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Purple BRC Limelight (Bathurst and Dupont)

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Purple BRC August 28th Howland Ave Make: BRC Model: Limelight Colour: Light Purple with specs Description: XT, removable seat post, slicks and notiable warp on back rim, old school u-brakes on the back Date of Theft: August 28th, 2008 Location of Theft: Barhturst and Dupont - Howland Avenue Lots of sentimental value - UGGGG Chris Kitowski said:
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2007:
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2006:
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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's the weekly wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!

  • Dandyhorse Launch Party Tonight
    Dandyhorse, the new magazine about cycling in Toronto, is hitting the streets tomorrow (it's supposed to be available for FREE in every bikeshop in the city - click here to check the bikeshop map for the one closest to where you live or work). Tonight though, Dandyhorse is throwing…
  • Your Bike and the New Yonge and Dundas "Scramble" Intersection
    You've probably seen the news that Yonge and Dundas is now a "Scramble" / Pedestrian Priority / Barnes Dance intersection. This means that in addition to the north-south and east-west phases of the traffic lights, there is now a 3rd phase where the traffic lights are red for all…
  • Logan Bikelane Opening Celebration
    More of Logan is now a Bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section: The Logan Avenue bike lane has now been installed from Gerrard St. E to Dundas St. E. Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate the opening…
  • Vaughan Road Bikelane Installation Starting
    Ward 21 (St. Paul's West) City Councillor Joe Mihevc has sent out a notification to cycling advocates across the city that the installation of the Vaughan Road Bikelane (from St. Clair W. to Winona Dr.) is scheduled to start tomorrow, Aug. 27 (weather permitting). Once they are painted, they'll…
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2007:
The Morning Crank: Dangerous Bollards, Unruly Gardens, Advising the TTC, and a tragedy in Scarborough
Seven-Year-Old Girl on Bike Dies After Being Hit By Car In Scarborough
Photo of the Day: Legs and Wheels

2006:
Bikepost Update - City to beef up bike stands
Tuesday - Pimp Your Bike Ride

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Dandyhorse, the new magazine about cycling in Toronto, is hitting the streets tomorrow (it's supposed to be available for FREE in every bikeshop in the city - click here to check the bikeshop map for the one closest to where you live or work).

Tonight though, Dandyhorse is throwing a Launch Party at Cinecycle (129 Spadina - down the alley just south of Richmond), starting at 7:30 tonight. It costs $5.

There will be a DJ, fresh magazines, and cake. And lots of cyclists!

I'll be there, at least for a little bit, to meet some fellow Dandyhorse writers and maybe have a beer.

If you'll be there, leave a comment below or shoot me an email and we can meet up.

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You've probably seen the news that Yonge and Dundas is now a "Scramble" / Pedestrian Priority / Barnes Dance intersection. This means that in addition to the north-south and east-west phases of the traffic lights, there is now a 3rd phase where the traffic lights are red for all vehicular traffic and pedestrians can do whatever they want:

Toronto launched the first pedestrian priority traffic lights — also known as scramble crossings or Barnes dance — at the busy intersection this morning.

For a 28-second period in every cycle, cars face a red light in all directions.

During that time, pedestrians are allowed to cross in any direction — side to side, or corner to corner.

Pedestrians are also allowed to cross in the conventional way, in the same direction as traffic, when vehicles are using the intersection. [Toronto Star]

If you're wondering how this effects you if you're cycling through the intersection, I'll remind you (which I shouldn't have to, of course) that cyclists are supposed to stop at red lights. Just like cars. There is a reminder in the most recent issue of Cyclometer:
When a Pedestrian Priority Phase is in effect, a red signal is shown for all vehicles (this includes bicycles) while the ?walk? display is shown in all directions for pedestrians, including diagonally across the intersection.


This activity is used at intersections with heavy pedestrian traffic. It is intended to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles by providing exclusive phases for pedestrians.


If cyclists wish to cross on the Pedestrian Priority Phase, they must walk their bikes through the intersection.



Any cyclist who rides their bike through the red light during the Pedestrian Priority Phase would be contravening the Highway Traffic Act Section 144(18).


The fine and associated cost for motorists or cyclists running a red light is $190.00. Go to: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/safety/index.htm and look for the Highway Traffic Act link on the right side of the screen.


[Top photo from the Star, sign photo from Spacing]

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More of Logan is now a Bikelane, and City of Toronto Cycling staff are inviting cyclists to a party to open the new section:

The Logan Avenue bike lane has now been installed from Gerrard St. E to Dundas St. E.


Come join the City's cycling staff celebrate the opening of this new bike lane on Wednesday September 3rd, from 4-6 p.m. Free juice and treats will be served.


The installation of the Logan Avenue bike lane brings the total length of bike lanes in Toronto at 81.6 kilometres. The Bike Plan calls for the installation of nearly 500 kilometres of bike lanes by 2012 - and this new bike lane brings us one step closer to achieving our goal.


We look forward to seeing you at the Logan Avenue bike lane event!


This event has been added to the Events Calendar.

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Hi everyone,

I'm adding to my previous post (about the Eastern Ave. bikelane) to tell you that the new section of Logan Avenue bikelane (between Gerrard and Dundas) has been painted and is now on the Toronto Bikelanes Map too.

Now, Logan Avenue has either a painted bikelane or a "shared roadway" (a signed, on-street route) for almost it's entire length (except for one section between Danforth and Bain Avenue) from the Cosburn Ave bikelanes all the way down to Lakeshore Boulevarde!

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InsideToronto: Councillor wants wheels turning on bike-share program

A bike-share rental program similar to popular car-sharing programs AutoShare and Zipcar could be in place in Toronto a year from now, according to Ward 35 (Scarborough Southwest) Councillor Adrian Heaps, who chairs Toronto's Cycling Committee. "People are asking why we don't have bike share in Toronto already," said Heaps in an interview.

More news on the News Page.  Weird! :)

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2007:
BikingToronto and Facebook
CBN hosts Flat fix and tune-up course Wednesday night
BikeFriday: What's on for August 31st
TCAT News: Safe Cycling, BikeLane Parkers and a new Supporter
The Ride for Karen is on September 9th
The Morning Crank: Transit and Bike Infrastructure
Photo of the Day: Starbucks on College

2006:
A Bikely Month-iversary
Monday - Bike Events This Week

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give you the heads-up that I recently added the new Eastern Avenue bikelane (between Logan and Leslie) to the Toronto Bikelanes Map.

I'll update the map again when the Vaughan Road bikelanes are completed.

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Telegraph (UK): Police catch world's most prolific bike thief

When police later raided Kenk's shop, Bicycle Clinic, it was so packed with bikes that the fire service had to come to removed upper-floor windows and lower them out with ropes. Another 200 bicycles were found in Kenk's home, in a smart Toronto neighbourhood, along with a large amount of drugs.

BBC: Prolific bicycle thief arrested

Canadian police have arrested one of the world's most prolific bicycle thieves after discovering almost 3,000 bikes in his possession.

Spacing Montreal: Mopeds, a hidden park and Dandyhorse

This Thursday will be the official launch of Toronto's exciting new bike magazine, "Dandyhorse." Named after the 19th century predecessor to the modern bicycle, this magazine aims to serve as "a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves bicycles in Toronto," addressing current and prospective issues relating to the city's sizable biking community.

Globe: Biking is no ride in the park

As an avid cyclist who has braved Toronto streets for more 50 years - including a 25-year stint as a professional active-transport (foot, bike, transit) courier - it never fails to amaze me just how little Canadian politicians, bureaucrats and media understand urban mobility

Guardian (UK): 2,865 bikes recovered from world's most prolific cycle thief

Ever since Igor Kenk was arrested last month, some 15,000 Torontonians have visited the police station garage where his swag was taken, hoping to pick out their own bikes among the vast collection. A surprisingly large number of them have been lucky: Toronto police told the Guardian yesterday that so far about 500 people had been reunited with their bicycles.

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2007:
The Morning Crank: Bikelanes, Bikeracks, Urban Planning and Travel
Video: Toronto Bike Week 2007 Interview
Stuff: The StashKit Folding Helmet
Photo of the Day: Mon, Aug. 27th

2006:
Spacing: Bike Posts in Other Cities Dusk TO Dark on September 15th

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Ward 21 (St. Paul's West) City Councillor Joe Mihevc has sent out a notification to cycling advocates across the city that the installation of the Vaughan Road Bikelane (from St. Clair W. to Winona Dr.) is scheduled to start tomorrow, Aug. 27 (weather permitting).

Once they are painted, they'll be added to the BikingToronto Bikelane Map.

Related Posts:
TCAT News: New Bikelanes in Joe Mihevc's Ward, and More! [Aug. 13, 2007]
New Bikelanes coming to Wellesley, Vaughan and Shaw [May 6, 2008]

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Globe: Bikes made for many

Canada's cities are, for the most part, dominated by cars. That's why the news this week that Toronto's city council is considering providing its constituents with a new transport option by setting up a bike-sharing scheme, similar to a planned pilot project in Montreal, is so encouraging and should be matched by cities across Canada.

Star: Bike depot open till Sept. 7

Riders who believe their bikes may be among the thousands found in storage units around the city have two more weeks to reclaim them. More than 2,300 bikes are available for viewing at 35 Strachan Ave. from noon to 8 p.m. today until Friday. Weekend viewings run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Star: Goodman Trail bollards do more harm than good

There are two sets of staggered bollards on either side of the driveway, which require cyclists to slow and pass through them at an angle. But some cyclists end up snagging a bike pedal or limb on the poles and are sent crashing to the pavement. For more than a year, we've been getting complaints from people who have encountered an injured cyclist, or have been hurt themselves.

Star: Bike theft video seen by police leads to arrest

Officer recognizes man in thestar.com story as person he had arrested in another investigation

Globe: People, people, can't we all just get along?

Toronto motorists are street hogs who would cream a cyclist just to get to Starbucks three seconds faster, Nathan Whitlock writes. But, as Nathan Whitlock also writes, the city's cyclists are self-important jerks who think rules are for suckers. As a guy who bikes and drives, he's got some advice for peace on the pavement.

Sun: Bike theft charges pile up

Toronto Police Insp. Bryce Evans said further charges will be laid in connection with the 2,865 bikes that were recovered last month. "There's going to be more charges, it's just a matter of getting things organized," he said.

Globe: Uneasy riders

Why the angry shouts? It's not because Mr. Kemp and his friends are riding too slowly. It's because they are riding power-assisted bicycles, or e-bikes. As more e-bikes roll out onto Toronto's streets, tensions are rising with cyclists who say the vehicles don't belong on the parks' bike paths or in the roads' bike lanes.

The Independent: Sting operation nets prolific Toronto bike thief

Among residents of the trendy art and design district in Toronto, it was hardly a secret that the bearded man who owned the Bike Clinic on Queen Street was a bit of a renegade. The police had an idea he might be up to no good too. But the day they finally raided his shop brought more than a few surprises. 2,865 of them in fact.

Globe: Dear cyclist - How about trying to share?

I'll admit that many of my fellow drivers have trouble getting their heads around the mere fact of bicycles on a road built for cars, but remember that respect is a two-way street. Do unto others, etc., and the first step is accepting that not all drivers are dangerous morons who'd drive over you just to avoid spilling their coffee. If you want a friend, be a friend, and all that.

Globe: Dear driver - How about we share the road?

Posted: 25 Aug 2008 07:23 AM CDT

We cyclists know that, when it comes to road-building and overall transportation policy, we are little more than an afterthought, at best. In this city, the car is king. The recent creation of the Toronto Cyclists Union, an advocacy and action group made up of long-time cycle activists and casual bikers alike, is a hopeful sign, but for the moment, we are at your mercy.

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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, Aug. 26th

2006:
The BikeFriday Transition

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Every Friday, BikingToronto takes a look at all the "newsy" posts from the past week and compiles little easy-to-digest snippets of them into one post, for you, the BikingToronto reader. Not only that, but we put the gravy and/or icing (according to your taste) on top by linking to all the bike-related news stories we've found in Toronto's major media and websites.

Put it in the oven and bake it for a while and you have a tasty treat in a Weekly News Wrap-Up. It brings all the Toronto Bike News straight to your RSS reader or email inbox so you can read it when you have time.

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Spacing Wire: Toronto bike mag set to launch

Our friends over at Dandyhorse magazine are ready to launch Toronto's newest bike culture magazine. Many Spacing contributors — including Spacing Toronto's bike blogger and Dandyhorse editor Tammy Thorne — have articles or photography included in this inaugural issue.

Globe: Bicycles could return to accused, police say

Nearly 2,400 bicycles recovered during last month's raids are on display in a warehouse at 35 Strachan Ave. in the hopes they'll be reunited with their owners. So far, 469 of the total 2,865 haul have been reclaimed. Police are responsible for storing the unclaimed bikes. But if Mr. Kenk is acquitted, "it's feasible these bikes could be returned to him," Constable Tajti said.

BlogTO: Igor, Bike Thefts Make Front Page of The New York Times

The main feature right now on the home page of the New York Times screams Black Hole for Bikes in a Cyclist-Friendly City. Check out the article which posits, among other things, that Igor just might be the unofficial world champion of bicycle thieves.

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What's on this week:


For more details, click around on the Calendar on the BikingToronto Events page.

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Happy Monday!

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


Photo of the Day: Yellow and PinkPhoto of the Day: Waiting for the LightPhoto of the Day: Purple BarrelPhoto of the Day: Richmond and John StreetsPhoto of the Day: Streets for all ModesPhoto of the Day: Ride to Conquer CancerPhoto of the Day: 1085 Queen West

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sat, Aug. 25th

2006:
The First BikeFriday, So Far.

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2007:
Elsewhere: Buffered Bike Lanes are Better in New York
The Morning Crank: One Year of MyBikeLane and the Bike Film Fest
Photo of the Day: Fri, Aug. 24th

2006:
Everyone Wants In On BikeFriday
The Star - Calling All City Cyclists

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2007:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
"Feeling the Heat" on CBC - Friendlier Modes of Transportation
Elsewhere: Berlin's Bicycle Boom
TCAT Web/IT Developer Deadline Extended
Stuff: The Leonardo - Sleek, Simple Bike Storage
Photo of the Day: Thurs, Aug. 23rd

2006:
New BikeFriday Events and a Contest!
Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation
Cyclist Saves Injured Driver From Burning Truck

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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's the weekly wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!


  • The Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going International
    It's been all over the Toronto news, but now the Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going international. The New York Times published a feature story titled "In a Cyclist-Friendly City, A Black Hole for Bikes" in their World section yesterday: The arrest has provoked an outpouring of anger…
  • DandyHorse: Toronto Cycling Magazine Launch Party!
    Dandyhorse, Toronto's brand new magazine all about cycling, has hit the presses, and they're celebrating with a launch party at Cinecycle next Thursday (Aug. 28): The magazine is aimed at regular "urban" cyclists - those that bike to work, or to the store, or to their friends house, or…


  • Toronto Bike Rental System Launching in 2009!
    Very big news coming from the Toronto Star this morning... that the City wants to emulate Paris' Velib bikesharing system: Toronto is getting the wheels in motion to roll out a high-tech rent-a-bike program next year, not unlike a wildly successful one in Paris, says the head of the…

  • More Chances to Find Your Stolen Bike in the Igor Kenk Collection
    The Toronto Police have just announced more viewing times for the close to 3000 bikes they found after they apprehended Igor Kenk paying a theif to steal a bike. The bicycles will be on display at 35 Strachan Ave. (between Lake Shore Blvd. and King St. W.) at these…
  • New "Bike Bus" Organizers looking for "Bus Drivers"
    Some Torontonians are organizing BikeBuses for our city... and if you're wondering what a BikeBus is: A bike bus is where a small group of cyclists ride together in a tight pack and take over a lane for their own visibility and safety. Motorists are forced to use the…
  • Eglinton Avenue Transit City LRT Plans have a Bikelane Option
    Back in May I posted about the proposed plans (PDF) for the Sheppard Ave. LRT (part of TransitCity) and how they included bikelanes: Now it's time for the Eglinton Avenue LRT to be discussed: From the Project FAQs (PDF File): Q14) Will there be bike lanes on any portion…

Here's the bike-related stories from media outlets this week:

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Today is the day of statistics announcements, I guess...

Earlier today, I posted about having the 200,000th pageview yesterday and our 100,000th unique visitor stopping by in late July.

Now, I'm here to announce that this is post #3000 on BikingToronto.com!

Post #1000 went up back on August 30th, 2007.
Post #2000 went up back on April 18th, 2008.

Whether it's a post on Main page, part of the Photo pages, or the new Events page (along with all the other parts of BikingToronto), I hope you're getting as much enjoyment following the posts on this site as I am compiling all this information for you.

As the about page says, BikingToronto is:
  • the best place for Toronto cycling information
  • a positive outlook on all cycling-related events and news in Toronto
If you're new following the site, check out the site map, the blog archives, the categories, the community... there's a lot to see and do here. :)

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It's been all over the Toronto news, but now the Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going international.

The New York Times published a feature story titled "In a Cyclist-Friendly City, A Black Hole for Bikes" in their World section yesterday:

The arrest has provoked an outpouring of anger and publicity in a city renowned as one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the world. About 15,000 hopeful cyclists, some teary-eyed, have scoured the Kenk collection in search of their missing bicycles. But only 469 bicycles had been returned as of Thursday morning, when 17 more days of public viewings began.

The public reaction “was staggering,” said Ruth White, the superintendent of 14 Division, the police unit that made the arrest. “I’ve never seen anything like it in 30 years.”

Oddly enough, the police and many bicyclists were aware that Mr. Kenk’s little shop, the Bicycle Clinic, appeared to be a black hole that consumed stolen bicycles. Bike theft victims regularly discovered their missing bicycles there, and were often able to recover them, either through vigorous argument or a payment of $30 or $40.


The story has since been picked up by the Houston Chronicle ('Most Hated Man in Toronto' Charged in Bike-Theft Caper) and the International Herald Tribune (Toronto's Mysterious Bicycle Theif).

More news and links on the BikingToronto News page.

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International Herald Tribune: Toronto's mysterious bicycle thief

That was just the beginning. Another 200 bikes were seized in Kenk's home. Ten landlords around the city reported that their garages had been rented by Kenk and were bulging with bicycles. As the police gathered the mounds of bikes, they also found seven kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, a stolen bronze sculpture of a centaur and a snake in battle. Since Kenk's arrest, theories about his hoarding have proliferated. Because Kenk held a scrap metal dealer's license, Evans speculates that he was playing the commodities markets, waiting for another spike in metals prices before melting down the bicycles.

Star: City gears up for bike rental plan

Toronto is getting the wheels in motion to roll out a high-tech rent-a-bike program next year, not unlike a wildly successful one in Paris, says the head of the city's cycling committee. "It will be announced sometime in the late fall and launched in the summer of 2009," Councillor Adrian Heaps said. Heaps said Toronto plans to emulate the best aspects of programs in other jurisdictions and would include automated stations, with swipe-card access, with a subscription that would give access to a uniform style of bicycle "that is tried and proven around the world."

Sun: Downtown bike thefts drop 20%

Reported bike thefts are down 20% over last year in a downtown neighbourhood after bike dealer Igor Kenk's arrest, police say. Since the Queen St. W. bike-shop owner was nabbed July 16, bicycle theft in 14 Division has fallen by 20% compared to the same time in 2007, Toronto Police crime analyst Const. Robert Tajti, said yesterday.

Post: One last chance to ID your stolen bikeo

More than 2,000 bikes recovered in the investigation of Igor Kenk are on display yet again, as Toronto Police try to reunite them with their owners for 17 more days. Police say that of the 2,865 bikes they found over three weeks ago, only 469 have been claimed so far. The remaining bulk of them will be displayed at 35 Strachan Ave.

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Red Mongoose Disturbed (Donlands and Sammon)

A red Mongoose Disturbed Canadian Tire special Early this Morning Aug 21 2008 ( 3 ish?) Locked on my front porch Donlands near Sammon


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I just posted about BikingToronto passing the 200,000 pageview mark yesterday, and while I was looking at the site statistics I noticed that the Unique Visitors stat passed 100,000 in late July.

That's a pretty big number, and it's only getting bigger. I wonder when it'll pass 200,000?

Thanks, Mr. or Mrs. Unique Visitor (you!) for being so unique.

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I posted about the first 100,000 pageviews of BikingToronto.com back in January, so I thought I should post about us passing the 200,000 mark sometime yesterday!

It took almost 2 years for the first 100,000 pageviews... while only about 8 months for the 2nd 100,000 pageviews - so BikingToronto, like cycling in general, is getting more popular. :)



Technical Talk:
These 200,000 pageviews are real HTML pageviews - someone actually loading a page in a web-browser. A lot of sites include things like RSS, PHP, CSS, XML and Javascript files being accessed, which pump up statistics a lot but give a very inaccurate view of how much a site is being used, as many of those things (don't worry if you don't know what the acronyms stand for - it's techy gobbledygook) are parts of a larger page.



Thank you, BikingToronto visitors, for being part of that 200,000.

Joe.

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2007:
The Morning Crank: Today is Day Two of the Bicycle Film Fest
Bike Safety Tips from Olivia Chow
National Post readers get nasty about Toronto's Cyclists
August Issue of Cyclometer is out
Photo of the Day: Wed, Aug. 22nd

2006:
Crashing the BikeFriday Photoshoot

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Dandyhorse, Toronto's brand new magazine all about cycling, has hit the presses, and they're celebrating with a launch party at Cinecycle next Thursday (Aug. 28):



The magazine is aimed at regular "urban" cyclists - those that bike to work, or to the store, or to their friends house, or just for a fun ride in the ravines or the waterfront:
With stories and features about commuting, safety, fashion, local history, advocacy, couriers, BMXers, products, legal advice and more, Dandyhorse is a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves bicycles in Toronto. Each issue will have editorial content that will speak to social riders, competitive racers, casual riders and regular commuters.

Bicycling is a part of today’s important trend towards sustainable and green cities!

More and more people are riding bikes each day! Dandyhorse is the source for Toronto’s urban cyclists.

I'm a contributor to Dandyhorse, and will have a regular feature highlighting bike news from other cities (good sources of inspiration). The glimpses of the magazine look like it'll be pretty:



More details about the party and magazine at Dandyhorse.ca.

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CTV: Cyclists have few more days to claim stolen bikes

A total of 2,685 bicycles were found by police. In the weeks that followed, police displayed the bikes to the public, hoping to find the rightful owners. Only 469 people were able to lay claim to their bicycles. However, police are giving it another shot. More than 2,300 bikes will be on display at 35 Strachan Avenue on the following dates and times...

Torontoist: Harder, Better, Faster, Strachanger

Toronto Police have just announced that they are opening up their warehouse at 35 Strachan Avenue for seventeen more days in an attempt to get rid of some of the 2,396 bikes still unclaimed after being recovered from various raids of Igor Kenk's many properties last month.

CityNews: Allegedly Stolen Bikes Will Be On Display Again

Toronto Police are giving you another shot to find your bike following a massive recovery of rides last month that was part of a theft investigation.

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Very big news coming from the Toronto Star this morning... that the City wants to emulate Paris' Velib bikesharing system:

Toronto is getting the wheels in motion to roll out a high-tech rent-a-bike program next year, not unlike a wildly successful one in Paris, says the head of the city's cycling committee.

"It will be announced sometime in the late fall and launched in the summer of 2009," Councillor Adrian Heaps said.

Heaps said Toronto plans to emulate the best aspects of programs in other jurisdictions and would include automated stations, with swipe-card access, with a subscription that would give access to a uniform style of bicycle "that is tried and proven around the world."


Details still to be worked out include where the bikes will be, how many there will be, and how much it will cost... so, pretty important stuff. It's good to see them considering subway stops and "intermodal hubs" (places where different modes of transportation intersect) as logical places to put bikes.

The Paris program has about 20,000 bikes and 1,400 self-serve rental kiosks. For about $50/year, cyclists can swipe their credit card at a kiosk, unlock a bike, ride it across town and drop it off at another kiosk. The first 30 minutes are free with fees starting at $2 for each additional half hour.


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2007:
The Morning Crank: CBN hosts workshop and the Bicycle Film Fest Hits Toronto!
Live in Guelph but Work in Toronto? Say Goodbye to $147,000 over 5 years
When the Right of Way Collides with the Right to Life
BikeFriday Rocks, on MTV Live!
TCAT News: Bike Friendly Businesses, Pedestrian Sundays, and More
Photo of the Day: Tues, Aug. 21st

2006:
Monday - Bike Events This Week
BikeFriday Update
CAN-BIKE for Kids Bike Camp

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The Toronto Police have just announced more viewing times for the close to 3000 bikes they found after they apprehended Igor Kenk paying a theif to steal a bike.

The bicycles will be on display at 35 Strachan Ave. (between Lake Shore Blvd. and King St. W.) at these times:

- Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22, noon - 8 p.m.,

- Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.,

- Monday, August 25 to Friday, August 29, noon - 8 p.m.,

- Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,

- Monday, September 1, closed

- Tuesday, September 2 to Friday, September 5, noon - 8 p.m.,

- Saturday, September 6 and Sunday September 7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Owners need proof of ownership, such as receipts or store registrations or pictures with their bicycles as well as photo ID.

Supt. Ruth White, unit commander of 14 Division, urged bicycle owners to combat theft by registering their bicycles online.

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Some Torontonians are organizing BikeBuses for our city... and if you're wondering what a BikeBus is:

A bike bus is where a small group of cyclists ride together in a tight pack and take over a lane for their own visibility and safety. Motorists are forced to use the other lane to pass, and to not share the lane with any of the cyclists in the pack. This provides opportunity for social interaction for the riders, improved safety, more comfortable ride, an easier environment for less experienced riders, and a bit of a fun time overall.

Like a transit system, bike buses run on a schedule, and along a prescribed route. Users can either meet up at the “end terminals” at the start of the ride, or catch the bus as it rides by other “stops” along the way. The advantage of this is clear: a large group of cyclists is far more visible than a single rider on a major street. In addition, with each bus being led by experienced cyclists, following the rules of the road, more novice cyclists can feel more comfortable traveling together.





They are currently looking for "Drivers", people who will lead groups of cyclists on a certain route at a certain time:
Are you already cycling Bloor West in the morning and/or evening rush? Are you avoiding Bloor because cycling it alone is too stressful? We’re looking for folks to lead bike buses on Bloor West in the upcoming weeks.

Leading a bike bus would consist of either riding at the front or back of a small group of cyclists as they travel in a compact group down Bloor acting as a single vehicle. Time commitments are subject to your availability but should be relatively consistent (i.e. riding the same day(s) and time(s)).

Contact them on their site if you're interested or have questions, or join their Google Group.

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2007:
Bicycle Film Fest Starts This Wednesday
Cyclist Hit by Mississauga Transit Bus Dies from his Injuries
Photos from the Charlie Princep Memorial Ride
Photo of the Day: Mon, Aug. 20th

2006:
More Cog Ride Group Photos
Sunday - Dirty Hippy Enviro Post

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I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in May. Enjoy.


1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

3. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

4. Fri, May 30: Toronto Criterium Race

5. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

6. Stolen: Green CCM Falcon (Bloor & Lansdowne)

7. "GO by Bike" through Pickering and Ajax

8. SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path

9. Free Pedal-powered cabs coming to Toronto

10. New Whimsical Bike Posts at Yonge and Lawrence



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Back in May I posted about the proposed plans (PDF) for the Sheppard Ave. LRT (part of TransitCity) and how they included bikelanes:



Now it's time for the Eglinton Avenue LRT to be discussed:

From the Project FAQs (PDF File):

Q14) Will there be bike lanes on any portion of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT route?

Bike lanes will be considered for inclusion along or adjacent to the entire route. In many instances, bicycle routes currently exist parallel to Eglinton Avenue, and could potentially serve as the bicycle path along the corridor.


We Want Your Input
We are having five Open Houses to explain the project, to show you what we hope to achieve, to get your comments, and to answer any questions you may have. Please drop in any time between 6:30pm and 9:00pm at any of the Open Houses. We look forward to meeting you there.

Tuesday, August 19
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Leaside Arena, 1073 Millwood Rd. (Map)

Monday, August 25
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. (Map)

Wednesday, August 27
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre
(Formerly the Mid Scarborough Community Centre)
2467 Eglinton Ave, E. (Map)

Thursday, September 4
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Richview Baptist Church
1548 Kipling Avenue (Map)

These Open Houses are perfect opportunities to let City Staff and Politicians know that along with transit, bikelanes are cheap and easy infrastructure upgrades that can help the city meet environmental objectives.

I'll be adding these Open Houses to the BikingToronto Events Page, so you can always check there for them too.

[via BikeToronto, which has a great post about this too]

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Star: In search of the unstealable bicycle

With 380 bikes reported stolen monthly, the race is on to find ways to thwart thieves

Spacing: Donate Stolen Bikes to those in need

Last week I wrote about a good idea making the rounds: to give the thousands of bikes recovered from Igor Kenk's storehouses to people in need. But there are complications that need to be overcome before this can happen. Chad Nuttal, one of the people who proposed this idea, has now started a petition to try to give this idea some traction. You can sign the petition here.

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Silver Kona Dew (Bloor and Ossington)

Silver Kona Dew (Bloor and Ossington) from craigslist: Came home last night to discover one of our bikes stolen. It's a 2008 silver Kona Dew, quite new, size 54. Has quick-release saddle, back rack with carrying basket (may have been removed), and front and rear fenders. $300 reward for return, no questions asked. This is probably more than anyone will pay for the bike, so your most profitable option is to give it back and get the reward.

Black Pinarello Prince (Etobicoke)

Black Pinarello Prince (Etobicoke) from craigslist: Pinarello Prince Black, White and Red paint, Record gruppo, Shamal wheels, Bontrager Stem and Bar, stolen in Etobicoke. Has been reported to 22 Division, Toronto Police (416) 808-2222. Please contact me or Toronto Police Services if you see this bike or have any information. This bike is like one of my children! Thanks for any help you are able to offer.

Purple Specialized Rockhopper (St. Charles St.)

Purple Specialized Rockhopper (St. Charles St.) from craigslist: My bike was stolen from Charles street, and replaced with a super crappy piece of junk yellow bike, I guess someone wanted an upgrade. Its a Specialized Rockhopper, purple frame with yellow lettering. Its over 15 years old, the handlebars are mismatched, and the seat is welded in place really high. Its not worth very much, and I can't believe someone stole it. If anyone's seen my bike, please let me know! Its my only way of getting to work for free, and I've had it for so long, I miss it. Also, if you're missing a really lame yellow mountain bike with shoddy gears, I probably have your bike, and you can have it back.

White Womens Giant Cypress (St. Lawrence Market)

White Womens Giant Cypress (St. Lawrence Market) from craigslist: My bike was stolen in the St. Lawrence Market area on August 12 (Tues.). It's a '08 Giant Cypress (med.), White/Silver Fade. There was a silver bell with a picture of a black crow on a branch with a blue background, a red/black basket holder on the front and silver fenders.

Thin Blue Line Mountain Bike (Sherbourne and Gerrard)

Thin Blue Line Mountain Bike (Sherbourne and Gerrard) from craigslist: HELP PLEASE this bike was stolen right out of my back yard from the inside of my vehicle from sherbourne and gerrard area. IF anyone sees it please let me know. 1995 18" BLACK Ozone Pro Full XT drive train LX cantaliver brakes and hubs. YELLOW Rock shox 21R, Grip Shift shifters. Seat has a few rips

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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, Aug. 19th

2006:
Hollywood BikeSpotting
Saturday - Doing It Yourself

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What's on this week:


Wed, Aug 20: TBN's Wednesday Night Ride
Wed, Aug 20: BikeChain Workshop - Intro to Ball Bearing Maintenance
Wed, Aug 20: Devil Strip Rollers Ride Night
Fri, Aug 22: TBN's Friday Night Ride
Sat, Aug 23: Toronto Bicycling Network's Saturday Morning Ride
Sun, Aug 24: Rona MS Bike Tour - Niagara
Sun, Aug 24: GO-by-Bike to Ajax!
Sun, Aug 24: BikeChain Ride to McMichael Gallery

For more details, click around on the Calendar on the BikingToronto Events page.

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Mississauga News: Cyclists go the distance for charity

Four hundred cyclists left the Civic Centre Thursday morning, ready to embark on a tour that will raise funds for children's cancer camps in Ontario.

Globe: Biking the Mink Mile

Cycling groups have also contested the city's cavalier attitude toward public consultation on the project. The Mink Mile might be the country's premier shopping district, but it is also one of the city's premier cycling routes, at least in terms of traffic numbers.

Torontoist: Kidical Mass Wheels Through Toronto

Toronto organizer Heather Wheldrake says that she was inspired to bring Kidical Mass to Toronto after reading about the inaugural event in Eugene. "I'm always trying to get people to consider bicycling as a viable form of transportation, even if you have a family. Kidical Mass seems like a great opportunity to expose more people to that idea, and to celebrate it."

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Red Devinci Stockholm 2005 (West Queen West) from craigslist: Last night someone came into my house near queen and dufferin and stole my 2005 red devinci stockholm. It was a large or extra large and was fitted with a speedometer and plastic and nylon foot cages. if anyone sees this for sale or around call me. Thanks! Brad Tinmouth 416 697 7180

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Posted: 15 Aug 2008 04:49 PM CDT

Giant Cypress (Victoria Park and Danforth) from craigslist: I had my Giant Cypress stolen in January from the Victoria Park subway station. When stolen it had an electric hub on the front wheel. The hub may have been removed, in which case one of the handlebar pads will be missing too because that is where the speed controller was. I can't make it over to TPS to see if Igor had my bike, but I'm hoping someone else can. I will pay up to $200 for the recovery of the complete bike. I have a record of the serial number that I will provide to TPS.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2008 04:47 PM CDT

Bike Friday Tikit -- Reward - $250 (High Park) from craigslist: My 12 year old son was just robbed by a man who confronted him one block from our house (Indian Road Cres and Abbott), who told him he'd be hurt if he didn't get off the bike. The bike was a Bike Friday Tikit that we'd bought just two hours before. It's also distinctive: white paint with black markings, unlike most which are black with white markings. http://www.bikefriday.com/tikit Of course I realize that many many bikes are stolen, but relatively few are robberies, and the idea of a 12 year old being threatened to get a bike really is awful - my kid or any other. And so I'm appealing to the cycling community in Toronto to help. If you see a white Bike Friday Tikit going by, the theif was about 6 feet, medium build, medium brown skin, wearing just grey shorts and a sweatshirt over his shoulders, let me know: 647 502 3398. Any suggestions as to where to post greatly appreciated. The theft has been reported to Toronto Police.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2008 04:45 PM CDT

Grey Peugot Road/Mountain Hybrid (King and Spadina) from craigslist: hello toronto i am looking for this bike. it was stolen from me today between 10am & 12pm (along with 2 other's bikes parked outside on king & spadina, infront of DWR - design within reach - furniture shop) it is as described in title, distinguishing features include an uber thick good year back tire, a long presta valve on the back, short presta valve on front, gold adapter on back valve, hole going through the inner and outer rim of back wheel rim (hole is size of nail, near a spoke, clean exit, no cracks). if you find this bike or know who is selling it, please let me know what their asking price is. it's not a very expensive bike, or a pretty bike, but it was mine. we shared very special tender moments on the road together, and rode for very long distances (but had yet to achieve our plan to ride even further) so please, help reunite me with my baby. any info helps (someone must have seen something) (why did i never take pictures of you!? why did you have no serial number!?!?!?!) to everyone else out there, take the time to register your bike with the police (it'll make it easier to claim it's yours, much easier than the process for those of us looking for our unregistered bikes at the police warehouse) or at least photograph yourself with your bike. i'm gonna walk home from work now, and pray that i see my baby somewhere along the way (doubtful)

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Posted: 15 Aug 2008 04:41 PM CDT

Gold and Black Triumph Women's Cruiser (Queen West) from craigslist: My bike was stolen a few months ago from the porch of my apartment. I'm still looking for it as it is rare. Hoping to find it in the recent raids but no luck yet. Large in size. Gold and black in colour. Front basket and rear rack (both black). Please call if you have any info: 416-624-5180

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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: Get TrickyPhoto of the Day: Blue NorcoPhoto of the Day: Island Quadracycle Rentals

Photo of the Day: Carlton Rain

Photo of the Day: Carlton Rain, originally uploaded by St-Even.

Photo of the Day: ChanelPhoto of the Day: Bells On BloorPhoto of the Day: Bells on Bloor and the ROM

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I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in April. Enjoy.


1. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

2. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

3. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

4. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

5. Free Pedal-powered cabs coming to Toronto

6. No Big Box in Leslieville Community Rally

7. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

8. Cyclist Only Lanes included in TTC Strike Traffic Plan

9. Cavern Cycles has closed down

10. SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path



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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sat, Aug. 18th

2006:
Family Bike Parade Saturday Morning
Saturday Night Moonlight Ride

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2007:
Two Weeks Until BikeFriday on August 31st!
Cyclist Struck by Mississauga Transit Bus
Charlie Princep Memorial Bike Ride Reminder and Globe Article
Photo of the Day: Fri, Aug. 17th

2006:
BikeFriday News
Thursday - Bike News From Other Cities

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2007:
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
How Road Design Can Kill You
Spacing: Vancouver's Bike Infrastructure
Around the World: Paris has "gone cycling mad"
TreeHugger Honours Charlie Princep
Photo of the Day: Thurs, Aug. 16th

2006:
Are Cyclists Heroes?
Wednesday - The War Against Cars

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today is the first friday since I've been back from vacation, so here's a wrap-up of the News that has been on the site this week. Don't forget that you can follow these Weekly News Wrap-Ups through the RSS feed, or subscribe to get it in your email every week!



  • U of T BikeChain looking for Volunteers
    From the BikeChain Newsletter: The month of September is going to be chock full of promotional events for Bikechain as we try to reach out to all the new students on campus. If you are able to help out with these events in any capacity, your time will be...
  • The BikeChain is looking for a new Co-ordinator
    The University of Toronto's BikeChain facility is looking for a new co-ordinator to start in September: The coordinator is the de facto Chief Operating Officer of Bikechain Inc., and is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of the organization, including managing the seven-person staff and volunteer, long-term project management,...
  • Is Your Bikelane filled with Scooters and "E-Bikes"?
    Last week, the Spacing Wire posted about the rise of scooters and E-Bikes (or PABs - Power Assisted Bicycles) in this age of environmental concerns and rising gasoline prices: The PABs have not been without controversy. Many cyclists on muscle-powered bikes are frustrated that the larger PABs...
  • Yorkville Bloor Street Reconstruction faces Lawsuit
    The CBC and CityNews are reporting that a group of businesses in Yorkville are filing a lawsuit against the city regarding the planned reconstruction of the "posh" shopping district. "The Bloor Street Transformation Project was flawed from the start. It has been planned, and is now being executed without the...

Here's the bike-related stories from media outlets this week:
  • Mississauga News: Cyclists go the distance for charity

    Four hundred cyclists left the Civic Centre Thursday morning, ready to embark on a tour that will raise funds for children's cancer camps in Ontario.
  • Globe: Biking the Mink Mile

    Cycling groups have also contested the city's cavalier attitude toward public consultation on the project. The Mink Mile might be the country's premier shopping district, but it is also one of the city's premier cycling routes, at least in terms of traffic numbers.
  • Torontoist: Kidical Mass Wheels Through Toronto

    Toronto organizer Heather Wheldrake says that she was inspired to bring Kidical Mass to Toronto after reading about the inaugural event in Eugene. "I'm always trying to get people to consider bicycling as a viable form of transportation, even if you have a family. Kidical Mass seems like a great opportunity to expose more people to that idea, and to celebrate it."
  • Police Seek Witnesses After Cyclist Killed In Mississauga

    Peel Regional Police are seeking the public's assistance after a 51-year-old Mississauga woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle.
  • Star: Bit player in bike-theft case gets 14 days in jail

    Laveau was arrested July 16 in a police sting operation near Kenk's store, the Queen St. W. Bicycle Clinic. Laveau stole one bike, allegedly at Kenk's urging, and attempted to steal another.
  • Post: Call for more 905 bike paths after deaths

    Cycling advocates called yesterday for more bike paths in the GTA's suburban reaches, after cyclists died this week in Oshawa and Mississauga.
  • CBC: Cyclists angry bike lanes omitted from Bloor Street reconstruction

    Angry Toronto cyclists have hired a lawyer to take legal action against the city over its refusal to include bicycle lanes in a major project along Bloor Street West.
  • Star: Accused in bike thefts transformed

    A newly dapper Kenk walked unnoticed through a clutch of photographers and reporters as he made his way to a court appearance on bike theft and drug charges at Old City Hall.
  • Sun: Theft-ring bikes to be auctioned on police website

    Cyclists may soon get a chance to bid online on the Toronto Police website to cop some of the 2,400 bicycles seized when officers smashed the country's largest bike theft ring.
  • InsideToronto: Biking your way through Toronto

    “There is a huge network of trails that allow people to explore the city,” said Ward 35 (Scarborough Southwest) Councillor Adrian Heaps, who also serves as chair of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee.
  • You can’t go wrong learning from success.
    That’s why the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee is bringing in Ben Gomberg, Chicago’s bicycle program coordinator, to share his expertise and insight about that city’s success in creating a bicycle-friendly city.

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Need something to do tonight?

On the 3rd Friday of every month, everyone - young and old - is encouraged to come along to celebrate cycling as a practical, healthy, environmentally-friendly form of transportation for people of all ages. The ride will leave Withrow Park at 6pm. It'll be short and sweet, slowly winding through residential streets and ending at the Carrot Common (Jackman and Danforth).

Say farewell to those frustrating, forlorn, frumpy Friday nights - make way for fast, furious, fun with your Friday Night Ride (FNR) Coordinator Peggy! The FNRs are fast-paced, fun and incredibly social events!


More events on the BikingToronto Events page, of course! :)


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2007:
Riding the BikeTrain with Dodgeville
Photo of the Day: Wed, Aug. 15th

2006:
Tuesday - Pimp Your Bike Ride
Cyclists' Union Meeting Tonight!
Torontoist Has A Thing For The Post And Ring

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From the BikeChain Newsletter:
The month of September is going to be chock full of promotional events
for Bikechain as we try to reach out to all the new students on
campus. If you are able to help out with these events in any capacity,
your time will be ever so very much appreciated. We need help with
everything from staffing our booth at Clubsday to helping make and
distribute promotional materials. Bikechain is nothing without all its
wonderful volunteers, so thank you all in advance for being so darn
awesome.

Email Eliot at bikechain@utoronto.ca if you'd like to volunteer!




About BikeChain:

Bikechain is the University of Toronto’s free bicycle repair facility. It is open to all members of the university community including students, staff and faculty. Stop by to learn how to give your bicycle the love and care it deserves.


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The University of Toronto's BikeChain facility is looking for a new co-ordinator to start in September:
The coordinator is the de facto Chief Operating Officer of Bikechain Inc., and is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of the organization, including managing the seven-person staff and volunteer, long-term project management, fundraising, and relations with our Board of Directors.

The position begins in September and is part-time, averaging 25-30 hrs/week. If you are interested in applying, please email Eliot with a cover letter and resume: bikechain@utoronto.ca

A full job listing can be found here: http://www.planetfriendly.net/gwd.php?id=7086



About BikeChain:

Bikechain is the University of Toronto’s free bicycle repair facility. It is open to all members of the university community including students, staff and faculty. Stop by to learn how to give your bicycle the love and care it deserves.


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2007:
Memorial for Charlie Prinsep This Friday
Toronto stop of Bicycle Film Fest is the Canadian Premiere of Mountain Biking Documentary "Klunkerz"
Photo of the Day: Tues, Aug. 14th

2006:
Monday - Bike Events This Week Introducing BikeFriday

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Here's some updates about the BikingToronto Community for you:

We've broken the 100 member mark, increasing by 34 members (or 50%) in July.

The prizes have been delivered for the May Community Contest, and the drawing for the July Contest is just about ready to go. There will be another contest soon, so don't worry if you missed out on these.

There's a blogging function on the Community - so if you want an easy way to write about biking in Toronto and having an instant audience of 100+ fellow cyclists - then feel free to try it out!

All the best,

Joe.

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Hi everyone,

So, I'm back from a 2 week vacation in which my wife and I did a lot of relaxing things like go to Wasaga, Stratford, and various parts of the GTA.

I'll be working on catching up on stuff and continuing to make BikingToronto better for you, the reader, over the coming days and weeks. There's some good stuff and improvements in the works, so stay tuned.

All the best,

Joe

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Last week, the Spacing Wire posted about the rise of scooters and E-Bikes (or PABs - Power Assisted Bicycles) in this age of environmental concerns and rising gasoline prices:
The PABs have not been without controversy. Many cyclists on muscle-powered bikes are frustrated that the larger PABs – electric scooters – are being ridden in bike lanes and pathways in parks.

They argue that the electric scooters’ bulk and weight pose safety risks to other cyclists, and that there needs to be greater clarity as to what qualifies as a PAB, and what should be considered a full-grown scooter.

However, others have argued that the electric scooters are appropriately labeled as a PAB because of their limited maximum speed of 32 km/h (which is much slower than traditional scooters).

There's definitely been an increase in scooters along my commute (Gerrard Street East). While as recently as last summer I'd see a couple scooters a week, this summer I'm seeing 3-4 every day, each way. That works out to about 30 a week.

E-bikes have been a bit more rare along my commute, but I do see the occasional one - and always used as a scooter... the pedals never seem to be used.

As for using the bikelanes... what do you think?

Should e-bikes be able to use bikelanes? What about gas-powered scooters?

Should the bikelanes be only for "human powered" vehicles, or should the entire road be fair game - to encourage sharing of the public roadway for all users?

Discuss it on the BikingToronto Community too!




[Top photo by Word Freak at the GreenLiving Show in the spring of 2008, bottom photo by PatJandak]

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The CBC and CityNews are reporting that a group of businesses in Yorkville are filing a lawsuit against the city regarding the planned reconstruction of the "posh" shopping district.
"The Bloor Street Transformation Project was flawed from the start. It has been planned, and is now being executed without the expertise of retail businesses on Bloor," Ruby said in a prepared statement.

Some Toronto cycling advocates are hoping that this may put the issue of bikelanes on this part of Bloor back "on the table", but I wouldn't be so sure, as one of the main concerns of the merchant group is the "loss of parking".

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Police Seek Witnesses After Cyclist Killed In Mississauga

Posted: 12 Aug 2008 08:51 AM CDT

Peel Regional Police are seeking the public's assistance after a 51-year-old Mississauga woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle.



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2007:
Bike Polo every Tuesday night at Trinity Bellwoods Park
TCAT News: New Bikelanes in Joe Mihevc's Ward, and More!
Around the World: Safety Features Removed in London, Street Becomes Safer
Around the World: Paris not only embraces Bike Sharing, but "Microbuses"
Around the World: Portland Seriously Considering Paris-style Bike Sharing
Photo of the Day: Mon, Aug. 13th

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I just returned from 2 weeks vacation - so I haven't done a post like this since July 22nd... so here's everything that has been posted since then, in case you missed something.


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Star: Bit player in bike-theft case gets 14 days in jail

Laveau was arrested July 16 in a police sting operation near Kenk's store, the Queen St. W. Bicycle Clinic. Laveau stole one bike, allegedly at Kenk's urging, and attempted to steal another.

Post: Call for more 905 bike paths after deaths

Cycling advocates called yesterday for more bike paths in the GTA's suburban reaches, after cyclists died this week in Oshawa and Mississauga.

CBC: Cyclists angry bike lanes omitted from Bloor Street reconstruction

Angry Toronto cyclists have hired a lawyer to take legal action against the city over its refusal to include bicycle lanes in a major project along Bloor Street West.

Star: Accused in bike thefts transformed

A newly dapper Kenk walked unnoticed through a clutch of photographers and reporters as he made his way to a court appearance on bike theft and drug charges at Old City Hall.

Sun: Theft-ring bikes to be auctioned on police website

Cyclists may soon get a chance to bid online on the Toronto Police website to cop some of the 2,400 bicycles seized when officers smashed the country's largest bike theft ring.

InsideToronto: Biking your way through Toronto

"There is a huge network of trails that allow people to explore the city," said Ward 35 (Scarborough Southwest) Councillor Adrian Heaps, who also serves as chair of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee.

Mississauga News: Chicago cycling expert rides into town



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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sun, Aug. 12th

2006:
The Grand Opening of Quay to the City

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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: Morning RidePhoto of the Day: EcoCabsPhoto of the Day: BikeMonth Group CommutePhoto of the Day: Toronto CriteriumPhoto of the Day: Ride for Heart StartPhoto of the Day: Honk if you like Purple!Photo of the Day: Ride for Heart

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sat, Aug. 11th

2006:
Photos of New Pedestrian and Cyclist Friendly Queens Quay
Hauler Event Poster
Biking Toronto's Top Ten Posts from July

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2007:
Around the World: New York City Accelerates Bike Plan
Around the World: Madison, Wisconsin - BikeTown, U.S.A.
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
Photo of the Day: Fri, Aug, 10th

2006:
Bike Events This Saturday
More on Bike Thefts in the Toronto Star

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2007:
Last Call for August 18-20 on the Niagara-Toronto BikeTrain
Photo of the Day: Thurs, Aug. 9th

2006:
Bike Theft in the Toronto Star
Toronto Cog "Up The Don" Ride
Markham Cyclist Killed By Driver

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2007:
The Lower Don Trail is Re-Opening!
TCAT seeking Web/IT developer
TCAT News: E-Bulletin - August 7
Around the World: Portland May Be Getting a BikeStation
Around the World: Harvard Public Health Doctor Advocates for Physically Seperate Bikelanes Around the World: David Engwicht is a Bike Lane Agnostic
Around the World: The New York Congestion Charge
Around the World: ReadingToronto Reports from Copenhagen
Around the World: Free Bike Bells Encourage Courtesy in Portland
Around the World: Buffalo is a great town for cycling
Photo of the Day: Wed, Aug. 8th

2006:
Quay to the City New Bike Locker Pilot Program

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2007:
Flat Fix and Tune-Up Course at the Community Bicycle Network
Around the World: Carless in Los Angeles
Around The World: The Helmet Debate Rages in Portland
Photo of the Day: Tues, Aug. 7th

2006:
Monday - This Weeks Events

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Mon, Aug. 6th

2006:
Sunday - Dirty Hippy Enviro Post

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sun, Aug. 5th

2006:
Google Video of Bike Stunts
Saturday - Doing It Yourself

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Sat, Aug. 4th

2006:
Critical Mass and Red Lights
Critical Mass Toronto - July Photos

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Fri, Aug. 3rd

2006:
Sell Your Car For $796,000 (USD)
Thursday - Bike News From Other Cities

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Thurs, Aug. 2nd

2006:
Wednesday - The War Against Cars
Cycling Cog Group Ride - Beltline Photos

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2007:
Photo of the Day: Wed, Aug. 1st

2006:
Cycling Cog Group Ride:
Humber River and Along The Lake

Bike Trailers at Grassroots!
August 1st - Pimp Your Ride

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