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Norco Kokanee - Orange (Bloor/Brunswick)

Stolen from my backyard just north of Brunswick. The bike has horns on the handlebar (the right one is broken in half), slicks for tires, clipless pedals, front and rear fenders... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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(Also posted on I Bike T.O.)

Back on June 5, BikingToronto and I Bike T.O. attended Ward 21's Bike First Friday... a breakfast get together for cyclists in Councillor Joe Mihevc's ward.

It takes place on the first friday of every month, so this friday it'll be going again... and BikingToronto and I Bike T.O. will be there again, and giving away some FREE I Bike T.O. t-shirts and selling some too ($20, all profits go to charity), if you've been looking at getting one.

Here are a few photos from the June 5th Bike First Friday - of the breakfast, and one of the winners of a free I Bike T.O. shirt.











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Norco Kokanee - Orange (Bloor/Brunswick)

Stolen from my backyard just north of Brunswick. The bike has horns on the handlebar (the right one is broken in half), slicks for tires, clipless pedals, front and rear fenders, back rack, a thin, hard Italian seat, and the part where the pedals attach to (always forget the name) is a bit loose, and can't be fixed.


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Globe and Mail: A city made for cyclists (Hint: it's not Toronto)

There's a big, disturbing gap between what's normal for cyclists in Toronto and what's normal for cyclists in Copenhagen. Normal in Toronto means biking as an edgy urban sport. Normal means risking life and limb to dodge cars, pedestrians and, during the winter, ice and snow on roads and dicey bike paths. Normal in Copenhagen means bike paths receive the same kind of snow removal as the city's main arteries. In Copenhagen, half the city's population uses some of its 350 kilometres of devoted lanes, which is normal.

Spacing Toronto: The role of local government in promoting cycling

With Bike Month all wrapped up for another year, it seems only appropriate to tackle to question of how our local government can take the reigns from cycling advocates and bike month organizers by promoting cycling through policy.

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



1. Bloggers Keep Bike Summit 2009 Discussion Alive

TCAT's Bike Summit wound up over a month ago but we are pleased to note that while the event itself is over, bloggers are keeping the ideas alive. Read Torontoist's Cycling to the Summit, Spacing's multi-part "Reaching the Summit" series: Cycling Advocacy and Community Engagement, Bicycle Parking, New Approaches to Street Design and The Role of Local Government in Promoting Cycling and Comic Book Junkie's Toronto "bike wars" debate rages.

All media, photos, and interviews from the Bike Summit can be viewed here and powerpoint presentations here. Stay tuned for TCAT's summary report to be published in the coming months.


2. Bike Lanes - Good for Us, Our City, and the Bottom Line

An article written by Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT's Program Director, was published in the current issue of Harvey Kalles Collections Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 3 (pages 23-24). The title of the article is Bike Lanes - Good for Us, Our City, and the Bottom Line. The article is available on-line or you can download a copy here.


3. New Book on how Cyclists are Changing American Cities

A new book titled "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities" sounds like it's worth a read. Author Jeff Mapes argues that cycling promotion can raise society’s level of general fitness, since people exercise more when it seems less like exercise and more like something mostly enjoyable that also performs a function, like getting to work. “Bike and walking advocates,” he writes, “have been rebranding their cause as ‘active transportation,’ which manages to come off as nonthreatening to your average couch-bound American while carrying a nice touch of gravitas as well.”

The New York Times published a review of the book written by David Byrne (arguably New York City's most famous cyclist) available here.


4. Research Finds Urbanites Healthier than Suburbanites Worldwide

According to a June 16th SDSU NewsCenter article, "No matter which country you are in, new research finds those who live in an urban neighborhood are twice as likely to be physically active the those in the suburbs. According to a San Diego State University study published in this month's American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the biggest single factor influencing physical activity around the world is accessibility to sidewalks.

"Researchers looked at data from 11,541 survey participants in 11 countries, which included the United States, Lithuania, Brazil, Sweden and Japan. Those individuals who reported living in a city neighborhood with easy access to sidewalks were 15-50 percent more likely to get moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes each day. SDSU professor and lead author Jim Sallis said this is likely because sidewalks can be used for recreation like jogging and in-line skating as well as for transportation, in lieu of using a car or other means of transportation..."

From CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

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Kona Caldera Stolen (Queen and Logan)

Posted: 27 Jun 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Gold Kona Caldera stolen at Queen and Logan Saturday June 27, 2009.
Marzocchi suspension, XT, disc brakes, very sweet. "Ecclestone bikes" on chainstay, clear Serfas grips,
please contact me d.overland@wildmail.com
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Toronto Star: Where the streets have no cars

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 10:18 AM PDT

Great article about Vancouver joining the ranks of New York, San Francisco, Portland, Bogota, etc in embracing the car-free streets movement. They'll be closing off 4 neighbourhoods to cars on Sundays... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Anti-HST Bike Rally at Queen's Park

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 04:16 AM PDT

I just got back from the Anti-BikeTax Rally at Queens Park (the incoming HST will add about tax to bikes and related items - which have been previously exempt from Provincial Sales Tax), and I took so... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Anti-HST Bike Rally at Queen's Park

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 04:13 AM PDT

From Rowena Santos, who you may remember ran for City Council in 2006 in Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park: Fellow Cyclists, As many of you know, the proposed 8% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will directly impa... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Headlines: Toronto Needs Some Car-Free Sundays [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Toronto Star: Where the streets have no cars Great article about Vancouver joining the ranks of New York, San Francisco, Portland, Bogota, etc in embracing the car-free streets movement.  They'll... Read more...

June 26: Latest Comments Update [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 07:50 AM PDT

Re: Headlines: Bamboo Bike Craze Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:48 AM PDT I wonder how much flexy is it compared to steel.How will that affect power efficiency?I guess for short local trips it doesn't matte... Read more...

June 26: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 06:29 AM PDT

joe on "Jarvis Street" Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:37 AM PDT 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?... Read more...

June 26: News from Other Cities [Elsewhere]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 04:55 AM PDT

Photos from the Queens Park Anti-BikeTax Rally [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 03:53 AM PDT

I just got back from the Anti-BikeTax Rally at Queens Park (the incoming HST will add about tax to bikes and related items - which have been previously exempt from Provincial Sales Tax), and I took so... Read more...

Weekly News Wrap-Up: Police Bike Blitz and More! [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 02:41 AM PDT

Happy Friday! Time for all the news from the past week! :)Bike Union Releases First Annual Report The Toronto Cyclists Union has released their first Annual Report! The PDF is available here. Highligh... Read more...

Photo of the Day: Pink and Blue [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 01:51 AM PDT

Photo by dalmond... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 26 [Main Blog]

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 01:27 AM PDT

2006 Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration Education and Safety Subcommittee Meeting 2007 Photo of the Day - Tues, June 26thNews Links - Tues, June 26thNews from Elsewhere - Tues, June 26th2008Roge... Read more...

June 26: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 11:53 PM PDT

Bikes and the Tower Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:31 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: Seemed like a good spot to stop to shoot cyclists and the CN Tower. Bells on Bloor Posted: 25... Read more...

June 26: Style Flickr Group Update [Style]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 11:38 PM PDT

Cycling Socks Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:31 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: I met up with Mondo and Alanna in front of Saving Gigi along the bike route. Socks from Sock Dreams! ... Read more...

Bike Union Releases First Annual Report [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:19 AM PDT

The Toronto Cyclists Union has released their first Annual Report! The PDF is available here. Highlights from the past year:- Hired an Executive Director to work full time for cycling issues- Partner... Read more...

Headlines: Bamboo Bike Craze [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 09:05 AM PDT

Toronto Star: Riding a bike made of grass It's light, it sucks carbon out of the air and you could compost it. What more would you want from your bike? Move over Prius, the bamboo bike is the next ho... Read more...

BikeTax Rally at Queens Park Tomorrow [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 08:34 AM PDT

From Rowena Santos, who you may remember ran for City Council in 2006 in Ward 14 Parkdale-High ParkFellow Cyclists,As many of you know, the proposed 8% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will directly impact ... Read more...

June 25: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:13 AM PDT

joe on "Scwinn Cadence (High Park)" Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:34 AM PDT from craigslist: My bike was stolen tonight at around 6pm from outside my house. It looks like this (see below) If anyone sees it... Read more...

June 25: Added Yesterday to the Stolen Bike Listing [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 07:13 AM PDT

joe on "Schwinn Cadence (High Park)" Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:34 AM PDT from craigslist: My bike was stolen tonight at around 6pm from outside my house. It looks like this (see below) If anyone sees ... Read more...

June 25: Latest Comments Update [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 04:30 AM PDT

Re: Report from the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting Are the Richmond & Adelaide lanes contra-flow? I'm hoping they are, as that eliminates conflicts with right-turning cars. Re: Toronto Police ... Read more...

Photo of the Day: St. Clair & Christie [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 03:09 AM PDT

Photo by photofiend358... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 25 [Main Blog]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 02:59 AM PDT

2007 Photo of the Day - Mon, June 25thMississauga Embraces BikeFriday!News Links - Mon, June 25th News from Elsewhere - Mon, June 25th2008June 25: Cycling News from Around the World June 25: Today's ... Read more...

June 25: News from Other Cities [Elsewhere]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 01:26 AM PDT

June 25: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 01:23 AM PDT

Wheels and Wings Posted: 24 Jun 2009 04:42 AM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: Quite a few folks wore costumes or pimped their bikes for this event. Bike Lanes on Bloor and D... Read more...

Report from the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 11:26 AM PDT

Cycling advocate and BikingToronto reader Todd Tyrtle attended the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting last Wednesday, and brings us this report of things Dan Egan (Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the ... Read more...

June 24: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 06:22 AM PDT

toddtyrtle on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009" Posted: 23 Jun 2009 03:18 PM PDT Absolutely - I only wish I'd done a better job of taking notes. Like I said, I'll bring the digital recorder... Read more...

BikeMonth Events on Thurs, June 25, 2009 [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"5pm-7pmThis monthly event is intended to provide a space where bike union board, executive, management team, ward captains, volunteers, and members can come togethe... Read more...

June 24: Latest Comments Update [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 03:43 AM PDT

Re: Headlines: Helmet Saftey Runs in the Family Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options Re: City Amendin... Read more...

Popular May 2009 Posts [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 03:06 AM PDT

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in May.1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in TownWhether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're abo... Read more...

Toronto Police Bike Blitz: Helpful or Harmful? [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 02:15 AM PDT

Spacing Toronto has a great post from Dave "Mez" Meslin (who has also posted it on his new blog - Mez Dispenser) on the Toronto Police Services' "Safe Cycling Campaign" (forum discussion here)... abou... Read more...

Photo of the Day: College St. Bikelane [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 01:57 AM PDT

Photo by martinho... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 24 [Main Blog]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 01:55 AM PDT

2006 P.S. Kensington Tomorrow 2007 Photo of the Day - Sun. June 24th2008June 24: Weekly Site Daily Digest June 24: Today's Headlines Yesterday on the BikingToronto Community Added Yesterday to the S... Read more...

June 24: News from Other Cities [Elsewhere]

Posted: 24 Jun 2009 12:57 AM PDT

Musician, artist, bike lover David Byrne in Portland tonight [BikePortland] Posted: 23 Jun 2009 05:54 PM PDT David Byrne (R) chats with NYC bike activist Noah Budnick. (Image: Streetfilms) Rock and ... Read more...

June 23: TCAT News Bulletin [Main Blog]

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 08:01 AM PDT

BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: 1. CBC Radio One Morning Shows Across the Country Feature Bike Helmet Legislation Alternatives: Jun 22 On June 22nd between 6 and 9 a.... Read more...

June 23: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:51 AM PDT

joe on "Bike Parking Handbook" Posted: 22 Jun 2009 08:46 AM PDT The City has a do-it-yourself bicycle parking handbook in order to help citizens and companies order and install bike parking. Click t... Read more...

June 23: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 01:49 AM PDT

Roller Dude Posted: 22 Jun 2009 08:30 PM PDT St-Even has added a photo to the pool: Criterium Posted: 22 Jun 2009 07:02 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: Just to show that... Read more...

June 23: News from Other Cities [Elsewhere]

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 01:48 AM PDT

Oberstar's Transportation Bill: The Early Word [Streetsblog LA] Posted: 22 Jun 2009 03:46 PM PDT Policy wonks across the capital are still poring over the 775-page bill released earlier today by Rep... Read more...

June 21: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

Posted: 21 Jun 2009 11:13 PM PDT

Day 169: Passing by Posted: 18 Jun 2009 08:23 PM PDT sevenman has added a photo to the pool: Droplets Posted: 20 Jun 2009 07:08 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: Taken on ... Read more...

June 20: News from Other Cities [Elsewhere]

Posted: 21 Jun 2009 10:54 PM PDT

Sunday Parkways this weekend! [BikePortland] Posted: 19 Jun 2009 06:54 PM PDT Rolling through Peninsula Park at last year's event. (Photos © J. Maus) This Sunday is the North Portland edition of the... Read more...

June 20: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

Posted: 21 Jun 2009 10:53 PM PDT

Rose Posted: 19 Jun 2009 06:09 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: Come here often little lady? Gotta be Quick! Posted: 19 Jun 2009 03:52 AM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo... Read more...

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What's on this week:


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Jun 29
7pm
Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting
Committee Room 2
2nd Floor, City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Toronto


Jun 30
6:45pm
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.


Jun 30
8:30pm-11pm
Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)


Jul 1
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.


Jul 3
7:30am
Bike First Friday
Get together for a light breakfast at the Barns before heading off on a colle to your work. These are both a social opportunity and a chance to get up-to date on cycling issues in the Ward and the City.


Jul 4-11
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure
The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is an annual tour that travels the whole 730 km route over eight days, through 41 communities along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The ride begins in NIagara-on-the-Lake and finishes at the Quebec border joining up with La Route Verte.


Jul 4
11am-3pm
Big Wheel Bike Club
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 identification. Members must be 19 years or older.

Weekly Speakers: Top brand reps, Stretch workshops, Broil King BBQ workshops, Nutritionists ect...

Complimentary apres ride sampling and Broil king BBQ on Saturday's 1-3pm





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Toronto Star: Where the streets have no cars

Great article about Vancouver joining the ranks of New York, San Francisco, Portland, Bogota, etc in embracing the car-free streets movement.  They'll be closing off 4 neighbourhoods to cars on Sundays in July and August, creating 20 car-free routes just for pedestrians and cyclists.

Toronto has 7 car-free Sundays in Kensington Market this year... and really, a lot more downtown areas should embrace the concept too.  The Church and Wellesley area would be fantastic with no cars on Sundays in the Summer.   My personal favourite though, would have to be the Yonge-Dundas Square area... Yonge from Gerrard to Queen and Dundas from Victoria to Bay (excepting streetcar passage, of course).  Some may put up a fuss, but businesses would do well, and tourists would love it!

Where would you like to see car-free Sundays?  Discuss it in the Forum.

The Toronto area hasn't found a political champion for the car-free Sunday concept, says Gil Penalosa, of Walk and Bike for Life in Mississauga. Yet in a time of economic restraint, there is no cheaper or more effective way to encourage fitness than allowing pedestrians and cyclists unimpeded access to the street, he said. (more at the Toronto Star)

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Re: Headlines: Bamboo Bike Craze

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:48 AM PDT

I wonder how much flexy is it compared to steel.

How will that affect power efficiency?

I guess for short local trips it doesn't matter.

Then there's cold/hot weather and moisture affecting it

Re: BikeTax Rally at Queens Park Tomorrow

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:29 AM PDT

I think it's good. Who knows, this money might just go into new bike infrastructure?

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joe on "Jarvis Street"

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:37 AM PDT

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... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Toronto Cyclists Union"

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 10:13 AM PDT

The Bike Union has released their first Annual Report! The PDF is available here. Highlights from the past year: - Hired an Executive Director to work full time for cycling issues - Partnered with th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "The Danforth"

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 08:09 AM PDT

Thanks! I've seen Ten Thousand Villages, but haven't been in yet. :) I have added it to the list above. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "How To Deal with Traffic Tickets"

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 08:04 AM PDT

Great resource from the nice people at ARC (Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists). TICKETS UNDER THE HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT Tickets may be issued for moving violations (such as failing to stop), or for inad... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

eightlines on "The Danforth"

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 02:27 AM PDT

Ten Thousand Villages - half the staff and volunteers bike to work, also dog friendly! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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I just got back from the Anti-BikeTax Rally at Queens Park (the incoming HST will add about tax to bikes and related items - which have been previously exempt from Provincial Sales Tax), and I took some photos for you.

There was a good media turn-out, and Andrea Horwath (the new provincial leader of the NDP) spoke and answered questions from reporters.



























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Happy Friday! Time for all the news from the past week! :)

  • Bike Union Releases First Annual Report
    The Toronto Cyclists Union has released their first Annual Report! The PDF is available here. Highlights from the past year: - Hired an Executive Director to work full time for cycling issues - Partnered with the City to offer a standing-room only, exceptionally well received 1st annual Toronto Bike… (read the blog post / discuss in forum)
  • Headlines: Bamboo Bike Craze
    Toronto Star: Riding a bike made of grass It's light, it sucks carbon out of the air and you could compost it. What more would you want from your bike? Move over Prius, the bamboo bike is the next hot thing for environmentalists... (read the blog post)
  • BikeTax Rally at Queens Park Tomorrow
    From Rowena Santos, who you may remember ran for City Council in 2006 in Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park Fellow Cyclists, As many of you know, the proposed 8% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will directly impact you and future cyclists. By the end of 2010, the HST will apply to all… (read the blog post)
  • Report from the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting
    Cycling advocate and BikingToronto reader Todd Tyrtle attended the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting last Wednesday, and brings us this report of things Dan Egan (Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the city) talked about at the meeting: (originally posted in the Ward 29 section of the BikingToronto Forum) You'll… (read the blog post / discuss in forum)
  • June 23: TCAT News Bulletin
    BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: 1. CBC Radio One Morning Shows Across the Country Feature Bike Helmet Legislation Alternatives: Jun 22 On June 22nd between 6 and 9 a.m. TCAT's Program Director, Nancy Smith Lea teamed up with Chris A. Cavacuiti, MD, to be interviewed… (read the blog post)
  • Headlines: Spacing Toronto talks Bike Parking
    Spacing Toronto: Reaching the Summit - Bicycle parking How modal shifts occur is a big question here on the Spacing blog. If you build it, will they come? Although bike lanes have been the central focus of this debate, not much time has been given to the importance of… (read the blog post )
  • Toronto Police "Safe Cycling" Campaign Starts Today
    The Toronto Police Service is starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign today http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/16648.pdf (PDF file) The campaign begins Monday, June 22, 2009, and concludes on Sunday, June 28, 2009. This one−week Traffic Services initiative is designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling−related injuries. Traffic Services… (read the blog post / discuss in forum)


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The Toronto Cyclists Union has released their first Annual Report!

The PDF is available here.


Highlights from the past year:
- Hired an Executive Director to work full time for cycling issues

- Partnered with the City to offer a standing-room only, exceptionally well received 1st annual Toronto Bike Awards

- Partnered with the Transportation department on the West End Bikeways strategy that engaged local citizens to propose cycling improvements to a portion of the city that was overlooked in the bike plan — set for implementation in 2009–10

- Worked with local groups and City Councillors to ensure implementation of the bike plan and specific wins on Annette Street and the first steps on Jarvis Street

- Developed a Valet Bike Parking service for events

- Established ourselves as the positive and authoritative voice for cyclists in local media, with over 100 media hits to date

- Begun to catalyze ward based cycling advocacy teams to work with their City Councillors to raise the profile of cycling, and the local needs of cyclists

- Received over $40,000 in grant money from the Toronto Community Foundation and LiveGreen Toronto to develop printed materials to encourage cycling for Toronto newcomers in partnership with Culturelink

Great job Bike Union!

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Toronto Star: Riding a bike made of grass

It's light, it sucks carbon out of the air and you could compost it. What more would you want from your bike? Move over Prius, the bamboo bike is the next hot thing for environmentalists.

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From Rowena Santos, who you may remember ran for City Council in 2006 in Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park

Fellow Cyclists,

As many of you know, the proposed 8% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will directly impact you and future cyclists. By the end of 2010, the HST will apply to all things bicycle: bikes, helmets, bells, lights, tune-ups, etc.

We are having a press conference in front of Queen's Park to show cyclist solidarity and make sure that the government understands that an 8% tax hike on all things bike is NOT how we roll. We'll have a great line-up of people speaking on the issue but most of all, the presence of cyclists and their bikes in front of Queen's Park.

Attached is a flyer (jpeg). Please spread this around to your networks and get folks on facebook to be part of the event. We'd like to see as many cyclists ride in to Queen's Park for the press conference to begin at 10am. Let's get this message across before it's too late.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly.

Ride or be Rode!

For More Info
santosr@ndp.on.ca
416-305-0698

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Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:34 AM PDT

from craigslist:

My bike was stolen tonight at around 6pm from outside my house.

It looks like this (see below)

If anyone sees it / brings it back to me / helps me find it & recover it I'll pay $50.

email: sale-nt9rr-1213835996@craigslist.org

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Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:32 AM PDT

from craigslist:

My bright orange Peugot bike was stolen from my front yard last night (St.Clair and Glenholme.) My lock was cut...and strangely another bike was left in its place.

The bike has the name and address of my hometown bikeshop riveted to the frame (Macqueen's Bicycles, Charlottetown PEI) along with a serial number.
It has a new "Planet Bike" seat, and a black plastic mud flap on the back.

I don't see many orange Peugot bikes around Toronto, so if you see one let me know.
jweale@hotmail.com or 416-567-3889

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Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:26 AM PDT

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Someone stole my bike last night from my backyard. It's a phoenix mountain bike womens bike. New road tires. I have reported it and hope that someone will let me know if you see it on craigslist for sale. I bought it from cyclepath about 3 years ago. It's not an expensive bike, but I use it regularily to get to work and back... please email me if you see it on here thanks so much

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Posted: 24 Jun 2009 05:23 AM PDT

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My mountain bike was stolen a few days ago from my garage. The bike itself is a "THIN BLUELINE" moutain bike........black with blue graphics. The handle bar grips are red. Should you see this bike being sold on craigslist or happen to spot the bike please contact me asap.

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Re: Report from the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting

Are the Richmond & Adelaide lanes contra-flow? I'm hoping they are, as that eliminates conflicts with right-turning cars.

Re: Toronto Police Bike Blitz: Helpful or Harmful?

Harmful. The police pay lip service to safety, but it's really just an excuse to harass cyclists, which they do with their tickets. I'm surprised there are no cyclists suing the cops for malicious prosecution!!

Re: June 19: New Content on BikingToronto

Wow this is a great resource to find out info on stolen bikes and news from the city. I hope that you guys join together in person and try and help the city keep away thieves, as well as educate cyclists on how to keep their bikes safe.

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Cycling advocate and BikingToronto reader Todd Tyrtle attended the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting last Wednesday, and brings us this report of things Dan Egan (Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the city) talked about at the meeting:
(originally posted in the Ward 29 section of the BikingToronto Forum)

You'll have to forgive me for taking terrible notes. Next time I go I'll bring the digital recorder and can provide an mp3 of the audio if you like. Fortunately it appears that 29bikes.ca is going to be publishing an account of what happened in better detail than I'm about to provide.

And frankly, I only took decent notes on Dan Egan's (Toronto Mgr of Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure) presentation. By the end of that one I was more engaged in the presentations than my notebook. Some interesting things came up in his presentation that I, for one, hadn't heard about.

- Richmond and Adelaide bike lanes have been on hold for a while waiting for disposition of what to do with the Gardiner. They've decided that they don't want to hold up any longer. Though he didn't give a target date for their installation, he did say that the project has been resurrected and that a lane separated by bollards is a likely choice for installation.

- He mentioned that other similar bollard-separated lanes may also be considered for other places like Bayview south of Moore. Along with this he mentioned that the city would need to investigate a dedicated means of snow removal from bike lanes if this were to go forward since trucks could no longer be used for this purpose.

- Hydro corridors are being heavily investigated. Gatineau and Finch corridors are major contenders and could add 40 km of dedicated paths. The challenge, of course, is that there are other stakeholders involved since the land is not city-owned.

- They are looking in to a remedy for conflict zones at the Bloor Viaduct both westbound and (YAY!) eastbound as well.

- They did mention that maintaining traffic flow and parking are a priority. (I'm conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I totally understand the motivation, on the other hand, if you say that a bike lane can't go in that affects traffic or parking we're not going to get far)

- They are investigating the possibility of a bike lane on the uphill side of Pottery Rd up to Broadview. At the same time there is talk about redesigning the Bayview/Pottery Rd intersection to be less like a highway interchange and more like a city intersection.

- Bayview extension may get bike lanes and the idea of adding curbs and sidewalks to make the area more like a city street than a highway is being investigated. At the same time they are looking at improving connections between Bayview and infrastructure (better connections, for example to belt line and Don trails)

- Millwood rail underpass is being investigated for improvement.

- Connection between Millwood and Bayview via Redway is being pursued.

- A greenway trail is being looked at to parallel the Allen expressway

And while I realise that none of this is definite, it is encouraging to see so much activity. I have much more of an impression that people within the city government are working towards the same goals as we are. Sure, not all will be approved, some might not be funded but the intentions are there. It is clear that the city wants to work with us and that feels pretty darned good.

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 03:18 PM PDT

Absolutely - I only wish I'd done a better job of taking notes. Like I said, I'll bring the digital recorder next time... ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "The Annex"

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 08:17 AM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in the Annex. (Please add more stores that you know of.) Grassroots Environmental Products - 408 Bloor Street West ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 08:11 AM PDT

Businesses who like bikes on the Danforth. (Please add more stores that you know of.) Bad Dog Theatre Company - 138 Danforth Avenue The Big Carrot - 348 Danforth Avenue Grassroots Environmental Produc... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:26 AM PDT

RSS Feeds You'll notice that there are little orange RSS icons all over the place on this forum... you can click any of these to keep track of the whole forum, or just parts of the forum. For instance... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:00 AM PDT

Thanks for this, Brent. :) I'm always paranoid about my wife's bike, because she loves her cable lock, and we have friends near Pape & Danforth. We usually lock up together, so we double up... us... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 06:50 AM PDT

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joe on "Getting Kids to Wear Helmets"

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 05:05 AM PDT

Article in the National Post about getting kids to wear helmets. A lifetime of bike safety starts with mom and dad Parents don't need a lecture on the wisdom of wearing a bicycle helmet. It's the ki... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "E-Bikes"

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 04:08 AM PDT

The Toronto Cyclists Union has released the results of their E-bike survey: Over a 10 day period, 555 Torontonians completed our very simple opinion survey regarding the somewhat controvertial scoote... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "West Toronto Railpath"

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 03:13 AM PDT

The first section of the Railpath is finally open... Vic Gedris has a few cool photos of it: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

eightlines on "Pape & Danforth - Bike Theft Hotspot"

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 03:11 AM PDT

Spotted two cut cable locks in the Pape & Danforth area in a two week period. Spotted white male ~30-40 riding away throwing cable in bush on Logan north from Danforth, but couldn't pursue. Second... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 23 Jun 2009 01:52 AM PDT

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June 22nd, 2009 An open letter to Mayor David Miller, Toronto City Council, and the Citizens of Toronto Dear Mayor Miller, Council and Constituents, As the City embarks on many projects to promote cy... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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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.


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Re: Headlines: Helmet Saftey Runs in the Family

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 08:47 AM PDT

I think cyclists in Toronto are crazy not to wear helmets. Those freewheelin' tree-hugging radical British Columbians have had to wear them for years and people don't complain anymore. I mean, sure the drivers are worse on the West Coast, but is that the reason people are more accepting of a good idea? Ontarians still buy their beer on a conveyor belt, so it's not like they are generally more hostile to government intervention. Don't you people wear seatbelts either? Aren't there better ways to rebel against "the man" than risking your own life because you bike helmets are kind of ugly? Is this a city of angsty teenagers?

If you don't know at least one cyclist that's been doored, you don't know many cyclists. No, a helmet obviously isn't going to protect you from a direct head-on collision (or a homicidal taxi-driver), but those are pretty rare according to the Toronto Police Bike Collision stats. You're much more likely to get hurt by dooring, getting stuck in streetcar tracks, or getting knocked over somehow in traffic. A helmet helps in all these cases.

Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:18 AM PDT

Thanks for the comment Mat. This topic has been raised in the BikingToronto Forum as well.

Re: BikingToronto: Toronto Starts Looking at BikeSharing Options

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 07:04 AM PDT

I compel anyone interested in this matter to look into it more closely. The city was actually approached by two companies, both with good ideas, albeit very different from one another. Both are logical and compelling ideas, and the city has decided to only include one in the bidding process. As far as I am concerned, a non-competitive process that isnt open to public scrutiny wont be succesfel.
But hey...You decide.
There other option by the way included lots of goodies...
regenerative breaking
mobile internet support
smart electrical assist
and weighs 20 pounds less than the competitor.
hmmmm.........

Re: City Amending By-Laws To Ban E-Bikes and Folding Bikes from Sidewalks

Posted: 23 Jun 2009 06:32 AM PDT

My prefered route in Mississauga was recently under construction. That forced me onto the only viable option. Derry rd is a 60km road, but motorist frequently exceed that limit. I tried it for about a week but decided it was too dangerous. For my own safety, I road on the side walk for a few days. I used extreme caution at all intersections and deferred to the single pedestrian I encountered. I want to be on the road where I belong but not at the cost of my life.

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

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

3. 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.


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)
As promised, here's all 8 Secrets in one post (I have them linked individually down at the bottom, if that's what floats your boat...). This is the easiest way to print out all of them into a poster you can hang in your bedroom, cubicle and on your grocery store bulletin board.


7. Headlines: Cyclist Hit on Coxwell
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.

8. 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 a smaller bridge that respects the local community... and they're going to include bikelanes.


9. Stuff: Extreme Folding Bike
Folding Bikes are cool - take them on transit, stick them in small trunks or backseats... but what if you need them to fit somewhere smaller?


10. 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.

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Spacing Toronto has a great post from Dave "Mez" Meslin (who has also posted it on his new blog - Mez Dispenser) on the Toronto Police Services' "Safe Cycling Campaign" (forum discussion here)... about if the campaign is helpful (making cyclists aware that they should be stopping when traffic lights are red, using lights when it's dark, and having a bell, etc.) or harmful (targeting cyclists for essentially harmful infractions like not completely stopping at stop signs):

Officer Smith was quite friendly and supportive. He was a Cycling Officer for ten years (52 Division) as well as a bike instructor. He’s an expert on the Highway Traffic Act, safety education and policy reform. He assured me that the police want to take a new approach to the Blitz and only go after the ‘bad apples’ – on bikes as well as in cars. He said that his goal is to get “all users to share the road responsibly” and to “raise awareness about bike use.” I asked him what he thought about biking in the city and without hesitation, he said “it’s the way to go.”

Hopefully, the seven day campaign will focus on dangerous drivers and cyclists who are truly riding recklessly. Bad cyclists give the rest of us a bad name, and I’d be happy if the police confiscated their bikes and threw them in jail for a day or two. But leave the rest of us alone. Targeting cyclists for minor infractions with expensive tickets will only increase resentment towards the police and make cyclists feel that they are, once again, being treated as second class citizens by a city that says it wants to be green but discriminates against the very people who are actually trying to live sustainably.

Join the Spacing discussion here, or check out the thread in the BikingToronto forum (also a good place to report where you've seen police ticketing cyclists).


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

1. CBC Radio One Morning Shows Across the Country Feature Bike Helmet Legislation Alternatives: Jun 22

On June 22nd between 6 and 9 a.m. TCAT's Program Director, Nancy Smith Lea teamed up with Chris A. Cavacuiti, MD, to be interviewed by CBC Radio One local morning hosts across the country, all the way from Victoria, BC to Corner Brook, Newfoundland and points in between. Between Chris and Nancy there were 16 interviews in total. The topic of discussion was bicycle helmet legislation and other measures governments can take to promote safe cycling.


Dr. Cavacuiti has prepared an excellent cycling health and safety review that featured prominently in the interviews. It was also a good chance to highlight some of the key policies and innovations used in Dutch, Danish, and German cities to promote safe and convenient cycling as noted by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler's paper "Cycling for Everyone: Lessons from Europe" including:

  • Extensive networks of separated cycling facilities
  • Intersection modifications and priority traffic signals
  • Traffic calming
  • Traffic education and training
  • Bike parking
  • Co-ordination with public transport
  • Traffic laws

2. Strike at City of Toronto: Jun 22

The Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 are on strike as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009.


All scheduled meetings of Council, community councils, standing committees, advisory committees and task forces are cancelled until the strike is over. This includes the Pedestrian Committee and the Cycling Committee meetings. For more information click here.



3. Toronto Police Cycling Safety Campaign: Jun 22-28

It's that time of year again. The Toronto Police launched their annual cycling safety campaign yesterday. The traffic strategy is a one-week initiative, designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling related injuries. During this week officers increase the number of tickets handed out to motorists who endanger the lives of cyclists as well as to cyclists for traffic infractions. More info here.



4. Keep Bikes Tax-Free Rally: Jun 26

The NDP Caucus is organizing a press conference and rally to occur on the lawn in front of Queen's Park on Friday Jun 26 at 10:00 a.m. The existing Provincial Sales Tax (PST) exemption for bikes, helmets, bells, lights, helmets, etc. could soon be a thing of the past. The exemption for all things bicycle is not expected to continue when the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) that combines the PST and GST is put into place by the end of 2010. The NDP Caucus would like as many cyclists as possible to join them to show support for continuation of this tax exemption.



5. Ministry of Transportation Requests Electric Bicycle Input: Jul 9

Following last week's consultation with community groups (including TCAT), industry representatives, and other interested parties, the Ministry of Transportation has released a summary of its proposal for how to regulate e-bikes. They are seeking suggestions and comments from the general public by July 9, 2009. The MTO will be working towards having regulations in place, if approved, by Oct 3, 2009, when the current electric bicycle pilot expires. View the proposal here.



6. "Test Ride" Bike Routes and Transit Modes: Jul 13

The bus racks on GTA buses are also opening up the countryside. Take transit to the edge of the city, and then cycle to parks and trails. A website devoted to integrating bikes and transit has put out an open call for cyclists to "test ride" the routes suggested on the site. Until July 13th, send in photos from your cell phone, or tweet and email pictures after you get home. More info here.

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The City has a do-it-yourself bicycle parking handbook in order to help citizens and companies order and install bike parking. Click the cover below to download the PDF from the city website. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 22 Jun 2009 08:42 AM PDT

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Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:07 AM PDT

The Toronto Police Service is starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign today: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/16648.pdf (PDF file) The campaign begins Monday, June 22, 2009, and ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:14 AM PDT

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TBN See Scarbourough Ride
6:30pm
See Scarbourough and join Dan and Eve for a BBQ after the ride. Easy roller paced. Helmets and lights are mandatory.


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National Post: A lifetime of bike safety starts with mom and dad

Parents don't need a lecture on the wisdom of wearing a bicycle helmet. It's the kids who put up a fight. How are parents supposed to get rambunctious youngsters into the habit of donning a helmet when boarding a bike? (more at the National Post)

I've gone through periods of helmet wearing and non-helmet wearing myself... the odds of you needing one is insanely low... but if you hit those odds, the odds of you needing a brain bucket skyrockets. :) This article is about getting kids to wear helmets (it's the law in Ontario if you're under 18).

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Spacing Toronto: Reaching the Summit - Bicycle parking

How modal shifts occur is a big question here on the Spacing blog. If you build it, will they come? Although bike lanes have been the central focus of this debate, not much time has been given to the importance of knowing whether you will be able to find a safe parking space for your bike.

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TBN Sunnybrook-Don Valley Ride
10:30am
This 26km ravine ride will take you on Toronto's paved bike path system. Come an see the half elephants. Leasure wheeler paced. 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.

Exploring the Humber River Valley By Bicycle
7pm-9pm
Join the Outing Club of East York for a Tuesday Night cycle ride exploring the Humber River valley to Weston Village. Distance approximately 25-km. Bicycle helemets mandatory.

Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
8:30pm-11pm
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

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.

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The Toronto Police Service is starting their annual "Safe Cycling" campaign today
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/16648.pdf (PDF file)

The campaign begins Monday, June 22, 2009, and concludes on Sunday, June 28, 2009. This one−week Traffic Services initiative is designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling−related injuries.

Traffic Services officers, along with Yvonne Bambrick, Executive Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, will be on hand to support this initiative.

The Toronto Police Service reminds motorists of the dangers of opening car doors in the path of cyclists, and the importance of checking blind spots prior to making right turns. Officers will pay particular attention to those motorists who endanger the lives of cyclists, including vehicles parked in designated bike lanes. Attention will also be paid to cyclists whose aggressive riding puts themselves, pedestrians and motorists at risk.

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians have a responsibility to share the road equally by driving safely, riding responsibly, and obeying all the rules of the road.

The Toronto Cyclists Union has also issued a media release:
http://bikeunion.to/news/2009/06/21/toronto-police-cycling-safety-campaign-june-22-28

If you are stopped, please remember that the police officers is just doing their job enforcing traffic laws. The officer should record the details on the ticket, including the fact that this is a
cycling related offense.

More information on what to do if you receive a ticket can be found here:
http://respect.to/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=LegalInfo.HowToFightTrafficTickets

Highway Traffic Act:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm

List of violations (including local by-laws):
http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/pdf/hta.pdf


What do you think of the Safe Cycling Campaign? Should Toronto Police have 1 week out of the year where they concentrate on cyclists riding safely? Should they do it more than once a year?

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Photo of the Day: Criterium Towers [Main Blog]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 11:00 PM PDT

Photo of the Toronto Criterium by queenstwest... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 21 [Main Blog]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 10:20 PM PDT

2006 Pursuing Great Cycling On The WaterfrontToronto Cyclist Meeting Tonight! 2007 Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 21st Bike Lanes are a Priority2008June 21: Yesterday on the BikingToronto Community... Read more...

AnnieD on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:44 AM PDT

I'm getting a dog trailer tomorrow that I also hope to use for groceries and other shopping trips. We're experimenting this summer in the hopes of getting rid of our car in the fall. Trying to see how... Read more...

AnnieD on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009" [Forum]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:40 AM PDT

This is all excellent news. I'm especially happy about improved connections to the Don and lanes going in along LRT routes. All encouraging stuff. Thanks for the summary - I had really wanted to go bu... Read more...

AnnieD on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:31 AM PDT

No, the letter isn't public but I have an in with the general manager. ;) Many of the performers and students are cyclists. I was there last night and also did some shopping and went to a restaurant. ... Read more...

Photos from the Toronto Criterium Race [Main Blog]

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 07:53 AM PDT

If you've been watching the Photo of the Day lately, you'll have noticed that I've been featuring a lot of photos from Criterium on May 31 lately. It was an awesome event... they go so fast, and lot's... Read more...

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AnnieD on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:44 AM PDT

I'm getting a dog trailer tomorrow that I also hope to use for groceries and other shopping trips. We're experimenting this summer in the hopes of getting rid of our car in the fall. Trying to see how... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

AnnieD on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009"

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:40 AM PDT

This is all excellent news. I'm especially happy about improved connections to the Don and lanes going in along LRT routes. All encouraging stuff. Thanks for the summary - I had really wanted to go bu... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

AnnieD on "About the Directory"

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 09:31 AM PDT

No, the letter isn't public but I have an in with the general manager. ;) Many of the performers and students are cyclists. I was there last night and also did some shopping and went to a restaurant. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Photo of the Day: On Queen [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:58 PM PDT

Photo by Burlap Jacket... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 20 [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 10:18 PM PDT

2006 Political Smoke Blowing 2007 In The News - June 20, 2007Photo of the Day - Wed, June 20th2008June 20: Weekly News Wrap-up Elsewhere: Montreal is Embracing Public Bike Sharing News Links for Fr... Read more...

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toddtyrtle on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 03:24 PM PDT

Oh! One more item I forgot. Regarding Transit City construction. Current policy around Transit City construction is very bike-friendly. Basically if an LRT route is going on a route already on the bik... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 03:05 PM PDT

You'll have to forgive me for taking terrible notes. Next time I go I'll bring the digital recorder and can provide an mp3 of the audio if you like. Fortunately it appears that 29bikes.ca is going to ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "About the Directory"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:43 PM PDT

That's great news. I'll be biking there tomorrow night coincidentally :-) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:41 PM PDT

Definitely cycling helps me spend more outside my neighbourhood than I would otherwise. Being able to carry easily a large load of groceries home from the Big Carrot on my bike is a lot more convenien... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "Shoulder Checks"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:38 PM PDT

I've heard another side effect of frequent shoulder checking even without changing lanes is that it can make a cyclist seem more unpredictable and therefore be given more space when passing. I'd say t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "About the Directory"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Annie ... is the Bad Dog letter published anywhere? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "About the Directory"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Awesome! I have a friend who does lots of improv there. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Hahaha. :) A butcher shop near our new place is starting to know me... buying $20 of premium beef is becoming a weekly ritual. And I always go in on my way home from work and wear my helmet in. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Shoulder Checks"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:05 AM PDT

I sometimes do it automatically when there is no reason to (no car noise behind me, on a quiet side street, not near an intersection...), and I catch myself doing it and then ask myself why I'm doing ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

AnnieD on "About the Directory"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:01 AM PDT

Bad Dog Theatre wrote a letter in support of bike lanes on Danforth. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

AnnieD on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 10:58 AM PDT

"but cyclists can stop and park and shop easier than car drivers can." Tell me about it. I just spent $18 in an impulse shopping trip at a Bloor Street fruit and veggie store - the mangoes called out ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

AnnieD on "Shoulder Checks"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 10:52 AM PDT

I shoulder check all the time but it's so automatic I don't even know under what specific circumstances I do it in. I'll have to pay attention next time I'm riding. It's pretty scary sometimes, watchi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

bikeroo on "How To Avoid Flat Tires"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:53 AM PDT

It's also a good thing to do some inspection every so often to prevent flats. Check the tyres, making sure that there are no objects embedded in them or to see if there are any tears of holes which co... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

bikeroo on "Shoulder Checks"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:48 AM PDT

Agreed, not many cyclists shoulder check which is dangerous. But then again, I also see a bunch of drivers who don't bother as well. After a trip to the velodrome it's been almost instinctive to shoul... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Ride Ward 25"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 07:11 AM PDT

From the City of Toronto cycling calendar: Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009 Start time: 01:00 PM End time: 03:00 PM Join the North York Cycling and Pedestrian Committee and Councillor Cliff Jenkins for a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 04:43 AM PDT

FYI - looks like they've made the page members only. Fortunately Google Cache was able to help. The page is here ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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toddtyrtle on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 03:24 PM PDT

Oh! One more item I forgot. Regarding Transit City construction. Current policy around Transit City construction is very bike-friendly. Basically if an LRT route is going on a route already on the bik... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2009" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 03:05 PM PDT

You'll have to forgive me for taking terrible notes. Next time I go I'll bring the digital recorder and can provide an mp3 of the audio if you like. Fortunately it appears that 29bikes.ca is going to ... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:43 PM PDT

That's great news. I'll be biking there tomorrow night coincidentally :-) ... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:41 PM PDT

Definitely cycling helps me spend more outside my neighbourhood than I would otherwise. Being able to carry easily a large load of groceries home from the Big Carrot on my bike is a lot more convenien... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "Shoulder Checks" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 02:38 PM PDT

I've heard another side effect of frequent shoulder checking even without changing lanes is that it can make a cyclist seem more unpredictable and therefore be given more space when passing. I'd say t... Read more...

joe on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Annie ... is the Bad Dog letter published anywhere? ... Read more...

joe on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Awesome! I have a friend who does lots of improv there. :) ... Read more...

joe on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:07 AM PDT

Hahaha. :) A butcher shop near our new place is starting to know me... buying $20 of premium beef is becoming a weekly ritual. And I always go in on my way home from work and wear my helmet in. :) ... Read more...

West Toronto Railpath Party Parade! [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:06 AM PDT

From BikeLaneDiary:... Read more...

joe on "Shoulder Checks" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:05 AM PDT

I sometimes do it automatically when there is no reason to (no car noise behind me, on a quiet side street, not near an intersection...), and I catch myself doing it and then ask myself why I'm doing ... Read more...

AnnieD on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 11:01 AM PDT

Bad Dog Theatre wrote a letter in support of bike lanes on Danforth. :) ... Read more...

AnnieD on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 10:58 AM PDT

"but cyclists can stop and park and shop easier than car drivers can." Tell me about it. I just spent $18 in an impulse shopping trip at a Bloor Street fruit and veggie store - the mangoes called out ... Read more...

AnnieD on "Shoulder Checks" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 10:52 AM PDT

I shoulder check all the time but it's so automatic I don't even know under what specific circumstances I do it in. I'll have to pay attention next time I'm riding. It's pretty scary sometimes, watchi... Read more...

bikeroo on "How To Avoid Flat Tires" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:53 AM PDT

It's also a good thing to do some inspection every so often to prevent flats. Check the tyres, making sure that there are no objects embedded in them or to see if there are any tears of holes which co... Read more...

bikeroo on "Shoulder Checks" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:48 AM PDT

Agreed, not many cyclists shoulder check which is dangerous. But then again, I also see a bunch of drivers who don't bother as well. After a trip to the velodrome it's been almost instinctive to shoul... Read more...

June 19: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:47 AM PDT

toddtyrtle on "About the Directory" Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:05 AM PDT You're always so positive Joe. Something for me to aspire to, I guess. I agree - having a list of bike-friendly businesses is a g... Read more...

June 18: Latest Comments Update [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 08:38 AM PDT

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth! Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:15 PM PDT Too many cars on the Danforth? Surely you jest!Good thing that's not the case for the rest of the city! Re: Support Bikel... Read more...

June 19: New Content on BikingToronto [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 07:16 AM PDT

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joe on "Ride Ward 25" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 07:11 AM PDT

From the City of Toronto cycling calendar: Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009 Start time: 01:00 PM End time: 03:00 PM Join the North York Cycling and Pedestrian Committee and Councillor Cliff Jenkins for a... Read more...

BikeMonth Events on Sat, June 20, 2009 [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 05:46 AM PDT

24 Hours of Summer Solstice North America's Largest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Event 20090620 20090620 Cycle for Sight7am-3pmThe Cycle for Sight ultimately promises to be a catalyst for personal fitness... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 04:43 AM PDT

FYI - looks like they've made the page members only. Fortunately Google Cache was able to help. The page is here ... Read more...

Weekly News Wrap-Up: Naked Cycling, Danforth Bikelanes, Minnan-Wong Tries Biking [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 01:49 AM PDT

Happy Friday! Time for all the news from the past week! :)Headlines: Naked Cyclists Wage War on Cars? Spacing Toronto: How to fan the flames of the fake War on the Car in Toronto I suggested that car ... Read more...

Photo of the Day: Criterium Pack [Main Blog]

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 12:56 AM PDT

Photo of the Toronto Criterium by @ThetaState... Read more...

BikingToronto Archives: June 19 [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:14 PM PDT

2006 The Toronto Green Zone 2007 Photo of the Day - Tues, June 19thBikeLanes in the News2008News Links for Thursday June 19 Yesterday on the BikingToronto Community Yesterday in the BikingToronto F... Read more...

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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. :)


Jun 23 10:30am
TBN Sunnybrook-Don Valley Ride

Jun 23 6:45pm

Jun 23 7pm-9pm
Jun 23 8:30pm-11pm

Jun 24 10am

TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride

Jun 24 6:30pm
TBN See Scarbourough Ride

Jun 25 5pm-7pm

Jun 26 6pm-8pm

Critical Mass Toronto

Jun 27 9am-3:30pm

CAN-BIKE I

Jun 27 11am-3pm

Big Wheel Bike Club

Jun 27 1pm-3pm
Ride Ward 25

Jun 28 6:30am-3pm
Zareinu Moveathon Pro-Tour

Jun 28 1pm



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


Need to know what's happening in Toronto concerning bikes?
If you haven't signed up yet, get this post in your email every Monday!

Weekly Events Newsletter:

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Photo of the Toronto Criterium by SirCharlie

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2006
Good Urban Spaces Result In Good Biking
Is There An Al Gore Fan Club?
TakeTheTooker Meeting at OISE

2007
Photo of the Day - Fri, June 22nd
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
BikingToronto.com, all official-like!

2008

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Nothing scheduled. Rest up for other BikeMonth Events! :)


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

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Photo of the Toronto Criterium by queenstwest

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2006
Pursuing Great Cycling On The Waterfront
Toronto Cyclist Meeting Tonight!

2007
Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 21st
Bike Lanes are a Priority

2008

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If you've been watching the Photo of the Day lately, you'll have noticed that I've been featuring a lot of photos from Criterium on May 31 lately. It was an awesome event... they go so fast, and lot's of people come out to watch. Stay tuned to the Photo of the Day for more.

Meanwhile, I took a few amateurish photos of the Criterium when I was there, between selling the popular I Bike T.O. shirts (all the profits go to charity). You can see all of them in my Flickr set, but here are a few for you. The racers were often too fast for my camera. :)











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CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 (Morning)
9am-12pm
Improve bike-handling skills, including balancing, turning, and changing gears with confidence.

TBN Maple Bakery Ride
10am
Join TBN for a easy-roller 53km ride to Maple. Helmets are mandatory.

Randy's Ramble - TBN Waterfront Ride
10am-2:30pm
Join TBN for a leisurely-paced, five-star ride westward from the Humber along the Waterfront Trail. We'll cover 48 km as we tour a couple of parks and the Humber College campus, picnic in Douglas Kennedy Park, and then continue another 3 km to Port Credit. Helmets mandatory.

CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 (Afternoon)
1pm-4pm
Improve bike-handling skills, including balancing, turning, and changing gears with confidence.

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Photo by Burlap Jacket

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2006
Political Smoke Blowing

2007
In The News - June 20, 2007
Photo of the Day - Wed, June 20th

2008

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From BikeLaneDiary:





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toddtyrtle on "About the Directory"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:05 AM PDT

You're always so positive Joe. Something for me to aspire to, I guess. I agree - having a list of bike-friendly businesses is a great idea. That said, call me spiteful but I think I am about as concer... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "About the Directory"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 09:11 AM PDT

This came from an idea on the Support Bikelanes on the Danforth post on the blog... why not have a directory of stores in Toronto that *like* bikes and cyclists... Making sure these stores are suppor... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:38 AM PDT

The Danforth BIA seems to be starting a campaign against bikelanes on the Danforth... setting up a petition for their members to say they do not support bikelanes because they don't want to lose parki... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

toddtyrtle on "Bloor - Danforth"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:58 AM PDT

Wrote the BIAs and copied the manager of Grassroots and The Big Carrot as well as these are two stores I *very* regularly patronize. The frustrating thing is that this alarmism is based totally on spe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Bloor - Danforth"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 05:07 AM PDT

I just posted about their petition... and sent them (and other Danforth BIAs) a Supporting Bikelanes email and have made automated email links to encourage others to do the same. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

joe on "Bloor - Danforth"

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:27 AM PDT

Wow... that is crazy. They actually believe car drivers are the majority of their business. Anyone who has spent any time on the Danforth, especially in this BIA (Broadview to Donlands, approximately)... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:15 PM PDT

Too many cars on the Danforth? Surely you jest!

Good thing that's not the case for the rest of the city!

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 11:50 AM PDT

There's already too many cars on Danforth ... even though I moved away 20 years ago I still cycle the avenue on the way home from my dentist's office, and traffic has just gotten worse. bike lanes and parking might encourage those who "just want to gt home" to find another way, like the subway or the Carlton streetcar or ... heaven help us ... bicycles.

Re: Photo of the Day: Ice Cream at Sunnyside Park

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:35 AM PDT

Sadly, for Summer 2009 there are no bikes there. All the bikes were sent to Brampton Ontario.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 09:07 AM PDT

To the author of the letter shown above.

You make some good points; however, the entire thing, as YOU point out, rests on this one statement:

"and if the city does it properly"

Having lived in this city for 32 years, I don't have that much faith in our municipality. In a perfect world, sure; but certainly not in Toronto, and definitely not on the Danforth. If the city does it properly, I can GUARANTEE that every single business owner on the Danforth would embrace bike lanes, and would probably even supply the paint. Business owners are NOT anti-bike lane, they are anti-loss of parking, plain and simple. If you equate one to the next, then you need to understand that life is not black and white. Cyclists cash is as good as anyone else's - we're really not that picky.

As a former business owner, I would LOVE to see permanent parking on the Danforth beyond 4pm, but this is a short-sighted proposal. The Danforth is a MAJOR artery linking downtown Toronto (where 95% of downtown workers live OUTSIDE of downtown) to the East end of Toronto. To keep permanent parking beyond 4pm would reduce rush hour traffic from 2 lanes to 1 lane leaving the city. It's busy enough as it is with 2 lanes - try to imagine cutting this down by 50%. If that's not clear enough, imagine cutting down any major artery or highway by 50% during rush hour. DVP down to 1.5 lanes, 401 down to Collector lanes only - how does that sound?

Like everyone here, I would love to have my cake and eat it too, but until we can pick up buildings and move them back a dozen feet - I just don't see this happening without seriously affecting traffic and parking.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 08:52 AM PDT

It looks like they've made the page "private" and only viewable by members of the BIA... no matter... keep sending in your emails... a lot have been sent already... and some of them will be on the Support Bikelanes on the Danforth topic on the Forum.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 08:45 AM PDT

Well, looks like they realized this initiative was a poorly thought through idea. The page has been pulled from the BIA site.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:42 AM PDT

Pro-cyclist business directory is a fantastic idea!!!

We've started a Bloor-Danforth bikelane discussion on the new forum... and perhaps we can get a directory started on the forum as well. It would be a fantastic resource for cyclists all over the city... not just the Danforth. :)

Micheal's idea is cool too... having "Pro-Bikelane" signs in supportive businesses... kind of like the "No Big Box" signs that were all over Leslieville when they were fighting the SmartCentres/WalMart plan.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:29 AM PDT

"...pro-cyclist business directory"
Terrific idea Michael... Might be a legit business plan for any entrepreneurial sort that wants to start a business (ad revenues). Perhaps our gracious host on bikingToronto.com...
tks

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:04 AM PDT

or maybe a more positive pro-cyclist business directory

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:59 AM PDT

Thanks for posting this.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:59 AM PDT

Nice idea, sticker awareness campaign in the future for toronto cyclists?

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:54 AM PDT

I would love to know exactly which businesses are coming out against bike lanes so I make sure not to patronize them in the future.

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June 18: Added Yesterday to the Stolen Bike Listing [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:08 PM PDT

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June 18: Latest Comments Update [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:11 AM PDT

Re: Toronto Moving Forward on BikeSharing Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:04 PM PDT Its amazing how what the public doesn't know, in theory, wont hurt them. Toronto has endeavored into a failed business mode... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:05 AM PDT

You're always so positive Joe. Something for me to aspire to, I guess. I agree - having a list of bike-friendly businesses is a great idea. That said, call me spiteful but I think I am about as concer... Read more...

joe on "About the Directory" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 09:11 AM PDT

This came from an idea on the Support Bikelanes on the Danforth post on the blog... why not have a directory of stores in Toronto that *like* bikes and cyclists... Making sure these stores are suppor... Read more...

joe on "Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:38 AM PDT

The Danforth BIA seems to be starting a campaign against bikelanes on the Danforth... setting up a petition for their members to say they do not support bikelanes because they don't want to lose parki... Read more...

Headlines: Naked Cyclists Wage War on Cars? [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:23 AM PDT

Spacing Toronto: How to fan the flames of the fake War on the Car in Toronto I suggested that car culture has always been at war with itself: city driving has never been pleasant, not in the good-old... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "Bloor - Danforth" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:58 AM PDT

Wrote the BIAs and copied the manager of Grassroots and The Big Carrot as well as these are two stores I *very* regularly patronize. The frustrating thing is that this alarmism is based totally on spe... Read more...

BikeMonth Events on Fri, June 19, 2009 [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 05:45 AM PDT

TBN Friday Night Ice Cream Ride6:30pmViva L'Italia! Join TBN in celebrating the Taste of Little Italy Festival and cycle the Beltline to La Paloma for gelato. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are manda... Read more...

joe on "Bloor - Danforth" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 05:07 AM PDT

I just posted about their petition... and sent them (and other Danforth BIAs) a Supporting Bikelanes email and have made automated email links to encourage others to do the same. ... Read more...

Support Bikelanes on the Danforth! [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:40 AM PDT

The Danforth BIA seems to be starting a campaign against bikelanes on the Danforth... setting up a petition for their members to say they do not support bikelanes because they don't want to lose parki... Read more...

joe on "Bloor - Danforth" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:27 AM PDT

Wow... that is crazy. They actually believe car drivers are the majority of their business. Anyone who has spent any time on the Danforth, especially in this BIA (Broadview to Donlands, approximately)... Read more...

June 18: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:12 AM PDT

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toddtyrtle on "Bloor - Danforth" [Forum]

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June 18: New Content on BikingToronto [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:48 AM PDT

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Photos of the Week (June 8 - 14) [Main Blog]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:43 AM PDT

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: Criterium FinishFinish Line at the Toronto CriteriumPhoto by bikerooPhoto of th... Read more...

joe on "Ward 5 Cycling Survey" [Forum]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:20 AM PDT

Ward 5 Etobicoke Councillor Peter Milczyn posted a Bike Lane survey to his website last week. Please take a moment to complete it. You can find it here. ... Read more...

Photo of the Day: Victoria Street [Main Blog]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 11:54 PM PDT

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June 18: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update [Photos]

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June 18: Style Flickr Group Update [Style]

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BikingToronto Archives: June 18 [Main Blog]

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2006 Playing PoliticsIt's Very ConvenientToronto Cycling Committee Meeting Tomorrow 2007 Photo of the Day - Mon, June 18th2008June 18: Cycling News from Around the World News Links for Wednesday June... Read more...

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24 Hours of Summer Solstice
North America's Largest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Event

Cycle for Sight
7am-3pm
The Cycle for Sight ultimately promises to be a catalyst for personal fitness, new friendships and overall goodwill. Our Mission is to bring the cycling world and the vision impaired community together for one important cause.

CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
8:30am-12:30pm
Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over 3 consecutive Saturdays.

CAN-BIKE I
9am-3:30pm
Improve your confidence cycling on bike paths and residential streets. Learn traffic theory and ride with a group in low-traffic neighbourhoods.
Course runs over two consecutive Saturdays.

CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
9:30am-3:30pm
A cycling safety course for women taught by women. Addresses specific concerns, such as riding at night, riding with children and other topics of interest to women.

Big Wheel Bike Club
11am-3pm
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 identification. Members must be 19 years or older.

Weekly Speakers: Top brand reps, Stretch workshops, Broil King BBQ workshops, Nutritionists etc... Complimentary apres ride sampling and Broil king BBQ on Saturday's 1-3pm

Urbent Event
12pm-5pm
Bents are in! Ever wanted to learn more about recumbent bicycles and trikes? Come see the largest collection of bents in Toronto. Informal talk from 2-3PM. Promotional pricing in effect all day.

CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
1:30pm-5:30pm
Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over three consecutive Saturdays.

West Toronto Railpath Opening Parade
2pm-3:30pm
A ribbon-cutting and community bike parade to celebrate the opening of the West Toronto Railpath. Come and discover the new path.

DIY Bike Beautification
2pm-4:30pm
Join Toronto Cyclists Union Executive Director Yvonne Bambrick for a DIY bike beautification, arts & crafts session.
BYO inspiration & supplies: stickers, flowers, fun fur... anything goes!
Zip-ties and tools will be supplied.

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Happy Friday! Time for all the news from the past week! :)


Headlines: Naked Cyclists Wage War on Cars?
Spacing Toronto: How to fan the flames of the fake War on the Car in Toronto I suggested that car culture has always been at war with itself: city driving has never been pleasant, not in the good-old-days in the 1960s with fat arterial roads, expanding suburbs and less…

Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!
The Danforth BIA seems to be starting a campaign against bikelanes on the Danforth... setting up a petition for their members to say they do not support bikelanes because they don't want to lose parking. This seems rather short-sighted, so I wonder if they've thought of who shops in their…

Headlines: Promoting Cycling to Newcomers, The Bike Train, and Cycling Advocacy
Spacing Toronto: Reaching the Summit - Cycling Advocacy and Community Engagement Just three days into this year's Bike Month, a damp May 28th was host to Bike Summit 2009, a day-long conference on cycling policy co-hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Clean Air Partnership.…

TCAT News Bulletin: June 16
BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here's the latest from TCAT: The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin: 1. Jun 20: Big on Bloor Festival The Bloor Improvement Group's second annual Big on Bloor Festival will take place this Saturday, June 20th between 1 and 9 p.m.…

Councillor Denzil Minnan Wong Learns how to Bike
Give some props to City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong... after years of defending auto-centric planning and transportation initiatives, he is learning how to ride a bike after missing out on it in his youth: Denzil Minnan-Wong looks kind of sheepish. He has a confession to make.The 45-year-old Toronto councillor, and perhaps…


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2006
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jradecki on "Rare 2000 Stumpjumper M2 (Baby blue and Orange) Stolen Saturday June 13"

  • My bike of 7 years was stolen form my apartment building this last weekend.
  • Last seen In the Danforth / Main Area.
  • It is a rare European model released in robins egg/baby Blue and orange with the Manitou Sxr Fork painted to match (Orange with Blue ).
  • Their are a lot of 2000 era Specialized Stumpjumper M2's around but all the ones in North America were released with Black and red colours.
  • The bike itself is in pretty rough shape having been ridden hard for several years and had home maintenance -Blown front fork, creaky headset / crank, loose break levers, crappy SPD pedals.
  • That said it still has full XT componentry with an XTR rear derailer and I bought the bike when I was 16 with my life savings so it has a lot more value to me than anybody else.
  • Please contact me if you see or hear anything about it, the serial number has been registered with the Police and I can recite it if you have found the bike and wish to verify my ownership.

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Go here to post about your Stolen Bike.

In your post be sure and include important information like:

* Make
* Model
* Colour
* General Description (especially any unique characteristics)
* Date of Theft
* Location of Theft (intersection or specific address)
* City (if somewhere in the GTA other than Toronto)
* Attaching a photo of your bike (if you have one) would be very useful too!

You should, of course, always report a stolen bicycle to police - even if your bicycle wasn't registered. If there are numerous thefts in an area the police can take action.

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Re: Toronto Moving Forward on BikeSharing

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:04 PM PDT

Its amazing how what the public doesn't know, in theory, wont hurt them. Toronto has endeavored into a failed business model. The city was approached by TWO companies, both of which were prepared to deliver at least on the level required for the bidding process, but the city decided, to only let one company bid. Bixi's system is riddled with many of the same failures that have made other systems like Velib fall victim to widespread vandalism and theft. The alternative that Toronto was given during the REOI process, was a far safer, smarter, and better concept, but not good enough for Toronto. With the inclusion of a variety of measures to deter theft, vandalism, injury, to promote user friendliness, and support for the inclusion of third party services to PBS users, Toronto could have at least investigated or considered the other option. With such a huge project poised to have such a dramatic effect on the street scape and commuting you would think this would be a greater part of public dialog? Instead, the week this decision was made, motorists focused on bike lanes and lost lanes on Jarvis, when a bigger decision was being made. So go ahead, ask some questions. Do you want a bicycle system thats second class? Or do you want one that will thrive and provide a realistic alternative to our current commuting methods.
And remember, Toronto hasn't started looking into options. They have made their decision, without consulting the public, or considering their options. City council wasn't even involved.
Sound like a fair, public, equitable process to you?
Matias Marin
CEO Public Nature Corporation(the other company to "express interest")
publicnature@gmail.com

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Spacing Toronto: How to fan the flames of the fake War on the Car in Toronto

I suggested that car culture has always been at war with itself: city driving has never been pleasant, not in the good-old-days in the 1960s with fat arterial roads, expanding suburbs and less cars on the road, and certainly isn't pleasant today. Bike lanes have become a convenient scapegoat for drivers. Enter Toronto Star columnist Bob Hepburn and a piece he wrote two weeks ago called "Time to stop nutty war on cars." (more at Spacing Toronto)

Toronto Star: Naked pedal tests mettle

There was shock, of course, and laughter. It would be politically correct to say the laughter was in response to the shock but, no. The naked cyclists looked funny. Hairy in unexpected places. Floppy flesh jiggling in unexpected ways. And who knew how awkward male genitalia can look when in juxtaposition with a bike seat? (more at the Toronto Star)

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TBN Friday Night Ice Cream Ride
6:30pm
Viva L'Italia! Join TBN in celebrating the Taste of Little Italy Festival and cycle the Beltline to La Paloma for gelato. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are mandatory.

Bike Pirates Third Friday Event
7:30pm-11:30pm
Join us during Bike Month for our June "Third Friday" event. Meet at Bike Pirates for a community bike ride, followed by a social event and film night back at the shop.


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The Danforth BIA seems to be starting a campaign against bikelanes on the Danforth... setting up a petition for their members to say they do not support bikelanes because they don't want to lose parking.

This seems rather short-sighted, so I wonder if they've thought of who shops in their stores and how they get there.

I have sent them an email saying that I support Bikelanes on the Danforth, and also sent it to the Greektown BIA and the Danforth Mosaic BIA... who also may be thinking about bikelanes.

You can send these 3 BIAs an email as well. Clicking here will open up an email in your mail program addressed to the BIAs with the subject line that you support bikelanes on the Danforth.

If you'd like to fill in the body of the email with info about you living near the Danforth or that you travel there to shop, that would be helpful too.

The emails of the BIAs are:

bia@thedanforth.ca
bia@greektowntoronto.com
info@danforthmosaicbia.com

Here is the text of my email, if you want to cut-and-paste it into your email:
Hi there,

I *support* bikelanes on the Danforth... and if the city does it properly, it can be a win-win for cyclist and business.

For instance, what if the city's report recommends making parking on the Danforth permanent? Instead of having driving customers rush out of your stores at 4 pm to avoid getting tickets? What if those driving customers stayed in your stores because parking was allowed even during rush hour?

Please consider that although a lot of people use the Danforth to commute to downtown from Scarborough or further points east... all they are doing is going *through*... they do not stop. They do not shop.

Another great reason to support bikelanes on the Danforth is that they help encourage a walkable and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood. The more comfortable people feel on the street, the more time they are going to spend there... meeting friends, browsing in stores, and eating a meal. Bikelanes not only provide a buffer between moving car traffic and pedestrians, but cyclists can stop and park and shop easier than car drivers can.

Please give some consideration to how many of your customers get to your stores by what transportation method. It is my experience that although there is some street parking on the Danforth, as well as "Green P" parking lots, a lot of your business comes from residents living nearby walking to your stores, or biking to your stores, or people living elsewhere in the city taking the subway to your stores.

People spend money. Cars don't. Make the Danforth people-friendly!

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joe on "Posting Video"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:51 AM PDT

Super-easy video posting is possible here on the forum. For most video sites, all you need to do is type in the URL of the video, and the forum will do all the nitty-gritty tech stuff of embedding a video in the post.

It works with these video sites:

Youtube
Myvideo
Funnyordie
Gametrailers
Collegehumor
Dailymotion
Glumbert
Liveleak
Redtube
Googlevideo
Sevenload
Metacafe
Clipfish
Vimeo

joe on "Physically Seperate Bikelanes"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:40 AM PDT

Really good article from a couple weeks ago in NOW magazine... making the case for physically seperate bikelanes:

1. A separated lane will encourage those anxiously teetering on the edge of leaving their cars at home to enter the pedal-powered world. If we really mean it about stopping auto-domination of our city, we need to make cycling as attractive as possible.

2. European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen that put cash into separated bike lanes now see about a third of commutes made by bike and reap the enviro, infrastructure and stress-relieving rewards.

3. Simply put, separated means safe. Worries about being whacked or doored are the major reason would-be cyclists are pedal-shy. If we don't want riders to get killed by trucks, let's not let trucks squat in bike lanes. Divide and conquer danger.

4. Sure, putting a divided bike lane on Jarvis won't win the city any awards for innovation, but it will show a commitment to tomorrow that can't be easily retracted with the right number of council votes. It would serve as a pledge to Torontonians that cyclists are the future, not the pesky fringe of the future.

5. What better place to incubate a new approach than on a stretch of Jarvis once poisoned by the same fast-moving 1950s car-think that threatens to strangle our outlying 'hoods? Building separated lanes would set a shining example for the burbs, where even veteran cyclists hesitate to dance with 60-to-70 km/h passing minivans.

joe on "Bloor - Danforth"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:38 AM PDT

City is studying the idea of a Bloor-Danforth bikelane some more.

National Post: City puts brakes on Bloor-Danforth bike lane

Controversial plans for a crosstown bike lane along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue appear to have hit a speed bump, as the city now plans to hire an external consultant to study the idea.

Just last week, the councillor who chairs the city's cycling committee, Adrian Heaps, said a first, eastern phase of the city-spanning bike lane could be installed as early as this year, if approved.

But yesterday, Mr. Heaps said a third-party review of the parking and traffic problems and the benefits and costs to local businesses was needed before going ahead.

joe on "Bike Train"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:34 AM PDT

Good article in the Toronto Sun about the Bike Train:

Many cyclists have already hopped aboard the Bike Train for easy access to cycling routes in the Niagara Region. This year, new "pilot" routes will bring riders to more areas across Southwestern and Northern Ontario.

The Bike Train -- developed by Toronto cyclist Justin Lafontaine and launched in partnership with VIA Rail between Toronto and Niagara two years ago -- is a fun, economic and environmentally friendly way to enjoy a cycling getaway.

joe on "Bike Train"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:32 AM PDT

2009 is the 2nd year for the BikeTrain. Service has been expanded, with big plans for the future.

joe on "Bike Summit 2009"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:29 AM PDT

Spacing Toronto had a great post about the BikeSummit the other day:

In light of recent victories such as the Jarvis bike lane and last year's 37-3 City Council vote in favour of the 5-year capital budget, the $70 million dollar question remains: how do we go about increasing and diversifying the number of people who will actually take advantage of a more bike-friendly Toronto?  The summit's panel of experts have all sorts of answers, all agreeing that broadening the discussion in order to make space for more voices and less polarization is the way to go.

joe on "Bike Summit 2009"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:26 AM PDT

For information about the BikeSummit, held May 28, 2009

joe on "How to use the TTC Bike Racks"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:56 AM PDT

Fantastic Todd! I've been looking for a video on the bus racks.

This will be very useful for a lot of people. :)

toddtyrtle on "How to use the TTC Bike Racks"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:18 AM PDT

This was buried on the TTC web site in an MOV file that you had to download. I uploaded it to youtube so it would be easier for people to view.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DypIMLpoOB8

toddtyrtle on "What's Your Commute?"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:15 AM PDT

Yeah, it's interesting to see how others do it. I find, sadly, that Toronto is one of the more difficult cities to bike in. Quebec City was really great - lots of bike lanes and I didn't meet *one* angry driver. Delta, BC was similar (though I was only there for 3 weeks). Drivers there gave me the entire traffic lane, and if there was oncoming traffic they would just slow down behind me and wait for it to pass before passing me in the other lane. Most major roads had wide bike lanes in them that were free of parked cars. Again no angry drivers. Meanwhile, my first commute to Keele and Rutherford after I got back reminded me where I was. I was in heavy but slow traffic on Finch approaching Dufferin and someone started nosing into my lane clearly not seeing that he was about to hit me. I shouted "Yo!" to get their attention and got a "F- you!" in response. That's right "F-you! Why don't you just let me hit you!" was the message there.

Worst commute, I found, was riding in Burlington. I put my bike on the GO train and rode about 2 km from the station to the office. Drivers there were far from courteous, and passed fast and close. Taking the lane didn't even work - they were going to have at least 2 wheels in the right lane even if all they got to have in the lane *was* their wheels*

But what all the different rides have shown me is that culture matters a *lot* in how it is to cycle somewhere. It isn't just about light traffic making people nicer because if that were the case, the *worst* place to ride for me in the area would be downtown (quite the opposite, really). The worst place, I find, are in the suburbs where traffic moves well. But then traffic moved well in BC but the drivers were *great*

So it seems (and is likely no big surprise to anyone here) that Toronto, particularly outside the core, has a cultural issue to deal with. This same issue likely gives rise to statements like "War on the Car."

In my opinion, until we can find a way to constructively address the cultural aspect (and how *do* we), no amount of political pushing is going to do the job.

toddtyrtle on "Close Calls"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:04 AM PDT

Defensive cycling is important. I tend to assume a driver will do the stupidest thing I can imagine and then act on that. Usually I'm wrong but when I'm right it saves me. Still, there's an especially righteous anger I feel when I assume someone is going to be a jerk and then they are. But hey, at least I saw it coming!

Parenthetically the couple of close calls I've had have been at lower speeds - when traffic is heavy and people are frustrated and doing dumb things, or just making turns. Generally I am a pretty fast cyclist when the road is mostly open. I don't go speeding in between stopped cars or anything dumb like that but I find on many roads just taking the lane and going as fast as I can is safer (or at least seems it). I often feel safest when I am actually keeping up with traffic, in the actual traffic lane out of the door zone.

joe on "Close Calls"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:30 AM PDT

Well... I don't get into a lot of close calls, because I don't try to set any land speed records when I bike, and a history of bad car crashes in my younger days (none of which were my fault) has turned me into a very cautious person when on the road.

Yesterday though, I was nearly knocked off my bike towards traffic at Wellesley and Sherbourne. A driver was exiting the gas station on the south-west corner, coming out onto Wellesley, and although car traffic was stopped, and there were a few of us in the bikelane... he wasn't paying attention and his car kept rolling as it passed over the sidewalk and through the bikelane.

Fortunately, I saw him coming ahead of time and moved over closer to the inside edge of the bikelane, and barely squeezed through between his moving car and traffic on Wellesley. The cyclists behind me stopped in time.

joe on "Close Calls"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:26 AM PDT

It happens to everyone... either we're not paying attention, or a driver isn't...

joe on "Shoulder Checks"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:25 AM PDT

I'm in the same boat as Todd... I shoulder-check almost unconsciously now.

It doesn't matter if I'm on a busy main road or a sidestreet... I check without even thinking any time I am about to move out to pass a parked car, or am approaching an intersection.

I've been startled a few times by "e-bikes" and Priuses (Prii?)... as they are sometimes very quiet.

joe on "What's Your Commute?"

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 03:22 AM PDT

My wife and I bought a house near Danforth and Woodbine just before Christmas, so my commute this year is new and improved. :) I work near Bay and College.

We live north of the Danforth, so I usually take streets such as Sammon or Milverton over to Pape, and then cruise through the lovely tree-lined sidestreets before coming out on to the Danforth close to Broadview.

From then on it's a very relaxing ride... in the bikelanes across the Viaduct, then in the bikelane down Sherbourne, then west along the new Wellesley Bikelane (which I *love*!) to just west of Bay, where I turn south riding through some government buildings to College and work.

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joe on "Posting Video" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:51 AM PDT

Super-easy video posting is possible here on the forum. For most video sites, all you need to do is type in the URL of the video, and the forum will do all the nitty-gritty tech stuff of embedding a v... Read more...

joe on "Physically Seperate Bikelanes" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:40 AM PDT

Really good article from a couple weeks ago in NOW magazine... making the case for physically seperate bikelanes: 1. A separated lane will encourage those anxiously teetering on the edge of leaving th... Read more...

joe on "Bloor - Danforth" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:38 AM PDT

City is studying the idea of a Bloor-Danforth bikelane some more. National Post: City puts brakes on Bloor-Danforth bike lane Controversial plans for a crosstown bike lane along Bloor Street and Danfo... Read more...

joe on "Bike Train" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:34 AM PDT

Good article in the Toronto Sun about the Bike Train: Many cyclists have already hopped aboard the Bike Train for easy access to cycling routes in the Niagara Region. This year, new "pilot" routes wi... Read more...

joe on "Bike Train" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:32 AM PDT

2009 is the 2nd year for the BikeTrain. Service has been expanded, with big plans for the future. ... Read more...

joe on "Bike Summit 2009" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:29 AM PDT

Spacing Toronto had a great post about the BikeSummit the other day: In light of recent victories such as the Jarvis bike lane and last year's 37-3 City Council vote in favour of the 5-year capit... Read more...

joe on "Bike Summit 2009" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 10:26 AM PDT

For information about the BikeSummit, held May 28, 2009 ... Read more...

Photos of the Week (June 1 - 7) [Main Blog]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 08:39 AM PDT

Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from June 1 - 7.Photo of the Day: City Hall VistaLooking up Bay Street.Photo by chewie2008~Photo of the Day: In ... Read more...

Reminder: Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting Tonight [Main Blog]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 07:47 AM PDT

Ward 29 Bikes invites you (Yes, you! Even if you don't ride a bike!) to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. City staff and local cyclists will be on hand to discuss the current and future st... Read more...

joe on "How to use the TTC Bike Racks" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:56 AM PDT

Fantastic Todd! I've been looking for a video on the bus racks. This will be very useful for a lot of people. :) ... Read more...

toddtyrtle on "How to use the TTC Bike Racks" [Forum]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:18 AM PDT

This was buried on the TTC web site in an MOV file that you had to download. I uploaded it to youtube so it would be easier for people to view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DypIMLpoOB8 ... Read more...

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Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:15 AM PDT

Yeah, it's interesting to see how others do it. I find, sadly, that Toronto is one of the more difficult cities to bike in. Quebec City was really great - lots of bike lanes and I didn't meet *one* an... Read more...

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Posted: 17 Jun 2009 06:04 AM PDT

Defensive cycling is important. I tend to assume a driver will do the stupidest thing I can imagine and then act on that. Usually I'm wrong but when I'm right it saves me. Still, there's an especially... Read more...

BikeMonth Events on Thurs, June 18, 2009 [Main Blog]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 05:44 AM PDT

CAN-BIKE 26pm-9pmAdvance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom dis... Read more...

Headlines: Promoting Cycling to Newcomers, The Bike Train, and Cycling Advocacy [Main Blog]

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 04:30 AM PDT

Spacing Toronto: Reaching the Summit - Cycling Advocacy and Community Engagement Just three days into this year's Bike Month, a damp May 28th was host to Bike Summit 2009, a day-long conference on cy... Read more...

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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: Criterium FinishPhoto of the Day: BikeMonth Group CommutePhoto of the Day: Evening BikelanePhoto of the Day: Paved with Gold


Another great post-rain photo from Chewie2008~
Photo of the Day: King and Yonge BluePhoto of the Day: Retro Bike Discord


They do not look happy... but have a cool looking bike!

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Photo of the Day: Fender Bender

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Just in case you missed one of the extremely popular Photos of the Day, here's a re-cap from June 1 - 7.


Photo of the Day: City Hall Vista


Looking up Bay Street.

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Photo of the Day: In The ParkPhoto of the Day: Seeing SpotsPhoto of the Day: Kensington EpicentrePhoto of the Day: Intersection Style


Waiting for the light.

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Photo of the Day: Fender SplendorPhoto of the Day: Wet on Bloor

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Ward 29 Bikes invites you (Yes, you! Even if you don't ride a bike!) to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. City staff and local cyclists will be on hand to discuss the current and future state of cycling in and around Ward 29/East York. If you want to know what's happening in the community, please join us:

What: Ward 29 Community Meeting for those who cycle (and those who’d like to)
When: Wednesday June 17, 2009—Open House at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Avenue at Torrens, between O'Connor and Cosburn)
Who: City of Toronto staff, local cyclists, cycling advocates, and you!
Why: Because we want your input and we want you to get involved in cycling issues in our community.

We'll have more details about the meeting in the coming weeks, but save the date on your calendars now.

If you're planning to attend or have any questions, please contact us at info@29bikes.caThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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CAN-BIKE 2
6pm-9pm
Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

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.

Toronto Cyclists Union AGM & Anniversary Party
7pm-11pm
The Toronto Cyclists Union will be holding our first Annual General Meeting, followed by a party in celebration of our one-year anniversary.

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Spacing Toronto: Reaching the Summit - Cycling Advocacy and Community Engagement

Just three days into this year's Bike Month, a damp May 28th was host to Bike Summit 2009, a day-long conference on cycling policy co-hosted by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Clean Air Partnership. International and local presenters covered everything from bike parking to economic and health improvements, sharing perspectives and recommendations that could greatly improve our city's cycling potential.

Toronto Star: Newcomers urged to get back in bike lane

Toronto's cycling community would like to see more immigrants like Li get out of their cars and return to their old modus operandi as part of a city-wide "From Back Home to Our New Home" campaign, to be launched tomorrow. The campaign will promote cycling among newcomer communities as an affordable, healthy and convenient means of transportation instead of just a recreational activity on weekends.

Globe and Mail: Extreme makeover for John St.

Reba Plummer, from Urbane Cyclist at the north end of John Street, was quick to fend off any suggestion that such a move would exacerbate Toronto's "war on the car." "It can't be bikes versus cars versus pedestrians versus transit," Ms. Plummer said. "All of those components have to be in together. It would be great."

Toronto Sun: Hop on board the Bike Train

Many cyclists have already hopped aboard the Bike Train for easy access to cycling routes in the Niagara Region. This year, new "pilot" routes will bring riders to more areas across Southwestern and Northern Ontario. The Bike Train -- developed by Toronto cyclist Justin Lafontaine and launched in partnership with VIA Rail between Toronto and Niagara two years ago -- is a fun, economic and environmentally friendly way to enjoy a cycling getaway.

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Toronto's Critical Mass takes over Jarvis Street.

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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.

    Newcomer Cycling Outreach Launch
    2pm
    In partnership with CultureLink, and with funding support from Live Green Toronto, the Toronto Cyclists Union is pleased to invite you to the launch of our Cycling Promotion Amongst Newcomers Poster Campaign - 'From back home to our new home!'

    Discovery Ride Ward 37
    6pm-8pm
    Discover your ward! Discover Health and Fellowship! meet at Thompson park for refreshments and then ride along area trails.

    Bikechain Seminar: Basics of Bicycle Maintenance
    6pm-7:30pm
    Interested in learning how to give your bike a basic tune-up, but don't know where to start? We've got just the thing for you! Come to our FREE evening seminar on the Basics of Bike Maintenance!

    TBN Taylor Creek / Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek Ride
    6:30pm
    This WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE is a 30km social ride suitable for Easy Rollers and Tourists.It will travel through Taylor Creek/Sunnybrook/Wilket Creek. Apres to bedetermined by the group. Don't forget your lock, lights and helmet.

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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:


    1. Jun 20: Big on Bloor Festival

    The Bloor Improvement Group's second annual Big on Bloor Festival will take place this Saturday, June 20th between 1 and 9 p.m. A 2.5 km section of Bloor Street West, from Christie to Lansdowne, will become a car-free space for a day of fun, games and art. Mark the date!


    2. Jun 27: Bike Train Celebration

    To celebrate the third year of Bike Train service, passengers and supporters are invited to a reception at Niagara Falls Station. The reception will feature Greenbelt grown food and wines, and will take place upon the arrival of the Bike Train at 1pm Saturday June 27th. Partners will be on hand to distribute Niagara information and a special yoga warm-up will be featured to prepare cyclists for their ride. The Bike Train staff have partnered with Niagara hotels to put together special deals for Bike Train passengers. For more information on the launch and to book a seat on the Bike Train, visit the Bike Train website here.


    3. Etobicoke Cyclists - Your Councillor Wants to Hear From You!

    Ward 5 Etobicoke Councillor Peter Milczyn posted a Bike Lane survey to his website last week. Please take a moment to complete it. You can find it here.


    4. Exploring Toronto Parks and Trails Map

    This spring the City of Toronto released the new Exploring Toronto Parks and Trails map which features up-to-date trails and pathways along with a directory of clubs and associations. You can download a copy of the map here or call 416-392-1111 ext.5 to get a copy sent to you in the mail. It's a useful resource for planning a day of biking, walking or hiking and provides insight into how the City's plans for linking biking and walking paths are coming together.


    5. New Resource: Law Journal Article Tackles Sustainable Urban Transportation

    Canada's Journal of Environmental Law and Practice recently published an article by Kristen Courtney titled "Sustainable Urban Transportation and Ontario's New Planning Regime: The Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe."

    The article outlines the changes made to Ontario's municipal planning regime between 2004 and 2007 to promote more sustainable urban regions. A new Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) and the creation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe were among the most significant changes. Municipalities in Ontario are now required by law to plan cities that are more sustainable in overall design and layout and reduce auto-dependency in favour of transit, walking and cycling.

    The article offers an in-depth look at the City of Toronto's transportation planning decisions from 2007-2008 and finds that the PPS and the Growth Plan are consistently ignored. For example, the Bloor Street Transformation Project currently under construction (a $25 million road reconstruction project along one of the busiest and most dangerous active transportation routes in the city) fails to make any mention of either the PPS or Growth Plan. While the project increases the width of the sidewalk it does not provide improvements to the cycling environment resulting in a citizen-led court challenge, the progress of which we followed closely in TCAT News.

    Courtney points to a lack of accountability in implementing the new provincial policies and suggests recommendations to increase their effectiveness. One recommendation of interest that she believes could potentially assist municipalities in implementation is to bring more of the municipal transportation planning decisions in under the municipal class environmental assessment framework and to deal with the provincial policies under that review process.

    Right now the default is that an EA is not required when roads are reconstructed as long as the status quo is maintained. Since the majority of roads are designed with motor vehicles foremost in mind, maintaining the status quo contravenes the PPS and Growth Plan. Roads are only reconstructed every 30-50 years, and with hundreds of road construction and reconstruction projects undertaken every year across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, each one of these should be considered an opportunity to implement the Growth Plan and PPS. Courtney proposes that by requiring all road reconstructions to be subject to an EA, the province would ensure that opportunities for public transit and active transportation are explored as part of all road projects.

    The entire article is worth a read and a copy of it can be downloaded here.

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    More Video from the Bells on Bloor ride on May 31.

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    TBN Bloordale and Mimico Creek Ride
    10:30am
    Explore the western edge of the city with TBN via two long ravines with a bit of street riding. 19km. Pace is leasure wheeler. Helmets Mandatory.

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    Toronto Island Tour of Trees
    6:30pm-9pm
    Toronto Island Tour of Trees is an evening of leisurely bike riding (up to 8 km). The focus is on the magnificent Toronto Island trees. Industry experts and Tree entusiasts alike will select specific trees along the route and speak to their qualities and value to our urban landscape.

    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.

    Exploring Leaside and the Don Valley by Bicycle
    7pm-9pm
    Join the Outing Club of East York for a Tuesday Night cycle ride exploring the Leaside neighbourhood and teh Don Valley. Distance approximately 25-km. Bicycle helemets mandatory.

    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    8:30pm-11pm
    Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

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    Give some props to City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong... after years of defending auto-centric planning and transportation initiatives, he is learning how to ride a bike after missing out on it in his youth:

    Denzil Minnan-Wong looks kind of sheepish. He has a confession to make.

    The 45-year-old Toronto councillor, and perhaps the most ardent defender of the car at city hall, doesn't know how to ride a bicycle.

    Yep, the man who grew up in Don Mills – where he still lives – known for its quiet leafy suburban streets, never learned the skill that most kids master by 6 or 7.

    "Regrettably, my parents never taught me how," he said, adding they were very protective and concerned about safety. "And the longer you wait, the easier it is not to learn." (more at the Toronto Star)

    We can hope the learning to bike will make Denzil a little more willing to look at things from a non-car perspective.

    Good job Denzil! Welcome to cycling in Toronto.

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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. :)

    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Bike Breakfast with La Carrera
    7am-12pm
    Ride into La Carrera for a Guatemalan-style bike breakfast.


    Tues, June 16, 2009

    TBN Bloordale and Mimico Creek Ride
    10:30am
    Explore the western edge of the city with TBN via two long ravines with a bit of street riding. 19km. Pace is leasure wheeler. Helmets Mandatory.
    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.
    Toronto Island Tour of Trees
    6:30pm-9pm
    Toronto Island Tour of Trees is an evening of leisurely bike riding (up to 8 km). The focus is on the magnificent Toronto Island trees. Industry experts and Tree entusiasts alike will select specific trees along the route and speak to their qualities and value to our urban landscape.
    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.
    Exploring Leaside and the Don Valley by Bicycle
    7pm-9pm
    Join the Outing Club of East York for a Tuesday Night cycle ride exploring the Leaside neighbourhood and teh Don Valley. Distance approximately 25-km. Bicycle helemets mandatory.
    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    8:30pm-11pm
    Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)


    Wed, June 17, 2009

    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.
    Newcomer Cycling Outreach Launch
    2pm
    In partnership with CultureLink, and with funding support from Live Green Toronto, the Toronto Cyclists Union is pleased to invite you to the launch of our Cycling Promotion Amongst Newcomers Poster Campaign - 'From back home to our new home!'
    Discovery Ride Ward 37
    6pm-8pm
    Discover your ward! Discover Health and Fellowship! meet at Thompson park for refreshments and then ride along area trails.
    Bikechain Seminar: Basics of Bicycle Maintenance
    6pm-7:30pm
    Interested in learning how to give your bike a basic tune-up, but don't know where to start? We've got just the thing for you! Come to our FREE evening seminar on the Basics of Bike Maintenance!
    TBN Taylor Creek / Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek Ride
    6:30pm
    This WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE is a 30km social ride suitable for Easy Rollers and Tourists.It will travel through Taylor Creek/Sunnybrook/Wilket Creek. Apres to bedetermined by the group. Don't forget your lock, lights and helmet.


    Thu, June 18, 2009

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.
    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.
    Toronto Cyclists Union AGM & Anniversary Party
    7pm-11pm
    The Toronto Cyclists Union will be holding our first Annual General Meeting, followed by a party in celebration of our one-year anniversary.


    Fri, June 19, 2009

    TBN Friday Night Ice Cream Ride
    6:30pm
    Viva L'Italia! Join TBN in celebrating the Taste of Little Italy Festival and cycle the Beltline to La Paloma for gelato. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are mandatory.
    Bike Pirates Third Friday Event
    7:30pm-11:30pm Join us during Bike Month for our June "Third Friday" event. Meet at Bike Pirates for a community bike ride, followed by a social event and film night back at the shop.

    Sat, June 20, 2009

    24 Hours of Summer Solstice
    North America's Largest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Event
    Cycle for Sight
    7am-3pm
    The Cycle for Sight ultimately promises to be a catalyst for personal fitness, new friendships and overall goodwill. Our Mission is to bring the cycling world and the vision impaired community together for one important cause.
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
    8:30am-12:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over 3 consecutive Saturdays.
    CAN-BIKE I
    9am-3:30pm
    Improve your confidence cycling on bike paths and residential streets. Learn traffic theory and ride with a group in low-traffic neighbourhoods.
    Course runs over two consecutive Saturdays.
    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    9:30am-3:30pm
    A cycling safety course for women taught by women. Addresses specific concerns, such as riding at night, riding with children and other topics of interest to women.
    Big Wheel Bike Club
    11am-3pm
    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 identification. Members must be 19 years or older.

    Weekly Speakers: Top brand reps, Stretch workshops, Broil King BBQ workshops, Nutritionists etc... Complimentary apres ride sampling and Broil king BBQ on Saturday's 1-3pm
    Urbent Event
    12pm-5pm
    Bents are in! Ever wanted to learn more about recumbent bicycles and trikes? Come see the largest collection of bents in Toronto. Informal talk from 2-3PM. Promotional pricing in effect all day.
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
    1:30pm-5:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over three consecutive Saturdays.
    West Toronto Railpath Opening Parade
    2pm-3:30pm
    A ribbon-cutting and community bike parade to celebrate the opening of the West Toronto Railpath. Come and discover the new path.
    DIY Bike Beautification
    2pm-4:30pm
    Join Toronto Cyclists Union Executive Director Yvonne Bambrick for a DIY bike beautification, arts & crafts session.
    BYO inspiration & supplies: stickers, flowers, fun fur... anything goes!
    Zip-ties and tools will be supplied.


    Sun, June 21, 2009

    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 (Morning)
    9am-12pm
    Improve bike-handling skills, including balancing, turning, and changing gears with confidence.
    TBN Maple Bakery Ride
    10am
    Join TBN for a easy-roller 53km ride to Maple. Helmets are mandatory.
    Randy's Ramble - TBN Waterfront Ride
    10am-2:30pm
    Join TBN for a leisurely-paced, five-star ride westward from the Humber along the Waterfront Trail. We'll cover 48 km as we tour a couple of parks and the Humber College campus, picnic in Douglas Kennedy Park, and then continue another 3 km to Port Credit. Helmets mandatory.
    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 (Afternoon)
    1pm-4pm
    Improve bike-handling skills, including balancing, turning, and changing gears with confidence.

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

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    Don't Buy Gas Anymore
    Guns vs. Cars II

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    Biking with 5D Mark II from Sam Javanrouh on Vimeo.


    Sam has a fantastic photoblog. Here's a cool tour of downtown Toronto. Biking with no hands with an expensive camera scares me though. :)

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    Bike Breakfast with La Carrera
    7am-12pm
    Ride into La Carrera for a Guatemalan-style bike breakfast.


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    Finish Line at the Toronto Criterium

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    Life Is Possible Without Your Car
    Do Helmets Equal Safety?

    2007
    Memorial Ride This Friday
    Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 14th
    The Lansdowne Reconstruction: Setting the Record Straight

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    Bells on Bloor from young elephant on Vimeo.


    Bells on Bloor 2009 from BellsOnBloor on Vimeo.

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    TBN's North by Northwest
    10am-2pm
    Join TBN for a leisurely paced 34km tour exploring the asphalt trails of five (!) parks and followed by a stop for a picnic. Bring lunch; no stores en route. Helmets mandatory.

    TBN High Park to Port Credit
    10am
    Join TBN for a easy-roller 54km ride from High Park to Port Credit. Helmets are mandatory.

    Zareinu Moveathon Festival
    11am-6pm
    This annual fundraising event brings out thousands of participants across the GTA in support of the Zareinu Educational Centre, a world-renowned treatment facility that provides special education and individualized therapies to children with a wide range of physical and developmental challenges.

    Pride Ride 2009
    12pm
    The 5th Annual Queer West Fest Pride Ride, put on by the Gay West Bicycle Club A little different route this year. We meet 12:30 pm at ZOOTS CAFE, 1438 Dundas St. W. one business west of Gladstone north side of street at noon.

    Residential North York Ride
    1pm-3pm
    -A casual ride around south/central North York.
    -Ride is family friendly.
    -Ride bike lanes, signed bike routes and park trails.
    -View a range of housing forms from post-war to modern.

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    NOW Magazine: Bloor Bikelanes Backpedal

    Some insiders suspect the "war on cars" rhetoric has also heated up enough to make Mayor David Miller wary of another bike lane in his name soon after the Jarvis pile-up. And certainly, whatever the consultant says – either way – council will be able to say it was the consultant who said it. (More at NOW Magazine)



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    Bike Art Display & Stencil Nation Book Launch
    8:30am-10:30pm
    Celebrate bikes and street art with author Russell Howze and bike stencil artist Janet Attard at 'This ain't the Rosedale Library' in Kensington Market.

    TBN Don River to Steeles Ride
    8:30am
    This leasurely paced ride will follow bike trials to Steeles Avenue. Helmets are mandatory.

    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
    8:30am-12:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over 3 consecutive Saturdays.

    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    9:30am-3:30pm
    A cycling safety course for women taught by women. Addresses specific concerns, such as riding at night, riding with children and other topics of interest to women.

    Big Wheel Bike Club
    11am-3pm
    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 identification. Members must be 19 years or older.

    Weekly Speakers: Top brand reps, Stretch workshops, Broil King BBQ workshops, Nutritionists etc... Complimentary apres ride sampling and Broil king BBQ on Saturday's 1-3pm
    World Naked Bike Ride - Toronto
    12pm
    Gather at the centre of Coronation Park (near the foot of Bathurst) at 12 noon. Ride departs at 1pm.

    Conquer Commuting
    12pm-5pm
    Wanna do EVERYTHING by bike? It's not as difficult as you might think. We have all the solutions including bags for laptops, carriers for children, trailers for cargo, and clothing for all seasons.

    Swansea Kids Bike Event
    12pm-7pm
    Kids will be riding bicycles about 2km from Humber Bay bridge to Budapest park. After riding bikes they will be playing at the playground, playing voleyball and soccer, making sand castles at the beach, performing at the stage etc.

    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
    1:30pm-5:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over three consecutive Saturdays.

    BikePirates Bike Wash!
    2pm-6pm
    Bring your bike down and we will hose it down, scrub off the dirt, lube it, pump the tires and inform you of any further maintenance it may need.

    Suburban Critical Mass
    3pm-3:30pm
    Suburban Critical Mass Toronto: Second Saturday of every month @ 3 pm; Yonge and Eglinton

    Street Art Bike Tour
    6pm-8:30pm
    Join 'Stencil Nation' author RUSSELL HOWZE, local bike stencil artist JANET ATTARD and photographer MARTIN REIS on an expert guided bike tour of Toronto's vibrant street art scene. The tour will feature many hidden street art locations and thought-provoking insights into this worldwide art subculture.

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    Happy Friday!

    BikeMonth is entering week #4 on Monday... and bikes are continuing to stay in the news. Here's all the news that has appeared on BikingToronto in the past week, plus all the stories in the media we've come across.

    • Headlines: Get on the BikeTrain!
      Toronto Sun: Hop on board the Bike Train Many cyclists have already hopped aboard the Bike Train for easy access to cycling routes in the Niagara Region. This year, new "pilot" routes will bring riders to more areas across Southwestern and Northern Ontario. The Bike Train -- developed by…
    • Headlines: Planning for non-Auto Transportation
      National Post: The war on the car, as seen from the bicycle seat Recently, Mayor David Miller unveiled the city's first bike parking lot at Union Station, city council added bike lanes to Jarvis despite an uproar, and the TTC committed to increasing the number of bus routes with…

    • Headlines: BikeSummit Review from Torontoist
      Torontoist: Cycling to the BikeSummit Ever wonder what distinguishes a good bicycle rack from a bad one? Or what the optimal buffer is between a bike lane and a parked car? If so, then last week's Bike Summit was the place for you, as active transportation activists, transportation planners,…
    • Headlines: Bloor-Danforth Bikelane Delays
      Globe and Mail: City puts brakes on Bloor-Danforth bike lane Controversial plans for a crosstown bike lane along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue appear to have hit a speed bump, as the city now plans to hire an external consultant to study the idea. Just last week, the councillor…
    • Headlines: 24km of New Bikelanes
      National Post: More bike lanes, but not on Bloor – yet... As the public works committee today approved the installation of some 24 kilometres of new bike lanes in Toronto, defenders of the driver railed about the cost, while cyclists complained the city is neglecting the most obvious east-west…


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    2006
    Cycling and Transit Working Group - Tomorrow!

    2007
    World Naked Bike Day: June 9
    CityNews - Cyclist Struck And Killed By City Dump-Truck
    Photos from the I Bike T.O. Photo Exhibit
    Photos from the Grassroots Bikers Breakfast
    Torontoist: More Ass, Less Gas
    Globe & Mail: Green lightning - It's low, fast and pedal-powered
    Photo of the Day - Tues, June 12th

    2008

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    Toronto Bicycle Messenger Association Breakfast
    7:30am-9:30am
    The Toronto Bicycle Messanger Association invites you to join them for thier commuter breakfast, come and see the new Courier Worker Centre.

    TBN Waterfront/Distillery District Ride
    6:30pm
    Join TBN to ride the waterfront, Humber river and High Park. End at the Distillery District for dinner, drinks and free live entertianment. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are mandatory.


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    Toronto Sun: Hop on board the Bike Train

    Many cyclists have already hopped aboard the Bike Train for easy access to cycling routes in the Niagara Region. This year, new "pilot" routes will bring riders to more areas across Southwestern and Northern Ontario. The Bike Train -- developed by Toronto cyclist Justin Lafontaine and launched in partnership with VIA Rail between Toronto and Niagara two years ago -- is a fun, economic and environmentally friendly way to enjoy a cycling getaway.

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    2006
    Yet Another City With Successful Congestion Charging

    2007
    Photo of the Day - Mon, June 11th

    2008

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    Via the BikeChain:
    Don't forget to join up with one of FOUR group rides to campus tomorrow morning. This is a fantastic way to learn a good route to campus and connect with other cyclists. Check it out:

    1. High Park: 7:30 am meetup at Bloor and High Park and departure about 7:40. Route: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/297213 (Ride Leader: Professor Jun Nogami)

    2. Cabbagetown: 8:00 am meetup at NE corner of Parliament and Carlton. (Ride Leader: Professor Pat Brubaker)

    3. Danforth and Woodbine: 7:30 am meetup at NE corner of Woodmount and Danforth (Group Leader: Professor David Williams)

    4. Bathurst and Eglinton: meetup at 7:45 am at the parking lot of the
    Forest Hill Memorial Arena (located at 340 Chaplin Crescent) (Group
    Leader: Daniel Chapman)

    Your reward for an early wakeup? FREE breakfast at the International Student Centre.


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    Bikechain: Group Commute and Breakfast
    6am-9am
    Want to commute to campus (St. George) organized by UofT faculty and staff? Groups will be organized in the East, West, North, and South end of Toronto. They will finish the commute with a breakfast at the ISC around 8:30AM.

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    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.

    VeloSocial Bike Party
    7pm
    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.

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    National Post: The war on the car, as seen from the bicycle seat

    Recently, Mayor David Miller unveiled the city's first bike parking lot at Union Station, city council added bike lanes to Jarvis despite an uproar, and the TTC committed to increasing the number of bus routes with bike racks. It all begs the question: could Toronto's car culture be fading? (more at the National Post)

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    2006
    After-Dark Bicycle Rallies

    2007
    Photo of the Day - Sun, June 10th

    2008

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    Torontoist: Cycling to the BikeSummit

    Ever wonder what distinguishes a good bicycle rack from a bad one? Or what the optimal buffer is between a bike lane and a parked car? If so, then last week's Bike Summit was the place for you, as active transportation activists, transportation planners, urban infrastructure experts, and assorted cycling gurus came together to consider these and other such questions.

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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.

    TBN Up the Don River Ride
    6:30pm
    Exploring the downtown neigbourhoods
    and then goodies at the Future Bakery Bloor & Brunswick. Easy roller pace. Helmets and lights are mandatory.

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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:

    1. Bike Summit 2009 - Presentations, photos and other media now on-line & APBP Offer

    For those unable to attend Bike Summit 2009, or for those who want to review some of the excellent presentations, all but a couple (coming soon) have now been posted on the TCAT website. There are also photos from the day and media articles posted here.

    A reminder that the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is offering a $15 USD discount on new advocate and professional membership to attendees of the Bike Summit. Go to the APBP website and enter promocode TOBIKESUMMIT. The offer expires 2009/06/30.


    2. Jun 16: What do you think about e-bikes?

    The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is in the final stage of its three-year pilot project to evaluate the use of power-assisted bicycles (also known as bikes or e-bikes) on roads and highways where conventional bicycles are allowed. On April 23, 2009 the definition of "bicycle" in the HTA was amended to include e-bikes.

    MTO has invited TCAT, the Toronto Cyclists Union and other cycling groups to provide input on the equipment and operating requirements that should be included in the e-bike regulations. All TCAT News readers are encouraged to complete the Toronto Cyclists Union survey to give your thoughts on the issue. It takes less than two minutes to complete.


    3. Jun 17: Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth Community Meeting

    A meeting for those who cycle (and those who'd like to), in and around Toronto Danforth organized by Ward 29 Bikes.

    Date: Wednesday June 17, 2009
    Time: 7:00 p.m. (refreshments @ 6:30 p.m.)
    Location: East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Avenue at Torrens, between O'Connor and Cosburn)

    Connect with cyclists. Provide feedback. Get information. Ask questions of City staff. Help build our cycling community! All welcome.


    4. Sep 2: Provide input into Simcoe's strategic vision

    On June 4th, the Ontario Government released Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth. It lays out a strategy and directions to plan for more prosperous and sustainable growth in the Simcoe area. Based on provincial principles and policies, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

    The document can be accessed on the Places to Grow website. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure welcomes your feedback on the overall vision outlined in this strategy. To submit your comments or questions or to receive a hard copy of the paper, please contact them at placestogrow@ontario.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-479-9781 or 416-325-1210. Please send your comments and feedback on the paper by September 2, 2009.

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    They do not look happy... but have a cool looking bike!

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    2006
    Everyone Rides A Bike In Los Angeles!

    2007
    Photo of the Day - Sat. June 9th

    2008

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    TBN Beltline Ride
    10:30am
    See David Balfour Park Moore Park, the Beltline and Cedervale Park at a leasure wheeler. 19km. Helmets Mandatory.

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    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 Scarborough Bluffs
    7pm-9pm
    Join the Outing Club of East York for a Tuesday Night cycle ride exploring the Scarbourgh Bluffs neighbourhoods in the east end. Distance approximately 25-km. Bicycle helemets mandatory.

    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    9pm-11pm
    Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

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    Globe and Mail: City puts brakes on Bloor-Danforth bike lane

    Controversial plans for a crosstown bike lane along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue appear to have hit a speed bump, as the city now plans to hire an external consultant to study the idea. Just last week, the councillor who chairs the city's cycling committee, Adrian Heaps, said a first, eastern phase of the city-spanning bike lane could be installed as early as this year, if approved. (more at the Globe and Mail)

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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. :)


    Nothing scheduled. Rest up for other BikeMonth Events! :)


    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Midweek Tuesday Night Race Series
    6:45pm
    Cycle the Scarborough Bluffs
    7pm-9pm
    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    9pm-11pm


    TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
    10am
    TBN Up the Don River Ride
    6:30pm



    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Kids and Youth Learn-to-Race
    6:30pm
    VeloSocial Bike Party
    7pm



    Toronto Bicycle Messenger Association Breakfast
    7:30am-9:30am
    TBN Waterfront/Distillery District Ride
    6:30pm





    TBN Don River to Steeles Ride
    8:30am
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
    8:30am-12:30pm
    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    9:30am-3:30pm
    World Naked Bike Ride - Toronto
    12pm
    Conquer Commuting
    12pm-5pm
    Swansea Kids Bike Event
    12pm-7pm
    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
    1:30pm-5:30pm
    BikePirates Bike Wash!
    2pm-6pm
    Suburban Critical Mass
    3pm-3:30pm
    Street Art Bike Tour
    6pm-8:30pm

    TBN High Park to Port Credit
    10am
    Zareinu Moveathon Festival
    11am-6pm
    Pride Ride 2009
    12pm
    Residential North York Ride
    1pm-3pm


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

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    2006
    Are Bikes Banned From Yorkville? - updated

    2007
    Toronto's Weekly Carnage
    Photo of the Day - Fri, June 8th

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    Nothing scheduled. Rest up for other BikeMonth Events! :)


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    Looking up Bay Street.

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    SightsOnBikes.com

    2007
    Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 7th
    BikeFriday - June 8th Edition

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    Ride for Heart
    7am-11am
    Cycle on the traffic-free Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. 25, 50 and 75 km options. All for Heart & Stroke research.

    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    9:30am-3:30pm
    A cycling safety course for women taught by women. Addresses specific concerns, such as riding at night, riding with children and other topics of interest to women.

    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 (Morning)
    10am-1pm
    Bicycle course for first-time riders. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn.

    MEC Bike Safety Checks
    11am-4:30pm
    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 on Charlotte St.

    CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 (Afternoon)
    1:30pm-4:30pm
    Bicycle course for first-time riders. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn.

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    Song Cycles - The Choir On Bikes

    2007
    Photo of the Day - Wed, June 6th

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    ational Post: More bike lanes, but not on Bloor – yet...

    As the public works committee today approved the installation of some 24 kilometres of new bike lanes in Toronto, defenders of the driver railed about the cost, while cyclists complained the city is neglecting the most obvious east-west artery – Bloor Street.

    Toronto Sun: New bike lanes approved by city

    City councillors swear they're not "anti-car," but their public works and infrastructure committee is most definitely "bike-friendly". Yesterday, the committee approved 24 km of new bike lanes throughout the city, authorized staff to work towards setting up a public bicycle sharing system a year from now with a private company, and vowed to find a way to punish motorized bike riders using the sidewalk.

    NOW Magazine: Amicable separation - The case for separated bike lanes

    Thankfully, City Hall had enough foresight to support the creation of painted bike lanes on Jarvis, but it's time to get serious. Toronto needs a full network of fully separated lanes, and Jarvis is the perfect place to start.

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    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Morning)
    8:30am-12:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over 3 consecutive Saturdays.

    TBN Waterfront Ride
    9:30am
    Join TBN and ride the Martin Goodman Trail to the Humber River and see Cherry Beach. Helmets are mandatory.

    CAN-BIKE 2
    10am-5pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women
    10am-4pm
    A cycling safety course for women taught by women. Addresses specific concerns, such as riding at night, riding with children and other topics of interest to women.

    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 on Charlotte St.

    Big Wheel Bike Club
    11am-3pm
    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 identification. Members must be 19 years or older.

    Weekly Speakers: Top brand reps, Stretch workshops, Broil King BBQ workshops, Nutritionists etc... Complimentary apres ride sampling and Broil king BBQ on Saturday's 1-3pm

    Janet Bike Girl Open Studio Show and Sale
    12pm-6pm
    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.

    Beyond The Burbs!
    12pm-5pm
    Ever thought of riding across the country? Maybe a weekend trip? We can help you with all your touring needs from bikes to panniers, trailers to tool kits and everything in between.

    Bike Day at Karma Co-op
    12pm-4pm
    Get a free tune-up from expert staff of the Bike Joint.

    CAN-BIKE for Kids (Afternoon)
    1:30pm-5:30pm
    Bike safety course for kids aged 9-13. In-class and on-bike instruction teaches rules of the road, right and left turns, changing gears and identifying/avoiding potential hazards. Course runs over three consecutive Saturdays.

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    Happy Friday!

    BikeMonth is two weeks old now... and bikes are continuing to stay in the news. Here's all the news that has appeared on BikingToronto in the past week, plus all the stories in the media we've come across.

    News:
    • Public Works Committee Approves 24 km of Bikelanes
      As BikingToronto let you know on Monday... The Public Works Committee discussed 24 km of new bikelanes at their meeting yesterday... and improved them all. Here are a couple excerpts from news articles about it: Toronto Sun: New bike lanes approved by city City councillors swear they're not "anti-car," but…
    • TCAT News Bulletin: June 2
      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...
    • Toronto Moving Forward on BikeSharing
      Great news... after issuing an REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for a Public Bicycles Project in April, Toronto is moving ahead... with one item on the agenda (page 27) of the June 3rd Public Works and Infrastructure Meeting (PDF file) being to negotiate with the Public Bicycle System…
    • New Bikelanes being Discussed at June 3rd Public Works Meeting
      The Public Works Committee is discussing (pages 25-27 - PDF file) a bunch of new bikelanes on June 3rd. They come to 24.1 km in total. Here is the list: The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that: 1 City Council approve the installation of bicycle lanes on the following roadways:…
    • City Amending By-Laws To Ban E-Bikes and Folding Bikes from Sidewalks
      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…
    • Cyclist Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Crash
      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…

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    Photo by Georgie Grrl

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    Transport for London: You’re Better Off by Bike
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    Eye Weekly - How hard is it to paint a line on the road?
    Hell Freezes Over! Margaret Wente Wants A Downtown Congestion Charge
    Photos from the Ride for Heart

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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: Viaduct Mass


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


    Photo of the Day: Massing Together


    Side by side on the Danforth.


    Photo of the Day: Leslieville Spokes


    Photo of the Day: Unique Styles


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


    Photo of the Day: Spadina Group II


    Photo of the Day: Spadina Group


    Photo of the Day: Route 32

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    Tomorrow morning (June 5th) marks the 2nd Bike First Friday up in Ward 21... hosted by Councillor Joe Mihevc and the Toronto Cyclist Union.

    I Bike T.O. will be there... with shirts for sale, as well as donating a few shirts to be raffled off for free to attendees.



    It's a great chance to get a bikey fashion craze for free! :)



    (Cross-posted to I Bike T.O.)

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    As BikingToronto let you know on Monday... The Public Works Committee discussed 24 km of new bikelanes at their meeting yesterday... and improved them all. Here are a couple excerpts from news articles about it:
    Toronto Sun: New bike lanes approved by city
    City councillors swear they're not "anti-car," but their public works and infrastructure committee is most definitely "bike-friendly". Yesterday, the committee approved 24 km of new bike lanes throughout the city, authorized staff to work towards setting up a public bicycle sharing system a year from now with a private company, and vowed to find a way to punish motorized bike riders using the sidewalk.

    National Post: More bike lanes, but not on Bloor – yet...
    As the public works committee today approved the installation of some 24 kilometres of new bike lanes in Toronto, defenders of the driver railed about the cost, while cyclists complained the city is neglecting the most obvious east-west artery – Bloor Street. But for the chair of the committee though, addressing Toronto’s dearth of dedicated space for two-wheeled commuters has become a personal challenge.
    Need to know where all these new bikelanes are going to be?

    Here is a Google Map of all the proposed regular bikelanes (red) and contra-flow (allowing travel on one-way streets) bikelanes (green):

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    posted by Joe on Thursday, June 04, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

    I let most inaccurate things I read about cycling in Toronto in newspapers slide... but when the Sun wrote about the Toronto Criterium being an anti-car move by City Council (who would dare block of city streets on a Friday night! For a silly race!) and that putting bikelanes on Jarvis would cost $6 million... I had to write the columnist. I've copied it for you:

    Dear Mr. Warmington,

    Interesting article the other day about the Toronto Criterium bike race. I don't necessarily agree with you, but I'm assuming you are going to write a similar article when the Honda Indy shuts down the Lakeshore from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12?

    There is and error in your article as well... the Jarvis bikelanes will not cost $6 million. The removal of a lane of Jarvis (which was not up for debate) to make wider sidewalks and beautify the streetscape was budgeted to cost $6.3 million. The decision to put in bikelanes instead of widen sidewalks actually has saved the city $1.3 million, as city staff estimate that because the curbline does not have to be moved to make wider sidewalks, the project will only cost approx. $5 million. The re-striping of the street to accomodate bikelanes on each side is estimated to be $50,000-100,000.

    Anyways... if you ever need a responsible cyclists point of view... get in touch. I'm a tax-paying, home-owning, rule-abiding, helmet-wearing cyclist and I have the same rights to a safe journey as any driver.
    Joe

    http://www.bikingtoronto.com
    http://www.ibiketo.org

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    CBC: Toronto asked to keep e-bikes off sidewalks and out of bike lanes

    Toronto's public works committee is being asked to close a loophole that allows electric bikes on sidewalks. The pedestrian committee says it has been receiving complaints about the power-assisted bikes on sidewalks, and wants them banned.

    Toronto Sun: Bike lanes needed on Jarvis, Bloor and beyond

    Some see bike lanes like the ones planned for Jarvis and debated for Bloor, as part of a "War on Cars." The truth is, there has been a war in Toronto for years -- not on drivers, but on everyone else.



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    Bike First Friday
    7:30am
    Get together for a light breakfast at the Barns before heading off on a colle to your work. These are both a social opportunity and a chance to get up-to date on cycling issues in the Ward and the City.

    Janet Bike Girl Open Studio Show & Sale
    11am-7pm
    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.

    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!

    TBN Pizza Ride
    6:30pm
    Join TBN for a rideo n Toronto's waterfront trails. Apres-bike ride enjoy dinner at Splash. Cancelled if Raining. Brings Locks. Helmet and lights are mandatory.

    MEC Bike Repair Workshop
    7pm-8:30pm
    Progressing from Thursday June 4th's workshop, Mountain Equipment Co-op staff will show you how to tackle more complex bike repairs. Intermediate to advance.

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    BikingToronto and it's charitable arm I Bike T.O. (where 100% of the profits from shirt and button sales go to cycling-related charities in Toronto) was at the 2009 Bike Summit (I Bike T.O. was a sponsor - donating shirts to Summit volunteers and speakers)... and took some photos for you. :)






    A packed house. The Summit was sold-out... over 200 people!



    A New York City transportation speaker about their cycling-friendly infrastructure.



    Dave Meslin talking at the end of the day.



    The "tables" ... cycling and transportation tables set up with information. You can see the I Bike T.O. shirts on the left, sharing a table with Dandyhorse Magazine and the Toronto Cyclists Union.



    Stay tuned... I'll be posting audio-clips from the day soon. :)

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    Summer in Kensington Market

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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!

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    MEC Bike Repair Workshop
    7pm-8:30pm
    Cycle to this evening workshop hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-op staff.Learn simple tips on how to mainatin your bicycle.

    CineCycle celebrates The Bicycle Film Festival
    8pm
    CineCycle a Micro Cinema and (by appointment) Bicycle Repair, welcomes Benny Zenga to host a night of Film and Music, to celebrate The Bicycle Film Festival. $5 admission. 19+.

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    Toronto Star: Bike thefts fall 17% after sting operation

    It's been nearly a year since Igor Kenk was put of business. Kenk, who is accused of being the city's most notorious bicycle thief, was charged with 58 offences related to stolen bikes last summer. Police discovered 2,865 bikes stashed in more than a dozen garages around the city and in Kenk's rundown Queen St. W. repair shop. In the aftermath of the closing of Kenk's store, The Bicycle Clinic, across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, the question has been out there: Are bike thefts down?

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    Waiting for the light.

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    Photo of the Day - Sun, June 3rd

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    (Cross-posted to I Bike T.O.)

    I've been "e-friends" with Benedict for awhile, and finally met him at the 2009 Bike Summit. We met up again the next day at the Toronto Criterium, where he bought a black I Bike T.O. shirt, and sent me this photo along with a written blurb about biking in Toronto! :)


    I Bike T.O., do you?

    When people think of Toronto the things that come to mind are the CN Tower, the Jays, or how Toronto is the place to film the next big blockbuster. But Toronto is also a great place to bike, with a strong community of advocates and cyclists, amazing nature and park trails and growing support from the local government.

    I Bike T.O. because it's fun, fast and practical. It just makes sense to ride a bike in the city and when you're cruising by the lake on the Martin Goodman Trail or zipping by crawling traffic on Bloor St. you'll know why.

    Benedict has an amazing photo collection on Flickr, and is involved with the Ryerson Bike Club.

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    Toronto Star: Testdrive - Bike locks

    No bikes were stolen during this Test Drive. Phew. However, a bike can be stolen at any time and in any place, as witnessed by Star crime reporter Betsy Powell when her bike was stolen in front of Toronto Police headquarters in 2006. If your bike can be stolen where it should be safest, what's a cyclist to do?

    BlogTO: Toronto's New Bicycle Parking Initiatives

    Unless you're superhuman, biking across the city to work seems absurd. We all walk, bike, drive or use transit to get to work, but by using a combination of the four, we can usually get there a bit more efficiently. Plus it definitely doesn't hurt to burn that lunchtime poutine off. Luckily, the TTC is slowly making it easier to couple bikes and public transit together. For years Red Rocket users have been able to lock up their bikes at the station and on buses, but many feared damage to their wheels of steel. This is why the City of Toronto has stepped in to open private bike parking earlier this week.

    Toronto Star: Fear and cycling on Jarvis

    Ironically, the Jarvis strategy might just work. Perhaps with cyclists taken out of moving traffic, it would flow more freely even with one less lane. Let's not forget that bicycle use will grow in the years ahead as people live and work more closely and the price of oil increases. More lanes today mean more cyclists tomorrow.

    Toronto Star: Drain cramp - Pair of sunken grates menacing Dupont cyclists

    A sunken catch basin and its lowdown accomplice are operating as a tag team to body-slam Dupont St. cyclists. Toronto has ambitious plans to make cycling a more viable way to get around, with city council approving a proposal last week to reduce Jarvis St. traffic by one lane to accommodate bike lanes. Creating dedicated lanes is worthwhile, but our mean streets still have plenty of perils for two-wheelers, often at curbside where the lanes are located.

    Toronto Star: Cyclists seeking a cultural gear shift

    Street parking for bikes, roads where drivers yield to cyclists, car parking that actually protects two-wheeled travellers: Ideas that might make a Jarvis St. car commuter cringe are already reality in Europe and California. And they're just as achievable in this city, advocates and planners told the second annual Toronto Bike Summit last week.

    Globe and Mail: Idaho Stop one way to fuel 'war on the car'

    Any idea to improve conditions for cycling or walking in this city, no matter how small or sensible, now seems likely to be tagged as part of an alleged "war on the car" and used by the mayor's critics on council to appeal to frustrated drivers. Here's an idea that would light up talk-radio phone lines, even though it would do little more than legalize what many cyclists do every day anyway: It's called the Idaho Stop. In Idaho, since 1982, cyclists have been allowed to essentially treat stop signs as yield signs, meaning they do not have to come to a complete stop.

    NOW Magazine: Amicable separation - The case for separated bike lanes

    Thankfully, City Hall had enough foresight to support the creation of painted bike lanes on Jarvis, but it's time to get serious. Toronto needs a full network of fully separated lanes, and Jarvis is the perfect place to start.



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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 - What a Great Day!
    2. - TCAT and IBI Group Release Report
    3. - June 3: Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Considers Walking & Cycling Reports
    4. - June 3: Jan Gehl speaking at the Design Exchange
    5. - June 16: Strachan Super-Bridge: Good News!
    6. - TCAT in the News!

    More on the TCAT site.

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    Hart House Bike Month Breakfast
    7:30am-8am
    Join us on the Arbor Room patio for the annual Bike Month Breakfast (while supplies last)! Breakfast, entertainment and more.

    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.

    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!

    Public Spaces & Public Life for the 21st Century: A Discussion with Danish Architect Jan Gehl
    3pm-5pm
    A presentation and discussion of Jan Gehl’s work and research in the area of public space design – from the revitalization of some of the world’s most important urban streets to waterfront redevelopment. Mr. Gehl will discuss his criteria for creating good ublic spaces using lessons from his recent work in places such as ew York, San Francisco, and Melbourne.

    Bikechain: Cyclist Rights and Obligations
    6pm-7pm
    Do you know all your rights and obligations as a cyclist?
    Come to this FREE seminar to find out more! We will have a knowledgeable staff member to inform you.

    TBN Beltline Ride
    6:30pm
    Join TBN for an easy roller Beltline ride. Helmets and Lights mandatory.

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    Well... this is pretty cool.

    The London Cyclist blog looked at a ton of bike blogs and ranked them after looking at "Google Pagerank, Twitter Rank, Alexa Rank, number of comments and Technorati Authority".

    BikingToronto came in at #33.

    Who's number 1? BikePortland.org ... a well deserved win!

    Here's the whole list (linked #s are to twitter accounts):

    Rank Blog Quick description
    1 Bike Portland Portland bike scene news
    2 BikeSnob NYC Popular blog on bicycle culture
    3 Fat Cyclist The one and only Fatty
    4 Copenhagen Cycle chic Pictures of cycling in Copenhagen
    5 Copenhagenize Life in the worlds cycling capital
    6 Urban Velo Reflecting on bicycle culture
    7 Commute by Bike The place to go for all things commuting
    8 Gwadzilla Rants on cycling and on life
    9 Velorution UK bicycle blog and company
    10 Cyclelicious Covering bicycle culture
    11 Bicycle Design Very interesting posts on bicycle design
    12 Bike Commuters Getting people into bicycle commuting
    13 Bike Hugger Beautifully designed blog with excellent posts
    14 Kent’s Bike Blog Bike related thoughts
    15 Bicycle Tutor Great source of bicycle repair tutorials
    16 Eco Velo Eco friendly cycling
    17 Podium Cafe The world of Pro Cycling
    18 Masiguy Recovering bicycle addict blog
    19 Drunk Cyclist “Two Wheels. One Dark Lord.”
    20 Quickrelease.tv Focus on video content
    21 Amsterdamize “100% Lycra-Free, Guaranteed”
    22 Cozy Beehive Bike tech and engineering, to history, humour & pain
    23 Onionbagblog Cycling sport in South London
    24 Bike Hacks Bicycle customisation from funky to functional
    25 Bike Rumor Product rumours in the bike industry.

    26 Guitar Ted A blog by a bicycle and guitar fixated individual
    27 Do The Right Thing Excellent blog with some unique posts
    28 The Bike Show Bicycle radio show podcast
    29 Trackosaurus rex Hard to describe - but worth visiting!
    30 The Velo ORANGE Blog A blog about bicycles and cyclo-touring
    31 Bike Blog NYC Urban bike culture in NYC and beyond
    32 Bike Commute Tips Helpful suggestions for bike commuting
    33 Biking Toronto Info about cycling in Toronto
    34 RidingPretty Looking good on your bike
    35 London Cycle Chic Cycling and looking good, love this blog!
    36 Bicycles and Icicles Cycling through the cold
    37 RocBike Particular focus on New York State
    38 Fit Chick Fitness, training, racing and where they take you
    39 Austin on Two Wheels The online magazine of Austin bike culture
    40 Dave Moulton’s Bike Blog An ex-framebuilder’s personal thoughts on cycling
    41 Ride-Strong Avid cyclist and triathlete with passion for cycling
    42 The Epicurean Cyclist “Wool, Twine and All Things Fine in Cycle Touring”
    43 Velo Vogue Pictures of stylish cyclists in San Francisco
    44 Velogogo News, bike culture and bling bling
    45 CycleDog Humorous blog from cyclist with an attitude
    46 Let’s Go Ride a Bike Two girls practising city cycling
    47 London Cycling Diary Pedalling across the capital
    48 Girls and Bicycles Girls on bicycles
    49 Cycling Challenge Cycling in the Alps
    50 The Bike Geek Commute, Road or MTB. It’s all good!

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    Toronto Life recently released "50 Reasons to Love Toronto Right Now". Number 43 on the list?

    EVERYONE BIKES



    Hard to argue with that! :)

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    The Bicycle Film Festival will be in Toronto Aug. 19-22, but you don't have to wait until August to get your two-wheeled motion picture fix... BFF organizer Benny Zenga is showing some new films at CineCycle this Thursday:

    Bike Month Film Night
    Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009

    Start time: 8:00 PM

    CineCycle a Micro Cinema and (by appointment) Bicycle Repair, welcomes Benny Zenga to host a night of Film and Music, to celebrate The Bicycle Film Festival. $5 admission. 19+.

    For more information contact:
    Phone: 416 971 4273

    Address:
    CineCycle Coach House Micro Cinema
    129 Spadina Ave
    down the lane



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    Great news... after issuing an
    REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for a Public Bicycles Project in April, Toronto is moving ahead... with one item on the agenda (page 27) of the June 3rd Public Works and Infrastructure Meeting (PDF file) being to negotiate with the Public Bicycle System Company:
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

    City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation
    with the City Solicitor, to undertake negotiations with the Public Bicycle System
    Company, as the sole respondent to the City’s Request for Expressions of Interest which was pre-qualified as a potential vendor capable of offering a public bicycle system not dependant on advertising within the street right-of-way, to develop a proposal to implement and operate a Toronto public bicycle system at no cost to the City and, if successful, to report back in Fall 2009 on a proposed draft agreement, in order to launch a public bicycle system in Spring 2010.

    I am a bit wary of this, personally... if the agreement will be during this upcoming Fall... there doesn't seem to be enough time to set up a well thought-out and bug-free system by Spring 2010. Montreal's Bixi was a few years in the making.

    I'd personally prefer to see the City take their time on this to make sure it's done correctly, rather than rushing it through to appease environmental or cycling interests.

    What do you think?

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    Toronto Star: Racing toward 2012 games - on a trike

    This is a special hybrid, made from a high-end racing bike, European and Canadian parts, and forged in a Toronto mechanics shop. It looks like a giant trike, with three equally sized bike wheels and a special bar at the back to prevent people from bumping into it during races.

    Toronto Star: Cyclist suffers life-threatening injuries in crash

    A cyclist is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after crashing into a van as it turned across his path 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.

    NOW Magazine: For the love of Jarvis

    Imagine if all wars were waged like the "war on cars," the ostensible assault on automotive freedom about which conservative councillors spent all Monday, May 25, honking their horns when bike lanes were approved as part of the Jarvis Street beautification. Before any incursion, the aggressor would commit billions in subsidies for all repairs to enemy infrastructure during the fighting. And the invasion itself would largely consist of soldiers running around in bike helmets shouting, "Thank you for not killing me."

    Globe and Mail: City puts brakes on Bloor-Danforth bike lane

    Controversial plans for a crosstown bike lane along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue appear to have hit a speed bump, as the city now plans to hire an external consultant to study the idea. Just last week, the councillor who chairs the city's cycling committee, Adrian Heaps, said a first, eastern phase of the city-spanning bike lane could be installed as early as this year, if approved.

    National Post: Big step for cycling, small step for cycling kind

    The Wellesley bike lane is the latest in a $70 million plan to improve Toronto's cycling infrastructure, which not only includes dedicated commuter routes, but a new bike parking lot at Union Station and carriers on city buses. Although Mr. Heaps said Toronto has so far been painting a patchwork of new bike lanes across the city as a "path of least resistance" to catch up with the rest of the world, a blueprint for a fully integrated network will be unveiled in September.

    Toronto Star: Bike riding is bliss in Copenhagen

    From a Torontonian's perspective, it's a wonder that any cyclist in Copenhagen would feel unsafe riding. A large percentage of bike lanes have their own curb and are raised a few inches above the road used by cars (and a few inches below the sidewalk). Other lanes are completely separated, with either bike or vehicle parking used as a buffer. There are traffic signals specifically for bikes, bright blue lanes are painted at intersections, and in the suburb of Frederiksberg, a few bike lanes even have green LED lights so drivers and riders can identify the allocated road space when it's dark.

    Toronto Star: Bike death spurred lawyer to take action

    Cyclists and motorists who suffer such injuries can claim compensation. Without proof the injury is serious and permanent, the insurance company can avoid paying out for pain and suffering and the cost of care. If the accident is fatal, family members can sue, but the law means each person compensated must pay a $15,000 deductible for claims less than $50,000. For the injured party, the deductible is $30,000. So if an injured cyclist or motorist sues for $40,000, the insurance company keeps $30,000 and the injured party gets $10,000.

    National Post: No 'war on the car,' Toronto's mayor insists

    The Mayor and his allies have stated publicly and grumbled privately about the irksome characterization of much-needed new transportation options as a "war on the car." "I'm not involved in a war on the car, I'm involved in making streets work for everyone," said Councillor Kyle Rae (Toronto Centre Rosedale), who championed the bike lane on Jarvis.

    National Post: Politics of transportation run rampant at City Hall

    It all amounts to "modal shifting," which Councillor Joe Mihevc (St. Paul's) explained is "about being able to go from one place in the city to another place as quickly as possible. "Sometimes that means public transit. Sometimes it does mean a car. Sometimes it means a bicycle. Sometimes it means the subway," he said. "This kind of kind of dichotomy of the car versus everything else, is such a false way of doing it. And frankly, it's not where the world is at."

    Toronto Star: Cycling activists look beyond Jarvis victory

    If the decision to build bike lanes on Jarvis St. was a watershed battle in Toronto's so-called war on cars, a day-long bike summit today surely was the victory party.

    National Post: Plan of Attack - Toronto Bike Month

    What began as a modest bike-to-work day has blossomed into a month-long celebration of two-wheeled locomotion. This year's bike month, the 20th anniversary of Toronto's Annual Festival of Cycling Culture, will host more than 70 events at dozens of locations across the GTA. Whether you're a weekend cruiser, a 10-speed commuter, a fixie aficionado or a muddy mountain-biker, we've found an event that celebrates your cycling style.

    BlogTO: Sustainable Commuting - the Bicycle

    The bicycle is the most efficient means of human-powered transportation, meaning it can travel the most distance with the least amount of energy exerted. Invented in the 19th century, bikes take up very little space, they're quiet, and they don't pollute. In Toronto, there are few faster ways to get around the city

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    TBN Humber-High Park Ride
    10:30am
    This leasure wheeler ride along the Humber River and the waterfront is 24km long.

    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!

    CAN-BIKE 2
    6pm-9pm
    Advance your skills with other bicycle commuters and recreational riders who already ride in traffic. Course includes Highway Traffic Act sessions, bike-handling skills, classroom discussion and lots of riding in challenging conditions.

    Core Strength for Bicyclists
    6pm-7pm
    Personal Trainer, Leehe Lev of Whole Self Fitness will be giving tips on how to strengthen the ‘core’. She will demonstrate exercises and explain the importance of core strength for bicyclists.

    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.

    Tour the Leslie Street Spit
    7pm-9pm
    Join the Outing Club of East York for a Tuesday Night cycle ride through the Don Valley to the Leslie Street Spit and back. Bicycle helmets mandatory.

    Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
    8:30pm-11pm
    Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

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

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    Bells on Bloor was this past Sunday. If you missed it, or were there and want to look at yourself in photos... here are a few for you... courtesy of rtlechow on Flickr.










    View rtlechow's full set on Flickr.


    More photos are coming. That's me crouched down on the corner of Bloor and Queens Park. I set up there to try and get photos of most everyone on the ride. :)

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    The Public Works Committee is discussing (pages 25-27 - PDF file) a bunch of new bikelanes on June 3rd. They come to 24.1 km in total.

    Here is the list:
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

    1 City Council approve the installation of bicycle lanes on the following roadways:
    a. Bellamy Road North, from Porchester Drive to Brimorton Drive;
    b. Bloor Street West, from Mill Road to Beamish Drive;
    c. Brock Avenue, from a point 25 metres north of Seaford Avenue to Florence
    Street;
    d. Crescent Town Road, from Dawes Road to Victoria Park Avenue;
    e. Huntingwood Drive, from Victoria Park Avenue to Birchmount Road;
    f. Lansdowne Avenue, from Rideau Avenue to Dundas Street West;
    g. Moore Avenue, from Welland Avenue to Bayview Avenue;
    h. Rathburn Road, from Mimico Creek to Islington Avenue;
    i. The West Mall, from the Queensway to Bloor Street West;
    j. The Westway, from Martin Grove Road to Royal York Road; and
    k. Trethewey Drive, from Jane Street to Black Creek Drive.

    2. City Council approve the installation of contra-flow bicycle lanes on the following
    roadways:
    a. Argyle Street, from Northcote Avenue to Lisgar Street, from Dovercourt Road
    to Ossington Avenue, and from Shaw Street to Givins Street;
    b. Bellwoods Avenue, from a point 90 metres north of Queen Street West to
    Robinson Street;
    c. Glen Cedar Road, from Dewbourne Avenue to Eglinton Avenue West;
    d. Fermanagh Avenue, from Roncesvalles Avenue to Sorauren Avenue;
    e. Florence Street, from Brock Avenue to Sheridan Avenue;
    f. Gladstone Avenue, from Waterloo Avenue to Argyle Street;
    g. Havelock Street, from Lindsey Avenue to Dewson Street;
    h. Lindsey Avenue, from Brock Avenue to Dufferin Street;
    i. Maitland Place, from Jarvis Street to a point 100 metres west of Homewood
    Avenue;
    j. Shaw Street, from Dundas Street West to Harbord Street;
    h. Waterloo Avenue, from Dufferin Street to Gladstone Avenue.

    Here is a Google Map of all the proposed regular bikelanes (red) and contra-flow (allowing travel on one-way streets) bikelanes (green):







    It looks like the city is trying to make bicycle travel in the west-end of downtown a little easier, with little bits of contra-flow bikelanes connecting up popular cycling streets.

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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. :)


    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!


    TBN Humber-High Park Ride
    10:30am
    This leasure wheeler ride along the Humber River and the waterfront is 24km long.
    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!