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FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

Rapidly expanding bike lanes a healthy solution

By Mike Layton

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

EDITORIAL: City staff ignore bike lanes (July 2018)

July 18th, 2018 · 1 Comment

In “The Pothole”, the award-winning 150th episode Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer adopts a one mile stretch of the Arthur Burghardt Expressway after running over an abandoned sewing machine. Kramer decides to make his newly adopted section of a highway a more luxurious experience for drivers by reducing four lanes to two extra-wide ones. What results — to great comedic effect — is mass confusion and chaos and, a lesson in how not to manage a highway.

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Tags: Annex · Editorial · General

NEWS: Bike lanes (March 2018)

March 22nd, 2018 · Comments Off on NEWS: Bike lanes (March 2018)

A dissenter makes his case

By Annemarie Brissenden

Do bike lanes make cycling inherently safer?

That question was up for debate at January’s Grounds for Thought, which runs the last Tuesday of every month at the Green Beanery at Bloor and Bathurst streets. With free coffee on offer, Grounds for Thought is an homage to the coffee houses of old, places where dissent and unconventional ideas were not only welcomed but encouraged.

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Tags: Annex · News

NEWS (Nov. 2017): Pilot project becomes permanent

November 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (Nov. 2017): Pilot project becomes permanent

Council resoundingly votes in favour of Bloor Street bike lanes

By Geremy Bordonaro

It’s been a long time coming but the Bloor Street bike lanes are now a permanent fixture of the community.

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Tags: Annex · News

FORUM (Oct. 2017): A magical new supply of parking spots

November 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

Merchants need to look to themselves

By Albert Koehl

What if Bloor Street merchants — especially those who believe the bike lane is bad for business — could magically create a new supply of parking spots for their motoring customers?

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

GREENINGS (Oct. 2017): Down to the data

November 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (Oct. 2017): Down to the data

What’s left out is just as important

The data is in on the Bloor Street pilot bike lanes, and it seems to support keeping the lanes. (Now that the bike lanes are in, even on a pilot basis, it’s a little surreal to me that anyone actually wants to pull them out.) But speaking of data, it’s worth thinking about which data gets included, as well as how the data itself is interpreted.

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Tags: Annex · Life

EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

October 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (FALL 2017): Bike lanes, good for business

When confronted with the question of whether or not to support the city’s pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street, the Bloor Annex and Korea Town Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) commissioned a study on the economic impact of the bike lanes. The comprehensive evaluation yielded clear results and also found a discrepancy between the attitudes of merchants and the positive impact the lanes appeared to have on their bottom lines.

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NEWS (JUNE 2017): Boon or bane?

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (JUNE 2017): Boon or bane?

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: Attendees at the third public consultation on the Bloor Street Pilot Bike Lanes annotated a map with comments on the pilot project. The annotations devolved into a war of words, in which one resident found himself battling another over the viability of businesses and bikes.

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CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Preliminary data on Bloor Street pilot bike lane released

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (MARCH 2017): Preliminary data on Bloor Street pilot bike lane released

PHOTO BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

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CHATTER (AUGUST 2016): Ground-breaking bike lanes launch on Bloor Street

August 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on CHATTER (AUGUST 2016): Ground-breaking bike lanes launch on Bloor Street

PHOTO BY SUMMER REID/GLEANER NEWS: The Bloor Street pilot bike lane project was launched on Aug. 12.

PHOTO BY SUMMER REID/GLEANER NEWS: The Bloor Street pilot bike lane project was launched on Aug. 12.

The Annex’s cycling community celebrated the unveiling of the Bloor Street pilot bike lane project on Aug. 12.

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Tags: Annex · News