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Toronto, May 23 (Canadian-Media): During Bike Month from May 28 to June 30. more than 200 bicycle-themed events will take place across Toronto. media reports said.
Guided bike tours, cycling workshops and social events would also be included in this month-long celebration of cycling.
Bike Month 2018 is reportedly sponsored by MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op), CLIF Bar, Smart Commute, Bike Share Toronto, Jet Fuel Coffee and CP24.
“Bike Month is a celebration of the joy of riding and an important opportunity to encourage more people to try it out,” said Liz Sutherland, Cycle Toronto’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations. “We see dramatic increases in ridership wherever the City installs cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities, including protected bike lanes on major routes where people shop, work and play.”
Bike Month encourages Torontonians to ride more often and raises awareness of cycling as a great way to get around the city.
Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 28 will kick off Bike Month with a group commute co-hosted by the City of Toronto.
Thousands of cyclists from start points all over the city will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Charles Streets at 7:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square.
Participants will be treated to a free pancake breakfast and coffee, and there will be vendors and speakers on the square from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Bike Month. Image credit: bikemonth.ca
"The City of Toronto is committed to improving how people move around the city," said Mayor John Tory. "That includes investing in bike lanes and other infrastructure so that cycling is safer and easier in Toronto. Cycling is a great way to get around the city, and it's good for fitness and for the environment."
The City of Toronto, since 1989 has worked with the cycling community encouraging people to get on their bikes.
The City of Toronto is once again partnering with Cycle Toronto to deliver Bike Month programming this year.
To achieve the City’s target of 80 percent reduction in local greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as identified in its TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, 75 percent of all trips under five kilometers will need to be cycled or walked by 2050.
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Toronto, May 15 (Canadian-Media): The City of Toronto and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University are inviting skilled citizens to participate in the Vision Zero Challenge, which will be launched on May 31.
Vision Zero Challenge. Image credit: website
Individual or group participating teams had been asked by the eight-week Vision Zero Challenge to develop data-driven solutions to help identify where policy-makers should prioritize transportation safety improvements in the immediate, medium and long term.
"We're inviting civic innovators, data analysts, designers, planners, academics and advocates to participate in the challenge," said Mayor John Tory. "We want to know how data, design and technology can be used to make all road users in Toronto, especially seniors and school children, safer immediately."
Each team will be given access to research and policy materials, data sets and capacity building tools to advance their ideas. Throughout the Challenge, mentors will help teams refine their ideas and build robust solutions.
Solutions will be evaluated in two phases using standardized judging criteria. Winning teams will be announced in September and awarded $7,000 for first prize and $3,000 for the runner-up. Both teams will have the option of entering into Civic Hall Toronto to take part in a six-month coaching and training program to further refine and build out their solution, working closely with City staff.
"The safety of Toronto's streets remains a top priority for the City," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "The Challenge is an opportunity to create actionable, data-based solutions to improve safety for all road users."
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Toronto, May 1 (Canadian-Media): This morning, Mayor John Tory outlined next steps on a number of traffic measures to get Toronto moving including traffic wardens, photo radar and road safety measures. These next steps are outlined in a new report from City staff going to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee next week.
“I am continuing to identify and move forward with steps to get this city moving better and safer,” said Mayor Tory. “To those who want to get to work and back home again in a timely manner – whether they take transit, walk, bike or drive – this is good news.”
Road Safety Measures. Image credit: Pinterest
This report will allow the City this year to move ahead with traffic wardens in key intersections; soon deploy photo radar in school zones, beginning with a pilot this summer; identify 100 new school safety zones across the city; lift an 18-year-old moratorium on the installation of new community safety zones and allow the City to double the fine for speeding in the area; and streamline the process for road safety measures to be installed on local streets.
Starting next Monday, paid duty police officers will be deployed to operate until traffic wardens are hired and trained.
Traffic wardens were approved in this year’s City budget. The positions will be publicly posted later this week.
“These changes moving ahead will help ensure better safety measures on our streets, particularly around schools and in neighborhoods, while addressing gridlock in some of the city’s busiest intersections,” said Tory.