce a Rob Ford James Street North was the first street to be converted back in the early 2000s fitted with bump outs and two way traffic From the 90s until then city council was tenacious The council of 15 years ago was so desperate that they laid the groundwork for prosperity and revitalization said McGreal When we make bold moves we can actually make changes pretty fast Now the changes are

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/05/08/lessons-rekindling-regional-romance-visit-hamilton-reveals-percolating-urban-revival-canada-needs-watch/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Finding our way by bike - Spacing National
    have lived most of my life I can usually be certain that any time a designated cycling route ends there will be a big green sign pointing me in the direction of a different bike route I also know exactly what size style and colour of sign to watch out for along my journey When I moved to Toronto despite my route planning efforts I have on a few occasions ended up on streets that I felt so uncomfortable cycling on that I ve walked my bike a few blocks I m a committed cyclist and very little could ever discourage me from riding my bike every day But to a new more tentative cyclist the uncertainty of knowing whether or not you will end up on a street you aren t comfortable riding on may be enough to discourage you from getting on your bike in the first place Toronto and Vancouver have their own unique challenges in terms of network legibility Connecting the gaps in the network is a long term fix that will hopefully be prioritized in the future As for signage Vancouver doesn t have all the answers but they have implemented some strong ideas that could work for other cities like Toronto One aspect of Vancouver s design is simply following good signage guidelines the colour and size of cycling signs is consistent across the city and the signs are large enough to be visible and legible from a distance Unlike the few numbered routes here the cycling routes that cut across different streets are named to be indicative of their path or destination For example the Seaside bike signage gives a lot of information in just a single word The street signage is also included in bike wayfinding as each designated cycle street has a little bike next to the street name at each intersection This is a good signifier for both cyclists and drivers who are reminded that the road is for multiple users Added clarity to cycle crossings at busy intersections is also both a wayfinding strategy and a part of good lane design Beyond signage we can also think bigger and look at lighting schemes pavement treatments and planters as part of the wayfinding strategy Toronto has a very high bike mode share in some parts of the city an embedded cycling culture and is topographically blessed with a relatively flat road network Along with these gifts an effective wayfinding strategy could encourage tons of new cyclists who will support network growth and cement an even stronger cycling culture in this city Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Green settlement living sustainable lives in Canada BIKE THINK TANK Ridership numbers continue to grow Investing in Cycling in Scarborough Cycling Think Do Tank the new 2015 series on city cycling Tweet More posts by Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank 5 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/05/07/finding-way-bike/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Toronto cyclists have hearts of gold - Spacing National
    in the downtown boast impressive mode share as high as 20 city wide only 2 of people ride regularly 55 of all trips Torontonians make are less than 7 km which takes the average person about 30 minutes to ride But we need leadership from City Council to cultivate cycling s city wide potential When I think of gold I think of significant investments in mass cycling We spend more than 6 000 per person per year in Canada on health care yet in Toronto we spend only 3 08 per capita on cycling infrastructure Ottawa spends more than 8 per person on cycling Doubling cycling s budget is long overdue Toronto is fortunate to have an ever more talented group of staff implementing bicycle infrastructure at the City Cycling events and programs across the city are fantastic And I m encouraged by the City s recent move to pilot protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide and extend them east to Parliament this summer The momentum is shifting We should use the gold award not as a goal that s been achieved but as a rallying point to drive our work forward We need to demand more from our elected officials 73 of Torontonians say they want to ride more but that on street safety is holding them back We know cycling is the best way to get around town and we need to rally together and demand better infrastructure Over the coming months we re going to ask you to take action to build safer streets for all and create a more people friendly Toronto There s a reason why cyclists are the happiest commuters Riding a bicycle is awesome Take a ride along Harbord and you can t help but feel inspired People who ride bicycles in Toronto have hearts of gold Let s use this moment to do better as a city and invest more in cycling to truly unlock its potential Ride Safely Jared Kolb Executive Director jared kolb cycleto ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Green settlement living sustainable lives in Canada Rolling Youth into Toronto s Bicycle Renaissance Cycling Think Do Tank the new 2015 series on city cycling Bikes Community and New Lives Tweet More posts by Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank 5 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy joe 7 months ago The link to the League criteria PDF is wrong It currently points to somewhere on the UofT site Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank 7 months ago Thanks Joe We ve fixed it adora 7 months ago I m skeptical on the need to encourage cycling For instance I was traveling east on Bloor West near High Park yesterday There was one cyclist on the right lane All the cars had to either wait behind him or change to the left i

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/04/13/toronto-cyclists-hearts-gold/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Green settlement: living sustainable lives in Canada - Spacing National
    after securing my first entry level non skilled job in a factory I realized how easy it was for me to navigate the streets go to work and do my day to day errands by bike I fell in love with the bicycle again Buying my first bicycle in Canada was like a homecoming to me I never went back and today my bicycle is part of me and shapes my lifestyle Fast forward to my employment with CultureLink as a School Settlement Worker helping newcomer kids and families to get established in Canada I began to notice that all the programming offered at CultureLink has two components On the one hand we encourage newcomers to retain and feel proud of some values and practices especially their language dietary and cultural practices On the other hand we help newcomers to adapt to the host country I began to rethink where do our sustainable habits fit in In developing countries most of us lived with many sustainable habits due to sheer socio economic reality We did not consider them as conscious environmental habits rather they were part of our day to day normal life In Canada most of us give them up under the new conditions and to fit into Canadian society Yet I knew Canada was struggling to improve environmental conditions There was a disconnect and from this observation came the Green Settlement concept that we nurture diversity by encouraging newcomers to retain and share their sustainable green habits In 2009 CultureLink officially adopted Green Settlement trademarked it and began to develop tangible programming Our most successful Green Settlement initiative has been our partnership with Cycle Toronto and our first joint project was called Cycling From Back Home to Our New Home From there we developed Bike Host and eventually

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/03/12/green-settlement-living-sustainable-lives-canada/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Cities for People Archives - Spacing Montreal
    Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Content Not Found The content you re looking for cannot be found Please try a search Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Jane Jacobs Quebec sovereigntist Le Faubourg à m lasse les origines d une légende urbaine Snowdon discoveries Wandering around Lachine Centre communautaire de l Est Pierrefonds Roxboro From the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/cities-for-people/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Cities for People Archives - Spacing Ottawa
    Walking Waterfront Region Topic Content Not Found The content you re looking for cannot be found Please try a search Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts UrbSanity Streetside spots new tactics for public space The history of the Ottawa subway Dreaming in colour The story behind Ottawa s world class transit map Neighbourhood Walk Carling Avenue and development on the outskirts of

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/cities-for-people/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Cities for People Archives - Spacing Atlantic
    Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Content Not Found The content you re looking for cannot be found Please try a search Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts From the Vaults Gottingen Street Stadium Dreams at Shannon Park Urban Development Does Halifax need to grow up From the Vaults Africville A New Arena for Dartmouth From the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/cities-for-people/ (2015-11-16)
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