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Old June 30th, 2019, 12:29 AM   #61
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Vancouver and Montreal named among world’s most bike-friendly cities; Toronto ‘not close’

Two Canadian cities rank among the top 20 most bicycle-friendly in the world, according to a new study.

Vancouver made it onto the list for the first time while Montreal moves up two places since 2017. both are tied for the 18th spot in the 2019 Copenhagenize Index. They are the only North American cities that made the cut.

“Toronto is not close to being in the top 20 in any way,” says Morten Kabell, chief executive officer of Copenhagenize Design Co., the urban-planning consultancy that has authored the biannual ranking since 2011.

As Copenhagen’s former mayor of technical and environmental affairs, Kabell says he didn’t feel safe cycling in Toronto the few times he visited. This is the same city where, in 2007, then-councillor Rob Ford says, “What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later, you’re going to get bitten.”

For the 2019 Index, researchers considered over 600 cities with populations of more than 600,000 people, ranking 115 of them for their efforts toward “reestablishing the bicycle as a feasible, accepted and practical form of transport.” Researchers awarded points to cities across 14 categories, including infrastructure, bicycle modal share, gender split, image and indicators of safety

The Index found that Vancouver has done a good job of steadily adding to its network of protected bike lanes.

Vancouver had the highest bicycle modal share of any city in Canada. That, combined with increasing use of cargo bikes by local businesses, infrastructure designed for cyclists of all-ages and all-abilities, and new protected bicycle parking stations near public transit, all helped land the city a spot in the top 20.

“[In Vancouver] you see a bicycle culture that was more associated with sport now becoming more for the 99 per cent, people who just want to get to work fast,” Kabell says.

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Police crack down on aggressive drivers in week-long cycling safety blitz
Officers issued over 800 tickets for aggressive driving during vulnerable road users campaign
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Jul 2, 2019

Toronto police issued more than 800 tickets for aggressive driving during a week-long blitz in June aimed at increasing safety for cyclists on city streets.

During the "safety for cyclists" campaign, which ran from June 17 to 23, officers asked drivers to be alert and prepared to share the road with vulnerable road users. June is Bike Month in Toronto.

Police issued a total of 1,617 Highway Traffic Act tickets that week and the vast majority were against drivers, according to Sgt. Brett Moore, spokesperson for Toronto police's traffic services unit.

"We know far too often that vulnerable road users — cyclists, pedestrians — are on the receiving end of injury after a crash," Moore said on Tuesday.

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