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MEC Daily Lunch and Learn Sessions
12pm-1pm
Mountain Equipment Co-op hosts a series of lunchtime repair workshops.
Learn simple tips on how to maintain your bicycle. It's fun! Bring your lunch!

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Critical Mass after crossing over the Viaduct, heading east onto the Danforth.

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    posted by Joe on Saturday, May 30, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    E-bikes, or "power assisted bicycles" are relatively new additions to the streetscape. So much so, that the City of Toronto by-laws do not specifically ban them from riding on sidewalks (as regular bikes are).

    The City is looking into changing this... and will be discussing it at the June 3 meeting (PDF link) of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Solicitor, be requested to report on the necessary amendments to City By-laws to prohibit the use of “power-assisted bicycles” on City sidewalks, and that the report include alternative ways to enforce the proposed by-law.
    They'll also be discussing updating the by-laws to address adults riding bikes with small wheels (folding and BMX bikes, I'm assuming) riding on sidewalks.
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Solicitor, be requested to report on potential amendments to City By-laws to address the challenge of adult cyclists riding bicycles with a wheel diameter of less than 61 centimetres on City sidewalks.
    View more on page 24 of the Agenda of the June 3rd meeting (PDF file).

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    TBN Ride - Secrets of Scarborough
    10am-2pm
    Join TBN for a 32 km tour at a very leisurely pace revealing some hidden treasures in this suburban area. Helmets mandatory.

    TBN Humber River Ride
    10am-2pm
    Join the TBN for a leisurely-paced 50km adventure up the Humber River.

    Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike!
    10am-12pm
    The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto started the “Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike!” initiative in 2007. The object of the event is to promote the use of bikes for recreational purposes, but also as a daily mode of transportation to and from the workplace. Good for the environment and good for your health.

    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    10am-5:30pm
    Drop by and MEC cycling staff will provide a free safety check on your bike. There will be a tent set up on the west side of the store.

    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1
    10am-1pm
    A bicycle course for first-time riders. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn.

    Riding To Break The Cycle Toronto
    11am-4pm
    A good time for a good cause! A fundraiser ride for microcredit, hosted by Global Agents For Change. Top prizes for the top fundraisers and community events following the ride.

    Bells on Bloor Group Ride
    12pm-2pm
    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!

    Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
    1pm
    Monthly Bike Polo tournament to coincide with Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington - last Sunday of the month from May to October at Scadding Court.

    Family Bicycle Parade
    2pm-4pm
    Decorate bicycles, attach noisemakers, shine up those rims, and meet your cycling neighbours! The parade will ride to the Glencedar bridge at 3pm for kids' games and an informal roll through Cedarvale ravine for older children and adults.

    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2
    2pm-5pm
    Improve bike-handling skills, including balancing, turning, and changing gears with confidence.

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    Side by side on the Danforth.

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    Inside Toronto: Bike for Africa aims to bring bikes to community health workers

    In 2004 Mike Brcic, the founder and executive director of Bikes Without Borders, was in northern Nicaragua when he met the 10-year-old girl whose story has inspired a movement that's taking over Toronto Island this weekend. "She told me she walked to school everyday for two hours and home again for two hours," Brcic said. "That was kind of the moment that really impacted my life. "She was just so earnest about getting her education...she spent half her day walking," he said. "So I sort of vowed to do something about it."

    Bicycle Trade Association of Canada applauds Toronto's bold new bike move

    'We're thrilled with the decision [to install bikelanes on Jarvis],' said Janet O'Connell, Executive Director of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC). 'We need to be looking at ways to facilitate cycling as a mode of transportation - it's ecologically friendly, economical and healthy. Other cities around the world are becoming more bike-friendly, because it make sense. Toronto needs to do the same and this is a step in the right direction.'

    Torontoist: This Bicycle is Leaving the Station

    Toronto is getting the first of what are planned to be several new bicycle stations this morning, aimed at making cycling a more comfortable option for commuters. Nestled into the pedestrian underpass on York Street right by Union Station, the station provides secure, monitored storage for bicycles, as well as changing facilities, a repair stand, and a few other thoughtful amenities, like a vending machine that dispenses tubes and lights.

    CTV : New bicycle station opens at Union Station

    Downtown cyclists will soon be able to park their bikes in a newly opened facility at Union Station, the City of Toronto announced Tuesday. Mayor David Miller officially opened the secure, indoor bicycle station on Tuesday, which he said "builds on the City's commitment to ensure a sustainable transportation system in Toronto."

    Toronto Sun: Bike racers set to hit the Market

    "It's terrific to have bike racing right in the heart of the city," said Councillor Adrian Heaps, chairman of the city's cycling committee. "These races are absolutely thrilling to watch. People who see the action will never forget it."

    Toronto Star: Planning how to share the road

    If you are a cyclist, you deserve better than a terrifying squeeze into a leftover lane of traffic. If you ride transit, you deserve the speed and reliability of a subway, says the partner in CORE Architects. He focuses on sustainable planning.

    Globe and Mail: Peddling for Votes

    The recent decision by the pro-David Miller majority on Toronto City Council to file an application for an environmental assessment on reducing the number of car lanes on Jarvis in order to provide dedicated lanes for bikes is a fascinating example of political mathematics.

    Globe and Mail: A place to park your bike, and lose your excuses

    Tucked inside the enclosed pedestrian walkway on the west side of York Street, the new bicycle station will be used as a template for smaller versions across the city.

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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Brilliant and hilarious video from the always fantastic Streetfilms site in NYC:



    This line cracked me up:

    "Bikers think that they own the road, they dodge in front and they dart, and you know... I feel unsafe!"

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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    The Toronto Star is reporting on a cyclist-car collision from last night:

    The 53-year-old man was heading west on Rogers Rd. in the bike lane shortly after 7 p.m. At Silverthorn Ave., the van turned right and he hit the side.

    The force of the crash threw him to the ground, where he hit his head. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

    Police are still investigating and haven't laid any charges so far.

    "Both drivers could have had opportunities to avoid this, by being a little more aware and a little more alert," said Sgt. Tim Burrows, adding that the cyclist could have slowed down and waited for the van to turn, while the van driver could have paid closer attention and seen the cyclist coming up from behind.

    I think it's a little pre-mature to blame one or both of the drivers... the van may not have signalled the intention to turn right... leading the cyclist to believe that the van would head straight through the intersection.

    On the other hand, the van may have signalled, with the cyclist opting to pass the van in the bikelane.


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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Amsterdam Brewery has a new beer... Big Wheel Amber Ale (it's very tasty... I tried a lot of it at the Dandyhorse Party a few weeks ago), and they're starting up a bike club too! Tomorrow is the launch of the club:

    Big Wheel Bike Club Launch Party
    The Amsterdam Brewery
    21 Bathurst St Toronto, ON
    May 30th 11am-4pm

    - Complimentary Sampling and BBQ from Amsterdam, Broil King, the Perfect steak
    - Demo Bikes from Jamis.
    - DJ FATHOM playing a mixed bag of Jazz, soul & 90's hip hop
    - The club is free to join, come down and see what we are all about.
    - valid government issued identification.
    - Members must be 19 years or older.


    View the Facebook Event Page for more info.


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    "Bike for Africa" by Virgin Mobile and Bikes Without Borders
    Join us for a 2-hour bike/walk across the island as you step into the shoes of a Malawian Community Healthcare Worker, followed by the giant Virgin Mobile picnic and an afternoon party with some of Toronto's hottest bands at Hanlan's Point.

    Highland Creek Bike Tour
    9:30am-3pm
    Discover the beautiful Highland Creek Valley, from Thomson Park to Lake Ontario, on a relaxed 30 km ride. Bring lunch.

    TBN Ride - High Park to Port Credit
    9:30am
    Follow the signs to port credit! This 40km TBN trail ride will follow the waterfront to Port Credit at an east-roller pace. Drinks and sweets in Port Credit.

    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    10am-5:30pm
    Drop by and MEC cycling staff will provide a free safety check on your bike. There will be a tent set up on the west side of the store.

    Elizabeth Street Bike Lane Extension Ride
    10am-11am
    A group ride to promote the extension of the existing Elizabeth Street bike lanes from Gerrard Street West southerly to City Hall and from College Street northerly to Queen's Park.

    Big Wheel Bike Club Launch Party
    11am
    Big Wheel Bike Club is a downtown cycling club that meets every Saturday at 11am at the Amsterdam Brewery.
    The club is free to join, Just show up on any Saturday with valid government issued ID.

    Donate a bike at Bike Pirates
    12pm-7pm
    Donate an old, well-loved bicycle to the Bike Pirates' non-profit community initiative! Come in and see our DIY repair space and help us help someone in need of some wheels.

    CBN Open House
    12pm-6pm
    Drop in and hang out- Free snacks and beverages. Bike Donations always welcome!

    "Compact To Go!" at Urbane Cyclist
    12pm-5pm
    Small is in! Come down and see all our fabulous folding and portable bikes. Informal talk from 2-3PM to learn why this could be the perfect solution to your urban cycling needs.

    Toronto Cyclists Union - Bike Month Kick-off Cruiser Ride & Island Picnic
    1pm-6pm
    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.

    Bikechain: Group Ride to Leslie Spit
    1pm-4pm
    We’ll be riding out to Tommy Thompson Park, otherwise known as the Leslie Spit on Saturday, May 30th, 2009. This event is hosted by Bikechain. Come out to meet other fellow cyclists.

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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Come out to support cycling, and safer bike lanes (or, well, just MORE lanes period)!

    Bells on Bloor, Toronto's largest ever pedal-powered parade, is this Sunday, May 31! Leaves from High Park, Bloor Street Entrance, at 12:00 noon and rides to Queen's Park.

    Twitter
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    Facebook Event Page
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=61985699030

    Website
    http://www.bellsonbloor.ca

    Petition for bike lanes on Bloor
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/bike-lanes-on-bloor


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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 29, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Happy Friday!

    I hope the first 5 days of BikeMonth has treated you well. Here's all the news from the past week (and there's been a ton of it!) :)

    News Posts

    • Metrolinx Changes Plans for Strachan Avenue
      Wow. After just a few weeks, Metrolinx has bowed to public pressure and changed its plans for Strachan Avenue. It had originally planned a "Super-Bridge" on Strachan to span the rail corridor, but is now opting to lower the rail corridor and build...

    • City Council Votes in Bikelanes for Jarvis
      City Council has voted in favour of installing bikelanes on Jarvis when the reversible 5th lane is removed! What do you think of the decision? Were you at City Council yesterday to show your support? BikingToronto was... and we'll have photos up soon. :) Does Jarvis need bikelanes?



    Headlines:

    Between the start of BikeMonth and the Jarvis Bikelane Debate, bikes have been in the news a ton! :)

    Bicycle Trade Association of Canada applauds Toronto's bold new bike move

    CTV: Council votes in favour of bike lanes on Jarvis

    Inside Toronto: Bike for Africa aims to bring bikes to community health workers


    Events:

    Just a reminder that you can find out what's happening on every day of BikeMonth with BikingToronto's BikeMonth section!







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    posted by Joe on Thursday, May 28, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Critical Mass Toronto
    6pm-8pm
    Join hundreds of cyclists for a group ride around downtown Toronto.

    Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30

    TBN Scarborough Bluffs Ride
    6:30pm
    Join TBN for a quiet ride through Scarborough's parks and nieghbourhoods end up at the Scarborough Bluffs for sunset. Cancelled if Raining. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are mandatory.

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    posted by Joe on Thursday, May 28, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    (crossposted to I Bike T.O.)

    Today, BikingToronto and I Bike T.O. are at the
    2009 BikeSummit, hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership.

    I Bike T.O. is a sponsor of the BikeSummit and is selling some new I Bike T.O. shirts there as well. They'll be available for purchase (for just $20), and all profits go to cycling-related charities in Toronto via the brand new BikingToronto Fund. :)

    Here's some pretty photos of all the shirts we'll have up for sale at the BikeSummit - in black, blue, red and forest green colours. You can also buy the shirts online - in mens, womens, and even buttons!



    My beautiful wife Tracy modeling the forest green shirt.











    Piles of shirts! All profits to charity. :)

    You can also buy the shirts online - in mens, womens, and even buttons!

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    "Um, these were rather interesting cyclists on Queen St. West in Toronto."

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    posted by Joe on Thursday, May 28, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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    Group Commutes Tomorrow Morning

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    (crossposted to I Bike T.O.)

    Tomorrow is the 2009 BikeSummit, hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership.

    Registration is full... but if you are going... you're most likely in for a good time, judging by the very interesting program.

    I'll be there, and there will be some new I Bike T.O. shirts there as well. They'll be available for purchase (for just $20), and all profits go to cycling-related charities in Toronto via the brand new BikingToronto Fund. :)

    I dropped off some of the shirts with TCAT earlier this week. Here is Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT's Program Director with one of the shirts. :)

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    City Council approved bikelanes for Jarvis on Monday. I was there along with a lot of other cyclists to show support for this. I took photos for you. :)


    Before Council.





    Lots of cyclists in attendance.



    The mayor introduces the item, and then has a "spirited discussion" with Denzil Minnan-Wong about it.

    I was there all morning (they didn't end up approving it until around 6:00 pm), and it was both interesting and boring. I think the most entertaining part was watching Councillor Doug Holyday throwing tantrums because he thought no one was answering his questions. I just think he wasn't listening carefully, because his questions were answered well, both by the mayor and transportation staff.

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    I joined up with the group commute at Woodbine and Danforth on Monday morning to go down to City Hall... here are the photos I took.




    Lots of cyclists gathered at Woodbine and Danforth - about twice as many as in past years, by my guess.




    Some group shots near Danforth and Carlaw.








    Some more group shots as everyone gathered on Yonge south of Bloor.




    Bikes locked up at City Hall.






    Clay and Paper Theatre perform "Bicycle Revolution" on the square, and then on stage.






    Dutch Ambassador to Canada got interviewed a lot. Love the shirt!
    Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!






    Mayor and City Councillors on stage to welcome everyone.






    Lots of exhibitor tents.





    EcoCabs!

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Rosedale United Church Breakfast for Bikers
    7am-9am
    Breakfast for Bike commuters and friends.
    Rosedale United Church
    159 Roxborough Drive
    (at Glen Rd)

    Bike Summit 2009
    8am-6pm
    Join leading thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers who are on the fast track to creating bikeable communities.

    Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"
    5pm-7pm
    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.

    Kids and Youth Learn-to-Race
    6:30pm
    This fun program is for males and females aged 9 to 14. In a fun-filled, self- confidence building environment Mideweek's Youth Club will encourage kids to have fun on their bikes while teaching safety, bike handling, bike mechanics and grass track racing.

    Night Rider Workshop (and how to make a LED!)
    7pm-10pm
    To ride is an instinct. To survive is a necessity. Don't get stuck inside when the sun goes down, get on your bikes and ride! See how simple it is to build your own quality LED lights and tips for survival while riding at night.

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    White Raleigh (Dundas St W & Palmerston Ave)


    * Make - Raleigh
    * Model - An old 10-speed frame, unsure of model, but the frame was large (i'm 6'4)
    * Colour - Painted matte white - frame has scratches from wear and tear along it
    * General Description (especially any unique characteristics) - As said above, its a large frame, and would have been difficult for anyone under 6 foot to ride. Its a fixed gear bike, and the toe clip had just fallen off the right pedal, so one pedal is bare, one has a plastic toeclip on it. The bars are regular drop bars, with no tape, and only one brake handle on the right side of the bars.
    * Date of Theft - Tuesday May 26th - 1:15PM
    * Location of Theft (intersection or specific address) - Dundas St W & Palmerston Ave

    Unfortunatly I don't have a picture of the bike on me right now, but I did see the guy, chased him for a while but it was to no avail.

    Description of theif: White male, mid 30's, probably around 6foot - 6'2", 180-190 lbs, knows how to ride a fixed gear pretty fast (evaded two cars chasing him down sidestreets), he wore a hat, a black jacket with reflective stripes and had bolt snips that fit in his bag.

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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


    Spotted at the University of Toronto.
    Photo by Papini at the Pianacci


    Before a Critical Mass ride in 2008.
    Photo by tanjatiziana


    Heading west on Queens Quay, approaching Dan Leckie Way.
    Photo by jcaterer





    Critical Mass cyclists at Dundas Square.
    Photo by Andrew Bissett

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    posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Bikes are hitting the news in a huge way this week.  From people weighing in for and against the approved bikelanes on Jarvis, to how businesses benefit from bikelanes and a safer pedestrian environment...

    Toronto Star: Transit moving to help cyclists

    A long-awaited bike station opens on the southwest side of Union Station today with secure parking for 180 bikes. Occasional users will be able to use the facility for about $2 a day and there will be monthly and six-month rates.

    Toronto Star: Bike Polo - Carnage and poetry

    Sport loses pretensions, gains some street cred when the horses are swapped for wheels.

    CTV: Council votes in favour of bike lanes on Jarvis

    Toronto councillors have voted 28 to 16 in favour of narrowing traffic lanes on Jarvis Street in order to make room for bike lanes. The debate lasted all day Monday -- the same day cycling enthusiasts geared up to celebrate bike month. Council voted on the issue just after 6 p.m.

    CBC: Building bike lanes good for business: report

    A controversial plan to build an east-west bicycle lane along Toronto's Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue from Etobicoke to Scarborough is picking up speed.

    Toronto Sun: Bike lanes benefit city

    There's no need for a war on cars in this town. But Toronto will be a way better city for everybody if we improve things for cycling, and a dedicated bike lane on Bloor would be a fantastic place to start.

    Toronto Star: Cycling Campaign woos newcomers

    The Toronto Cyclists Union has joined with CultureLink to develop a poster in 15 languages touting the message: "From back home, to our new home. Cycling is affordable, healthy and convenient." A cycling handbook is also under development, thanks to a grant from the city and the Toronto Community Foundation.

    Toronto Star: Mandatory bicycle licensing seen as fair

    Drivers cover the cost of roads by paying licence fees, store owners must have a business licence to operate, so why not make cyclists pay for their use of the streets?

    Toronto Star Video: Safe Cycling in the City

    Riding a bike in the big city can sometimes be a little dangerous. Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union offers some tips to help reduce the risk.

    Toronto Star: MD on the case for safe cycling

    Unable to work for several months after his accident, he started reviewing research on cycling and health. Cavacuiti has since become an advocate for the rights of cyclists, and writes a regular column in Dandyhorse magazine.

    Toronto Star: Can cyclists and motorists get along?

    City plan for $70 million in cycling infrastructure needs to be cohesive to work, commuters say.

    Toronto Star: Toronto's mean streets

    As more cyclists share our crowded streets, collisions become inevitable. And when two wheels meet four, simple physics favours the car – often with life-changing consequences for the cyclist

    Toronto Star: Bikes win in Jarvis overhaul

    City council has approved a plan to remove the "reversible" centre commuter traffic lane from Jarvis St. and add new bike lanes to the road.

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    (rendering of the new proposal)

    Wow. After just a few weeks, Metrolinx has bowed to public pressure and changed
    its plans for Strachan Avenue. It had originally planned a "Super-Bridge" on Strachan to span the rail corridor, but is now opting to lower the rail corridor and build a smaller bridge that respects the local community... and they're going to include bikelanes.

    Here's the news from Councillor Joe Pantalone's office:
    It is with the greatest pleasure that I am writing to let you know that Metrolinx has listened to the residents, businesses and other organizations that sent hundreds and hundreds of messages and letters regarding the rail grade separation at Strachan Avenue.

    You will recall that all of us have been arguing for an urban friendly solution and against a solution that would have severely damaged our neighbourhood and our city. On all our behalf, I met with Mr. Rob Prichard, the new President and CEO of Metrolinx, last Monday morning.

    The result of this, and countless other discussion, is a win-win outcome for our neighbourhood and Metrolinx. Here are some of the details of what Metrolinx will now propose and I support:

    1) The super-bridge that cuts off Strachan Avenue from Douro Street and Wellington Street West is gone;

    2) The rail corridor will be lowered at the Wellington Street West/Douro Street intersection will be 1.1 metres higher (approximately one foot higher than what the City proposed) * (see attached rendering).
    The intersection will not significantly be affected with all traffic/pedestrian/cycling
    turns as they are at the present time; and

    3) To further reduce the height of the new bridge, Metrolinx has thinned the brick deck. To also address the issue of creating a cycling and pedestrian friendly corridor to our Waterfront and to our neighbourhoods, cycling lanes and pedestrian sidewalks now are included in the proposal.

    While the details are not fully worked out, I am confident that this new proposal meets what we all have strived to achieve over the past year: to keep Strachan Avenue an urban friendly street. While there will be some construction disruption as this increased GO Transit and Union Station service to Pearson Airport are built, these now become matters of detail that can be solved.

    Metrolinx will hold its second Open House on June 16th, 2009 at Historic Fort York between 3:00 and 8:00 pm. At that time, this acceptable solution will be formally presented to the community.

    I want to conclude by thanking our MPP Rosario Marchese and our MP Olivia Chow for working closely with us. I want to thank Mr. Prichard and those at MetroLinx who listened to us, City of Toronto staff who worked hard behind the scenes, and I want to thank you for getting involved and, by doing so, making our Toronto an even better place to live, work and play as we expand our much needed public transit system in Toronto and the GTA.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Pantalone
    Deputy Mayor
    City of Toronto

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    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    10am
    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.

    Toronto Bikeway Network Media Event
    1pm
    Celebrate the City of Toronto's Bikeway Network achievements from 2008 and find out what's in store for 2009. City staff and councillors will be on hand for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Wellesley bike lane. Free.

    TBN Ride the Don North
    6:30pm
    Join TBN on a easy-roller ride throught Sunnybrook Park and Edwards Gardens and north to Steeles. 20-50km. The ride finishes up Whistler's Grille for some dinner. Helmets and lights are mandatory.

    CBN Free Flat-Fix and Bike Repair Workshop
    7pm-10pm
    Flat-fix/Intro to Bike Repair Workshops
    The flat-fix classes consist of:
    *there will be a demonstration of tube repair and installation.
    A brief discussion of:
    * Bike fit
    * General safety issues (loose parts, damage, etc)
    * Lubrication

    See what's happening every day of BikeMonth in our BikeMonth Section!

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    City Council has voted
    in favour of installing bikelanes on Jarvis when the reversible 5th lane is removed!

    What do you think of the decision?

    Were you at City Council yesterday to show your support? BikingToronto was... and we'll have photos up soon. :)

    Does Jarvis need bikelanes, or are the nearby bikelanes on Sherbourne sufficient?

    Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Debating the Imaginary "War on Cars"

    A link from the weekend... it's not a war on cars, ... the media and certain politicians like to paint it as such, because it appeals to a certain demographic.  It's not a war, it's pursuing intermodal equality, or the Complete Streets philosophy ... that every street should be useful to every road user, whether in a car, on transit, on a bike, or walking


    Torontoist:The Sun and Denzil Minnan-Wong might complain that city policy is anti-car, but if you want less congestion—and presumably we all do—then you need less traffic. There are two basic ways to get less traffic: fewer cars and more roads. The Minnan-Wongs of the world complain that we've abandoned "more roads," but let's be realistic for a second here: without major city reconstruction, we can't fit any more roads into Toronto or even widen the major arteries we've already got. (more at Torontoist)

    Showdown over Jarvis lane change

    I'm happy to report that City Council voted yesterday to reduce Jarvis from 5 lanes to 4, to include bikelanes in the beautification of the once stately street.


    Globe and Mail: "Members of council who have aspirations for the next election are turning it into the 'war on cars,' " he said with disgust. "What I am doing on Jarvis is asking drivers to share that road with pedestrians, cyclists and transit." (more at the Globe and Mail)

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    Tour de Dufflet 2009
    Eat More Cake - Ride More Bike! The Tour de Dufflet will run daily (except Mondays) throughout Bike Month. Get a little exercise (and something sweet) by cycling to all 3 Dufflet locations.

    Union BikeStation Open House
    7am-7pm
    All are welcome to the open house for the bicycle station in the re-developed Union Station. The open house is all day 7 to 7 but refreshments served from 8 to 9 am.

    TBN Cedervale Prospecting
    10:30am-1pm
    Join TBN for a 19km ride at leasure wheeler pace. See Cedervale Park and the Beltline extension. Helmets mandatory.


    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series
    6:45pm
    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.

    Cycle the Golden Mile
    7pm-9pm
    Join the Outing Club of East York on a group bicycle tour of the Golden Mile area of East Toronto by using ravine paths and the hydro corridor. Distance approximately 25km. Bicycle helmets mandatory.

    See what's happening every day of BikeMonth in our BikeMonth Section!

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    What's on this week:


    View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page.... or look at our new BikeMonth section: day-by-day listing of events from May 25 - June 25.

    Since it's BikeMonth now... there are a ton of events going on this week. In the interests of space, we're going to just have links to all the events each day. Check out the BikeMonth pages for more detail on each event. :)


    D'Ornellas Bike Breakfast
    6am-9am
    Guaranteed Bike Lane
    7:30am-9:30am
    Green City Bike Tours Kick-off
    8:30am-10:30am
    Janet Bike Girl: Open Studio Show & Sale
    11am-7pm


    Union BikeStation Open House
    7am-7pm
    Cycle the Golden Mile
    7pm-9pm



    TBN Ride the Don North
    6:30pm


    Bike Summit 2009
    8am-6pm
    Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"
    5pm-7pm
    Kids and Youth Learn-to-Race
    6:30pm


    Critical Mass Toronto
    6pm-8pm
    TBN Scarborough Bluffs Ride
    6:30pm





    Highland Creek Bike Tour
    9:30am-3pm
    TBN Ride - High Park to Port Credit
    9:30am
    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    10am-5:30pm
    Donate a bike at Bike Pirates
    12pm-7pm
    CBN Open House
    12pm-6pm
    "Compact To Go!" at Urbane Cyclist
    12pm-5pm
    Bikechain: Group Ride to Leslie Spit
    1pm-4pm


    TBN Humber River Ride
    10am-2pm
    Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike!
    10am-12pm
    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    10am-5:30pm
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1
    10am-1pm
    Riding To Break The Cycle Toronto
    11am-4pm
    Bells on Bloor Group Ride
    12pm-2pm
    Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
    1 pm
    Family Bicycle Parade
    2pm-4pm
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2
    2pm-5pm



    You can keep track of everything happening each day on our new BikeMonth section! :)



    If you know of some events we've missed coming up this week, please let BikingToronto readers know in the comments below. Thanks!

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    SmartCommute Bike to Work Day
    Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area commuters are invited to join Smart Commute members and partners participating in Smart Commute Bike to Work Day.

    Bikes without Borders Concert
    For more information contact
    Phone: 647 999 7955

    D'Ornellas Bike Breakfast
    Join D'Ornellas Bike Shop for a bike to work breakfast in the 'burbs.

    D'Ornellas Bike Shop
    1894 Lawrence Avenue East
    Toronto, ON M1R 2Y5
    (416) 752-3838

    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.

    City Council Votes on Jarvis Bikelanes
    The Jarvis St. redesign, including full bike lanes, is scheduled as the first order of business at this precedent setting city council meeting. Right after the Bike Month kick-off Pancake Breakfast in Nathan Phillips Square, we ask that you proceed to Council Chambers at 9:30am. (What a way to kick off bike month eh...)

    Guaranteed Bike Lane
    A team of ARC Cyclist Safety Ambassadors will be on hand to place safety markers around motor vehicles parked within painted bike lanes, to assist cyclists to safely navigate around the hazard.

    Address:
    College Street West, somewhere between McCaul and Huron.

    Green City Bike Tours Kick-off
    TREC is launching the second year of “Green City Bike Tours” with a kick-off event following the Toronto Group Commute at the Launch of Bike Month.

    Janet Bike Girl: Open Studio Show & Sale
    Come and visit my studio! There is something for the whole family, from infant organic cotton onesies, infant and children's organic t-shirts, women's and men's organic t-shirts, all hand stenciled with various bike images. There will also be framed bike artwork for sale and a variety of my stencils will be on display.


    See what's happening every day of BikeMonth on our BikeMonth Section!


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    Spotted at the University of Toronto.

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    Before a Critical Mass ride in 2008.

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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 22, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    From the Toronto Cyclists Union:

    Hello fellow cyclists!


    Your presence is strongly recommended, and politely requested, for the Jarvis St. bike lane vote at,

    Council Chambers, City Hall
    Monday May 25th - 9:30am
    HELMETS ON!!

    (we need to stand out since the pro-car folks are wearing yellow t-shirts...)


    **No signs please. Respectful silence. Positive energy & attitude.

    Here we go folks - our chance to show City Council that Torontonians want bike lanes is happening first thing Monday morning!!

    The Jarvis St. redesign, including full bike lanes, is scheduled as the first order of business at this precedent setting city council meeting.

    Right after the Bike Month kick-off Pancake Breakfast in Nathan Phillips Square, we ask that you proceed to Council Chambers at 9:30am. (What a way to kick off bike month eh...)

    We want to have as many of our city's cyclists bring in and amplify the positive energy of the start of Bike Month when the topic is being discussed, because I can guarantee that there will be many yellow T-shirted car drivers there to oppose these bike lanes and any redesign that might slow 'their' inner city highway to Rosedale, Moore Park, etc...!!

    Hope to see you there with your helmet on ;) Strength in Numbers!!

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    Eye Weekly: On The Dandyhorse

    With news briefs illustrating local issues, a feature on "door prizes" (MP Olivia Chow has "won" two!) and a profile on Mariposa cycle designer Michael Barry whose wares were commemorated by late Canadian painter Greg Curnoe, the latest Dandyhorse is an engaging read. (read more)

    Globe and Mail: Danforth businesses divided over bike lane

    The study has yet to be finalized, but city councillor Adrian Heaps, chairman of the city's cycling committee, said the bike lane could be installed without sacrificing parking spots and that the eastern stretch, from Victoria Park to Sherbourne Street, could go ahead as early as this year if council approves it. (read more)

    Toronto Star: Shoppers on bikes good for business

    Patrons arriving by bicycle and on foot spend more money than those coming by car. (read more)

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    Last week I met up with a photographer from the local independent paper in my neighbourhood (the east end), the Beach Metro News. They contacted me after I made sure local community groups knew about the Group Commute on Mon, May 25th, and the startpoints of Woodbine & Danforth and Dundas East & Kingston Road. More info and startpoints from the group commute can be found here.

    Here's the article from
    their website. I'm not sure how long it will be online. He got a photo of me laughing at something he said. Ha. :)
    Joe Travers, Danforth East resident and creator of the popular bikingtoronto.com website, will be one of many cyclists helping kick off Toronto's annual Bike Month. Bike Month runs from May 25 to June 25, and the morning of May 25 will start with Ride Your Bike To Work Day's group commute. For Beachers heading downtown, rides will start from two spots in the East End, including the northwest corner of Danforth and Woodbine, with the ride starting at 7 a.m., and another group leaving from Kingston Road and Dundas at 7:30 a.m.

    The Woodbine and Danforth group will meet up with other groups at Yonge and Bloor around 7:30, then head to Nathan Phillips Square for a massive group breakfast set for 8 a.m.

    Travers has been taking part in the annual group commute for four years, and said the feeling of picking up more and more cyclists along the Danforth makes a great experience.

    “It's a lot of fun, there's an insane amount of cyclists all biking together,” he said.

    The Danforth ride will be accompanied by a police escort, and all riders will get breakfast, a T-shirt and other giveaways at City Hall. For more information on Bike Month, visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikemonth/, and for more on cycling in Toronto, visit www.bikingtoronto.com.

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    Monday is the start of BikeMonth, and with the warmer weather making awesome cycling to work weather... I'm sure you've noticed more bikes on the roads. There's been more bikes in the news too.

    Headlines: Concerns about a Bloor-Danforth Bikelane
    War of the wheels looms with cross-city bike lane plan Globe and Mail: In a move certain to be seized on by critics who claim the city is waging a war on cars, a study of an Etobicoke-to-Scarborough bike lane right across Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue will soon… (click for more)

    BikeMonth on BikingToronto
    I'm pleased to announce the launch of BikingToronto's new BikeMonth section. The BikeMonth Section lists all the bike events (that we know of, as of May 15) happening between May 25 - June 25th in the City of Toronto and surrounding area. Most (but not all) of these events…(click for more)



    Headlines: Fixing Worn Out BikeLane Paint
    Cyclists feel the pinch as drivers cross the line Toronto Star: Cyclists on Beverley St. are being squeezed into traffic by drivers who aren't sure about the location of bicycle lanes and parking spots. The lanes are marked with white paint to provide a buffer between vehicles and cyclists…(click for more)


    TCAT News Bulletin: May 19
    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...Last Chance to Register…(click for more)



    Toronto's First BikeStation Getting Ready to Open
    The City of Toronto has been working a while on preparing the city's first BikeStation at Union Station - a secure bike parking facility aimed at the hundreds of thousands of people who come in to downtown Toronto via train to work each day. Most of these people hop on…(click for more)


    Headlines: Spacing Toronto explores Copenhagen's Cycling Infrastructure
    SpacingToronto: Copenhagen - A city of two wheels I've decided to publish postcard-like entries of examples of infrastructure, planning and urban design elements that caught my attention. Today I'll start with cycling, because everything Copenhagen seems to do all comes back to the soft traffic of two…(click for more)



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    Heading west on Queens Quay, approaching Dan Leckie Way.

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    I recently stumbled across
    WIPT (Wear it Proud Toronto) Clothing... a business all about bicycle friendly and fixed gear culture inspired apparel. Then, I read a little feature on them in the Spring issue of Dandyhorse. I got in touch with owner Steffan Kraiker and asked him to describe himself and WIPT, because it's one that Toronto cyclists should know about.
    My girlfriend Cristina and I are absolutely bananas about bikes. We both come from fathers that sat on the Toronto City Cycling Committee during the early 90's, my dad was chair of the commuter program, and as a result we were fortunate to be exposed to the wonderful world of bicycles at a very early age. Growing up we used bikes for fun, or to visit friends, and now as young adults our reasons for riding has grown exponentially. We are actively involved with our community, supporting a range of events from fund raisers to fun races, we are always eager to donate some gear and our time.

    Wipt is a growing clothing line that embraces the fixed gear and urban cycling lifestyle with shirt's and hats that are fun to wear and relevant to the culture. We started with shirts that featured images our friends could relate too, I've begun the sewing cycling caps, and Cristina being a fashion designer is developing a line of stylish clothing designed with the intent to ride in.

    We believe in environmental sustainability, we do everything our selves to minimize our footprint, and we always aim to use sweatshop free Tees for printing on. We ride to work and school in almost any weather conditions because it's the right thing to do, and we talk about it with people, trying to encourage more of the same. In the future we intend to put some of our proceeds back into charities and community funds, but for the time being we are hoping to supplement some of our tuition fees!

    Our goods can be purchased at the VeloSocial happening the second Thursday of every month at the Augusta House 152a Augusta Ave in Kensington Market, at Function 13 at 156 Augusta Ave, and Method Lab at 3097 Dundas St W in the Junction.

    As well we try to update our blog as much as possible, and have a link to purchase on our website.

    Worth mentioning is that we love custom projects, I'm currently making 20 hats for our local bike polo team, and are always happy to talk about wholesale pricing.

    Wear It Proud Toronto

    - Website/Blog
    - Facebook Group
    - Phone: 647 501 2253

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    Comment: BikeMonth on BikingToronto

    This is money. This took a lot of work. Now, you're not going to want to hear this, but most of the Apple/Google Calendar using hedonists need this data in an iCal format. Then we can just drop it into our calendars like advent chocolates. Is there any way that could happen, maybe not this year, but next?
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    Comment: Headlines: Fixing Worn Out BikeLane Paint

    Yes, I believe it's only legal for taxi's and delivery vehicles to stop in bikelanes in Toronto - and then only for the purposes of pick-ups or drop-offs. They aren't allowed to sit there and do nothing. Private autos are never allowed to.
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    Comment: Headlines: Fixing Worn Out BikeLane Paint

    Is parking in bike lanes illegal in Toronto?  In California, parking is generally legal unless bike lane parking is specifically marked as prohibited. Hence, what's pictured above is generally legal in California.  The autotweet/comment feature is pretty cool!
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    In November of 2008, 36 year old cyclist Chris Kasztelewicz lost one of his legs in a vicious road rage incident in downtown Toronto.

    Please join fellow cyclists for a fundraiser in his honour.

    When: Saturday, May 23rd from 8pm to 1am
    Where: Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor St. West @ Landsdowne
    $10 or PWYC at the door - all funds raised go to Chris

    Featuring...

    • Local DJ's Gabor Podor & Triple X
    • Cycling community
    • Fundraising Raffle - Great prizes from our sponsors to be announced!
    • Amazing show currently up at the gallery by celebrated printmaker and digital artist, Favianna Rodriguez
    • GoldSprints (stationary bike races): $5 per Racer - Top male and female split half the pot, and the other half will go to Chris.
    Read more about Chris' story
    - Cyclist Tells of Freedom Lost after Leg Amputated [BikeRadar]
    - Bike / Taxi Collision, Cyclist Leg Amputated [BikingToronto]
    - Cyclist who lost Leg in apparent Road Rage incident speaks out [BikingToronto]

    Proudly Sponsored by:
    Amsterdam Brewery, Cervelo, Janet Bike Girl, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Toronto Cyclists Union, Toronto Free Gallery, The Bike Joint, GoldSprints, La Palette, Steel Wool Bicycles, Bike Leather Co., Duke's Cycle, Urbane Cyclist, and Push the Envelope.

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    War of the wheels looms with cross-city bike lane plan

    Globe and Mail: In a move certain to be seized on by critics who claim the city is waging a war on cars, a study of an Etobicoke-to-Scarborough bike lane right across Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue will soon be unveiled by Toronto officials. The feasibility study contemplates a city-spanning bicycle lane from Victoria Park Avenue to Kipling Avenue, passing through Greektown, the Annex and Bloor West Village, among other neighbourhoods. (read more at the Globe and Mail)

    The media is beginning to make the Bloor-Danforth bikelane issue into a "war" topic... when we should all be focusing on how to create alliances and partnerships to make this a reality.

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    The newly renovated Martin Goodman Trail through Marilyn Bell Park, just west of Ontario Place.

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    I'm pleased to announce the launch of BikingToronto's new BikeMonth section.

    The BikeMonth Section lists all the bike events (that we know of, as of May 15) happening between May 25 - June 25th in the City of Toronto and surrounding area. Most (but not all) of these events can be found in a textual calendar run by the City's cycling staff.

    As a cyclist in Toronto, I loved the city's calendar, but found it hard to follow and figure out what was happening every day - so I took the events from that calendar and combined them with events on the BikingToronto Events Page, and came up with the BikeMonth section - what I think is the most comprehensive guide to BikeMonth events. :)

    Click on over, and you'll see that you can click on any day of BikeMonth and you'll be taken to a page showing everything happening on that day.

    As well, here on the main BikingToronto page, every day around lunch, we'll post about all the BikeMonth events happening the next day. It can help you make plans about what you want to do.

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    Cyclists feel the pinch as drivers cross the line

    Toronto Star: Cyclists on Beverley St. are being squeezed into traffic by drivers who aren't sure about the location of bicycle lanes and parking spots. The lanes are marked with white paint to provide a buffer between vehicles and cyclists riding close to the curb. Some inner-city bike lanes have already been in place for several years, which adds up to a lot of wear and tear on the markings. Sooner or later, the faded markings are repainted, but it sometimes takes Toronto's transportation services a while to catch up with the backlog. (read more in the Star)

    The Star's Fixer column takes on bikelanes that are wearing away and making things confusing for cyclists and drivers alike.

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    DATE: May 20, 2009
    TIME: 7:00 pm
    WHERE: South-east corner of Bloor & Spadina

    Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

    * To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
    * To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
    * To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

    More info at rideofsilence.org

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    Critical Mass passing Dundas Square.

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


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

    1. - Bike Summit 2009...Last Chance to Register in Advance!
    2. - Bike Lanes on Bloor and University? Wow!
    3. - TCAT's top picks for Bike Month

    More on the TCAT site.

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    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: Trumpet Man


    This guy is usually in Toronto's Critical Mass.

    Photo of the Day: Black and White Chrome


    Awesome photo of some handlebars.

    Photo of the Day: University Bike


    Osgoode Hall and City Hall in the background.


    Photo of the Day: Blue Fenders


    Chewie2008~ is awesome at making wet bikes look amazing.


    Photo of the Day: Three Bikes


    How do you pick up two bikes for your kids? By bike!

    Photo of the Day: Verdun License



    Photo of the Day: The Approach
    Biking the SkatePark

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    The City of Toronto has been working a while on preparing the city's first BikeStation at Union Station - a secure bike parking facility aimed at the hundreds of thousands of people who come in to downtown Toronto via train to work each day.

    Most of these people hop on the TTC for a short trip to somewhere in the downtown core, so the city is hoping to entice some of these workers to bike to work from Union station by providing economical and secure bike parking with the BikeStation.

    Membership benefits
    The benefits of an individual membership include:

    * 24-hour secure bicycle parking (card entry)
    * Access to showers and lockers at a location nearby (5 day complimentary pass to Goodlife Fitness)
    * Use of the shared bike program (see terms)
    * 10% off bicycle parts and accessories (at participating local bike shops)
    * Bicycle Station t-shirt


    Fees
    One-time registration fee: $25
    Parking plans:
    1 month $20
    4 months $60
    Pay and Park: $2


    The BikeStation is located in the York Street Teamway (click on map above for a larger version), and opens Tuesday, May 26 at 8 a.m.

    View the city's BikeStation webpage for much more information.

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    Matt Blackett of Spacing visited Copenhagen recently, and being impressed with both the cycling infrastructure and numbers of cyclists there, made an animation of cyclists from photos taken during one traffic light cycle:



    View the Spacing post for some great comments about it.

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    Critical Mass on Queen

    Photo by Andrew Bisset

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    2006
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    BikeWeek 2006!

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    What's on this week:


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

    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series
    6:45pm
    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.

    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    10am
    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.

    CN Do The Don Trail Awareness
    10am-6pm
    Join our Awareness Day to learn more about Toronto’s great trail network, meet and speak with your Community Safety Partners, and participate in fun, interactive activities, including CN’s “Little Obie” interpretive train.

    Don Valley Trail Clean-Up Project
    10am-12pm
    This is a fun two hour trail clean-up event. Bags, gloves are supplied, and a free BBQ follows the event.
    Come and discover the forest of the Don!

    Giro T.O
    9am-12pm
    Giro T.O. is a charity bike ride aimed at raising funds to help Villa Charities give more amore to the seniors who cared for us, provide more invaluable job training to young adults with intellectual disabilities and increase the cultural programming that enriches the lives of thousands annually.


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

    Also, BikeMonth starts next week - you can keep track of everything happening each day on our new BikeMonth section! :)



    If you know of some events we've missed coming up this week, please let BikingToronto readers know in the comments below. Thanks!


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    Critical Mass cyclists at Dundas Square.

    Photo by Andrew Bissett

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    2006
    It Was A Wet Ride of Silence
    It's Not Easy Being Yellow
    That Tire Blew Up Real Good

    2007
    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
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    One Week Until BikeFriday
    Photo of the Day - Fri, May 18th

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    This guy is usually in Toronto's Critical Mass.

    Photo by Andrew Bisset

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    Ride of Silence Reminder
    More To Harp About

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    Bike 2 York Events Coming Up...
    Photo of the Day - Thurs, May 17th

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    Awesome photo of some handlebars.

    Photo by Jason Tavares

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    2006
    Love My Bike Exhibition

    2007
    Cyclists' Ride of Silence takes place tonight
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day

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    SpacingToronto: Copenhagen - A city of two wheels

    I've decided to publish postcard-like entries of examples of infrastructure, planning and urban design elements that caught my attention. Today I'll start with cycling, because everything Copenhagen seems to do all comes back to the soft traffic of two (and often three) wheels.

    Awesome post by Matt Blackett of Spacing.  Copenhagen is the world's inspiration for how to do cycling infrastructure right.  Not that it happened overnight... Copenhagen's bike utopia has been 40 years in the making.

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


    In my opinion, the Roncesvalles plan does not follow the pedestrians first, cars last hierarchy. Because very few parking spots will be sacrificed in the preferred design option, the plan is basically business as usual.

    Street redesigns are a once in a lifetime event. The design picked for Roncesvalles will probably still exist when someone born today is a senior. The plan is based on a business fear of losing customers who are driving to shop. We don't know how people will be travelling 60 - 70 years from now. I would guess that if we are still using personal vehicles to get around, they will be much smaller. I would hope that 60 years from now, people will laugh at today's car dependence.

    If Toronto truly wanted to promote alternate forms of transportation and reduce GHG emissions, our elected officials, including Gord Perks, would follow the lead of other cities and implement policies that discourage driving and promote walking, biking, roller blading etc. This means reducing parking spots and creating space on our streets that adequately accommodate all users. I believe that the preferred option for Roncesvalles is a wishy washy plan that seeks to make everyone happy. Framing it as innovative is a way to squash opposition. An innovative plan would truly put into place the transportation hierarchy supported by environmentalists. recognize

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    Happy Friday everyone! Time for all your weekly update on all the bikey stuff happening in Toronto. :)

    BikeMonth is coming up too... launching on Mon, May 25 with the City's Group Commute (facebook event page link) and running until June 25. You can expect a very handy link in next week's Wrap-Up that'll help you keep track and take part in BikeMonth events. That's all I'll say for now. :)

    News on BikingToronto over the past week:

    Video: Sharing the Road on the Agenda
    For those of you who missed it on Thursday (or those of you who want to see it again), below I've embedded the video from TVO's the Agenda when they discussed transportation planning and sharing the road amongst different users... (
    click here for more)


    Headlines: Rough Ride Towards A Green Toronto
    Bumpy road to a greener urban core Toronto Star: The best streets – for business, pleasure and everyday living – are ones that mesh traffic by foot, bicycle and auto, the ones that achieve balance so that each corner is a destination, not a drive-through... (click here for more)

    Spacing Radio talks Bikes
    The most recent episode of Spacing Radio is about bikes! Hosted by CBC's David Michael Lamb (of CBC National Radio News) We sit down with compelling and provocative civic leaders from Toronto, Montreal, and cities around the world to discuss the latest issues affecting the urban landscape... (click here for more)


    TCAT News Bulletin: May 12
    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: Register soon for Bike Summit 2009… (click here for more)

    Headlines: Streets for Cars or People?
    Auto-Centric or People-Centric: Which way works for city streets? Toronto Star: In another part of town, a similar, but different, controversy is brewing over a proposal to close the reversible middle lane of Jarvis St. That would mean widening sidewalks and adding bicycle lanes. Well-heeled north-enders have proclaimed their… (click here for more)

    Headlines: Cyclist Hit on Coxwell
    Toronto Star: Cyclist in east-end crash was listening to iPod The man was riding in the curb lane on Coxwell a few blocks south of the Danforth around 11 p.m. when he made a left turn into the path of a van that was coming up behind him... (click here for more)



    Some of the Event Posts on BikingToronto over the past week:

    City of Toronto Group Commute: Mon, May 25th
    The City of Toronto Group Commute is coming up fast. It's my favourite part of BikeMonth every year, because it's the only time thousands of cyclists come together to commute to work as one.




    BikeSummit 2009: Audio Introduction to the Summit
    If you've been on the fence about attending BikeSummit 2009, you may enjoy these audio clips from Nancy Smith Lea, Program Director for the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation.

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    Osgoode Hall and City Hall in the background.

    Photo by Alfred Ng

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    2006
    Toronto Cycling Committee - Meeting Tonight
    CBN 2006 Annual General Meeting
    Biking Toronto's Ravines

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    The City of Toronto Group Commute is coming up fast. It's my favourite part of BikeMonth every year, because it's the only time thousands of cyclists come together to commute to work as one.

    Those thousands (about 20,000 - at least in 2006) are always there, spread out, commuting all over the city... but on Monday the 25th - much larger groups will be moving around.



    Find out more at the City's Group Commute webpage, or check out the Event Page for it on Facebook.

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    If you've been on the fence about attending BikeSummit 2009, you may enjoy these audio clips from Nancy Smith Lea, Program Director for the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation.





    I'll be attending, and BikingToronto's brand new charitable arm, I Bike T.O., will have a presence there as well.

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    Chewie2008~ is awesome at making wet bikes look amazing.

    Photo by Chewie2008~

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    2007
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    MyBikelane Toronto Hits 100 Violations

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    Comment on Headlines: Cyclist Hit on Coxwell

    I wear one headphone on my right ear and not loud. Music helps to pump me up to bike faster or to enjoy the ride when it's too boring. I am cautious though, looking over my shoulder all time and listening to cars and even other bike bells is very important. I think completely losing yourself in the music is very dangerous.

    There's a discussion on the post about a cyclist being hit on Coxwell, after he (reportedly) turned in front of a truck while wearing headphones.

    Do you wear headphones while cycling?

    Did you used to wear headphones while cycling, but decided not to?

    Do you say anything to others who wear headphones while cycling?

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    Bumpy road to a greener urban core

    Toronto Star: The best streets – for business, pleasure and everyday living – are ones that mesh traffic by foot, bicycle and auto, the ones that achieve balance so that each corner is a destination, not a drive-through.

    Royson James does a great job explaining that truly health, vibrant and world-class cities are the ones that recognize that the private car is the least efficient way of moving people around... yet Toronto is hindered by protests at any action that doesn't give the private automobile total priority in urban planning.

    (read more at the Toronto Star)

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


    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.
    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.

    3.
    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.




    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.
    Update: Air Canada and Folding Bikes
    This case is now a legal one, before the Canadian Transport Agency, with Lloyd making the case that the "Additional Handling Fee" is discriminatory and unreasonable, as it requires (nor was given) any special treatment nor additional handling:

    7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: A Smorgasboard of Toronto Bike News
    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.

    8. 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.

    9.
    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? Respond in the comments section below or add on to Yvonne's comment.

    10. 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...


    For more popular posts, check out the "popular" label page.

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    How do you pick up two bikes for your kids? By bike!

    Photo by Miguel Navarrete

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    Toronto Road Closures
    2006 Fresh Air Fair

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    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: Night Rider


    Queen & Bay in early April.

    Photo by chewie2008~
    Photo of the Day: Taylor Creek Park


    Taylor Creek Park is one of the hidden gems of East York.

    Photo by JeffStewartPhotos
    Photo of the Day: Twilight


    I love how the streetcar tracks seem to glow blue in this photo.

    Photo by *Visual Noise
    Photo of the Day: Bridging the Dawn


    Bridge over the Lower Don near the Don Roadway and Lake Shore Blvd.

    Photo by gbalogh
    Photo of the Day: Queen and Yonge Streak


    Capturing Traffic Downtown

    Photo by Mike Manalang
    Photo of the Day: Vermillion Night


    Flowered Basket near Bloor and Spadina

    Photo by intrepidacious
    Photo of the Day: Rain Dogs


    Taking the dogs for a cycle on the Martin-Goodman Trail

    Photo by cornelius crab

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    Commute from Downtown Toronto to Leslie and Steeles


    Can anyone give me some advice on how to get from Bloor and St. George to Leslie and Steeles? I think the Don Park land trails may be the way, but they are disconnected near the 401 and it goes out East a bit.

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


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

    1. Register soon for Bike Summit 2009…Spaces are filling up!
    2. Mobilizing around the Strachan Super-Bridge and Diesel Trains
    3. Good news from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee!
    4. Converting Richmond and Adelaide to two-way streets: TCAT in the news!
    5. TCAT's Jane's Walk featured on CBC
    6. Bike Summit Speaker Ralph Buehler and International Researcher John Pucher release two new articles

    More on the TCAT site.

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    Auto-Centric or People-Centric: Which way works for city streets?

    Toronto Star: In another part of town, a similar, but different, controversy is brewing over a proposal to close the reversible middle lane of Jarvis St. That would mean widening sidewalks and adding bicycle lanes. Well-heeled north-enders have proclaimed their opposition. On the other hand, if the goal is a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly city, closing the lane is the right thing to do. (read more in the Toronto Star)

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    Spotted on Spadina.

    Photo by Georgie_Grrl

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    Guerilla Gardening This Saturday
    The Straight And Sharrow

    2007
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    A great comment was left yesterday on BikingToronto by Tamy, a Montreal resident who *loves* her city and the new Bixi bikesharing program. So much so that she made a video about seeing Montreal by Bixi!

    Toronto is looking at Bikesharing too, so lets hope this video is widely seen.

    Here's Tamy's comment, with the video embedded below:

    Every big city of Canada should have a BIXI system. I'm from Montreal and I can't wait for it to launch this week :-) I think it's already inspiring a lot of cities in Canada and in the States.

    There's a rack right next to my apartment, and I'm a girl who takes her car on the daily, don't want my own bike because I would have to transport it up the stairs every night and morning, but Bixi makes it really easy for me. Plus there's tons of city bike routes that lead to the main business districts, so it's perfect for work. So sick of being stuck in traffic...

    I actually had the chance to try a bixi bike before the launch and I was really satisfied, although they are a bit heavy. Anyway, if ever you're planning on coming to Montreal this summer, I just put together a nice little video of my favorite bike paths in MTL, on a Bixi of course ;)

    http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Blogs/Girls-Getaway/Bike-Taxi-BIXI



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    Toronto Star: Cyclist in east-end crash was listening to iPod

    The man was riding in the curb lane on Coxwell a few blocks south of the Danforth around 11 p.m. when he made a left turn into the path of a van that was coming up behind him.


    I can't find anything in the Highway Traffic Act about wearing headphones while cycling.  Anyone know more?  It doesn't seem to safe to me... I use my ears a ton to know what's going on around me.  I know listening to tunes is popular though...

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    What's on this week:


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



    May 11
    7pm
    Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting
    Committee Room 2
    2nd Floor, City Hall
    100 Queen Street West, Toronto
    more info


    May 12
    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. more info


    May 13
    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. more info


    May 14
    7pm
    VeloSocial Bike Party
    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. more info



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    Biking the SkatePark

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    To Serve, Protect, and Cycle

    2007
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    Two Weeks Until May's BikeFriday!

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    For those of you who missed it on Thursday (or those of you who want to see it again), below I've embedded the video from TVO's the Agenda when they discussed transportation planning and sharing the road amongst different users.

    Make sure you are using Internet Explorer.. the below video doesn't seem to work in Mozilla Firefox.


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    Queen & Bay in early April.

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    Homemade Just Tastes Rides Better

    2007
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    Toronto's First Sharrows in Ward 21?

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    The most recent episode of Spacing Radio is about bikes! Hosted by CBC's David Michael Lamb (of CBC National Radio News)
    We sit down with compelling and provocative civic leaders from Toronto, Montreal, and cities around the world to discuss the latest issues affecting the urban landscape. Our host David Michael Lamb and our cast of contributors will take you right into the middle of the public spaces and talk with the people that bring our cities to life.
    Topics and Links from the podcast:
    - Walk and Bike for Life: the organization’s website
    - NYC Department of Transportation: the home page, and the section on cycling
    - Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation: TCAT’s website, and details about the bike summit
    - Fred Sztabinski: Fred’s post on the Spacing Toronto blog about people who cycle as a family in Amsterdam
    - Spiral Beach: the group’s website and MySpace page

    Listen to the Bikes episode here.

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    Taylor Creek Park is one of the hidden gems of East York.

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    2006
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    The Love Of A Cyclist For His City
    I'm Taking Back My Streets
    Useless Horsepower

    2007
    Bloor Corridor Visioning Study Meeting Tonight
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
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    Hi everyone,


    It’s that time of year again… time for me to bike 50 km in the Becel Ride for Heart on the Gardiner and the DVP on Sunday, June 7.

    You can donate online here, (email me too, so I know you donated) or drop off money with me in person. Any donation over $10 gets you a tax receipt and you get to play in the…

    Win an iPod Ride for Heart Contest

    My fundraising goal is $1000 this year, and if I reach that level, they’ll be giving me an 8 GB iPod Nano ($169 value), which will be the prize in this contest.

    Every $10 donated gets you 1 entry in the draw for the iPod.

    Every $20 donated gets you 3 entries in the draw for the iPod.

    Every $50 donated gets you 10 entries in the draw for the iPod.

    Every $100 donated gets you 30 entries in the draw for the iPod.
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    Happy Friday everyone! Time for all your weekly news in one handy-dandy spot. Here!

    With the warm weather, the bike stories in Toronto's media are popping up everywhere (as are cyclists - my commute to work this morning found me in a group of about 20 cyclists heading across the Bloor Viaduct at about 7:45 this morning. It was cool!), so here's a run down of what is being written about.

    NOW Magazine: It's a bike-friendly world

    On Wednesday, April 22 Sadik-Khan came to Toronto for the Walk and Bike for Life conference to give Mayor David Miller some tips. NYC trumps Toronto with over 476 km of bike lanes. Commuter cyclers in the Big Apple grew by 35 per cent last year, and traffic fatalities are the lowest they've been since 1912. (read more at NOW Magazine)

    Globe and Mail: Pedal power to the people - ride on!

    The lesson here is simple: The more stylish cycling becomes, the safer and more practical it will be.

    Luckily, cycling culture is in the midst of a much-needed makeover. The days of middle-aged sportos spinning to work in spandex crotch pads and clip-in shoes are all but over, replaced by a new generation of smartly dressed Audrey Hepburns, trundling along with terriers tucked into their baskets. (read more at the Globe and Mail)

    Toronto Star: Montreal pedals past Toronto with Bixi BikeSharing


    Through a combination of recent efforts, Montreal is dramatically prioritizing bicycles. Not only has it embarked on a huge expansion of its bike paths – it already has more than Toronto – but on May 12 it will officially launch the first full-fledged public bike rental service in North America, called Bixi, a combination of bike and taxi. "Bixi for me is not just a bicycle," said André Lavallée, a member of the mayor's cabinet and responsible for the city's transport plan. "It's like an ambassador for our vision of transport in Montreal, of our values and willingness to change the city." (read more at the Toronto Star)

    BikingToronto Posts:
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2009/04/toronto-starts-looking-at-bikesharing.html
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2008/12/toronto-bikesharing-report-released.html


    Torontoist: On Jarvis, Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad

    Score one for the cycling community. After an intense and late-breaking campaign, and with a crucial assist from Councillor Kyle Rae, bicycle advocates have successfully introduced bike lanes into a major redevelopment plan for Jarvis Street. Yesterday afternoon the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) voted to remove the centre, reversible-direction lane of traffic, and use the freed-up space to install bicycle lanes in both directions from Bloor to Queen. (read more at Torontoist)

    BlogTO: Bump Outs Coming to Roncesvalles

    What really got people confused was the introduction of bump outs and transit platforms. The latter are meant to facilitate smooth boarding on the new streetcars, which will hit streets in 2011 (and in full force in the years after that). The bump outs are meant to make things safer for pedestrians. But where the cyclists will fit and how all this will actually look and work is still somewhat of a mystery. (read more at BlogTO)

    National Post: Driving downtown could get uglier

    Mr. Giambrone and Councillor Gordon Perks (Parkdale High Park) both pointed out yesterday that there is a hierarchy at City Hall ranking the priority placed on transit modes: pedestrians are at the top of the food chain, followed by cyclists, public transit riders and then cars. "The automobile deserves -- on a per capita basis, on a per taxpayer basis -- the least amount of space," Mr. Giambrone said. (read more at the National Post)


    Have a great weekend everyone! It's going to be a nice one! :)


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    I love how the streetcar tracks seem to glow blue in this photo.

    Photo by *Visual Noise

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    TVO's great current affairs program The Agenda is hitting the airwaves tonight (8 pm and 11 pm) with an episode called "Sharing the Road" involving discussion on Transportation planning and how to balance the needs of different road users.

    BikingToronto was asked to participate and discuss things from a cyclists' point of view, but was unable to make the taping. It sounds like they are planning on having guests from organizations representing cycling, pedestrians, transit users, and drivers.

    According to
    the Agenda website, the focused discussion (generally in the first part of the show) will be with Fred Hanson, the general manager of TriMet - the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

    I'll be watching, and hoping that cycling is represented by an articulate and sensible person. The last thing cyclists need is to be represented by anyone who perpetuates the myth that cyclists are "irregular".

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    Biking Europe

    I am planning a trip to Europe and I want to bike arround the cities. I have found that Strida 5.2 is the one !!! However I want to try it before buy it. Do any of you have this bicycle in GTA so I can try it? Or know where it is sold in Toronto? ... (read more and discuss)

    Don trail = road?

    So, a man in a pick up today claimed that the don trail, south of the point where it crosses that street... (not too far north of the lake) (sorry for being vauge) is a street itself. Now, there are parts that seem like access roads and such, but... (read more and discuss)

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    Torontoist: On Jarvis, Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad

    Score one for the cycling community. After an intense and late-breaking campaign, and with a crucial assist from Councillor Kyle Rae, bicycle advocates have successfully introduced bike lanes into a major redevelopment plan for Jarvis Street. Yesterday afternoon the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) voted to remove the centre, reversible-direction lane of traffic, and use the freed-up space to install bicycle lanes in both directions from Bloor to Queen.

    BlogTO: Bump Outs Coming to Roncesvalles

    what really got people confused was the introduction of bump outs and transit platforms. The latter are meant to facilitate smooth boarding on the new streetcars, which will hit streets in 2011 (and in full force in the years after that). The bump outs are meant to make things safer for pedestrians. But where the cyclists will fit and how all this will actually look and work is still somewhat of a mystery.

    National Post: Driving downtown could get uglier

    Mr. Giambrone and Councillor Gordon Perks (Parkdale High Park) both pointed out yesterday that there is a hierarchy at City Hall ranking the priority placed on transit modes: pedestrians are at the top of the food chain, followed by cyclists, public transit riders and then cars. "The automobile deserves -- on a per capita basis, on a per taxpayer basis -- the least amount of space," Mr. Giambrone said.

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    Bridge over the Lower Don near the Don Roadway and Lake Shore Blvd.

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    2006
    Back From The 'Burbs
    Why Are Cyclists So Angry?

    2007
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    Eastern Avenue Bikelanes Approved!

    2008


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    Great little video from the Star's "VideoZone"... a nice introduction to Montreal's new Bixi BikeShare system.

    Put your pointer over the photo below to see the video controls.

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    Toronto Star: Montreal pedals past Toronto with Bixi BikeSharing


    Through a combination of recent efforts, Montreal is dramatically prioritizing bicycles. Not only has it embarked on a huge expansion of its bike paths – it already has more than Toronto – but on May 12 it will officially launch the first full-fledged public bike rental service in North America, called Bixi, a combination of bike and taxi. "Bixi for me is not just a bicycle," said André Lavallée, a member of the mayor's cabinet and responsible for the city's transport plan. "It's like an ambassador for our vision of transport in Montreal, of our values and willingness to change the city."  (read more at the Toronto Star)

    BikingToronto Posts:
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2009/04/toronto-starts-looking-at-bikesharing.html
    http://www.bikingtoronto.com/2008/12/toronto-bikesharing-report-released.html

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    Capturing Traffic Downtown

    Photo by Mike Manalang

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    Very cool historical/present photo up right now on Toronto Before... cyclists passing Old City Hall in 1889 and 2009.

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    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: Ward Island Morning


    Greeting the day on the Toronto Islands

    Photo by gbalogh
    Photo of the Day: Panning CyclistPhoto of the Day: High on the HillPhoto of the Day: Modes of Transit


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

    Photo by DougMcG
    Photo of the Day: Distillery Pose

    Photo of the Day: Baby on Board


    Crossing the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge with a little one.

    Photo by chewie2008~
    Photo of the Day: Good Morning


    Starting the day out on fixed gear bikes.

    Photo by stinc.

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    Globe and Mail: Pedal power to the people - ride on!

    The lesson here is simple: The more stylish cycling becomes, the safer and more practical it will be.

    Luckily, cycling culture is in the midst of a much-needed makeover. The days of middle-aged sportos spinning to work in spandex crotch pads and clip-in shoes are all but over, replaced by a new generation of smartly dressed Audrey Hepburns, trundling along with terriers tucked into their baskets.  (read more at the Globe and Mail)

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    Flowered Basket near Bloor and Spadina

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    posted by Joe on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    2006
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    I'm Talking 'Bout The Benjamins, Baby

    2007
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    posted by Joe on Monday, May 04, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Kona Dew (Bathurst and Dupont)

    Had my bicycle stolen April 19th, 2009.

    Make: Kona
    Model: Dew
    Colour:
    General Description: Brand New condition, the seat might have some indigo colour stained into it because i've been riding it around with new jeans lately. there are red flashy lights on the back, and a clip where a white light should've been on the front (i still have the light), the right handlebar is bent out an an awkward angle because of a fall, it's got 21 gears and everything after 4 on each slips a little. It's got hybrid tires
    Year: 2006
    Location : My house @ 1083 Bathurst St. (Dupont)


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    For those of you who could not make the Dandyhorse launch party last Wednesday (and to those of you who could), Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union has posted lots of great photos of the party. It was a very fun time. I don't think I'm in any of the photos, but my bike is in a couple.

    Dandyhorse is a great magazine... be sure to look for my small articles about Portland, New York and Montreal for great bike ideas to draw inspirations from.

    Here are a few of Yvonne's photos. Check out the entire Flickr Set for more.


    The new issue on display. The $5 admission got you a free copy.


    A shot from early in the evening of the growing crowd at Amsterdam Brewery.


    Cake, in Dandyhorse form!


    GoldSprints racing!



    Pralex tricked out the party with some sick moves.






    Everyone is smiling. That's a sign of a good party.

    Check out Dandyhorse.com, and look for the magazine in Toronto bike shops!

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    NOW Magazine: It's a bike-friendly world

    On Wednesday, April 22 Sadik-Khan came to Toronto for the Walk and Bike for Life conference to give Mayor David Miller some tips. NYC trumps Toronto with over 476 km of bike lanes. Commuter cyclers in the Big Apple grew by 35 per cent last year, and traffic fatalities are the lowest they've been since 1912.

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    What's on this week:


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


    May 5
    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/


    May 6
    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


    May 9

    9am-3pm
    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.
    http://www.rvcc.ca/Hikes_%26_Events.html


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

    If you know of some events we've missed coming up this week, please let BikingToronto readers know in the comments below. Thanks!

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    Taking the dogs for a cycle on the Martin-Goodman Trail

    Photo by cornelius crab

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    New Bike Facilities On Marlee?

    2007
    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
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    Greeting the day on the Toronto Islands

    Photo by gbalogh

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    Cycling - Sustainable and Affordable
    Yet More Critical Mass Visuals

    2007
    BikingToronto Photo of the Day
    Bikeway Network Work in the "Scarborough Transportation Corridor"
    Every Friday is BikeFriday at Bloor & HighPark!
    Torontoist Asks "Where Are Truck SideGuards?"
    Tons of Photos from April 27th's BikeFriday!

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    A stylish cyclist zipping on by...

    Photo by .b.wu

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    The Big Bike Post

    2007
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    posted by Joe on Friday, May 01, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    Happy Friday everyone. Here's the news from the past week:

    • Headlines: Bike Deli and Bikes for Africa
      Toronto Star: Nutrition on 2 wheels with the Pickle cycle They call it the Pickle Cycle. Toronto's newest bike courier won't be making the rounds with dull paperwork. He'll be delivering nutrition in brown paper bags. "It's literally a small delicatessen on wheels," ... (click here to read more)
    • TCAT News Bulletin: April 28
      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... (click here to read more)
    • Headlines: Bike Sharing, Bike Racks, and Bike Summit
      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… (click here to read more)




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    Toronto Star: Nutrition on 2 wheels with the Pickle cycle

    They call it the Pickle Cycle. Toronto's newest bike courier won't be making the rounds with dull paperwork. He'll be delivering nutrition in brown paper bags. "It's literally a small delicatessen on wheels," chef Pedro Dos Santos says ofVert Catering's unusual venture. The "green" caterer's Bike Deli is an exercise in environmental responsibility, with lunches packed in compostable containers and delivered without burning fossil fuels.

    Canada News Wire: Toronto Islands "Walk & Roll" Sends Life-Saving Bikes to Africa

    On May 30, Bikes Without Borders and Virgin Mobile host Bike for Africa, a fun and family-friendly event on Toronto Islands with the goal of raising $100,000 for the Pedal Powered Hope project in Malawi. By providing 400 new bikes and 100 bicycles ambulances to community care workers in rural districts, up to 15,000 more people will get the life-saving medication and support services they need.

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    Awesome composition at the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant

    Photo by rodto

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