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Old 07-30-09, 06:42 AM
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Toronto Bike Friendly?

I had posted this on the daily commute thread with no responce so I thought I would try here.

Tuesday I took the day off work and drove the 100 plus kilometers to ZM Cycle in Toronto. The dealer, (Ziggy), had an aging Marinoni VR2 with Chorus group in my size so I brought along my gear and pedals to try it out. I rode in the quiet neighborhood of Dufferin and Eglinton area and I am truly jealous of how bicycle friendly the streets are. There was a little garbage pilled here and there because of the City workers strike but overall the bike lanes were clear and well marked. The many one-way streets allowed lots of room for traffic, parked cars and of coarse bicycle travel when there was no marked bicycle lanes. The drivers seemed very used to cyclists and gave me lots of room. My commute in the Kitchener-Waterloo area really shows how unfriendly it is in comparison to my brief Toronto exposure. I wonder if the area I was in was an exception or if the City of Toronto on whole has become this bike friendly?
BTW I was offered a deal on the bike that could not be refused. Then there were three.
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Old 07-30-09, 07:09 AM
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I'm not sure I'd describe Toronto as bike friendly, but it's certainly friendlier than some other places I have lived (take that Washington DC). Drivers are courteous for the most part, and there are some pleasant trails and good rides on quiet roads out of the city.

But bike lanes and bike routes are often too narrow, or next to parked cars, and there are not enough easy ways to get from A to B. And the cab drivers don't like/see bikes.

But still, I'm glad you liked it. Next time you can ride the Marinoni the 100km to Toronto!
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i bike often in town, and not just Toronto as i bike far for my daily commute.
Overall, yes the Toronto + GTA area is very bike friendly.
Drivers here are mostly respectable to people on bikes, excluding teenagers and early 20ers drivers of course.

i'll say we have one of the safest bike friendly city compare to other countries.
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I believe we have a catch 22 situation in Kitchener - Waterloo. The auto traffic does not know how to share the road with the bicyclist mostly because there is very few of us to get used to. Parked cars receive more courtesy then bicycles. People who would like to commute by bicycle are apprehensive because of the disrespectful way the auto drivers treat us. If the municipality would consider bicycle traffic when designing and repaving streets I am sure people would dust off their bikes and we would have a friendlier place to travel in like the Toronto I experienced.
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