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posted by Joe on Friday, February 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's Friday once again, which means it's time for the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

It's been a slow news week, with really only one BikingToronto post being tagged with the "news" label... but that's okay... there's lots of other stuff to tell you about too. :)


First the newsy post, all about BikeSharing:

  • A Bixi BikeSharing Idea for Toronto
    An interesting idea was posted the other day in the comments section of the Photo of the Day of Montreal's Bixi being demonstrated in Toronto. BikingToronto reader Barry el Ditto posted this, and it makes complete sense... why have every Canadian City re-invent the bikesharing system: "Why don't all the cities in Canada that are interested in seting up public bike programs, just go with the BIXI model. It's been thought-out and it's ready to go; in our climate..." (read more)

There have been a few "Events" posts this week, so I want to make sure you know about them too... there's some good stuff. :)







Here are some photo collections of the Ice Bike Races from Saturday night. I didn't hear anything about it beforehand, but apparently they collected money for the cyclist that was purposely hit by a taxi… (click for links to photo collections)



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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 26, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last friday of February, so that means Critical Mass will be going from the corner of Bloor & Spadina at 6:30 pm. It's forecast to rain most of tomorrow, but the forecast high temperature is +8 Celcius... so maybe the rain will stop long enough for a nice group ride around downtown.
Critical Mass Toronto

- Join hundreds of cyclists for a group ride around downtown Toronto.
- Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30
(more info)


The Community Bicycle Netowrk is also having a movie night tomorrow, showing the 1979 movie "Breaking Away".
CBN Movie Night: "Break Away from Winter"

- Tired of winter...? Break away with the film Breaking Away!
- Cost: $5
- Where: Cinecycle - 129 Spadina Ave. (down the alley)
- There will also be great door prizes from CBN!
(more info)

"Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance. While meanwhile, the 4 friends try to break away from their townie, Indiana reputation while fighting with nearby college snobs. " [imdb]

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark


An interesting idea was posted the other day in the comments section of the Photo of the Day of Montreal's Bixi being demonstrated in Toronto.

BikingToronto reader Barry el Ditto posted this, and it makes complete sense... why have every Canadian City re-invent the bikesharing system:


Why don't all the cities in Canada that are interested in seting up public bike programs, just go with the BIXI model. It's been thought-out and it's ready to go; in our climate.

The ecoomies of scale would be tremendous.

Across Canada every city could have its own BIXI system. Just pick a different colour and logo for each different city.

This could be part of a Canadian national identity, yet still --through different colours and logos--retain a local identity.



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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union are holding an open house to discuss West End Bikeway projects to be completed in 2009 and 2010 in the downtown west end. These projects have been identified in collaboration with cyclists over the past few months. We invite you to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed projects and share your thoughts with us.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (between Cowan and Brock)

Councillor Gord Perks posted about this on his "Park Post" a few days ago... and includes very interesting links to a couple of PDF documents you may enjoy:
- Summary of all West End BikeWay Idea Submissions from Toronto Residents
- All Submissions mapped out on a map of the west end.

This Open House has been added to the Events Calendar, as well.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

In addition to the Ice Bike Race photo links posted earlier today, here's a video of some of Saturday night's fun from YouTube user ArbyW. There are six videos in total on his profile page.



If you know of more videos from Saturday night, please let me know in the comments below. :)

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Here are some photo collections of the Ice Bike Races from Saturday night.

I didn't hear anything about it beforehand, but apparently they collected money for the cyclist that was purposely hit by a taxi (and subsequently lost his leg) and raised over $1000! Good job!

[Info from Bike Lane Diary, top photo from Shapelike_O_o on Flickr]

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posted by Joe on Monday, February 23, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark



What's on this week:


Mon, Feb 23:
UofT BikeChain 6 -week Course: Bike Assembly and Maintenance
A six week Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance Course will be offered beginning on Feb 16. This course is co-sponsored by the Learning Enrichment Foundation, The City of Toronto, and the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada.
(more info)

Mon, Feb 23 and Wed, Feb 25:
E-Bike Legislation Hearings
Queen's Park will reviewing amendments to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning "E-Bikes" or "Power Assisted Bicycles".
(more info)

Tues, Feb 24:
CBN Workshop: Bearings and Wheeltruing
The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. The number of participants is limited to 6 per class.
(more info)

Wed, Feb 25:
Ward 20 Bike Meeting
Join Councillor Vaughan and the Toronto Cyclist Union to discuss cycling issues in Ward 20 and help set priorities for the year ahead.
Location: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave
(more info)

Wed, Feb 25:
CBN Workshop: Wheelbuilding - Part 1
The wheel building workshops will teach with standard wheels in a 3-cross lacing pattern. We will cover spoke calculations, lacing the wheels, truing and tensioning. Participants must take both classes.
(more info)

Thurs, Feb 26:
Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"
This monthly event is intended to provide a space where bike union board, executive, management team, ward captains, volunteers, and members can come together and converse over a refreshing beverage. This event is not formal and is not a meeting. Rather, it is a space where the union can meet for the sake of meeting.
(more info)

Fri, Feb 27:
Critical Mass Toronto
Join hundreds of cyclists for a group ride around downtown Toronto.
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30
(more info)


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posted by Joe on Monday, February 23, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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: Polar


Photo of the Day: Visitors


Photo of the Day: Yellow and Blue


Photo of the Day: Bike, Auto, Streetcar


Photo of the Day: College Street Night


Photo of the Day: Planetarium


Photo of the Day: Sub Zero Spadina

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posted by Joe on Saturday, February 21, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tonight is the 2009 edition of the Ice Bike Races at Dufferin Grove Park. It's always entertaining (if cold). Come out and watch the professionals who stud their tires with screws, and then the "Rubber Race" at the end of the night, where all the ordinary cyclists have a race full of wipe-outs. :)

Date:
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time:
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Location:
Dufferin Grove Hockey Rink
Street:
Dufferin Grove Park (map)
City/Town:
Toronto, ON

BikePirates is hosting an after-party following the races. They are located at 1292 Bloor Street West.

If you're on facebook, check out the Facebook Event page for the races.

Videos from past years:







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It's Friday once again, which means it's time for the Weekly News Wrap-Up.


  • Proof that BikeLanes are Good for Business
    The latest TCAT news bulletin is reporting on a new report from the Clean Air Partnership that shows that bicycle-friendly infrastructure not only doesn't hurt business, it actually helps it, using a study of Bloor St. in the Annex from July 2008... (read more)

  • Podcasting about Cycling comes to Toronto
    Toronto now has a podcast all about cycling. It's called "Caught in the Headlights" and, according to its creator and host, Scott Ossington, is: [about anything] that vaguely relates to cycling and some that have nothing to do with cycling, but what the host might think would interest cyclists.… (read more)

  • E-Bike Legislation to be Discussed at Queen's Park
    Later this month (February 23 and 25th, to be exact), Queen's Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 - PDF file) to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning "E-Bikes" or "Power Assisted Bicycles", including what they are... (read more)


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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 19, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

In March (March 9, 11, and 23rd, to be exact), Queen's Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 - PDF file) to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning "E-Bikes" or "Power Assisted Bicycles", including what they are:
"power-assisted bicycle" means a bicycle that,

(a) is a power-assisted bicycle as defined in subsection2 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada),
(b) bears a label affixed by the manufacturer in com-pliance with the definition referred to in clause (a),
(c) has affixed to it pedals that are operable, and
(d) is capable of being propelled solely by muscular power;

[summary courtesy of Cyclometer]

Other parts of the E-Bike amendment include provisions that people under 16 can't operate them, that they must have all the proper lights and safety equipment, and that helmets are mandatory.

You can read the amendments for yourself in the online document (PDF file) here. It's the first paragraph under "Miscellaneous Amendments" on page "iii".

My first impression is that they're trying to legislate E-Bikes as if they are like motorcycles. That's applicable for some types of E-Bikes (like the one pictured above), but definitely not all.

What do you think?

More info about times and dates of the hearings:
The Clerk's Office has confirmed the details for the hearings. They are as follows:
The two sessions are scheduled for Feb 23rd and 25th, Toronto. When the house is in session, the meeting notices are posted the Thursday before the committee is going to meet. So in this case, you can expect the notice to be on the website on Thursday Feb 19th. Here is the link:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_business.do?locale=en&BillID=2118&CommID=&ParlCommID=8856&BusinessType=Bill&detailPage=notices

Locations/times: Queen's Park, Room 151, in the centre hall, off to side in grand staircase. Monday February 23rd will be 2 - 6pm, and Wednesday February 25th will be 4 - 6pm.

Things can rapidly change so it would be advisable to call the phone number 416-325-3509 or go into the link to ensure that the hearings are still taking place.

Written submissions are also being accepted until 12:00 noon on February 20th.

[info courtesy of Cyclometer]


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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 19, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Securing Bike Tips
Have you thought of using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) tags that are fitted inside the bike. I am working with 15 UK Police forces who are fitting the tags to bikes in an effort to prevent cycle theft.
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Today's Commute
I definitely need real rain gear.. not winter gear. .. as I sit here, at school, soon to be going home.. my feet are still soaked, and I will soon find a soaked jacket in my longer as I leave.
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Toronto now has a
podcast all about cycling. It's called "Caught in the Headlights" and, according to its creator and host, Scott Ossington, is:
[about anything] that vaguely relates to cycling and some that have nothing to do with cycling, but what the host might think would interest cyclists.

The first two "episodes" are mainly about the TTC Bike Hoax ("Guerrillas Stickered my TTC") and the Bike Pirates ("Prepare to be Boarded").

It is online courtesy of Derek Chadbourne of the Bike Joint bike shop on Harbord (a few streets west of Bathurst).

Oh ... one technical note - if your computer hates quicktime files (which the podcasts are) like mine does - you can still listen ... in a roundabout way. I personally had to paste the itunes link for each podcast into Winamp (Windows Media Player froze up repeatedly when I tried using that). Leave a comment on this post if you need help doing this, and I'll help you out.

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joe joe started a discussion called Bloor and Keele Bike Thief Spotted?

A recent posting on Craigslist has got a photo of a suspected bike thief in the Bloor St. and Keele St. neighbourhood:

"If you live near Indian Road Crescent and Glenlake and had a large bike stolen on Saturday February 14, 2009 just a few minutes after noon, this man was observed by a few nighbours myself included, first without a bike, then with a bike heading south towards Parkdale.

This is a white male, in his late 20's early 30's about 5'10" with patterned, stylistically short facial hair. This picture was taken of him shortly before he was seen riding away on a bike (he was confronted by nieghbours about the bike as he laughed and rode off).

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

The latest TCAT news bulletin is reporting on a new report from the Clean Air Partnership that shows that bicycle-friendly infrastructure not only doesn't hurt business, it actually helps it:
Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity. "This report should alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street bicycle lanes", said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the Clean Air Partnership.
The study interviewed 61 merchants and 538 patrons of businesses in the "Annex" section of Bloor Street (between Spadina and Bathurst) in July 2008.
On the question of installing a bike lane and removing half the on‐street parking, almost 75% of businesses thought their business would improve or stay the same, while slightly more than 25% thought the change would bring in fewer customers.
Overall, most visitors get to Bloor Annex on foot, followed by public transit, bicycle and finally car. Amongst those who live or work in the area, two‐thirds walk, 14% cycle, another 14% take public transit, and only 5% drive. For those who do not live or work in the area, 54% take public transit, 20% walk, 16% drive, and 10% cycle.

It's a no-brainer to probably most of us who are interested in bikes and pedestrian-friendly urban planning, but is shocking news to those in society that think that only people who own or exclusively use cars buy things.

Read more in the TCAT news item, or check out the entire document (PDF) for yourself.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Lots of new stuff in the Forum over the weekend... here's some quick links for you to join whatever discussion(s) look interesting to you.

Electric Bicycles

Does anyone know if there is an electric/green bicycle that exists where when you pedal you are storing the motor energy rather than having to suck it from a battery?
If it exists, where would I find her in Toronto?
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Today's Commute
Sometimes I like living a 45 min bike ride away from school, but, most of the time, I'd prefer a 20 minute ride better. Being at Bathurst and Bloor type distance from Yonge and Dundas would be a nice distance. Living right on campus (Ryerson) would be nice, buut, then I don't know when I would ever ride. heh
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Cop pushes cyclist
I'm not surprised, I have encountered a few things like this personally that are just plain unbelievable.
(read more)

Let's Create a Side Street Map
near the train tracks that is not a mistake. There is a hotel, and I cut through the parking lot. Though, this is somewhat useless because the humber river can be taken instead.
(read more)

Bike on the Left Hand Side of the Lane
- dooring issues relieved
- getting squeeze into the curb relieved
- I personally find cyclists are more visible if they are not hugging the curb
- drivers would have a better ability to judge how close they are to cyclists
(read more)

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What's on this week:


Mon, Feb 16:
UofT BikeChain 6 -week Course: Bike Assembly and Maintenance
A six week Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance Course will be offered beginning on Feb 16. This course is co-sponsored by the Learning Enrichment Foundation, The City of Toronto, and the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada.
(more info)

Wed, Feb 18:
CBN Workshops: Intro and Flat Fixing

- Participants will remove their own rear wheel and tire and go through a tube repair and installation.
- Bike fit
- General safety issues (loose parts, damage, etc)
- Lubrication
(more info)

Sat, Feb 21:
2009 Ice Bike Races
Winter cyclist race against each other on an hockey rink with studded tires. After-party at BikePirates.
(more info)


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Happy (Family Day) 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: Cabbagetown


Photo of the Day: Kensington Night


Photo of the Day: Yorkville Steps


Photo of the Day: Blue Ride


Photo of the Day: Bloor Sunset


Photo of the Day: Humber Bridge Twilight


Photo of the Day: Velo Yellow


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Happy Friday! Time for the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

Here's a run down of all the things that hit BikingToronto.com in the last week that you should know about. :)

The News this week is mainly about infrastructure... bikelanes, bridges, trails... and keeping them all free of snow.



Celebrating a Snow-Free Martin-Goodman Trail (with video)
Cyclists in Toronto know that one of the nicest rides in the city is the Martin-Goodman Trail along the waterfront. It's so popular, in fact, that this winter the city is using it as a trail project on keeping bike routes clear after a big hub-bub last winter about snowbanks…
(read the post and see the full-size video)


Bike Infrastructure in the Toronto 2009 Operating Budget
The Proposed 2009 Operating Budget for the City of Toronto has been released. It has tax increases and the maintenance of social programs. But, what about bikes?
(read the post)




Speak Out for a Bike-Friendly Jarvis Street
The City wanted feedback about the Jarvis Streetscape Improvement Project. They are considering eliminating 1 of Jarvis' 5 lanes, and needs to decide what should be done with the space. A treed median? Wider sidewalks? Bikelanes?
(read the post)

New Unwin Bridge Coming for Martin Goodman Trail
Those of you who love biking the waterfront via the Martin Goodman Trail will be pleased to know that the new Unwin bridge (just east of the foot of Leslie St.) will be open by March according to Jack Lackey (the Fixer) in the Toronto Star.
(read the post)



There was also some non-infrastructure news too:

University of Toronto BikeChain is Flooded
Mainly of interest to University of Toronto Students and Staff: All this warm weather and rain has had a toll on the BikeChain, which sent out news this morning: Bikechain is closed until further notice DUE TO FLOODING.
(read the post)

And... be sure not to miss the DearToronto.com video of the Toronto Bike Awards:

Video of the Toronto Bike Awards
Anyone who missed the Toronto Bike Awards back in January will want to see the new video posted over on DearToronto.com. They've done a great job capturing the happenings and spirit of the Awards.
(read the post and see the full-size video)




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Those of you who love biking the waterfront via the Martin Goodman Trail will be pleased to know that the new Unwin bridge (just east of the foot of Leslie St.) will be open by March according to Jack Lackey (the Fixer) in the Toronto Star.

The old bridge was closed in 2006 (I'm assuming for structural reasons, as that was one old bridge). The new one is for people hiking and cycling the Martin Goodman Trail, while a vehicular one will be done by May.

Be sure and check out the "Free Martin Goodman" snow clearing video posted last week.

[photo from Ash2276 on Flickr]

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All this warm weather and rain has had a toll on the BikeChain, which sent out news this morning:

Bikechain is closed until further notice DUE TO FLOODING. Sorry everybody! No one will be in the shop until this gets fixed.

Please email
bikechain@utoronto.ca if you need to get in touch.

Workshops and Events are NOT cancelled.

Check our website for updates: http://bikechain.utoronto.ca.

Here's hoping they get things dried out and back up to speed soon.

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Today is our last day to send in feedback about the Jarvis Streetscape Improvement Project.

The City is looking to eliminate 1 of Jarvis' 5 lanes, and wants your opinion on what should be done with the space. A treed median? Wider sidewalks? Bikelanes?

There has been a lot of support for bikelanes on Jarvis, as it is currently a very dangerous and highway-like biking experience, but drivers in North Toronto and Rosedale are starting to kick up a fuss about losing a "quick link" to downtown, even though city studies show only a few seconds will be added to a trip when the street is reduced from 5 to 4 lanes.

Please email your thoughts
to: jarvis@toronto.ca
cc: mayor_miller@toronto.ca, councillor_rae@toronto.ca, info@bikeunion.to, info@bikingtoronto.com
Clicking that email link should open up an email addressed to the above addresses and with the subject line "I support Bikelanes on Jarvis". Give it a try.

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Anyone who missed the Toronto Bike Awards back in January will want to see the new video posted over on DearToronto.com. They've done a great job capturing the happenings and spirit of the Awards.

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You may have seen the news that Toronto's proposed 2009 budget means things like a 4% increase in property taxes, more money for social programs and keeping TTC fares frozen at current levels.

If you're like me, then all of the above is interesting, but you're also curious about how cycling infrastructure is addressed in the proposed $8.6 billion budget.

Here's what the press release says:
  • Open 70km of additional bike lanes; increase the number of bike stations and bicycle lockers ($0.210M gross, $0 net)
This is in keeping with the overall plan to finish the BikePlan by 2012... you can see the 2008 progress of the BikePlan in this PDF from the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee.

[thanks to Duarte Da Silva for the press release link]

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"Only white yuppies bike in Toronto". At least that's what I was told when asking people informally. But there is some actual data on the issue, including a small survey in Toronto noting that visible minorities were less interested in cycling than white respondents and a Canada study finding that immigrants bike less than non-immigrants.

Even in bike-friendly countries like Denmark they're realizing that their incoming immigrant population cycles less than the "average" Dane. And if there is a link between a person's ethnic background and the likelihood that they'll use their bike to get around, it could be an issue in encouraging more cycling in Toronto since 47% of Torontonians are visible minorities and over 50% are foreign born.

To find out more on this topic, I'm inviting all Toronto cyclists (that's you!) to fill out a quick 5 minute survey aimed at gathering information on who you think cycles in Toronto as well as who actually does. There's also a space to add your email address, if you'd like to see my final findings.

To complete the survey, click on this link or copy/paste it into a new window: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=TH_2f6L1imn922QWQ0gZ9TeA_3d_3d

Thanks in advance for your time.
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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to send out a notice that contrary to what the Cycling Events This Week post said, the Toronto International BikeShow is on March 13-15, not February 13-15.

My apologies for any confusion.

Thanks to those of you who pointed out my error in months. I've fixed the post as well as the Events Calendar. :)

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What's on this week:



Tues, Feb 10:
CBN Workshop: Introduction and Fixing Flats
An introduction to basic bike maintenance. Fixing flat tires as well as the importance of proper bike fit, lubrication, and an introduction to brakes and gears.
(more info)

Wed, Feb 11:
CBN Workshop: Bearings and Wheeltruing
The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. The number of participants is limited to 6 per class.
(more info)

Fri, Feb 13 - Sun, Feb 15:
Bike Love - Open Studio by Janet Attard
A celebration of a love of bicycles. Come check out a special installation by Janet Bike Girl, who's opening her studio in 401 Richmond. Janet does stencil medium-prints, many of which run along a theme of bicycles.
(more info)



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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: Sunset


Photo of the Day: Basket


Photo of the Day: Winter on the Leslie Spit


Photo of the Day: Red Rubber Boots


Photo of the Day: Chinatown Intersection


Photo of the Day: Fresh Coffee Network


Photo of the Day: Bicycle Lights

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Cyclists in Toronto know that one of the nicest rides in the city is the Martin-Goodman Trail along the waterfront. It's so popular, in fact, that this winter the city is using it as a trail project on keeping bike routes clear after a big hub-bub last winter about snowbanks covering bikelanes.

Chris Shulgan has made a great short film called "Free Martin-Goodman" that interviews not only the people now using the trail year-round, but also the people who do all the work to move that snow. Chris also wrote an article about it for the Globe and Mail.


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Happy Friday! Time for the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

3 main stories this week... first off, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun do write-ups of the Coldest Day of the Year Ride... an event put on by the city to show that even though Toronto winters get cold, it's still fun to ride. It took place on Jan. 30th... statistically the coldest day of the year.

Then, we've got a couple stories about a new project funded by BTAC (Bicycle Trade Association of Canada) where unemployed people get trained to be bicycle mechanics. Last year's high gas prices highlighted the shortage of bike mechanics, and with the economy slowing down, more people may be taking to two wheel to save on gas money... so even more bike mechanics will be needed.

Finally, we've got a link to a Spacing Toronto article from Fred Stabinski, the former Executive Director of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation - who is now in Amsterdam, and writes about how every demographic cycles there.

Toronto Star: Annual event highlights winter cycling

Today at noon, winter cycling enthusiasts are gathering for the annual "Coldest Day of the Year Ride," organized by the city to highlight getting around on two wheels in the winter. Winter cycling is feasible, but each time another big snowfall drops on Toronto, there is a challenging lack of traction on the road.

Toronto Sun: Hardy cyclists take Coldest Day challenge

"What we're really trying to draw attention to is the fact that in Toronto, although people may not necessarily want to ride their bike 365 days a year, there are really a lot of nice cycling days in the wintertime," Bouchard said. "There's the attitude that as soon as October hits, you should put your bike in the garage and forget about it. And that's really not the case."

Bicycle Retailer: Retailers Launch Mechanic Training

Armed with a $9,000 grant from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, a group of Toronto retailers launched a new training program on Tuesday to help solve one of their biggest business challenges: recruiting qualified mechanics.

Toronto Star: Wheels turning to train jobless as bike mechanics

Toronto has Bike Month and Bike Winter, but what it doesn't have is bike mechanics – or, at least, not enough of them, according to those in the business. "There's an overall shortage" that's only getting worse as more people switch from four wheels to two, says Pete Lilly, owner of Sweet Pete's Bicycle Shop at Bloor and Dufferin Sts.

Spacing Toronto: Parents - Forget the station wagon or SUV

While Toronto does have some bike lanes and a growing bicycling population (as witnessed last summer by overwhelmed bike shops), you don't see as much variety in the cycling population compared to the city's total population. In Amsterdam this isn't the case at all. You see teenagers with their friends, older citizens picking up groceries, and people in slick business suits on their mobile phones pedaling away. And one of the most charming groups among those in the bike lane is parents with their kids.

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Spacing Toronto: Parents - Forget the station wagon or SUV

While Toronto does have some bike lanes and a growing bicycling population (as witnessed last summer by overwhelmed bike shops), you don't see as much variety in the cycling population compared to the city's total population. In Amsterdam this isn't the case at all. You see teenagers with their friends, older citizens picking up groceries, and people in slick business suits on their mobile phones pedaling away. And one of the most charming groups among those in the bike lane is parents with their kids.

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Blue Leader Bike (College and Spadina)

(Stolen September 6, 2008)
-Leader
-Adventure
-Blue with yellow lettering of the word "Leader"
-A blue mountain bike with fenders. (If I remember correctly the wheel size was 26 inch.)
-It has 15 speeds, with the word "Leader" and "Adventure" on the frame in yellow letters. It has a black bottle holder that is quite flimsy, and had a blue U of T "Skule" stick on the frame(though it can be easily removed). Also had a bell mounted on the right side of the handle bars.
Stolen on September 6, 2008 around 7pm, one block east of College and Spadina (Toronto, Ontario)

Would really love to get it back as it's my first bike and is quite sentimental.
If anyone was in that area, has any information, or has found my bike, please contact me, thanks!

Attached are 2 photos, one was taken long ago before I had fenders installed, the other has fenders that I had installed later on.
andrew_4_life@hotmail.com

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Bicycle Retailer: Retailers Launch Mechanic Training

Armed with a $9,000 grant from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, a group of Toronto retailers launched a new training program on Tuesday to help solve one of their biggest business challenges: recruiting qualified mechanics.

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Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in January.

1. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist
Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike."

2. TTC and Bikes Warm Welcome Hoax?
There's something banging around the internet today about a supposed new campaign by the TTC to "warmly welcome" cyclists with signs that say when bikes ARE allowed on the transit system as opposed to when they are NOT.

3. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cycling into 2009
This is the first Wrap-Up since the Holidays, so we have some "Looking Back at 2008" as well as some "Looking Forward to 2009" news links for you.

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

6. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Bikes on Transit Hoax
The majority of news this week was about the Bikes on the TTC Hoax that some cycling people sent out using an anonymous email website. The email faked a TTC press release (complete with grammar and spelling errors), making unreasonable claims such as the TTC is considering reserving cars on subway trains just for cyclists and their bikes. It's hard to make space for bikes when there isn't enough space for people on the TTC during rush hour.

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Toronto Bike Awards, Laser Bikelanes and Re-Designing Jarvis
The majority of news this week was about the Toronto Bike Awards that were handed out on Tuesday night by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union.

8. City and Cyclist Union Bike Awards
The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union will present the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards and the Cyclists Union own awards, the Golden Spokes.


9.
Report from the 2008 Toronto Bike Awards
Along with the award presentations, we were also treated to music by the band GUH, spinning by DJs Dorian and Dorian, a short musical called "Bicycle Revolution" by Clay and Paper Theatre, and a surprisingly provocative "Winter Cyclist Reverse Strip Tease" (in which people put *on* layers).


10.
Headlines: Pedal Powered Snowmobile
Clayton Preddy would like it if you got your own bike this winter. Just because yours doesn't have an indestructible polyurethane track for a back wheel, doesn't mean you can just jump on his any time you like.


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Toronto Star: Annual event highlights winter cycling

Today at noon, winter cycling enthusiasts are gathering for the annual "Coldest Day of the Year Ride," organized by the city to highlight getting around on two wheels in the winter. Winter cycling is feasible, but each time another big snowfall drops on Toronto, there is a challenging lack of traction on the road.

Toronto Sun: Hardy cyclists take Coldest Day challenge

"What we're really trying to draw attention to is the fact that in Toronto, although people may not necessarily want to ride their bike 365 days a year, there are really a lot of nice cycling days in the wintertime," Bouchard said. "There's the attitude that as soon as October hits, you should put your bike in the garage and forget about it. And that's really not the case."

Toronto Star: Wheels turning to train jobless as bike mechanics

Toronto has Bike Month and Bike Winter, but what it doesn't have is bike mechanics – or, at least, not enough of them, according to those in the business. "There's an overall shortage" that's only getting worse as more people switch from four wheels to two, says Pete Lilly, owner of Sweet Pete's Bicycle Shop at Bloor and Dufferin Sts.

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razzi razzi started a discussion called New to biking and need advice

I have finally sold my car, am moving downtown and have decided to purchase a bike (this week). This will be my first time on a bike since I was a child, and I'm not too young. Can someone please give me the rules of biking in the city? Must I stop at a red light with the traffic, or can I just slow down and then cross the street if no cars are coming? Since it's not really a car I'm driving it shouldn't matter, right? Can I ride on the sidewalk if there aren't too many pedestrians? Is it the law to wear a helmet? If you can answer these questions and anything else I should know I would appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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Details have been announced for the 2009 Ice Bike Races at Dufferin Grove Park:

Date:
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time:
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Location:
Dufferin Grove Hockey Rink
Street:
Dufferin Grove Park (map)
City/Town:
Toronto, ON

BikePirates is hosting an after-party following the races. They are located at 1292 Bloor Street West.

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What's on this week:

Mon, Feb 2:
VeloSocial Bike Party
The first Monday of every month we all get together and hang out and watch bike videos, drink some pints of Amsterdam Blonde, dance & listen to DJs, rock the open mic, yamn some spicy pad-thai, and grab some goodies at the info and merch table. (more info - facebook group)

Tues, Feb 3:
CBN Workshop: Urban Cycling Skills
This workshop is for people who'd like to get a bit of help in improving their urban cycling skills. This isn't about becoming professional road cyclists or mountain bikers. It's about becoming a comfortable and self-assured cyclist on Toronto's roads. (more info)

Wed, Feb 4:
CBN Bike Repair Workshop: Brakes and Gears
The classes are taught by experienced mechanics and provide an intimate, focused, learning environment. The number of participants is limited to 6 per class. (more info)

Thu, Feb 5:
UofT BikeChain Movie Night
Come to our movie night to escape from the chilly breeze outside! We'll be playing two cycling related movies. There will be free popcorn and maybe more! (more info)


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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: Snowy Dundas

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Photo of the Day: Kensington Snow

Photo by Michael D'Amico


Photo of the Day: Sunnyside FogPhoto of the Day: Drifting Towards SpringPhoto of the Day: CobblestonesPhoto of the Day: Bike PathPhoto of the Day: Pembroke Street

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