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Bike store opens in First Canadian Place

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A brand new bike store has opened up in the bottom of one of the big bank towers downtown: It's not every day that you find a bike store in one of North America's largest bank buildings. In the concou... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Plenty of excuses for not wearing bike helmets: Stouffville survey

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:22 PM PDT

YorkRegion.com reports on a study out of Stouffville on helmet use amongst adults and kids: For seven weeks in May and June, volunteers patrolled bike paths and city streets in search of helmet-wearin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biking Vacations on the ancient Silk Road of Asia

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:11 PM PDT

Cool idea for a cycling vacation! Cycling enthusiasts with a true sense of adventure can ride the Silk Road throughout Asia. These trips allow travelers to bike along the same ancient routes covered b... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

High Park

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 11:55 AM PDT

No problem. Beat you to it! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

NYC: City Council Passes Bicycle Access Bill

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 10:41 AM PDT

Great news out of the Big Apple: Cubicles around the city may be getting a little rounder now that the City Council has approved a bill requiring commercial building owners and managers to provide ac... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Fluorescent green and yellow mountain bike stolen July 29 Lakeshore & Islington

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 10:22 AM PDT

I had just put on a 'half seat' so I'm hoping the guy who stole my bike came crashing down on the cross bar - hope his ears are still ringing. If anyone sees my brightly coloured green and yellow bike... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

High Park

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:36 AM PDT

Just added a couple bike shops. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cabbagetown

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:24 AM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in Cabbagetown (roughly bounded by Wellesley, the Don Valley, Gerrard and Sherbourne) (Please add more stores that you know of.) Jet Fuel Coffee Shop - 519 Parliament St. Cyc... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

CBN Courses for August

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:17 AM PDT

The Community Bicycle Network has 8 courses going on in August: Tues, Aug. 4: Urban Cycling Skills Wed, Aug. 5: Bike Repair - Brakes and Gears Tues, Aug. 11: Flat Fix/Intro to Bike Repair Wed, Aug. 12... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:55 AM PDT

No matter how safe I try to be as a cyclist, I can't control the actions of the people around me. Annie, you make a great point there. There's a mindset that many people have, including myself at one... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

About the Events Section

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:49 AM PDT

I thought I'd add this section so everyone can share upcoming events. I try to list all bike-related stuff I can find on the Events page of the blog, but it's inevitable that I miss some stuff... so n... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:33 AM PDT

About 20 years ago, I had a mild concussion after being cut off by a truck at a T-intersection. The car was going straight through into a parking lot and I guess didn't realize how fast I was going (o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Review of Jet Fuel Coffee Shop

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:09 AM PDT

Some excerpts of comments that show the range of opinion. You're right Todd... seems to be a place that is either loved (by regulars) or hated (by outsiders)... although the BlogTO reviewer seemed to ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

High Park

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:59 AM PDT

Thanks Todd. :) Good catch. If it's okay with you, I'll eventually delete your first post and make the "business list" post the first one in this thread. Thanks for starting a High Park section. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

High Park

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:58 AM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in the High Park area. (boundaries to be decided) (Please add more stores that you know of.) Alternative Grounds - 333 Roncesvalles Ave. Offering free coffee delivery by bike... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 04:53 AM PDT

I wear... mostly because it's like a seatbelt in that I know that for the vast majority of my cycling it will be totally unnecessary... but there may be an instance where it saves my life. It's happe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Happy Friday everyone... the Weekly News Wrap-Up will be on hiatus for a couple of weeks as I'm visiting family in an internet-poor part of the east coast. Feel free to watch the news section of the Forum for newsy things until mid-August. :)


Bike store opens in First Canadian Place
It’s not every day that you find a bike store in one of North America’s largest bank buildings. In the concourse level of First Canadian Place — Canada’s tallest skyscraper — sits Savedbybikes.com, a 200-square-foot retail bike store.
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Plenty of excuses for not wearing bike helmets: Stouffville survey

For seven weeks in May and June, volunteers patrolled bike paths and city streets in search of helmet-wearing cyclists who were rewarded for donning the protective gear with gift certificates and draw tickets.
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Review of Jet Fuel Coffee Shop
Coffee is pretty rock n' roll, you know. Not folky or indie or garagey, but like, the good old-fashioned kind. The kind that drives a Harley. Like any good rock star, the presence felt upon our first meeting is larger than life. Though I had previously never heard of this place, it sinks in pretty soon that I probably should have. Or I should feel like I should have.
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Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists
Yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece about the Bike Snob, who has gained notoriety and made celebrity friends thanks to his funny rants about NYC cyclists. I thought I’d take this opportunity to first link you to his very clever blog, and then tell you my own personal pet peeves about the Toronto cyclists that I curse every day.
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National Post: Toronto eyes self-serve bike-rental operation

"Toronto is looking to spend $11-million to buy 3,000 bicycles, stands and software from the Public Bike System, aka “BIXI,” run by the City of Montreal’s parking authority, says a May 26 report from Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee. The report recommends the city enter negotiations with Montreal and return with a draft agreement in the fall."
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High Park

Seems like Alternative Grounds is pretty bike-friendly. I know they used to support Bike Friday anyway. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Review of Jet Fuel Coffee Shop

Wow - and such varied comments too - they either adore the place or despise it. Lately I've been partial to Broadview Espresso. It's on a route I use a lot and they make a mean americano. Still my fav... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Stolen Specialized Bike

Stolen Specialized 2008 Globe Centrum Sport. Matte black finish, fixed gear, Broadway Cycles stickers on the sides, 19 sticker, black bell, white Mountain Equipment Co-op light on handlebars. Stolen ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

I wear. I had a relative who hit his (helmeted) head in a bike crash. His injuries would have been much worse had he not been wearing it, I think (he flipped over his handlebars, and struck the ground... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Review of Jet Fuel Coffee Shop

Jet Fuel is pretty renowned as a cyclist hang-out (particularly for couriers), and BlogTO has a fairly in-depth review of it: Jet Fuel Coffee is pretty rock n' roll, you know. Not folky or indie or ga... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

I do. For a few reasons: - First off, I know there are a number of studies that say it isn't particularly effective and it definitely wouldn't be for major torso/internal injuries for sure. That said,... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why do you wear a helmet, or do you even?

The results from the "Helmet Patrol Program" in Stouffville are in and it seems that many people are full of excuses when it comes to why they aren't wearing a helmet: What's Your Excuse? It wasn't un... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

NYC: Video: Bicyclist Attacks Man With Lock

[Via Gothamist, via Animal] Recently a Starbucks customer witnessed a scuffle outside the store between an older gentleman and a bike messenger. The witness described the incident, on the the corner o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

@Singerb I'd say the majority of cyclists don't blow through stop signs so much as roll through them Idaho-stop style. And if 2.5 hours of observation at Bellevue and Nassau means anything I would say... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Here's Bike Snob's post on Bike Salmon. Pretty humourous! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Links

Just added some GTA links. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

None of those people really bother me as much as "bike salmon." (Side note: ever since I learned this term on Bike Snob I've been using it daily, my friends are not impressed) This is especially bothe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Took a screenshot of the west-end part of the map for you. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Good news for Parkdale... at the June 3rd Public Works Committee Meeting, they approved a whole bunch of new bikelanes, including a lot of contra-flow lanes... many of which are in the west end: Cont... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Now that I look even closer, there's one on Knox between Queen Street East and Eastern Ave... I guess they are springing up faster than I thought. Parkdale could use a lot of these lanes. Although, sp... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Stolen Specialized Bike (Queen and Bathurst)

Stolen Specialized 2008 Globe Centrum Sport.
Matte black finish, fixed gear, Broadway Cycles stickers on the sides, 19 sticker, black bell, white Mountain Equipment Co-op light on handlebars.

Stolen on July 29th 2009 on Gore Vale Ave, across from Trinity Bellwoods (near Queen and Bathurst).

If spotted, please respond asap!


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Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Yeah there are scofflaws in every walk of life, but I see cyclists flagrantly scoffing at the law more often than motorists. I see it every day on my commute. Do cars drive recklessly? Sometimes, yes.... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Learning from Toronto: Bicyclists Get Derailed by Streetcar Tracks

Nice article in Streetsblog:SF about how cyclists deal with streetcar tracks... Toronto is mentioned as we have some railway tracks with firm rubber flanges (that contract under the weight of a train,... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Nice. I was impressed how some neighbourhoods got together and started maintaining things themselves. My local community association organized a "Lawnmower Party" for East Lynn Park near Woodbine and... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Most of those don't bother me directly (well, #1 is pretty damned annoying, and #3 as well) but really what bugs me is what some of that behaviour does for driver perceptions and attitudes regarding w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

It's a shame it's on Monday/Tuesday. It'd be cool to be able to, for example, ride out there on a Friday night, stay through the weekend and ride back Sunday afternoon. I don't think I'd be able to ma... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Looks like some are getting a head start. They just mowed the park next door to us a few hours ago. Good sign. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Free Bikes at the Hyatt

Great idea. I think more places should be doing this. There are so many conferences (and lately *un*conferences such as Podcamp Toronto) - it'd be great to offer people coming from out of town another... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ward 5 Cycling Survey

Very encouraging. I wish we had one of these for every ward. (Maybe we do and I'm not aware of it?) It'd be a good tool for house/apartment hunting :-) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Wow, I didn't know about the one on Logan - I might actually use that one. Thanks! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

I think you're right adclN416 (how do you pronounce that? haha)... there's one on Logan south of Dundas where it turns into a one-way street. Between Dundas and Gerrard it's a 2-way street with 2-way ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Isn't there one on Logan too? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ward 5 Cycling Survey

The results are in from Peter Milczyn's Bikelane Survey. Click here for the PDF of the responses. Some interesting numbers from it: - 73% of respondents commute by bike - 61% of respondents use bikela... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

Nice article in the Guelph Mercury about the upcoming Ontario Bike Summit: The founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a tireless advocate in promoting the rights of cyclists on the streets... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Free Bikes at the Hyatt

From the NY Times: Work out and sightsee simultaneously, with Park Hyatt's new Bicycle Valet program. Guests who stay at participating Park Hyatt properties in Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Du... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

Don't forget the one at Chester Hill Road and Broadview. That one's a great time-saver allowing southbound cyclists to get to the Bloor Viaduct without dealing with the traffic at Broadview and Danfor... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Montrose Ave - Could we use more contra-flow bike lanes?

While looking over the Toronto Cycling Map I noticed a brief description of contra-flow bike lanes. I had no idea Toronto had any of these... turns out there are two. So I paid a short visit to one ju... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

BIXI: Montreal's Bicycle Sharing System

Very nice post on The Urban Country about Montreal's new Bixi system, from the point of view of a tourist from Toronto: The $15 million BIXI program – the largest of its kind in North America - consis... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Biting the Bike Snob: on Toronto Cyclists

Interesting blog post by Denise Balkissoon on being snarky about Toronto cyclists: Yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece about the Bike Snob, who has gained notoriety and made celebrity friends th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

ooh, I had forgotten about that stoplight incident... but I found the blog post about it: Yes, the driver in the road rage incident yesterday (the one in which a driver lost his bananas on a cyclist ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

I'm reminded of the off-duty police officer who beat that guy in Toronto for stopping at a yellow light downtown. What *is* it with these guys? Or the cop in this case, for that matter? Seems like the... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

North Carolina Firefighter Shoots Bicyclist

This is a crazy story... an Asheville N.C. firefighter shoots a cyclist in the head because he is biking with a child on a busy roadway. Thankfully the cyclists helmet stops the bullet. Officers said ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

West Toronto Railpath

The South Junction Triangle website has some new photos of the Railpath bridges being painted: Dupont Bridge gets painted with Railpath lettering Railpath, northbound crossing at Dupont St. Railpat... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?

Looks like the strike is effectively over (depending on ratification). Check out Spacing Toronto's excellent headline coverage here. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Hahahaha. The streamers are cool. We should all have more streamers. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Date :
September 27, 2009

Race Type :
Road - Charity

Event :
Wheels for Wellness

Location :
Seneca College, King Campus, King City

Description:
4th Annual Wheels for Wellness in support of Humber River Regional Hospital. Ride through the gorgeous terrain of Caledon.

Route distances include: 108 km, 72 km, 36 km and 25 km. Registration fee $60, register online at www.wheelsforwellness.ca

Charity Name:
HRRH Foundation

Phone :
416-747-3859

Email :
foundation@hrrh-foundation.ca

Website :
www.wheelsforwellness.ca

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Nice article in Streetsblog:SF about how cyclists deal with streetcar tracks... Toronto is mentioned as we have some railway tracks with firm rubber flanges (that contract under the weight of a train, but not under a bicycle) and Yvonne Bambrick of the Bike Union is quoted too:

In Toronto, where bicyclists also have to contend with a maze of tracks, several at-grade railroad crossings are equipped with a rubber flange filler that is jammed down into the cracks of trolley tracks. The rubber is firm enough that it doesn't compress when a bike passes over it, but when a streetcar comes it squishes down and doesn't cause the train to derail.
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Nice article in the Guelph Mercury about the upcoming Ontario Bike Summit:

The founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a tireless advocate in promoting the rights of cyclists on the streets and roads of Ontario. Her efforts were kicked into high gear following the tragic death of her husband, an OPP officer. He was killed by a motorist while on an off-duty training ride on his bicycle in 2006. Since then, McMahon has worked with others to successfully engage various levels of government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and the United States to work toward that seemingly elusive goal of sharing the road.
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From the NY Times:

Work out and sightsee simultaneously, with Park Hyatt’s new Bicycle Valet program. Guests who stay at participating Park Hyatt properties in Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dubai and Toronto, will be able to use a hybrid bicycle for up to four hours each day of their stay.
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Very nice post on The Urban Country about Montreal's new Bixi system, from the point of view of a tourist from Toronto:

The $15 million BIXI program – the largest of its kind in North America - consists of 300 bicycle stations scattered around downtown Montreal; supplying 3000 bicycles that are available to anyone with a working credit card. A BIXI user can purchase a membership for $5/day, $28/month, or $78/year. The membership entitles the rider to unlimited use of the BIXI system, providing the first 30-minutes of each trip for free. Additional charges only apply if the bicycle is used for more than 30-minutes at a time. Like Paris’ Vélib’ system - which offers 20,000 bicycles at 1,450 stations - it encourages users to take short trips to increase the user capacity.

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Interesting blog post by Denise Balkissoon on being snarky about Toronto cyclists:

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a piece about the Bike Snob, who has gained notoriety and made celebrity friends thanks to his funny rants about NYC cyclists. I thought I’d take this opportunity to first link you to his very clever blog, and then tell you my own personal pet peeves about the Toronto cyclists that I curse every day.
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This is a crazy story... an Asheville N.C. firefighter shoots a cyclist in the head because he is biking with a child on a busy roadway. Thankfully the cyclists helmet stops the bullet.

Officers said the victim was riding with his wife and had his 3-year-old son in a child seat attached to his bicycle when a driver approached him.

Police said the driver, Charles Diez, claimed he was upset that the victim was bike riding with his child on the heavily traveled Tunnel Road.

Diez pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the victim in his bicycle helmet, according to police.

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The National Post had an article yesterday on Toronto pursuing a bike rental system:

"Toronto is looking to spend $11-million to buy 3,000 bicycles, stands and software from the Public Bike System, aka “BIXI,” run by the City of Montreal’s parking authority, says a May 26 report from Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee. The report recommends the city enter negotiations with Montreal and return with a draft agreement in the fall."

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In case you haven't seen it yet, the Toronto Cyclists Union has a short survey asking for your opinion on things like bike licensing and mandatory bicycle helmet by-laws in the City of Toronto.

Ward 35 Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the city’s cycling committee, and Daniel Egan, the city’s manager of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, pegged the cost of a licensing scheme at $60 per rider at a recent Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee meeting. That’s the amount they say the city and/or province would have to charge to break even.

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A year after Igor Kenk’s notorious West Queen West bicycle repair shop was raided, there is no sign of a trial for the alleged bike thief, suggesting difficulties faced by the Crown in a case with substantial amounts of evidence to process.

It’s been a year since The Bicycle Clinic was targeted in a police sting that uncovered 2,865 bikes in garages and warehouses throughout the city. The eccentric 49-year-old repair man, a former police officer from Slovenia, was hit with 58 charges relating to bike theft and 22 charges relating to drugs. About $70,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine was allegedly found in the rented Yorkville house Mr. Kenk shared with classical pianist Jeanie Chung, who also faces drug charges.

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Cyclists love the new bike lanes on Annette St., except for a spot where it's filled with parked vehicles.

Our Saturday column targeted a Toronto police trailer loaded with crowd-control barricades blocking the southbound bike lane on St. George St., in front of the Chinese consulate between Bloor St. and Davenport Rd.

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When New York City opened up new pedestrian zones in the heart of Midtown this summer, naysayers predicted a traffic nightmare. Nearly two months later, we're still waiting for the much-feared Carmaggedon.

In this video, Streetfilms funder Mark Gorton takes us on a tour of Broadway's car-free squares and boulevard-style blocks, where conditions have improved dramatically for pedestrians, cyclists, and, yes, delivery truck drivers.

Watch video on StreetFilms.

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Cyclists fuming over biker lane-share push

Cyclists and bikers have clashed over a call for motorcyclists to trial using bicycle lanes.

Motorcycling Australia has called for the trial as an attempt to stem the rate of biker crashes and deaths over the past few years.

However, Bicycle Queensland manager Ben Wilson said the speed differential between bicycles and motorcycles "knocks this on the head" and would prove dangerous for cyclists.

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Biking in Toronto after Walker is finished with us: I hope you like nanny states. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto

I don't mind hills but I don't like hills with busy traffic up my behind... SO TRUE! Which is why the York Mills hill is kinda unrideable until about 10 pm. The lanes there are so narrow, and there a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

Regarding the posting for witnesses, I neglected to add my email. klabouk@yahoo.ca ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

If you witnessed a cyclist struck by a vehicle on monday July 13 at about 6.30pm at Spadina and Front could you please contact me. Many tks ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Star: Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot

Great news... the Fixer got the situation fixed. Apparently, the parking signs had not been updated when the bikelane was painted, so drivers were still parking according to what signs told them to do... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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Photo by Xander N'Dante.


I'm not positive, but this could be Rachel McAdams. You can see other photos of her biking in Toronto here.

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


1. TCAT hosts sceening of Veer - Aug 27

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation is pleased to present Veer, a full-length documentary on community based cycling activism through five main protagonists. The film will be screened on Thursday, August 27th at 8 PM at CineCycle (401 Richmond Street, coach house). Tickets are $8 and there will be drinks and espresso available at the bar.

The film has received numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) and a nomination for Best Documentary at the San Joaquin International Film Festival. Cinematographer Jason Turner recalls, "in Feb the film played the Victoria Film Festival where it sold out its first screening, and was the only film to have a second screening added which also sold out with as many people waiting outside as got in to see it". So, if you want a chance to see Veer in Toronto, line up early for our August 27th screening at CineCycle, at 8 PM.  To learn more about Veer, visit their website.



2. Provincial and federal governments commit funds for Toronto recreational trails


The Ontario and federal governments recently issued a news release announcing more than $380 million in funding under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC). It holds some good news for Toronto. Three recreational trails projects identified as priorities in TCAT's Platform will receive federal and provincial funding. Funds have been committed to build:

As reported in recent TCAT News, these capital projects were approved by the City of Toronto in December 2008 and will hopefully be built by 2010.



3. "The Fixer" tackles parking in bike lanes


The Toronto Star has a regular column called "The Fixer" that tackles City problems that readers alert them to. Recently they've called attention to a couple of persistent cases of blocked bike lanes.


The first is police barricades that have been blocking the St. George bike lane for about a year. When questioned by The Fixer, the Police agreed to find another place to store the barricades. 

The second problem is that Annette Street is in need of road signs prohibiting motorists from parking in the newly installed bike lanes. This is just one problem of many that has piled up while the City's municipal workers have been on strike.


To report problems you encounter on the streets and sidewalks of Toronto, you can go to the Star's website and click on the "submit a problem" link or call 416-869-4823.



4. City Councillor Considers Mandatory Helmet and Licensing Motion


In a recent CBC interview with host Matt Galloway, Councillor Michael Walker told CBC Radio that he is considering resurrecting a motion in council to license cyclists and floated the idea of a mandatory helmet law for riders over the age of 18 and mandatory insurance for cyclists. Councillor Walker is hoping to get this on the agenda of the first Council meeting after the strike is over. It's unlikely that these proposals will go far since the City of Toronto has voted against licensing five times over the past 50 years and helmet laws are the jurisdiction of the province. However, if you have views on these issues, the Toronto Cyclists Union has posted a survey that takes just a few moments to complete and can be accessed here.

A joint submission that TCAT and the Toronto Cyclists Union made to the Toronto Star that provides our position on licensing can be found here






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The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto

That hill could get better in the near future. Apparently the city is talking about putting a bike lane on the uphill side. I don't mind hills but I don't like hills with busy traffic up my behind... ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto

Truth be told I love that hill on pottery road. Sadly not many people know that as they're going down that hill, it's a very sharp curve, so they eventually end up crashing at slow speeds. (Since they... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

National Post: Toronto eyes self-serve bike-rental operation similar to Montreal

The National Post had an article yesterday on Toronto pursuing a bike rental system: "Toronto is looking to spend $11-million to buy 3,000 bicycles, stands and software from the Public Bike System, ak... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

The great U.S. urban planning blog Streetsblog has picked up this story. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike Union Survey: Licensing, Helmets, Insurance & updates to Driver's Handbook

In case you haven't seen it yet, the Toronto Cyclists Union has a short survey asking for your opinion on things like bike licensing and mandatory bicycle helmet by-laws in the City of Toronto. Ward 3... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Tues, Jul 28
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.

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Tues, Jul 28
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)

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Wed, Jul 29
10am
TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm

Thurs, Jul 30
5pm-7pm
Toronto Cyclists Union "Cinq à Sept"
This monthly event is intended to provide a space where bike union board, executive, management team, ward captains, volunteers, and members can come together and converse over a refreshing beverage. This event is not formal and is not a meeting. Rather, it is a space where the union can meet for the sake of meeting.

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

Fri, Jul 31
6pm-8pm
Critical Mass Toronto
Join hundreds of cyclists for a group ride around downtown Toronto.

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

http://www.bikingtoronto.com/bikefriday/

Sat, Aug 1
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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Bikeway Network Subcommittee Meeting
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2007
The July 27th Edition of BikeFriday!
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Black Norco Bushpilot (Islington & Lakeshore)

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 09:15 AM PDT

Someone ripped the lock off my garage on the night of July 13/14th and made away with my Norco Bushpilot. It's fairly distinct - large mudguards over the front and rear tires, Duke's Cycle sticker in the bottom corner on the down tube of the frame (queen of hearts), street tires rather than mountain. When stolen it also had a cable lock attached to the seatpost, and a bell fitted upside-down next to the shifter on the right side of the handlebar.

See my actual bike first, product shot second in different colors.




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North Toronto

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 01:31 PM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in North Toronto (roughly bounded by St. Clair, Yonge, Lawrence and Mt. Pleasant) (Please add more stores that you know of.) Dufflet Pastries - 2638 Yonge Street ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Downtown

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 01:26 PM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in Downtown Toronto. (Please add more stores that you know of.) Mountain Equipment Co-op - 400 King Street West (just east of Spadina) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Beach(es)

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 01:19 PM PDT

Businesses who like bikes in the Beach(es). (Queen East from roughly Coxwell to Victoria Park) (Please add more stores that you know of.) Cycle Solutions - Beach - 615 Kingston Road (at Southwood) Duf... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Danforth East

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 01:09 PM PDT

Businesses who like bikes on Danforth East. (from roughly Donlands to Victoria Park) (Please add more stores that you know of.) Cyclepath Danforth - 1510 Danforth Avenue ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Black Norco Bushpilot (Islington & Lakeshore)

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 09:15 AM PDT

Someone ripped the lock off my garage on the night of July 13/14th and made away with my Norco Bushpilot. It's fairly distinct - large mudguards over the front and rear tires, Duke's Cycle sticker in ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

10 Picture-Perfect Bike Races

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 07:03 AM PDT

The Woman's Day Magazine website has a nice article of 10 picturesque settings for bike races around the world: The sport of cycling claims the most awe-inspiring backdrops. Athletes who earn spots i... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Recovered!!! Black & Silver Kuota Kharma

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 06:10 AM PDT

Great news everyone! George (the owner of the above bike) contacted me and sent me a story of how, with the help of a good neighbour, a digital camera, and the police, he recovered his bike: The Stole... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

American Links

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 05:16 AM PDT

Thanks Todd. I've added Bike Snob, and also a couple of Akron, OH links in the top post of this thread. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cops some of the worse drivers

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 04:24 AM PDT

Personally, I find police to be quite courteous and responsible when I'm on a street with a cruiser. I'm not saying they are *all* great, but it may be unfair to paint them all with the same brush. I ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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From BlogTO: The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto
Awesome post from BlogTO: The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto Toronto may be a relatively flat city, but that doesn't mean that there isn't quite the collection of tough hills for cyclists to climb. As an avid rider I often masochistically ascend these roads to test my… (read more)

Bamboo bicycles are hitting the road
From the "Science and Tech" section of CTV.ca: Bamboo bicycles are hitting the road A group of friends from Colorado are trying to convince the world that a bicycle made from bamboo can perform as well or better than a traditional steel frame bike -- and can help save the… (read more)

Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel
via the CBC: Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary The man police say is behind a major bicycle theft ring in Toronto will be the subject of a documentary and graphic novel written and produced by CBC contributor Richard Poplak. Kenk, owner of the shop Bicycle Clinic,… (read more)

Is the Toronto Civil Strike affecting your cycling?
The Toronto Civil Workers Strike is entering month #2... and I'm wondering how it's affecting Toronto cyclists. Some examples I've come across online: - Monica wiped out on garbage cycling on Bay Street (she was okay, thank goodness) - Darren at TorontoCranks makes a good point about broken glass.… (read more)

Cyclists alert residents to townhouse fire
From the Toronto Star: A townhouse in Liberty Village was engulfed by a three-alarm blaze early today. Residents were woken up just before 6 a.m. when passersby on bicycles knocked on their doors after spotting flames coming up from the roof of a townhouse on Sudbury St., just north of... (read more)

Bike Union Survey: Licensing, Helmets, Insurance & updates to Driver's Handbook
In case you haven't seen it yet, the Toronto Cyclists Union has a short survey asking for your opinion on things like bike licensing and mandatory bicycle helmet by-laws in the City of Toronto. (read more)

National Post: One year after Kenk's Arrest, no sign of Trial for Bike Thief
A year after Igor Kenk’s notorious West Queen West bicycle repair shop was raided, there is no sign of a trial for the alleged bike thief, suggesting difficulties faced by the Crown in a case with substantial amounts of evidence to process. (read more)

The Star: Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot
Cyclists love the new bike lanes on Annette St., except for a spot where it's filled with parked vehicles. (read more)

Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina
A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car downtown, Monday. The victim was riding her bike at Front St. and Spadina Ave. when she was struck just after 7 p.m. (read more)


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Suburban Critical Mass!!!!

Our next ride is on August 8th. Second Saturday of every month at 3:00pm, Yonge and Eglinton Northwest corner, right in front of the "Yonge & Eglinton Centre" Sign. Suburban Critical Mass is a fu... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cops some of the worse drivers

In the last few years of cycling. I have nearly been hit my cops in cruisers numerous times. Everytime, they have gotten out of their vehicle and attempted to blame me. Cops believe they own the road ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Donut ride

The donut is only as long and as difficult as you make it. Donut is Saturday, Sunday and holidays starting Eglinton and Laird at 9am. Has been going on since 1974, a dvd was produced which is sold onl... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Donut ride

I'd heard about it (info here but while I like social rides, I'm not sure I'm quite in the shape to keep up with this one. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

National Post: One year after Kenk's Arrest, no sign of Trial for Bike Thief

One year after Kenk's arrest, no sign of trial for alleged bike thief A year after Igor Kenk's notorious West Queen West bicycle repair shop was raided, there is no sign of a trial for the alleged bi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Star: Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot

Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot Cyclists love the new bike lanes on Annette St., except for a spot where it's filled with parked vehicles. Our Saturday column targeted a Toronto police trail... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

NYC: Carmaggeddon Averted as Broadway Comes to Life

When New York City opened up new pedestrian zones in the heart of Midtown this summer, naysayers predicted a traffic nightmare. Nearly two months later, we're still waiting for the much-feared Carmagg... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Australia: Cyclists fuming over biker lane-share push

Cyclists fuming over biker lane-share push Cyclists and bikers have clashed over a call for motorcyclists to trial using bicycle lanes. Motorcycling Australia has called for the trial as an attempt to... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Donut ride

I've heard of Donut rides in other cities... don't know much about the Toronto one. Can you share info about Toronto's? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Donut ride

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Suburban Critical Mass!!!!

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 06:03 PM PDT

Our next ride is on August 8th. Second Saturday of every month at 3:00pm, Yonge and Eglinton Northwe... Read more...

July 22: Added Yesterday to the Stolen Bike Listing

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 12:26 PM PDT

Burgundy Raleigh (Church & Charles) Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:15 PM PDT From craigslist: Hi, I re... Read more...

Cops some of the worse drivers

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

In the last few years of cycling. I have nearly been hit my cops in cruisers numerous times. Everyti... Read more...

Donut ride

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 02:43 PM PDT

The donut is only as long and as difficult as you make it. Donut is Saturday, Sunday and holidays st... Read more...

Donut ride

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 11:32 AM PDT

I'd heard about it (info here but while I like social rides, I'm not sure I'm quite in the shape to ... Read more...

National Post: One year after Kenk's Arrest, no sign of Trial for Bike Thief

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 10:43 AM PDT

One year after Kenk's arrest, no sign of trial for alleged bike thief A year after Igor Kenk's noto... Read more...

The Star: Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 10:39 AM PDT

Annette St. bike lane not a parking spot Cyclists love the new bike lanes on Annette St., except for... Read more...

NYC: Carmaggeddon Averted as Broadway Comes to Life

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 08:21 AM PDT

When New York City opened up new pedestrian zones in the heart of Midtown this summer, naysayers pre... Read more...

Australia: Cyclists fuming over biker lane-share push

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 08:12 AM PDT

Cyclists fuming over biker lane-share push Cyclists and bikers have clashed over a call for motorcyc... Read more...

July 22: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update

Posted: 22 Jul 2009 12:56 AM PDT

Bucketing Posted: 21 Jul 2009 07:13 PM PDT Georgie_grrl has added a photo to the pool: This was d... Read more...

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4 East Posted: 20 Jul 2009 08:11 PM PDT sevenman has added a photo to the pool: 0228 dscn73... Read more...

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Blue/Red... Posted: 19 Jul 2009 04:25 PM PDT chewie2008~ has added a photo to the pool: Toronto O... Read more...

July 19: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update

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Surrounded Posted: 17 Jul 2009 06:57 PM PDT eudaimon has added a photo to the pool: These cops di... Read more...

July 18: BikingToronto Flickr Group Update

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Morning Ride Posted: 17 Jul 2009 08:35 PM PDT St-Even has added a photo to the pool: Shadow... Read more...

Photo of the Day: CCM Streetcar

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2006Come On, Get BikelyMore Photos From The Leslie Spit Ride2007Photo of the Day: Sun, July 22nd2008... Read more...

Donut ride

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Donut ride

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2007
Councillor Michael Thompson: Blame the drivers, not intersection
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Burgundy Raleigh (Church & Charles)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:15 PM PDT

From craigslist:

Hi, I recently had a bike stolen on Friday July 17 at Church and Charles Street.

Description: Brand new 26 inch burgundy (dark red) raliegh matterhorn. 21 gear. The seat was black and grey.

If there is any information on the weareabouts of this bike please contact me.

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Red Opus Fidelio (City Hall)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:13 PM PDT

From craigslist:

Stolen from Toronto City Hall on Thursday July 10: Red Opus Fidelio bike. $$$ Reward for any information leading to its return.

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Steel Blue Marin San Rafael (Bloor & Bathurst)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:12 PM PDT

From craigslist:

My bike was stolen from my backyard. It's a steel blue Marin San Rafael - top bar with a ton of paint rubbed off from locking it up. The gear shifter on the right handle is missing the top cover.

If you see it, PLEASE contact me. I'm offering a reward for the return of my bike - no questions asked.

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Red and Black Cannondale F8 (King & Niagara)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:11 PM PDT

From craigslist:

I had my one month old red and black Cannondale F8 bike stolen from me one week ago by King and Niagara, it was locked to the fence outside my house and some a$$hole cut trough the lock, willing to pay finders fee if someone is able to locate it for me.
It had a white light on the front and red one one the rear if thats any clue.

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Grey Marin Bear Valley MTB (Downtown)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:08 PM PDT

From craigslist:

My bike was stolen downtown on Thurs. If you come across a dark grey cromoly steel men's MARIN 20" mountain bike, model Bear Valley, with Manitou forks with dual water bottle holders, Panaracer tires, and bull horn handles, it is mine.

100$ reward if anyone does find it. thanks.

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Black and Silver Carbon Fibre Kuota Kharma

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:07 PM PDT

From craigslist:

Black and Silver Carbon Fibre Kuota Kharma with Chorus Compact Campy Sirrocco Wheels Vittoria Tires Carbon fibre bottle cages. Stolen by black male 5' 8" wearing blue baggy jeans and carrying red binder. Can be identified by witness in house opposite. Willing to pay reward if found.

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Grey Giant Prodigy Hybrid (Broadview & Danforth)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:03 PM PDT

From craigslist:

My lovely Giant Prodigy Hybred with Soft-Ride Suspension Stem, Cateye Computer, Black Burn Rack, Bag and lock was stolen yesterday morning from my garage. If you see this bicycle being offered for sale, could you please notify me. This is like losing a good friend. $100 reward. Many thanks, John


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Teal McKinnley (Stephanie & John Streets)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:01 PM PDT

From craigslist:

12 speed McKinnley, teal, Italian seat (embroidered lettering) stolen Stephanie St & John Street.
Not many if any of these around, $50 reward

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Beige K2B BMX (Dundas & Burnhamthorpe)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

From craigslist:

My girlfriends 90's K2B BMX was stolen last night at 11:00 pm on Dundas near Burnhamthrope right in front of the Hasty Market. The thick cable was cut in a matter of minutes. I know this is wishful thinking but if anyone sees it up for sale or around the area please let me know. Distinguishing features, front pegs removed, red valve cap on front tire, blue star on frame and is in average condition. This is being posted mostly as a cautionary, so before parking your bicycle in the Islington Village be forewarned, as I have heard many people who have had their bike stolen here while heading into the shops along that stretch.

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Blue Panasonic Tourist (St. Clair West)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:56 PM PDT

From craigslist:

Sometime between 5pm Sunday (July 12) night and 7:30am Monday morning my beloved bike went missing...
Does anyone know where these things typically turn up these days? I'd love to find it again even if it took some $$$$ so make it happen.

The bike looks like the one in the picture but not as shiny and has a big black basket on it. If it happens to catch anyone's eye who sees this ad it would be great if you could let me know. I know there's next to zero chance of ever seeing it again but figure it can't hurt to try.

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Cream Opus Cervin (Yonge & St. Clair)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:54 PM PDT

From craigslist:

My Opus Cervin cream colored 19 inch bike was stolen on Monday July 13th at Yonge and St. Clair. Just putting it out there in case anyone has any information in the community.

If you do, please e-mail lpounds@ryerson.ca

Thanks a lot!

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Red KHS CX200 Cyclocross (Yonge & Charles)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:51 PM PDT

From craigslist:

Stolen Monday July 13
Yonge & Charles

KHS CX200 cyclocross bike - Red with white lettering - Shimano groupo - front red tire - rear black tire - carbon fork
Reward for recovery.

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Green Gary Fisher Wahoo (West Queen West)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 08:08 AM PDT

Make: Gary Fisher
Model: Wahoo
Colour: Green
Location: in front of 82 Gladstone
Time of theft: Monday, July 20, likely at night

The bastards broke my u-lock off with a board. Help!

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The Best (or Worst!) Hills for Cyclists in Toronto

Pottery Road Hill Toronto

Toronto may be a relatively flat city, but that doesn't mean that there isn't quite the collection of tough hills for cyclists to climb. As an avid rider I often masochistically ascend these roads to test my fitness and prove myself a man (full spandex and all!). But, truth be told, going down them is almost always more fun. And, as a commuter on a single speed, I avoid them like the plague.

So in a gesture to the arrival of the Tour de France to the Alps, I've compiled a list of some of the ones I alternately love and fear. I'd be happy to add more to the map at the bottom if readers can think of some that I've missed!

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From CTV: One of 5 cyclists in hit and run clinging to life

One of the five Ottawa-area cyclists seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning remains in critical condition after being struck by a minivan in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata.

Robert Wein, 36, was the most seriously injured and suffered severe brain trauma. He is a father of two and a triathlete who completed a half-Ironman triathlon last weekend. He has not regained consciousness and remains in critical condition.

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From the "Science and Tech" section of CTV.ca:

Bamboo bicycles are hitting the road

A group of friends from Colorado are trying to convince the world that a bicycle made from bamboo can perform as well or better than a traditional steel frame bike -- and can help save the planet too.

Unlike the vast majority of traditional bikes on the road that use steel or aluminum tubing in their frame construction, Panda Bikes use the natural strength of bamboo.

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Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary

The man police say is behind a major bicycle theft ring in Toronto will be the subject of a documentary and graphic novel written and produced by CBC contributor Richard Poplak.

Kenk, owner of the shop Bicycle Clinic, was arrested and charged in July 2008 with theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglar tools. Later, police displayed nearly 3,000 bikes that were found across the city, hidden in garages, warehouses and homes.

Poplak, author of The Sheik's Batmobile, told CBC News that he was struck by Kenk's character.

"Once you have met Igor once, he's stuck, he's stuck in your head," Poplak said in an interview Friday.

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The Toronto Civil Workers Strike is entering month #2... and I'm wondering how it's affecting Toronto cyclists.

Some examples I've come across online:

- Monica wiped out on garbage cycling on Bay Street (she was okay, thank goodness)

- Darren at TorontoCranks makes a good point about broken glass. There's a ton of it in bikelanes now... I wonder if bikeshops are seeing a spike in flat repairs?

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Running Reds . . .

Reds... Should not be run. In very rare cases I will.. I assume that the practice of going into the crosswalk is a halfass attempt at doing a right turn, then a U-Turn, then another right turn. That... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The more things change...

Also, another quote that seems appropriate to share given the current push for cyclist licensing in Toronto: "It should be possible for the police to prevent novices learning to ride in the public tho... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The more things change...

I came across a link to an article in an 1896 edition of The Lancet on "The Dangers of Cycling". It's an interesting read. While there are some things that have changed (I only rarely have to share th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

American Links

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Running Reds . . .

Great question and I don't have an answer either. I saw that in Quebec City some even when the light was green. Whatever the answer is, I think the logic might be similar to what the folks who veer in... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Running Reds . . .

Good question singer. :) I too am interested in hearing what cyclists who do this would have to say. While I can agree with the practice of coasting through stop signs provided the way is clear and th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Running Reds . . .

I'm curious for some feedback on something I've noticed Toronto cyclists doing. Not sure if it's unique to the city, but I moved here two years ago and haven't seen it elsewhere, so I have to ask: Run... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How harmful is it to Exercise Outside on a Polluted Day?

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Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

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Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

I really, really hate that intersection, no matter where I'm approaching it from. Even southbound it's uncomfortable. Do we know for sure the car had the right-of-way? I know there's too many of us o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Annette and Dupont Street

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Posted: 19 Jul 2009 10:37 AM PDT

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Posted: 18 Jul 2009 05:18 AM PDT

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Running Reds . . .

Posted: 17 Jul 2009 06:48 PM PDT

Great question and I don't have an answer either. I saw that in Quebec City some even when the light... Read more...

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme Just read the PDF in full. Maybe I'm ass... Read more...

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Stolen Bike Recovered through covert 'Bike Strike'

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Running Reds . . .

Posted: 17 Jul 2009 10:29 AM PDT

Good question singer. :) I too am interested in hearing what cyclists who do this would have to say.... Read more...

Running Reds . . .

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I'm curious for some feedback on something I've noticed Toronto cyclists doing. Not sure if it's uni... Read more...

How harmful is it to Exercise Outside on a Polluted Day?

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Posted: 17 Jul 2009 07:16 AM PDT

I really, really hate that intersection, no matter where I'm approaching it from. Even southbound it... Read more...

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Hmmm, sounds like there are still two lanes for cars, one for parking, one for driving. The traffic ... Read more...

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Bikes+Transit.com

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Hi Joe, I like the fact that all of the information is now in one place and I don't have to go to th... Read more...

Cosburn Lanes - Fewer Parked Cars?

Posted: 17 Jul 2009 04:12 AM PDT

I was out of town on business for a while and then my routine kept me off my bike for a while after ... Read more...

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From the Toronto Star:

A townhouse in Liberty Village was engulfed by a three-alarm blaze early today.

Residents were woken up just before 6 a.m. when passersby on bicycles knocked on their doors after spotting flames coming up from the roof of a townhouse on Sudbury St., just north of King St. W., said resident Jessica Ibell. Smoke alarms did not detect the fire since it was outside on the roof, but because of the good Samaritans, everyone was able to exit their apartments before getting injured.

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What's on this week:


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

Tues, July 21
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.

http://midweekclub.ca/index.php/tuesday-night-race-series/


Tues, July 21
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)

http://www.bikepolo.ca/club/toronto-canada


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

http://www.tbn.ca/cycling/wheelie.htm


Sat, July 25
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

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77861518243


Sun, July 26 - Fri, July 31
Friends for Life Bike Rally
On July 26, 2009, 500 courageous individuals will embark on an incredible journey. For six days, our riders will cycle over 600km from Toronto to Montreal with the support of a fabulous crew, and in doing so will raise thousands of dollars for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. The experience promises to have a profound impact on the lives of each and every participant.

http://www.bikerally.org/


Sun, July 26
1pm
Bike Polo TO - Monthly Tournament
Monthly Bike Polo tournament to coincide with Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington - last Sunday of the month from May to October at Scadding Court.

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First Meeting of the Toronto Cyclists Union
July 20th - Bike News from Other Cities

2007
The whole Adult Bike Helmet Issue... Again
Toronto's Weekly Carnage
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2008

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Biking On The Spit Tonight?

2007
South East Toronto Bicycle User Group Meeting Tonight
Bridging the Railyards at CityPlace
U of T Scarborough forms new Bikeshare program
Photo of the Day: Thurs, July 19th
Around the World: How To Find Your Bike at Amsterdam Central
Around the World: Bicycle "Deathmatch" in Berkeley

2008

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2006
250... What's Next?
Back From Nova Scotia
Promotions Subcommittee Meeting

2007
Pickering Bike Cops: Making A Difference
The New Family Car is a Bike
Photo of the Day - Wed, July 18th
Around the World: ESPN says Bicycles are the new SUV
Around the World: Self-Appointed Saint Cyclists in England

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Just read the PDF in full. Maybe I'm assigning too much emotion to this but I'd say it reads rather "smarmy". It seems he's rationalizing it as a method for making us aware of the rules of the road. A... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How harmful is it to Exercise Outside on a Polluted Day?

Great article from the Globe & Mail... I know I wonder about this when I bike home on a hot smoggy day. How harmful is it to exercise outside on a polluted day? The question How harmful is it to e... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

This story has been picked up by the great Copenhagen bike blog - Copenhagenize. Kissing Toronto's Bicycle Culture Goodbye ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Awesome pics Jin. Here are a couple for everyone's viewing pleasure: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

I mentioned above that I had sent the Big Carrot an email, and they've replied... with 2 great points: 1) Their parking lot is not their parking lot... it's run by the Carrot Common for over 30 busine... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

There could be one other aspect: If everything remains the same, you and I are still going to go there every few days and spend what we spend. However, the folks coming by car may find that parking is... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Just read the PDF in full. Maybe I'm assigning too much emotion to this but I'd say it reads rather ... Read more...

July 16: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 09:38 AM PDT

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How harmful is it to Exercise Outside on a Polluted Day?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:08 PM PDT

Great article from the Globe & Mail... I know I wonder about this when I bike home on a hot smog... Read more...

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:33 PM PDT

This story has been picked up by the great Copenhagen bike blog - Copenhagenize. Kissing Toronto's B... Read more...

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Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:27 PM PDT

Awesome pics Jin. Here are a couple for everyone's viewing pleasure: ... Read more...

The Danforth

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:25 PM PDT

I mentioned above that I had sent the Big Carrot an email, and they've replied... with 2 great point... Read more...

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A couple items of news from the past week:


Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

In addition to wanting bikes and/or cyclists to be licensed, Councillor Walker also wants to make wearing helmets mandatory.

His motion has been seconded by Councillor Suzan Hall.

Link to the Motion and Discussion in the BikingToronto Forum


Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car downtown, Monday.

The victim was riding her bike at Front St. and Spadina Ave. when she was struck just after 7 p.m.

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The University of Toronto BikeChain

2007
South Kingsway Meeting Tonight
The Toronto - Niagara BikeTrain: one man made it possible
Toronto Bike Cops: A "Tour De Force"
Photo of the Day - Tues, July 17th
Around the World: New York City Is Falling Back in Love with Bikes
Around the World: Paris launches massive cheap bike rental program

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Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Here are some of my photos. I had the pleasure of talking to one of the activists (Richard Campbell) that really pushed this, as well as one of the traffic engineers in charge of implementation. BTW a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 12:07 PM PDT

That's probably what is happening... a few drivers but a lot infrequently, and they get the attention... but those of us who buy a few things more frequently (and probably spend more) are neglected. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Links

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 12:05 PM PDT

Thanks Todd. I've added them above. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:56 AM PDT

From the CBC: Burrard Bridge bike lanes start summer trial Many Vancouver commuters were adjusting to the changes on the Burrard Bridge on Monday after the city turned one of the southbound traffic l... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:54 AM PDT

From the Globe and Mail: Opening day gets thumbs up from cyclists Except for a few angry drivers, the first day of the Burrard Bridge bike lane experiment – with one traffic lane designated for bicy... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Perceptions of Bike-Friendliness

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Thanks for the report from Vancouver Jun. :) Did you get any photos of the new Burrard Bridge bikelanes? Perhaps in every city cyclists suffer from "the grass is always greener" syndrome? haha. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Jarvis Street

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:43 AM PDT

The Jarvis bikelanes have been approved, but I thought this was interesting. Thank you to Councillor Michael Walker for posting videos on YouTube of the Public Works Committee discussing putting bikel... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:38 AM PDT

In addition to wanting bikes and/or cyclists to be licensed, Councillor Walker also wants to make wearing helmets mandatory. His motion has been seconded by Councillor Suzan Hall. The PDF of the motio... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:33 AM PDT

I went to Councillor Walker's website and found the motion he plans to put forward at the next meeting of City Council regarding this: The PDF is at this link. It isn't allowing me to copy-and-paste t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:20 AM PDT

I think you're right, Todd, the motive appears entirely political, which is why it seems irrational. I really don't understand what Toronto's problem is with building complete roads? -- Even cycle rou... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 07:06 AM PDT

I'm still trying to figure out the logistics of the plates themselves. The old plates I've seen are pretty small and hard to see. I don't expect a pedestrian or motorist to be able to easily read that... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 06:48 AM PDT

Licensing, to what end, oh, insurance you say, Mr. Walker? Hmmm… insurance for cyclists, what would this be used for, cleaning the blood off a motorist's bumper? I'm not opposed to a registration fee ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Here are some of my photos. I had the pleasure of talking to one of the activists (Richard Campbell)... Read more...

The Danforth

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 12:07 PM PDT

That's probably what is happening... a few drivers but a lot infrequently, and they get the attentio... Read more...

Toronto Links

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 12:05 PM PDT

Thanks Todd. I've added them above. :) ... Read more...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:56 AM PDT

From the CBC: Burrard Bridge bike lanes start summer trial Many Vancouver commuters were adjusting ... Read more...

Vancouver Cyclists Welcome Burrard Bridge Bikelanes

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:54 AM PDT

From the Globe and Mail: Opening day gets thumbs up from cyclists Except for a few angry drivers, ... Read more...

Perceptions of Bike-Friendliness

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Thanks for the report from Vancouver Jun. :) Did you get any photos of the new Burrard Bridge bikela... Read more...

Jarvis Street

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:43 AM PDT

The Jarvis bikelanes have been approved, but I thought this was interesting. Thank you to Councillor... Read more...

Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:38 AM PDT

In addition to wanting bikes and/or cyclists to be licensed, Councillor Walker also wants to make we... Read more...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 11:33 AM PDT

I went to Councillor Walker's website and found the motion he plans to put forward at the next meeti... Read more...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2009 07:06 AM PDT

I'm still trying to figure out the logistics of the plates themselves. The old plates I've seen are ... Read more...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 06:48 AM PDT

Licensing, to what end, oh, insurance you say, Mr. Walker? Hmmm… insurance for cyclists, what would ... Read more...

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2006:
Toronto Cycling Committee

2007:
TheStar.com - Man on bike attacked in east end
News - Mon, July 16th
Photo of the Day - Mon, July 16th
Elsewhere - Mon, July 16th

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white le circuit 10 speed

1970's white 10 speed le circuit stolen from annex area july 14th in the afternoon. where can i look for it. help. i loved that machine ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Interesting chat! I thought I'd throw a few points into the mix - Re: the licensing issue: Cyclists are already held to a certain standard on the road. We can get tickets for improper left turns, not... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Perceptions of Bike-Friendliness

Perception is interesting. I am in Vancouver right now, and yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Burrard Bridge bike lanes. Everytime I come out here, I see that Vancouver is a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

I'd say I fit in to the Average Joe profile as well though for whatever reason I can't seem to keep the grease off my pants even if I bind them so khakis are out. Jeans that don't show grease are more... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

I'm with you, Joe, but I'd also wager that their impression is that big spenders are coming by car because not everyone can get six bags worth of groceries home without a car. My feeling about this, t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Links

I haven't gone on any of their rides, but the Devil Strip Rollers were mentioned in the last Dandyhorse. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Perceptions of Bike-Friendliness

Bringing my bike with me on business trips has been an education in what it means for a place to be bike-friendly. Yes, infrastructure plays a huge part, and to a lesser extent (see: Seattle and San F... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

Article in the Star: Cyclist hit by car near Rogers Centre A cyclist suffered multiple injuries after colliding with a car near the Rogers Centre Monday evening. The female, 34, was heading north on... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina

A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car downtown, Monday. The victim was riding her bike at Front St. and Spadina Ave. when she was struck just after... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

West Toronto Railpath

It goes from Caribou (off Osler, north of Dupont) in the north to Dundas in the south. I entered at the south end and rode north. There are entry points under construction (it's not *officially* open ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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1970's white 10 speed le circuit
stolen from annex area july 14th in the afternoon.

where can i look for it. help. i loved that machine


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Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:23 PM PDT

1970's white 10 speed le circuit stolen from annex area july 14th in the afternoon. where can i look... Read more...

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Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:16 PM PDT

Interesting chat! I thought I'd throw a few points into the mix - Re: the licensing issue: Cyclists... Read more...

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Perception is interesting. I am in Vancouver right now, and yesterday I had the pleasure of attendin... Read more...

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A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car downtown,... Read more...

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It goes from Caribou (off Osler, north of Dupont) in the north to Dundas in the south. I entered at ... Read more...

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West Toronto Railpath

Looks awesome. How do you get on to it? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

West Toronto Railpath

I rode the West Toronto Railpath on Friday after work. I'll post some photos of a former railpath turned into awesome cycling infrastructure as soon as I upload the photos. It's a pretty long thing...... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Riding the Rails

I rode the West Toronto Railpath on Friday after work. I'll post some photos of a former railpath turned into awesome cycling infrastructure as soon as I upload the photos. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

Cool Annie... I like how you made your own profile. I'll do one too: Average Joe Commuter Call: Thank you (I try to be courteous to drivers who are nice) Plumage: Cargo shorts and t-shirts in the summ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Yeah, it's kind of weird how Walker equates helmet use with licensing and/or registering cyclists and/or bikes. I suspect that he has 3 issues mixed up into 1. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Thanks for the feedback on the Carrot, Annie and Todd. I guess that because the Carrot is so unique, it pulls *some* customers from non-pedestrian, cycling, or subway users... but I'd wager it is not ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Perceptions of Bike-Friendliness

Interesting discussion in my status feed on Facebook after I "re-tweeted" something from a NYCer visiting Toronto: "Toronto is very bicycle friendly. It's inspiring. Can NYC do the same?" We here in T... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

I would tend to agree that The Big Carrot is not a fan of bike lanes going in on the Danforth. Their parking lot is always pretty full. Now this time of year their bike rack is also full (and numerous... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Bike-related websites from across the United States. The "@" links are links to twitter feeds. Other Links: Toronto | Canada If you know of some not already in this list, let us know below. Chicago, ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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680 News and the Toronto Star are reporting that a female cyclist in her 30's was hit by a car at Front and Spadina last night.

The female, 34, was heading north on Spadina Ave. when she was struck by a black Toyota heading west on Front St. W. at about 6:30 p.m.

She was not wearing a helmet, Toronto police Const. Hugh Smith said.

The driver remained at the scene and was questioned by Toronto police.

Witness accounts suggest the car was going through a green light at the time, Smith said.

The cyclist's condition has been downgraded to serious from critical.

I can overlook the not wearing a helmet... but not what sounds like crossing against the light.

A helmet can save your life, but not if you're riding through red lights.

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BMW - White Cruiser

My white BMW cruiser was stolen from my front porch this morning. It is a very distinctive bike with BMW insignias on the frame and on the handlebar joint. It had black pannier bags across the back wh... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

I'm in Walker's ward, for my sins. Yeah, he's batsh*t crazy. I would not personally ride around the block without my helmet, but I'm not gonna push that on grown-ups. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Yeah, there are rules to follow while operating your feet on a sidewalk too... how about parental licenses? Not wearing a helmet is my personal choice. I generally ride my bike conservatively and ride... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Links

Bike-related websites in Toronto. The "@" links are links to twitter feeds. :) If you know of some not already in this list, let us know below. City of Toronto Cycling Toronto Cycling Advisory Committ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Canadian Links

Bike-related websites from across Canada... except for Toronto links... which have their own thread. The "@" links are links to twitter feeds. :) If you know of some not already in this list, let us k... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

I'm pretty close to the winter beater, but then again appearances are a lot more homogeneous in the winter! None of the summer breeds fit me. If I had to describe myself: Commuter (Female) Call: Bwah!... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Thanks! I've passed the link on to my friend - maybe this is a relatively more recent development. Annie ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

I've sent the Big Carrot an email to see what their stance is... but they do have a section on their site about buying local: http://thebigcarrot.ca/index.php?id=208 ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

I guess I'm a mix between the shopper girl (both in appearance & maximum use of my bike!) and the commuter (esp for the call "is your signal broken?")... with a little of the behavior of the earth... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Thanks for this Annie... you raise good points. I guess there's also a difference in being "pro-bike" and being for bikelanes. I wouldn't be surprised if the Carrot likes car parking, as I'm sure it b... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Riding the Rails

I too love bikelanes on regular roads... but you are right... having them just for bikes is nice and completely stress-free. The Beltline is like this, except for multiple road crossings. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Riding the Rails

I'd love to see more of these. As much as I don't mind bike lanes mixed with car infrastructure, more dedicated bike paths are sorely needed. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Are you sure The Big Carrot is bike friendly? The treasurer on the board of directors of the BIA that came out with the anti-bikelane webpage is from The Big Carrot: http://www.thedanforth.ca/content/... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

I seem to be confusing registration with licensing - probably because I get pet licenses which should really be called registrations. I don't support licensing for bikes, I don't object (strongly) to ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Orange Karakoram GT (East York)

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What's on this week:


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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.

Jul 14
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Bike Polo TO - Weekly Pick-up Game
Tuesdays @ 9 p.m till 11 p.m at Alexander Park (Bathurst and Dundus Street west)

Jul 15
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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.

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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...

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BMW - White Cruiser

My white BMW cruiser was stolen from my front porch this morning.

It is a very distinctive bike with BMW insignias on the frame and on the handlebar joint. It had black pannier bags across the back wheel and a brand new LED light on the handlebars.

It was stolen August 11 between 5AM and 10AM from my front porch in the Roncesvalles/Queensway area.

There is a BIG reward for information leading to its safe return.

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Orange Karakoram GT (East York)

ALL RIGHT. ENOUGH ALLREADY. EVERYBUDDY RIGHT NOW take some pics of your ride... Personally I don't know all the manufacturers and styles etc... so as they say... a Pic is worth a 1,000 words. Please ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikes+Transit.com

Media Release: Calling all pioneers on two wheels - 'twitterflickrfest' runs to July 13 * Try, test, 'twitter' and photograph these 2009 sample transit and cycling routes * Upgrade your local cyclin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikes+Transit.com

Article from the Toronto Sun: Website puts wheels in motion A new website is making it easier to get your two wheels on to four. Bikesandtransit.com is urging families to use bike racks on buses so t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Best deals for a new bike???

I want to buy my wife a new road bike, and we're not in any hurry to get it. I'm trying to find our where and when I can get the best price on a bike for her. Should I wait for the fall? Will the sale... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Riding the Rails

Great post by Val Dodge in Torontoist: On-road bike lanes have been in the news quite a bit recently: the battle over Jarvis Street, the ongoing crawl toward lanes along Bloor Street and Danforth Aven... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Orange Karakoram GT (East York)

ALL RIGHT. ENOUGH ALLREADY. EVERYBUDDY RIGHT NOW take some pics of your ride... Personally I don't know all the manufacturers and styles etc... so as they say... a Pic is worth a 1,000 words.

Please and thanks
lok
(just an old guy that is ANGRY to be reading all these theft reports)

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

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

City Councillor Mickael Walker was on CBC's Metro Morning yesterday touting the idea of mandatory helmet laws and a bicycle license scheme... Read more...

Bikes+Transit.com

Calling all pioneers on two wheels - 'twitterflickrfest' runs to July 13 * Try, test, 'twitter' and photograph these 2009 sample transit and cycling routes... Read more...

Riding the Rails

Great post by Val Dodge in Torontoist: On-road bike lanes have been in the news quite a bit recently: the battle over Jarvis Street, the ongoing crawl toward lanes along Bloor Street and Danforth Aven... Read more...

Two Cyclists Hospitalized After Bricks Fall off Condo

Cinder bricks fall 32 stories off of condo under construction near Wellesley and Sherbourne. The Globe has the story: Two cyclists were taken to hospital Tuesday evening when the wall of a building in... Read more...

Queens Park key to getting a Fast Lane to Safer Cycling

The Globe has "web-exclusive" commentary from Albert Koel, environmental lawyer and a founding member of Bells on Bloor. If cyclists in Ontario have learned anything over the past decade, it's that ge... Read more...

Karen Stintz attacks Miller for 'bags, bottles, bicycles'

The National Post covers Karen Stintz, a right-wing city councillor who thinks that making roads just for cars is "leading in transportation management". In a campaign-style speech yesterday, Councill... Read more...

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

Last week the Star did up a series of 11 cyclists... involving a little bit of stereotyping of different types of cyclists in our city. Where do you fit in these broad and not terribly repr... Read more...

Cops on Two Wheels more responsive, claims bike patroller

Cool article in The Bulletin about Toronto Bike Cops: Cops on two wheels more responsive, claims bike patroller Toronto Police serve and protect. And essential to their role of making Downtown a safe ... Read more...

Replacing Road Rage with Respect

From the Toronto Sun: Heating up the summer doesn't have to mean heating up the battle between cars and bicycles on our roads, a cycling advocate maintains. "Respect for those around us goes a long w... Read more...


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The first section of the Railpath is finally open... Vic Gedris has a few cool photos of it:




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Great post by Val Dodge in Torontoist:
On-road bike lanes have been in the news quite a bit recently: the battle over Jarvis Street, the ongoing crawl toward lanes along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue, and a patchwork of lanes approved earlier this month all have cyclists applauding. But Toronto's plans for the Bikeway Network consist of more than just bike lanes on roads: off-road routes form about a quarter of the proposed network [PDF]. A significant portion of those off-road paths won't pass through traditional parks, but will follow rail and hydro corridors.
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The Globe has "web-exclusive" commentary from Albert Koel, environmental lawyer and a founding member of Bells on Bloor.
If cyclists in Ontario have learned anything over the past decade, it's that getting city hall to make cycling safe is a slow process. The City of Toronto, for example, despite a green-leaning council, has installed, on average, fewer than a dozen kilometres of bike lanes each year. The world's glaciers are melting at a faster pace.

Even a focused effort over the past few years to paint more bike lanes has achieved limited success. The problem is that the fight for bike lanes still happens virtually on a block-by-block basis, while the issues being addressed are communal, even global. The answer is for the province to step in to adjust the rules.

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Website shows Cyclists how to take advantage of Bicycle-Friendly GTA Transit

From Wire Service Canada: Starting July 13, a new public awareness website - www.bikesandtransit.com - aims to help cyclists get the most out of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) transit, and in doing so dis... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ward 21 Bike First Friday

It was a great event, Annie. Awesome food donated by area businesses, and great strong coffee. I took a few pics of the crowd (it's getting popular!), and will post those soon. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Sydney mayor Clover Moore gets closer to a ban on cars

Sydney mayor Clover Moore gets closer to a ban on cars BANNING cars from the heart of the CBD is one step closer, with Lord Mayor Clover Moore determined to transform busy thoroughfares into a pedestr... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

San Francisco Carves a Park from the Midst of Its Pavement

San Francisco Carves a Park from the Midst of Its Pavement The entire family of San Francisco city agencies responsible for maintaining its streets made an unconventional decision to close a portion o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Orange Karakoram GT (East York)

from craigslist: So, some jackass broke into my garage last week, and after going through the whole shed, finally made off with my mountain bike. I've had that bike for a long time. I miss it. It's an... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Two Cyclists Hospitalized After Bricks Fall off Condo

Cinder bricks fall 32 stories off of condo under construction near Wellesley and Sherbourne. The Globe has the story: Two cyclists were taken to hospital Tuesday evening when the wall of a building in... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Queens Park key to getting a Fast Lane to Safer Cycling

The Globe has "web-exclusive" commentary from Albert Koel, environmental lawyer and a founding member of Bells on Bloor. If cyclists in Ontario have learned anything over the past decade, it's that ge... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Karen Stintz attacks Miller for 'bags, bottles, bicycles'

The National Post covers Karen Stintz, a right-wing city councillor who thinks that making roads just for cars is "leading in transportation management". In a campaign-style speech yesterday, Councill... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Danforth

Just added a couple bikestores to the Danforth listings at the top of this thread. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Orange Karakoram GT (East York)

from craigslist:

So, some jackass broke into my garage last week, and after going through the whole shed, finally made off with my mountain bike.

I've had that bike for a long time. I miss it.

It's an orange Karakoram GT, with bullhorns, nice fat Kenda Flame tires and a sticker across the main bar that reads "One Less Car."

Did I mention that I miss it? Email me if you see it in a window or a backyard somewhere. I'd like it back.

email: sale-b89jb-1258288754@craigslist.org

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The National Post covers Karen Stintz, a right-wing city councillor who thinks that making roads just for cars is "leading in transportation management".

In a campaign-style speech yesterday, Councillor Karen Stintz (Eglinton-Lawrence), a potential candidate for the mayoralty, accused Mayor David Miller of a lack of leadership and financial mismanagement while listing a litany of complaints about his term in office.

"The last three years of city council has been focused on bags, bottles and bicycles instead of the real needs of the city," she told a business crowd at the Marriott hotel, across the street from City Hall.

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Last week the Star did up a series of 11 cyclists... involving a little bit of stereotyping of different types of cyclists in our city.

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Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

Last week the Star did up a series of 11 cyclists... involving a little bit of stereotyping of different types of cyclists in our city. Where do you fit in these broad and not terribly repr... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Bulletin: Cops on two wheels more responsive, claims bike patroller

Cool article in The Bulletin about Toronto Bike Cops: Cops on two wheels more responsive, claims bike patroller Toronto Police serve and protect. And essential to their role of making Downtown a safe ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Brown Vintage Pacer Bike (Bloor & Dundas West)

from craigslist: My vintage Pacer bike got stolen today... i parked it in front of the Bishop Marrocco High School at the South East corner of Bloor and Dundas West. It has a blue necklace around the ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Black Diamondback Odyssey (Harbourfront Centre)

from craigslist: My 2-month old bike got stolen at the Harbourfront Centre this past Saturday. Cash reward if found. I bought this bike to commute to/from work with and is in great condition (hopefull... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

White Raleigh "Ambush" Mountain Bike (Yonge & Bloor)

from craigslist: My old yet trusty Raleigh Ambust mtb was stolen from around Yonge/Bloor mid June. It has a white frame and orange fork, black handlebars and neck and had a black Kamco pack rack on th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Black Marin Larkspur (Bloor West Village)

from craigslist: Anyone purchasing a black Marin Larkspur with a 19" frame should note that one was stolen today in the Bloor West Village area. The bike is fully loaded, including Shimano PD-M324 cli... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Good points, Annie. I wonder if it's worth all the time and money into setting up the administrative side of such a licensing scheme. True... there are a lot of bonehead cyclists out there... but ther... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Brown Vintage Pacer Bike (Bloor & Dundas West)

from craigslist:

My vintage Pacer bike got stolen today... i parked it in front of the Bishop Marrocco High School at the South East corner of Bloor and Dundas West. It has a blue necklace around the handle, it's missing the front fender (the back one is silver), it has a bell on the left side and it has a rack in the back!!
It is a red wine / dark brown color with silver accesories.
please email me if you had seen it or it was offered to you!!!

email: sale-cvkab-1256987754@craigslist.org

Black Diamondback Odyssey (Harbourfront Centre)

from craigslist:

My 2-month old bike got stolen at the Harbourfront Centre this past Saturday. Cash reward if found.
I bought this bike to commute to/from work with and is in great condition (hopefully still is).

Bike details: Diamondback Odyssey - black frame w/ black rims - 26" mountain bike - Kryptonite steel cable lock (probably missing) but the lock holder should still be on the frame.

This is the 2nd time my bike has been stolen. The City's not doing enough to curb the high rate of bike thefts.

Tnx.
647.297.5104

White Raleigh "Ambush" Mountain Bike (Yonge & Bloor)

from craigslist:

My old yet trusty Raleigh Ambust mtb was stolen from around Yonge/Bloor mid June. It has a white frame and orange fork, black handlebars and neck and had a black Kamco pack rack on the rear. Also had on it a mini cateye bell and rear triangular LED light.

Have you seen it? Reward for anyone with information on it's whereabouts. It's not a high-end bike but it's MY bike!

Call 647.299.7761

Black Marin Larkspur (Bloor West Village)

Posted: 07 Jul 2009 01:47 AM PDT

from craigslist:

Anyone purchasing a black Marin Larkspur with a 19" frame should note that one was stolen today in the Bloor West Village area. The bike is fully loaded, including Shimano PD-M324 clip pedals, New York lock (likely removed), battery light, bell, VDO cycle computer, air pump. There are minor scratches on the frame. Please respond to this post if you see the bike for sale or have any information about it.

email: sale-xtn3c-1252567324@craigslist.org

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The Bulletin: Cops on two wheels more responsive, claims bike patroller

Toronto Police serve and protect. And essential to their role of making Downtown a safe place to live is the bike patrol. Constable Charles Stern, a bike patrol officer at 51 Division, wheels out all the benefits of policing the city on bikes.

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Stolen Bikes Google Maps Mash-Up

eightlines... just wanted to say your map is wonderful and depressing at the same time... Anywhooo. thanks! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Stolen Bikes Google Maps Mash-Up

The Toronto Police Service's Traffic Services division is looking into it for us. :) Check out their great twitterfeed here. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Stolen Bikes Google Maps Mash-Up

That looks great Brent! Thanks! I don't know if the police share data on reported stolen bikes... but I'll try and get that info for you. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Sun: Replacing road rage with respect

From the Toronto Sun: Heating up the summer doesn't have to mean heating up the battle between cars and bicycles on our roads, a cycling advocate maintains. "Respect for those around us goes a long w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Toronto Sun: Replacing road rage with respect

Heating up the summer doesn't have to mean heating up the battle between cars and bicycles on our roads, a cycling advocate maintains. "Respect for those around us goes a long way," said Yvonne Bambrick, the executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, a membership-based organization pushing for greater acceptance of the bike as a viable means of transportation in the city.

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New Avenir Red Folding Bike (Bloor & Bathurst)

I bought the bike at Bathurst Cycle at 2 pm this afternoon (Sun. July 5, 2009) and it was stolen locked up outside Sushi on Bloor (Bloor east of Bathurst) less than 30 minutes later.

I am suspicious that it was an inside job done by the bike store. Sold me a crappy lock and then someone followed me. When I went back to Bathurst Cycle they were so unsympathetic it made me cry.

I have reported it stolen to the police.
*Make :AVENIR- FOLDING BIKE
* Model: Avenir 6 speed folding bike
* Colour:RED
* General Description (especially any unique characteristics): BRAND NEW - ridden for 5 min
* Date of Theft: Sunday, July 5, 2009
* Location of Theft (intersection or specific address) - outside Sushi on Bloor, Bloor Street East of Bathurst
* City (if somewhere in the GTA other than Toronto)
* Attaching a photo of your bike (if you have one) would be very useful too!
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Grey Gary Fischer 'Tarpon' (Bellwoods Ave.)

Stolen off the front porch. Left it unlocked for 5ish minutes to run inside the house – came back and it was gone.
Time: sometime around 5:55pm and 6:10pm Saturday July 4th
Place: Bellwoods Ave, halfway between Queen & Dundas
Make: Light grey / dark grey Gary Fischer 'Tarpon'
It was about 5 years old, paint chipped, black gel-style seat with rip, giant black un-cuttable chain lock was still attached to frame & seat post (good luck getting that thing off!!), 2 black fenders, black bell, red Bell helmet was stolen too.

Please let me know if you see it!! Thank you!!

26" cobalt blue Diamondback (Yonge & Dundas)

Make: Diamondback
Color: Cobalt blue (looks purple)
Description: Stolen without a seat. The lock was gray with a 4 digit code.
Date of theft: July 3rd between 2-3:30PM
Location of theft: Yonge-Dundas Square next to parking garage elevator

It's brand new, just received as a birthday gift so there are not distinguishing marks at all.

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Toronto Star: Cyclists, drivers hit in police crackdown

Cyclists were ticketed 1,373 times for disobeying traffic signals and failing to yield to pedestrians. Equipment — or the lack thereof — got bike riders in trouble, too, as 747 tickets were issued to those who rode without the mandatory bell, light and reflectors.

Toronto Star: Field guide to Toronto cyclists

What kind of a cyclist are you? Click through our gallery of Toronto cycling types.

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Stolen Bikes Google Maps Mash-Up

I've shared my Biking Toronto Stolen Bike Google Map with the latest information from the forum. Will keep adding to it as listings come in. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Brand New Avenir Red Folding Bike Stolen

I bought the bike at Bathurst Cycle at 2 pm this afternoon (Sun. July 5, 2009) and it was stolen locked up outside Sushi on Bloor (Bloor east of Bathurst) less than 30 minutes later. I am suspicious t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Grey Gary Fischer 'Tarpon' (Bellwoods Ave.)

Stolen off the front porch. Left it unlocked for 5ish minutes to run inside the house – came back and it was gone. Time: sometime around 5:55pm and 6:10pm Saturday July 4th Place: Bellwoods Ave, halfw... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

While I'm not crazy about licenses for cyclists, I don't think it's the disaster that some cyclists make it out to be. I can't imagine there are too many people who would stop biking because of a smal... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

July 3 - Bike First Friday

I got added to Joe Mihevc's list after emailing him about the gap between the Christie bike lane and the bike route on Tichester. How was the event? Although the breakfast pics were tempting, the hour... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

26" cobalt blue Diamondback

Make: Diamondback Color: Cobalt blue (looks purple) Description: Stolen without a seat. The lock was gray with a 4 digit code. Date of theft: July 3rd between 2-3:30PM Location of theft: Yonge-Dundas ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Star: Cyclists, drivers hit in police crackdown

The Star wraps up the recent Safe Cycling Campaign by Toronto Police. Toronto police stuck cyclists and drivers with 5,907 tickets during its latest one-week campaign to get the two groups to share T... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Safe Cycling Campaign

Via the Bike Union - the results are in from the Safe Cycling Blitz: Traffic Services has just released the details of this year's week-long 'Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility' campaign. The bi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Gah... I'm listening to the audio file right now, and Walker is wrong on soooo many points. Good thing he's sort of a "lone wolf" on city council, and he himself is admitting that it's something that ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

My question for Councillor Walker is how would being licensed make someone a safer cyclist? At present, some cyclists are safe riders, while others break lots of laws... it depends on the person, not ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker to propose a bicycle licensing scheme in Toronto

Hey all, I haven't heard much about this, but City Councillor Mickael Walker was on CBC's Metro Morning yesterday touting the idea of mandatory helmet laws and a bicycle license scheme. You can check ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike Projector Makes Lane For Rider

Awesome Laser Projected Bikelane! "Whether it's San Francisco, New York, or any bicyclistic city in between, you're destined to witness biker after biker dancing with danger, especially at night when ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Weekly News Wrap-Up: Planning A Bike-Friendly City

Happy Friday! Here's the news from the past week: 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 wha... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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What's on this week:


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Mon, Jul 6
1:30pm-3:30pm
The Ride To Conquer Cancer: Come To The Movies!
Come to a fantastic "Fundraising Movie Event" on Sunday 7th June 1.30pm at The Royal Theatre, 608 College Street. A screening of the feel-good film with a big heart "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins will be held to raise funds for The Ride To Conquer Cancer, benefitting The Princess Margaret Hospital. Tickets $20, Students $10. Free popcorn and great door prizes!

Tues, Jul 7
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.

Tues, Jul 7
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)

Wed, Jul 8
10am
TBN's Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the "Wednesday Wheelies" might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.

Thurs, Jul 9
7pm
VeloSocial Bike Party
This group is dedicated to the monthly VeloSocial party in Toronto. The first Monday of every month we all get together and hang out and watch bike videos, drink some pints of Amsterdam Blonde, dance & listen to DJs, rock the open mic, yamn some spicy pad-thai, and grab some goodies at the info and merch table.

Sat, Jul 11
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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July 3 - Bike First Friday

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

Blue "Set Me Free" Hybrid (Bay & Wellesley)

from craigslist: My bike was stolen from the bike racks in front of the Ministry building at the corner of Bay and Wellesley this Monday, June 22 between 1:30 and 4:30pm. My toddler got up this mornin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Annette Street

BlogTO has an interesting article about the Annette bikelanes from a driver's perspective: Dupont Narrowed: a Cyclist and Driver's First Impressions On Monday, at about 4pm, I was driving northbound ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

The Junction

Businesses who like bikes in the Junction. (Please add more stores that you know of.) Boo Radley's Junction Bar and Grill - 1482 Dupont St. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Stolen Bikes Google Maps Mash-Up

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Via the Bike Union - the results are in from the Safe Cycling Blitz:
Traffic Services has just released the details of this year's week-long 'Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility' campaign. The bike union is encouraged by how many drivers (3,502 tickets) were charged for doing things that endanger cyclists. Not pleased, of course, by just how many drivers regularly behave this way, just that it's encouraging to see this 'Safe Cycling - Share the Responsibility' campaign correctly targetted to motorists as well.

The Toronto Cyclists Union does not however agree that tickets should be issued for 'bicycle equipment offences' (747 tickets). Many cyclists don't yet know that bells & lights are in fact mandatory. Warnings (852 of which were issued to motorists & cyclists) are far more effective in this case since forcing a cyclist to pay a ticket is likely going to tie up money that could otherwise have been used for the purchase of lights and/or a bell. Why not take the opportunity to talk with cyclists about the importance of being visible at night, and having a bell to alert people? Education in these cases would likely result in greater compliance, and in turn increased safety (as per the goal of the campaign...) - whereas tickets for this kind of thing usually just build animosity towards the police. As do the bogus tickets issued by some undertrained officers...

How do you think this campaign could be improved for next year? Please email your suggestions to info@bikeunion.to, with Subject: Safe Cycling Campaign.

Click through to review the full press release, with all the numbers.

"Safe Cycling − Share the Responsibility" campaign results
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

On Sunday, June 28, 2009, the Toronto Police Service concluded their one−week ‘Safe Cycling – Share the Responsibility’ campaign.

Officers issued 5,907 tickets to motorists and cyclists who were found committing offences. Of the tickets issued:

• 3,502 tickets were issued to motorists for offences such as opening vehicle doors improperly and failing to yield to cyclists,
• 1,373 tickets were issued to cyclists for moving violations including disobeying traffic signals and failing to yield to pedestrians,
• 747 tickets were issued to cyclists for bicycle equipment offences,
• 84 people under the age of 18 were charged with not wearing helmets,
• 198 parking tickets were issued for parking in designated bike lanes,
• 852 motorists and cyclists were cautioned with respect to a variety of related offences, and
• 10 bike rodeos/lectures involving 411 participants were held across the city.

The Toronto Police Service would like to remind motorists of the dangers of opening car doors in the path of cyclists without looking in mirrors and over your shoulder first. All drivers need to know that checking blind spots prior to making turns can be a matter of life and death. Cyclists should never attempt to pass vehicles on the right near driveways or intersections.

All road users have a responsibility to share the road equally by driving safely, riding responsibly, playing smart and obeying all the rules of the road.



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Happy Friday! Here's the news from the past week:

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. (more at the Globe and Mail)

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. (more at Spacing Toronto)

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.



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June 30: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 08:25 AM PDT

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, fro... Read more...

Free I Bike T.O. T-Shirts at Bike First Friday [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 07:50 AM PDT

(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 o... Read more...

June 30: New on the Stolen Bike Listing [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 04:29 AM PDT

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, fro... Read more...

Headlines: How Municipal Governments Make Cities Bike-Friendly [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 04:18 AM PDT

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 T... Read more...

June 30: TCAT News Bulletin [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 01:55 AM PDT

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 th... Read more...

Photo of the Day: Skirt [Main Blog]

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 01:07 AM PDT

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BikingToronto Archives: June 30 [Main Blog]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 10:39 PM PDT

2006 Cycling Cog Ride Photos2007 New Stuff In The BikingToronto StorePhoto of the Day - Sat, June 30th2008June 30: Photos of the Week Photo of the Day: College & St. George From the Archives: ... Read more...

June 29: Added Yesterday to the Stolen Bike Listing [Main Blog]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 11:44 AM PDT

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. "Ecclest... Read more...

June 29: New in the BikingToronto Forum [Main Blog]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:34 AM PDT

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-f... Read more...

June 29: New Content on BikingToronto [Main Blog]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:30 AM PDT

Cycling Events This Week: June 29 - July 5 [Main Blog]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:43 AM PDT

What's on this week:View more than the next week on the BikingToronto Events Page. 20090629 20090629 Jun 29 7pmToronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting Committee Room 22nd Floor, City Hall100 Queen... Read more...

Photo of the Day: Scarf Style [Main Blog]

Posted: 28 Jun 2009 11:01 PM PDT

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Posted: 28 Jun 2009 10:38 PM PDT

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009 11:59 PM PDT

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009 10:35 PM PDT

2006 Biking In The Islands, Dragonboating And T-ShirtsDarren Stehr's Critical Mass Book 2007 Photo of the Day - Thurs, June 28thTomorrow is BikeFriday2008June 28: Yesterday on the BikingToronto Comm... Read more...

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Blue "Set Me Free" Hybrid (Bay & Wellesley)

from craigslist:

My bike was stolen from the bike racks in front of the Ministry building at the corner of Bay and Wellesley this Monday, June 22 between 1:30 and 4:30pm. My toddler got up this morning asking for his usual bike ride to "school". I am mad - as I am sure most people feel as victims of bike theft - but the audacity to take a bike with a toddler seat on the back! This was our transportation to daycare and work!

The bike is a "Set Me Free", deep blue, men's hybrid (19), not even one month old. There is a limo co-pilot seat on the back and a silver wire basket on the front.

I will pay to get it back. I just want the same bike, with toddler seat (nice to have the helmet and shoes back too!) returned. Please consider reselling this to me - or alerting me if you see it. I will agree to whatever discretion necessary to pay for its return.


Email: sale-ky2xj-1237293496@craigslist.org


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Re: West Toronto Railpath Construction has started

Thanks for the info, Michael. I've just added Boo Radleys to the new Junction section of a just-starting Bike-Friendly Business Directory over on the Forum. :)

Re: West Toronto Railpath Construction has started

To celebrate the opening of the West Toronto Railpath we at Boo Radley's Junction Bar & Grill (1482 Dupont St ) will be offering 15% off all food for those hearty souls riding their bikes. All you need to do is show up on your bike and come on in! Great patio, great food and great prices ... even better now! This is not a limited offer. It is permanent.

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