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Cycling Safety

Bicycle Bashing or Concerned Citizens About Cycling Safety?

Cycling Safety
When large-scale discussions used to erupt regarding obeying the rules of the road these discourses revolved around driving. Each generation seems to spur a different road safety discussion; from wearing seat belts to drinking and driving, public safety is directly influenced by the behaviour of citizens on the road. However, the millennials are less concerned with hot rods and more concerned with environmentally friendly modes of transportation. In Ontario alone, over 600, 000 citizens ride a bike daily.  So now, the road safety discourse is changing.

Toronto cyclist advocate and CEO of Share the Road Cycling Coalition, believes that the millennial generation’s transportation habits are changing the ways of the road. However, other citizens are not so happy about this transition. Conversation surrounding cycling safety was sparked in Toronto after a TTC Chair was ticketed for rolling through a stop sign on her bicycle. The Chair Tweeted that she refused to pay the ticket due to a citation error and discourse boomed.

An enraged Toronto columnist responded to this news with a scathing article about bikers’ disregard for motorists and basic road safety. The Toronto Star columnist, Judith Timson, wrote about driving home late at night and witnessing a cyclist biking against traffic in the dark nestled in amongst parked cars. Timson states, “I am a motorist, fearful and angry, and I’ve come to the end of silently tolerating cyclists who break the law.”

This prompted a rather anger-filled discussion about cyclists either not knowing or not caring to obey road rules. McMahon responded stating that as we move away from being car-centric, we need to ensure that cyclists understand how to travel safely. However, this is currently an unfair assumption, as the city does not provide any type of cycling education. Motorists just assume cyclists know the best way to manoeuvre throughout Toronto’s busy streets, but that is just not the case.

Motorists have books, classes and courses about how to drive properly. Parents take driver education seriously and there are very few, if any, young motorists that have not gone through months of in-class and in-car training. But what of this new generation that is saying no to cars and yes to eco-friendly, cheap cycling? How will they learn to cycle safely if we do not take the time to teach them?

In various blogs (TORONTO BIKERS BEWARE: & “DOORING” MAJOR DANGER FOR TORONTO CYCLIStS) I have explored the dangers of biking in Toronto. But, what about the dangers that cyclists create for motorists? I can only imagine the emotional turmoil that a motorist who strikes a cyclist must suffer. What can bikers do to keep themselves safer? Beyond wearing a helmet, wear lights at night. Don’t blend into bad lighting and traffic; stand out with noticeable gear and protective headwear. Don’t cut cars off! Do not casually roll through lights or stop signs and certainly do not go against the grain of traffic to save time. I do not agree with biker bashing, but several of these motorists’ claims could have been avoided by safer, smarter biking. Do not shed a negative light on Toronto’s cycling community. Educate yourself or advocate for public cycling education. Let’s keep Toronto’s streets safe for everyone. Stand up for yourself by being safe and continuing to enjoy fast, cheap travel in Toronto.

https://johndiogenous.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/dooring-major-danger-for-toronto-cyclists/

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Bike Sharing in Toronto

Bike sharing is a new idea on the market. Not only is it good for the environment, it also is good for the pocketbook. BIXI Toronto has bikes for your bike sharing needs. It is a great company with a new location, which is convenient to meet any customer’s needs.
Choosing to bike instead of using urban transportation is a great help to the environment. This is a real option if you live in a urban area where everything is closely located. Every time that you use your human fuel to power a bicycle, you are saving the ozone from harmful exhaust that is emitted from buses, cars, trains and motorcycles. This is a good idea not only for people who are alive today, but also for those in future generations. It is imperative that we are kinder to our planet so future humans can enjoy it as well.
Toronto.bixi.com is easy to use also. It allows customers to get bikes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The first thirty minutes of each trip are free and you can drop the bike off at a station close to your destination. This makes bike riding easy and fun without having to worry about maintenance either.
This is an super easy system that allows customers to walk up to the station, choose a bike and pay with a credit or debit card. After payment, the BIXI system will issue a code to unlock your bike from the rack. That is all that is required and remember the first 30 minutes of trip are included and your card will be charged for additional time.
I think this is a great approach to an environmentally concious idea and beleive more people should use Bixi and get out on the road on two wheels.

Cycling to see the city of Toronto

Are you a cycling enthusiast currently living in Toronto or with plans to visit the city?

If the answer is yes, then you should treat yourself with an adventure of a lifetime while in the city.  Cycling has a lot of positive health benefits but more importantly, it gives one the opportunity to experience the amazing sounds and city of the city of Toronto.  Unlike other forms of touring the city, cycling enables one to travel deeper into areas that would otherwise be inaccessible when using other means of transport like buses and at the same time, making it more convenient to make stops at places that you wish.

John Diogenous bike path photoCycling tours in Toronto could be three way:  One may opt to sign up for group touring where a couple of other cycling enthusiasts also join in.  This type of group is usually accompanied by an expert to guide them through various landmark and lighthouse attractions within and around the city.  The same too applies for private tours especially for people with special interests and who wish to focus more on certain attractions.  The third alternative is touring the city while cycling solo.  This only applies if one is well knowledgeable of the area and its surrounding though it’s not recommended for a first time tourist of the city.

Examples of remarkable places to tour while cycling around the city include the Toronto islands; the harbourfront that is home to Toronto’s best theatres, art galleries and restaurants; the Wonderland Park; Toronto Zoo; Casa Loma; Yorkville; the Rogers Centre; CN Tower which was nominated as one of the seven Wonders of the modern world and other several attractions including hotels, shopping malls and markets.  While cycling through these attractions, one can slow down if need be to enable them connect more with these attractions and learn more about them.

Various touring agencies offer bicycles for rental while the tourist is still in the city.  Although the rates charged on bicycles vary, they are much affordable compared to all the other forms of transportation.  Bicycling is in the same way more convenient since one doesn’t have to pay for packing and neither do they have to worry about dealing with heavy traffic.  Moreover, since many people assume that taking a vacation is all about relaxing, by you opting to cycle will keep fit and healthy hence give you a sense of pride in what you will have accomplished.