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Happy Last Day of 2007 to you!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.



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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

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(you can view these by category, as well)

Monday:

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
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Happy Christmas Eve to you!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.

Hope you had a great weekend.


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Velotique at Queen & Coxwell

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posted by Joe on Friday, December 21, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's easy to forget all the great stuff that goes on over 365 days, and there's no exception following biking in Toronto.

Here's a reminder of just 10 (in no particular order) of the great things that happened in the cycling community in Toronto in 2007. A lot more great stuff happened, but these are the 10 best, in my opinion.

The next time you hear someone whining about nothing good never happening for cyclists, you can print off this list and prove them wrong. :)

1. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain
Spearheaded by one individual, Justin Lafontaine, Via Rail started offering special "biketrain" trips between Toronto and Ottawa in a pilot project in 2007. By all accounts, it's a fun and worthwhile service, and expansion is being considered for 2008

2. The Toronto Cyclists Union
Dave Meslin has an envious problem - he's got a golden touch. After starting up the very influential Toronto Public Space Committee (from which Spacing Magazine sprung) and shaking up municipal politics with City Idol, he's now focusing his energy on creating a bike-community unifying and member supported advocacy organization for those of us on two wheels. While it launches in the Spring of 2008, a lot of the foundation and planning work happened in 2007.

3. TCAT Steps (& Cycles) it up
The Toronto Coaltion for Active Transport started in 2006, but really came into it's own in 2007. From getting a large grant from the Toronto Community Foundation, forming a Steering Committee, hiring a Project Co-ordinator, launching an informative Newsletter and becoming a constant presence in anything regarding cyclists and pedestrians at City Hall.

4. Infrastructure Improvements
2007 saw a lot of cycling infrastructure and more importantly, talk of infrastructure improvements. While talk is meaningless unless followed up by action, we can look back at 2007 and be happy for the infrastructure that was installed and was discussed, including:
  • BikeLocker Expansion
    • Long Branch GO Station
    • Etobicoke Civic Centre
    • Metro Hall

5. Bikelane Approval Streamlined
In the past, bikelanes were routinely blocked by an anti-cycling councillor or community council who didn't understand that providing safe places to bike in a community makes a community better. 2007 saw City Council streamline the bikelane approval process, making it possible for Council to okay new bikelanes if they deem them good for the City's sustainable transportation plans (that's a no-brainer!), over objections of local interests who sometimes care more about abundant car parking than making their neighbourhoods more people-friendly.

6. 83% increase in the Cycling Budget
While cycling advocates didn't get as large an increase as they wanted (which was needed to finish the BikePlan by 2012, the Cycling Budget still saw a large 83% increase for 2008. Growing from $3 to $5.5 million, it's a good start in a financially-strapped city just starting to take advantage of new revenue tools.

7. Bells on Bloor
Cycling advocates organized a big ride along Bloor Street in September, and hundreds of people came out to it... cycling advocates, regular bike-commuters, and children - all in support of a Bloor-Danforth Bike Lane.

8. Police Online Bike Registration System
The Toronto Police Service have a great system for tracking down stolen bikes using the id numbers found on the bottom bracket (the hub where the pedals are), but previously, we all had to print off a registration form and submit it at a Police Station... we saw the TPS come into the online world this year with their Online Bike Registration system - making it easier for all of us to officially register our two-wheeled steeds in case they go missing.

9. Our First Coloured BikeLane
Other cities (especially in Europe) have had them for years - bikelanes with coloured pavement to visually define the area of the road set aside for bikes. They are commonly used in areas with a lot of cyclist/car crossing patterns (such as on-ramps to highways, etc). Strachan Avenue down by the main entrance of the CNE was the first section of road to see nice blue bikelanes installed as a test (the paint failed to stick to the road properly, so it'll be reformulated and re-tested in 2008) in Toronto, and we're all looking forward to seeing blue lanes everywhere

10. No PST on Bikes
This happened most recently - as of December 1st, 2007, the Ontario Government is not charging the 8% provincial sales tax on all bicycles under $1000 as well as on helmets and other safety equipment. Go buy a bike for yourself or someone you love. :)

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posted by Joe on Friday, December 21, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last Friday. Enjoy.
  • New Cycling Trail connects Toronto and Caledon
    The Mississauga News and Posted Toronto are both reporting that there are negotiations currently underway with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to allow a cycling trail to use some unused land at Pearson International. This would, according to the articles, connect the Etobicoke Creek Trail (which runs from Marie Curtis…
  • Bicycle Specialties is closing down
    It seems weird that while more and more Torontonians are choosing their bikes for urban commuting, we've now had two stores close in a little over a month. Following the closure of Cavern Cycles in November, Bicycle Specialties (45 Cranefield Rd., in the Bermondsey and O'Connor area) is closing their…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: December 17th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: 2008 Capital Budget Wrap-Up - Letter to…

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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:

Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.


50-Yr.-Old Pedestrian Killed

A 50-year-old man died Saturday after he reportedly stepped into traffic. Police remained on the scene for hours at Lawrence and Orton Park in Scarborough and haven't released any other information about the victim.

Car Crash On DVP Leaves Man In Critical Condition

Police said a 24-year-old driver was injured when his car bounced off the guardrail in the southbound lanes, and landed in the path of a tow truck. The collision left both vehicles heavily damaged.

Woman dies after snowplow hits van

Two little girls watched as their mother was fatally injured by a snowplow in yesterday's blinding snowstorm, police say.


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The Stolen Bike Listing exists to bring more attention to what has been stolen in Toronto so that we can all keep an eye out for our beloved missing bicycles.

Since this began on November 1st, 39 stolen bikes have been added to the Listing.

You can visit the Stolen Bike Listing Page for more details about how to prevent your bike from being stolen, and what you can do if you find it missing one day, as well as a full list of bikes stolen recently.
  • A new as-it-happens Stolen Bike RSS Feed - accessible now through the more popular RSS Readers:
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You can also sign up to get a daily email on whatever has been stolen in the city.


No new bikes have been added to the listing this week, BUT, a BikingToronto reader just emailed me and let me know that a recent stolen bike is extremely similar to a bike for sale in Baltimore of all places.

While it could just be a case of similar bikes, there are enough unique details in common that there may be some weird Toronto-Baltimore theft connection.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto. I try to link to this "Elsewhere" stuff in the sidebar of this page.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the past week:



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Dutch Bikes in Toronto

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

From Streetfilms:
On Sunday we spent the entire day - from 5 AM ’til nearly 5 PM - riding bicycles around the city courtesy of the Ciclovia, a weekly event in which over 70 miles of city streets are closed to traffic where residents come out to walk, bike, run, skate, recreate, picnic, and talk with family, neighbors & strangers…it is simply one of the most moving experiences I have had in my entire life.


It should be noted that the film makers were aided tremendously by Gil Peñalosa, Executive Director of Walk and Bike for Life.

Walk and Bike for Life is based in Oakville, Ontario.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by day:

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Monday:

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
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Sunday:

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The Mississauga News and Posted Toronto are both reporting that there are negotiations currently underway with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to allow a cycling trail to use some unused land at Pearson International.

This would, according to the articles, connect the Etobicoke Creek Trail (which runs from Marie Curtis Park on the Mississauga-Toronto border to highway 401) to some existing and developing trails in Bramptom:
The finishing touches are being put on an agreement to allow a cycling trail to cross around the property of Pearson International Airport (PIA), providing a key link that could soon create a 50-km trail from Toronto to Caledon.

Negotiations have begun with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and are expected to result in an agreement next spring to allow extension of the existing bike trail along the Etobicoke Creek Valley, says City of Mississauga Ward 5 councillor Eve Adams.

Adams, a member of the City's cycling advisory committee, told The National Post that, "the big push in cycling circles is this concept of connectivity. You want to be able to get onto a trail and go for a long run.”
The map at top is the City of Mississauga Cycling Map (click on it to link to the full PDF of the map) which shows a big fat NOTHING along the Etobicoke Creek - but the City of Brampton website has a good map of their section of this trail .

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

It seems weird that while more and more Torontonians are choosing their bikes for urban commuting, we've now had two stores close in a little over a month.

Following the closure of Cavern Cycles in November, Bicycle Specialties (45 Cranefield Rd., in the Bermondsey and O'Connor area) is closing their doors for good at 5 pm this Saturday (Dec. 22nd).

After 38 years of selling and fixing bikes in Toronto, Mike Barry is calling it quits.

At 5 p.m. this Saturday, he's forever closing the doors of his Bicycle Specialties shop at 45 Cranefield Rd., in the Bermondsey and O'Connor area of Toronto.

"I want to spend more time with my family," says the 69-year-old Barry. "My son is a professional cyclist and he lives in Spain with his wife and children. My wife and I would love to visit them more often, and do some riding of our own before my days are out.

"I also have a passion for vintage bikes. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection. I would love to spend some time restoring them. While I was running the shop I never had the chance to do that because I was always fixing someone else's bike."


You can read a personal letter from Mike Barry about his decision to close the store on his blog.

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BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:

  1. 2008 Capital Budget Wrap-Up - Letter to the Globe
  2. TCAT Walking Strategy Meeting with the City - New Date: January 16
  3. Correction: Martin Goodman Trail Bollards recommendations go to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on January 9
  4. Welcome Toronto Environmental Alliance – New group joins TCAT’s growing list of Supporters
  5. TCAT News Subscriptions - Technical issues resolved, help spread the word

More on the TCAT site.

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Happy Monday to you!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.

Hope you had a great weekend.



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Spadina & Richmond

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last Friday. Enjoy.

  • The December 2007 Issue of Cyclometer is here
    If you haven't signed up for email delivery of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter, well... you should! Here's some December News for you, via the BikingToronto Inbox. (this stuff will soon be on the City's website - but until it gets posted there, you can read it…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: December 11th
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: Martin Goodman Trail Bollards - TCAC recommends…
  • Winter Biking in Toronto
    In case anyone doesn't know about it yet, the City of Toronto is running a "Bike Winter" from December 1st to March 1st to encourage winter cycling in our great city. They've posted a handy-dandy brochure (PDF) to help those new to winter cycling get into it, with handy tips…
  • Toronto Police intrigued by Human Powered Car
    A bunch of cycling advocates got together recently, took apart the insides of an old 1988 Buick (a veritable tank of a car) and installed a cool 4-person pedal powerplant before taking it out on Toronto streets. It was so interesting, the cops pulled them over to get a better… (larger version of video here)

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Corner Rides

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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.



Teens Lucky To Survive Ravine Crash

Three young teens who took a speedy red sports car for a lunchtime joyride quickly saw the anticipated joy replaced with terror after they lost control of the vehicle and it plummeted deep into a roadside ravine.

Pickup Truck Slams Through Barber Shop

A pickup truck plowed into a barber shop in North York. It happened around 7:20am Thursday when the truck took out the front of the shop in a plaza at the northwest corner of Jane and Sheppard.

With broken ankles, crash survivor crawls to safety

One man is dead and another is in hospital after a single-vehicle crash early yesterday morning in which police say the survivor, who suffered two broken ankles, pulled himself from the wreckage and crawled half a kilometre through the snow to a nearby gu

Cop Cruiser Crash

A cab driver was taken to hospital early Thursday after a crash involving a police cruiser at Bay and Yorkville Ave. just after 2am.


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posted by Joe on Thursday, December 13, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

The Stolen Bike Listing exists to bring more attention to what has been stolen in Toronto so that we can all keep an eye out for our beloved missing bicycles.

Since this began on November 1st, 39 stolen bikes have been added to the Listing.

You can visit the Stolen Bike Listing Page for more details about how to prevent your bike from being stolen, and what you can do if you find it missing one day, as well as a full list of bikes stolen recently.
  • A new as-it-happens Stolen Bike RSS Feed - accessible now through the more popular RSS Readers:
    • Add to Google Reader or Homepage
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    • Add to netvibes
    • Subscribe in Bloglines
You can also sign up to get a daily email on whatever has been stolen in the city.

Here's what has been stolen during the past week:


Again, the full list is on the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Want a cool bike video from Copenhagen with a funky Eurobeat soundtrack with spoken lyrics in another language? It might be Danish, but I'm not sure.

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What's it look like when about a third of a city's commuters go by bike? This video is of a major cycling route in Copenhagen that sees more than 25,000 cyclists a day (the entire city of about 1.7 million has more than 500,000 bike commuters).

Great bike infrastructure begets more people on bikes...

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If you haven't signed up for email delivery of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter, well... you should!

Here's some December News for you, via the BikingToronto Inbox.

(this stuff will soon be on the City's website - but until it gets posted there, you can read it here)



1. 10 December Cycling Committee Meeting News

On 10 December the Cycling Advisory Committee met and heard about the issue of the double row of offset bollards on the Martin Goodman Trail at the Boulevard Club and Lakeshore Blvd. West. There have been complaints from some cyclists that the bollards are an excessively difficult calming measure in a part of the Trail that is widely used by commuting cyclists and others.

The Committee agreed to instruct Transportation staff to look into alternatives to the double rows of bollards where the Trail meets the driveway to the Boulevard Club.

2. Bike Winter Festival!

For the first time ever Toronto will host 'Bike Winter' a festival of cycling during the coldest time of the year. The calendar will be ongoing between December 22 and March 1.

There are two ways to get involved:

A) Organising and listing your cycling events online.
B) Attending Bike Winter events. For example: the City of Toronto will host the "Coldest Day Of The Year Ride" on Wednesday, January 30 2008. Noon at City Hall.

3. Bike Week Poster Art Contest

Call for submissions continues for our Biking in Toronto Poster Contest.

This coming spring, 3,000 full colour posters will be printed and distributed to Public Libraries, Community Centres, Civic Centres, Bike Event holders, Environmental/Community Groups, etc. Toronto artists are invited to submit their works to be showcased in this initiative.

More info here: Bike Week Poster Contest Announced

4. Notice of Stakeholders Meeting & Bike Art Show Opening

From 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, 10 January, 2008 there will be a meeting for Bike Week 2008 event planners. The meeting will take place at the opening of the Bike Winter Art Show in the Rotunda at Metro Hall, 55 John Street. Stakeholders should be there to advise the Bike Week Co-ordinator of their plans for next Spring.

5. Cold Weather Cycling Tips

If you have never cycled in cold weather before, you will be surprised at how warm you will be! Cycling is an aerobic activity, which means that your body will produce heat- a lot more heat than walking. Most first-time cold weather cyclists find that they have overdressed and are too hot and even sweating by the end of rides.
More information: http://www.toronto.ca/bug/cold_weather.htm

BikingToronto Post: Winter Biking in Toronto

6. Don Valley (Crothers Woods) Mountain Bike Trail News

A) Loblaws Trailhead: After many years of planning, the Loblaws trailhead became a reality when it was constructed by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in October. The new trailhead will eventually house a bulletin board for park users, a comprehensive trail map, a Crothers Woods interpretive sign and trail etiquette guidelines. The trailhead will also be home to a memorial stone and plaque in commemoration of the late Thomas Hauser, an individual who spent countless hours helping the City of Toronto and the International Mountain Biking Association improve the quality and sustainability of the trail system in Crothers Woods. In May of 2008 the City of Toronto will host an official opening of the trailhead for everyone from the Crothers Woods community.

B) Parks, Forestry & Recreation - Strategic Services Branch is developing a City-Wide Mountain Biking Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to determine the best way to provide recreational opportunities for off-road cyclists, while balancing environmental protection and safety concerns. PFR will be holding meetings with stakeholders over the next few months. More information will be sent out in December. Contact Jennifer Kowalski at jkowals@toronto.ca or 416-392-7203 for information on how to get involved.

C) Double Track Construction in Sun Valley: From December 1st to 8th, a short section of trail will be closed in Sun Valley for improvements. The section of the trail to be closed is from the entrance at #91 Bayview, along the west bank of the Don River to the Beechwood Bridge. The trail, which has been eroded for several years, will be re-graded and re-aligned to meet the standards set out in the Crothers Woods Trail Management Strategy. This area will become the first section of trail designated as beginner double track. For more information on future trail construction plans, please refer to the map on page 39 of the Crothers Woods Trail Management Strategy (PDF).

Maps have been posted at all access points into Crothers Woods and Sun Valley to notify users of the closure.

D) Pottery Rd. Trail Closures and Re-alignment: As many of you may have noticed, two 'fall lines' were closed again this year at Pottery Road. These lines were closed due to environmental and safety concerns, and to encourage the use of the new switchback trail built by volunteers. Another group of volunteers from Deloitte Canada worked for a full day in August to close off the trails by digging up compacted areas, filling eroded sections, and planting the area while using brush and logs to block access. They also installed trailhead and trail closed signs.


7. New Bike Lockers at Guildwood GO Station & Expanded Locations!

There are now six new bike lockers at Guildwood GO train station in Scarborough. In addition, there are now 24 lockers at City Hall and 30 at Metro Hall (and some are still available!). Lockers are still just $10/month + gst with a minimum four month commitment. Go to www.toronto.ca/cycling/locker.htm to apply.


8. New Year's Eve Cyclocross Race @ East Humber Bay Park

Midweek Cycling Club is holding its first-ever New Year's Eve bike race at 12:30p.m. on 31 December. It will be a cyclocross circuit with one general race of 50 minutes with three graduated starts (fast, faster, fastest). The course will be on gravel paths with some grassy/snowy technical parts and barriers. Registration ($15 pp.) begins at 11:30a.m. in the parking lot tent; racers must hold UCI/CCA racing licences and no one-day licences will be provided. The park is south of Lakeshore Blvd West at Park Lawn Road and Marine Parade Drive. More race details at www.midweekclub.ca.


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posted by Joe on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto. I try to link to this "Elsewhere" stuff in the sidebar of this page.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the past week:





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BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:

  1. Martin Goodman Trail Bollards - TCAC recommends removal
  2. 2008 Capital Budget - City Council review December 11 and Bike Plan update
  3. Cycling Law Reforms - Do you have ideas?
  4. TCAT Walking Strategy Meeting with the City - Postponed until January
  5. Welcome Take the Tooker – New group joins TCAT’s growing list of Supporters

More on the TCAT site.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

(you can view these by day, as well)

News:
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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2), arranged by day:

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The last thing you may expect from a beer company:

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Quick reminder that there's a Folding Bike Demo today at lunch at King & Bay:

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Where: TD Centre (south-west corner of King at Bay)

What to Wear: Business dressy or your Sunday best!

Why: To demontrate folding bikes, promote cycling, and have a fun ride around the financial district.

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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:

Monday, Dec. 10th:

Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting (open to the public)

When: Monday, Dec. 10th, 7-10 pm
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Committee room 1 (map)
What: The Toronto Cycling Committee is designed to advise City Council and its departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, on the design, development and delivery of bicycle policies, programs and facilities to promote and enhance cycling within the City of Toronto. The goal of the committee is to provide a liveable and environmentally friendly city that is accessible and safe for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bicycle and to ensure the role of cycling in a transportation system appropriately balanced among all road users


Tuesday, Dec. 11th:

Folding Bike Demo

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Where: TD Centre (south-west corner of King at Bay)
What to Wear: Business dressy or your Sunday best!
Why: To demontrate folding bikes, promote cycling, and have a fun ride around the financial district.


Wednesday, Dec. 12th:

CBN Flat-fix and Tune-up workshop

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 7-9pm
Where: 761 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)
What: The Community Bicycle Network introduces mechanic classes for beginners. The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. Learning some basics about your bike saves you money in the long run when you can change your own tube or adjust your brakes.


Friday, Dec. 14th:

CBN "Open House"

When: Friday, Dec. 14th, 5-8 pm
Where: 761 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)
What: Learn about the Community Bicycle Network and their projects. There will be food, mulled win and hot cider, a demo bike for people to try their hand at bike repair, music, cyclists, and door prizes.

If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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CBN is inviting Toronto cyclists (and anyone else, really) to an open house at their base of operations at 761 Queen West this Friday night.

They're charging for it and requiring RSVPs, which doesn't make it an "open house" at all. Weird.

When: Friday, Dec. 14th, 5-8 pm

Where: 761 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

What: Learn about the Community Bicycle Network and their projects. There will be food, mulled win and hot cider, a demo bike for people to try their hand at bike repair, music, cyclists, and door prizes.

Non Open-House type items:
  • RSVP required
  • Cost: students $5, waged $5, $10, or $20

Proceeds go to support the cost of the open house and to CBN's projects.

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CBN is holding a flat-fix and tune-up course on Wednesday night, if there is enough demand.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 7-9pm

Where: 761 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

What: The Community Bicycle Network introduces mechanic classes for beginners. The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. Learning some basics about your bike saves you money in the long run when you can change your own tube or adjust your brakes.

More info on the BikingToronto Calendar item page, or at CBN.

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There's a cool (no weather-related pun intended) folding bike demo happening downtown tomorrow at lunchtime. Spacing has a nice post about it today too.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Where: TD Centre (south-west corner of King at Bay)

What to Wear: Business dressy or your Sunday best!

Why: To demontrate folding bikes, promote cycling, and have a fun ride around the financial district.

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The Cycling Committee is meeting tonight! It's open to the public.

When: Monday, Dec. 10th, 7-10 pm
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Committee room 1 (map)

What: The Toronto Cycling Committee is designed to advise City Council and its departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, on the design, development and delivery of bicycle policies, programs and facilities to promote and enhance cycling within the City of Toronto. The goal of the committee is to provide a liveable and environmentally friendly city that is accessible and safe for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bicycle and to ensure the role of cycling in a transportation system appropriately balanced among all road users

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Happy Monday to you!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Past Photos of the Week Posts:

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In case anyone doesn't know about it yet, the City of Toronto is running a "Bike Winter" from December 1st to March 1st to encourage winter cycling in our great city.

They've posted a handy-dandy brochure (PDF) to help those new to winter cycling get into it, with handy tips and often humourous "things to watch for":
Watch for: The new relationship you may develop with your hot shower and clothes dryer. Getting chilly will help you appreciate the following warmth.

They've posted a lot of good tips in non-PDF form too!

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A bunch of cycling advocates got together recently, took apart the insides of an old 1988 Buick (a veritable tank of a car) and installed a cool 4-person pedal powerplant before taking it out on Toronto streets.

It was so interesting, the cops pulled them over to get a better look and to deem to whole contraption unsafe.

The stunt is making headlines around the cycling blogosphere, even down in New York, where Streetsblog wrote about it.

Here's a video of it:

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last Friday. Enjoy.
  • Cavern Cycles has closed down
    After a long time down on Queen East (between Jarvis and Sherbourne), Cavern Cycles has closed it's doors for good. I'm sure that any regulars who went there have found other downtown places like Urbane or Cycle Solutions in Cabbagetown, but it's probably not the same. [via Living for the…
  • Bicycles with no Provincial Sales Tax, just in time for Christmas
    Just a reminder for everyone, following up on a post from November - as of December 1st, all bicycles under $1000 as well as helmets and other safety-type equipment are sold without the 8% Provincial Sales Tax: The province will forgo about $25 million a year to give people a…
  • Cyclist shot in the arm riding near Regent Park
    In the Toronto Star today: A young man was shot in the arm while riding his bike near Regent Park Sunday evening.... Officers arrived and were flagged down by a young man who said he'd been shot by a passing car while riding his bike near Dundas St. and River…
  • Bike Week/Month Poster Contest Announced
    The 2007 artwork, viewable here, by Martin Reis The City of Toronto is holding a contest during Bike Winter to pick some artwork to go on the posters for Bike Week/Month in the spring! (Apparently, it may be expanding to a full MONTH for 2008!). Here are the details:
  • Velomobile: This Bike Looks Like A Car
    The Toronto Star wrote about velomobiles yesterday: "That's quite the little thingy you've got there," says a young man – ring in his nose, backpack, slouchy trousers – as he passes Ray Mickevicius's bright yellow vehicle, sleek as a dolphin, on Queen's Quay E.
  • TCAT News Bulletin: December 3rd
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: (To subscribe to TCAT News, go to http://torontocat.ca/main/?q=join)The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. I usually post it on here since it has been in email form, but they now have it on their website, so…
  • TreeHugger: Stickers For Those Jerks Who Park in Bike Lanes
    Last week, TreeHugger paid some attention to the whole "parking in bike lanes issue" and brought attention to a new site called I Parked In A Bike Lane.org which takes the complaining about motor vehicles in bikelanes to a whole new level: "I Parked In A Bike Lane.org is a…
  • Podcast of "Bicycles Versus Cars" available on CBC website
    Dave Meslin appeared on the CBC program the Current back on November 22nd to talk about the Toronto Cyclists Union and other efforts to give cyclists a larger voice in large cities in North America. The podcast of the program (mp3) is now available on the Current podcast page.

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Eastern Avenue Sidewalk

(Sidewalk Cycling is not a good thing. The City of Toronto has a good page about it)

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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage is inspired by NYC's Streetsblog Weekly Carnage feature. The aim of this series of posts is to bring attention to the death and destruction wrought by automobiles and an auto-centric culture. Pursuing policies promoting walking, cycling and public transit could help reduce the carnage.



Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Car

A man is dead after he was struck by a vehicle around 7pm Wednesday night near College and Ossington.

Driver, 18, killed leaving high school

The car was leaving Clarke High School around 1:10 p.m. when it struck the median separating the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 35/115, east of Clarington. The boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Woman killed in 407 crash

While the tow truck was stopped, police say a woman driving a BMW hit the back of the truck. The car rolled onto its roof and slid about 120 metres and collided with a westbound Toyota.

Multi-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down Portion Of Eastbound 401

With cold weather and icy conditions already slowing drivers, a multi-vehicle crash reduced the eastbound lanes to just one at Brock Road and Pickering around 10:30pm.

Father clings to life after serious car accident

The accident happened Friday evening shortly after 6 p.m. A Toyota Camry was travelling northbound on Don Mills Road, just north of Lawrence Avenue, when police say it rear-ended a Ford Taurus.

Officer hurt after being rammed by stolen car

A Toronto police officer was treated for leg injuries yesterday after a stolen car was taken for a joyride, rammed into two police cruisers, and shot at by officers.

Car Drives Into Store

The crash had a ripple effect, damaging an office next door and trapping three workers inside. They began to panic when they thought there was a gas leak - and couldn't get out. "We thought that maybe the roof had gone out," recalls Sanjay Bhajat. "I just got scared so I called 911. It smelled like natural gas ... I thought maybe it was a fire."

Man Charged With Impaired Driving After Multi-Vehicle Crash

A North York man was charged with impaired driving after a multi-vehicle crash and rollover on Don Mills Road late Friday. The incident sent his wife and son, along with a man in another vehicle, to hospital.

Thousands In East End Without Power After Truck Hits Hydro Pole

Several thousand people are without power after a truck hit a pole in the east end Saturday. The crash reportedly happened shortly after 9am on Bermondsey Road.

Car Hits Gas Line At Downtown Intersection

There were traffic slowdowns near Bathurst and Bloor Sts. Monday morning after a car struck a gas line, causing it to leak. The driver wasn't injured in the collision, which occurred at about 7:40am on Barton Ave.

Impaired driving charge laid in 3-vehicle crash

According to police, the driver of a Toyota Camry was heading north on Don Mills Rd. near Lawrence when it struck a Ford Taurus carrying a man, his wife and his daughter. The Taurus rolled over into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a van heading south.

Milton crash kills one, injures two

Halton Police were called to the scene at Derry Rd. and Bell School line Saturday afternoon following a serious, near-head-on accident. According to Det. Steve Long, one vehicle travelling eastbound slowed near the Bell School Line. A Hyundai driving behind that vehicle turned to miss it and struck another car going westbound.

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After a long time down on Queen East (between Jarvis and Sherbourne), Cavern Cycles has closed it's doors for good.

I'm sure that any regulars who went there have found other downtown places like Urbane or Cycle Solutions in Cabbagetown, but it's probably not the same.

[via Living for the City]

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The Stolen Bike Listing exists to bring more attention to what has been stolen in Toronto so that we can all keep an eye out for our beloved missing bicycles.

Since this began on November 1st, 37 stolen bikes have been added to the Listing.

You can visit the Stolen Bike Listing Page for more details about how to prevent your bike from being stolen, and what you can do if you find it missing one day, as well as a full list of bikes stolen recently.
  • A new as-it-happens Stolen Bike RSS Feed - accessible now through the more popular RSS Readers:
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Nothing has been Stolen (that we know of) during the past week.

Instead, let me point you towards a nice post over on Craigslist:
Bought a bike, registered my serial number on the Police Bike Registry Homepage, had it stolen, and the Police found it in less than a month. I would STRONGLY recommend that bike owners do the same. It takes 5 minutes to do. I've had 3 bikes stolen this year alone! I only registered the one, and it was found. You have a much better chance of getting it back.
It's stuff that's already on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, but it's nice to hear that the systems in place do work sometimes.

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Just a reminder for everyone, following up on a post from November - as of December 1st, all bicycles under $1000 as well as helmets and other safety-type equipment are sold without the 8% Provincial Sales Tax:

The province will forgo about $25 million a year to give people a tax break on bicycles under $1,000, bike helmets and related safety equipment starting on Dec. 1.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province is lifting the eight per cent sales tax on the bikes and helmets as a "Christmas treat for our families."

He said the idea is to encourage people to become more active and so more kids can experience what he calls the simple joy of riding a bike.

McGuinty also said he hopes the tax exemption will encourage people to get outdoors and perhaps even try commuting to work by bike, easing congestion on the roads.


Buy someone you love a bike or some bike gear for Christmas. It's cheaper now.

Ontario Government News Release | Video

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto. I try to link to this "Elsewhere" stuff in the sidebar of this page.

Here's some news, views, and inspirations that I've come across in the past week:

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Here are the 10 posts that saw the most action in November. Enjoy.
1. Update on the Cyclist-Motorist Screwdriver Assault

2. Cyclist Stabs Motorist with a Screwdriver

3. Toronto Cyclists Union Ultrasound Newsletter - Late October

4. The Globe: Grow Up, Cyclists (Dave Meslin and the Cyclist Union)

5. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

6. Bike Theft Thursday

7. Richard Florida on Bicycling and Cities

8. Arrest in Cyclist Road Rage Screwdriver Stabbing

9. Photo of the Day: Transit Messages

10. Toronto planning 50 km of bikelanes for 2008

Past Popular Monthly Posts:

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In the Toronto Star today:

A young man was shot in the arm while riding his bike near Regent Park Sunday evening.

... Officers arrived and were flagged down by a young man who said he'd been shot by a passing car while riding his bike near Dundas St. and River St.

"He doesn't know who or why, and he has no beefs with anybody," Chambers said.

Regent Park used to be known as a bad area of town, but it's been a ton better the last few years - as more people have moved into downtown Toronto and the Regent Park Revitalization was announced.

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The 2007 artwork, viewable here, by Martin Reis

The City of Toronto is holding a contest during Bike Winter to pick some artwork to go on the posters for Bike Week/Month in the spring! (Apparently, it may be expanding to a full MONTH for 2008!).

Here are the details:
Bike Poster Contest

For the spring, 3,000 full colour posters will be printed and distributed to Public Libraries, Community Centers, Civic Centers, Bike Event holders, Environmental/Community Groups etc. Toronto Artists are invited to submit their works to be showcased in this initiative.

Artist's who’s work is accepted to the contest will also have the opportunity to have prints of their work shown in the Metro Hall Rotunda, Mon Jan.7th-Fri. Jan. 11th

TO SUBMIT:

Please submit before Friday January 4th at 4:00pm

Because the ultimate goal is posters, 2D media such as graphic design pieces, photos, or prints are preferable.

No sculptures/installations please, however, if you have a good photo of a bike themed sculpture etc. then that may be eligible.

Individuals may submit multiple works.

If could please send email attachments to show me roughly what you have in mind, that will facilitate things. If you have no internet, please call me at 416-392-7592.

The Judging of the submissions will be at:

The Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John St.
Monday January 7th Works may stay on display in Metro Hall until Friday January 11th

Criteria for the judging:

10 - Visual impact/strength of the piece.
5 - Communication of 'cycling' content.
5 - Ideally the 3 pics will be distinct from each other but also cohesive as a group.
1 - Extra point if it communicates 'Toronto-ness' somehow...
1 - An extra point if it communicates 'utilitarian' cycling
  • While helmet use is a personal choice for adult cyclists, we want to set as good an example as possible. If your photos/work depict illegal/dangerous behaviour, then it is likely we will not be able to print them up as posters.
  • Works do not have to be 11”x17” in scale for submission, however ultimately they will have to look good when reproduced at that scale, and this will be taken into consideration.

For submission and more information, contact Cris Bouchard:

East York Civic Center
850 Coxwell Ave 1st flr.
Toronto ON M4C 5R1
416-392-7592
bikeweek@toronto.ca

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week, arranged by category:

(you can view these by day, as well)

News:

Events:

Photos:

Weekly:


Past Digest Posts:

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There is a lot of posting here on BikingToronto. Here's a weekly digest of everything posted last week (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2), arranged by day:

(you can view these by category, as well)

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:

Past Digest Posts:

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Moonlight Ride

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Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Not much on tap this week, but there's a Rally for Kyoto going on this Saturday:

What: Kyoto NOW! - RALLY, MARCH & ECO FAIR
When: Sat, Dec 8th, 12-2pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

Description:
Join a coalition of environmental groups and concerned citizens for this global day of action on Saturday December 8th 2007.

Web: torontoclimatecampaign.org | Facebook Event


If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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The Toronto Star wrote about velomobiles yesterday:

"That's quite the little thingy you've got there," says a young man – ring in his nose, backpack, slouchy trousers – as he passes Ray Mickevicius's bright yellow vehicle, sleek as a dolphin, on Queen's Quay E.

Other men (and it was clearly a man thing) circled it curiously. A pair with leather jackets and sunglasses dropped their briefcases, and one started snapping photographs. A man in a Fair Isle sweater asked questions. "Do you ride this in Toronto?"

The "thingy" is a velomobile, a ground-hugging, three-wheeled horizontal bicycle, sheathed in fibreglass. About three metres long, it looks like a miniature race car, but it's powered by pedalling. It has a steering bar, 27 gears, turn signals, lights and a speedometer.

Velomobiles are aerodynamic, keep bad weather off you and are non-polluting.

They also range from almost $4000 up to $13000. That price has to come down a lot for velomobiles to be anything but a toy for the rich cycling afficionado.

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BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT:


(To subscribe to TCAT News, go to http://torontocat.ca/main/?q=join)

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. I usually post it on here since it has been in email form, but they now have it on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:
  1. Martin Goodman Trail Bollards - Issue to be addressed by TCAC, December 10th
  2. 2008 Capital Budget - Continued efforts needed in lead-up to Council debate, December 11th
  3. 2nd Notice: TCAT Walking Strategy Meeting with the City - December 12th
  4. Cycling in Cities Research at UBC - TCAT joins list of NGOs consulting on project
  5. Welcome Bikechain & Friends of the Don East – New groups join TCAT’s growing list of Supporters
More on the TCAT site.

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Last week, TreeHugger paid some attention to the whole "parking in bike lanes issue" and brought attention to a new site called I Parked In A Bike Lane.org which takes the complaining about motor vehicles in bikelanes to a whole new level:


"I Parked In A Bike Lane.org is a humble movement aimed at raising driver awareness towards the problems associated with blocking bike lanes. Cyclists know how unsafe this can be, but something about being hulled up inside two tons of steel seems to lead to an obliviousness (or perhaps indifference) to these issues."


I like the mybikelane idea of taking photos of bikelane parkers, and the idea of putting a little flier on someone's windshield to educate them on what they are doing wrong, but wonder if actually vandalizing their car is effective at all.

Yes, there will be a lasting reminder of parking in a bikelane, but actions like this will just create animosity towards cyclists and their rights, not support.

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Beaches Blur

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Happy Monday to you!

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from last week.

Hope you had a great weekend.


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Going Home

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Starbucks Chopper

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