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posted by Joe on Thursday, April 30, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

In case you haven't noticed it in the Events Calendar, here's a reminder that tomorrow is the first "Bike First Friday" hosted by Joe Mihevc and the Ward 21 Chapter of the Toronto Cyclists Union:

In partnership with the Ward 21 Chapter of the Toronto Cyclists Union, Councillor Mihevc will host "Bike First Fridays" on the first Friday of the month all summer long.

Get together for a light breakfast at the Barns before heading off on a colle to your work. These are both a social opportunity and a chance to get up-to date on cycling issues in the Ward and the City.

The first event will be held on Friday May 1st, from 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Meet at the Community Gallery, at the east end of Barn #1 at the corner of Wychwood and Benson.

Breakfast will cost $2

For further information, contact Beth Gosnell in Councillor Mihevc's office at bgosnel@toronto.ca

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Bike Pirates will be hosting an extra-special event this coming Friday, May 1!

Bike Pirates is a sponsor of the upcoming summer program Charlie's Freewheels, a "Bike building mentorship program for youth from the Regent Park community", and will be hosting two fund-raising and awareness-raising events on their behalf.

The first will be a screening of "Rad", a film about some totally awesome bmx riders from the eighties - how can you lose! There will be snacks and drinks by donation, and as usual the event will be $5/PWYC at the door. All proceeds will go toward the summer program.


Check out Rad here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091817/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgU3pXK2Ls0


Doors at 7:30, film at 8pm.

1292 Bloor St. West at Lansdowne (map)

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If you remember the BikingToronto post from a couple weeks ago about a Metrolinx plan for a Strachan Avenue "Super-Bridge" and are concerned about it, you may want to check out the "email blast" webpage of the Stop Metrolinx Super Bridge on Strachan Avenue (SMSBSA) group.

It emails Rob MacIsaac (chair of Metrolinx) , Premier McGuinty, all local, provincial and federal politicians for the affected area, as well as some media outlets.

The City of Toronto is against the Super Bridge plan (details in this PDF) and cyclists should be too.

The polite yet effective text is as follows:

I am writing to you today out of concern regarding the proposed change to Strachan Avenue to facilitate the Union-Pearson rail link. I understand that contrary to the recommendations of the City of Toronto and others, Metrolinx has decided to lower the rail line by some small amount and raise Strachan Avenue by way of a bridge over the rail line, and not by way of a tunnel or underpass, or the method by which Strachan Avenue would pass over the rail lines at grade.


There doesn’t seem to be any explanation as to why this decision was made other than it was the cheaper of the two alternatives for the grade separation of Strachan Avenue and the rail line.

Amongst other problems the bridge will cause, it will dramatically and negatively impact the community, the businesses and the residents living in the Niagara Neighbourhood, Liberty Village, King and Queen Street West, Fort York, Exhibition Place and the Waterfront by effectively cutting the areas into two parts and will significantly reduce the property values of the homes.

If you recall Metrolinx’s own Mission Statement “To champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life.” How does the erection of a super-bridge fit your mission statement in our historic neighbourhoods?

The community requests that Metrolinx immediately reconsider their decision and adopt the recommendation of the City of Toronto, the lowering of the rail corridor to allow Strachan Avenue to pass over the railway lines at grade.


See the SMSBSA Email Blast page for more.

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That cyclist is probably smart by not riding *behind* the horses...

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Torontoist: Taking Bikes and Transit Around the GTA

    Bikes+Transit's tours are intended to be self-serve: the web site will sell a packet of maps, offer tips and pointers, and highlight one recommended route during each of the program's nine weeks this summer, but there won't be any on-site tour guides. Wiedman is hoping that combining cycling day trips with public transportation will become second nature to more people, in much the same way that they currently go for bike rides in neighbourhood parks or to local stores.
    BikingToronto Post:
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2009/04/announcing-biketransits.html

    TreeHugger: Toronto May Get Bike Sharing - Again

    Toronto had a bike sharing program long before the Paris Velib or Montreal's Bixi. But it closed down in 2007, for want of a $ 75,000 subsidy, chicken feed in the City's transportation budget. We noted at the time that "Toronto is becoming a green embarrassment."
    BikingToronto Post:
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2009/04/toronto-starts-looking-at-bikesharing.html

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark



    From Dandyhorse:

    The Spring 2009 issue of dandyhorse has hit the presses, and we're celebrating with a launch party on April 29th!

    Date: Wednesday April 29, 2009

    Time: 7:00 pm – midnight

    Location: Amsterdam Brewery
    21 Bathurst Street (south of Front St., at Fort York Blvd.)

    The party, sponsored by Amsterdam’s new brew, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, will have DJs QUIM, along with Diana McNally of Girls Night Out, cash bar, GoldSprints, and more!

    PLUS: silent auction of art by John Englar, made out of the original boards from the Human Powered Rollercoaster, with treatment of misfit bike parts. John will deliver the art to your door the next day!

    PLUS PLUS: live flatland bmx performance by Pralex.

    $5 at the door, includes magazine.

    Free admission for contributors and subscribers, including bike union members (who will be receiving their issue in the mail any day now!)

    Complimentary Valet bike parking provided by the Toronto Cyclists Union!

    Everyone welcome!

    The new issue features handmade bicycle pioneer Mike Barry and the Mariposa's that inspired the art of Greg Curnoe. We also take a critical look at “dooring” in Toronto; discuss the ethics of scavenging abandoned bikes; meet a plastic-free year-round cyclist, and revisit the Cycle Messenger World Championships of ’95, along with other stories about commuting, fashion, art, local history, advocacy, BMX, new products, and much more.

    Dandyhorse will be available to the public on May 2, and after May 9 in other better book, bike and boutique shops.


    Visit Dandyhorse.com

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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


    The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:

    - TCAT Endorses Walking Strategy: Today
    - Dandyhorse Launch: Apr 29
    - Novotel Special Room Rate for Bike Summit to May 1
    - TCAT at Jane's Walk: May 2
    - Last chance for input into bike lanes on Jarvis: May 5
    - Check it Out! Spacing Radio Program About Bikes On-line now
    - Toronto Announces Public Bike Program!
    - New Resource: Making the Case for Active Transportation Bulletins
    - TCAT is now on Facebook!

    More on the TCAT site.

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Laurel added a discussion

    so i just got my first bike since moving downtown, and am now in need of a front basket and a bell. i put up an ad on craigslist, but if that amounts to nothing, where's the best to get these cheaply? i don't want anything fancy, just fu...

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    CBC: Easy-to-use bike rental scheme planned for Toronto

    Toronto may become the latest city to operate a fleet of stylish and convenient rental bicycles. The city is looking at buying a fleet of 3,000 bikes and launching a pay-as-you-go public bicycle system next spring. The system would allow users to pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at another, using self-serve kiosks across the city.
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    SpacingToronto: The curious case of Jarvis Street

    The goal of this alternative proposal is to put full painted bike lanes on Jarvis between Queen and Bloor (not just widened curb lanes). The problem is that bike lanes would take 1.5 meters on each side of the street, meaning they would take up all of the 3 meters of space made available by removing a lane of traffic, leaving no space for the plan to create a boulevard in which to plant trees and make Jarvis more attractive and more pedestrian-friendly.
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    Globe and Mail: On Broadway: shrub-lined plazas, bike lanes

    Ms. Sadik-Khan, who met with Mayor David Miller here on Wednesday, let us in on her Moses-esque secret: the "pilot project." As long as her street transformations use those two words, and last only 12 months, she does not have to get them approved by New York's city council or subject them to lengthy environmental studies.

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    Crossing the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge with a little one.

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    posted by Joe on Monday, April 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Bicycle Retailer News: Canadian Bike Summit 2009 Coming Up

    The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership are once again once again hosting Canada's Bike Summit 2009. Bike Summit 2009 will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Novotel Toronto Centre. You can join leading thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers who are on the fast track to creating bikeable communities.
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    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2009/04/bike-summit-2009-program-online-and.html

    SpacingToronto: Parkdale Bike Rack Sculptures

    The first time I saw Parkdale's new bike posts, or "bike rack sculptures" according to their creators, I immediately though how boring and unoriginal the ring and post models were. Why didn't city officials create something interesting in the first place? Since the Parkdale posts have gone up several others have sprouted elsewhere in the city.

    Torontoist: Bike Sharing Pedals Forward

    More than two years after the Community Bicycle Network–run BikeShare stopped operating and eight months after Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee, first mused out loud that a new bike-sharing program would be launched this year, the City finally put out a Request for Expressions Of Interest (REOI) in the Toronto Public Bicycles Project late last week.

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    posted by Joe on Monday, April 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark



    What's on this week:


    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.


    Tues, Apr 28
    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series
    Midweek’s Tuesday Elite Race Series enables you to learn, try and practice road bike racing in a competitive environment. The races are fast-paced and often have large field sizes and are not suitable for a first-time-in-a-pack racer. Therefore, we require all participants to have at least some racing experience.
    http://midweekclub.ca/index.php/tuesday-night-race-series/

    Wed, Apr 29
    10am

    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.
    http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm

    Wed, Apr 29
    7pm

    DandyHorse Magazine Launch Party
    - Join us for the launch of the Spring issue of dandyhorse, sponsored by Amsterdam’s new brew, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber!
    - DJs, cash bar, gold sprints, and more!
    - $5 at the door, includes magazine.
    Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182538145439
    Dandyhorse site: http://www.dandyhorse.com/

    Thurs, Apr 30
    5pm-7pm

    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.
    http://bikeunion.to/news/2008/11/23/cinq-sept

    Sun, May 3
    1pm

    Pedal The Don Bike Ride
    Join us on a 17km journey along paved trails from Yonge and Lawrence down to the mouth of the Don River. Learn about the importance of the Don Watershed and the work thats been done on sustainable multi-use trail design.
    http://pedalthedon.ca/




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    Starting the day out on fixed gear bikes.

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    Bike Fenders make a world of difference to you and your clothes.

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    posted by Joe on Sunday, April 26, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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    The Toronto skyline from the lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit.

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    posted by Joe on Saturday, April 25, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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    posted by Joe on Friday, April 24, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Happy Friday everyone. It's a great day out there... with 24 degrees forecast for today AND this weekend, it's going to be amazing biking! Get on your bike and enjoy it! :)

    Here's the news from the past week.


    More Details about the OCAD Gateway BikeStand Winners
    OCAD has put out a news release about the announcement of the winning design at their Gateway BikeStand Design competition last friday, along with photos: Rosete and Mach’s first-place design will now proceed to development and implementation, with their bike stands built as part of the new building designed by… (click for more info)


    Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options
    The City of Toronto has just posted a REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for a "Public Bicycles Project"... they are trying to gauge interest from companies for setting up a BikeSharing program (following the lead of Paris, Montreal, D.C., etc.): The purpose of this REOI is to pre-qualify… (click for more info)


    Toronto Cyclist to Bike Across Ontario for Childhood Cancer Research
    From the Canada NewsWire: A world record may crumble as Ross Rader gears up to ride from Ottawa to Windsor in less than 36 hours. Setting out at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 8, Rader will attempt to break the world record for a solo crossing of Ontario on a… (click for more info)


    Headlines: OCAD BikeStand Winners in the Toronto Star
    Toronto Star: Bike rack design leads pack Their design – a row of four diagonal cherry wood columns more than three metres high – will be installed outside a new mixed-use building at Queen and McCaul Sts. once construction is finished. There will be some tweaking of the design… (click for more info)


    Bike Union Launches Newcomer Cycling Outreach
    The Toronto Cyclists Union is preparing for their campaign to reach out to newcomers and make sure that new Torontonians know that cycling in our city is affordable, healthy and convenient. The Campaign Launch and Press Conference details are below. You can check out the announcement on the Bike Union… (click for more info)




    TCAT News Bulletin: April 20
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more: Bike Summit 2009 Program Now On-Line! Early… (click for more info)



    Bike Summit 2009: Program Online and Early Bird Registration
    BikeSummit 2009 is coming up soon (Thurs, May 28th), and if you're interested in going, "Early Bird" Registration Rates last until this Friday (the 24th). Bike Summit 2009 is presented by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership. The program is now available online too: Bicycle-friendly… (click for more info)



    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced
    I cruised down to OCAD at lunch today to catch the announcement of the winners of their Gateway Bike Stand Competition, and thought I'd share the results with you. The owner and architect of the property at 226 Queen Street West (rendering on the right) wanted to support the creation… (click for more info)




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    Great shot of the Humber Bridge from the Humber Valley Trail

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    posted by Joe on Thursday, April 23, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    OCAD has put out a news release about the announcement of the winning design at their Gateway BikeStand Design competition last friday, along with photos:

    Rosete and Mach’s first-place design will now proceed to development and implementation, with their bike stands built as part of the new building designed by architect Robert Chang. Justin Rosete and Erica Mach with Mayor Miller

    “I’m incredibly proud of what these students have done and that this work will stand as a testament to the tremendous wealth of talent we have in Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “Their designs are not only representative of the general excellence coming out of OCAD, they will make a real and positive difference in beautifying the city's public realm.”


    “Part of our university’s design philosophy is to create objects, environments and experiences that nurture community, satisfy needs and empower individuals — and I think the imaginative and innovative designs produced by our students embody all of these qualities,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “Through community-based competitions like the Gateway Bike Stand Challenge, OCAD students are contributing to the enhancement of Toronto’s streetscape.”


    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge winners (left to right): Jaeho Shin and Jihoon Lee; EV Kelly Hui and Olivier Mayrand; OCAD President Sara Diamond and Toronto Mayor David Miller; Erica Mach and Justin Rosete; Michael Pham; Adam Kereliuk.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    Councillor Adam Vaughan and OCAD President Sara Diamond view the bike stand models.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge winners Justin Rosete and Erica Mach.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    Toronto Mayor David Miller views the bike stand models.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge winners (left to right): Justin Garek, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Councillor Bill Saundercook, Justin Rosete, Erica Mach, Mayor David Miller, OCAD President Sara Diamond and architect Robert Chang.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge winners (left to right): Jaeho Shin, Jihoon Lee, Olivier Mayrand, EV Kelly Hui, Justin Rosete, Erica Mach, Mayor David Miller, Michael Pham and Adam Kereliuk.
    Photo: Lino Ragno



    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge winners Justin Rosete and Erica Mach with Toronto Mayor David Miller (who tweeted the photo).
    Photo: Lino Ragno


    More info in the OCAD News Release.

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    posted by Joe on Thursday, April 23, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark


    The City of Toronto
    has just posted a REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for a "Public Bicycles Project"... they are trying to gauge interest from companies for setting up a BikeSharing program (following the lead of Paris, Montreal, D.C., etc.):
    The purpose of this REOI is to pre-qualify Respondents capable of offering a Public Bicycle System that provides a fleet of bicycles, conveniently located throughout the city at secure, automated self-serve parking stations for a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process. The Public Bicycle System being considered in this REOI shall not include any advertising in the public right-of-way.
    There's a ton of information in the REOI about what the city wants... so I encourage you to read it for yourself... but I did like seeing that the City wants a program to start with 3,000 bikes in the central part of the city (from Dupont in the north to the lake in the south, from High Park in the west to Broadview in the east).
    Scope of Work The Vendor shall:
    - Finance the provision and operation of the program, at no net cost to the City
    - Install, operate and maintain the Public Bicycles and the bicycle parking stations
    - Recommend locations for the bicycle parking stations
    - Promote the Public Bicycles Program within Toronto
    - Manage customer information, education and safety
    - Manage financial systems
    - Share surplus benefits arising from the operation of the scheme with the City.

    In its part the City of Toronto will:
    - Licence the Vendor to install, operate and maintain the Public Bicycle program
    - Grant advertising rights to the Vendor o Licence the Vendor to occupy space on City of Toronto property for the operation of the Public Bicycle System.
    - Approve the locations, circulate to utilities, prepare drawings
    - Retain ownership of the Public Bicycle System, including the bicycles, bicycle parking stations, and any related supporting software and hardware.
    Check out the REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for a ton more info.


    Also... yay! Toronto is officially looking at BikeSharing!!!

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    Father and child biking on the shore of Humber Bay in the Western Beaches.

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    From the Canada NewsWire:

    A world record may crumble as Ross Rader gears up to ride from Ottawa to Windsor in less than 36 hours. Setting out at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 8, Rader will attempt to break the world record for a solo crossing of Ontario on a bicycle. The current record of 35 hours, 43 minutes was set in 1987 by Ron Dossenbach of Windsor, Ontario.

    Rader is making the cross-Ontario attempt to raise awareness and donations for childhood cancer charity Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. "More than 1700 kids are going to be told that they have cancer this year," says Rader. "I'll ride to the ends of the earth if it will make a difference for even one child."

    More information at crossontario.ca

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    This video is everywhere online these days... over on YouTube it's been played over 800,000 times in the past 3 days. It's slow for the first minute or so, but if you get through that, your jaw may drop in wonder at what Danny MacAskill can do on a bike.

    It truly is inspiring to see what some people can do on two wheels. Some of these tricks seem to defy the laws of physics.

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    Re: BikingToronto: OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced

    Love them! Especially 1st prizewinner. What's the height, and the fabrication? hard to tell from the rendering. When it goes into production, will it be available for other locations in the city? I have a building in Leslieville, filled with artists/designers and a yoga studio, been trying to get bike racks....how will we ever be satisfied with ugly old bike racks now??!!

    Re: BikingToronto: OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced

    That's a great question, K... I've asked it of the OCAD people I'm corresponding with. Thanks for bringing it up. :)

    Re: BikingToronto: OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced

    Nice. Unless you want to actually lock your bike to it! never good to have those wide posts because it so limits options for locks and locking. Was usability not a concern? :-(

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    Toronto Star: Bike rack design leads pack

    Their design – a row of four diagonal cherry wood columns more than three metres high – will be installed outside a new mixed-use building at Queen and McCaul Sts. once construction is finished. There will be some tweaking of the design to make sure it conforms to municipal standards, and to finalize how it will be secured to the sidewalk and the number of bicycles it will hold.

    View the BikingToronto post about the winning design (and the runners up) here.

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    A stylish woman named Lizi posing at the University of Toronto with her stylish bike.

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    The Toronto Cyclists Union is preparing for their campaign to reach out to newcomers and make sure that new Torontonians know that cycling in our city is affordable, healthy and convenient.

    The Campaign Launch and Press Conference details are below. You can check out the announcement on the Bike Union site, on a Facebook Event Page, or the poster PDF for yourself, too.

    Campaign launch & press conference to promote cycling amongst newcomers
    Wednesday June 17 • 2 PM

    In partnership with CultureLink, and with funding support from Live Green Toronto, the Toronto Cyclists Union is pleased to invite you to the launch of our Cycling Promotion Amongst Newcomers Poster Campaign - 'From back home to our new home!'

    The poster, featuring the clear and simple message that Cycling is affordable, healthy & convenient, has been translated into the top 15 languages spoken in Toronto and will be distributed to key locations across the city in an effort to promote cycling as a viable transportation option for newcomers.

    Please join us in launching and celebrating this first ever cross-cultural cycling outreach campaign, and the exciting collaboration between CultureLink & the Toronto Cyclists Union.

    All welcome!

    CultureLink Settlement Services

    2340 Dundas St. W. Suite 301
    (Bloor/Dundas - inside Crossways Mall/entrance by the Toronto Public Health office)
    416.588.6288 (x229) • cycling@culturelink.net

    www.bikeunion.to
    www.culturelink.net

    Wheelchair accessible
    Bicycle parking available

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


    The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin. It's now on their website, so here's what it covers - you can decide for yourself if you want to read more:

    - Bike Summit 2009 Program Now On-Line! Early Bird Rates end this Friday Apr 24th!
    - Tonight! St. Clair West Widening Public Open House: Apr 20
    - Gardiner Expressway Interchanges at Kipling and Islington Public Open House: Apr 23
    - TCAT Pedestrian Committee presentation: Apr 28
    - Sustainable Transportation Options for Small, Rural Communities Webinar: Apr 29
    - Welcome New TCAT Supporter - Bikes Without Borders
    - New Resource: Cycling-inclusive Policy Development Handbook
    - Walking and Cycling Guerrilla Installation

    More on the TCAT site.

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    Ever wonder why Toronto and the GTA are planned the way they are? You may be interested in a panel discussion tonight at the Gladstone Hotel:

    John Sewell’s new book The Shape of the Suburbs: Understanding Toronto’s Sprawl provides the jumping off point for a panel discussion on how the suburbs developed as they did and where we might go from here.

    Where: The Gladstone Hotel (Queen & Gladstone, accessed via 501 Queen and 29 Dufferin or whatever your favourite form of transport might be).

    When: Tuesday, April 21. Doors open at 7, panel discussion begins at 7:30.

    Cost: $5, or free if you buy the book.

    Who: John Sewell (moderator), Mayor Rob Burton (Oakville), Deputy Mayor Jack Heath (Markham), Mayor Steve Parrish (Ajax), Kim Storey (architect, urban designer, partner in Brown & Storey Architects)

    This event is part of Pages Books’ This Is Not A Reading Series.

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    It's not easy putting a winter photo up, but this one is so nice... biking the Don Valley under the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.

    Photo by bikeroo.

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    2006
    Two Cyclists Died in Toronto Yesterday
    Toronto As A Livable City - Guns vs. Cars
    Where Are You Biking On Earth Day?

    2007
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008

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    BikeSummit 2009 is coming up soon (Thurs, May 28th), and if you're interested in going, "Early Bird" Registration Rates last until this Friday (the 24th).

    Bike Summit 2009 is presented by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership.

    The program is now available online too:

    Bicycle-friendly policies that result in economic and public health improvements
    The day starts off on a high note with Ralph Buehler and Kevin Kricek, two widely respected researchers who will share with us their latest findings and international case studies of bicycle-friendly transport policies that impact on travel behaviour and provide economic and health benefits.

    New approaches to street design
    Our second session features Joshua Benson, Norma Moores and Nigel Tahair, three senior practitioners responsible for putting bicycle policy into action in two of North America's largest cities: New York and Toronto.

    The importance of culture shift and promotion
    Hear about national and international perspectives on how to inspire citizens to choose the bicycle through positive marketing and a basic understanding of how people think. Megan Jamieson, Director of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will tell us about a unique demonstration project encouraging eco-friendly modes of transportation in Edmonton.

    Bicycle parking best practices
    This special session addresses one of the key obstacles discouraging people from cycling more: adequate bicycle parking. Many North American cities, including Toronto, have made great progress recently in designing and implementing bike parking. Eric Anderson, Andréa White-Kjoss, Pauline Craig and Jennifer Niece will give us the latest on indoor, secure bicycle facilities, off-sidewalk bike parking and what's new in bicycle-transit integration.

    Cycling advocacy and community engagement
    Our final panel of the day features three cycling advocates - Adolfo Hernandez, Advocacy Director with the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago, Eleanor McMahon of Share the Road Cycling Coalition and Dave Meslin, founder of the Toronto Cyclists Union, all with unique perspectives on what's required to build a strong and diverse movement. Find out how to create a bicycle-friendly community whether you live in a small town, a large city or the suburbs.


    Bike Summit 2009 Sponsors:

    Platinum: City of Toronto
    Gold: Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, Metrolinx
    Silver: Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, MMM Group, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Ontario Professional Planners Institute
    Bronze: Dale & Lessmann LLP, GO Transit, IBI Group
    Other Sponsors: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals


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    What's on this week:


    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.


    Tues, Apr 21
    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series
    Midweek’s Tuesday Elite Race Series enables you to learn, try and practice road bike racing in a competitive environment. The races are fast-paced and often have large field sizes and are not suitable for a first-time-in-a-pack racer. Therefore, we require all participants to have at least some racing experience.
    click here for more info

    Wed, Apr 22
    UofT BikeChain Seminar: Gears
    This seminar will give you an overview of bicycle gear systems. All U of T community members are welcome.
    here for more info

    Wed, Apr 22
    10am
    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.
    click here for more info

    Fri, Apr 24
    6pm-8pm

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

    Fri, Apr 24
    8:30pm
    Ryerson Bike Club's Bike Social
    All clubs/groups/organizations are invited to join us for a drink and some fun. There will be raffles for prizes, we'll also have some bike flicks rolling. The event kicks off at 8:30.
    click here for more info

    Sat, Apr 25
    Spring Into Action Run/Walk/Cycle
    4th Annual Run/Walk/Cycle with pets. New this year 10k run
    A perfect way to welcome spring. Bring your family out for some great exercise and entertainment, with proceeds going to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Dontations for the Flemingdon Food Bank will also be accepted.
    click here for more info

    Sat, Apr 25
    5:30pm-8pm
    HelloVelo Bike Mechanics Course - Derailleurs and Shifters
    This class will teach you the right way to remove, dismantle, install and tune both your front and rear derailleurs. We’ll also cover the popular shifting systems and by the end you’ll be able to fine tune your gears perfectly.
    click here for more info

    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.


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    If you haven't signed up yet, get this post in your email every Monday!

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    2006
    Federal Budget Consultation Anyone?
    Dear Mr. Harper...
    Dear Mayor Miller...

    2007
    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
    Ward 21s Proposed New Bicycle Facilities Meeting
    The Eastern / Leslie / Carlaw BikeLanes Need Your Help!
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008
    Photo of the Day: Grrrrrrr
    From the Archives: April 20th

    Explore old BikingToronto with posts like this or the Archives Page.

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    posted by Joe on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    We're in the midst of adding BikeMonth Events to the BikingToronto Calendar.

    Here is what we've added over the past couple of days.



    Wed, Apr. 29

    DandyHorse Magazine Launch Party
    (Facebook Event Page)


    Wed, June 3
    Bikechain: Cyclist Rights and Obligations
    Hart House Bike Month Breakfast
    TBN Beltline Ride

    Thurs, June 4
    CineCycle celebrates The Bicycle Film Festival
    MEC Bike Repair Workshop

    Fri, June 5
    Janet Bike Girl Open Studio Show & Sale
    MEC Bike Repair Workshop
    TBN Pizza Ride

    Sat, June 6
    Beyond The Burbs!
    Bike Day at Karma Co-op
    CAN-BIKE 2
    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
    Janet Bike Girl Open Studio Show and Sale
    MEC Bike Safety Checks

    Sun, June 7
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 (Morning)
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 (Afternoon)
    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    MEC Bike Safety Checks


    View the full Calendar here

    Don't worry if you can't keep track... BikingToronto will remind you by posting about BikeMonth events when they are coming up.

    You can also keep track via email with the weekly email events newsletter.

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    2006
    Our Own Personal Mini-Mass
    Roads are for People, not just Drivers

    2007
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    Taking A Lane With Two Bikes (Or A Sidecar)
    Heaps beats out Jenkins for the Toronto Cycling Committee
    You Can't Bike Through Cherry Beach Until June
    TTC's streetcar Proposal for King 'madness'

    2008

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    2006
    The Long Way Home
    CBN Bike Swap!
    2006 BikeShare Launch

    2007
    Bike Swap This Sunday!
    King Street Transit Mall Meeting Tonight - BikeLanes Possible!
    The April Issue of Cyclometer is Here!
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008
    Explore old BikingToronto with posts like this or the Archives Page.

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    posted by Joe on Friday, April 17, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    I cruised down to OCAD at lunch today to catch the announcement of the winners of their Gateway Bike Stand Competition, and thought I'd share the results with you.

    The owner and architect of the property at 226 Queen Street West (rendering on the right) wanted to support the creation of a signifier of this vibrant corner of Toronto by widening the pedestrian sidewalk for enhancement to create a “gateway” to these two important neighbourhoods (Queen West and McCaul/The Grange), and to support the greening of Toronto by providing infrastructure for bicycle users.

    1st Place
    (winner of $6,000 and design to go into production)

    Submission by Justin Rosete (second-year Industrial Design)
    and Erica Mach (second-year Drawing & Painting).






    2nd Place
    (winner of $3000)


    "Express(sion)"

    by Kelli EV Hui and Olivier Mayrand (both second-year Industrial Design).













    3rd Place
    (winner of $2000)


    "Art History Movement"

    by Jaeho Shin (third-year Graphic Design) and Jihoon Lee (fourth-year Advertising).





    4th Place
    (winner of $1000)

    "Urban Relic"

    by Adam Kereliuk (third-year Industrial Design).







    5th Place
    (winner of $1000)

    Submission by Michael Pham (second-year Environmental Design).









    It was also announced that there will be another judging of winners #2 - #5 for a bikestand installation somewhere along Queen West.

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    posted by Joe on Friday, April 17, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Happy Friday everyone. It's a great day out there... with 20 degrees forecast for the day. Get on your bike and enjoy it! :)

    Here's a bunch of stuff from BikingToronto from the past week.

    NEWS POSTS:

    DandyHorse Magazine Launch Party on Wed, April 29
    Dandyhorse Magazine (all about cycling in Toronto) is releasing their 2nd issue later this month, and is throwing a party (facebook event link) to celebrate, and you're invited! Date and Time: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm Location: Amsterdam Brewery Address: 21 Bathurst Street (click here to read more)

    Have Your Say: Roncesvalles Streetcar Stops and Cyclists
    Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union left an excellent comment yesterday in our post linking to the Globe and Mail article about Streetcar Stop "Bump-Outs" with rounded curbs to allow cyclists to ride over them planned for Roncesvalles. I've included it below... what do *you* think? (click here to read more)

    An Online Charette for a Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge at CityPlace
    On April 24, 2009 UrbanToronto.ca will launch an on-line pedestrian bridge design charette that invites seasoned professionals and talented amateurs to contribute design concepts for the long-awaited pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Toronto’s downtown rail corridor. Architects, engineers, students and urban hobbyists are invited to think outside the box… (click here to read more)

    SmartCentres Appeals Pro-Neighbourhood and Pro-Cyclist OMB Decision
    Back in early March, BikingToronto brought you news that the Ontario Municipal Board had sided with the City of Toronto over SmartCentre's plans to build a "Big Box" development (including a rumoured Walmart) in Leslieville. Even though the 15 day appeal period has come and gone, SmartCentres is now attempting… (click here to read more)

    Metrolinx Ignoring City, Wants a Strachan Ave Super-Bridge
    From Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone's office, via the Bike Union, comes news that Metrolinx is planning a big "Super-Bridge" for Strachan Avenue where it passes over the CN rail corridor. Below is the email from Pantalone's office, but first here are the reasons the city is against a Strachan… (click here to read more)

    Announcing Bike+Transit's "TwitterFlickrFest"
    BikingToronto is involved in a new online contest called "TwitterFlickrFest" being run by Bikes+Transit.com, a site promoting "cycle tourism" in the Greater Toronto Area. Essentially, the contest involves you trying out some of the featured routes of the contest between June 13 and July 13, and "tweeting" about them (and… (click here to read more)


    HEADLINES:

    Headlines: Bike-Friendly Streetcar Stops?
    Globe and Mail: Roncesvalles makeover would restyle streetcar stops Some cyclists are concerned about the lack of bike lanes and fear the new platforms will force them to ride around or through pedestrians waiting for streetcars. Mr. Perks, a long-time environmental activist before being elected in 2006, said in… (click here to read more)

    Headlines: The Leslieville Big Box Battle Continues...
    Globe and Mail: Rebuffed in Leslieville, big-box developer appeals OMB decision The SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde. (click here to read more)


    NEW EVENTS ON THE CALENDAR

    Sat, Apr. 25
    Spring Into Action Run/Walk/Cycle

    Wed, Apr. 29
    Dandyhorse Magazine Launch Party
    (BikingToronto Post)


    Thurs, May 28
    Night Rider Workshop (and how to make a LED!)

    Sat, May 30
    Bikechain: Group Ride to Leslie Spit
    "Compact To Go!" at Urbane Cyclist
    Donate a bike at Bike Pirates
    Elizabeth Street Bike Lane Extension Ride
    Highland Creek Bike Tour
    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    CBN Open House
    TBN Ride - High Park to Port Credit

    Sun, May 31
    Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2
    Family Bicycle Parade
    Riding To Break The Cycle Toronto
    TBN Humber River Ride
    TBN Ride - Secrets of Scarborough

    Mon, June 1
    MEC Daily Lunch and Learn Sessions

    Tues, June 2
    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    CAN-BIKE 2
    Core Strength for Bicyclists
    TBN Humber-High Park Ride
    Tour the Leslie Street Spit

    Sun, Jun. 14
    Pride Ride 2009


    View the full Calendar here



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    Re: BikingToronto: Have Your Say: Roncesvalles Streetcar Stops and Cyclists


    Just a clarification: the so-called "transit platforms" are not extensions of the sidewalk. They are roadways. They are shared by pedestrians only in the sense that when there is a streetcar, cyclists must stop and pedestrians may cross. Otherwise, these spaces will belong exclusively to cyclists. They are NOT shared in the sense of pedestrians and cyclists using the same space at the same time. The TTC has been regrettably unclear about this, and the decision to call these things "transit platforms" does not help.

    I hope my posting on the BIA website will help clarify things: http://www.roncesvallesvillage.ca/?p=434

    Whether this concept will actually work remains to be seen. There are many questions to answer, such as how snow will be removed from these lanes, or how the City will blend the raised portion with the main road safely and coherently. But first we must understand what the City and TTC have actually proposed.

    Click here to add your own comment to this discussion

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    Dandyhorse Magazine (all about cycling in Toronto) is releasing their 2nd issue later this month, and is throwing a party (facebook event link) to celebrate, and you're invited!

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm

    Location:
    Amsterdam Brewery

    Address:
    21 Bathurst Street (south of Front St., at Fort York Blvd.)

    - Join us for the launch of the Spring issue of dandyhorse, sponsored by Amsterdam’s new brew, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber!


    -
    DJs, cash bar, gold sprints, and more!

    -
    PLUS: silent auction of original art by John Englar, made out of the original boards from the Human Powered Rollercoaster with treatment of misfit bike parts.

    - $5 at the door, includes magazine.

    -
    Free admission for contributors and subscribers, including Bike Union members (who will be receiving their issue in the mail!)

    The party for the first issue was a lot of fun, and I'll be at this one too. In addition to writing the small "Elsewhere" stories for Dandyhorse, it's good to meet cycling people.

    If you're planning on going, and want to meet me, let me know below in the comments. :)

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    2006
    Catching Up With the News
    Gas Price Schadenfreude

    2007
    Here's Where I Continue To Be Mysterious
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008

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    Globe and Mail: Rebuffed in Leslieville, big-box developer appeals OMB decision

    The SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.

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    2007
    Spacing Takes on Bike Lane Parkers
    Cranking Up The BikePlan - Big Commitments from Mayor Miller and Glenn De Baeremaeker
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008
    Explore old BikingToronto with posts like this or the Archives Page.

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    Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union left an excellent comment yesterday in our post linking to the Globe and Mail article about Streetcar Stop "Bump-Outs" with rounded curbs to allow cyclists to ride over them planned for Roncesvalles. I've included it below... what do *you* think? Respond in the comments section below or add on to Yvonne's comment.


    Re: BikingToronto: Headlines: Bike-Friendly Streetcar Stops?
    I believe that any re-design that encourages cyclists to ride into a pedestrian space (extended sidewalk) would be a mistake.

    The extended sidewalk re-design that seems most appropriate - stops cars from driving past streetcars that are loading/unloading, but allows cyclists the space to get through without requiring them to ride onto the sidewalk space, was the version that left a 1.5m gap between the sidewalk and the edge of the streetcar. This design would also likely make snow clearing much more straightforward, while keeping pedestrian and vehicle spaces clearly distinguished.

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    On April 24, 2009 UrbanToronto.ca will launch an on-line pedestrian bridge design charette that invites seasoned professionals and talented amateurs to contribute design concepts for the long-awaited pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Toronto’s downtown rail corridor.

    Architects, engineers, students and urban hobbyists are invited to think outside the box (truss).

    Please visit the NEW CHARETTE SECTION of UrbanToronto and find out how you can help.


    Link to UrbanToronto Thread:
    http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?t=8990

    Past BikingToronto Posts about this topic:
    Bridging the Railyards at Cityplace

    Toronto Star Article from 2007:
    A bridge too much?

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    Back in early March, BikingToronto brought you news that the Ontario Municipal Board had sided with the City of Toronto over SmartCentre's plans to build a "Big Box" development (including a rumoured Walmart) in Leslieville.

    Even though the 15 day appeal period has come and gone, SmartCentres is now attempting to appeal the decision, according to the Globe & Mail:
    A major developer rebuffed in its bid to build a large retail complex, believed to be anchored by Wal-Mart, in Leslieville now wants to appeal the decision and collect $1.4-million in costs from the city...

    The OMB rejected the proposal for the 700,000-square-foot shopping centre because the city's official plan had designated the lands for industrial use, not retail.

    The developers had hoped to convert the former Toronto Film Studios site owned jointly by Rose Corp. and SmartCentres...

    "SmartCentres believes that the boarderred in law and exceeded its jurisdiction in arriving at its decision," she said in a statement.

    The SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.



    The development would have turned a nice and well-used multi-use path...



    ... into an intersection like the one at Lakeshore and Leslie:




    More BikingToronto posts about SmartCentre's Leslieville plans:

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    With BikeMonth coming up soon, they will be lots of events being added to the Calendar, and while you'll get notified of them in our weekly Cycling Events This Week posts (or via the weekly email events newsletter), I thought I'd post you some links to events as I add them to the Calendar.


    Sat, Apr. 25
    Spring Into Action Run/Walk/Cycle

    Thurs, May 28
    Night Rider Workshop (and how to make a LED!)

    Sat, May 30
    Bikechain: Group Ride to Leslie Spit
    "Compact To Go!" at Urbane Cyclist
    Donate a bike at Bike Pirates
    Elizabeth Street Bike Lane Extension Ride
    Highland Creek Bike Tour
    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    CBN Open House
    TBN Ride - High Park to Port Credit

    Sun, May 31
    Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2
    Family Bicycle Parade
    Riding To Break The Cycle Toronto
    TBN Humber River Ride
    TBN Ride - Secrets of Scarborough

    Mon, June 1
    MEC Daily Lunch and Learn Sessions

    Tues, June 2
    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    CAN-BIKE 2
    Core Strength for Bicyclists
    TBN Humber-High Park Ride
    Tour the Leslie Street Spit

    Sun, Jun. 14
    Pride Ride 2009


    View the full Calendar here

    Don't worry if you can't keep track... BikingToronto will remind you by posting about BikeMonth events when they are coming up.

    You can also keep track via email with the weekly email events newsletter.

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    From Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone's office, via the Bike Union, comes news that Metrolinx is planning a big "Super-Bridge" for Strachan Avenue where it passes over the CN rail corridor.

    Below is the email from Pantalone's office, but first here are the reasons the city is against a Strachan overpass (from this PDF):

    An overpass on Strachan would be the cheapest crossing to construct because it would have little or no affect on either existing utilities or railway operations during
    construction. However, there are serious problems associated with the overpass approach that are direct consequences of the length of the approaches and their impact on existing and future developments within the Strachan corridor:

    - Closes important cross streets including Canniff, Douro/Wellington and East Liberty, severely compromising local circulation; Mitigating measures including increased gradients on the approaches and lowering the tracks slightly provided minimum benefit in terms of street connectivity;
    - The cost of repairing the interrupted street network, including land acquisition and
    capital construction, would be significant;
    - Requires an alternate access route to Quality Meats, most likely from Bathurst Street at Front Street;
    - Concentrates all traffic on the King/Strachan intersection, which would further impact
    an already stressed public transit corridor;
    - Exaggerates the “rollercoaster” profile of Strachan Avenue produced largely by the
    existing Lakeshore corridor overpass;
    - Creates an uninviting and undesirable environment for pedestrians and cyclists;
    - Compromises the street frontage of existing developments north of the tracks and
    future developments to the south; existing residential buildings north of the tracks
    would have a massive retaining wall in their front yards;
    - The limited existing right-of-way forces a solution with narrow sidewalks, substandard
    driving lanes and no bike lanes.
    - Due to the increased clearance required over the tracks, the structure including
    approaches would be extended, thus impacting more of the street;
    - The above-ground structure including approaches would constitute a devastating
    visual imposition on the existing and future fabric along this part of Strachan Avenue,
    and would further erode the continuity of the Strachan view corridor.

    Email from the Bike Union, and Pantalone's email:

    The Toronto Cyclists Union urges you to read and take action on this message from Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone - received this morning.

    Have your say at the Metrolinx Open House tomorrow:

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009
    3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Fort York, Blue Barracks - 100 Garrison Road



    URGENT! Strachan Ave Super-Bridge

    Dear neighbours,

    MetroLinx is NOT listening!

    At 8:30 this morning - one day before "MetroLinx's Open House" - I was informed that MetroLinx dropped the community's and City of Toronto's preferred option for the Strachan - At - Grade elimination; a call for the lowering of the tracks with Strachan passing over top.
    (See the City of Toronto Staff Report (PDF):
    http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-16917.pdf).

    Today, MetroLinx offers one sole solution -- a bridge that will tear at the urban fabric of our community. Not only does MetroLinx's sole "solution " force the closure of Douro Street and Wellington Street at Strachan Avenue, but it entails the erection of an ugly super structure (think another Gardiner Expressway?) smack in the middle of some of Toronto's most vibrant, historic, and creative neighbourhoods (Niagara Neighbourhood, Liberty Village, Exhibition Place, Fort York and the Waterfront).

    As your (Ward 19) Toronto City Councillor, I am surprised and disappointed that our alternative has been unilaterally dismissed. What can you do? In the first instance, you and your neighbours can attend the Open House - TOMORROW - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fort York, Blue Barracks - 100 Garrison Road. Make our voices heard!

    Please use these two links for more information:
    http://www.metrolinx.com/gsse/default.aspx
    http://www.metrolinx.com/gsse/community/open_house.aspx

    Sincerely,
    Joe Pantalone
    Deputy Mayor
    City of Toronto
    416-392- 4009

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    Globe and Mail: Roncesvalles makeover would restyle streetcar stops

    Some cyclists are concerned about the lack of bike lanes and fear the new platforms will force them to ride around or through pedestrians waiting for streetcars. Mr. Perks, a long-time environmental activist before being elected in 2006, said in an interview that the street is simply too narrow to include proper bike lanes and the on-street parking local merchants say they depend on. While there will be no bike lanes, he said cyclists would not have to ride around the transit platforms, which will be equipped with ramps and perhaps special markings to allow cyclists to ride over them.

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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: Graffiti


    Photo of the Day: Art Gallery


    Photo of the Day: Spadina Wait


    Photo of the Day: Martin Goodman Trail


    Photo of the Day: University Avenue Break


    Photo of the Day: Shiny Bell


    Photo of the Day: Harbord Girl Sequel

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    What's on this week:


    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.



    Wed, Apr 15
    10am

    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.
    click here for more info

    Fri, Apr 17
    12pm-1pm

    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Winners Announcement
    Join Toronto Mayor David Miller and OCAD President Sara Diamond for the announcement of winners in 'The OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge.'
    click here for more info

    Sat, Apr 18
    5:30pm-8pm

    HelloVelo Bike Mechanics Course - Frame, Cockpit, Saddle and Pedals
    We’ll take a look at the bike as a whole and then focus on your key contact points, how to adjust them and keep everything in good working order. From classic steel beasts to the latest carbon fibre, we will cover it all.
    click here for more info


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    If you haven't signed up yet, get this post in your email every Monday!

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    BikingToronto is involved in a new online contest called "TwitterFlickrFest" being run by Bikes+Transit.com, a site promoting "cycle tourism" in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Essentially, the contest involves you trying out some of the featured routes of the contest between June 13 and July 13, and "tweeting" about them (and tagging them with the #
    biketrans hashtag) and/or emailing photos to fest@bikesandtransit.com. All appropriate photos entered will be posted on a Bikes+Transit Flickr page.

    Contest Judges:

    Toronto Mayor David Miller
    Author Nino Ricci
    Author Paul Quarrington
    Yours Truly


    Here's the press release:

    Calling all pioneers on two wheels - "twitterflickrfest" starts on June 13.

    Bikes+Transit.com is pleased to announce the first ever “twitterflickrfest”. From June 13 to July 13, adventurous GTA cyclists are encouraged to participate and help make bicycle and transit travel around the Golden Horseshoe a more popular past time and permanent green mode of transportation.

    Last year’s GO-by-Bike to Ajax pilot project showed that transit and trail riding makes for a great daytrip, a ‘super-natural’ day to be exact. But it was tough to get casual riders out to try something they’ve never thought of doing before.

    So this year we’re asking all adventurous types on two wheels to lead the way to changing our local tourism perceptions, and ‘test ride’ the bikes routes and transit modes that will be featured on Bikes+Transit.com from July 13 to September 13, 2009.

    Tweet on the ride and send photos from your cell phone, or tweet and email pictures after you get home. Show everyone how easy, wonderful, and inexpensive it is to use transit to reach municipal bikeways, the Trans Canada Trail, Waterfront Trail and our beautiful lakefront and green spaces from Whitby to Burlington, Grimsby to Guelph, and back. Except during rush hour!

    Judging the tweets and photos after the month-long “twitterflickrfest” will be Toronto Mayor David Miller, past Giller Prize nominees and acclaimed Canadian authors Nino Ricci and Paul Quarrington, and local cycling advocate and webmaster “Biking Toronto Joe” Travers of BikingToronto.com.

    Prizes will go to the best overall tweet, most literary tweet, funniest tweet, furthest tweet (geographic distance from home), and best photo.

    The routes to be tried, tested and “twittered” are:

    • - Main Street TTC subway or Danforth GO train station south (bike route #59) to The Beach, west to Leslie Street Spit and Cherry Beach, home via Union Station.
    • - Union Station (TTC & GO) to Toronto Islands via the Island ferry.
    • - TTC subway to High Park (High Park station), Humber Valley (Old Mill and Jane stations) or Don Valley (Broadview station).
    • - GO Train to Aldershot, Burlington bikeway and Trans Canada Trail to Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise.
    • - GO Train to Burlington to waterfront and Waterfront Trail to Hamilton's Confederation Park, return via Burlington bikeway to Appleby station.
    • - GO Train to Ajax, Trans Canada Trail south and Waterfront Trail east to Whitby.
    • - GO Train to Guildwood, Highland Creek bikeway north and south to Waterfront Trail, east to the Rouge River and Pickering waterfront and GO Station.
    • - GO Train to Mimico and Waterfront Trail east past Exhibition Place to Union Station.
    • - GO Bus (with bike rack) to Aberfoyle, on road greenbelt ride south to the Burlington GO Station.
    • - Canada Coach (with bike bag) to Grimsby, south onroad to the greenbelt and escarpment, west to the Trans Canada Trail, north along the Waterfront Trail, return via the Burlington GO Station.

    From June 13 to July 13, tweets using the hashtag #biketrans on Twitter, and photos sent by cell phone or email to fest@bikesandtransit.com will be eligible.
    Tweets will be re-tweeted during the fest on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bikesandtransit. All appropriate photos entered will be posted on a Bikes+Transit Flickr page.

    Come back to Bikes+Transit.com on May 13 for more “fest” route details, including online self-serve Waterfront Trail maps and Trans Canada Trail maps.

    Riders will also be able to purchase a packet of five cycling maps covering: Durham, Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton and West Niagara.

    Profits from the sale of Bikes+Transit.com cycling map packets will go to the Ontario Lung Association.

    Please contact Bikes+Transit.com for more information, and... get right on it!

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    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
    NOW Magazine Does Bikes!
    The NOW Bike Forum Re-Cap
    My First Posts on MyBikeLane.com
    TCAT Program Coordinator Job Posting
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

    2008
    Explore old BikingToronto with posts like this or the Archives Page.

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    A World Class Solution to Pollution

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    Mass On A Tuesday Morning

    2007
    Parkdale BikeRack Sculptures Unveiling!
    Wenches with Wrenches - 2007 Season
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    It's Friday! GOOD Friday! Let's wrap up the past week:

    BIKE NEWS:

    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Announces Finalists
    The Ontario College of Art and Design has announced 10 finalists for their Gateway Bike Stand Competition, an urban design contest for the north-west corner of Queen and McCaul: The owner and architect of the property at 226 Queen Street West wanted to support the creation of a signifier… (click to read more)

    Biking for Google StreetView
    Have you seen the Google Streetview Car? The vehicle that drives around and takes photos of public streets is reportedly in Toronto. The Toronto Cyclists Union is looking for info on where it is to plan a bike gathering around the car to let the world know that Toronto… (click to read more)

    Biking to Work in Toronto Increases 32%
    New statistics from the City of Toronto are telling us that between 2001 and 2006 (Statistics Canada Census Years), the number of people in Toronto biking to work increased 32%! (click to read more)

    Once Upon a Commute: Photo-Journal Contest
    From now until the end of April, SmartCommuteToronto and Spacing are accepting submissions to "Once Upon A Commute", a Photo Journal Contest: Tell your commuting story and enter for a chance to be published in Toronto’s award winning Spacing magazine. Contest closes April 30st 2009 – Winning photos will… (click to read more)

    Bike Union looking for a Cycling Outreach Worker
    New job posting on the Toronto Cyclists Union website over the weekend... they are looking for a Cycling Outreach Worker to promote cycling amongst newcomers across the City of Toronto: The13 week contract is for 2.5 days, or 17.5 hours, per week with a primary focus of delivering the campaign… (click to read more)


    BIKE HEADLINES:

    National Post: Bike helmets for safety — and stylin'

    More and more shop owners are finding cyclists who shunned helmets are changing their minds after the recent death of actress Natasha Richardson, who suffered a head injury while skiing at Mont Tremblant. She wasn't wearing a helmet. And with the increasing availability of designer styles, even hipsters are gravitating to helmets, says Doug Herbst of Westboro Sports in Ottawa.


    NEW EVENTS ON THE CALENDAR:

    Fri, Apr. 17
    OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Winners Announcement
    Join Toronto Mayor David Miller and OCAD President Sara Diamond for the announcement of winners in 'The OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge.'
    (click for more info)

    Fri, Apr. 24
    Ryerson Bike Club's Bike Social
    All clubs/groups/organizations are invited to join us for a drink and some fun. There will be raffles for prizes, we'll also have some bike flicks rolling. The event kicks off at 8:30.
    (click for more info)

    Sat, May 9
    Ride for the Rouge
    Fundraiser for the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre in the Rouge Park. Take part in a 25/50km bike ride through the Rouge River watershed or a guided hike through the Rouge Valley.
    (click for more info)

    Mon, May 25
    City of Toronto BikeMonth Group Commute
    Commuters from around the city meet to ride together from four start points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30 a.m. These rides are staffed with ride co-ordinators, Emergency Medical Services workers, and a Police escort. All riders will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt for their participation, as well as complimentary breakfast upon their arrival at City Hall.
    (click for more info)

    Sat, May 30
    Toronto Cyclists Union - Bike Month Kick-off Cruiser Ride & Island Picnic
    Join the bike union for a family friendly ride to Leslie Spit and an island picnic!
    We'll begin with a quick tour of the new Bike Station at Union Station,
    then head off as a group for a leisurely ride to Leslie Spit, ending up at the ferry docks for a quick skip over to the islands.
    (click for more info)

    Sun, May 31
    Bells on Bloor Group Ride
    Cycling protects our environment. So let’s protect cyclists with more bike lanes. Fighting climate change has never been so fun.Come with bells on, ring a bell along the route, or get a free bike bell. Ring out for bike lanes on Bloor!
    Official Site (not updated): more info
    Facebook Event Page: more info




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    National Post: Bike helmets for safety — and stylin'

    More and more shop owners are finding cyclists who shunned helmets are changing their minds after the recent death of actress Natasha Richardson, who suffered a head injury while skiing at Mont Tremblant. She wasn't wearing a helmet. And with the increasing availability of designer styles, even hipsters are gravitating to helmets, says Doug Herbst of Westboro Sports in Ottawa.

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    2007
    TheStar: Toronto BikeShare program kaput
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    Torontoist: Insane in the Bikelane

    2008
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    The
    Ontario College of Art and Design has announced 10 finalists for their Gateway Bike Stand Competition, an urban design contest for the north-west corner of Queen and McCaul:

    The owner and architect of the property at 226 Queen Street West wanted to support the creation of a signifier of this vibrant corner of Toronto by widening the pedestrian sidewalk for enhancement to create a “gateway” to these two important neighbourhoods, and to support the greening of Toronto by providing infrastructure for bicycle users.


    To this end, OCAD students were challenged to come up with new ways to enable the enrichment of their environment through the greater recognition of art and design within the urban fabric of the city. The challenge cited examples like artist David Byrne’s bike rack sculptures in New York City, and asked students to consider how bicycle racks can be highly conceptual urban pedestrian sculpture, as well as both feasible and functional.

    The announcement of the winners of the competition is scheduled for Fri, Apr. 17:

    12-1pm, Friday April 17, 2009

    OCAD Auditorium
    100 McCaul Street

    Toronto Mayor David Miller and OCAD President Sara Diamond will announce the winners

    Stand in the Place Where You Live
    Celebrate Design With
    The OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge!


    $13 000 in prizes ● 35 entries ● 5 winning designs ● at least 2 distinct neighbourhoods

    Join Toronto Mayor David Miller and OCAD President Sara Diamond for the announcement of winners in 'The OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Challenge.'

    View work by the 10 finalists and learn more about the challenge.

    This event has been added to the BikingToronto Calendar.

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    Have you seen the Google Streetview Car? The vehicle that drives around and takes photos of public streets is reportedly in Toronto.

    The Toronto Cyclists Union pondered the idea of having a bike gathering around the car to let the world know that Toronto loves cycling:

    Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union says she's on the lookout for a Google car to put a call out to her membership at a moment's notice.

    "We'd like to get cyclists out en masse and surround the car, to let people know that Toronto rides bikes," she says. "It's about messaging. Street View is a great communications tool if you plan for it." [from the Star]

    Update: The Star seems to have exaggerated Yvonne's interest in the "Googlemobile" ... it would be cool to have some cyclists near the car as it takes photos of our streets.

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    New statistics from the City of Toronto are telling us that between 2001 and 2006 (Statistics Canada Census Years), the number of people in Toronto biking to work increased 32%!

    The shades of blue on the above map (courtesy of the City of Toronto... view the full-sized PDF here) tell a much larger story, as well.

    Although bicycle "modal share" is only at 1.7% on a city-wide level, it's easy to tell that downtown, cycling is very popular...
    - the entire pre-amalgmation City of Toronto coming in at the 1-4% range
    - the entire "east end" (east of the DVP, south of Danforth) in the 4-10% group,
    - the "west end" Toronto (especially in the Bloor and Dufferin area) in the 10-20% group.
    There's obviously work to be done in all the old "boroughs" or old suburbs of Toronto... where roads are wider and speed limits faster... creating huge swaths of Toronto where less than 1% bike to work.

    Other interesting statistics from the City's tables tell us that while biking to work showed the most increase from 2001 to 2006, walking, transit and carpooling all showed increases as well, with only "driving" showing a decrease.

    It'll be interesting to see what the 2011 Census shows us.

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    2006
    An Inconvenient Truth

    2007
    NOW Magazine Town Hall - Are We Losing The Fight For A Bikeable City?
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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    From now until the end of April,
    SmartCommuteToronto and Spacing are accepting submissions to "Once Upon A Commute", a Photo Journal Contest:

    Tell your commuting story and enter for a chance to be published in Toronto’s award winning Spacing magazine.

    Contest closes April 30st 2009 – Winning photos will be announced in May 2009

    Winning photos and runners up will be posted online at www.spacing.ca
    The wining submission will be published in a 2009 edition of Spacing Magazine!

    GRAND PRIZE
    • Publication in a 2009 edition in Spacing magazine
    • Weekend get-away for two to the National Gallery, including:
      • First class return transportation, Toronto-Ottawa-Toronto, aboard VIA1
      • Two nights accommodation in the majestic King suite at ARC the Hotel, Ottawa
      • Gourmet breakfast
      • Gallery entrance
    RUNNER UP PRIZE
    • Round trip transportation on the Bike Train's Greenbelt Express service from Toronto's Union Station to Niagara Falls Station.
      • Tickets include passenger fare and bicycle transport fees. The tickets will be valid for any departures during the 2009 season subject to space availability. Please refer to www.biketrain.ca for further information

    You can also join the Facebook Group for the Contest.

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    Memorial for Mississauga Cyclist

    2007
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    What's on this week:


    Yesterday got away from me... so here's your Weekly Events post on a Tuesday. :)

    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.


    Tues, Apr 7
    UofT BikeChain Seminar: Winter Recovery
    You have wounded your bicycle by riding through corrosive salty slush. Heal it!
    Is your bike encrusted with filth? Is your chain making angry noises? Are cables on your bike stuck? If you've said yes to any of these questions, you will find this seminar helpful.
    click here for more info


    Apr 8 - May 1
    FutureBikes Art Show
    Bike Group Art Show curated by Cotey Pope & Leveson Cocarell. Featuring bicycle artwork by Janet Bike Girl, Andrew Borek, Candy O, Alicia Nauta....and many more!
    click here for more info


    Wed, Apr 8
    10am

    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.
    click here for more info


    Thurs, Apr 9
    7pm

    VeloSocial Bike Party
    (Facebook Event Page)
    This group is dedicated to the monthly VeloSocial party in Toronto. 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.
    click here for more info


    Sat, Apr 11
    5:30pm-8pm

    HelloVelo Bike Mechanics Course - Wheels, Tires and Brakes
    How to maintain, your wheel systems and to get your brakes working optimally. Want to change your own brake pads or true your wheel? This is the class for you.
    click here for 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: Harbord Girl


    Photo of the Day: Dark Kensington


    Photo of the Day: Rocket Blur


    Photo of the Day: Orange CreamCycle


    Photo of the Day: Bike Love


    Photo of the Day: Pastel BikePosts


    Photo of the Day: Rainy on Dundas

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    New events just added to the BikingToronto Calendar,


    Fri, Apr. 24
    Ryerson Bike Club's Bike Social
    All clubs/groups/organizations are invited to join us for a drink and some fun. There will be raffles for prizes, we'll also have some bike flicks rolling. The event kicks off at 8:30.
    (click for more info)

    Sat, May 9
    Ride for the Rouge
    Fundraiser for the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre in the Rouge Park. Take part in a 25/50km bike ride through the Rouge River watershed or a guided hike through the Rouge Valley.
    (click for more info)

    Mon, May 25
    City of Toronto BikeMonth Group Commute
    Commuters from around the city meet to ride together from four start points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30 a.m. These rides are staffed with ride co-ordinators, Emergency Medical Services workers, and a Police escort. All riders will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt for their participation, as well as complimentary breakfast upon their arrival at City Hall.
    (click for more info)

    Sat, May 30
    Toronto Cyclists Union - Bike Month Kick-off Cruiser Ride & Island Picnic
    Join the bike union for a family friendly ride to Leslie Spit and an island picnic!
    We'll begin with a quick tour of the new Bike Station at Union Station,
    then head off as a group for a leisurely ride to Leslie Spit, ending up at the ferry docks for a quick skip over to the islands.
    (click for more info)

    Sun, May 31
    Bells on Bloor Group Ride
    Cycling protects our environment. So let’s protect cyclists with more bike lanes. Fighting climate change has never been so fun.Come with bells on, ring a bell along the route, or get a free bike bell. Ring out for bike lanes on Bloor!
    Official Site (not updated): more info
    Facebook Event Page: more info


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    Leslieville / Riverdale Organized Rides

    Hiya folks. Just wondering if there are organized rides by people in Downtown East. I live in Leslieville and want to do some Toronto adventures. Not a race. Get on bike, chase a route, have some lunch, check out the GPS kinda thing. I can't... (click to read more)

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    New job posting on the Toronto Cyclists Union website over the weekend... they are looking for a Cycling Outreach Worker to promote cycling amongst newcomers across the City of Toronto:
    The13 week contract is for 2.5 days, or 17.5 hours, per week with a primary focus of delivering the campaign to various communities and seeking funds to support the long-term sustainability and future developments of cycling outreach for newcomers.

    They will be officially launching this outreach campaign during BikeMonth.

    View the posting on the Bike Union website, as well as the Microsoft Word document that provides all the details

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    2007
    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    Photos and News from the last BikeFriday

    2008

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

    1.
    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).


    2.
    Weekly News Wrap-Up: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto's Green Spaces
    The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn't be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to…

    3. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City
    Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

    4.
    OMB Stops Walmart - Good News for East End Cyclists
    This is great news for Toronto cyclists because not only will a 1,700 parking lot NOT be built, but the proposed SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.

    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: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto's Green Spaces
    First, obtain a copy of the official Toronto Cycling Map. Second, obtain a bicycle. Finally, arrange for warm weather. There is no better means to discover the often hidden green oases of Toronto, a city as flat as Amsterdam…

    7. Headlines: Markham Pedestrian and Cycling Trail Controversial
    The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn't be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to the warmer months...

    8. Weekly News Wrap-Up: E-Bikes, New Events, and Getting Your Bike ready for Spring
    Any suggestion to remove street parking in favour of bike lanes is usually met with hostility from merchants who think it will cost them business. But cycling advocates and environmentalists say that bit of conventional wisdom is an urban myth...

    9.
    Waterfront Toronto Unveils Queens Quay Plan
    Waterfront Toronto has just released plans for the new "people-friendly" Queens Quay that we got a taste of back in 2006 with "Quay to the City" (photos at the end of this post). This of course includes the "connection" of the east and west portions of the Martin-Goodman Trail with a physically seperate two-way cycling path on the southern portion of the street...

    10.
    New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft
    The U of T is expanding the Bike Bait program it started last year (where they stuck GPS tags on high end bikes and then tracked them as they were stolen), now adding stickers that say "this could be a bait bike" to make would-be thieves think twice.


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    Nakaumra


    make: Nakaumra
    model: Profile
    Colour: Silver
    General Description: The bike is about 8 years old
    Date of theft: Between Friday night March 20, 2009 and Thursday April 2, 2009
    Location of theft: Major intersection: (Allen Road and Lawrence ave. West) street: Meadowbrook rd.
    City: Toronto (North York)

    Blue LE MANS Cruiser (Dunda...

    Blue LE MANS Cruiser (Dundas/Augusta)

    (from craigslist)

    My bike was stolen from inside my front gate at Dundas and Augusta last week.

    Silvery blue small ladies' cruiser. Dented silver basket. Bell on right handle. White hand grips. Silver fenders. Chain guard in same colour as bike, with "Le Mans" written in scrolly letters. Back-pedal brakes, one gear. Old black seat with small repair on left side. Also, it had a u-lock holder thing on the seat post which was held on with rusty screws and a lot of yellowy epoxy. I bought it from Mrs. Huzinga's on Roncesvalles last June. Only a little rust.

    I can offer a small reward. But I can't afford a new bike. Can anyone help?

    reply email

    Vintage CCM Sunsport (Dunda...

    Vintage CCM Sunsport (Dundas/Dufferin)

    (from craigslist)

    My 1974 mint-condition CCM Sunsport was stolen from behind my apartment building at Dundas and Dufferin some time in the last few days.

    I am offering a reward to anyone who can help me get it back.

    If anyone knows of any shops that I should visit, that would also be a big help.

    I loved my bike and only had it for a year,

    The bike is a metallic rust color with all decals intact (including the one from Bloor Cycle).
    It says sunsport across the frame, has a black leather seat, a rack on the back, and white brake cables.

    Thanks so much for any information.

    reply to this email

    Two Bikes Stolen (Jane and ...

    Two Bikes Stolen (Jane and Lawrence)

    (from craigslist)

    Our two bicycles were stolen from our garage yesterday afternoon. We figure whoever took them is going to sell them, they are pretty awesome bikes and we are missing them now that the weather is getting so great.

    The first bike is a Blue Haro, full suspension, with a very LOUD airhorn.

    The second bike is a Black and Silver/Grey Jamis, front suspension. I don't have a photo at the moment, but if you come across these bikes, please contact me, and there will be a generous reward for their return.

    reply to this email

    Stolen: very unique hybrid ...

    Stolen: very unique hybrid

    (From another forum thread)

    My bike was locked up with two locks in a location I foolishly thought was low risk (security everywhere). I'm an idiot.

    Date of theft:
    Friday, March 27

    Stolen from:
    Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto (Bayview Ave. south of Lawrence Ave.)

    Frame:
    - Dirt jumper frame by Fetish Cycles (Obsession model) but no decals
    - Carbon fork - mountain bike
    - Carbon seat post

    Colour:
    - Midnight blue, matte, very clean

    General Description:
    - 700c wheels on a dirt jumper frame, very sexy but low profile, sleek looking hybrid. Disc brakes. Flat handlebars, carbon fork (mountain) and seat post.

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    It's Friday! Let's wrap up the past week! :)


    News:
    Back in December, BikingToronto posted the story of Lloyd Alter, a Toronto-based blogger at TreeHugger.com and cyclist, who was taking issue with Air Canada charging for having a folding bike in baggage: Over at TreeHugger.com, Toronto cyclist Lloyd Alter (himself an architect and prefab housing builder, as well as…
    • YorkU Excalibur: Tune-up for a better cause

      Physical fitness and environmental responsibility sometimes overlap, especially if you bike to York. On March 27, York’s Bike U student club held its third Annual Spring Bike Tune-Up event. Presented in collaboration with Smart Commute, Bike U had bike mechanics on hand to do free bike tune-ups or repairs and respond to questions and concerns about cycling and commuting to and within York’s Keele campus.

    • Daily Exchange: Explore Ontario’s Greenbelt on Two Wheels

      Toronto – Dust off your helmet – spring has sprung and it’s time to break out the banana seats and get ready to ride. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce the second Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is now open for registration.

    • Toronto Sun: Cops and BMX riders ramp it up

      To some people it is just a bicycle show: Fun, recreational or a showcase for the closest thing to an athletic activity many of us get this side of starting up the ride 'em lawnmower. But to Mike Heaton and Scott Mills, this weekend's Toronto BMX Jam is also about political dithering, gang-busting and a society that looks at a disenfranchised youth and cannot see beyond the savage tattoos, facial piercings and dark scowls that hide beautiful hearts and minds.

    • Spacing Toronto: Bikes on more Buses

      with bus racks now on most TTC buses, other Toronto area transit systems have followed suit. In addition to new bike storage shelters, GO Transit has been adding bike racks to its coach buses - the Toronto-Hamilton bus the first route accepting bicycles...

    Events Added to the BikingToronto Calendar:
    (BikeMonth is coming up in late May-June... lots of stuff will be happening!)

    Mon, April 6 - Thurs, April 9
    U of T Varsity $25 Spring Bike Tune-Up

    Tuesday Nights starting April 21
    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series

    Wed, April 8 - Fri, May 1
    FutureBikes Art Show

    Sun, May 3
    Pedal The Don Bike Ride

    Sat, May 23
    CN Do The Don Trail Awareness

    Sat, May 23
    Don Valley Trail Clean-Up Project

    Mon, May 25
    Green City Bike Tours Kick-off

    Tues, May 26
    Cycle the Golden Mile

    Tues, May 26
    TBN Cedervale Prospecting

    Tues, May 26 - Thurs, June 25
    Tour de Dufflet 2009

    Tues, May 26
    Union BikeStation Open House

    Wed, May 27
    CBN Free Flat-Fix and Bike Repair Workshop

    Wed, May 27
    TBN Ride the Don North

    Wed, May 27
    Toronto Bikeway Network Media Event

    Thurs, May 28
    Bike Summit 2009

    Thurs, May 28
    Kids and Youth Learn-to-Race

    Thurs, May 28
    Rosedale United Church Breakfast for Bikers

    Fri, May 29
    TBN Scarborough Bluffs Ride




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    Daily Exchange: Explore Ontario's Greenbelt on Two Wheels

    Toronto – Dust off your helmet – spring has sprung and it’s time to break out the banana seats and get ready to ride. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce the second Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is now open for registration.

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    Just like yesterday, I just added some events to the Calendar, and while you'll get notified of them in our weekly Cycling Events This Week posts (or via the weekly email events newsletter), I thought I'd post you some links to events as I add them to the Calendar.


    Tues, May 26
    Union BikeStation Open House

    Wed, May 27
    CBN Free Flat-Fix and Bike Repair Workshop

    Wed, May 27
    TBN Ride the Don North

    Wed, May 27
    Toronto Bikeway Network Media Event

    Thurs, May 28
    Bike Summit 2009

    Thurs, May 28
    Kids and Youth Learn-to-Race

    Thurs, May 28
    Rosedale United Church Breakfast for Bikers

    Fri, May 29
    TBN Scarborough Bluffs Ride

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    Toronto Sun: Cops and BMX riders ramp it up

    To some people it is just a bicycle show: Fun, recreational or a showcase for the closest thing to an athletic activity many of us get this side of starting up the ride 'em lawnmower. But to Mike Heaton and Scott Mills, this weekend's Toronto BMX Jam is also about political dithering, gang-busting and a society that looks at a disenfranchised youth and cannot see beyond the savage tattoos, facial piercings and dark scowls that hide beautiful hearts and minds...

    Spacing Toronto: Bikes on more Buses

    With bus racks now on most TTC buses, other Toronto area transit systems have followed suit. In addition to new bike storage shelters, GO Transit has been adding bike racks to its coach buses - the Toronto-Hamilton bus the first route accepting bicycles...

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