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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: Art Gallery


Photographer: gbalogh
Photo of the Day: Cops on Dundas Square


Photographer: Andrew71ca
Photo of the Day: Yellow, Blue, Yellow, Blue, Pink!

Photo of the Day: Big Bike for Heart & Stroke

Photo of the Day: Downtown Reds

Photo of the Day: Pedal Powered Wheelchair


On Toronto Island
Photo of the Day: Dutch Bakfiets

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2006
Cycling Cog Ride Photos

2007
New Stuff In The BikingToronto Store
Photo of the Day - Sat, June 30th

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Critical Mass

Posted: 28 Jun 2008 02:20 AM CDT

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On the last friday of every month, Critical Mass organizes a mass bicycle ride through the streets of Toronto to raise awareness for cycling issues. Their slogan: "We're not blocking traffic; we are traffic." These photos were taken on Yonge Street at College.
www.cmtoronto.ca/

Critical Mass

Posted: 28 Jun 2008 02:18 AM CDT

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Critical Mass

On the last friday of every month, Critical Mass organizes a mass bicycle ride through the streets of Toronto to raise awareness for cycling issues. Their slogan: "We're not blocking traffic; we are traffic." These photos were taken on Yonge Street at College.
www.cmtoronto.ca/

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2006
Welcoming New Commuters
Critical Mass Tomorrow!

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Photo of the Day - Fri, June 29th

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Talking with the unexpected participants

Posted: 27 Jun 2008 11:11 PM CDT

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Talking with the unexpected participants

The June 2008 Toronto Critical Mass group ride was enlivened by the presence of a considerable number of bicycle police, who blocked traffic and so on for us. It gave a rather different and weird feel to the whole affair.

(Technically these two are paramedics, not police; I didn't get any good pictures of the actual police.)

Behind the Eight Ball

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 11:20 PM CDT

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Behind the Eight Ball

Actually more like in front of it ... but you get the idea! ;-)

Paisley Pretty

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 11:20 PM CDT

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Fancy schmancy!

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2006
Biking In The Islands, Dragonboating And T-Shirts
Darren Stehr's Critical Mass Book

2007
Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 28th
Tomorrow is BikeFriday

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. You can also sign up to get this post in your email every week!

  • Rogers Road Bike Lane Grand Opening
    City of Toronto Cycling staff are doing great things in 2008 - a great example is this party for the "official" opening of the Rogers Road Bike Lane: The Rogers bike lane has been installed from Oakwood Avenue to Old Weston Road. Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate this…
  • Results from the Police "Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility" Campaign
    A Toronto Star Article picked up on these results yesterday, but it's interesting to have a look at the breakdown of the numbers: Officers issued 6,671 tickets to motorists and cyclists who were found committing offences. Of the tickets issued: • 3,691 tickets were issued to motorists for offences such…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: June 23rd
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: Martin Goodman Trail Redesign at Ontario Place…

As well, there have been a lot of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week. You can find them all linked on the BikingToronto Links page, but here's a rundown for you:

CBC: Child in serious condition after being hit while riding bike

The boy was struck while riding near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue on Wednesday night at around 8:30 p.m.

TownCrier: New bike route pedalled for Marlee Ave.

Navigating local roads should be easier for cyclists when new bike routes are installed this summer and fall. Marlee Ave., Vaughan Rd., Shaw and Dupont Sts. are part of an overall plan to add 50 kilometres to Toronto’s cycling network this year.

Sun: E-bikes fight the power

No gas. No noise. No plates. No licence. No emissions. No insurance. No test. No registration

7-Yr-Old Badly Hurt After Being Struck By Vehicle While Riding Bike

It happened at about 8:30pm on Neames Cres., near Jane and Sheppard. According to Toronto Police Traffic Services officers the youngster was riding on the wrong side of the road when he was struck by the Jeep.

Take the Lane: Baby steps for bicycle lanes

The Ontario government has taken another baby step toward improved bicycle infrastructure, as a part of an accelerated approval process for transit improvements.

Star: Police ticket thousands in bike blitz

Toronto police handed out nearly 7,000 tickets during a Safe Cycling campaign that wrapped up on Sunday. The program ran for a week and was intended to educate motorists and cyclists about bike safety and rules of the road.

Torontoist: Rogue Lanes

The Postal worker came out and looked at his truck surrounded by safety cones. "Where the hell do you want me to park!"

Post: Q & A with Celeste Koon: Cycling and the Cinema

The film student and avid cyclist spent the last months of 2007 making Pedal Power: Critical Mass Toronto, a short documentary on the city’s once-monthly, two-wheeled takeover of major routes in the downtown area, which will play tonight as part of Toro

Sun: She's the queen of Kensington

"The idea was to take our bicycles and tricycles and park in the metered car spaces in Kensington," says Carriere. "We would pay the meter and use the time to have lunch and listen to music.

Niagara Falls Review: Cyclists raise $14 million for cancer research

Johnston was one of 2,850 cyclists who entered the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a fundraising event for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

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CBC: Child in serious condition after being hit while riding bike

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 12:21 PM CDT

The boy was struck while riding near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue on Wednesday night at around 8:30 p.m.

TownCrier: New bike route pedalled for Marlee Ave.

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 08:10 AM CDT

Navigating local roads should be easier for cyclists when new bike routes are installed this summer and fall. Marlee Ave., Vaughan Rd., Shaw and Dupont Sts. are part of an overall plan to add 50 kilometres to Toronto's cycling network this year.

Sun: E-bikes fight the power

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 08:08 AM CDT

No gas. No noise. No plates. No licence. No emissions. No insurance. No test. No registration

7-Yr-Old Badly Hurt After Being Struck By Vehicle While Riding Bike

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 08:07 AM CDT

It happened at about 8:30pm on Neames Cres., near Jane and Sheppard. According to Toronto Police Traffic Services officers the youngster was riding on the wrong side of the road when he was struck by the Jeep.

Take the Lane: Baby steps for bicycle lanes

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 08:04 AM CDT

The Ontario government has taken another baby step toward improved bicycle infrastructure, as a part of an accelerated approval process for transit improvements.

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Tea Time

Posted: 26 Jun 2008 08:19 PM CDT

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Tea Time

I love this bell!

I'm a little teapot, short and stout.
Here is my handle and here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
Just tip me over and pour me out!

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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.

2 hurt in hit-and-run accident

Toronto police are looking for a motorist who fled the scene after hitting two people at a Scarborough bus stop this morning. The victims were standing at a bus stop on Victoria Park Ave. near St. Clair Ave. E. at 8:20 a.m. when the incident occurred.

7-Yr-Old Badly Hurt After Being Struck By Vehicle While Riding Bike

It happened at about 8:30pm on Neames Cres., near Jane and Sheppard. According to Toronto Police Traffic Services officers the youngster was riding on the wrong side of the road when he was struck by the Jeep.

Terrible Accident Ties Up Highway 403 Into Rush Hour

It happened just after the noon hour when a rig carrying a load of bricks became involved in a three vehicle accident that left the truck rolled over and the man inside its cab with serious head injuries.

Car Crashes Into Gas Station

A 33-year-old Brampton man was killed after a crash sent his vehicle careening into a Brampton gas station on Monday night.

Woman Hit By Car

Police say the 75-year-old was crossing against a red light when she was hit on Jethro Road, near Wilson around 10:30pm.

City records fourth pedestrian fatality in five days

A 60-year-old woman who was struck by a car while walking across a west-end street has died, marking the city's fourth fatal pedestrian accident in the past five days.

SUV Driver Sought After Crash Involving Scooter

Police investigators are looking for an SUV driver who apparently took off after striking a 31-year-old man on a scooter. The crash occurred near Bayview and Eglinton Aves. at about 10pm Thursday.

Charges Laid In Alleged Hit-And-Run On Highway 400

The suspect was behind the wheel of a client's vehicle at the time of the accident, which apparently occurred when the car rear-ended a truck, then went airborne, landing in a field. It's then two men allegedly left the car and ran away.

Multi-Vehicle Crash On Highway 401

The westbound collector lanes of Highway 401 were partially closed at Birchmount for a portion of Sunday evening, after a multi-vehicle crash sent two people -- including a five-year-old girl -- to hospital.

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2006
Tuesday Morning Showers
Bikeway Network Subcommittee Meeting
Cycling Cog Toronto Group Ride

2007
News from Elsewhere - Wed, June 27th
Photo of the Day - Wed, June 27th
News Links - Wed, June 27th
The Star: Electric bike riders razzed by police, cyclists

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City of Toronto Cycling staff are doing great things in 2008 - a great example is this party for the "official" opening of the Rogers Road Bike Lane:



The Rogers bike lane has been installed from Oakwood Avenue to Old Weston Road. Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate this new bike lane on Thursday July 3rd from 8 to 10 a.m. at Boon Avenue & Rogers Road. There will be free coffee, juice and treats! ZM Cycle & Fitness will also provide free bike repairs at the event.

The installation of the Rogers bike lane brings the total length of bike lanes in Toronto at 78.6 kilometers. The Bike Plan call for the installation of nearly 500 kilometers of bike lanes by 2012 - and this new bike lane brings us one step closer to achieving our goal.


In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms, please join us on our rain date on Wednesday July 9th.


I hope they keep doing this for bike lanes as they are installed...


If you have questions about this event, contact Alex Bowron with the City of Toronto at (416) 338-5091 or bugs@toronto.ca

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A Toronto Star Article picked up on these results yesterday, but it's interesting to have a look at the breakdown of the numbers:
Officers issued 6,671 tickets to motorists and cyclists who were found committing offences. Of the tickets issued:

• 3,691 tickets were issued to motorists for offences such as opening vehicle doors improperly, and failing to yield to cyclists,

• 2,076 tickets were issued to cyclists for disobeying traffic signals and failing to yield to pedestrians,

• 904 tickets were issued to cyclists for bicycle equipment offences,

• 113 parking tickets were issued for parking in designated bike lanes,

• 1,891 motorists and cyclists were cautioned with respect to a variety of related offences,

• 89 bike rodeos/lectures involving 3,410 participants were held across the city.

The Toronto Police Service reminds motorists of the dangers of opening car doors in the path of cyclists, and the importance of checking blind spots prior to making a turn, especially for large trucks. All road-users have a responsibility to share the road equally by driving safety, riding responsibly, playing smart, and obeying all the rules of the road.

For further information on the ‘Safe Cycling – Share the Responsibility’ initiative, please contact Traffic Services Programs Office at 416-808-1919 or Traffic Services Communications Office at 416-808-1920

The title of the campaign is also telling... drivers are often told to "share the road" with cyclists, and this campaign is telling drivers and cyclists that they have to "share the responsibility" of operating both motorized and non-motorized vehicles safely on our public streets.


You can discuss this campaign in the BikingToronto Community.

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Star: Police ticket thousands in bike blitz

Toronto police handed out nearly 7,000 tickets during a Safe Cycling campaign that wrapped up on Sunday. The program ran for a week and was intended to educate motorists and cyclists about bike safety and rules of the road.

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1085 Queen St W

Posted: 20 Apr 2008 12:10 PM CDT

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1085 Queen St W

Trunk Horn

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 08:50 AM CDT

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Trunk Horn

Pachyderm passenger!

Parrot and Fireman

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 08:50 AM CDT

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Parrot and Fireman

At least they have each other to talk to when the owner of this bike is away.

Lewd Troll

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 08:50 AM CDT

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Lewd Troll

Oh my!!

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2006
Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration
Education and Safety Subcommittee Meeting

2007
Photo of the Day - Tues, June 26th
News Links - Tues, June 26th
News from Elsewhere - Tues, June 26th

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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.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

Bikes + Buses in Chicago

Last Friday, at the end of Chicago's Bike to Work Week, Mayor Daley made an interesting proposition at the week's culminating rally; bikes should share the bus lanes on downtown streets to accommodate the surge in bike traffic.

Manhattan to Enjoy 6.9 Mile Temporary Car-Free Route

While the Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg may have failed to get his plans for a congestion charge approved, he's not stopping the fight for liveable streets just yet. His latest plan is to create a temporary 6.9 mile car-free route from...

California: Bike Boulevards Coming to Long Beach

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that Long Beach officials are planning two new bike boulevards for the city. While the routes aren't set yet, we do know that there will be one north-south route and one east-west route.

Danish IKEA Intros Fleet Of Trailer Bikes To Get Those Flatpacks Home

After a survey found that 20 percent of its customers arrived by bike, the IKEA outside of Copenhagen has hooked up with the Danish Freetrailer service to offer (relatively free) Velorbis bikes with trailers to customers.

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Torontoist: Rogue Lanes

The Postal worker came out and looked at his truck surrounded by safety cones. "Where the hell do you want me to park!"

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Pink Passengers

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 01:12 AM CDT

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Pink Passengers

Pretty pink posies (sorta) to jazz up your handle bars!

Well Dressed Skull

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 01:12 AM CDT

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Well Dressed Skull

Cigar smokin' dude!

Bat Bell

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 01:49 PM CDT

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Bat Bell

Cute but I'm not sure exactly what it is ...

The owner of this bike came out of the store and asked me "Shouldn't you be taking a photo of the girl on the bike??" I said sure but she then got shy and declined. Bummer ... that would have been a cute pic!

Red Pepper

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 01:49 PM CDT

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Red Pepper

Double bell time!

The owner of this bike came out of the store and asked me "Shouldn't you be taking a photo of the girl on the bike??" I said sure but she then got shy and declined. Bummer ... that would have been a cute pic!

I Prefer Coke

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 01:49 PM CDT

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I Prefer Coke

The couple that owned these bikes came along right after I took the shots, unlocked their bikes and rode off. I just smiled at them.

How Canadian Eh?

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 01:49 PM CDT

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How Canadian Eh?

The couple that owned these bikes came along right after I took the shots, unlocked their bikes and rode off. I just smiled at them.

Rusty Bike

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 01:49 PM CDT

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Couldn't resist this cycle machine!

Bumblebee Bell

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 12:10 PM CDT

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Bumblebee Bell

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Sportshift

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 12:10 PM CDT

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Shifting gears in a different way.

Sportshift 2

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Sportshift 2

I liked both photos, so I decided to post both of them. I like the pedestrians in the background on the one.

Chain Reaction

Posted: 24 Jun 2008 12:10 PM CDT

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Busy at work ...

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2007
Photo of the Day - Mon, June 25th
Mississauga Embraces BikeFriday!
News Links - Mon, June 25th
News from Elsewhere - Mon, June 25th

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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. Check out the Daily Digest Category to see more of these posts.

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

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Post: Q & A with Celeste Koon: Cycling and the Cinema

The film student and avid cyclist spent the last months of 2007 making Pedal Power: Critical Mass Toronto, a short documentary on the city's once-monthly, two-wheeled takeover of major routes in the downtown area, which will play tonight as part of Toro

Sun: She's the queen of Kensington

"The idea was to take our bicycles and tricycles and park in the metered car spaces in Kensington," says Carriere. "We would pay the meter and use the time to have lunch and listen to music.

Niagara Falls Review: Cyclists raise $14 million for cancer research

Johnston was one of 2,850 cyclists who entered the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a fundraising event for Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

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Myata Racer (Bloor & Sherbourne)

Myata Racer (Bloor & Sherbourne) (from craigslist) I got stolen my racer (it was a Myata with fenders, the frame taped around to cover the brand) around 11:00 AM from a place very close to Sherbourne and Bloor. I was hoping that a public place is busy enough so I can use a cable lock for an hour shopping. I was wrong. Learn form my mistake. U-lock and chain lock is what I'll use now on.

Blue BMX Menace Mongoose (Queen & Niagara)

Blue BMX Menace Mongoose (Queen & Niagara) (from Craigslist) Have you seen this bike? It was stolen from my gate of our apartment at Queen/ Niagra June 20, 2008. Blue with 2 holes in the seat. I miss her please help.

Silver Trek 700 (Bloor & St. George)

Silver Trek 700 (Bloor & St. George) w/ Photo (from Craigslist): There is a reward for any info leading to the safe return of my Trek 700. It has pink/black camouflage drop handlebars, racing handlebars as well and is silver. Pictures will be posted soon -- please keep an eye out! Stolen from Bloor/St. George area on Tuesday night.

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P.S. Kensington Tomorrow

2007
Photo of the Day - Sun. June 24th

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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: Future Bakery Cafe
Photo of the Day: Resting in High Park
Photo of the Day: Java House
Photo of the Day: Blue
Photo of the Day: Graphic

Photo of the Day: Same Bikes, Different Seasons
Photo of the Day: High Park

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


The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:
  1. Martin Goodman Trail Redesign at Ontario Place - Open House June 26
  2. Bike Train Launch - June 27
  3. Ward 21 Toronto Cyclists Union meeting with Councillor Joe Mihevc - July 3
  4. South Kingsway-Queensway Interchange update - Report goes to Community Council July 7
  5. TCAT and others discuss cycling in Toronto on TFO

More on the TCAT site.

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Grey Specialized Sirrus (Yonge & Bloor)

My heart sank when I walked out of the library yesterday, to find that my bickle, who had taken me all over the world, was gone. I have never experienced such intense feelings of rage and powerlessness in my life. But that has subsided now and I just want my bike back, no questions asked. full sized SPECIALIZED SIRRUS 2003 road bike, 24 gears, SHIMANO GREY lightweight aluminum frame straight handle bars, with bull horn add ons. Rack in the back, broken casing on the right gear shift Taken from Toronto Reference Library, Yonge just north of Bloor Saturday, June 21, between 12:15-1:30pm Should have written the model number, dang! Bought it in Japan though, so has some Japanese text written on the stickers. ANY information is greatly appreciated!

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Posted: 22 Jun 2008 06:36 AM CDT

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As my friend said: The saga continues.
see the dog?

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Black Fiori Road Bike (College & Shaw)

My bike was stolen last night near College & Shaw across from the Revival Bar. I just bought it off Craigslist recently =( Description: Fiori Road bike, all black frame with white writing Fiori seat with small rip at the back White taped handlebars Shimano gears Small size - I'm 5'3 it just fit me so 5'3 and up Thanks

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Thin Blue Line Mountain Bike (Jarvis & Carlton) (from craigslist) On June 16, my Thin Blue Line mountain bike was stolen at Jarvis and Carlton. It was a birthday gift from a friend and it meant a lot to me. I spent one amazing month riding it around Toronto before it was stolen from me (except for the front wheel, which I still have). My heart still breaks every time I think of the moment I saw that it had been stolen. I am moving out of province in a few days and am hoping that a miracle will happen. I am offering $50 for the return of my bike. Please contact me if you would like to make right the wrong that has been done. I would really appreciate it. I don't want to leave Toronto on such a bitter note.

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. You can also sign up to get this post in your email every week!

  • Toronto Bikeway Network Update
    Curious about the 2008 implementation of the Bikeway Network (the bikelane part of the City's BikePlan)? If you don't know what the Bikeway Network is, here's a very good description from the City's website: Principle: All Toronto residents will be within a five minute bicycle ride to the bikeway…
  • Police "Safe Cycling" Campaign Starts Today
    The Toronto Police Service are starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign (PDF file) today: The "Safe Cycling−Share the Responsibility" campaign will focus on motorists and cyclists whose actions endanger the lives of road−users. Drivers failing to proceed through turns safely, opening vehicle doors improperly along with driving and parking…
As well, there have been a lot of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week. You can find them all linked on the BikingToronto Links page, but here's a rundown for you:

InsideToronto: Bloor transformation assailed by cycling advocates

There are other opportunities for cyclists. And I might add that eliminating curbside parking will go a long way to mitigating the problems of cyclists in this section of Bloor Street."

InsideToronto: Is there life after traffic?

ayor David Miller articulated a hierarchy in the transportation world: Pedestrians before cyclists; cyclists before public transit; and public transit before the dinosaur-fuelled automobile.

Torontoist: Bike-Off This Weekend

Check out BikingToronto and Abdominal's interactive bike lane and bike shop maps. The Cycle Messenger World Championships run from June 13 to 16 on Toronto Island, and admission is free ($6 for ferry).

The Canadian Press: Hundreds of bike messengers converge in Toronto for world championships

Low pay, no benefits, stiff competition and constant threats posed by aggressive traffic and car doors - being a bike courier is a tough job, and they've got the battle scars to prove it.

Globe: This bike race delivers

The unique and complex nature of the event reflects the character of the profession. "You get people who can't work in Tim Hortons for 10 minutes who do this job for 50 hours a week, and they risk their lives, and they thrive.

Globe: Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya

People often blame cyclists for hogging the sidewalks and inconveniencing pedestrians. That was certainly the case on a recent warm spring night at the Bloor Cinema, but it wasn't because they were on their bikes.

Sun: Sweeter ride with co-op

You might've seen Cheryl Douglas, 57, weaving in and out of the city's busy intersections before, but she's doing it with health benefits and better wages now that she's a part of Courier Co-op Toronto.

Sun: Riders celebrate bicycle bonus

What used to be 30-minute walk to work is now a breezy 10. My commute is a pleasant one, with the exception of road hogging drivers who disregard the sanctity of bike lanes and try to run me over.

Global: Police Kick-off Safe Cycling Campaign

Police are fed up with cyclists who flout - or worse, completely disobey - the law, the same rules those in cars are expected to follow. Among the worst sins: riding on the sidewalk, not signaling a turn, failing to ride in single file, having two on a si

CityNews: Cops Cracking Down On Cyclists Who Don't Obey The Law

Police are fed up with cyclists who flout - or worse, completely disobey - the law, the same rules those in cars are expected to follow. Among the worst sins: riding on the sidewalk, not signaling a turn, failing to ride in single file, having two on a si

Post: Cyclists will commute if dedicated paths are there

If more people used their bikes to get to work year-round, that would greatly reduce traffic congestion at the times it really matters: the two daily rush hours.

Star: Cycling rules to live by

Ride with the flow of traffic, but within your limits. Experienced cyclists can manage busy streets, but recreational riders should walk their bike on the sidewalk when they feel unsafe on a road.

Star: Cult bikes from Duke's fire

About 20 blackened survivors of Queen St. inferno are now coolest ride in town

Star: Dangers of cycling Toronto streets reduced by training, bike officer says

The blitz is focusing on drivers who make unsafe turns, open car doors without looking or steer into bike lanes. Unruly cyclists are also being held to account.

Now: Post post-mortem

It suggests a Toronto that's comfortable in its skin, implying that your city is what you make of it. In this there is elegance, and the old hope that this town's predictable love of efficiency would one day grow up into poetry.

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Things are happening in Montreal... their upcoming "Public Bike System" (or PBS) has a fancy new website, a name contest, and plans to start with 40 public bikes this fall and expanding to 2,400 in a year:

The first city-issue self-serve bikes are to appear at specially designed outdoor stations in fall 2008. By autumn 2009, it's expected 2,400 bikes will be available for as little as $1 per half-hour, at 300 stations around central neighbourhoods.

The idea is to encourage Montrealers and tourists to use the public bicycles instead of cars for short, inner-city trips. Users will be able to pick up a bike at one station, use it, then drop it off at any station of their choice.


Oh, and the bikes look awesome... which makes sense since the aesthetics of the system were designed by Michel Dallaire.

You may be asking yourself "How are they paying for this?" and the answer is easy:

The city has chosen Stationnement Montréal, a subsidiary of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, to run the bike rental system, partly because the company's automated parking meters are similar to those needed for the self-serve bike scheme.

The company, which manages the city's paid on-street and public parking lots, is to invest

$15 million to get the project going, although it is expected to eventually be self-financing.


That's right... Montreal's equivalent to the Toronto Parking Authority is running this.

Is there any reason this can't be done in Toronto?

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Now: Post post-mortem

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It suggests a Toronto that's comfortable in its skin, implying that your city is what you make of it. In this there is elegance, and the old hope that this town's predictable love of efficiency would one day grow up into poetry.

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Black Scott FB60 Speedster (Harbord & Spadina) (from craigslist) Scott FB60 Speedster - Black, Grey, Gunmetal, 24 spd, 23c tires It was stolen between 5-7 on Thursday, May 30, 2008. In front of the University of Toronto Athletics Center, Harbord and Spadina. If you see this bike let me know, I just want it back, if you have a chance to buy it do so and I'll pay you back double. Any information leading to me either finding the person who stole it, bought it, or me actually getting it back will be rewarded handsomely. I do not want any cops involved, I simply want my bike. Please help. if you see it somewhere please contact me or buy it and i'll buy it back from you.

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About Toronto's Weekly Carnage:

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

Pedestrian struck by SUV dies of injuries

The 60-year-old woman was on the west side of the intersection at Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Long Branch Ave., just east of Browns Line, when a northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee turning left onto Lakeshore struck her as she crossed to the south side of the stree

Elderly Pedestrian Struck And Killed By School Bus

The impact from the crash reportedly sent the man flying in front of several horrified witnesses. Joseph Cosentino was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene, becoming Toronto's 25th traffic fatality of 2008. Twelve of those have been pedestrians

Two women killed crossing street in east end

Police say the women were struck by a car while walking across Pharmacy Avenue at Arnall Avenue, south of Steeles, just after midnight.

Child In Coma, Man Under Arrest Following Alleged Hit And Run

It happened just before 9pm Sunday night on Roche Court in Mississauga, when a car police suspect was speeding in a residential area filled with high rises - and kids - struck a four-year-old, dragging him several feet. The driver then sped off, leaving t

CityNews: Mother And 3-Year-Old Get Hit By Car In North York

"The woman didn't look too well. She didn't even move I don't think after she hit the windshield. Just got flopped down. The kid was kind of like a ball type of thing. You could hear the screams," explained rattled witness Ron McNamara.

Mississauga child badly injured in hit and run

If more people used their bikes to get to work year-round, that would greatly reduce traffic congestion at the times it really matters: the two daily rush hours.

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Star: Cycling rules to live by

Ride with the flow of traffic, but within your limits. Experienced cyclists can manage busy streets, but recreational riders should walk their bike on the sidewalk when they feel unsafe on a road.

Star: Cult bikes from Duke's fire

About 20 blackened survivors of Queen St. inferno are now coolest ride in town

Star: Dangers of cycling Toronto streets reduced by training, bike officer says

The blitz is focusing on drivers who make unsafe turns, open car doors without looking or steer into bike lanes. Unruly cyclists are also being held to account.

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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.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

NYC: Mayor Bloomberg & Friends Announce "Saturday Streets"

Essentially the plan opens Park Avenue to pedestrians and cyclists from 72nd thru to the Brooklyn Bridge (using other connectors) on August 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 7 AM to 1 PM!

Obama: I'll Boost Funds for Bike-Ped Projects If Elected

Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. And the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee als

USA: Obama bicycle meeting was "a coming of age moment"

"I've been doing the bike policy stuff forever, but, in the last 30 days," he said, "I feel like more has happened than in the last 30 yrs."

Cycling Saves Australia $200 million in Health Costs

The study, Cycling: Getting Australia Moving, funded by the Australian government and prepared by Melbourne University and the Cycling Promotion Fund concluded that thanks to the increased health of cyclists, public health services are spared an estimated

NYC: Car-Free Saturdays Will Open Path For Peds and Bikes From City Hall to 72nd

On three Saturday mornings in August, the Department of Transportation will ban cars from nearly 5 miles of city streets to make way for cyclists, joggers and walkers.

Man on a bike is tackled, then tasered by Portland Police

A Portland man says he was tackled, pushed off his bike, and then tasered repeatedly by a Portland Police officer in Southeast Portland last night because he didn't have a front light on his bike.

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Global: Police Kick-off Safe Cycling Campaign

Police are fed up with cyclists who flout - or worse, completely disobey - the law, the same rules those in cars are expected to follow. Among the worst sins: riding on the sidewalk, not signaling a turn, failing to ride in single file, having two on a si

CityNews: Cops Cracking Down On Cyclists Who Don't Obey The Law

Police are fed up with cyclists who flout - or worse, completely disobey - the law, the same rules those in cars are expected to follow. Among the worst sins: riding on the sidewalk, not signaling a turn, failing to ride in single file, having two on a si

Post: Cyclists will commute if dedicated paths are there

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Grey/Black Gary Fisher (Ryerson)

(from craigslist) After class I discovered my bike had been stolen outside of Ryerson. This bike means a lot to me, it was purchased to replace the one I was on when a car ran a red light and HIT me. Please help Brutus return home! F-05 Napa Sil/Alum 16.5 (Grey/Black Gary Fisher with scrapes on the handle bar breaks.)


Black Fixed Gear (Yonge & Davisville)

(from craigslist) Stolen Thursday, June 12 outside Bow and Arrow pub (Yonge & Davisville) between 4pm and 6pm. Locked to CoT bike ring with mini U-lock & long Kryptonite cable - everything gone, post undamaged. Old Italian frame recently powdercoated matte black - too sexy for its own good. Campagnola headset, Quando flip/flop rear hub, Time ATAC pedals, Shimano 105 crank + front brake + front hub. A beautiful Frankenstein. Serial number under bottom bracket MB 5574.


Blue/Grey Kona Cinder Cone (Gerrard & Pape)

(from craigslist) My Kona Cinder Cone was stolen Friday June 13, 2008 from Home Depot (Gerrard Square). The lock was cut and it was taken from the bike lock-up near the elevators sometime between 10:30 and 11:30am. The frame is light blue-grey. The bike has aftermarket ergo-grips (upgraded from the ones in the pic). It also has a bike computer. In 4 years of riding all over the city, I've never seen one quite the same, so it won't be too hard to spot whoever is riding it. This Kona's serial is registered with the Toronto Police Service. I am offering a reward to anyone who offers information leading to the return of my bike! Please call Sean @ 647.998.4960


Grey Owl MTB (Roncesvalles)

(from craigslist) We just had a grey men's mountain bike Grey owl stolen from the Roncesvalles area. Please keep an eye out for this bike. Any info would be appreciated.

Navy Blue Jamis Coda (Queen & University)

(from craigslist) If you see someone selling a Jamis Coda (Navy Blue) cheap, please contact me. Stolen right in front of court house on Queen Street. Reward.

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Curious about the 2008 implementation of the Bikeway Network (the bikelane part of the City's BikePlan)?

If you don't know what the Bikeway Network is, here's a very good description from the City's website:
Principle:
All Toronto residents will be within a five minute bicycle ride to the bikeway network.

Objectives:
The City of Toronto will:
* Complete the bikeway network in 10 years;
* Ensure the safe and comfortable year round operation of bikeways through design, signage, enforcement and maintenance; and
* Connect Toronto's network to bikeways in adjacent municipalities.
Here's what has happened in regards to the Bikeway Network so far, and what is planned for the rest of the year, and all streets linked go to a GoogleMap of the bikelane (thanks to Anthony from the Toronto Cyclists Union for forwarding the information to me):

The installation of bicycle lanes on Rogers Road has just been completed. These lanes, approved by City Council in the Fall of 2007, extend from Old Weston Road to Oakwood Avenue, a distance of 2.6 kilometres.
You should also note the following:
The following projects are approved by City Council, awaiting installation (9.1 km):
  1. Logan Avenue from Dundas Street East (including contra-flow lane from Gerrard Street East to Simpson Avenue) and Carlaw Avenue from Riverdale Avenue, 0.9 km
  2. Yonge Street from Queens Quay to Front Street, 0.6 km
  3. Royal York Road from Delroy Drive to Mimico Creek, 1.5 km
  4. Stephen Drive from The Queensway to Berry Road, 0.8 km
  5. The Pond Road from Sentinel Road to Shoreham Drive, 0.9 km
  6. Shaw Street (contra-flow lane) from Barton Avenue to Dupont Street, 0.6 km
  7. Shaw Street from Dupont Street to south of Acores Street/Wychrest Avenue, 0.2 km
  8. Wellesley Street from Queen's Park Crescent West to Parliament Street, 2.0 km
  9. Vaughan Road from St. Clair Avenue West to Winona Drive, 1.6 km
The following projects have been approved by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on June 4, and will be considered at the June 23, 24 City Council Meeting (7.6 km):
  1. Annette Street from Runnymede Road to Dundas Street West, 1.8 km
  2. Dupont Street from Dundas Street West to Lansdowne Avenue, 1.0 km
  3. Marlee Avenue from Roselawn Avenue to Dell Park Avenue, 1.4 km
  4. Pharmacy Avenue from south of Denton Avenue to south of Alvinston Road, 3.4 km
The following projects will be considered by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at its June 27 meeting (6.8 km):
  1. Stanley Avenue (contra-flow lane) from Royal York Road to Superior Avenue, 0.6 km
  2. Royal York Road from Cavell Avenue to Manitoba Street, 0.8 km
  3. Simcoe Street/Lower Simcoe Street from Queens Quay West to Front Street West, 0.6 km
  4. Birchmount Road from Kingston Road to south of St. Clair Avenue East, 2.4 km
  5. Conlins Road from Military Trail to Sheppard Avenue East, 2.4 km

What bikelane are you looking forward to? Discuss it the BikingToronto Community.

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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. Check out the Daily Digest Category to see more of these posts.

Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday:
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The Canadian Press: Hundreds of bike messengers converge in Toronto for world championships

Low pay, no benefits, stiff competition and constant threats posed by aggressive traffic and car doors - being a bike courier is a tough job, and they've got the battle scars to prove it.

Globe: This bike race delivers

The unique and complex nature of the event reflects the character of the profession. "You get people who can't work in Tim Hortons for 10 minutes who do this job for 50 hours a week, and they risk their lives, and they thrive.

Globe: Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya

People often blame cyclists for hogging the sidewalks and inconveniencing pedestrians. That was certainly the case on a recent warm spring night at the Bloor Cinema, but it wasn't because they were on their bikes.

Sun: Sweeter ride with co-op

You might've seen Cheryl Douglas, 57, weaving in and out of the city's busy intersections before, but she's doing it with health benefits and better wages now that she's a part of Courier Co-op Toronto.

Sun: Riders celebrate bicycle bonus

What used to be 30-minute walk to work is now a breezy 10. My commute is a pleasant one, with the exception of road hogging drivers who disregard the sanctity of bike lanes and try to run me over.

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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: High Park
Photo of the Day: Spring Shopping
Photo of the Day: Some People Love Sidewalks
Photo of the Day: Follow the Leader
Photo of the Day: Concrete Carrier
Photo of the Day: Mucho Flair
Photo of the Day: Baldwin Street

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The Toronto Police Service are starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign (PDF file) today:
The "Safe Cycling−Share the Responsibility" campaign will focus on motorists and cyclists whose actions endanger the lives of road−users. Drivers failing to proceed through turns safely, opening vehicle doors improperly along with driving and parking in designated bike lanes, all reduce cycling safety. Education and enforcement of cycling offences are critical to ensuring safe roadways for our communities.
Any reasonable person will agree that being responsible on the road is the first step to gaining more respect from other road users. Maverick drivers and cyclists who break rules in the interest of their own convenience really have no place in civilized society and I'm glad the police are paying attention to this (even if the campaign only goes for a week).


What do you think?

Should the police ticket cyclists if they don't have a bell? Are riding on the sidewalk? Aren't signalling their turns?

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InsideToronto: Bloor transformation assailed by cycling advocates

There are other opportunities for cyclists. And I might add that eliminating curbside parking will go a long way to mitigating the problems of cyclists in this section of Bloor Street."

InsideToronto: Is there life after traffic?

ayor David Miller articulated a hierarchy in the transportation world: Pedestrians before cyclists; cyclists before public transit; and public transit before the dinosaur-fuelled automobile.

Torontoist: Bike-Off This Weekend

Check out BikingToronto and Abdominal's interactive bike lane and bike shop maps. The Cycle Messenger World Championships run from June 13 to 16 on Toronto Island, and admission is free ($6 for ferry).

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A competitor at the Cycle Messenger World Championships 2008 in Toronto.

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It's Bike Month in Toronto. There's no shortage of riders as this public parking spot on Dundas Street west demonstrates.

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. You can also sign up to get this post in your email every week!

The ROM adds Public Art Bike Racks
Not all things are going bad for cyclists on Bloor St. The Royal Ontario Museum has unveiled 12 artful bikeracks that not only secure bikes but serve as sidewalk sculpture. Each takes it's inspiration from an exhibit within the museum. If you're interested in more artful bikeracks, there are…

Bloor-Yorkville Loses Parking, Ignores Cyclists
It looks like construction is starting this summer on the $20-million "makeover" of Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Church Street, according to the Globe and Mail. All on-street parking on Bloor is being taken out, surprisingly with the support of most merchants along the stretch. Cycling advocates are...

As well, there have been a lot of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week. You can find them all linked on the BikingToronto Links page, but here's a rundown for you:

Star: This art is a lock

InsideToronto: Rapper cycles to success

Spacing: A look at Toronto’s new street furniture models

Post: ROM reveals city's coolest bike racks

Sun: Dufflet's sweet charity

Globe: Bloor Street shopping strip loses its parking

Sun: Twisted metal

Christian Science Monitor: In Toronto, cyclists form a first-of-its-kind union

Sun: Gas hikes boost bikes

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Not all things are going bad for cyclists on Bloor St. The Royal Ontario Museum has unveiled 12 artful bikeracks that not only secure bikes but serve as sidewalk sculpture. Each takes it's inspiration from an exhibit within the museum.

If you're interested in more artful bikeracks, there are a few in Parkdale as well as others unveiled this spring near Yonge & Lawrence.



What other neighbourhoods could benefit from custom artsy bikeracks? I bet some pretty nice distinctive ones would fit well into places like the Gerrard India Bazaar, the Danforth, and Little Italy, to name a few.

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[top photo from the Star, bottom from the Post]

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From the Stolen Bike Listing on the BikingToronto Community:
My purple Schwinn SOTO Mountain Bike stolen last night (June 12th) at Bloor and Ossington, outside of CIBC. Shimano brakes, basket on the front, bell on the handlebars.

26" tires, 16" frame. I use a kryptonite lock, and am careful about locking it - usually use two locks but not last night for some reason!

Any help would be very much appreciated

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Star: This art is a lock

The elliptical horse and other catchy new adornments outside Royal Ontario Museum serve a valuable purpose - as hitching posts for cyclists.

InsideToronto: Rapper cycles to success

Abdominal, whose given name is Andy Bernstein, recently partnered with Biking Toronto to help celebrate Bike Month, with his track, 'Pedal Pusher', selected as the Bike Month theme.

Spacing: A look at Toronto's new street furniture models

The bike racks are just a sleeker version of our current ring-and-post locks.

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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.

Massive transport pile-up closes portion of highway near Toronto

At least eight tractor-trailers were involved in a chain-reaction pileup on Highway 401 near Mavis Road in Mississauga, west of Toronto

Woman, 20, critically injured in three-car crash

A woman is in hospital with serious head injuries after a three-car collision in the city's east end Sunday morning.


Children Hit By Car At Pharmacy And Denton

The six-year-old and the eight-year-old, who have not been identified, were struck by an out-of-control van as they frolicked on the sidewalk.


Three-Vehicle Crash Sends Trio To Hospital

A split-second decision left a 20-year-old Toronto woman in critical condition and two others in hospital Sunday in a multi-vehicle crash at Morningside and McLevin.ca

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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 just did the draw for the free BikingToronto t-shirt, using the draw entry numbers above... here's a photo of all the entries in a hat (specifically my Blue Jay hat):


And.... I pulled one out from deep in the hat... and the winner is... *drumroll*.... Anna!!!!!


Anna, you win a free BikingToronto t-shirt, and I'll even personalize it for you if you want. :)

Honorable mentions go to Psyminh, Pouya, Greg Lyttle, Dawn, and Tory, who were the most active members back in May. I'll be giving you guys cute little BikingToronto buttons. :)

I'm not sure the best way to get all these prizes to you... maybe we should start a BikingToronto Community Drinks night? :)

Oh yeah... don't forget I'm planning on doing this again for the month of July... so no worries if you didn't win or just joined the Community... :)

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Star: Hypermiling squeeze every drop from the tank

Anybody can do it. It's huge right now because of gas prices. But the best hypermilers are those who don't turn the key at all. They walk, bike, or take public transit. My son and I ride our bikes to church because it's the right thing to do.

Post: ROM reveals city's coolest bike racks

A bronze zebra head, the face of Queen Nefertiti, a German coconut cup and a Grecian urn were among 11 bike rack sculptures that caught the attention of pedestrians and cyclists along Queens Park Crescent today.

Sun: Dufflet's sweet charity

Dufflet Rosenberg is inviting locals with a sweet tooth and a bicycle to celebrate Bike Month by cycling to all three Dufflet retail cafe locations in one day to complete the Tour de Dufflet.

Globe: Bloor Street shopping strip loses its parking

Mr. Egan said traffic volumes - 30,000 cars a day - meant that the new narrower Bloor still needed four lanes and could not accommodate full-size bike lanes. However, he said the street could be retrofitted with bike lanes later.

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During the ride back from the lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit, on today's TBN Wednesday Night Ride.

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Lake Shore BLVD.

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I loved the rustiness and roughness of this bell and I patiently waited for the streetcar to come into view.

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2007
World Naked Bike Day: June 9
CityNews - Cyclist Struck And Killed By City Dump-Truck
Photos from the I Bike T.O. Photo Exhibit
Photos from the Grassroots Bikers Breakfast
Torontoist: More Ass, Less Gas
Globe & Mail: Green lightning - It's low, fast and pedal-powered
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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.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

NYC Bicyclists Get Their Own MapQuest

The good old New York City Bike Map is about to face some stiff competition. On Sunday, three enterprising cyclists launched "Ride the City," a web site that finds the safest and most efficient routes for those on two wheels.

Taking a Ride, with a Couple Thousand Friends, by the LA River

Yesterday marked the 8th Los Angeles River Ride. Thousands of cyclists, riders and even some Ridazz gathered at Griffith Park to go on organized rides of 10, 50, 70 or 100 miles.

Bells ring in Portland's first Blessing of the Bikes

In a respectful and poignant outdoor ceremony, St. Mary's Cathedral in Northwest Portland held their first-ever Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday.

CNN: "My Next Vehicle Will Be a Bicycle"

In the non-random sample of 42,275 respondents, more people said they are leaning towards a bike than a truck or SUV.

TreeHugger: Obama Wraps Up Nomination, Celebrates By Riding His Bike

This bit of news should erase any doubt left that Obama would be sympathetic to cause of cyclists. Then again, President Bush is known to be an avid cyclist, yet to our knowledge he hasn't gone out of his way to promote cycling for recreation or transport

Australia: Cyclists want protected bicycle lanes

Bicycle Victoria wants to see bicycle lanes with a higher level of protection than just a white line trialled on some routes in Melbourne

Governors Island to Serve as Testing Ground for NYC Bike-Share

Turns out the wait for free bikes will be a lot shorter. Starting this week, 250 bikes at the island's rental outfit, Bike and Roll, will be available to visitors at no charge on Fridays, thanks to sponsorship from Transportation Alternatives.

Kingston needs more bike lanes

While the City of Toronto is celebrating Bicycle Month and has plans to expand its 90 kilometres of bike lanes to 495 kilometres by 2011, city councillors in Kingston are delaying making decisions about this issue.

As gas prices soar, so does interest in bicycling in Massachusetts

Drivers clear a lane, bicyclists are taking to the road in record numbers in Massachusetts.

Cycle Fun Montreal: Bikes and local trains - the Montréal experience

Cycle Fun Montreal asks: The suburban train system: does it provide good access for urban cyclists to get to suburban/rural cycling destinations?

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Hi everyone,

I haven't forgotten about this. :)

I've just tallied up all the entries for the May Contest:
  1. you got an entry if you were or became a member of the BikingToronto Community in May
  2. you got an entry every time you posted anything (a forum post, a photo, etc.) in the Community during May.
I'll be doing the draw soon - but if you're interested in how many entries you have, there's a list posted (fittingly) over on the Community...

Each time you see your name, it's an entry in the draw for a t-shirt from the BikingToronto store.

And for those who don't win, or who didn't become a member until June... I'll be running another contest in July. :)

Feel free to join the Community before then though... it's growing slowly but surely... with now over 50 members registered.

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It looks like construction is starting this summer on the $20-million "makeover" of Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Church Street, according to the Globe and Mail.

All on-street parking on Bloor is being taken out, surprisingly with the support of most merchants along the stretch.

Cycling advocates are concerned about there not being any bikelanes in the plans, even though City of Toronto Staff are looking at the possibility of Bloor-Danforth bikelanes running across the city.

Daniel Egan, the city's manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, said the narrower road and lack of parked cars would make the new Bloor better for cyclists, although activists disputed this.

Mr. Egan said traffic volumes - 30,000 cars a day - meant that the new narrower Bloor still needed four lanes and could not accommodate full-size bike lanes. However, he said the street could be retrofitted with bike lanes later.


I'm more concerned with something I read a few months ago in a TCAT Newsletter - that there are NO plans to install ANY bikeracks in this plan.

Rich people bike too, you know.

Still... it is nice to see some space previously devoted to cars being given to pedestrians.

I've started a discussion thread for this in the BikingToronto Community.

[rendering above from Bloor-Yorkville.com]


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Sun: Twisted metal

Biking means more time spent outdoors in our short summer months, and can wake you up better than a cup of coffee in the morning. It's better for the environment, a great source of exercise, it can be faster than taking public transit or driving and saves...

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This bell has bark.

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March 2008. The sun sets early.

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The globeflower caught my attention and then the owner of the bike sitting on the patio at the Horseshoe caught my attention and called me over! Oopsie - caught in the act!

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Now if I found this one before my own pink smiley face bell, I probably would have bought this one!

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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. You can check all the Category Digest Posts for more of the same.

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:

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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:
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Christian Science Monitor: In Toronto, cyclists form a first-of-its-kind union

"I've been riding my bike for nearly 40 years in the city, and it's high time we have something like a union," Ms. Marks explained last weekend. "I don't fly around like the youngsters. But if we were able to have better bike lanes and benefit

Sun: Gas hikes boost bikes

Bike shops in Toronto are cycling through their inventory at record speeds, too, with Urbane Cyclist clocking-in their biggest year of sales in a decade last year, according to worker Chris Williams, adding "this year is even bigger."

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a cyclist speeding by while I was waiting for the rain to pass during my walk this evening.

Bike Flower Power

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Pretty flowers to bring a smile to those that see them.

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Cute!

Wonder Woman!

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However there was no golden lasso to be found ...

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The bell matches the handlebars which match the bit on the crossbar ... neato!

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looking through the new bicycle rack (yay!) behind my apartment building

Double Your Ringing Pleasure

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Ready for any ringing emergency!

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Me too!

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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.







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Inner Workings

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So that's how it works!

At the market

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Ultra Wide on Slim, xpro, Velvia 100.

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2007
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Jerseys!

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Toronto>>>>Montreal on my bike!
You can sponsor my charity ride for the Toronto PWA Foundation!
Just CLICK, or copy and paste this URL:
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Pumpkin Bell

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Love that springy thingy!

GrimSkunk

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I have no idea what this band sounds like but the bell is awesome!

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Are Bikes Banned From Yorkville? - updated

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Photo of the Day - Fri, June 8th


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Rainy Race

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From last week's St. Lawrence Market Criterium bike Race.

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Here's a wrap-up of all the newsy posts that have been up on BikingToronto since last friday. You can also sign up to get this post in your email every week!


  • Annette Street Bikelanes meet resistance
    Most of the Annette Street Bikelane has been approved by City Council, but a short portion between Runnymede and Jane has been held up by bikelane-phobic area merchants. Essentially, businesses think bikelanes will hurt their businesses, and want the bikelane moved to a parallel street, while cycling advocates are trying…
  • New Bike Boxes at Harbord and Bathurst
    Portland has them, San Francisco has them, New York City has them, and now Toronto has Bike Boxes too! You can see a couple other photos that Martin Reis took of this Bike Box at the intersection of Harbord and Bathurst in his Flickr collection. Don't know what a Bike…
  • TCAT News Bulletin: June 2nd
    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: Sheppard East LRT Environmental Assessment - Open…
  • Cyclists on the Gardiner (and not for the Ride for Heart)
    I'm glad I didn't go to Critical Mass on Friday, for it embraced nuisance-making and went up on the Gardiner Expressway. News Links: Star: Cyclists block westbound Gardiner BlogTO: Cyclists Shut Down the Gardiner Is this productive at all in showing bikes are a valid transportation option?


As well, there have been a lot of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week. You can find them all linked on the BikingToronto Links page, but here's a rundown for you:

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Now: How did it advance the cause? It didn't.

"Reckless" will be the insult, but the designation "protest'' will be the real injury forcing ethereal longings to have to negotiate the rigged traffic signals of political argument. Other cyclists will join in over beers, brunches and bulletin...

Now: Paradise riders

Lane by lane, the Gardiner was closed. Well, okay, maybe I'm a little bombastic here. Rogue Cyclists Block Gar­diner, the Sun headline the next day read.

Eye: Critical mess

There are a myriad of ways in which motorists make cyclists' lives miserable in this city, but if the situation is ever going to change for the better, we cyclists need to take the high road.

Star: Annette bike lanes spark bickering

Proposal to add dedicated route for cyclists on Annette St. meets with merchants' resistance...

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Definitely couldn't walk by this one - that would be so unpatriotic of me!

I like how the handlebars match the bell so nicely! :-)

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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.

One Dead And Traffic In Chaos After Terrible Accident On Hwy. 400

A terrible accident has left a man dead and a busy route at a standstill north of the city. A collision involving three trucks has shut down traffic on Highway 400 at Highway 88 in Bradford.

Two women struck by car and badly injured in Mississauga

Two pedestrians are in hospital tonight after they were struck by a vehicle, in the intersection of Derry Rd. and Glen Erin Dr. in Mississauga.

Six-Car Crash At Lakeshore And Bathurst

A six-car pile-up left drivers and passengers shaken but unhurt after the Sunday morning collision on Lake Shore near Bathurst.

Senior Who Was Struck By Bus Succumbs To Injuries

The 74-year-old was hit near the intersection of Bay St. and Yorkville Ave. Doctors worked to save his life but he died Sunday afternoon.

All Hands Safe After School Bus Flips Over Following Collision

The big yellow rig was heading southbound though the intersection of King St. and Caledon-King Townline, when it collided with a dump truck going west.

One Senior Dead, Another In Hospital, After Separate Collisions

An elderly woman is dead and another senior is hospital after separate collisions. The first occurred in Mississauga Thursday, and the second in Toronto on Friday.

Out-of-control car hits child

An 11-year-old child was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car that careened out of control in the city’s east end.

Cyclist, 10, injured at crosswalk

A 10-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital this morning after being struck by a car at an intersection in the city's northeast end.

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Most of the Annette Street Bikelane has been approved by City Council, but a short portion between Runnymede and Jane has been held up by bikelane-phobic area merchants.

Essentially, businesses think bikelanes will hurt their businesses, and want the bikelane moved to a parallel street, while cycling advocates are trying to convince them that bikelanes slow down car traffic and create safer pedestrian realms.

The other bikelanes proposed (Marlee, Dupont and Pharmacy) were approved - you can read more information about these in the BikeToronto.ca post about it.

What do you think? Discuss it on the BikingToronto Community.

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Mississauga News: Cyclists hit the road Friday to promote healthy commuting

Warm weather, rising gas prices and growing interest in healthy commuting are expected to attract hordes of cyclists out onto Mississauga roads for Friday's Bike to Work Day.



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The ride leader talks to us before the TBN Wednesday Night Ride on June 4th.

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2007
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Transport for London: You’re Better Off by Bike
TheStar - Bike station in Windy City should show T.O. the way
Eye Weekly - How hard is it to paint a line on the road?
Hell Freezes Over! Margaret Wente Wants A Downtown Congestion Charge
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Portland has them, San Francisco has them, New York City has them, and now Toronto has Bike Boxes too!

You can see a couple other photos that Martin Reis took of this Bike Box at the intersection of Harbord and Bathurst in his Flickr collection.

Don't know what a Bike Box is or how it's useful? Here's a nice instructional video from Streetfilms:







UPDATE: This Bike Box was not an official one, but one done by the Urban Repair Squad. It has since disappeared.

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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.

I also post all the Elsewhere Links I find over on the Links Page.

Bikes go mainstream with Today Show coverage

In recent weeks, there's been an unprecedented barrage of bike-related news stories in the mainstream media.

CNN: Car crashes into bike race; one dead

A car plowed into a weekend bike race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others, police said.

Columbus, Ohio Unveils 20-Year Bicycle Master Plan

There are also plans for a bike share program, the installation of more bike racks, the creation of several bike boulevards and significantly improved signage. Looks like nowadays cities of all geographies, political landscapes, and socio-economic...

Downtown LA Critical Mass

When your average person thinks of Critical Mass, they usually picture hundreds of colorfully dressed cyclists swarming the streets of a big city disrupting motor vehicle traffic. That’s exactly what last Friday’s “Downtown Critical Mass” was...

Portland: Governor Kulongoski will bike to work on Monday

He walked to work on Earth Day, and now Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski says he’ll ride his bike to the office on Monday.

UK: Higher fuel prices = cycling boom

A press release headed “Higher fuel prices = cycling boom” which boldly predicts that “an extra 1.25 million trips will be made by bicycle every day due to the rising price of petrol and diesel.”

Portland: Bikes, the ballet, and a best legs contest

The award for best event logo of the summer so far has to go to Bike to the Ballet — coming this June from the Portland-based Oregon Ballet Theater.

National Bike Bill passes U.S. House vote

The resolution recognizes the importance of bicycling to "enriching the nation's health, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving America's economic vitality and overall quality of life."

Springwise: Pedal-powered coffee retailer

Mobile coffee carts have been around for a while, including those from Dutch MobiCcino, which we covered back in 2006. But whereas most such carts are motorised, UK-based Bikecaffe has come up with a pedal-powered and eco-friendly alternative.

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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.

Thursday June 5th:

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Sun: 2 wheels? Too bad

Posted: 03 Jun 2008 08:37 AM CDT

"With the price of gas going up many people are choosing to commute by bicycle," Blair said. "We see that some motorists and cyclists are not obeying the rules of the road and not respecting each other's use of the roadway."

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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.

Wednesday June 4th:

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Torontoist: BikePolo in the Round

ladies, lace up your corsets, but eschew your eleven-inch heels in favor of something more favorable for a sporting event in the park; and boys, ditch the skinny jeans for some looser evening slacks. Arrival is acceptable only on two-wheeled chariot, one

Spacing: Cutting short the Annette Street bike lane

“Losing Annette will be a huge blow in the effort to finally make real progress in bike lanes,” reads World 19’s website. “An overall bike network that has routes which divert north, south, east and west when it would pass a modest number of comme

Spacing: Lorne Shields Historical Bicycle Photography

The event is part of June Bike Month in Toronto and is being held on Thursday, June 5th at 8 pm in the Cinecycle Coach House Theater, 129 Spadina Avenue, just south of 401 Richmond. For more information contact Martin Heath at 416-971-4273.

BlogTO: Cyclists Shut Down the Gardiner

On Friday night more than 200 Toronto cyclists overtook the Gardiner Expressway. Entering on the westbound ramp at Jarvis and cycling toward the Dunn Street exit, a group belonging to Critical Mass set out to block traffic on Toronto's much maligned water

Star: Bicycle protest on Gardiner a 'crazy idea,' police contend

Friday night's storming of the Gardiner by hundreds of cyclists wasn't planned and it wasn't to demand more bike lanes on Bloor.

Sun: Gardiner bike-in 'not planned'

Friday night's storming of the Gardiner by hundreds of cyclists wasn't planned and it wasn't to demand more bike lanes on Bloor.

Star: DVP, Gardiner reopens after charity bike ride

The 21st annual Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart wrapped up around 2 p.m. today. More than 12,000 cyclists and inline skaters participated in this year's event, riding the empty highways to raise money for the organization.

Sun: Survivors aid others in bike ride for heart

The Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway -- east of the Humber bridge -- were shut to traffic to allow participants to raise $3 million to finance research needed to save more people like Edwards.

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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:

BikeMonth Events on Friday May 30th (BikeFriday)
Tomorrow is 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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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 East LRT Environmental Assessment - Open Houses June 3 and 4
  2. Bikes and Pedestrians at Public Works & Infrastructure Committee - June 4
  3. Don Mills LRT Environmental Assessment - Open Houses June 10, 17 and 18
  4. Gardiner Expressway Interchanges Environmental Assessment - Open House June 11
  5. Bike Lanes on Bloor! - Sign the on-line petition

More on the TCAT site.

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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.

Tuesday June 3rd

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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: Kensington Bike Girl
Photo of the Day: Leg Tattoos
Photo of the Day: College and Spadina
Photo of the Day: Chinatown

Photo of the Day: Blue Dress
Photo of the Day: Shadows on the Humber Bridge

Photo of the Day: Life Goes On

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I'm glad I didn't go to Critical Mass on Friday, for it embraced nuisance-making and went up on the Gardiner Expressway.

News Links:

Star: Cyclists block westbound Gardiner
BlogTO: Cyclists Shut Down the Gardiner

Is this productive at all in showing bikes are a valid transportation option?

My feeling is that crazy stunts like this just further perpetuate the stereotype of cyclists as crazy activists who can't fit in to normal society.

Sunday morning was the Ride for Heart - why not wait 36 hours and ride the Gardiner and DVP for a good cause?

Want to discuss it? I've started a discussion about this on the BikingToronto Community.

[I wrote the above words on Saturday afternoon, just after hearing about this... and I've had a day and a half to think about it since... in addition to cycling the DVP and Gardiner legally as part of the Ride for Heart, and my thoughts haven't changed in that time..., reflected below in a comment I just left on the BlogTO post about this...]:

Critical Mass is great when it sticks to downtown roads (ie. streets bikes are legally entitled to) and is a fun community ride for friends and families.

When it's horrible is when it does something like riding on the Gardiner as a symbolic "f-you" to a society dominated by car use and car culture.

Guess what happens when you give the finger to society? It gives it right back to you... forget being involved (even nominally) which transportation policy changes if you act like a 12 year old with a chip on his shoulder.

Do you think City Hall or the Province, or Metrolinx or anyone with any influence to increase the role of bicycles on the streets of Toronto will have anything to do with "activists" who only really accomplish pissing people off rather than working towards constructive, co-operative change?


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Sun: Gardiner plugged by 200 rogue cyclists

"It was the weirdest thing," said motorist Cyndi Aristizabal, who had no idea what the protest was about. "It didn't last very long, but it was very bizarre."

Globe: Gardiner closed as police herd cycling protesters

"It looks like they got together and decided that they would make a point about using bicycles in this city," Sergeant Derek Wilson said last night.

Star: Cyclists block westbound Gardiner

The cyclists rode for those 20 minutes before being directed towards the off-ramp at Dunn Ave. by police. Traffic was stalled as the bikers took up all the westbound lanes, but has since returned to normal.

BlogTO: Cyclists Shut Down the Gardiner

On Friday night more than 200 Toronto cyclists overtook the Gardiner Expressway. Entering on the eastbound ramp at Jameson and cycling toward the Dunn Street exit, a group belonging to Critical Mass set out to block traffic on Toronto's much maligned wate

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Cyclist, 10, injured at crosswalk

A 10-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital this morning after being struck by a car at an intersection in the city's northeast end.

Mississauga's Bike to Work Day

The City of Mississauga, Smart Commute Mississauga, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and Metrolinx have partnered to host a Mississauga Bike to Work Day on June 6, 2008.

Toronto Cycling Discussed on Metafilter.com

Another one bites the dust, and Canada's largest city reaches its yearly average cyclist fatality tally, less than half-way through 2008.

Globe: Toronto cars will have to take a backseat to cyclists, in-line skaters on Sunday

Mayor David Miller has declared it bike month in Toronto. There are more than 150 related activities going on in the city, from group rides, to trail clean ups to auctions and exhibits.

Globe: Safety first when biking for charity

While most cyclists know to be properly rested, fed and watered before heading out, some tricks from pro cyclists and bike mechanics might be lifesavers for those trying to roll with the pros.

InsideToronto: City changes concept for proposed bike lanes in response to community uproar

In the revised concept, bike lanes would be installed along Annette from Dundas to Runnymede, which then would connect with the bike lanes on Runnymede. Cyclists would travel north on Runnymede to St. John's and then onto St. John's to Jane Street.

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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.

Monday June 2nd
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The Commuter Challenge Is Next Week

2007
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
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