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Why Olympian Adam van Koeverden supports bike lanes

August 22, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Adam cycling on the Goat Creek Trail near Banff-Canmore. (Credit: Paula Findlay)

By Gideon Forman, Transportation Policy Analyst

People can't be divided neatly into cyclists and motorists, says Adam van Koeverden.

The 2004 winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy, given to Canada's top athlete, is himself a driver on some days, a bike-rider on others. He's not alone. "Most cyclists also spend time in a car, taxi or Uber," he explains. The goal isn't taking sides but finding a way for all road-users to move safely through the city. Toward that end, he supports separated bicycle lanes.

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Grassy Narrows stands up for Mother Earth

July 10, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Paula Hill, Public Engagement Specialist

I was honoured to be a part of the David Suzuki Foundation team that attended Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Grassy Narrows First Nation territory on June 28, 2017, the day after the provincial government committed $85 million to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy's Wabigoon River.

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Road safety more important than speed, new poll suggests

July 4, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Bells on Bloor (Credit: Daragh Sankey)

By Gideon Forman, Transportation Policy Analyst

A new Angus Reid Forum poll of 802 Torontonians shows 80 per cent support a "safe network of bicycle lanes" across the city.

That's a hugely encouraging statistic, especially because strong majority support runs throughout the metropolis. In the old City of Toronto, approval is at 84 per cent, but even in the inner suburbs of Etobicoke and Scarborough — where car use is more widespread — it's at 71 and 76 per cent, respectively. Uptown or downtown, it seems, people see the value of bike lanes even if they aren't cyclists themselves.

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Bloor bike lane a boon to business, safety

May 23, 2017 | 3 comments
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(Credit: Dylan Passmore via Flickr)

By Gideon Forman, Transportation Policy Analyst

Nine months after Toronto launched its Bloor bike lane, is the project a success? There's much evidence to suggest it is.

A survey released by the city in February shows 64 per cent of resident and business respondents believe the lane provides safety for cyclists while allowing acceptable traffic flow and parking. Nearly two-thirds of motorists say they feel "comfortable" driving next to cyclists now — compared to just 14 per cent in 2015, before the lane was installed.

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Will Trump trump Canada and save the monarchs?

May 11, 2017 | 3 comments
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By Jode Roberts, Pollinator Program Manager

Over the past 20 years, approximately 90 per cent of the monarch butterflies that migrate between Mexico and Canada have disappeared. In the 1990s, about one billion individual butterflies made the epic, multi-generational trek from Canada to Mexico. By 2013 the population had plummeted to 35 million. After a couple of years of modest improvement, the monarch population dropped by 22 million again last year.

In the U.S., the response from government and the conservation community has been strong. In 2015, $20 million was allocated for research conservation projects. Regional and national targets were set — including an ambitious goal of restoring 200,000 hectares of monarch habitat, stretching from Mexico to Minnesota.

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