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It's BikeMonth, so let's all do as many bikey things as we can. :) Here is a list of what is on tomorrow:

You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Sunday June 1st
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2006
CBN Poster Auction Review

2007
Photo of the Day - Thurs. May 31st
BikeFriday, Every Friday

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posted by Joe on Friday, May 30, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's BikeMonth, so let's all do as many Bikey things as we can. :) Here is a list of what is on tomorrow:

You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Saturday May 31st
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If you haven't already noticed it, last week I renovated the "Maps" section of this site, adding a Bikelane Map to the already well-received Bikeshop Map, and making a nice main Maps Page.

This is also part of a BikeMonth campaign between MC Abdominal and BikingToronto to raise awareness of Bicycles Crossing Borders - an organization that donates bicycles to and encourages bicycle use in underdeveloped countries. Their current international project donates bikes to Cuba.

In order to support the work of Bicycles Crossing Borders, Abdominal will be creating a series of public service announcements that will highlight the positive social and environmental impacts that biking can have.


For interviews with Abdominal or to learn more about this campaign please contact:

Craig Hill at craig@themusebox.net or 647.436.8423

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

  • News Links for Friday May 30
    BlogTO: Toronto Cyclists Union's Big Adventure The screening of the Tim Burton classic will be supported by a live cast of locals (à la Rocky Horror Picture Show) including Sook-Yin Lee, Lex Vaughn and Gentelman Reg. Registration full for Toronto's first pro bike race in 10 years Race organizer…
  • Tomorrow is BikeFriday!
    Tomorrow is the last friday of May - so it's BikeFriday: BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto "Bike Day" that happens once a month.Here's…
  • News Links for Thursday May 29
    Star: Cyclist hit by car The impact of the collision sent the man flying into the windshield of the car, which was cracked but did not shatter. Cyclist union necessary to keep Toronto's wheels in motion It's the first year cycling will take the spotlight for an entire month…
  • Two Cyclists Hit Since Saturday
    It seems like both have survived... but the news stories don't really go into the extent of their injuries. Here are the story links: Cyclist Struck At Parliament And LakeshoreA cyclist has been hit at the corner of Parliament and Lake Shore, prompting the closure of the downtown intersection.Ten-Year-Old…
  • News Links for Wednesday, May 28
    Torontoist: A Wee Bit of Help for Cyclists We don't know what exactly spawned their big decision, but the big guys at the Toronto Cyclists Union sat down and decided they needed some kind of fundraiser. Bike-a-thon? Nope. Bikini car wash? Nope. Star-studded screening of Pee-wee's Big Adventure? CBC:…
  • Photos from Bells on Bloor
    Bells on Bloor on Sunday was a huge success. Atleast 1000 cyclists attended, with some the police count being 1200-1500! Here's a great photo from Martin Reis that sums up the ride. You can view Martin's whole set here, and also Gabi's set is on Flickr as well!
  • News Links for Tuesday, May 27
    BlogTO: CineCycle Bike Culture Included are some bicycle art showings featuring historical, stenciled, and otherwise just really cool images. And in the theater, the best gems from their vast archives of bicycle related films can be seen. Transit Toronto: TTC equips more buses with bike racks Just in time…
  • News Links for Monday, May 26
    All the Rage The tension between drivers and cyclists has escalated to swearing, punching, bird-flipping hysteria. City hall thinks additional bike lanes will calm everybody down. What if they're wrong? Cyclist dies from injuries The cyclist was eastbound on Eglinton Avenue West, just west of Avenue Road, when the…

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BlogTO: Toronto Cyclists Union's Big Adventure

The screening of the Tim Burton classic will be supported by a live cast of locals (à la Rocky Horror Picture Show) including Sook-Yin Lee, Lex Vaughn and Gentelman Reg.

Registration full for Toronto's first pro bike race in 10 years

Race organizer Ziggy Martuzalski announced today that the Toronto Criterium at the St. Lawrence Market is at capacity.

Eye: Respect bikes

This is the entire reason for the Toronto Cyclists Union's existence. So the message to them on the occasion of their launch is clear: congratulations on getting up and running. Now gear up and get to wor

Star: A ghostly reminder of the dangers of cycling

Bone white and skeletal in structure, they are tucked beneath bridges and placed on deadly corners, serving as spectral reminders of the dead.

Star: Cycling activists demand safer roads

Somewhere in this city a family is fighting against the weight of an unthinkable loss.

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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.




1994 Corolla Takes Out Mercedes And BMW After Crashing Into Auto Dealership

Officials at Auto City on Power St. in the Richmond and Parliament area are totaling their losses Tuesday, after the driver of a 1994 Toyota Corolla was clipped by another car and careened right through the window of the dealership during the afternoon ru

Star: Cyclist hit by car

The impact of the collision sent the man flying into the windshield of the car, which was cracked but did not shatter.

Cyclist Struck At Parliament And Lakeshore

A cyclist has been hit at the corner of Parliament and Lake Shore, prompting the closure of the downtown intersection.

Ten-Year-Old Cyclist Struck

A 10-year-old boy made out better than his bike did after reportedly being hit by a car near Queen and Woodbine.

Weekend crashes kill 2, seriously injure 4 others

Two teens are dead and four people seriously injured in accidents around the GTA yesterday.

Cyclist dies from injuries

The cyclist was eastbound on Eglinton Avenue West, just west of Avenue Road, when the occupant of a parked car opened the driver's side door.

Cyclist dies after hitting opening car door

A 57 year-old male cyclist was killed today after a collision with an opening car door hurled him into oncoming traffic. He was the city's 20th traffic fatality this year.

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2006
The BikeWeek Group Commute, With Photos

2007
Photo of the Day - Wed, May 30th
Biking the Danforth, Part I

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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's BikeMonth, so let's all do as many Bikey things as we can. :) Here is a list of what is on tomorrow:

You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Friday, May 30th
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Tomorrow is the last friday of May - so it's BikeFriday:
BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto "Bike Day" that happens once a month.
Here's what is scheduled for tomorrow:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Grassroots Bikers Breakfast
Join Grassroots staff and customers for a free Bikers Breakfast! We'll have organic fruit and juice, fair trade coffee, and other delicious breakfast snacks. Get there early to ensure plenty of breakfast treats are left at Grassroots Environmental Products
Click for more info
Location: 372 Danforth (at Chester)


8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe
Click for more info
Location: 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier)


12:00 - 8:00 PM:
Janet Bike Girl - Open Studio
Local Toronto Bicycle Stencil Artist, Janet Bike Girl invites the public to see her bicycle art studio. Photos of Janet's Work
Click for more info
Location: 401 Richmond St West (Studio S-26)


5:30 - 9:00 PM:
Toronto Criterium Race
The Toronto Criterium kicks off with a Children's Race at 5:45 pm. Anyone under 18 is welcome to participate. Competitive cycling begins at 6:00 pm with Masters level amateur races. The professional and elite athletes race at 7:30 pm. Each of the competitive races last for one and a half hours.
Click for more info
Location: St. Lawrence Market (Start/Finish line near Front & Church)


6:00 PM:
Take the Tooker Takes Bloor
Take the Tooker will unfurl 44 metres of a pre-fab bike lane to give cyclists a real sense what bike lanes along Bloor would look and feel like. Ride the lane with us, and then join us for the monthly Critical Mass Ride through city streets.
Click for more info
Location: Bloor and Spadina


6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass Toronto
Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]
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Location: Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30


6:30 - 8:30 PM:
TBN Friday Night Ride
Join the Friday Night Riders on this popular social ride ending at a local eatery. Bring lights. Helmets are mandatory.
Click for more info
Location: Broadview and Riverdale (Park north of Bridgepoint Health)


10 PM - Midnight
Critical Ass
A great big party like Critical Mass, but without all the clothes. CAUTION: IF YOU PARTICPATE IN THIS RIDE YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF SURROUNDED BY CRAZY CYCLISTS WHO ARE NOT WEARING ENOUGH CLOTHES!
Click for more info
Location: Bloor and Spadina


More info and a map on the BikeFriday site.

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest photos submitted to the group:

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

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

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Star: Cyclist hit by car

The impact of the collision sent the man flying into the windshield of the car, which was cracked but did not shatter.

Cyclist union necessary to keep Toronto's wheels in motion

It's the first year cycling will take the spotlight for an entire month and the city's graduation from Bike Week to Bike Month not only indicates a move to accommodate a full roster of bike activities, but a growing appreciation for the clean, quiet and c

Cyclist Struck At Parliament And Lakeshore

A cyclist has been hit at the corner of Parliament and Lake Shore, prompting the closure of the downtown intersection.

Ten-Year-Old Cyclist Struck

A 10-year-old boy made out better than his bike did after reportedly being hit by a car near Queen and Woodbine.

Star: Dorel sees bicycles replacing guzzlers

Jeffrey Schwartz says so far bicycles are used mainly for recreation in North America. But he predicted the example set by Europe, where bikes are "very big" in urban transportation, will eventually take hold here.

InsideToronto: Pharmacy bike lane proposal irks local resident

"Have you gone mad?" McAuliffe wrote on his notice before faxing it back to the city's transportation department, adding in an interview he "can't tell the last time I saw a bicycle" on Pharmacy.

St. Catharines: Cyclists organize to fight for lanes

A plan to rebuild Ontario Street in downtown St. Catharines without lanes for cyclists is proof of how backwards this city is, bicycling advocates say.

Star: Bridging car-centric past with vision of the future

Some Swansea residents want to rejig cloverleaf to make area more foot, bike and transit friendly

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2006
Beat The Strike - Ride Your Bike

2007
Proposed Changes to the Toronto Cycling Committee
Photo of the Day - Tues, May 29th

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's BikeMonth, so let's all do as many Bikey things as we can. :)

You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Thursday, May 29th
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Need an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto? Join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently in the BikingToronto Community:

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

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


Montreal: 100 kilometres of new Montreal bike path in 2008

Some of these are new paths on major traffic arteries, like on Cote Ste-Catherine road. Some are connections between existing bike paths. But we are promised 100 new kilometres.

The Latest Innovation From Paris: Cargocycles

So what's the delivery truck equivalent of the bicycle? Look no further than Paris, the home of 20,000 shared bikes, and there you'll find La Petite Reine, a delivery company that utilizes a fleet of 60 Cargocycles.

Streetfilms: Tour de Brooklyn 2008

This year's event was moved a week early to coincide with the anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge's 125th birthday. Among the highlights of the jaunt was a ride thru the Evergreen Cemetery and a very rare visit behind the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yar

How to Make LA Bike Friendly

Two of Los Angeles' better known bike advocates and bloggers were busy writing about how to make Los Angeles a better place for bicyclists.

League launches Bicycle Friendly States program

Similar to their successful Bicycle Friendly Communities program this new campaign will look to "rank and recognize states that actively support bicycling."

Announcing Oregon Manifest; an event to celebrate handmade bikes, Portland-style

"The most original, spirited, and spectacle-laden boutique bike show in the nation."

Ghost Bikes: A Memorial to Cyclists

Ghost bikes are a spontaneous memorial to lost cyclists; they are old bikes painted white and locked near the crash site, accompanied by a small explanatory plaque. They serve as a message to those who pass by and a reminder of the need for safe cycling.

7 Ways Cities Can Make Your Bike More Secure

"Both sorts of stands are designed to make it easier to lock your bike more securely by locking both wheels and the frame to the stand and more difficult to lock you bike insecurely."

In Afghanistan, Bicycle Courier Service Provides Work For the Wounded

Because Kabul's streets are often clogged with vehicular traffic, security barriers and military convoys, bike messengers can get from place to place faster--and with far less hassle--than an automobile.

Portland: New bike/ped bridge over I-5 will connect to South Waterfront

The City of Portland is moving forward with their plans to build a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 that will connect the Lair Hill neighborhood with the South Waterfront district near the Aerial Tram.

Coming Soon: A Major Car-Free Event in NYC

Speaking at Tuesday's Fit-City Conference, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that a Ciclovía-style car-free street event is in the works for this summer.

Portland Elects Cyclist Mayor; Obama Draws 8K Supporters on Bikes

On Tuesday, voters in Portland, Oregon elected Sam Adams as their next mayor. A former Congressional staffer and current Portland city commissioner, Adams -- who is a cyclist -- ran on a platform that emphasized environmental and progressive growth initia

Montreal's many bicycle co-ops

"I used to think that cycling was a solitary pastime. But lately I've come to realize, through taking long bike trips with roommates, watching gaggles of bike racers on TV, or working on my bike at a local bike co-op – that the best cycling experiences

Bike Boxes on (Brooklyn's) Broadway

Broadway now sports bike lanes, bike boxes, and pedestrian refuges with space for plantings. The changes have significantly narrowed the car travel lanes

Montreal: Six months on, de Maisonneuve bike path is going strong

"It's changed my life – or maybe at least preserved it… I'm talking about the newish (opened in November) bicycle path that runs along along de Maisonneuve Blvd. from the west end through downtown. After years of death-defying rides to work on Sherbro

285 Rides of Silence scheduled for today

Today marks the Ride of Silence that honors bicyclists who have died or been injured on public roads. It also raises awareness that we bicycle riders have a right to the road.

Portland, Beaverton will join annual Ride of Silence

They'll join nearly 300 cities worldwide taking part in the event which seeks to raise awareness of bicycles on the road by remembering those who have lost their lives on two wheels.

Sam Adams is Portland's next mayor

The big news is that bike-friendly Sam Adams has won the race for mayor with a decisive 52-34 victory over Sho Dozono.

Pedal-Powered Ecocabs Reach Streets Of Stockholm

The Ecocab, that jazzy three-wheeled improvement on the older pedicab/rickshaw idea, debuted the first of May in Toronto and has been seen in cities such as Dublin and in Berlin for last year's World Cup.

Bike Sharing Comes to America

A new bicycle sharing program in Washington DC provides subscribers with convenient, green rides. An annual $40 membership fee entitles SmartBike DC subscribers access to three hour blocks of emissions-free travel.

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It seems like both have survived... but the news stories don't really go into the extent of their injuries.

Here are the story links:

Cyclist Struck At Parliament And Lakeshore

A cyclist has been hit at the corner of Parliament and Lake Shore, prompting the closure of the downtown intersection.

Ten-Year-Old Cyclist Struck

A 10-year-old boy made out better than his bike did after reportedly being hit by a car near Queen and Woodbine.

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Torontoist: A Wee Bit of Help for Cyclists

We don't know what exactly spawned their big decision, but the big guys at the Toronto Cyclists Union sat down and decided they needed some kind of fundraiser. Bike-a-thon? Nope. Bikini car wash? Nope. Star-studded screening of Pee-wee's Big Adventure?

CBC: Toronto streets unfriendly for cyclists, advocates say

Chris Bouchard, the organizer of Toronto's Bike Month, says the campaign will raise awareness of the problems cyclists face on the streets. "If people have in their mind to watch for bikes, situations like the [cyclist being killed] are just far less likely...

Sun: Cyclists wheely want lane on Bloor

Close to 500 cyclists made their voices heard at last year's rally and organizers are aiming to smash that number today.

Sun: Moving just for a cause

On Bloor St. W., more than 1,000 cyclist pedalled their way from High Park to Queen's Park to focus attention on the need for bicycle lanes on Bloor.

CityNews: TTC Adds More Bike Rack Routes As Bike Month Kicks Off Across The City

The TTC is trying to make getting around with your two-wheeler more convenient, adding more bus routes equipped with bike racks as Bike Month kicks off across the city.

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2006
Cyclists Unite in the Toronto Star
Group Commutes Tomorrow Morning

2007
10% Discount at Grassroots for Cyclists
A Very Cool BikeWeek Event
The Danforth BikeWeek BikePool
Photo of the Day - Mon, May 28th

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You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Wednesday, May 28th

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From the Biking Toronto Community:

  • * Specialized
    * Rockhopper '05
    * Silver
    * Cyclepath sticker on seat tube; Avid Juicy disc brakes (to replace v-brakes in pic); Mavic rims/hubs; Manitou Axel fork; chrome platform pedals
    * Date of Theft: May 24, 2008 appox. 2:00pm
    * Location of Theft: in front of Canada Life on University Ave. & Queen

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Bells on Bloor on Sunday was a huge success. Atleast 1000 cyclists attended, with some the police count being 1200-1500!

Here's a great photo from Martin Reis that sums up the ride.



You can view Martin's whole set here, and also Gabi's set is on Flickr as well!

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BlogTO: CineCycle Bike Culture

Included are some bicycle art showings featuring historical, stenciled, and otherwise just really cool images. And in the theater, the best gems from their vast archives of bicycle related films can be seen.

Transit Toronto: TTC equips more buses with bike racks

Just in time for the start of Bike Month, the TTC will start operating 17 more routes with buses that carry bike racks on Monday, May 26. After Monday, the TTC will operate buses with bike racks on 24 routes.

TreeHugger: Toronto Cyclists Occupy Major Road

Everybody and their dog was out yesterday with bells on for Bells on Bloor, a bike parade to promote the idea of bike lanes on the major crosstown street in Toronto. They were looking for a thousand cyclists, but it looked bigger than that to me, perhaps

Calgary Sun - Ring-a-ling for the green in Toronto

The streets of Toronto rang with the "briiinggg" of bicycle bells yesterday as hundreds gathered to attempt a world record and promote "green" living.

Metro - Ring my bell: Hundreds attempt new world record for bike bell ringing

They arrived in droves to the city's downtown core to join children's entertainer Chris McKhool in a bid to break the record for the most bicycle bells rung to music at one time.

BlogTO: Bike Month in Toronto

"You don't have to look like a bike messenger to ride a bike, and most people don't want to ride a bike because of that," said Meaghan Orlinski, member of the Deadly Nightshades bike gang, as she unlocked her 1980s Barney-purple bike on a recent afternoon

Star: 'There's Mommy, riding a bike'

In Ecuador, men told a teenage Enma Ramos in the 1960s, girls couldn't ride bicycles: they'd lose their virginity. So Ramos didn't – until, one day at 16, she waited until her brother left the house, then hustled his bike onto the street.

Globe: Cyclist hits car door, is killed by passing truck

Hitting a car door that has suddenly opened is so common, it has entered the average cyclist's lexicon. The danger of "being doored" is an everyday reality.

Call to charge driver over bicycle death

The new Toronto Cyclists Union is calling for charges against a motorist who opened the door to her Volvo, blocking a cyclist who then fell to his death on Eglinton Avenue West.

Star: Drivers warned after door causes fatal crash

The death of a Toronto cyclist killed after his bike hit the open door of a car is the type of tragedy that is becoming all too familiar on city streets, bicycle activists say.

Globe: Bike Month

Bike Week has been bursting at the seams. No longer able to squeeze the celebration of cycling into seven days, Toronto will now join Vancouver and New York and launch Bike Month.

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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:

News:

Events:

Check out the Events page for all bikey events coming up in Toronto!


Photos:

BikeFriday:

Check out the BikeFriday page.


Video:

No new ones, but heck out the Video Page for all recent videos.


Infrastructure:
Elsewhere:

Past Category Digests:

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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 day:

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

Past Daily Digest Posts:

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2006
FreeWheelin' On The CBC

2007
Photo of the Day - Sun, May 27th

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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. Jameson Pedestrian Bridge Closing - Parkdale Public Meeting, *Tonight* May 26
  2. Ride the South Kingsway Cloverleaf - May 27
  3. Annette Bike Lanes - Get involved
  4. TCAT Volunteer Opportunities - CMWC June 14-15 & BIG Festival June 21

More on the TCAT site.

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It's BikeMonth now, so instead of the usual "Cycling Events This Week" post - I'm going to try and post a daily "here's what's going on tomorrow" post for you.

You can always find all events on the BikingToronto Events Page.

Tuesday, May 27th:

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From the Biking Toronto Community:

  • Electra Amsterdam
  • Red cruiser with a broken red back rack. Brown leather handles and seat. 3 speed.
  • Stolen May 23/24
  • From Roncesvalles and Queen area (Sorauren and Wright)

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All the Rage

The tension between drivers and cyclists has escalated to swearing, punching, bird-flipping hysteria. City hall thinks additional bike lanes will calm everybody down. What if they're wrong?

Cyclist dies from injuries

The cyclist was eastbound on Eglinton Avenue West, just west of Avenue Road, when the occupant of a parked car opened the driver's side door.

Hells Bells! Toronto Gets Ready to Set World Record

Back in the fall of 2003, German Professor Jorg Karger gathered together 503 people on bikes to set the Guinness World Record for number of bike bells simultaneously ringing. Saturday at noon in Yonge-Dundas Square, environmentalist/children's entertainer

Cyclist dies after hitting opening car door

A 57 year-old male cyclist was killed today after a collision with an opening car door hurled him into oncoming traffic. He was the city's 20th traffic fatality this year.

Torontoist: Riding All Over Pedestrians

This may be a reaction against inattentive motorists, but it reveals a fundamental question that consistently goes unanswered in the cycling debate: What about the relationship between cyclists and pedestrians?

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Happy Monday!

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


Photo of the Day: From the Bridge
Photo of the Day: College Street Morning Commute
Photo of the Day: Yellow Blur
Photo of the Day: Every Post Full
Photo of the Day: Bikes on Wheels

Photo of the Day: Dusty

Photo of the Day: Co-ordinated


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2006
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2007
Photo of the Day - Sat, May 26th

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2006
Critical Mass Makes Me Drool

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Photo of the Day - Fri, May 25th

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2006
Biking To The Sunrise
The Environment, Today On CNN.com

2007
Tomorrow is BikeFriday!
Photo of the Day - Thurs, May 24th
Meet me at Danforth & Woodbine, 8 AM, Friday

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

  • Toronto Cyclists Union Launch News
    There's been a whole lot of press about the Toronto Cyclists Union this week. I've included links to all of the stuff I've come across in the "News Links" posts, but thought I'd put it all into one handy post for you: Cyclists need a bicycle built for T.O.
  • Plans for Sheppard LRT includes Bike Lanes!
    It looks like Sheppard Avenue will be the first part of the Transit City LRT Plan to be installed, and the great news about it (other than the obviously good news that the TTC system is being expanded) is that the plan is for a much more people and bike-friendly…
  • Celebrate New Sharrows on Hallam Street
    From the BikingToronto Inbox: Just in time for Toronto Bike Month, a group of cyclists will gather to inaugurate the first section of new cycling road infra-structure to hit Toronto streets this year. The new sharrows on Hallam Street stretching from Dufferin to Ossington are part of the Toronto Bike…
  • News Links for Friday, May 23
    Biggest-ever pedal-powered parade to raise bike safety awareness Posted: 22 May 2008 02:06 PM CDT This is the second annual parade. Last year, 500 cyclists of all ages paraded along Bloor Street ringing bells as they rode. Cyclists need a bicycle built for T.O. Posted: 22 May 2008 11:39…
Q+A with the Bike Union's Yvonne Bambrick Posted: 21 May 2008 03:20 PM CDT We can do so much better. Toronto is positioning itself as one of the greenest cities in North America, but if we lack the most basic infrastructure required for sustainable transportation, how green are we?…
News Links for Wednesday, May 21
Pro cycling returns to Hogtown Posted: 20 May 2008 12:15 PM CDT After a 20-year drought, professional cycling is returning to St. Lawrence Market by way of the Toronto Criterium (French for 'competition') on May 30. Letters to the Editor: For cyclists, an uphill battle Posted: 20 May 2008…
  • Kidical Mass this Friday!
    Want an extremely family-friendly version of Critical Mass in Toronto? Check out "Kidical Mass" this Friday evening: Everyone - young and old - is encouraged to come along to celebrate cycling as a practical, healthy, environmentally-friendly form of transportation for people of all ages. The ride will leave at 6pm.…
  • News Links for Tuesday, May 20
    Torontoist: Final Street Furniture Designs Revealed Posted: 16 May 2008 09:44 AM CDT The ubiquitous post-and-ring has become one of Toronto's iconic symbols, and there was alarm that they could disappear to make way for Astral's Flinstones-rack-of-brontosaurus-rib motif. Thankfully, the lollipops aren't disappearing—the final design is...


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There's been a whole lot of press about the Toronto Cyclists Union this week. I've included links to all of the stuff I've come across in the "News Links" posts, but thought I'd put it all into one handy post for you:

Cyclists need a bicycle built for T.O.

If successful, this could inspire other disenfranchised groups to organize, creating the Dog Walkers Guild, the Toronto Chapter of Ice Cream Vendors and the United Federation of GTA Kite Flyers.

The Toronto Cyclists Union

Earlier this week the Toronto Cyclists Union announced they are officially up and running. The official media launch took place on Tuesday at City Hall Peace Garden amongst cyclists from across the city.

Cyclist union launched to help Toronto quickly become bike friendly

In particular, the group has made it clear it will be applying - and maintaining - pressure to make sure the city paints more bike lanes across the city as set out in Toronto's Bike Plan.

Biggest-ever pedal-powered parade to raise bike safety awareness

This is the second annual parade. Last year, 500 cyclists of all ages paraded along Bloor Street ringing bells as they rode.

Cyclists need a bicycle built for T.O.

If successful, this could inspire other disenfranchised groups to organize, creating the Dog Walkers Guild, the Toronto Chapter of Ice Cream Vendors and the United Federation of GTA Kite Flyers.

The Toronto Cyclists Union

Earlier this week the Toronto Cyclists Union announced they are officially up and running. The official media launch took place on Tuesday at City Hall Peace Garden amongst cyclists from across the city.

Cyclist union launched to help Toronto quickly become bike friendly

In particular, the group has made it clear it will be applying - and maintaining - pressure to make sure the city paints more bike lanes across the city as set out in Toronto's Bike Plan.

Toronto cyclists' big adventure

They'll be screening the cult hit Pee-wee's Big Adventure ("a really beautiful and touching story about a boy and his bike," according to event organizer Dave Meslin) and, on a stage in front of the screen, a full-cast re-enactment of the film...

Q+A with the Bike Union's Yvonne Bambrick

We can do so much better. Toronto is positioning itself as one of the greenest cities in North America, but if we lack the most basic infrastructure required for sustainable transportation, how green are we?

Cyclists' union 'strong voice' for bike riders

The union will lobby city hall for the bike lanes and amenities needed to make cycling from the suburbs to downtown viable.

Cyclists get in gear to speak with a unified voice

"There's an attitude shift taking place as gas prices go up," Mr. Heaps said. Biking can be faster than travelling by car, and suburban commuters can combine cycling with public transit to avoid rush-hour frustrations. "At some point or another, people...

A true bicycle culture remains elusive

Mass movements tend not to be engendered by death-defying activity. "You don't buy a car if there's no roads," grumbles Adrian Heaps. "You don't ride a bike if there's no infrastructure for it. And we don't have anywhere near enough."

Cycling's union movement

The union aims to hold city councillors, many of whom may be surprised at how many cyclists they have in their wards, accountable. "We've got this incredible bike plan that council passed in 2001– it's visionary," says Yvonne Bambrick...

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It looks like Sheppard Avenue will be the first part of the Transit City LRT Plan to be installed, and the great news about it (other than the obviously good news that the TTC system is being expanded) is that the plan is for a much more people and bike-friendly Sheppard Avenue from Don Mills to Meadowvale.

The full details are on the city's website, with a very informative PDF, but I've pulled out the two renderings of the street plans for you.


As you can tell - there are big plans afoot to turn streets like Sheppard into community-based streets, and not just clogged arteries to somewhere else.

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From craigslist:
I know am am not unique... but my beloved bike was stolen recently from the bike rack on the side of my building (Broadview near Mortimer). It's candy-apple red and gold in colour. The make is 'Giant'. It had a worn out grey suspension seat, and I really loved it. If anyone comes across it, please bring good karma to yourself and get it back to me!

Thanks in advance.

Email: sale-692004018@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From the BikingToronto Inbox:

Just in time for Toronto Bike Month, a group of cyclists will gather to inaugurate the first section of new cycling road infra-structure to hit Toronto streets this year. The new sharrows on Hallam Street stretching from Dufferin to Ossington are part of the Toronto Bike Plan. Sharrows are commonly used where roads are not wide enough for bike lanes.

"The new sharrows look great' says Wendy Lucas. 'Much more bike-friendly. They are a great addition to the road and a long time coming.'

The distinctive markings remind drivers to share the road with cyclists and are a key component in traffic calming. The Hallam sharrows were announced during the summer of 2007 by the City of Toronto together with another set of sharrows to be installed in the area on Lappin Ave.

'It's encouraging to see this new infra-structure being installed during of springtime when the number of cyclists in Toronto increases dramatically.' says Margaret Hastings-James, member of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee (TCAC). 'It shows the city is serious about catching up as far as the bike plan is concerned. So, keep it up.'

In order to commemorate the occasion, local residents, cyclists and community groups will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hallam and Dovercourt (at the boundary of Wards 18 & 19) complete with cake and party favours.

When:
Saturday, May 24, 6:00 PM
Where: Corner of Hallam and Dovercourt

[Also added to the Events Calendar, of course]

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Biggest-ever pedal-powered parade to raise bike safety awareness

Posted: 22 May 2008 02:06 PM CDT

This is the second annual parade. Last year, 500 cyclists of all ages paraded along Bloor Street ringing bells as they rode.

Cyclists need a bicycle built for T.O.

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:39 AM CDT

If successful, this could inspire other disenfranchised groups to organize, creating the Dog Walkers Guild, the Toronto Chapter of Ice Cream Vendors and the United Federation of GTA Kite Flyers.

The Toronto Cyclists Union

Posted: 22 May 2008 11:37 AM CDT

Earlier this week the Toronto Cyclists Union announced they are officially up and running. The official media launch took place on Tuesday at City Hall Peace Garden amongst cyclists from across the city.

Cyclist union launched to help Toronto quickly become bike friendly

Posted: 22 May 2008 08:27 AM CDT

In particular, the group has made it clear it will be applying - and maintaining - pressure to make sure the city paints more bike lanes across the city as set out in Toronto's Bike Plan.

Toronto Off Road Bicycling Association Formed

Posted: 22 May 2008 08:25 AM CDT

The Toronto Off Road Bicycling Association (TORBA) is new grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining, and creating new off road cycling opportunities and building trail culture in Toronto.

Toronto cyclists' big adventure

Posted: 22 May 2008 08:15 AM CDT

They'll be screening the cult hit Pee-wee's Big Adventure ("a really beautiful and touching story about a boy and his bike," according to event organizer Dave Meslin) and, on a stage in front of the screen, a full-cast re-enactment of the film wil

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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.


Police Chase Ends With Crash

According to the Aurora OPP, the Civic got off the 404 onto 16th Avenue, ran a red light, almost collided with other vehicles before it finally went off the road and smashed into a tree and fence.

Motorcycle Crash Sends One Person To Hospital

The single-vehichle collision occurred in the Toronto-bound lanes of the QEW near Trafalgar Road just after 10pm.

Car Slams Into Bank

If you think crossing Bayview is hard for a car just try it on a bicycle - you need nerves of steel. If they install a pedestrian button as well it could facilitate a long proposed pedestrian connection to the other side of the valley.


Recent Carnage Posts:

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2006
Women & Cycling Poster Auction

2007
What "Bike Friendliness" Looks Like
Photo of the Day - Wed, May 23rd

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Q+A with the Bike Union's Yvonne Bambrick

Posted: 21 May 2008 03:20 PM CDT

We can do so much better. Toronto is positioning itself as one of the greenest cities in North America, but if we lack the most basic infrastructure required for sustainable transportation, how green are we?

New Traffic Lights on Bayview at Brickworks

Posted: 21 May 2008 09:20 AM CDT

If you think crossing Bayview is hard for a car just try it on a bicycle - you need nerves of steel. If they install a pedestrian button as well it could facilitate a long proposed pedestrian connection to the other side of the valley.

Washington DC Gets Bike Sharing - Where's Ours?

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:36 AM CDT

You might have already heard of the bike sharing program in France that has been a huge hit with Parisians. Vélib' (short for vélo libre) was launched last year in Paris and it's been cited that the program has resulted in a 10 time increase in bike usa

Cyclists' union 'strong voice' for bike riders

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:11 AM CDT

The union will lobby city hall for the bike lanes and amenities needed to make cycling from the suburbs to downtown viable.

Shortfall on bike lanes

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:10 AM CDT

The city has hired four new design staff to bring its bike plan up to speed, but it may not be enough to meet the 2011 deadline. If in coming months the development of bike lanes still falls short, the city should consider adding more designers to the sta

Mayor hails Toronto Cyclists Union

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:07 AM CDT

The cyclists union for now has a Web site and not much else -- participants came to the announcement wearing t-shirts: "Corso Italia Cyclist" "Malvern Cyclist" "Etobicoke Cyclist," "East York Cyclist."

New BikeLinx Program Helps Cyclists

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:06 AM CDT

A new BikeLinx Program sponsored by Metrolinx will provide $5 million to make it easier for cyclists to find secure parking at major transit stops and to bring their bikes with them when travelling on municipal buses.

Bike Lanes on Bloor Petition

Posted: 21 May 2008 08:05 AM CDT

Sign our petition to Toronto City Council and urge them to immediately build safe, well-designed bike lanes on Bloor Street, one of Toronto's most popular - and most dangerous - routes for cyclists.

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest photos submitted to the group:



The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:



If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

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

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2006
Understanding Oil

2007
Photo of the Day - Tues. May 22nd

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Need an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto? Join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently in the BikingToronto Community:



NEW! Follow everything going on in the Community with the Community RSS Feed!

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

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

StreetFilms » National Bike To Work Day

Posted: 20 May 2008 01:24 PM CDT

Today's Streetfilm features Bike-to-Work Day in Austin, San Francisco, New York City and Portland, Oregon.

Vélib - The Movie

Posted: 16 May 2008 11:40 AM CDT

What better way to wrap up Semaine du Vélib' here on Copenhagen Cycle Chic than with a little video tribute.

LA: Bikes on the 405

Posted: 15 May 2008 12:46 PM CDT

thirty cyclists and rollerbladers make the case that every day should be Bike to Work Day by cruising down the 405 during rush hour. This video has higher production value than the first one. Graphics spell out the difference in speed between those biking

Portland: Man-eating streetcar tracks ahead

Posted: 15 May 2008 12:39 PM CDT


LA: This Morning at the Bicycle Blessing

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:18 AM CDT

A group of bicyclists gathered this morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital for the Blessing of the Bikes (remember the Blessing of the Animals?). It was one of many events taking place for Bike to Work Week.

Democrats and Republicans to Have Bike-sharing at Conventions

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:17 AM CDT

Bike-sharing will be "bike-partisan" at both of this year's Democratic and Republican National Conventions, showing that bicycling is "neither left, nor right, but ahead" to quote the Green Party's motto.

The Birth of Bike Culture - Vive la Vélib

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:15 AM CDT

I just spent three days in Paris and two of them were on Vélib' bikes. It was an astounding experience, even after hearing so many good things about it from afar. I've lived in Paris and have been a regular visitor for years so I was not a little amazed

Vélib - Sociable and Sustainable

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:13 AM CDT

One of the best things we noticed about cycling in Paris was that Parisians have understood how sociable cycling is. Cycling in couples is a common sight in Copenhagen and by all accounts Parisians have embraced this sociability as well.

Portland: Why are bicycles key to the future of Portland (and other cities)?

Posted: 14 May 2008 02:44 PM CDT

"Bicycling is the most equitable and affordable form of transportation… All of Portland's citizens already live within a 20-minute bicycle ride of our existing Regional and Town Centers and Commercial Main Streets."

Kicking-Off Bike Month

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:53 PM CDT

If you haven't heard yet, it is bike month in New York. This year over 200 rides, tours, and events are planned. To help kick things off, City Commissioners & Transportation Alternatives held a bike ride down 9th Avenue's protected bike lane and a pre

Snackin' & Schwag for Cyclists in Queens

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:53 PM CDT

If it's Bike Month, then Transportation Alternatives must be hosting their annual commuter pit stops with help from NYC DOT and the five Boro President's offices.

Portland earns a Platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:51 PM CDT

The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Portland it's highest honor, a Platinum rating. The city is the first major metro area to get the recognition. Davis, Calif., is the only other city to have the rating.

NYC: 5 Borough Bike Tour Video

Posted: 13 May 2008 12:39 PM CDT

Guided Bike Tours in Montreal

Posted: 13 May 2008 08:05 AM CDT

Exploring Montreal on bike is a great way to get to know our city. But if you don't know where to go, or you don't feel comfortable doing this alone or independently, a guided tour is a great way to go.


Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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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. Sheppard Avenue East LRT - Information available on-line
  2. Toronto Cyclists Union Takes Flight
  3. The Paris Approach to Sustainable Transportation - Streetsblog article
  4. Bikes 2 Power The Lights - WE'LOBike Fundraiser, May 24
  5. Bells on Bloor Ride, May 25
  6. Bike Month Group Commute and Pancake Breakfast - May 26

More on the TCAT site.

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From craigslist:
I'm posting this for a friend who, earlier tonight, came into possession of an obviously stolen black track bike.

email or call 416.317.1664 with a description and if it's your bike and you can prove it, it's all yours.

Email: sale-687592080@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From craigslist:
A Red framed Mens 'Diamond Back-Odyssey' Mountain Bike was stolen from the 1st floor parking level @ 77/99 Harbour Square (Queens Quay & York St.). It had black front and back mud flaps and a black bell. It had the 'DB' logo on the down bar and black handle bars. It was a 17 inch frame w/ front fork shox.

Email: sale-687512531@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From craigslist:
  • Green supercycle with white rear plastic box basket, 6 speed.
  • Stolen May 18, Stephanie/John Toronto, "urban cycle" sticker behind seat.
  • Please let me know if you see/seen it.

Email: sale-687402276@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From craigslist:


My bike was stolen from Hart House (U of T) yesterday night. I am willing to pay a 100$ reward to anyone who can provide me with information leading to its return.

Email: sale-687335797@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From craigslist:
My bike was stolen last night. If you see it anywhere I would be greatly appreciative if you could let me know. It wasn't worth a huge amount but it had great sentimental value as I put a lot of time into fixing it up. It looks like the picture below. $100 reward for any information that can get it back.

Components of note:
  • Campagnolo crankset
  • Selle Italia seat
  • Kore stem
  • 700c grey anodized alloy wheels

Email: sale-687225858@craigslist.org or 416-567-9445

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Pro cycling returns to Hogtown

Posted: 20 May 2008 12:15 PM CDT

After a 20-year drought, professional cycling is returning to St. Lawrence Market by way of the Toronto Criterium (French for 'competition') on May 30.

Letters to the Editor: For cyclists, an uphill battle

Posted: 20 May 2008 08:50 AM CDT

Pedestrians come first, cyclists second, transit users third, and then those in motor vehicles.

Cyclists get in gear to speak with a unified voice

Posted: 20 May 2008 08:30 AM CDT

"There's an attitude shift taking place as gas prices go up," Mr. Heaps said. Biking can be faster than travelling by car, and suburban commuters can combine cycling with public transit to avoid rush-hour frustrations. "At some point or another, people ar

A true bicycle culture remains elusive

Posted: 20 May 2008 08:26 AM CDT

Mass movements tend not to be engendered by death-defying activity. "You don't buy a car if there's no roads," grumbles Adrian Heaps. "You don't ride a bike if there's no infrastructure for it. And we don't have anywhere near enough."

Cycling's union movement

Posted: 20 May 2008 08:21 AM CDT

The union aims to hold city councillors, many of whom may be surprised at how many cyclists they have in their wards, accountable. "We've got this incredible bike plan that council passed in 2001– it's visionary," says Yvonne Bambrick, one of the co-ord

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2006
Get Used To More Cyclists

2007
Photo of the Day - Mon. May 21st

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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:

News:

Events:

Check out the Events page for all bikey events coming up in Toronto!


Photos:

BikeFriday:

Check out the BikeFriday page.


Video:

No new ones, but heck out the Video Page for all recent videos.


Infrastructure:

Elsewhere:

Past Category Digests:

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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 day:


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


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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Want an extremely family-friendly version of Critical Mass in Toronto? Check out "Kidical Mass" this Friday evening:
Everyone - young and old - is encouraged to come along to celebrate cycling as a practical, healthy, environmentally-friendly form of transportation for people of all ages. The ride will leave at 6pm. It’ll be short and sweet, slowly winding through residential streets and ending at the Carrot Common (Jackman and Danforth).

So come on out for a fun, free, family ride and show the world that bicycles - especially ones with training wheels, trailers, trail-a-bikes, child seats, etc - are traffic too!

The ride starts at the Withrow Park Clubhouse (725 Logan Ave.) and runs from 6 to 7 pm.

It's a great idea, and will probably be very fun too!

[also posted to the Events Calendar]

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Torontoist: Final Street Furniture Designs Revealed

Posted: 16 May 2008 09:44 AM CDT

The ubiquitous post-and-ring has become one of Toronto's iconic symbols, and there was alarm that they could disappear to make way for Astral's Flinstones-rack-of-brontosaurus-rib motif. Thankfully, the lollipops aren't disappearing—the final design is

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2006
My 50 Kilometre Toronto Valley And Ravine Tour

2007
Photo of the Day - Sun. May 20th

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

Here's what's on tap for this week (and I'm including next monday too, as it's the first day of BikeMonth!):

Mon, May 19:
Tues, May 20:Wed, May 21:Thurs, May 22:Fri, May 23:

Sat. May 24:Sun, May 25:Mon, May 26 (First Day of BikeMonth!):

Know of something bikey happening this week that isn't on this page? Let us know!

You may want to check out the new BikingToronto Events page too... lots of good links to great bikey stuff happening all over Toronto. :)

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Happy Monday!

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


Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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2006
The New Road Tires and Bike Business
BikeWeek 2006!

2007
Photo of the Day - Sat. May 19th

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2006
It Was A Wet Ride of Silence
It's Not Easy Being Yellow
That Tire Blew Up Real Good

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
The Star: Montreal eyes downtown tolls
One Week Until BikeFriday
Photo of the Day - Fri, May 18th

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2006
Car Culture Update
Ride of Silence Reminder
More To Harp About

2007
Bike 2 York Events Coming Up...
Photo of the Day - Thurs, May 17th

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.
  • Spacing: Metrolinx consultation extended
    Metrolinx (the former Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) is currently undertaking an ambitious project to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including transit, cars, and active transportation (walking and cycling). More at Spacing Toronto.
  • Mississauga: Cycling master plan gets into gear
    With the weather just right, residents turned out Saturday at Meadowvale Community Centre for the first of four public meetings on cycling hosted by the City of Mississauga. More at the Mississauga News.
  • BMX: Spokes turning for bike ramp rebuild
    A bike park partially destroyed by fire is slowly getting back on track, thanks to the fundraising efforts of police and local youth. More at the Town Crier Online.
  • BlogTO: Cycling and the City: Driver Confrontations
    Coming back to the roads this spring, drivers seemed more unsure than ever and I seem to be hearing more reports than usual from friends and acquaintances of being hit, clipped or endangered. While some blame the quality of the roads which are noticeably...More at BlogTO
  • Cycling written up in The Walrus
    The Walrus has an article this month on cyling entitled "Geared Up: On the road to two-wheeled transcendence. One man’s love affair with his bicycle". It starts out like typical articles - about accidents and the dangers of cycling... Guy behind me. Parked car. Get around it.
  • New Whimsical Bike Posts at Yonge and Lawrence
    Thanks to Torontoist, we know that there are new artful bikeracks adorning Yonge Street north of Lawrence. Commissioned by the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA, these remind one of the Parkdale Community Centre bikerack project of last year. Click on photos to enlarge (images courtesy of Yonge Lawrence Village BIA)…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: May 12th
    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: Annette Bike Lane - The City needs…
  • The May Issue of Cyclometer is Out!
    The May issue of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter is out and in inboxes and online. Here's a peek of what it contains: 1) Cycling Advisory Committee meeting: May 12, 7 p.m. 2) Islander Crit Road Races: May 11 3) "Un velo parfait" Exhibit: May 19, City Hall…



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Metrolinx (the former Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) is currently undertaking an ambitious project to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including transit, cars, and active transportation (walking and cycling).

More at Spacing Toronto.

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With the weather just right, residents turned out Saturday at Meadowvale Community Centre for the first of four public meetings on cycling hosted by the City of Mississauga.

More at the Mississauga News.

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A bike park partially destroyed by fire is slowly getting back on track, thanks to the fundraising efforts of police and local youth.

More at the Town Crier Online.

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Coming back to the roads this spring, drivers seemed more unsure than ever and I seem to be hearing more reports than usual from friends and acquaintances of being hit, clipped or endangered. While some blame the quality of the roads which are noticeably...
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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.

Multi-Vehicle Crash Leaves One Dead, Two In Critical Condition

The carnage unfolded in the eastbound lanes at Credit Union Drive, east of the Don Valley Parkway. Lanes were closed in both directions from Bermondsey Road to the DVP indefinitely after as many as seven cars reportedly collided just before 9pm.

One Dead, Two Hurt In Newmarket Head On Accident

York Police were called after a van and a pick-up truck collided just before the noon hour at Woodbine and Doane Road. One man was pronounced dead at the scene while a male in his 60's was rushed to hospital with what are said to be very serious injuries.

Hit And Run At AMC Theatre

A pick-up truck driver struck a young man in the the AMC parking lot near Highways 400 and 7, then fled the scene. It happened at about 2:35am.

Motorcycle Spill Sends One Man To Hospital

The unlicensed driver took a major spill near Bathurst and Fort York. He was sent to hospital with a serious case of road rash and a broken wrist.

Vehicle Rams Convenience Store

The front of a convenience store near Sentinel and Finch suffered heavy damage early Monday after a driver apparently rammed it with their car. It appears a suspect tried to break in and possibly rob the place, but so far it's unclear if anything was lift


Recent Carnage Posts:

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2006
Love My Bike Exhibition

2007
Cyclists' Ride of Silence takes place tonight
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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The Walrus has an article this month on cyling entitled "Geared Up: On the road to two-wheeled transcendence. One man’s love affair with his bicycle". It starts out like typical articles - about accidents and the dangers of cycling...
Guy behind me. Parked car. Get around it. Hey, he brushed me! Don’t panic. Grip down on the handlebars. Steady, steady. Running me into the curb. Brake . . . not too hard. Don’t throw yourself off. Brace for the shock. Watch your crotch. Watch the Toronto Star box . . . uh, where am I? How long have I been lying here? My hands. Can’t close them, they’re throbbing. Look up...

“I saw the whole thing,” says the skateboard guy. “He ran you over.”

... and doesn't get much better - interspersing nice facts about how fun and liberating cycling to work is and nuggets of info about the high levels of bike use in Amsterdam with horrifying tales about cyclists getting plowed into and killed by inattentive drivers.

Not that it's wrong to pay attention to the dangers of cycling, but the majority of the piece is about dangers... not exactly a piece of writing that will get more people to bike to work (or anywhere else).

More at the Walrus.

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Look at that... I just posted the Weekly Stolen Post and I see a new Stolen Bike on Craigslist. :(

From craigslist:
  • My beloved bike was just stolen today in the Parliament/Gerrard area.
  • Trek 7100L gold/green, 20".
  • Only two years old and in good nick.
  • It has mudguards and a comfortable ladies seat (with two cuts in it).
  • If you see it here - it is mine!! I would love it back.
  • many thanks for looking (and caring)
  • very sad lady-cyclist now a pedestrian

Email: sale-681013155@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest photos submitted to the group:



The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

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

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2006
Toronto Cycling Committee - Meeting Tonight
CBN 2006 Annual General Meeting
Biking Toronto's Ravines

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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Toronto's BikeMonth is coming up...

Check the official page and calendar, or the BikingToronto Events Page (complete with calendar) which is being filled with all the BikeMonth events too. :)

Cartoon via Streetsblog.

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Need an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto? Join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently in the BikingToronto Community:


NEW! Follow everything going on in the Community with the Community RSS Feed!

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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

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

Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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2006
Ride Of Silence This Wednesday

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
MyBikelane Toronto Hits 100 Violations

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There are 3 public meetings coming up in Mississauga to gather public input for the Mississauga Cycling Master Plan:

Saturday, 10 May, 2008
3 sessions: 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Meadowvale Community Centre
Timothy Street Room
6655 Glen Erin Drive (map)

Tuesday, 27 May, 2008
2 sessions: 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Mississauga Civic Centre
Great Hall, 300 City Centre Dr. (map)

Thursday, 29 May, 2008
2 sessions: 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Malton Community Centre
Multi Purpose Room #1
3540 Morning Star Dr. (map)

Saturday, 31 May, 2008
3 sessions: 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Cawthra Community Centre and Arena
Petrescue Hall, 1399 Cawthra Rd. (map)


If you're unable to make it to one of these meetings, you can fill out a survey online.

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Thanks to Torontoist, we know that there are new artful bikeracks adorning Yonge Street north of Lawrence. Commissioned by the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA, these remind one of the Parkdale Community Centre bikerack project of last year.



Click on photos to enlarge
(images courtesy of Yonge Lawrence Village BIA)


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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:

News:

Events:

Check out the Events page for all bikey events coming up in Toronto!


Photos:

BikeFriday:

Check out the BikeFriday page.


Video:

Check out the Video Page for all recent videos.


Infrastructure:

Elsewhere:

Past Category Digests:

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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 day:


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


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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2006
Toronto Road Closures
2006 Fresh Air Fair

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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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. Annette Bike Lane - The City needs to hear from you
  2. Mississauga Cycling Master Plan - Find out what our neighbour is doing
  3. Bikes & Bells - Two fun events coming up in May
  4. San Francisco Planning Group Visits Toronto - Hears from TCAT
  5. Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee & Toronto Pedestrian Committee - Meetings this week, May 12 & 13
  6. New York City's Strategic Plan for Transportation Unveiled

More on the TCAT site.

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The May issue of Cyclometer, the City of Toronto's Cycling Newsletter is out and in inboxes and online. Here's a peek of what it contains:


1) Cycling Advisory Committee meeting: May 12, 7 p.m.
2) Islander Crit Road Races: May 11
3) "Un velo parfait" Exhibit: May 19, City Hall
4) Cyclist Union media launch event: May 20
5) Crothers Woods Trailhead grand opening: May 24
6) Sound Those Bike Bells: May 24, noon
7) Bells on Bloor Ride: May 25, 12 p.m.
8) City of Toronto Group Commute & Pancake Breakfast: May 26
9) Tweak My Ride free tune-up: May 27
10) Tour D'Afrique fundraiser: May 28
11) Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure: May 29
12) Toronto Criterium @ St Lawrence Market: May 30
13) Malvern Bicycle Classic Races: May 31
14) Bike Train to Niagara is back!
15) CAN-BIKE news
16) Ahead in the bike lanes


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

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

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


Monday, May 12th:
Tuesday, May 13th:Friday, May 16th:
Saturday, May 17:


Know of something bikey happening this week that isn't on this page? Let us know!

You may want to check out the new BikingToronto Events page too... lots of good links to great bikey stuff happening all over Toronto. :)

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Happy Monday!

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


Photo of the Day: Bell Reflection
Bell Reflection

Photo of the Day: "Hambinger"
Hambinger

Photo of the Day: Racing Streetcars


Photo of the Day: Horse Enforcement


Photo of the Day: Toronto Critical Mass - May 2007


Photo of the Day: Flowers on Spadina


Photo of the Day: Cops



Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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Red and Wet

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2006
Bikes And Forces Of Nature
Guerilla Gardening This Saturday
The Straight And Sharrow

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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Bell Reflection

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2006
Maybe Conservatives Are Alien Lifeforms
To Serve, Protect, and Cycle

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Two Weeks Until May's BikeFriday!

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Hambinger

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2006
Toronto Cycling Numbers - A Highly Unscientific Poll
Homemade Just Tastes Rides Better

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Toronto's First Sharrows in Ward 21?

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.
  • Momentum Magazine features Toronto
    Momentum Magazine, based in Vancouver, has a story this month on the increasing number of cyclists on the road here in Toronto. Not only that, but it focuses on how creative the cycling community seems to be: That's the thing about Toronto. There is a preconception everywhere north, east,…
  • Indie Rockers do PeeWee Herman at Bike Union Fundraiser
    Everyone knows that the Toronto Cyclists Union Fundraiser is coming up, right? The one that's a showing of PeeWee's Big Adventure (his quest to recover his stolen bike) along with a live cast enactment of it, starring local politicians, bike advocates and tons of musicians? Chart Attack Magazine is…
  • Globe: Cycle mania hits high gear
    The Globe has an article about how bike use is exploding on Toronto streets. Between concern for the environment, the warmer weather and the TTC strike, tons more Torontonians are getting on their bikes: When Mr. Kamphof moved to Toronto 10 years ago, he was shocked at the lack of…
  • Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
    Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday. The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #1. The other parts are linked below the video. Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6 Safe Cycling on Goldhawk…
  • New Bikelanes coming to Wellesley, Vaughan and Shaw
    Tomorrow, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee is meeting and discussing the approval of the installation of 3 bikelanes for phase 1 of the 2008 bikelane installation plan, the first to be put in under the new streamlined plan (PDF). Under this plan, bikelanes are approved in "batches" without…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: May 5th
    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: Bikes at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee…

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Momentum Magazine, based in Vancouver, has a story this month on the increasing number of cyclists on the road here in Toronto. Not only that, but it focuses on how creative the cycling community seems to be:

That's the thing about Toronto. There is a preconception everywhere north, east, or west of the city that Toronto is an innavigable concrete jungle, chock-a-block with belching tailpipes and raging motorists. How, one may ask, could cycling have become the vibrant movement that the cyclists of Toronto have created?


Toronto, for all its modest greys and blinding winter whites, has never been greener. After the misadventure of former mayor Mel Lastman's reign, during which car-happy infrastructure was funded with fanboy enthusiasm, there is a new progressive mindset prevalent among cyclists and pedestrians. With ecological concerns at the forefront of popular concern, as the city's widespread observance of Earth Hour in March can attest, a shift in thinking has led to a pedal-powered renaissance.

It also doesn't hurt that biking around Toronto is really, really fun.


More at Momentum.

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Everyone knows that the Toronto Cyclists Union Fundraiser is coming up, right? The one that's a showing of PeeWee's Big Adventure (his quest to recover his stolen bike) along with a live cast enactment of it, starring local politicians, bike advocates and tons of musicians?

Chart Attack Magazine is even talking about it:
If you've ever wondered why Pee-Wee Herman and indie rock couldn't be combined, and wished someone would bring the two things together, you're about to be very, very happy.

The 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure will be screened at Toronto's Bloor Cinema on May 29 as a fundraiser for the Toronto Cyclists Union, which will launch next month. The film will be supported by a live cast of Toronto musicians and other personalities, including members of The Hidden Cameras, Broken Social Scene, Kids On TV, The Old Soul and The Phonemes. Lex Vaughn will star as Pee-Wee, while Gentleman Reg will play Francis.

More at Chart Attack.

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The Globe has an article about how bike use is exploding on Toronto streets. Between concern for the environment, the warmer weather and the TTC strike, tons more Torontonians are getting on their bikes:

When Mr. Kamphof moved to Toronto 10 years ago, he was shocked at the lack of bikes on the roads, compared with his native Vancouver.

Since then, the number of cyclists in the city has exploded. "It's gone off the hook," Mr. Kamphof said. "We saw triple-digit growth for the month of April compared to last April."

Smokey Dymny of the Community Bicycle Network said his organization can barely keep up with the demand for refurbished bikes.

The green living trend is part of cycling's newfound popularity, but it's also a matter of dollars and cents, Mr. Dymny said. "A cheap car costs $12,000 per year to operate, on average," he said, adding that he hasn't owned a car since 1989. The money he saved on gas and maintenance financed a second property in British Columbia.

The reality of Toronto traffic is also pushing commuters to the pedals. "I think people are realizing that sometimes, especially downtown, it's actually faster to cycle places than drive," said local bike blogger Victor Gedris.


More at the Globe (read it before the Globe sticks in the paid password part of their site).

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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.

401 WB Reopened After Crash

It appears one rig driver wasn't paying close attention to the traffic ahead of him and had to brake suddenly when vehicles up ahead slowed down. The tractor-trailer hit several others, one jack-knifed, and a pickup truck was struck in the domino-effect c

Driver Rescued After Car Runs Into Pole

A driver had to be rescued from their car Thursday morning after it hit and knocked over a pole. The crash occurred on Atwell Dr., near Highway 409 and Martin Grove Rd. at about 4:30am Thursday.


Three Pedestrians Hit By Car In Mississauga

Around 4:30pm, three pedestrians were hit by a car as they stood near the always-busy intersection of Dixie and Burnhamthorpe Road. At least two suffered what cops fear are critical injuries while the third was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in York Region

Daniel Orantes was walking east on Highway 11 near King City just before 10:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

QEW Reopens After Truck Crash And Fire

Fire broke out following a truck crash on the QEW Sunday night. A tractor-trailer carrying auto parts slammed into concrete barriers in the eastbound lanes by Dorval Dr. just after 9pm.

77 Year Old Woman Hit By Two Separate Cars In North York Accident

A terrible accident has left a woman struggling for her life after she was apparently struck by as many as two cars. The bizarre mishap took place at Grandravine and Sentinel Dr. near Keele and Sheppard around 11am Monday.

Cab Bursts Into Flames At King And Dunn Streets

Just after 6am, the entire engine compartment was engulfed in flames. The driver was able to escape the burning wreck before sustaining any injuries.


Teen Charged in Multiple Crashes

An allegedly out-of-control teen was in custody Saturday night, after he reportedly crashed into a fire hydrant and a wall on Bay street, south of Wellesley. The 17-year-old apparantly took off and then crashed again a block away at Breadalbane, which is where police apprehended him.

Man killed after car strikes tree

The victim was driving east "at an apparently high rate of speed" along Huntingdale Blvd., in the Pharmacy Ave. and Finch Ave. E. area, around 2:45 a.m. when the car veered off the road, Toronto police Staff Sgt. Steve Reynolds said.



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2006
In Memoriam: Professor Hubert Van Tol
The Love Of A Cyclist For His City
I'm Taking Back My Streets
Useless Horsepower

2007
Bloor Corridor Visioning Study Meeting Tonight
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Cyclist Assault Update - The Driver is a Cop

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #1. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #2. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #3. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #4. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #5. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Goldhawk Live tackled the question of if Toronto is a safe place to cycle on last Thursday.

The video is on YouTube in 6 parts. Here's part #6. The other parts are linked below the video.




Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 1 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 2 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 3 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 4 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 5 of 6
Safe Cycling on Goldhawk Live - Part 6 of 6

Thanks to Martin Koob of BikeToronto.ca for posting these on YouTube.

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest photos submitted to the group:



The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

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

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From the Biking Toronto Community:
  • Cyclepath 'special' model (??)
  • hybrid, 15 years old
  • Spray painted black
  • 10 speed, mirror, rack, loved to death!!

Know anything about this? Reply on the BikingToronto Community.

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From the Biking Toronto Community:

  • Men's Silver Marin Larkspur
  • hybrid 10 speed 20.5" with mirror, rack, toe cups, bell, rack
  • 3-4 years old
  • Dupont & Dovercourt

Know anything about this? Reply on the BikingToronto Community.

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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2006
Is It Okay To Bike The Red Rocket?

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Toronto Parks: Build a Significant Trail System
Students Accidentally Catch Cyclist Assault On Tape

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I've decided to start a little contest with the BikingToronto Community.


What's the BikingToronto Community?
It's a social network type of thing for BikingToronto. Connect, Discuss, Disagree, Network, and stay up-to-date on what is going on in the Toronto Bike-o-sphere.

What kind of contest is it?
It's a t-shirt contest for the month of May. I'm only one guy (and ad revenue on this site barely covers hosting costs), so let's start out small for now...

What can you win?
I'm going to have a draw to win a free t-shirt from the BikingToronto Store. It can be any shirt ... any size and any colour... and I'll even personalize it for the winner if they want.

How do you get chances to win?
Ah, that's the fun (and easy) part!
  • Method 2: Post stuff in the Community. Discuss stuff in the forum, post bikey photos you may have, even start a Group. Every post you post in the Community is good for another entry in the draw. There's a lot of stuff to do on there, so go nuts. :) This contest runs for the whole month of may, so post away!

Can I win anything else?
Yeah, I'm going to have a couple small bonus prizes (also from the Store) for people who post a whole lot, or those who start discussions / post photos / start groups that get a lot of participation from other members.


Go. Join up. Have fun. Win stuff.

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Need an online discussion place for everything cycling-related in Toronto? Join the Biking Toronto Community and have fun. :)

Here is what has gone on recently in the BikingToronto Community:


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Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

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


Past Weekly Elsewhere Posts:

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2006
Back From The 'Burbs
Why Are Cyclists So Angry?

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Eastern Avenue Bikelanes Approved!

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Tomorrow, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee is meeting and discussing the approval of the installation of 3 bikelanes for phase 1 of the 2008 bikelane installation plan, the first to be put in under the new streamlined plan (PDF). Under this plan, bikelanes are approved in "batches" without going to community councils (which could often hold things up for months or years) as this cycling infrastructure benefits the whole city, from both traffic and environmental standpoints.

Wellesley Street(from Queens Park Circle to Parliament, 2 km), Vaughan Road (Winona to St. Clair, 1.6 km) and Shaw Street (Barton to Dupont, 0.6 km) are all scheduled to get bikelanes this year, as explained in this BikeToronto post, by the ever-informative Martin Koob:
The report, 2008 Bikeway Network Program - Phase 1 Installation of Bicycle Lanes, contains proposals for 3 bicycle lanes that total 4.2 km to be built in 4 city wards. The report indicates that the 4 Councillors from these wards, Adam Vaughan Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina, Joe Mihevc Ward 21 St. Paul's, Kyle Rae Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale and Pam McConnell Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale are in support of these projects so there should be no hurdles left in getting these new bike lanes approved. ...

At a meeting with cycling community groups on April 21, 2008 Councillor Heaps repeated his promise that 50 km of bicycle lanes would be built and he outlined his strategy for ensuring that gets done. The first step was getting the approval process in place, the second was getting Councillors on side for projects in their ward. Councillor Heaps has been working behind the scenes for the past months to get a list of projects together that can be approved before City Council recesses for the summer. The 50 km of projects for 2008 has been divided into 3 phases. The next two phases should come to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its next two meetings on June 4th and June 27th, 2008.

Great additions to the BikePlan!

[image and much more info on BikeToronto.ca]

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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:

News:

Events:

Check out the Events page for all bikey events coming up in Toronto!


Photos:

BikeFriday:

Check out the BikeFriday page.


Video:

Video: The Story of the TTC Strike in 4 minutes

Vheck out the Video Page for all recent videos.


Infrastructure:

Elsewhere:


Past Category Digests:

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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 day:


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


Past Daily Digest Posts:

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2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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Here's a few of 60 photos I took during April's Critical Mass Toronto.

If you think you'd like to take part next time ... it's on May 30th. It's always the last Friday of the Month at Bloor & Spadina.

























View all 60 over on Flickr.

If you were on the ride and see yourself in the photos, people have been tagging themselves in these over on Facebook.

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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. Bikes at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee - Three items at this weeks meeting, May 7
  2. Bike Summit 2008 - Presentations now available on-line
  3. Is Toronto Safe for Cycling - Goldhawk Live on RogersTV explores the issue
  4. Jarvis Streetscape Walk - May 10
  5. Pedestrian Clearways - Progress made at Toronto and East York Community Council

More on the TCAT site.

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

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


Mon, May 5th: CBN Board Nomination Deadline
Nominations to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors of the Community Bicycle Network (CBN) are open until Monday, May 5 for those interested in standing for election at CBN's Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 12. We encourage all interested parties to inquire.

Wed, May 7th: Devil Strip Rollers Ride Night


Sat, May 10th: i Ride For The Rouge
Ride 2008 will be starting from the Pearse House RVCC at 10:00 am with registration starting at 9:00 am. The route has not changed and covers 25 Kilometers over quiet city streets, and an optional more difficult, 25 Kilometer ride on country roads around the Rouge, a total distance of 50 Kilometers. For your safety the ride is being monitored by several cycling organizations. For those who choose not to ride, there is a guided hike. This is a Rain or Shine event, dress for the weather conditions.

Sun, May 11th: ZM Islander Crit
Cars are not allowed on the Island Course. The Course is 1800 m long on very good condition pavement, flat. Course features two sharp corners and zigzags and a 300m straight stretch before Finish line.


Know of something bikey happening this week that isn't on this page? Let us know!

You may want to check out the new BikingToronto Events page too... lots of good links to great bikey stuff happening all over Toronto. :)

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From craigslist:
  • Bike: 26IN TUNDRA Mountain Bike Serial# 002891476507
  • Bike Color: Grey Color
  • Please note that my bicycle was stolen on Friday b/w 9:45 am 5:10pm from the corner or Bay and Elm Street.
  • Date Stolen:Friday, May 02, 2008
  • IMPORTANT: At the police station there was another student whose bike also got stolen from College and Bay on the same day. This is the most active area for stolen bikes and other crimes as per the city police map at 55 Division. Both bikes were stolen had a cable lock and some sort of sharp cutter was used. At that spot, all bikes with Hardened steel U-shaped lock were not touched. Police is aware of stolen bike activity but only advised me to buy a good lock next time and they cannot do much as they are busy fighting other crimes, so we bikers are at our own.
  • I just bought this bike on April 20th 2008.
  • Bike: 26IN TUNDRA Mountain Bike Serial# 002891476507
  • Bike Serial#: 002891476507
  • Stolen From: 655 Bay Street, Intersection of Bay Street and Elm Street. Bike was locked in the city's installed Bike Stands

Email: sale-667501238@craigslist.org

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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From craigslist:
Brand of bike: *Vincente/Saguenay

Odd characteristic: Small main front gear wheel.

Black with Red lettering.

"Horns" on ends of handle bars.

Grey tires on black wheel rims.

Missing Plastic cap on center piece of handle bars.
This expensive bike was stolen last night from the owners yard.

When: Evening of May 2 pm to May 3 am

Where: College and Clinton Streets - six blocks west of Bathurst. Next to
front door of residence in the front yard.

How: Kryptonite cable cut with bolt cutter
Please keep your eyes open for this bike on the street and in bike
shops like Uncle Jacobs on Spadina south of College and at Igor's bike
shop on Queen west across from Trinity Bellwoods Park.

john.documentary@gmail.com
416.603.2208

Email: john.documentary@gmail.com

Also posted to the Stolen Bike Listing Page.

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Happy Monday!

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



Recent Photos of the Week Posts:

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2006
Sharrows On Every Road?
I'm Talking 'Bout The Benjamins, Baby

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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2006
The Red Rocket - A Car Free Raptor
New Bike Facilities On Marlee?

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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2006
Cycling - Sustainable and Affordable
Yet More Critical Mass Visuals

2007
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
Bikeway Network Work in the "Scarborough Transportation Corridor"
Every Friday is BikeFriday at Bloor & HighPark!
Torontoist Asks "Where Are Truck SideGuards?"
Tons of Photos from April 27th's BikeFriday!

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. Enjoy.
  • BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto
    Cool post this morning from BlogTO... on the Best Bike Stores in Toronto! Some excerpts of stores that I've been to or have friends who swear by them: Cogs Cycle is another down-to-earth repairs-oriented shop that will shower your bike in TLC no matter how fancy or modest your ride…
  • "GO by Bike" through Pickering and Ajax
    I work with people in Pickering and Ajax, and they keep telling me that the waterfront cycling trails there are beautiful. They also tell me that they'd bike to work if there was a safe way into the city - as the only method right now is to use Lawrence…
  • The Criterium Returns to Toronto
    The Toronto Criterium Race is starting up again. There's a nice article in the Star about it today: The vroom-vroom of the Grand Prix through downtown Toronto may be gone this year, but a high-speed cycling race will make its return next month after a 17-year hiatus.Cycling enthusiasts and professionals…
  • Star: Rickshaw rules to apply to EcoCabs
    William Kozma, the guy in charge of the EcoCabs (run by Go Mobile Media, the company that drives around those trucks with ads on the side) says that the EcoCabs will abide by the same rules as Rickshaws: EcoCabs has agreed to the rickshaw rules for a trial period…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: April 29th
    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: Bike Summit 2008 - Day wraps up…
  • Howard Moscoe inspects an EcoCab
    Howard Moscoe, chair of the Licensing and Standards Committee was spotted yesterday checking out one of the new "EcoCabs" due to hit the streets on Thursday for free travel around the downtown core. Moscoe is also known as an advocate for the taxi industry, and opposes the eco-cabs:
  • Star: Time to get into the "Lane Game"
    Christopher Hume has a nice article in the Star today about Toronto trailing other world-class cities in the installation of bicycle facilities like bikelanes, and does a rather good job of it: It may be true we have 214 kilometres of bicycle lanes (though that's hard to believe) and…
  • BikeTrain Tickets on Sale! Stop added in St. Catherines
    You may remember my post back in March about the BikeTrain being expanded this year to run over 8 weekends from Late June to Late September... Great news... tickets are now on sale. Space is limited, so grab them while you can. They've also added a stop in
  • Video: The Story of the TTC Strike in 4 minutes
    The TTC went on strike on the weekend, but is back in business now. I saw lots of people biking the strike, and just found this succinct and pretty funny video explaining the causes of the strike:

Past Weekly News Posts:

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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.

Jaywalking pedestrian killed by dump truck

The southbound truck was making a left turn from Jeanette St. onto St. Clair Ave. E. shortly before 8 a.m. when it hit the unidentified pedestrian, who was walking in the middle of the road.

SUV Collides With Fire Truck In Markham

The two vehicles reportedly collided head-on at 14th Ave. near Brimley. A man, woman and child were in the SUV and two air ambulances were called to the scene.


Car Smashes Through Bank Window

A car slammed into the front of a TD-Canada Trust bank in Etobicoke late Monday morning, smashing the front window. The accident happened at a branch location near Bloor and the West Mall around 11:30am.

School Bus-Van Collision Winds Up With Elderly Seniors Trapped And Tombstone Knocked Over

A bizarre accident that wound up in an equally bizarre spot has sent two elderly passengers to hospital and officials trying to repair the damage at a local graveyard.

Pedestrian And Driver Dead After Terrible Accident Near Woodbine Racetrack

It happened after the 5pm rush hour Monday, when a car struck and killed a pedestrian before the vehicle crashed on Rexdale Blvd. and Queen's Plate Drive near the Woodbine Racetrack.

Chain Reaction Crash On 401

It's alleged that the first car involved hit debris from a tire. That caused it to spin, hitting another vehicle and sparking a domino effect. At total of four cars and a tractor trailer were said to be involved.

Single-Vehicle Crash On Finch

The accident happened around 2am on Finch near Yonge. The car was travelling eastbound when it lost control after passing a bus and veered off the road. A wheel flew off, hitting the corner of one house as the car slammed into the residence next door and


Recent Carnage Posts:

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2006
Streetcar Traffic Calming
The Big Bike Post
2007
Dutch CargoBikes Coming To Toronto!
BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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Cool post this morning from BlogTO... on the Best Bike Stores in Toronto!

Some excerpts of stores that I've been to or have friends who swear by them:

Cogs Cycle is another down-to-earth repairs-oriented shop that will shower your bike in TLC no matter how fancy or modest your ride is. The mechanics at Cogs take pride in the quality of their repairs and the fast turn-around time. The store also has a selection of new and used bikes. [I love Cogs. This review is spot-on. The mechanics also take the time to explain stuff to you so that you don't feel like you're being used... that the repairs they do are actually needed - Joe]

The Cyclepath Danforth has bikes of every kind to fit every budget. With over a thousand bikes in stock, they probably have just the bike you want. There is also a wide variety of accessories and parts to choose from, and of course, like any self-respecting bike shop, The Cyclepath Danforth has knowledgeable mechanics and great customer service. [This is where I bought my new bike, a Trek 7100, in March - and for a bigger bikeshop, it's customer service is great. I haven't always had good service at the bigger shops - Joe]

Like most Toronto bike shops, Curbside Cycle stocks a variety of bike styles in all price ranges, but they are unique in carrying genuine European city bikes. These bikes by Batavus, one of Holland's oldest bike manufacturers, are meant to be ridden by everyday people in everyday clothes. They come with full fenders and full chainguards (no more greasy pant legs!), feature an upright riding position, and are virtually bombproof.

The Bike Joint's motto is "Good repairs - no attitude". Whether you ride a rusty craigslist special or a feather-weight racing machine composed of unobtainium, you will receive the same great service at a very reasonable price. Focusing on repairs and tune-ups, this little unpretentious shop delivers top bang for your buck.

Much, much more over on BlogTO. Great job guys!


You can also scope out all of Toronto's Bikeshops on the Interactive Bikeshop Map, to find one near your home or workplace:


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I work with people in Pickering and Ajax, and they keep telling me that the waterfront cycling trails there are beautiful. They also tell me that they'd bike to work if there was a safe way into the city - as the only method right now is to use Lawrence East and Kingston Road - which are not cyclist-friendly. We need the Martin-Goodman Trail extended through Scarborough, please.

It's also the case that lots of Toronto cyclists would like to try out the Ajax and Pickering waterfronts for weekend rides but are held up by the same lack of access.

Luckily there's a new awareness campaign called "GO by Bike" which aims to let Toronto cyclists know that we can take the GO Train to Ajax (bikes are allowed on GO Trains at any time except during weekday rush hours) or anywhere else, really:
It's a project conceived by Donald Wiedman that encourages cyclists to take a Sunday GO train to Ajax and ride a leisurely 15 km back along the Waterfront Trail to the Rouge Hill station, where they can catch another train back into the city. Not only do you get to avoid the nasty ride along Kingston Road, but you get to leave the car at home too. And best of all, because GO-by-Bike is promoting an existing capability on all GO trains along the Lakeshore line, you aren't limited to travelling to or from any particular station, or on any particular train, or at any particular time. You're completely free to go at your own pace and can even roll your own custom tour instead of taking one of the pre-surveyed routes covering the waterfront, Highland Creek, Petticoat Creek, Duffins Creek, and more.

Wiedman saw an opportunity to promote both transit and cycling in the spaces around Toronto and approached GO Transit with "a handshake and a smile. I told them right up front that I wasn't looking for help, I was looking to help." Wiedman also says that he wants cyclists to have "do-it-themselves" experiences rather than provide guided or structured tours. "Trails are ultimately self-serve." In the end, it's up to cyclists to set their itineraries, buy their GO tickets, and make the journey. GO-by-Bike plants the seed and provides suggestions, but the form, structure, and timing of the trips are entirely up to the individual cyclists.

Much more great info in the great Torontoist post about GO by Bike.

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Here are the latest photos submitted to the BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group, where people submit photos of bicycles in Toronto. A lot of great photos are added to this group (many of which eventually become a Photo of the Day).

Check out the Group, and become a member yourself, if you've been known to take photos of bikes in your wanderings around our city.

Here are the latest photos submitted to the group:

Cyclist on Baldwin Street

Biking In Bloom

Day 121: Raar

rebel without a cause

Preferred Mode Of Transportation


The BikingToronto Flickr Photo Group

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If you've had your bike stolen, you can post all the details on the Stolen Bike section of the BikingToronto Community - include as many details as possible! These postings will be listed on the Stolen Bike Listing Page, and once a week here on the BikingToronto main page.

There is also a Stolen Bike RSS Feed

Stolen This Week:

If you know of a bike that has been stolen, post about it in the BikingToronto Community.

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

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Hi everyone,

I've redesigned BikingToronto for you.

The goal of the new design is to let you find information about biking in Toronto quickly and easily. After all, there are over 2000 pages (as of May 2008) of information here. They're not going to do anyone much good if no one can find them. :)

Beside the site logo up at the top you have links to parts of the site that will help you find information:

Under that you can see links to the most popular categories of blog posts:
... and a link to the Categories Page.

If you click around a bit, you'll find that each page has different features for you.

For instance, the News Page has links to all recent news stories, as well as news discussion in the BikingToronto Community, as well as links to the News RSS feed and the News Email Newsletter.

The Photos Page has links to all recent photo posts, as well as links to the BikingToronto Group on Flickr, as well as a new feature - Featured Photographers - with our first two - Gabi and Tino.

Look around lots, and do it often. I'll be adding stuff to all the pages over the spring and summer. Lots of new stuff is coming too. Lucky you!

As always, I'd love your feedback on the site. You can leave comments on this post below, or shoot me an email at joe@bikingtoronto.com. Let me know what you like, what you don't like, and what else you think BikingToronto.com should have.

All the best,

Joe.

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2006
Cycling & Stealth Camping
A Perfect Cycling Day
2007
The 777 Bay Bicycle User Group Needs Your Help
BikingToronto Photo of the Day
NOW Magazine - The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

For more glimpses into the past, check out more From the Archives posts, or the Archives Page.

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