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Post: Time to import N.Y. bike culture?

For people with a car-based mentality, adjusting to alternatives is a slow and, in Mr. Budnick's words, a scary process. "In civics, change is the scariest thing," he says. "If I were to write a horror movie, I would call it Change."

CityNews: Police Launch Bike Recovery Program Following Raids

35 Strachan Ave., or at 30 Ordnance Street at the following times:

* Friday, July 25, 2008: noon to 8 pm,

* Saturday, July 26, 2008 and Sunday, July 27, 2008: 10 am to 6 pm,

* Monday, July 28, 2008 to Thursday, July 31, 2008: noon to 8 pm


Star: Another chance to get your bike back

While Igor Kenk, accused in a massive series of bike thefts, appears at a bail hearing today, bike-theft victims can go claim their stolen wheels. 3,000 recovered bikes will be on display from noon today at the 45 Strachan Ave. police garage.


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Happy Friday everyone!

Friday's the day BikingToronto wraps up all the bikey news from the last week and puts it all in a nice little package for your easy digestion. STILL huge in the news this week is the whole issue of bike theft. Also, if you don't know, you can post about your stolen bike on the BikingToronto Community (which has a contest running now that you can get in on).
  • Stolen Bike Recovery Program - 3000+ Bikes on Display!
    The stolen bicycle numbers from the Igor Kenk bust keep going up and up. The latest reports have the numbers exceeding 3000 bicycles, and Toronto Police have set them up in two locations so Torontonians can check them out and hopefully find their long lost two-wheeled friends:
  • Toronto Police may have your Stolen Bike!
    From the Toronto Police, who just busted Igor Kenk and his Stolen Bicycle Racket: Stolen Recovered Bicycles from 927 Queen St W and other storage units... please pass along to your bicycle networks.. Public Viewing Monday July 21, 2008 10am-6pm - 9 Hanna Ave, Toronto More public viewing to be…
There's been a TON of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week:

Spacing Wire: The Igor effect

Then came the really dramatic turn of events — police discovered he had several warehouses full of bikes around the city. Which means it wasn’t simply a case of go to Igor’s and find your bike if he had it — he had caches where he could hide bikes

EYE Weekly: To catch a thief

Cyclists develop relationships with their bikes, tune them up and learn their quirks and — as we were reminded at the Toronto Cyclists Union’s recent screening of the epic film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure — become quite attached to them.

NOW Magazine: Wheels of change

Does big seizure mean that cops now take cyclists more seriously?

Globe: Bike-theft saga takes a turn toward the strange

Toronto's stolen-bicycle saga led police into three more secluded garages crammed with bikes yesterday, and took a turn for the bizarre as an accomplished concert pianist became the third person charged in the case.

Star: 1,000 more bikes seized

Another thousand bicycles – ranging from $3,000 LeMond racing bikes to kids' tricycles and a scooter for a disabled rider – were recovered from rented garages yesterday after police executed three more raids across the west downtown.

CTV: Bike theft suspect a 'sweet' and talented pianist

Jeanie Chung works at The Glenn Gould School where she is an accomplished pianist. The woman is romantically involved with Igor Kenk, who is accused of masterminding the largest bike theft operation in Toronto history.

BlogTO: More Stolen Bikes Uncovered in Parkdale Garage

"The garage had been rented out since March 2008. It's owned by a numbered company. "The guy who rented it out came forward and gave us a statement. A total of eight search warrants were issued since Thursday's raid on Kenk's bike shop."

North Bay Nugget: Toronto may register bikes with police

An anti-theft plan that would see bikes automatically registered with police when purchased could be in place by next year, the chairman of the Toronto Cycling Committee says. The city is scrambling to keep up with an explosion in cycling.

CTV: Police find another stash of bikes in theft probe

A third person has been arrested as part of the bike theft investigation. Police said Wednesday that a 37-year-old woman was taken into custody.

Toronto Police: Wanted - owners of 1,500 bicycles

“Thefts would go down drastically if everyone registered their bicycle,” said Major Crime Unit Det. Izzy Bernardo. “We stop known thieves all the time with different bikes and run the serial numbers but the bikes never show up as stolen on the syste

InsideToronto: More than 2,000 stolen bikes, parts now recovered

Because of the significant quantity, police are looking to relocate the massive cache to a larger warehouse nearby. Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca for further details. Owners of the stolen bicycles must provide proof of ownership.

CBC: Police 'astonished' as number of stolen bikes recovered passes...

"I'm astonished," Supt. Ruth White told reporters outside a garage where police were executing one of the warrants in the morning. "I've never seen this in 30 years, that allegedly one individual can accumulate this many bicycles over this many years."

Star: Owners slow to show up as stolen bikes sorted

It's not over yet. The investigation continues as a steady stream of tips comes in to Crime Stoppers, and more bikes are expected to be recovered, police said. Anyone who rented garage space to Kenk is being asked to contact police.

CityNews: Bikes Return To Rightful Owners After Raid

A police raid on a west end bike shop has led to a pleasant surprise for several GTA residents reunited with their allegedly stolen rides after a sting operation at the Bicycle Clinic.

CTV: Police seize thousands of bikes in Toronto

The latest cache of more than 200 bicycles was discovered on Dovercourt Road in the city's west end. Police spent a part of Monday afternoon at the scene executing a search warrant. They expect to make more seizures in the weeks to come.

Reuters: Wanted - owners for 1,500 stolen Toronto bicycles

Toronto cyclists often describe their city as one of the bike theft capitals of North America, if not the world. But figures from lockmaker Kryptonite, says Toronto, unlike Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, is not even in North America's Top 10.

CBC: Recovered hoard of bicycles overwhelms police facilities

Police said they've busted one of the biggest stolen bike rings in city history and are asking for the public's help to provide any information about other places Kenk may have rented for storage space.

Sun: 200 more bikes seized

Kenk, who owns the Bicycle Clinic, was sent back to the Don Jail after court ruled more time was needed to allow for cops to lay charges in connection with the recent raids on four locations including Kenk's shop and the Yorkville home he lived at.

Post: Bike theft victims scour police trove

"I'm not aware of any bicycle seizures in the last 28 years that are as great as this," said Detective Sergeant Egidio Roseto. "It's an enormous number of bikes that we've taken from some storage locations."

Globe: Police recover stolen bikes by the hundreds

Superintendent Ruth White said she hasn't seen anything like it in 30 years of policing. "We had a woman identify her bike that was stolen eight years ago," she said, adding that about 70 owners had so far been reunited with their wheels.

Star: Bike theft tally tops 1,200

Over a period of five days, police recovered between 1,200 and 1,500 bicycles, as well as about 1.5 kilos of marijuana and several ounces of crack cocaine, in a store, residence and several garages while executing a series of search warrants.

BlogTO: Recovered Bikes Find Rightful Owners

"Next weekend there will be more to see in a bigger facility," said Evans. Stay tuned for information on where and when this will be set up. More than 50 bicycles have so far been identified and returned to their rightful owners.

Sun: More bikes recovered

One by one, vintage cruisers and high-end racing bikes were brought out over the course of an hour from the back garage, which was riddled with garbage bags and tires -- filling four police cargo trucks.

Sun: Wheels of good fortune pay off

An 18-month-old girl was one of the happiest riders yesterday after Toronto Police opened their garage doors to reunite cyclists with their stolen bikes.

Star: Police line up battered wheels for cyclists

Katherine Dalziel had almost given up hope when she saw it, lying wheels-up on the concrete floor of the police warehouse: her beloved blue and white Norco road bike, gone missing from a Financial District bike post just over a week ago.

Sun: Police bait bike draws in panhandler

The 40-year-old homeless man with a long rap sheet was nabbed by police who allege he stole a so-called "bait bike" in front of the LCBO on Spadina Ave. in full view of plain-clothes officers.

Sun: A bonanza of bikes

"It's made my day, this seriously has made my day!" said cyclist Navid Taslimi, 36. "It's about time."

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Hi everyone, I'm going to be offline for the next two weeks as I'll be on vacation, but that does not mean BikingToronto won't be updating.

I've set it up so that the Photo of the Day and the From the Archives posts will continue to update every morning - and the top of the main page of the site will have lots of nice automatically updating stuff for your reading pleasure.

If you hear of bicycle related news going on it the city, post about it over in the News Section of the BikingToronto Community Forum, and links to it will show up on the main page as well as on the News page - that way your fellow Toronto cyclists will know about it.

Have a good two weeks. Ride safe, and enjoy the weather. Summer won't last forever.

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In case you missed it, there's another BikingToronto Community Contest going on right now.

Basically, every time you do anything in the Community - from discussing stuff in the forum, or add photos, or make a Community Blog post... you get an entry into the contest.

What can you win? A personalized BikingToronto t-shirt!

Join the BikingToronto Community. You can win stuff.

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The stolen bicycle numbers from the Igor Kenk bust keep going up and up.

The latest reports have the numbers exceeding 3000 bicycles, and Toronto Police have set them up in two locations so Torontonians can check them out and hopefully find their long lost two-wheeled friends:
You can check to see if your ride was among the hundreds collected by cops at either 35 Strachan Ave., or at 30 Ordnance Street at the following times:

Friday, July 25: noon to 8 pm
Saturday, July 26: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, July 27: 10 am to 6 pm
Monday, July 28: noon to 8 pm
Tuesday, July 29: noon to 8 pm
Wednesday, July 30: noon to 8 pm
Thursday, July 31: noon to 8 pm
Tons of news articles about this are linked on the News page, and there's a discussion thread over on the Community too! :) Good luck finding your bike!

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Posted: 24 Jul 2008 02:27 PM CDT

Red 1980s Puegot Racer (Queen and River) From Craigslist: REWARD!!!! Red mens Peugot STOLEN today at Dixon Hall around noon. Front rim is a bit off from previous accident. Sentimental value

Blue DeVinci Amsterdam Hybr...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:58 AM CDT

Blue DeVinci Amsterdam Hybrid (King and Spadina) From Craigslist: Blue medium-sized Devinci Amsterdam performance hybrid stolen from in front of 435 King St. W on Saturday July 12th at around 6pm. Anyone with any information, or if you see it (Devinci's are not that common and I haven't seen a blue one anywhere) please contact Katya at 416-903-5732. I loved this bike and it has traveled the world with me in the last 2 years. The frame is a bit scratched as a result. Looks like picture, but the frame is a royal blue.

Blue Giant Rainier (Spadina...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:56 AM CDT

Blue Giant Rainier (Spadina and Davenport) From Craigslist: Will pay $300 for return of my blue Giant Rainier. Stolen from 250 Madison Ave on Monday, June 23. No questions asked.

Green Kona Kuku BMX (Colleg...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:55 AM CDT

Green Kona Kuku BMX (College and Dovercourt) From Craigslist: Stolen July 15 from College Dovercourt area. If anyone sees it.. it had a Emily sticker on the top tube, and a Play dead cult sticker on the steer tube, chrome skull valve caps and cool black grips with white stars.. and funky rubber padding.. If you've seen it. Let me know and yeah, knock the person out who's riding her.

Black Diamondback MTB (Eato...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:53 AM CDT

Black Diamondback MTB (Eatons Centre) From Craigslist: My bike was stolen last Sunday at the Eatons Center in front of Best Buy... I wasnt even in the mall for more then ten minutes... If you purchased this bike I am willing to pay you the same cost for it back... Ill pay you an additional amount if you know or can identify the person that sold it to you... I have a few things Id like to get off my chest... Thanks!!! Diamond Back Responce... Black with white DB stripe... BRAND NEW so its in mint condition and sticks out...

Green Women's "Yorkville" (...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:52 AM CDT

Green Women's "Yorkville" (Dundas and Ossington) From Craigslist "Yorkville" - Pale green 17" women's 21 speed - nearly new, excellent condition. Stolen from front porch close to Dundas & Ossington on July 11/12. Am suspicious it ended up at sketchy "bike shop" on Queen opposite Trinity Bellwoods Park. Will offer reward if returned. I used it to get all over TO and really want it back!

Yellow, Black and Red Minel...

Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:49 AM CDT

Yellow, Black and Red Minelli (SkyDome / Rogers Centre) from craigslist This bike was stolen Saturday afternoon outstide the Rogers center. It is in great shape, quick release tires,seat. It also has a compass/bell on the right handlebar with black/red rubber handlebar grips. If anyone has seen this bike please let me know. Reward will be offered.



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Spacing Wire: The Igor effect

Then came the really dramatic turn of events — police discovered he had several warehouses full of bikes around the city. Which means it wasn't simply a case of go to Igor's and find your bike if he had it — he had caches where he could hide bikes

EYE Weekly: To catch a thief

Cyclists develop relationships with their bikes, tune them up and learn their quirks and — as we were reminded at the Toronto Cyclists Union's recent screening of the epic film Pee-wee's Big Adventure — become quite attached to them.

NOW Magazine: Wheels of change

Does big seizure mean that cops now take cyclists more seriously?

Globe: Bike-theft saga takes a turn toward the strange

Toronto's stolen-bicycle saga led police into three more secluded garages crammed with bikes yesterday, and took a turn for the bizarre as an accomplished concert pianist became the third person charged in the case.

Star: 1,000 more bikes seized

Another thousand bicycles – ranging from $3,000 LeMond racing bikes to kids' tricycles and a scooter for a disabled rider – were recovered from rented garages yesterday after police executed three more raids across the west downtown.

CTV: Bike theft suspect a 'sweet' and talented pianist

Jeanie Chung works at The Glenn Gould School where she is an accomplished pianist. The woman is romantically involved with Igor Kenk, who is accused of masterminding the largest bike theft operation in Toronto history.

Metro: Bike lanes lauded

Jimmy Vuong, a cyclist and rider of the 506 Carlton route, approves of the bike lanes along parts of College Street "except for the frequent incidents of bikers speeding past open streetcar doors in disregard for TTC riders entering and exiting."

BlogTO: More Stolen Bikes Uncovered in Parkdale Garage

"The garage had been rented out since March 2008. It's owned by a numbered company. "The guy who rented it out came forward and gave us a statement. A total of eight search warrants were issued since Thursday's raid on Kenk's bike shop."

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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.

Elderly Woman Injured In 401 Rollover

An elderly woman was left recovering in hospital Saturday night after a rollover on a ramp to northbound Highway 410.




Gardiner Crash

A single-vehicle crash on the Gardiner Sunday morning sent a 26-year-old man to hospital with minor injuries - and tore the hood off his silver car.




Pedestrian Killed In North Toronto

The 38-year-old man was apparently crossing the intersection diagonally when he was hit around 3am. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his name hasn't been released.

SUV kills jaywalking pedestrian

The man was apparently trying to cross the intersection of Yonge St. and Steeles Ave. W. diagonally when he was struck by a westbound vehicle just after 3 a.m.

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The July 27th Edition of BikeFriday!
2007 Toronto Cycling Consultation Session: Thursday, July 26th
Photo of the Day: Wed, July 25th
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North Bay Nugget: Toronto may register bikes with police

An anti-theft plan that would see bikes automatically registered with police when purchased could be in place by next year, the chairman of the Toronto Cycling Committee says. The city is scrambling to keep up with an explosion in cycling.

CTV: Police find another stash of bikes in theft probe

A third person has been arrested as part of the bike theft investigation. Police said Wednesday that a 37-year-old woman was taken into custody.

Toronto Police: Wanted - owners of 1,500 bicycles

"Thefts would go down drastically if everyone registered their bicycle," said Major Crime Unit Det. Izzy Bernardo. "We stop known thieves all the time with different bikes and run the serial numbers but the bikes never show up as stolen on the syste

InsideToronto: More than 2,000 stolen bikes, parts now recovered

Because of the significant quantity, police are looking to relocate the massive cache to a larger warehouse nearby. Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca for further details. Owners of the stolen bicycles must provide proof of ownership.

CBC: Police 'astonished' as number of stolen bikes recovered passes 2,000

"I'm astonished," Supt. Ruth White told reporters outside a garage where police were executing one of the warrants in the morning. "I've never seen this in 30 years, that allegedly one individual can accumulate this many bicycles over this many years."

Star: Bike advocates riled by lack of lanes in Bloor St. redesign

The lack of bike lanes in the redesign of Bloor St. from Church St. to Avenue Rd. flies in the face of provincial planning policies that compel cities to consider the safety of cyclists and ways of reducing traffic congestion and pollution.

Star: Owners slow to show up as stolen bikes sorted

It's not over yet. The investigation continues as a steady stream of tips comes in to Crime Stoppers, and more bikes are expected to be recovered, police said. Anyone who rented garage space to Kenk is being asked to contact police.

CityNews: Bikes Return To Rightful Owners After Raid

A police raid on a west end bike shop has led to a pleasant surprise for several GTA residents reunited with their allegedly stolen rides after a sting operation at the Bicycle Clinic.

CTV: Police seize thousands of bikes in Toronto

The latest cache of more than 200 bicycles was discovered on Dovercourt Road in the city's west end. Police spent a part of Monday afternoon at the scene executing a search warrant. They expect to make more seizures in the weeks to come.

Reuters: Wanted - owners for 1,500 stolen Toronto bicycles

Toronto cyclists often describe their city as one of the bike theft capitals of North America, if not the world. But figures from lockmaker Kryptonite, says Toronto, unlike Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, is not even in North America's Top 10.

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Red and Mango Velo Sport MTB (Dufferin and Lawrence) (originally posted here) Hey, my bike was stolen right out of my garage! I've had it for 6 years and it cost $500 so the loss is devastating as it probably would have lasted me forever. Details are below... * Make: Velo Sport Mountain Bike * Model: n/a * Colour: Mangoe and Red (very brightly coloured, hard to miss!) * General Description: Very bright, mild rusting on handles. * Date of Theft: Week of July 14/08 (I was away from home) * Location of Theft: Ranee Avenue (Dufferin & Lawrence area) * City: North York * Sorry no photo :(


White Women's Raleigh (King...


White Women's Raleigh (King & Portland) (from craigslist): My bike was stolen from a bike pole at 539 King Street West between the times of 3pm to 8pm. It is a white Raleigh with silver muscle handle bars, thin tires, a white back rack and a bright blue milk crate. If you or anyone you know has seen, knows information about the theft or purchased this bike, please call 416-899-3632. I am offering a $100 reward for the return of my bicycle.



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Jamis Komodo MTB (Front & Spadina) (from craigslist) My Jamis Komodo Mountain Bike was stolen last Saturday, June 21 from around the intersection of Front and Spadina. I am offering a no questions asked reward of $500 to anyone who either (a) returns the bike to me or (b) leaves a tip that leads to the return of the bike. Please help, this bike has tremendous sentimental value to me.



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CBC: Recovered hoard of bicycles overwhelms police facilities

Police said they've busted one of the biggest stolen bike rings in city history and are asking for the public's help to provide any information about other places Kenk may have rented for storage space.

Globe: Primp my ride

"They want to have a bike that's not only very practical but has a sense of urbane sophistication; and then of course a bag to go with that is just rather obvious,"

Globe: Bike culture rolls into the mainstream

It is becoming increasingly difficult to love my fellow cyclists, who are now so empowered by their environmental correctness that they have begun to proclaim their own (naturally superior and far more fashionable) bike "culture."

Sun: 200 more bikes seized

Kenk, who owns the Bicycle Clinic, was sent back to the Don Jail after court ruled more time was needed to allow for cops to lay charges in connection with the recent raids on four locations including Kenk's shop and the Yorkville home he lived at.

Post: Bike theft victims scour police trove

"I'm not aware of any bicycle seizures in the last 28 years that are as great as this," said Detective Sergeant Egidio Roseto. "It's an enormous number of bikes that we've taken from some storage locations."

Globe: Police recover stolen bikes by the hundreds

Superintendent Ruth White said she hasn't seen anything like it in 30 years of policing. "We had a woman identify her bike that was stolen eight years ago," she said, adding that about 70 owners had so far been reunited with their wheels.

Star: Bike theft tally tops 1,200

Over a period of five days, police recovered between 1,200 and 1,500 bicycles, as well as about 1.5 kilos of marijuana and several ounces of crack cocaine, in a store, residence and several garages while executing a series of search warrants.

BlogTO: Recovered Bikes Find Rightful Owners

"Next weekend there will be more to see in a bigger facility," said Evans. Stay tuned for information on where and when this will be set up. More than 50 bicycles have so far been identified and returned to their rightful owners.


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2007:
Councillor Michael Thompson: Blame the drivers, not intersection
Toronto is now officially planning to be the Greenest city in North America
New Map on BikeFriday!
Photo of the Day: Mon, July 23rd

2006:

Education and Safety Subcommittee Meeting
Wente: Your Typical Driver

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Sun: More bikes recovered

One by one, vintage cruisers and high-end racing bikes were brought out over the course of an hour from the back garage, which was riddled with garbage bags and tires -- filling four police cargo trucks.

Sun: Wheels of good fortune pay off

An 18-month-old girl was one of the happiest riders yesterday after Toronto Police opened their garage doors to reunite cyclists with their stolen bikes.

Star: Police line up battered wheels for cyclists

Katherine Dalziel had almost given up hope when she saw it, lying wheels-up on the concrete floor of the police warehouse: her beloved blue and white Norco road bike, gone missing from a Financial District bike post just over a week ago.

Sun: Police bait bike draws in panhandler

The 40-year-old homeless man with a long rap sheet was nabbed by police who allege he stole a so-called "bait bike" in front of the LCBO on Spadina Ave. in full view of plain-clothes officers.

Sun: A bonanza of bikes

"It's made my day, this seriously has made my day!" said cyclist Navid Taslimi, 36. "It's about time."

Star: New Eastern Avenue bike lanes spark some four-wheel fury

While we were shooting photos, a driver pulled over and launched into a sweaty rage, saying it's an "unbelievably stupid thing to do," given the traffic congestion and alternatives for cyclists.

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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.


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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sun, July 22nd

2006:

Come On, Get Bikely
More Photos From The Leslie Spit Ride

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From the Toronto Police, who just busted Igor Kenk and his Stolen Bicycle Racket:


Stolen Recovered Bicycles
  • from 927 Queen St W and other storage units...
  • please pass along to your bicycle networks..
Public Viewing Monday July 21, 2008 10am-6pm - 9 Hanna Ave, Toronto

More public viewing to be announced when all the recovered bikes are sorted out...

Anyone with knowledge of more storage units of stolen bicycles associated to 'The Bicycle Clinic' operated by Igor Kenk... notify 14 division 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) , http://222tips.com or Text TIP312 and your message to CRIMES...



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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: QuadracyclesPhoto of the Day: KensingtonPhoto of the Day: BentPhoto of the Day: CriteriumPhoto of the Day: PausePhoto of the Day: Transportation OptionsPhoto of the Day: Prince Edward Viaduct

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2007:
Photo of the Day - Sat, July 21st

2006:

Bike and Bus Picnic This Sunday!
One Photo From The Leslie Spit

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2007:
The whole Adult Bike Helmet Issue... Again
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Photo of the Day - Fri, July 20th

2006:

First Meeting of the Toronto Cyclists Union
July 20th - Bike News from Other Cities

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2007:
South East Toronto Bicycle User Group Meeting Tonight
Bridging the Railyards at CityPlace
U of T Scarborough forms new Bikeshare program
Photo of the Day: Thurs, July 19th
Around the World: How To Find Your Bike at Amsterdam Central
Around the World: Bicycle "Deathmatch" in Berkeley

2006:

Biking On The Spit Tonight?

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Happy Friday everyone!

If you don't know already, Friday's the day BikingToronto wraps up all the bikey news from the last week and puts it all in a nice little package for your easy digestion. Digesting the news this way is far better for your tummy than chewing on newspapers. That's a medical fact. I checked.

Even better is that you don't even have to come to BikingToronto.com or your RSS feedreader (if you read BikingToronto that way) for your weekly wrap-up of news... you can subscribe to have a weekly email sent right to your inbox! The convenience is overwhelming.

Big in bikey news this week is the whole issue of bike theft. It's pretty prevalent in a big city like Toronto, and the cops are starting to do something about it. Also, if you don't know, you can post about your stolen bike on the BikingToronto Community (which has a contest running now that you can get in on).

  • Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner
    Good news from the streets this morning. Toronto Police set up a "bait bike" operation and two undercover officers watched Igor Kenk, the owner of the The Bicycle Clinic (notorious for selling stolen bikes) as he directed a thief with boltcutters to steal two bikes and then paid him.
  • Toronto Bike Theft in the News
    Bike Theft in Toronto has been in the news recently, which most of the major news outlets picking up on the fact that a ton of bikes are stolen in Toronto... with theft numbers totalling about 50,000 over the past 10 years, and 5,000 reported stolen in 2007.

Here are all the bike-related news stories in the media over the last week:

CBC: Bike store owner charged in bike theft

Both Kenk and Jean Laveau have been charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of attempted theft under $5,000, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. Laveau faces an additional charge of possessing burglary tools.

BlogTO: Bike Sting Nabs Igor At His Bicycle Clinic

Aside from offering these tips and providing a bicycle registration program, Toronto cops have largely turned a blind eye to this ongoing problem in our city. Until now.

NOW Magazine: Whose lane is it anyway?

When is a bicycle no longer a bicycle? When it’s equipped with a motor, right? But it’s not that simple, as a provincial electric bike pilot project is making clear.

CityNews: Bike Theft Rampant In The City, But There Are Ways You Can Protect Yours

"If we have an individual suspected of stealing a bicycle for example, we could take the model number, the registration number on the bicycle, run it through our database and find information that it was stolen on this date and at that time."

CityNews: 'Lane Splitting' Phenomenon Worries Cops And Drivers

The act of riding a lane line on a street or highway, allowing riders of motor bikes or bicycles to use the space between traffic and move at top speed isn't legal in Ontario, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

CityNews: Almost 5,000 Bikes Reported Stolen This Year Alone In T.O.

"We do recover a lot of bicycles and the challenge for us becomes getting them back to the proper owners," said Toronto Police Const. Scott Mills. "And if it's not reported, we can't find it."

Sun: Bike thefts 'really big problem'

According to Toronto Police, more than 50,000 bikes have been reported stolen in the city since 1997. Last year alone, 4,585 bicycles were reported stolen in Toronto.

Globe: We want bike posts with A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.

The iconic structure will be made of metre-high block letters spelling "KENSINGTON" and is designed to accommodate about 25 bikes, which can be locked to posts supporting each letter.

Business is burning up at the new Duke's - thanks to oil prices

At its new location at 425 Richmond St. near Spadina, opened in April, business is booming thanks to high gas prices and the ever-growing sense of green-friendliness among Torontonians.

Star: On a tour of our greenscape

Tour de Greenbelt, a series of routes through partially protected rural land around the Golden Horseshoe, lets cyclists explore what's beyond city streets

Globe: Man hit trying to cross busy Toronto highway with bike

The man, in his 30s, tried to walk his bicycle across the northbound lane of the busy highway, said Sgt. Tim Burrows of Traffic Services. He made it across two lanes before he was hit by a red Honda convertible headed northbound

CityNews: Cyclist Survives DVP Crash, But Could Face Charges

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a crash in a place he should never have been - the Don Valley Parkway.

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CBC: Bike store owner charged in bike theft

Both Kenk and Jean Laveau have been charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of attempted theft under $5,000, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. Laveau faces an additional charge of possessing burglary tools.

BlogTO: Bike Sting Nabs Igor At His Bicycle Clinic

Aside from offering these tips and providing a bicycle registration program, Toronto cops have largely turned a blind eye to this ongoing problem in our city. Until now.

NOW Magazine: Whose lane is it anyway?

When is a bicycle no longer a bicycle? When it's equipped with a motor, right? But it's not that simple, as a provincial electric bike pilot project is making clear.

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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.

Tractor-Trailer Flips And Bursts Into Flames On Hwy. 401

The rig crashed on the eastbound lanes and brought down a light standard around 1:15pm Thursday. The OPP closed the eastbound section of the highway at Trafalgar Road, near Highway 407, but parts of the area reopened about an hour and a half later.

Unionville Crash

The accident happened around 10pm near Kennedy and Carlton Roads when a driver smashed into a tree. The man was trapped in the wreckage for a brief time, but amazingly, only suffered minor injuries.


Woman killed crossing intersection

What began as a simple fender-bender on Danforth Ave. early yesterday afternoon ended four blocks away with the horrific death of a pedestrian.



Pedestrian Killed At East End Intersection

Investigators claim the driver of a black BMW that had been involved in a minor collision at the nearby street Rose Heath came speeding westbound along Danforth, apparently causing a truck to swerve out of the way and hit the woman.


Two Dead After Fatal Night On Toronto's Roads

The Mini Cooper was trapped under the larger vehicle as emergency crews worked to free the man. Sadly, the 34-year-old died on scene. Police think speed was a definite factor in that collision.



'Jaws Of Life' Needed To Pry Officer From Cruiser Following Hit-And-Run

Just before 3am, the vehicle was struck by another car near Parliament and Mill streets. "He was just traveling in the curb lane at a slow rate of speed and this other car comes by and side-swipes him."

Boy Injured In Hit And Run

The child was riding his bike on Driftwood Avenue, near Cobbler Crescent, just before 7pm Thursday when he was hit by a small dark grey or green car, police said.

QEW Crash Sends Seven-Year-Old To Hospital

Police say the westbound vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and making erratic lane changes, before it went out of control and flipped several times before landing in a ditch.

Car Drives into Construction Site

An Acura ended up vertical after smashing through a fence at a construction site near Yonge and Finch Sunday morning, fortunately resulting in little more than a close call for an elderly couple and a one-year-old baby girl in the car at the time.

Driver backs over elderly mother

The woman was in the front yard area of a home on Lyndhurst Crt., near Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.,when she entered the path of the reversing car just after 8 p.m.

Hwy. 404 open again after crash

A taxi driver faces an impaired driving charge after a collision on Highway 404 this morning sent a woman to hospital with serious injuries.

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2007:
Pickering Bike Cops: Making A Difference
The New Family Car is a Bike
Photo of the Day - Wed, July 18th
Around the World: ESPN says Bicycles are the new SUV
Around the World: Self-Appointed Saint Cyclists in England

2006:

250... What's Next?
Back From Nova Scotia
Promotions Subcommittee Meeting

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Good news from the streets this morning. Toronto Police set up a "bait bike" operation and two undercover officers watched Igor Kenk, the owner of the The Bicycle Clinic (notorious for selling stolen bikes) as he directed a thief with boltcutters to steal two bikes and then paid him:

Igor Kenk, 49, owner of the Bicycle Clinic at Queen St. W. and Strachan Ave., was put in handcuffs just after 7 p.m. by Consts. James Rowe and Craig Meredith, who were watching the corner as part of a "bait-bike" sting.

Both Kenk and Jean Laveau are charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of attempted theft under $5,000, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Coincidentally, officers Rowe and Meredith were part of a three-man team who yesterday planted a so-called bait bike at various high-theft locations downtown.

They had planted an unlocked bike at Queen St. W. and Strachan Ave. around 7 p.m. and were watching the corner when their attention was diverted away from the unlocked bait bike to the locked bike which was allegedly stolen.

[from the Toronto Sun]


Good timing after the recent news articles about the high levels of bike theft in Toronto.

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2007:
South Kingsway Meeting Tonight
The Toronto - Niagara BikeTrain: one man made it possible
Toronto Bike Cops: A "Tour De Force"
Photo of the Day - Tues, July 17th
Around the World: New York City Is Falling Back in Love with Bikes
Around the World: Paris launches massive cheap bike rental program

2006:

The University of Toronto BikeChain

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Bike Theft in Toronto has been in the news recently, which most of the major news outlets picking up on the fact that a ton of bikes are stolen in Toronto... with theft numbers totalling about 50,000 over the past 10 years, and 5,000 reported stolen in 2007.

Note that these numbers are reported thefts. A lot of people don't bother registering their bikes with the police and just shrug their shoulders and eventually get another cheap bike.

A reminder that if your bike has been stolen recently, you can let a lot of other people know through the Stolen Bike Listing on the BikingToronto Community. Also be sure to report the theft to the police as well!


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  1. CityNews: Bike Theft Rampant In The City, But There Are Ways You Can Protect Yours

    "If we have an individual suspected of stealing a bicycle for example, we could take the model number, the registration number on the bicycle, run it through our database and find information that it was stolen on this date and at that time."
  2. CityNews: Almost 5,000 Bikes Reported Stolen This Year Alone In T.O.

    "We do recover a lot of bicycles and the challenge for us becomes getting them back to the proper owners," said Toronto Police Const. Scott Mills. "And if it's not reported, we can't find it."

  3. Sun: Bike thefts 'really big problem'

    According to Toronto Police, more than 50,000 bikes have been reported stolen in the city since 1997. Last year alone, 4,585 bicycles were reported stolen in Toronto.

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CityNews: Bike Theft Rampant In The City, But There Are Ways You Can Protect Yours

"If we have an individual suspected of stealing a bicycle for example, we could take the model number, the registration number on the bicycle, run it through our database and find information that it was stolen on this date and at that time."

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2007:
TheStar.com - Man on bike attacked in east end
News - Mon, July 16th
Photo of the Day - Mon, July 16th
Elsewhere - Mon, July 16th

2006:

Toronto Cycling Committee

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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.


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CityNews: 'Lane Splitting' Phenomenon Worries Cops And Drivers

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 09:58 AM CDT

The act of riding a lane line on a street or highway, allowing riders of motor bikes or bicycles to use the space between traffic and move at top speed isn't legal in Ontario, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

CityNews: Almost 5,000 Bikes Reported Stolen This Year Alone In T.O.

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 09:52 AM CDT

"We do recover a lot of bicycles and the challenge for us becomes getting them back to the proper owners," said Toronto Police Const. Scott Mills. "And if it's not reported, we can't find it."

Sun: Bike thefts 'really big problem'

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 07:01 AM CDT

According to Toronto Police, more than 50,000 bikes have been reported stolen in the city since 1997. Last year alone, 4,585 bicycles were reported stolen in Toronto.

Globe: We want bike posts with A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 07:00 AM CDT

The iconic structure will be made of metre-high block letters spelling "KENSINGTON" and is designed to accommodate about 25 bikes, which can be locked to posts supporting each letter.

Business is burning up at the new Duke's - thanks to oil prices

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 06:59 AM CDT

At its new location at 425 Richmond St. near Spadina, opened in April, business is booming thanks to high gas prices and the ever-growing sense of green-friendliness among Torontonians.

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2007:
Photo of the Day - Sun, July 15th

2006:

The Toronto Gay West Bike Club

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Star: On a tour of our greenscape

Tour de Greenbelt, a series of routes through partially protected rural land around the Golden Horseshoe, lets cyclists explore what's beyond city streets

Globe: Man hit trying to cross busy Toronto highway with bike

The man, in his 30s, tried to walk his bicycle across the northbound lane of the busy highway, said Sgt. Tim Burrows of Traffic Services. He made it across two lanes before he was hit by a red Honda convertible headed northbound

CityNews: Cyclist Survives DVP Crash, But Could Face Charges

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a crash in a place he should never have been - the Don Valley Parkway.

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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: SpeedPhoto of the Day: Sidewalk HipsterPhoto of the Day: Red Helmet, Leopard SkirtPhoto of the Day: Tattoo

Photo of the Day: Tattoo, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

Photo of the Day: Chopper

Photo of the Day: Chopper, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

Photo of the Day: Stripey

Photo of the Day: Stripey, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

Photo of the Day: Humber Bridge Cyclists
Photo by Gabi.

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2007:
Photo of the Day - Sat, July 14th

2006:

The Social Life of Cyclists

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Olive Green Giant Bowery Single Speed (Queen and Sorauren)

My girlfriend's Giant Bowery singlespeed was just stolen from our house in Parkdale, Toronto (Queen & Sorauren). olive green w/ black decals, silver track ends 46.5cm (small) anodized green Sweet Pete's headset top cap drop handlebars (upturned) matte black seatpost black cranks new microsuede gel saddle, with old gel slipcover 36H Alex rims black bartape If this bike was found ditched, it might still have a Krypto mini U-lock attached to it (orange). Thanks in advance.. and don't lock your bike to a wooden post :(

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2007:
Photo of the Day - Fri, July 13th
Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006:

More Biking For A Better Toronto

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2007 Giant OCR1 Brushed Blue July 11 Between 1 and 4 PM 1 Mt Pleasant Road, Rogers Campus Toronto If you know whereabouts let me know!! reward available.

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2007:
Photo of the Day - Thurs, July 12th

2006:

Huge Bike Sales and Cycling Facility Funding in London

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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!

  • More Slow Progress on the Chester Hill Bike Lane
    What might be Toronto's shortest bikelane is on Chester Hill Avenue and it has just gained an important feature... bikelane stencils! Thanks to Val Dodge who posted the above photo and has a nice rundown of how a 70 metre bikelane (on one side of a one-way street) has…
  • National Post Looks at Portland Oregon as a Car-Free Model for Toronto
    Yesterday in the National Post, film-maker Andrew Munger talks about travelling to Portland (the current leader in car-free and cycling-friendly initiatives in North America) to see how they do so much more than every other city, via the Towards Car Free Cities Conference: “Smart growth” proponents call Portland an…
  • West Toronto Railpath Construction has started
    Progress has been slow so far on the West Toronto Railpath - and some people may have even forgot about it, as designs for it were unveiled way back in March 2007, but the South Junction Triangle Residents Association (who live near the north end of the railpath) are reporting…
  • Royal York Bikelanes Extended!
    Toronto has recently finished extending the Royal York Bikelane from Delroy Drive to the Mimico Creek. Anyone familiar with a map of bikelanes in Toronto knows that bikelanes are intermittent on Royal York.... so far. Even better, the city is throwing an opening party for the lanes (as they recently…
  • Bloor Street Transformation Information Night
    About a month ago, we posted about the upcoming Bloor Street Transformation project, which will not include bikelanes (although the City is looking at the possibility Bloor-Danforth Bikelanes) or even bikeposts, as the Business Improvement Area sponsored plan apparently does not want cyclists in the "posh" shopping district of Toronto.…

As well, there have been a lot of bike-related news stories in the media over the last week.

InsideToronto: Paving the way for Roncesvalles' renewal

"We don't have a lot of parking. It's not our competitive advantage. People walk, cycle. That's what brings Roncesvalles its vitality. "Small businesses need parking, but at the end of the day we need to build a community around pedestrians and cyclists.

InsideToronto: South Kingsway-Queensway ramps to remain

"I support this compromise. People are not going to give up their cars overnight," said Saundercook, a father of five who described himself as a pedestrian, cyclist and driver. He is also chair of the city's pedestrian committee.

Mississauga: Cyclist dies in hospital

A 77-year-old cyclist struck by a garbage truck in Streetsville Monday morning, has died in hospital. Police say a garbage truck hit the 77 year-old man from behind in the northbound curb lane of Queen St., just south of Ellen St.

Town Crier Online: New bike routes pedalled for Shaw and Dupont Sts.

Navigating local roads should be easier for cyclists if proposed bike routes get installed over the summer and fall. Lanes on Shaw and Dupont Sts., Marlee Ave., and Vaughan Rd. are part of a plan to add 50 km to Toronto’s cycling network in 2008.

National Post: Driving home the idea of car-free cities

I’ve come to Portland, Ore., to attend the Towards Car Free Cities Conference. With gas in Toronto pushing $1.40 a litre, it seems like the right place to be.

Post: Bike sales soar as drivers trade four wheels for two

There have always been commuters willing to forgo the comfort and safety of a car in favour of a bicycle, but in the face of ballooning gas prices their numbers are growing dramatically and that has proven a boon for manufacturers and retailers.

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Streets Are For People are hosting a big picnic this Sunday!

RECLAIMED CONSTRUCTION ZONE TO MAKE WAY FOR STREET PICNIC

This Sunday, July 13, a road construction site on Bathurst Street between Bloor and Dupont will be filled with merry picnickers from all over the city.

The fifth annual Streets are for Picnics will occupy the three lanes of Bathurst currently closed for road work, leaving one remaining, north-bound lane open to the more commonplace car traffic. The event has been timed to coincide with the closing of an eco-themed exhibition of hand-made, decorated canvas bags at Keep Six Contemporary gallery (938 Bathurst).

More details on the Events Blog.

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InsideToronto: Paving the way for Roncesvalles' renewal

"We don't have a lot of parking. It's not our competitive advantage. People walk, cycle. That's what brings Roncesvalles its vitality. "Small businesses need parking, but at the end of the day we need to build a community around pedestrians and cyclists.

InsideToronto: South Kingsway-Queensway ramps to remain

"I support this compromise. People are not going to give up their cars overnight," said Saundercook, a father of five who described himself as a pedestrian, cyclist and driver. He is also chair of the city's pedestrian committee.

Mississauga: Cyclist dies in hospital

A 77-year-old cyclist struck by a garbage truck in Streetsville Monday morning, has died in hospital. Police say a garbage truck hit the 77 year-old man from behind in the northbound curb lane of Queen St., just south of Ellen St.

Town Crier Online: New bike routes pedalled for Shaw and Dupont Sts.

Navigating local roads should be easier for cyclists if proposed bike routes get installed over the summer and fall. Lanes on Shaw and Dupont Sts., Marlee Ave., and Vaughan Rd. are part of a plan to add 50 km to Toronto's cycling network in 2008.

National Post: Driving home the idea of car-free cities

I've come to Portland, Ore., to attend the Towards Car Free Cities Conference. With gas in Toronto pushing $1.40 a litre, it seems like the right place to be.

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Gold Diamondback Bike (Bay and Bloor)

North west corner of Bay and Bloor between 7:15 and 8:05 a.m. July 10 Gold Diamondback Bike - black metal fenders, front light, side mounted handlebar mirror (left), bike rack and saddlebags, center kickstand If found, please contact Rita (416) 480-1266 - Reward

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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.

Two-Vehicle Crash On Hwy 404

A woman is lucky to be alive after a serious accident on Highway 404 that left her trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle for about 40 minutes. Police say a white taxi travelling at a high speed rear-ended the woman's pickup truck near Elgin Mills Friday around 3am. The impact caused the victim's vehicle to barrel roll right through the median.

Cyclist Survives DVP Crash, But Could Face Charges

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a crash in a place he should never have been - the Don Valley Parkway.

Man charged in bus stop hit-and-run

A man faces charges in connection with a June 26 hit-and-run collision that injured two pedestrians as they waited for a bus. The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. on Victoria Park Avenue at Peard Road, north of St. Clair Avenue.

Charges in road-rage death

Man charged after SUV hits guardrail and rolls for about 300 metres, killing ejected driver. Police said the man swerved to avoid a car after its driver slammed on his brakes in front of him. He died instantly when he was ejected from his SUV and crushed as it rolled several times, shortly after 5 a.m. on the highway's eastbound lanes, just past James Snow Parkway in Milton.

Road rage eyed in Milton 401 death

Just after 5 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police responded to reports of a black Yukon SUV and a dark coloured Pontiac sedan driving fast and passing each other in the eastbound lanes near James Snow Parkway.

Driver Loses Control And Hits A Seniors' Home

The crash happened at around 10:30 near Kennedy and Lawrence, when a driver apparently lost control and ran the vehicle straight toward the building.

Milton girl, 16, killed crossing Hwy. 401

A 16-year-old girl is dead after police say she "darted" across Highway 401 and was hit by a tractor-trailer in Milton.

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News & Links - Wed, July 11th
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Elsewhere - Wed, July 11th

2006:

An Uphill Battle

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What might be Toronto's shortest bikelane is on Chester Hill Avenue and it has just gained an important feature... bikelane stencils!

Thanks to Val Dodge who posted the above photo and has a nice rundown of how a 70 metre bikelane (on one side of a one-way street) has taken 5 months to (almost) complete.

I'm chalking the slow progress up to city staff forgetting about Chester Hill Avenue because it's small and concentrating on the "bigger" bikelanes (yet all bikelanes are created equal...) like Royal York and Rogers Road.

The Chester Hill Avenue Bikelane is now part of the Toronto Bikelane Map.

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Yesterday in the National Post, film-maker Andrew Munger talks about travelling to Portland (the current leader in car-free and cycling-friendly initiatives in North America) to see how they do so much more than every other city, via the Towards Car Free Cities Conference:

“Smart growth” proponents call Portland an example for how cities should be designed. I can see why. Great public transit and the strictest land use policies in the United States are two reasons. An enthusiastic and highly politicized bicycle culture is the third. Cyclists here are well organized and have political clout.

Conference events are a mixed, and often two-wheeled, bag. From PowerPoint presentations such as “Transportation Demand Management in a University Setting” to a bike tour of Portland’s “dead freeways,” there’s something for everyone. Representing Toronto are Shamez Alana and Michael Louis Johnston, of Kensington Car Free Sundays fame.
More at the National Post.

[photo of Conference attendees celebrating the "de-paving" of a parking lot.]

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Progress has been slow so far on the West Toronto Railpath - and some people may have even forgot about it, as designs for it were unveiled way back in March 2007, but the South Junction Triangle Residents Association (who live near the north end of the railpath) are reporting that preliminary construction has begun, and have some photos:



The above will eventually look something like this:



In case you haven't heard of the Railpath yet, it is intended to be:
"more than a park. It will be a strategic green transportation corridor running diagonally across the street grid in the West end of the City. It will help change the way people travel in Toronto’s West end and it will enable them to make more environmentally-sound transportation choices."

This first stage runs from just north of Dupont down to Dundas, with plans to eventually extend it all the way to the King & Strachan area - providing cyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians with a continuous, car-free path from the west end to downtown.

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Torontoist: George Brown Moving Down to Waterfront

Waterfront Toronto has announced that the college will build a new campus within the upcoming East Bayfront development on a .83 hectare (two-acre) site at the south side of Queens Quay Boulevard, flanked by Lower Jarvis and Lower Sherbourne [map].


[Yes, this is right on the Martin-Goodman Trail... I haven't read anything about if construction will affect trail users... -Joe]

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Photo of the Day: Tattoo, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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2007:
News & Links - Tues, July 10th
Photo of the Day - Tues, July 10th

2006:

Cycling and Transit Working Group

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Toronto has recently finished extending the Royal York Bikelane from Delroy Drive to the Mimico Creek. Anyone familiar with a map of bikelanes in Toronto knows that bikelanes are intermittent on Royal York.... so far.

Even better, the city is throwing an opening party for the lanes (as they recently did with the Rogers Road lanes):
Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate the opening of this new bike lane on Tuesday July 15th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the east side of Royal York Road, at Castlebar Road . Free juice and snacks will be provided.

Thanks to BikingToronto reader Sara, here are some photos of the new bikelanes at Coney Road:

New Royal York Bikelanes at Coney Road

New Royal York Bikelanes at Coney Road

New Royal York Bikelanes at Coney Road


I've added these new lanes to the Bikelanes Map, and the Bikelane Opening Event to the Events Calendar. :)

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Photo of the Day: Chopper, originally uploaded by Gabi~.

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2007:
News - Mon, July 9th
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Elsewhere - Mon, July 9th

2006:

BikeShare in Mississauga?

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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.


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Grey Raleigh Legend (Harbourfront Centre)

My Raleigh Legend was stolen from a post close to the Fire Station at the Harbourfront Centre between 9 pm and 11 pm on July 4, 2008. It was a small mountain bike, 18 speed, all light grey with light grey tires.

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Photo of the Day - Sun, July 8th

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...And It Shook As They Drove, Like A Bowl Full Of Jelly

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About a month ago, we posted about the upcoming Bloor Street Transformation project, which will not include bikelanes (although the City is looking at the possibility Bloor-Danforth Bikelanes) or even bikeposts, as the Business Improvement Area sponsored plan apparently does not want cyclists in the "posh" shopping district of Toronto.

There's an Information Night tomorrow night about the project, and it's always good when cyclists remind others that streets are public spaces, and cyclists have as much right to public space as cars and pedestrians.

Information Night information from TaketheTooker:

Hey folks, the Bloor Street BIA is hosting a Bloor Street Transformation Information Night on Tues, and we have to be out in force! Numbers are everything! Can each of you attend, and invite a few others to come along?

For your info, Council recently approved the reconstruction plan on Bloor between Ave. Rd. and Church St., which will remove car parking but will NOT include bike lanes! Let the BIA know what you think about their $25 million dollar plan which excludes bikes.

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Bloor Street Transformation Information Night
Tues. July 8 at 6 p.m.
Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East
Forest Hill Ballroom

Learn the details of this exciting project and see the new design, which will transform Bloor St! The architects and City of Toronto Technical Services will present the new streetscape plan and proposed construction
schedule.

RSVP your attendance via email to urbandesign@bloor-yorkville.com or call 416 928 3553 x 26




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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: Spadina MohawkPhoto of the Day: Green Hat, White SocksPhoto of the Day: The Best Way to Travel

Photo of the Day: Rain on Mt. Pleasant

Photo of the Day: April Critical Mass, College & Spadina


Photographer: katemcdonald
Photo of the Day: Eco Cab


Photographer: enedkl
Photo of the Day: College & St. George


Photographer: gbalogh

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National Post: Bike sales soar as drivers trade four wheels for two


There have always been commuters willing to forgo the comfort and safety of a car in favour of a bicycle, but in the face of ballooning gas prices their numbers are growing dramatically and that has proven a boon for manufacturers and retailers.

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2007:
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2006:

Going Down East
The Secret Life Of Streets?

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Make: Sportek Model: Lift Off Color: Yellow Frame; Black Wheels and Handles General Description: Brand new bike (bought in May 08); Has two old pedals; Rusted Bell installed on the right hand side of the handle bar. Date of Theft: July 5, 2008 Location of Theft: on Broadview (intersects Gerrard E), East Chinatown; at the corner of First Ave. City: Toronto

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2007:
Laneway Cycling Tours This Sunday!
Photo of the Day - Fri, July 6th
Elsewhere - Fri, July 6th
Toronto's Weekly Carnage

2006:
Now You Can Fly Your Bike

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2007:
News Links - Thurs, July 5th
Photo of the Day - Thurs, July 5th
Elsewhere - Thurs, July 5th

2006:

Martin-Goodman Trail Improvements

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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!

  • Driver fined $110 for hitting cyclist with door
    You may have seen this news in your local paper, or in yesterday's "Headlines" post, but in case you haven't... The driver who opened their car door and hit a cyclist in May, resulting in that cyclists crashing and then getting run over by a van is being fined $110…
  • Help Make the South Kingsway-Queensway Interchange Bike Friendly
    The Toronto Urban Renewal Network (TURN) has been working hard to help ensure that the South Kingsway - Queensway interchange becomes friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians in the upcoming scheduled refurbishment of the intersection. They need your help to ensure planners and politicians know that lots of Torontonians want…

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:

Post: Bike sales soar as drivers trade four wheels for two

There have always been commuters willing to forgo the comfort and safety of a car in favour of a bicycle, but in the face of ballooning gas prices their numbers are growing dramatically and that has proven a boon for manufacturers and retailers.

Police Search For Answers In Cycling Accident

A cyclist is in hospital after an accident on Bayview Ave. north of Elgin Mills Rd. An elderly man was riding his bike Friday night when he collided with a car.

Star: Driver charged after cyclist's death

A 43-year-old woman who allegedly opened her car door into the path of a cyclist, triggering a fatal accident, was charged last week under the Highway Traffic Act.

Sun: Deadly 'door prize'

A motorist who killed a cyclist with her car door as he rode along a Toronto street is facing a charge that carries the same $110 fine riders face for not having a bell on their bike.

Post: Woman charged in Toronto cyclist's death

Toronto police have charged the 43-year-old woman who opened the door of her car without looking and sent a cyclist tumbling to his death last month.

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You may have seen this news in your local paper, or in yesterday's "Headlines" post, but in case you haven't...

The driver who opened their car door and
hit a cyclist in May, resulting in that cyclists crashing and then getting run over by a van is being fined $110 for it.

The Toronto Cyclists Union has been active in getting police to charge the driver with something, but a fine of $110 for "Open Vehicle Door Improperly" is falling rather short of what should be done. Wouldn't something like "negligence causing death / bodily harm" be more appropriate?



The Highway Traffic Act doesn't agree with me:

The Highway Traffic Act, Section 165, requires that:

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on a highway without first taking due precautions to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of or endanger any other person or vehicle: (Fine $110 and two demerit points). [source]

If a driver was backing out of a parking space without looking and ran over a child, they'd have some answering to do, wouldn't they?

I'm glad to report that yesterday's "Headlines" post alerted TreeHugger to this, and they've posted about it here.

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The Toronto Urban Renewal Network (TURN) has been working hard to help ensure that the South Kingsway - Queensway interchange becomes friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians in the upcoming scheduled refurbishment of the intersection.

They need your help to ensure planners and politicians know that lots of Torontonians want less emphasis on auto-centric planning and more attention to cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure.

Here is a recent email from TURN that lays out the information for you:

The City of Toronto has close to a million bucks to spend on a substantial redesign of this 1950s style expressway interchange. The original 'link road' plan, which included eliminating three of four ramps, would have created a safer, more accessible and human scale environment for 2,000 new residents moving into the area.


Unfortunately, a powerful local ratepayers association (Swansea Area Ratepayers Association - SARA) wants to maintain the status quo and has decided to support a fairly feeble band-aid solution that the city has just come up with (see attached). TURN is supporting the city's original 'link road' plan or, at the very least, request that city staff go back to the drawing board to come up with a better proposal with the help of a community design charrette. This would ensure that city policies (OP, bike plan, transit city plan, pedestrian strategy, climate change plan) and future Metrolinx directions are met. In other words, TURN wants transportation-related policy to be implemented when it literally 'hits the road'!


Things are coming to a head on Monday, July 7th @ 2:00PM when the new city report goes to Etobicoke-York Community Council (EYCC) where it will be debated and deputations will be heard. SARA is pulling out all the stops to get their members and other 1950s thinkers out to this meeting -- they've brought out over 90 people to previous meetings. TURN must do the same. Would you be willing to make a deputation and/or write a letter supporting TURN's position? Here are a few reasons to do so:


1) Poor consultation process (e.g. new residents not informed, summer timing of report, outdated project info on city website, Saundercook neglect -- and comparison to far-superior transport consultations like Jarvis Street and Bloor-Dundas West)


2) Poor traffic operation/design solution (many safety, accessibility issues for all modes not resolved)


3) Inconsistency with policies (e.g. OP, bike plan, pedestrian plan, climate change, health, Metrolinx)


4) Legal issues (e.g. Planning Act, City of Toronto Act- Road Classification project

report 'routing' policies)


5) Financial/Economic Implications (e.g. city has $ to spend NOW to do it right, gas prices).


6) Inconsistency with other projects and studies (e.g. Queensway Bike Lanes, Western Waterfront Study, 6 Points, Gardiner EA)


For more SKQI project history, see http://www.torenewal.ca/?q=node/3. To register to make a deputation, see http://www.torenewal.ca/?q=node/10. If you cannot be there in person, a letter template can be found at http://www.torenewal.ca/?q=node/6 -- feel free to customize this letter and send to clerk ASAP - by July 3rd is best but up until July 6th latest.


Thanks very much for considering this request. Please let us know if you can attend the July 7th EYCC meeting or if you have any questions.


Toronto Urban Renewal Network

www.torenewal.ca

toronto_turn@hotmail.com


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Police Search For Answers In Cycling Accident

A cyclist is in hospital after an accident on Bayview Ave. north of Elgin Mills Rd. An elderly man was riding his bike Friday night when he collided with a car.

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Blue Cyclemania Hybrid (Ade...

Blue Cyclemania Hybrid (Adelaide & Church) (from craigslist) Reward will be giving if you return my bike. Punishment if found riding it on the rode downtown toronto. Stolen at Adelaide/Church.

Blue Miele Doral (College &...

Blue Miele Doral (College & Spadina) (from craigslist) My road bike got stolen on Thursday night at College and Spadina. Even if I have already recovered stolen bikes in the past, I doubt I will recover this one. BUT I'M ALWAYS KEEPING AN OPENED EYE WHEN I RIDE IN THE STREETS!!!! The bike is a light blue Miele: Model "Doral" Good shape overall Size 54cm Flat handle bar Older "Shimano 105" components (Biopace Crank) No front derailleur "Mountain bike" type pedals (silver color) "Incredibell" bell "Tekro" brakes "Ambrosio" back wheel "Alexrim" front wheel Black "MEC" fenders Brand new Stem Black seat (with red plastic parts at the bake) I will go to the police station to declare it stolen and will give the frame serial number. FYI: if you stole this bike or if you bought it from the thief, just avoid riding it downtown Toronto, because I ride EVERYWHERE, EVERY DAY and if I see you on it......no comment.

White Women's Raleigh (King...

White Women's Raleigh (King & Portland) (from craigslist): My bike was stolen from a bike pole at 539 King Street West between the times of 3pm to 8pm. It is a white Raleigh with silver muscle handle bars, thin tires, a white back rack and a bright blue milk crate. If you or anyone you know has seen, knows information about the theft or purchased this bike, please call 416-899-3632. I am offering a $100 reward for the return of my bicycle.

Jamis Komodo MTB (Front &am...

Jamis Komodo MTB (Front & Spadina) (from craigslist) My Jamis Komodo Mountain Bike was stolen last Saturday, June 21 from around the intersection of Front and Spadina. I am offering a no questions asked reward of $500 to anyone who either (a) returns the bike to me or (b) leaves a tip that leads to the return of the bike. Please help, this bike has tremendous sentimental value to me.

Black Surly (Front &amp; Ch...

Black Surly (Front & Church) (from craigslist) Serial # M5020458 $250 reward for the safe return.

Silver Cannondale Fixed Gea...

Silver Cannondale Fixed Gear (University of Toronto) (from craigslist) My fixed gear bike was stolen from outside the University of Toronto Rec Centre, in broad daylight. It is a large Cannondale frame painted silver with a White Industries Hub. If you see anyone riding it please contact me or call the Police as they have been notifed. No distiniguishing marks other than you can tell underneath it was red. Call me at 416.606.0211

White Myata (Bathurst &amp;...

White Myata (Bathurst & St. Clair) (from craigslist) My white Myata with straight handlebars was stolen at Bathurst south of St. Clair on June 16th/08. If you purchased it, I would be happy to refund your purchase price. It has been reported to the police and listed on their website.

Black Fuji Track Bike (Yong...

Black Fuji Track Bike (Yonge & St. Clair) (from craigslist) My friend Brandon has just had his Fuji Track stolen from him while inside a restaurant getting takeout. It was locked to his friend's bike with a cable lock that was cut. The thief obviously is comfortable riding Fixed because he sped off immediately and was totally fine riding a bike that would probably throw most people for a loop. This happened at Yonge St Clair. The bike is covered in stickers and everything about it is very sentimental to him. Plus, he's just graduating high school and this is his way of getting around. Any help is appreciated. If you see someone riding this bike, knock them off it, confront them, or steal it back, please! Anyone who sees my bike in the photograph knows who I am and how much bikes mean to me. I can't even imagine having mine stolen. His bike is a Fuji Track, 54 or somewhere around there. Chrome Drop bars with endless grips by the stem. All other parts stock except for the amazing vintage seat that I hooked him up with. It's a pinkish red with a pattern like worms eating through wood or something comparable. The pictures should make it more obvious.

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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.

Garbage truck hits woman, 81

The woman was crossing Mount Pleasant Rd. near Soudan Ave when she was hit by the truck just after 1 p.m. today. She was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with life threatening injuries, police say.

Man charged in bus stop hit and run

A suspect who was allegedly driving a car that veered into oncoming traffic before mounting a sidewalk and striking two people in the city’s east end last month turned himself in to police.

Police Search For Answers In Cycling Accident

A cyclist is in hospital after an accident on Bayview Ave. north of Elgin Mills Rd. An elderly man was riding his bike Friday night when he collided with a car.


1 killed when car hits streetcar head-on

A 21-year-old Brampton woman is dead after her car slammed into a streetcar on Fleet Street, at the foot of Bathurst Street and Lakeshore Avenue, early Friday morning.

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2007:
BikeFriday in the Mississauga News!
News & Links - Wed, July 4th
Photo of the Day - Wed, July 4th
Elsewhere - Wed, July 4th

2006:
A Drivers Perspective
Biking Sites In Other Cities

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Star: Driver charged after cyclist's death

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 07:56 AM CDT

A 43-year-old woman who allegedly opened her car door into the path of a cyclist, triggering a fatal accident, was charged last week under the Highway Traffic Act.

Sun: Deadly 'door prize'

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 07:56 AM CDT

A motorist who killed a cyclist with her car door as he rode along a Toronto street is facing a charge that carries the same $110 fine riders face for not having a bell on their bike.

Post: Woman charged in Toronto cyclist's death

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 07:29 AM CDT

Toronto police have charged the 43-year-old woman who opened the door of her car without looking and sent a cyclist tumbling to his death last month.

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2007:
You Don't Have To Be A SuperHero To Save The Planet
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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. Rogers Road Bike Lane Event - July 3
  2. Reminder: South Kingsway-Queensway Interchange Community Council Meeting - July 7
  3. Roncesvalles Avenue Streetscape Improvements - Open House July 8
  4. New Bike Lanes Approved at Committee: Stanley, Royal York, Simcoe and Birchmount
  5. Toronto Police Bike Safety Blitz - Results released
  6. Volunteer Opportunity: Meals on 2Wheelers

More on the TCAT site.

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2007:
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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.
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Blue & Black Raleigh Chill (Yonge & Dundas)

I got my bike stolen today, and I am devastated. It's been my solace from all the other bullshit that I've had to go through in the last few months. The make/model is a Raleigh Chill Dual Suspension - which I bought in Calgary 5 years ago. It is blue and black with no seat (because I have it). The date is June 30th, 2008. It was last seen at Yonge/Dundas square between the hours of 1 and 8pm. Please if anyone has seen my bike, could you contact me. It means more to me than just an object, it's my life and passion. Thank you.

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Pouya Pouya replied to the discussion Bike Bus Idea
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