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Cycling's Enemy

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 06:04 PM PDT

One of the more recent Bike Snob NYC entries was good on its own merit (and if you haven't already discovered him, you might want to check him out. Quite funny in a bit of a snarky way, IMO.) That sai... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:11 PM PDT

I'm terribly unprepared, really. But sometimes I remember the small pump (that is still packed somewhere - just a Cdn Tire special - works great, though). The folding bike makes *sure* I have a pump a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How to Be Prepared for a Flat Tire

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:32 PM PDT

Usually, when I'm posting in the "How-To" section it is with some advice. Today though, I'm looking for advice. For the second time in as many weeks I've been caught unprepared for a flat. The first t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike stolen at Ossington and Dupont - Gary Fisher Cruiser

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:15 PM PDT

Eek! That's my area! Was your bike stolen from in front of your house? We've had a couple of waves of people smashing windshields in the past (a few years ago), if there's going to be a wave of bike t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bike stolen at Ossington and Dupont - Gary Fisher Cruiser

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 10:34 AM PDT

The one thing closer to my heart other than my cat is my bike. It was stolen from me on September 28 at Ossington and Dupont. it is a chocolate brown Gary Fisher cruiser with a brown basket and brown ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:47 AM PDT

Jim Bradley, Ontario's Transportation Minister agrees with us... education, not legislation is the way to make things safer: Cyclists and motorists must learn to share the road: transportation minist... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Request City Services by dialing "311" in Toronto

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 08:29 AM PDT

I asked them (via twitter) to confirm about requesting post-and-rings as well as getting bikelanes snowplowed... and it's a yes to both! Yes! Call 311 for both (post-and-rings & getting bikelanes ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Request City Services by dialing "311" in Toronto

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 07:51 AM PDT

Awesome new service by the City of Toronto (well, let's hope it turns out to be awesome...) to make it easier for residents to find out and request non-emergency services, just by dialing "311": 311 ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:27 AM PDT

Speaking of a big casual ride, this past Sunday (Sept. 27) I joined a couple hundred cyclists for the Tour de Greenbelt ride in Ajax. The mayor of Ajax is a "lycra lizard" and gave a fairly motivation... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:19 AM PDT

I've found the best breakfast for my mornings has been some hemp granola from Noah's (I forget the brand) and yogurt. Then, when I get in to the office I'll have a banana and some raw almonds. And, yo... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 05:15 AM PDT

I keep meaning to try my mp3 player on my route. I don't have noise-canceling headphones, and I have cycled long distances with people who still carry on a conversation while their music is on. So, as... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 04:15 AM PDT

Yeah, I don't agree with the mp3/podcast thing either. But, I don't know what the writer's commute is like. It may be down country lanes or separated bikelanes... BUT he does mention getting lost in t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 04:10 AM PDT

Haha. Don't admire me too much... I sleep as long as I can in the mornings and then ride in... so I won't be late... but I start pretty early (sometimes 8 am, sometimes 7:30), so my hunger instincts d... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:59 AM PDT

Oh, and I might also add that I find that though I'm very fond of it, coffee is one of the worst things I can have before riding. Not only does it knock my blood sugar down fairly soon after I drink i... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:57 AM PDT

I like and use them all except for the mp3 player thing. That is really stupid, IMO. Might be fun to have a stereo on a trailer like I often see at Critical Mass but not worth that effort. I actually ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:54 AM PDT

Other great sources of quick protein is yogurt or a handful of almonds. Most mornings I'm usually on my bike to work soon after I wake up, so I usually don't have breakfast until I'm downtown and at w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Beating the Biking to Work Blues

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:51 AM PDT

Just as the "what to eat before leaving for work" topic came up, this one wound up in my feed: I did the maths. Approximately 252 working days a year (minus holidays), multiplied by 14 miles each day,... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:47 AM PDT

Yeah... but we don't even have to do the one-way street thing... just make left turns illegal on streetcar lines. It's not to big of an inconvenience to loop around a block, and it would speed up stre... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:35 AM PDT

I agree with crazycga - eggs are good (though I can't abide by hard boiled). My usual for its speed was a bagel (high on carbs) and peanut butter (high on protein) and then possibly a piece of fruit. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:32 AM PDT

Ah yes, but really, it was only a matter of time. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 07:53 PM PDT

I personally find that two hard boiled eggs are good. Protein = good thing. And you can make them the night before. Which reminds me, I forgot to make mine! >:( ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

what to eat before a morning ride?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 06:35 PM PDT

I'm trying to figure out what are good things to eat in the morning when your time between waking and biking is limited. I figure some protein is good but the key is carbs? Some peanut butter and toas... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 06:30 PM PDT

Thanks Todd! You realize we've now revealed ourselves as complete nerds? :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Love the idea, sandlynx. I'm not really a very fast rider so the donut ride's out for me but a few hours on a weekend morning would be nice on occasion at a more leisurely pace. I swear that's half th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:48 PM PDT

I had great ride on Sunday. I'm starting a local bicycle club for casual cyclists, those who are not interested in being 'lycra lizards', but just want to ride in a group around town. They get left ou... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:46 AM PDT

Why not? Make left turns illegal but have alternating one-way streets so that every other block or so you could make a right 3 times to get to where you're going. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting - Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:04 AM PDT

Thanks to the Bike Union for the heads-up! Date: Tuesday, September 29 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Harbour Street Who: All welcome Media are invited to join Counci... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 10:04 AM PDT

Not sure... have been trying to figure that out myself. A way to get stuff italicized is to hit the "i" button, and then the "li" and "ul" buttons to get stuff in a box, like when we quote newspaper a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Toronto Life looks at Bicycle Style

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 10:02 AM PDT

Pretty nice little feature on Toronto Life: With a new DIY attitude came one crucial summer accessory: the bicycle. Cheaper than driving and more individual than a new pair of jeans, it seemed like e... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:57 AM PDT

Why doesn't the "quote" code ever work for me???? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:57 AM PDT

but it may depend on the family Good point. I took my kids to see The Frantics a few years ago when they played at The Bad Dog (they test out material there before going on tour - great way to see the... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:44 AM PDT

I think left turns should be illegal anywhere on streetcar lines already. I'm constantly flabbergasted that this wasn't done, oh, decades ago! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:29 AM PDT

We could have it on most arterial roads that don't have streetcars if we eliminated all left turns by cars. That's something streetcars could use as well to eliminate delays. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 08:57 AM PDT

Um... no. Not family friendly, but it may depend on the family... haha. just kidding. There were a lot of f-bombs from one cast member, but the other cast members called her on it as part of the show.... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bikelanes Right Down The Middle in NYC

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 08:49 AM PDT

Thanks, Joe - works for me! Richmond and Adelaide also come to mind. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Awesome video and post from Streetsblog of bikelanes down the middle of Sands Street in NYC... where they replaced some unused road space with lanes!



Chalk up more bikeway innovation to the folks at the NYC Department of Transportation. Nearly complete, the Sands Street approach to the Manhattan Bridge is now safer and more enjoyable thanks to a New York City first: a center-median, two-way protected bike path. The facility is a perfect solution to counter the dangers posed by a tangle of roads and highway on-ramps that burden the area. Dramatic before-and-afters tell the delicious story.

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What's on this week:


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Sep 28 7pm
TCAT Complete Streets Meeting
A Complete Street is a roadway designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users.


Sep 29 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)


Sep 30 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.


Oct 3-4 7pm-7am
Bicycle Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche 2009, at 401 Richmond St West (basement): Janet Bike Girl, Georgette Peters and Yvonne Bambric of The Toronto Cyclists Union.

Nuit Blanche: http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca
401 Richmond: http://www.401richmond.net/
Bike Union: http://www.bikeunion.to/
Bike Film Fest: http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/
Janet Bike Girl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetbikegirl


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

  • Fighting for a safer ride of way

    Eleanor McMahon, founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, organized the first Ontario Bike Summit, running through tomorrow in Waterloo, to talk about how the province can make cycling safer and more accessible.
  • Looking ‘broken,’ Igor Kenk faces trial

    Police recovered 2,865 bikes and $70,000 of marijuana and cocaine. At the time of his first bail hearing, the messianic ramblings of this tall, athletic man, coupled with his goatee and shoulder-length hair, gave him a Christ-like aura. Later he appeared cleanshaven, with a crewcut. But today he looked more like Moses, or perhaps Charles Manson; his beard curls down to his chest and his mane of brown hair is starting to form into dreadlocks. His face is lined and worn.
  • Ontarians afraid to ride bikes, survey says

    “Sixty per cent of those surveyed said they don’t cycle, because they are too frightened to do so,” said Eleanor McMahon, founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, which is holding its first Ontario Bike Summit at the Waterloo Inn this week.
  • Donate to Cancer, win a Bertelli Bike!

    Every person who donates $20 or more to my ride between now and October 1st will be entered into a draw for a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind LIVESTRONG-inspired masterpiece by Italian design maestro Francesco Bertelli. Click here to donate and be entered to win. Click here to see more of Francesco’s work.



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Royal York Road (Bloor St to Dundas St. West)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:52 PM PDT

This is one of my favourite bike lanes, it's rare to have such a long stretch on an semi-arterial road given over to bikes. The problem with speeding cars is the same on every major street, no differe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting - Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:44 PM PDT

The grumpy driver who can't find a space to park has already abandoned the core and is shopping at a store with acres of "free" parking which is hidden in the price of products cyclists also pay for. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

World Car-Free Day

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:53 PM PDT

Ironically, I am out of town in a place where I need a car to get to work. So sadly, this is one of the days where I'm actually renting a car instead of cycling/taking transit. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting - Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 01:51 PM PDT

Hey, that's me! I didn't know that was out there. Complete Streets is one of the more exciting ideas I've seen in the past several years and if we could just get over the anti-cyclist bias I think it ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What Would It Take To Get You Out Of Your Car?

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:18 AM PDT

It's a shame everyone still thinks of their commute in terms of time and not of "quality." My commute by TTC takes FOREVER (OK, just under 2 hours) but in that time I get to read, listen to music and ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Royal York Road (Bloor St to Dundas St. West)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:16 AM PDT

My mistake, anything West of High Park is suburbia to me. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

GO unveils rush-hour bike parking

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:11 AM PDT

Chris Ariens at RaisetheHammer.org offers up a rebuttal with the cost of creating free parking for cars. The Star's Bias Against Cyclists I certainly encourage the Star and other news media to provid... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Royal York Road (Bloor St to Dundas St. West)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 10:07 AM PDT

Yes. The street is a 50KM zone. I've raised the issue with Councillor Milczyn and the traffic folk on several occasions but nothing ever happens. BTW, I take umbrageto Royal York betweem Dundas and Bl... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Royal York Road (Bloor St to Dundas St. West)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 09:32 AM PDT

That is certainly an issue with suburban arterial roads. Bike lanes need to be separated where motor vehicles can (and do) reach speeds that far exceed anyone on a bicycle. What is the speed limit on... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

TCAT Complete Streets Meeting - Mon, Sept. 28

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 09:08 AM PDT

From TCAT: The next meeting to plan TCAT's Complete Streets Campaign is on Monday, September 28th at 7pm, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rm 316. There has been a lot of work done since we first met. Todd T... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

CBC DocZone: Pedal Power - Thurs, Sept. 24

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 09:02 AM PDT

CBC DocZone is showing "Pedal Power" later this week: Thursday September 24, 2009 at 8 pm on CBC-TV Repeating: Friday September 25, 2009 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld From bicycle-mad Paris to rush... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

World Car-Free Day

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:56 AM PDT

Today is Car-Free Day... what are you doing to be less auto dependent? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Royal York Road (Bloor St to Dundas St. West)

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:52 AM PDT

It was great to see the City add bike lanes to Royal York Road during the redesign of the road back in 2007. Unfortunately, the street lacks any speed related signage which means that most drivers (T... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:51 AM PDT

Sussex and the Easternmost part of Lennox, between Bathurst and Spadina, could use contraflow lanes. It's one of those streets where one block is a 1-way in one direction and the next block is a 1-way... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Forum Statistics

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:38 AM PDT

It's not the end of September yet, but I thought I'd mention that today the forum passed the 1000 posts mark! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:13 AM PDT

Since writing this article I've used this bike lane a dozen or so times. The entire trip from Dundas up to Bloor is fairly enjoyable and kinda scenic too. Passing through residential streets with much... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Is it Really Safe for Cyclists on the New Simcoe Street Underpass?

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 08:01 AM PDT

Apparently there was a ribbon cutting ceremony today (Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Car-Free Day) for an extension of the bike lane south of Bremney. I'll take photos this weekend when I'm in the area..... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

GO unveils rush-hour bike parking

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 04:59 AM PDT

And TheStar weighs in today with a whole lot of numbers that mean nothing. I appreciate that the GO rep who spoke to this reporter calls them on their terrible and pointless math. While I understand t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:04 PM PDT

Agreed - I don't see how the school has the right to dictate how someone gets there. Sure, on their property they can set the rules, but outside? Absolutely not. That's a slippery slope. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:59 PM PDT

Sounds like fun - just passed that one on to my partner, Sage, who really enjoys the productions at the Bad Dog. And now that we live way closer to the subway it's much easier to get there. I had a pr... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

World Car-Free Day

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

From Facebook: To recognize Car Free Day, the City of Toronto and Sierra Club Ontario will be hosting a celebration in Yonge Dundas Square between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be hosted by Candic... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

World Car-Free Day Critical Mass

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 04:46 PM PDT

From Facebook: September 22nd is International Car-Free Day! Let's get together and celebrate car-free culture on our sexy bikes! Departure at 6:30pm, ride around to Trinity Bellwoods Park and join th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

i hear what you are saying guys. but regarding the get off and walk approach at crosswalks, this is just shamefully poor urban planning. i mean to car drivers ever have to get out and push to avoid br... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:56 AM PDT

Awesome cast, including Kerry Griffin (Canadian Comedy Award winner), Lisa Merchant (Train 48), Aurora Browne (Comedy Inc.), etc., and brilliant director (I'm a bit biased there). We're early in the s... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:21 AM PDT

Good for that family. I rode my bicycle to elementary school in warmer months, and walked all winter. We didn't live very far, but do you know how they kept kids safe? They enforced a reduced speed li... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:12 AM PDT

Great idea. Saturday around noon I went for a mountain bike ride in the Don Valley Crothers Woods. Ran in to members of TORBA and IMBA working on a new trail work-around and making improvements to exi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:08 AM PDT

Cool... is Hot Oil Barons good? I am sure it is. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:05 AM PDT

Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School[b] (Sept. 14, 2009) snippet: SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first day of school, already a happy and trying event for any student, saw a little addit... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 10:04 AM PDT

Attended episode 2 of Hot Oil Barons in Love. :) Had my first African drumming class. Fingers bruised *ouch*! Me and five little kids, it's hillarious if somewhat embarassing. I plan on bringing my dr... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:48 AM PDT

I worked on our porch for a lot of the weekend (I'm re-building it), but went to Grimsby for a wedding... and found lots of good BikeTrain info. Planning a big group trip next summer. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

How Was Your Weekend?

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:46 AM PDT

Hi everyone, There's enough of us posting regularly now that a "how was your weekend" thread may be appropriate. What did you do this past weekend? Bike anywhere? Take photos? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:45 AM PDT

Thanks for posting this Duncan... saw the Star article, but have been swamped so far today. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Tour de Greenbelt promises to be educational

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 09:30 AM PDT

This coming Sunday, September 27, 2009 I'll be heading out on the Durham Region Tour de Greenbelt. My mother, brother, girlfriend and I will be tackling the 43 km ride and are really looking forward t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:45 AM PDT

Cycling summit part of personal crusade for Burlington woman The 47-year-old Burlington woman has made great strides in that direction by founding the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, which is holdi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Fighting for a safer ride of way

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:40 AM PDT

Fighting for a safer ride of way Cycling activist calls for provincial policy on ways to share roads Tess Kalinowski Transportation Reporter The debate between cyclists and motorists over who owns t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 07:05 AM PDT

There needs to be more clarity with right turning cars. I love the way the bike lane on Sherbourne moves to the left of the right turn lane, it would work very well if the *&^&^%$ cars changin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 06:23 AM PDT

Annie, That's an interesting way of handling red lights. Do you pull completely off the road? Lately, whether I'm first in line or behind a few cars I find myself filling the lane at red lights. While... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:45 AM PDT

Where there isn't much traffic or where there's an advanced green for left turns, I will make the lane change and turn left from the left lane. Otherwise, if the light is green, I continue to the next... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 05:11 AM PDT

Jeff, These laws feel like they were written from a car-centric stance, because they were. There's one street where I use what I call a "wide left" or crosswalk left turn because drivers there are too... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Why Some Cyclists in Toronto Break the Rules

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 09:48 PM PDT

i hear that cyclists are not supposed to cross at crosswalks when turning left, rather change lanes into the center and turn from there. On some Toronto streets this is crazy.I argue that this is one ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 09:13 PM PDT

do we really need more insulting nanny state legislation infantalizing us all. I mean where does it end. whatever happened to personal responsibility and thinking for yourself. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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What's on this week:


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Mon, Sep 21
7pm

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


Tues, Sep 22
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, Sep 23
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, Sep 24
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.


Fri, Sep 25
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


Sat, Sep 26
10am-4pm

Tour de Greenbelt - Newmarket & Simcoe
Series of four bikes tours over two weekends throughout the Greenbelt. Lengths of 25, 50 and 100 km per ride, $40 per day includes goody backs, snack and BBQ lunch.

For more information contact:
Phone: 416-960-0001

Address:
Niagara-on-the-Lake (September 12)
Burlington (September 13)
Newmarket & Simcoe (September 26)
Rouge Park & Durham (September 27)


Sat, Sep 26
9pm

Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fundraiser
Come celebrate life in the face of loss and help the ones that lost the most at the same time. This will be a friendly and fun affair. All proceeds go directly to the memorial fund.


Sun, Sep 27
Wheels for Wellness
4th Annual Wheels for Wellness in support of Humber River Regional Hospital. Ride through the gorgeous terrain of Caledon.

Sun, Sep 27
10am-4pm

Tour de Greenbelt - Rouge Park & Durham
Series of four bikes tours over two weekends throughout the Greenbelt. Lengths of 25, 50 and 100 km per ride, $40 per day includes goody backs, snack and BBQ lunch.

For more information contact:
Phone: 416-960-0001

Address:
Niagara-on-the-Lake (September 12)
Burlington (September 13)
Newmarket & Simcoe (September 26)
Rouge Park & Durham (September 27)


Sun, Sep 27
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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Happy Friday everyone. Here's all the news from the past week.

"If you look at the evidence of what sells downtown, the majority of units under 750 square feet in the downtown core sell without parking,'' said Stephen Deveaux, a vice-president with the developer, Tribute Communities. Parking spots typically add $20,000 or more to the cost of a downtown condo.

There is resistance, however, from cyclists themselves. Earlier this week, when the City of Toronto's works committee considered calling for mandatory, province-wide use of helmets by cyclists, members of the 800-member Toronto Cyclists Union opposed the measure. They urged the city to concentrate on initiatives that would prevent accidents, such as expansion of bike lanes, rather than on mitigating measures that would reduce the injuries caused by accidents.

Despite its dodgy lineage, the mandatory helmet issue represents an unusual opportunity for the TCU to broaden its base and mature as an advocacy group that does more than merely preach to the choir.

Helmets protect cyclists after they fall, she said: The objective should be to prevent collisions in the first place. "(Removing) the things that are happening to them, which I think is the responsibility of municipal and provincial government ... that's the issue," she said, calling for more and better bike lanes and better education for drivers.

Thirty-three children living in the West-end community of Swansea Mews received new bicycles and helmets today, thanks to an ongoing green- and healthy living partnership between the Dutch Consulate General and Toronto Community Housing.

I have a better idea for a city program. I think the city should hire people to stand on College Street or Harbord Street, or Dundas Street East -- routes crowded with thousands of cycling commuters -- and, as the cyclists wait at a red light, hand each of them a $5 bill.

Bike lanes are designed to allow cyclists enough space to go at their own speed. But cyclists may enter the main flow of traffic at any time. If the road is narrow and there isn't enough room to comfortably ride to the right of a car, the cyclist is entitled to occupy the full lane. However, when the road widens and traffic speeds up, cyclists are expected to let motor vehicles squeeze past.

If cyclists are a city council priority on Toronto's streets, Councillor Michael Walker wants to see those cyclists wearing a helmet and licensed to ride on the road.




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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

I'm taking an economics course this semester. It made a point about seat belts. People started driving faster and getting into more crashes, because of this we added seat belts to help the problem of ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Breaking the Cycle: What Toronto Needs to Make Streets Safe

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:38 PM PDT

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

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Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 03:01 PM PDT

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 10:35 AM PDT

I like the carrot and stick approach, give incentives to those who don't drive and penalize those who do. A carbon tax would be the simplest method, this could be used to fund massive infrastructure f... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:51 AM PDT

@sandlynx In your above post you mention that your bicycle is registered/licensed and I also understand from other posts that you're not living in Toronto or Ontario. Could you explain what registerin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:44 AM PDT

John Lorinc in Spacing makes some good points: Knocking Heads The cycling community knows it's got the ear of council — for now. But that status could change after next year's municipal election, so... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:27 AM PDT

It would be nice if people on either side of this debate argued their point by using studies and statistics instead of meaningless anecdotes. Yes, mandatory helmets will mean less people cycling - why... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:25 AM PDT

Article in the Star today: Nothing settled in bicycle wars Cyclists oppose proposals for mandatory helmets and licences Yvonne Bambrick, of the 800-member Toronto Cyclists Union, vocally opposed bot... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 09:03 AM PDT

Gut reaction to this: "two resolutions by Councillor Michael Walker to regulate and control cyclists: one to force them to wear helmets (an idea that is laughable in the cycling-friendly countries of ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 08:44 AM PDT

We're not just less hazardous when colliding with pedestrians, but with everyone. Fatalities on the streets almost always involve automobiles. If they stopped wasting money on fruitless debates over ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 07:38 AM PDT

Joe, I like that idea. In New York they just passed a bill requiring employers to allow cyclists to bring their bikes in to offices if there is elevator access. If rather than having a law there were ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 07:21 AM PDT

It's a good idea. Maybe have an employer program that encourages workplaces to compensate people for biking to work. Enough provide free parking and sometimes metropasses already... ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Give cyclists $5 a day - Kuitenbrouwer

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:25 AM PDT

I'd have to adjust my commute, but I like this idea! Give cyclists $5 a day The television sets of reporters in the City Hall Press Gallery yesterday were all tuned to a grim spectacle going on in Co... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Disc lock alarm

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:10 AM PDT

Without the alarm I'd be all for a small locking device like this. It's sort of like "The Club" for bikes. However, I can just imagine the rage an alarm like that would provoke in passersby. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

New bicycles help build great neighbourhood

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 05:07 AM PDT

New bicycles help build great neighbourhood August 14, 2009 Children in Swansea Mews will benefit from donation of bicycles and helmets Thirty-three children living in the West-end community of Swans... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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Disc lock alarm

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

This looks like it might be pretty useful - that is as long as nobody accidentally moves your bike. Reader Atom Smasher clued us into a new twist on bicycle security. Over on the Sydney based bicycle ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 03:06 PM PDT

Great letter, Joe. While education might be good for everyone, licensing isn't workable, IMO. On the other hand, I'd pay $60 every five years to shut the folks up in the comment threads on the newspap... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclists entitled to whole lane, bicycle cop says

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 01:26 PM PDT

Thanks Joe... that's good to know. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 01:23 PM PDT

Here is a copy of my published letter to the editor in today's Toronto Star: Proposals, such as Councillor Michael Walker's, that cyclists be licensed and wear helmets, are both short-sighted and misg... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclists entitled to whole lane, bicycle cop says

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 01:16 PM PDT

According to the updated Driver's Handbook, motorists must allow 1 meter to the left of the cyclist if they are capable of remaining fully within their lane. Otherwise, they are required to fully chan... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 12:58 PM PDT

I wouldn't go so far as to suggest it should be law to wear a helmet. You won't catch me without mine though. I'm in favour of licensing as long as you're required to pass a knowledge test. There are ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 09:49 AM PDT

toddturtle: Me too. I've found that drivers seem much more careful and respectful. I'm guessing it's just the size increase which might make us more visible to them. They're looking for "big"--car siz... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 09:34 AM PDT

Not really related to lighting but I have to say I really like traveling with a trailer - especially one that, like mine, looks like a child's trailer. I get *much* more respect and space from drivers... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 09:29 AM PDT

I think my MEC turtle lights help on dark side streets but the problem with commercial strips is there are just too many darned lights on them. Streetlight, traffic lights, store lights, neon lights i... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 07:45 AM PDT

re: ivanvector I never really thought that tiny little blinking LEDs would help, but I often run both my front and rear lights during the day for when I pass along shady streets and under bridges. And... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 07:37 AM PDT

How do I make my bike Retroreflective? [/url] [url=http://www.instructables.com/id/Bright_Bike/] tks LloK ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 07:30 AM PDT

Thanks for posting that section of the HTA, Duncan. I have those lights from MEC but I haven't tried them out at night yet except on the bike paths. I'm worried a single flashing LED won't be visible ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 06:35 AM PDT

Millions of cyclists around the world ride without helmets with no problem. A helmet won't make me a better rider. Licensing won't make cycling safer either, it will just create another barrier to dis... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:35 AM PDT

Just saw this witness account - interesting to say the least - Bryant's PR team has their work cut out for them. http://vodpod.com/watch/2161921-witnesses-to-killing-of-darcy-allan-sheppard-by-michae... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Teenage cyclists

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:25 AM PDT

Courtesy of Banana Republic (via bikesnobnyc), here is a video to convince your daughter that cycling is cool. (Sadly, there is not a helmet in sight.) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Should you bike if you've been drinking?

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:15 AM PDT

For sure - providing you're really really wasted and fall down drunk ! Kidding aside - the streets and bike riding itself is risky enough without alcohol. A couple of drinks Ok - but if you don't have... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:00 AM PDT

The Sun has another article on this: Bicycle helmets, licensing pushed If cyclists are a city council priority on Toronto's streets, Councillor Michael Walker wants to see those cyclists wearing a h... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Death and Advocacy and an Open Response

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 04:59 AM PDT

Many bike advocates also defended the cyclist who went after a motorist with a screwdriver, certainly a step backwards for us. That's where we should draw the line. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclists entitled to whole lane, bicycle cop says

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 04:57 AM PDT

The Star follows this up with another Q & A with Constable Hugh Smith: Q. When may a car cross into a bike lane? A: That is not allowed, except for: 1. Diamond lanes: Cyclists share these lanes w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 04:12 AM PDT

More and more twitter accounts: @bryantfacts @bryanttruths @bryantwatch ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Death and Advocacy and an Open Response

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 04:03 AM PDT

I have to agree with Mez... but I don't think he goes far enough. It's absolutely horrible to equate cycling advocacy with the Bryant/Sheppard incident. It's a high profile and emotionally charged cas... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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Blue & White Gary Fisher Big Sur (Yonge & Lawrence)

1999 Gary Fisher Big Sur

Blue / White / Grey
LX/XT Shimano Components.
Jagwire cables were used to replace front brake lines (Jagwire sticker was placed on the frame).
Bontrager seat (tear in the back right) and rims (tubeless in the front).
Plastic toe clips were installed on each pedal.

Stolen from apartment storage Yonge and Lawrence between August 16 and September 1, 2009.

Photo of exact make, model, and paint:
Stolen Gary Fisher Big Sur

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Should you bike if you've been drinking?

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 07:28 PM PDT

Should you bike if you've been drinking? Yup. It's pretty fun... But you have to imagine nights w/full moons in a deserted Toronto park closed to cars etc... ;-> tks lLok ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 06:44 PM PDT

With respect to the Sun article, if drivers were speeding in less than 1% of collisions and none of them were fatal than drivers were not speeding in all of the fatal collisions, which if anything len... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 03:56 PM PDT

nice work joe! let's keep the discussion within reason and the law and some semblance of fair play, even though it is indeed hard not to be upset about what happened that night. you know, there are ti... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

What We Wear When Cycling in Toronto

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 02:59 PM PDT

Oooh, I want one of those polar bear suits for the winter. As an added bonus, maybe the drivers will slow down to rubber neck. :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 11:46 AM PDT

@ivanvector You're absolutely correct in that you shouldn't have to stop for a cyclist once you've signaled and started your turn. I'm sure we've all seen cyclists trying to sneak by here, and this is... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 11:08 AM PDT

From the snippets of the HTA posted here - especially 147(2)(a) and 148(5), it seems that cyclists (and all vehicles) are directed to pass another vehicle moving in the same direction to the left, and... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclists entitled to whole lane, bicycle cop says

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 09:43 AM PDT

If somebody comes up ... they've almost stopped, they've checked, they've looked, and they go through, that's not the type of cyclist that we're giving failing-to-stop tickets to; we're giving them to... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 09:20 AM PDT

Canada.com: Alberta funeral Friday for cyclist killed after Toronto altercation Toronto police allege Sheppard, a bike courier, was on his way home from his girlfriend's house on Aug. 31 when a "minor... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 08:01 AM PDT

A "3 feet to pass" law is designed to give cyclists more rights in the instance that a collision occurs. Right now, if a driver fails to give you enough room when passing, and subsequently mows you do... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Test Your Knowledge of Road Rules

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 07:51 AM PDT

Driving.ca has an interesting test of road rules. It includes some international rules as well as winter condition driving. Unfortunately, most of the questions don't seem to be very relevant to day-t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 07:47 AM PDT

"I remember someone saying that Ottawa had a 1 metre passing bylaw but I can't seem to find it. The thing is, passing distance is relative. Three feet is great at slower speeds but if someone's going ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 07:47 AM PDT

While reducing speed limits may not be the solution, it is certainly a start. Adding reduced speed limits to a zero-tolerance enforcement of the soon to be instated distracted driving laws and you're ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 07:14 AM PDT

The Toronto Sun says that statistics say that speeding doesn't cause collisions with pedestrians: Drivers were speeding in less than 1% of collisions involving pedestrians, according to the most rece... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Chicago Police Say It Loud: Bikes Belong

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 06:51 AM PDT

Sent a link to Adrian Heaps and David Miller last night. We really need people in authority getting this message out. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Breaking the Cycle: What Toronto Needs to Make Streets Safe

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 06:08 AM PDT

Breaking the Cycle The City of Toronto is not doing enough to make the streets safe for cyclists, says law grad Kristen Courtney Kristen Courtney is a lawyer and a founding member of Bells on Bloor.... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Chicago Police Say It Loud: Bikes Belong

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 05:31 AM PDT

[via Streetsblog] http://vimeo.com/5660360 This amazing video, via Chicago Bicycle Advocate, was produced for the Chicago Police Department to educate drivers, cyclists and officers on traffic laws p... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

American Links

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 05:00 AM PDT

Added a few U.S. links this morning. :) New Links: Bike Pittsburgh Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia San Francisco Bicycle Coalition ClevelandBikes St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation Kansas... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Canadian Links

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 04:51 AM PDT

Added a few links today... need to work on adding more. New links: Walk & Bike for Life British Columbia Cycling Coalition Capital Bike and Walk Society Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 04:45 AM PDT

Good point - I'm pretty sure you're right there as well. I *hate* that passing method, btw. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 04:43 AM PDT

Bicycles overtaken (6) Every person on a bicycle or motor assisted bicycle who is overtaken by a vehicle or equestrian travelling at a greater speed shall turn out to the right and allow the vehicle o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cycling in Canadian cities: a study in contrasts - CTV.ca

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 03:32 AM PDT

I keep saying it and hopefully somehow we figure out a way to address this but it isn't just about infrastructure. Driver attitudes are equally important. I've cycled in and around Quebec City, Toront... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

Cyclist and Driver Education

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 02:46 AM PDT

Nope, they're pretty vague at the moment. Section 148 says: Vehicles meeting bicycles (4) Every person in charge of a vehicle on a highway meeting a person travelling on a bicycle shall allow the cycl... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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10am

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    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 06:36 PM PDT

    That first lady could have been in Fargo :) I am curious about the Chicago municipal bylaws protecting cyclists - particularly requiring motorists to yield to cyclists on right turns and allotting 3 f... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 06:07 PM PDT

    "In ChiKAgo, we share the road" Great video, it looks like they got their everyday cyclist interviews from some public event. I was at the CNE where our Armed Forces were showing off tanks and guns an... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:44 PM PDT

    I might suggest that police education is important as well (though I can't say one way or another whether our police are well educated relative to cycling). Regardless, it looks like Chicago also thin... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:28 PM PDT

    lOCk... well, the testing to get your driver's license is supposed to evaluate your road intelligence... unfortunately it seems that many rules are forgotten or dismissed after testing is done. Adding... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Chris Chopik Spreads His Message By Strida

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:24 PM PDT

    Via Globe and Mail: Talk about the medium being the message. Chris Chopik, the quixotic Green Party candidate running in next week's Ontario by-election to replace Michael Bryant, gets around the St... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:02 PM PDT

    A drivers license is NOT an intelligence test... HELLO???? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 02:02 PM PDT

    I would say that I hear, "Get off the road!" at least 3 times a week. That, or I'll get a honk from behind and see someone frantically waving their arms for me to move over... I'm guessing on top of t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:43 PM PDT

    Classic example: While it has never happened to me I've heard many friends being told by drivers to "Get on the sidewalk!" which is illegal. People of similar mindset to those yelling often post "and ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist and Driver Education

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:14 PM PDT

    The Varsity has an article about the lack of educational information leading to accidents between cyclists and drivers: Government to blame for bumpy ride Lack of safety information is the main reaso... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 08:32 AM PDT

    My gut tells me that cars traveling at slower speeds would be able to better respond to and avoid collisions and in turn, cause less death. It's nice to see statistics to back up common sense. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 08:26 AM PDT

    Great idea to lower the speed limits - at least in the downtown core. Much of the time it will be meaningless anyway given the speed at which traffic is able to move, but still a nice gesture. In this... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    City Council to discuss lowering speed limits to 30 km/h

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 07:58 AM PDT

    Bill Saundercook (co-chair of the Pedestrian Committee) is proposing lowering limits to 30 km/h to make things safer for pedestrians, as well as having a pilot project in front of Union Station with t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Searching for a Compromise between Bikes and Cars

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 07:50 AM PDT

    Bike war or class war? I've lost friends as "col­lateral damage" in a war that badly needs peace The car is quintessentially top-down: it's about status, speed, steel, ego, privacy, convenience, the ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Searching for a Compromise between Bikes and Cars

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 07:49 AM PDT

    Cycle of conflict It's a safe bet that every cyclist's mind flew to an encounter of his or her own on learning of courier's death I don't know if, as some say, Sheppard died because he was a cyclist.... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Winnipeg starts its own Ciclovia

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:05 AM PDT

    Winnipeg becomes the first canadian city to adopt Ciclovia! It's time to take to the streets Winnipeg! On Sunday, September 13 from 8am until 6pm, the entire north side of Broadway will be closed t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    What We Wear When Cycling in Toronto

    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:01 AM PDT

    Fantastic post Duncan! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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    Maroon Louis Garneau Rhone (Downtown at Spadina and Front)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:42 PM PDT

    Stolen from outside City Place condos with no seat on September 8th, 2009 or morning of September 9th. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    What We Wear When Cycling in Toronto

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 11:18 AM PDT

    Duncan's City Ride What We Wear When Cycling in Toronto Sitting in a car, no one can see what you've got on. For better or for worse, on a bicycle you've got nowhere to hide. Here's how we dress when... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:31 AM PDT

    Interesting that unicycles are specifically mentioned. I wonder what brought that about (aside from the fact that front/back are less useful terms. I'm very fond of being visible at night. I keep mean... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Re. Bicycle Licensing in Ontario & Michael Walker

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:22 AM PDT

    I don't think "this" is a bad idea at all. We spend Trillions on car only highways; critical mass or the "Hundredth Monkey Effect" is not too distant in our future I believe. Everyone get on your bik... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:15 AM PDT

    And, consulting the Highway Traffic Act you get this: Lights and reflectors on bicycles, etc. (17) When on a highway at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:11 AM PDT

    It's not very clear on what all you need to have on your bike. Last year I remember hearing that you had to have reflective strips running down your front forks and along the seat stays... but there's... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Should you bike if you've been drinking?

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:05 AM PDT

    Joe Admin, said, "If I know I'm going to be drinking more, I take the TTC to and from wherever I'm going." AND, if you can carry the thing at that point, you can take your bike on TTC anytime except b... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Jim Kenzie Wants You Dead

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 10:02 AM PDT

    Here's a relevant "stunt racing" article from CTV.ca Judge rules Ont. stunt driving law unconstitutional Updated: Wed Sep. 09 2009 1:38:30 PM ctvtoronto.ca The Ontario Provincial Police will continue... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Jim Kenzie Wants You Dead

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 09:48 AM PDT

    I'm no fan of Bryant or Fantino politically, but I stopped reading when he called the street racing law "ridiculous." I wonder if he's driving one of those sportscars you see screaming along the 401, ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 09:33 AM PDT

    Does the law say cyclists must have lights, or must have lights *on* when cars are required to? IIRC, HTA requires lights on cars when visibility is less than 150m (including darkness, weather, etc), ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Learning to Travel Like a Cyclist in Toronto

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 08:52 AM PDT

    Here's an interesting article on determining the "quality" of your commute: Traveling At Good Speed Transportation policy shouldn't be reduced to average commuting times. By Alex Marshall | August 20... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cycling in Canadian cities: a study in contrasts - CTV.ca

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 08:44 AM PDT

    Here's a brief introduction to cycling conditions in cities across Canada. Well, in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver at least... Cycling in Canadian cities: a study in contrasts Updated Sun. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 08:22 AM PDT

    I was at a friends house the other day, had access to a fast computer and so, watched the surveillance cam shot of Bryant running over Sheppard's bike and landing the man on the hood of the car. I've ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Peter Mulvey starts "Long Haul" bike tour today

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 07:28 AM PDT

    Lots of seriousness out and about in the cycling community these days. Fortunately there's some positive and pretty fun/cool stuff happening as well: Peter Mulvey is a singer/songwriter from Milwauke... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:47 AM PDT

    Dave Meslin wrote what I think is an excellent article on this subject today. Still digesting but wanted to pass it on in the meantime. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:23 AM PDT

    [Rosks304 - we appreciate your opinions about Michael Bryant, but this isn't the place to make statements about him being a murderer (feel free if he is convicted as such) or about him torturing or ki... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fundraiser - Sat, Sept. 26

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:15 AM PDT

    Thanks for updating us, TOBMA. I've updated your original post, and have added this event to the Events Calendar. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:08 AM PDT

    I believe you're only supposed to have lights from 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise. I generally keep mine on all the time (they too come off easily if need be), in case of rain or... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:03 AM PDT

    This part of the Globe article sounds like he is self-aware about it: And when he sat down like Tony Soprano with a female therapist last fall, Mr. Kenk was almost apologetic, in his profanely articul... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:08 AM PDT

    Many of these posts are conjecture,the bottom line one cannot use your automobile as a weapon and kill people, most civilised countries have laws against murder,and Bryant is murderer so the full exte... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 09:58 PM PDT

    steyrshek it is not about a one-sided story,more about the the fact that Bryant who appears to be as guilty. Bryant will probably get a $5 fine for driving on the pavement. It is also noticeable that... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 09:40 PM PDT

    One has to realize Michael Bryant believes he is above the law,just as the cops have found about 10 witnesses that saw this man killing this poor cyclist, right now there are cops out there looking fo... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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    Maroon Louis Garneau Rhone (Downtown at Spadina and Front)

    Stolen from outside City Place condos with no seat on September 8th, 2009 or morning of September 9th.



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    Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fund

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:38 PM PDT

    Thank you for helping us get the word out about our efforts. Here is updated information, it will not change again. Darcy Allan Sheppard memorial Fundraiser Saturday, September 26th 2009 at Sneaky Dee... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

    Wow, I keep *meaning* to go on the Suburban Critical Mass rides and something always comes up. If I'm not too tied up with packing this weekend (we move next Tuesday) I may give it a go. I met Jacob a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:22 PM PDT

    Can you get fined for not having a light in the daytime? Mine is easy to take off and put on again, I leave it at home or have it in my pocket if it isn't dark. I'm all for cracking down on red light ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:09 PM PDT

    The Toronto Police also inform us where they are taking other traffic initiatives. Do people just not listen to the news? I don't even drive and yet I know where traffic cops are... Has anyone been ha... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:58 PM PDT

    @Angus Thanks for the information, here's the blog for Suburban Critical Mass And here's a photo post from UrbanToronto While it may not look like a lot of cyclists, considering where they are riding,... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

    Jacob Louy has organized several Suburban Critical Masses which follows a manners style ride. He's a friendly guy to meet. It's on the second Saturday of every month at 3pm, NW corner of Yonge/Eglinto... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:39 PM PDT

    He's an interesting guy, I'd like to know more about what makes him tick. I wonder if he's self aware, if he knows the root of his compulsion and if he's getting help with it. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:58 AM PDT

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:49 AM PDT

    I like how Michael Bryant's PR people characterize everything that doesn't support them as one sided. I guess the PR firm is going to be open, fair and objective. I like the assertion that he stopped ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:16 AM PDT

    Story is expanding internationally: NPR: In Toronto, Bike-Car Road Rage Escalates (audio file available) On Spadina Avenue in Toronto's Chinatown district, the bike lanes are only a couple of feet wid... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:10 AM PDT

    I'm really amazed at the difference a trailer has made. Until I got one I used my panniers for my trips (1-5 km depending on store). A big trip might have me bringing home 60 lbs in panniers. It works... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Momentum Toronto Magazine Launch Party -Tues, Sept. 8

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:05 AM PDT

    Another cycling magazine in Toronto? Yup! Momentum Magazine is coming to Toronto this September to celebrate the launch of Momentum's Toronto Edition. Come meet Momentum staff, contributors and frien... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 09:26 AM PDT

    Great to hear from people using trailers. Right now, I just use a MEC pannier, which mostly suits my needs. I live within a few hundred feet of where I get groceries, so I have yet to carry them home ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:45 AM PDT

    Interesting. I think they'd get more credibility, though, if they did more than deny but actually cite sources. Between that and their rather poorly constructed site I suspect that Bryant's so-called ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:33 AM PDT

    AnnieD wrote: Member Posted 2 days ago # "We're getting rid of our car this fall, so I bought a dog Croozer for groceries." Me too, Annie, and looks just like the one in the photo above. I use it dua... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Mountain Bike Trails in the Don Valley

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:07 AM PDT

    From Duncan's City Ride: When you think of mountain biking, Toronto is rarely one of the major destinations that comes to mind. I mean, really, mountains in Toronto? While we may not have mountains h... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 07:52 AM PDT

    Interesting... just noticed @bryantfacts on twitter. "This account is maintained by Michael Bryant's team. The purpose of this account is to quickly correct inaccuracies as they appear with factual re... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:43 AM PDT

    this magazine has an interview with Jennifer Watkiss who organized Critical Manners in Vancouver: This: What made you want to start Critical Manners in Vancouver? Jennifer Watkiss: The idea came abo... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:41 AM PDT

    I think I'm going to hold off on buying those and wait for the Broadway musical. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:26 AM PDT

    I posted the question on twitter and got one response: @toddtyrtle I rode in #criticalmanners, the first vancvr one It got spread out, but no more dngrous than evryday riding. It's on YouTube http://w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Critical Manners Rides

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:11 AM PDT

    I wonder if anyone has tried to arrange a Critical Manners Ride in Toronto? There are enough cyclists who don't want to be associated with Critical Mass that it could be very successful. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:09 AM PDT

    Hey Michael, without respecting due process and the rule of law we'd have a society led by mob rule. I'm sure no one wants that, despite some extreme cycling advocates calling for Bryant's lynching. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:06 AM PDT

    And I spoke too soon. The keys were waiting for me in the zipcar. Next time I go to the bike room I'm taking the monster lock off and replacing it with another lock I have that has a duplicate key. I'... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:04 AM PDT

    Good to hear Annie. Is it like this one? ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Jim Kenzie Wants You Dead

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:01 AM PDT

    MTB - just to let you know, I've edited your post above where you call Kenzie a d***. As Todd mentioned, The Forum is a place for civil discussion, and no matter your personal opinions of Kenzie as a ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fund

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:56 AM PDT

    Thanks for all your work with this, TOBMA. :) I've linked the below Paypal graphic to the donation page, if anyone would like to donate. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:53 AM PDT

    It may come to that. Think it'll cut through something like this? I figure cutting through the U-lock portion is the way to go. Have to remember to talk to security here to make sure they know I'm doi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Should you bike if you've been drinking?

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:53 AM PDT

    Of course biking shouldn't be done after drinking... but I've done it. Having said that, I've only done it when I'm out for the night and have had a couple... not sloshed or anything, but I know my in... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:50 AM PDT

    Yeah, I don't know how much locksmiths charge, but a good boltcutter will run about $40 at Home Depot. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Igor Kenk's story to become graphic novel and documentary

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:31 AM PDT

    News about the Documentary: Confessions of a bicycle hoarder Documentary set to air on CBC provides a glimpse into the daily life of Toronto's most notorious bike repairman and alleged thief When I... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:24 AM PDT

    Metro: Peace pipe celebrates dead cyclist's spirit "My son probably wanted the money I gave him to feed his demon of the moment, but he was still willing to share it with someone whose need was grea... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:22 AM PDT

    The Star covered a memorial at the Native Canadian Centre: Cyclist's troubled life recalled Allan Sheppard Sr., right, spoke of the courage and initiative of his son, Darcy Allan, who died Aug. 31, ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    ARC Memorial For Allan Sheppard Monday Sept. 7

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:20 AM PDT

    The Toronto Sun covered it: Darcy Allan Sheppard would be "mad" if he saw a memorial honouring a cyclist who died the way he did, one of his friend said. More than 50 cyclists remembered Sheppard in ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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    STOLEN TREK 750

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:18 PM PDT

    Re: STOLEN TREK 750: It was in the Cabbagetown area. Stolen on Sept 8 2009.

    STOLEN TREK 750

    Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:15 PM PDT

    My Trek 750 was stolen in my courtyard - out the front of my door!

    It is a men's mountain bike, silver with red and black detailing. It has a 17.5" frame, in good condition.

    The front tire won't match the back one - they stole the tire from a bike next to mine. The rear-brake lever is slightly bent from an accident I had a couple of years ago.

    if anyone sees a bike matching this description, please respond or call me at 416-856-0072.

    Thanks!

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    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 06:04 PM PDT

    Yeah, I'm probably going to end up cutting it if I can't track down the key. Probably cost just as much for the locksmith as the lock. Thanks. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 05:46 PM PDT

    Get the bolt cutters and cut the lock, probably cheaper then locksmith. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Locksmiths?

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 03:13 PM PDT

    OK, so I did something really stupid. I have a bike locked up in the bike room of our apartment with a hardened steel chain lock. Today I lost my keys and apparently either the spare key is packed or ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Should you bike if you've been drinking?

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 09:33 AM PDT

    Easy answer, no. This is off the subject, but you wrote: " You can get in trouble for not having a working bell on your bike,..." We're still in the barbaric age, south of you, where warning anyone th... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 08:48 AM PDT

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 08:09 AM PDT

    Those bike-mounted digital video cameras are sounding pretty good these days. Maybe one on the handlebars and another on the rear rack. Or maybe the handlebar one should go on the helmet. The tech is ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 07:35 AM PDT

    Scarr said : "I better get mirrors." Big convex ones....and a rear bumper (see my analysis 3 comments above as to why). ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 07:31 AM PDT

    "He has so much to contribute. He will be a presence in this city and in Canadian politics for a long time to come." I better get mirrors. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Just What Do They Do With All That Tax Money?

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 07:26 AM PDT

    I was doing some digging around on another subject and stumbled upon this article from the CBC, dated Friday, June 6, 2008. Ontario's smog causes 9,500 deaths per year, medical association says snippe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    ARC Memorial For Allan Sheppard Monday Sept. 7

    Posted: 07 Sep 2009 03:39 AM PDT

    Originally I believe this was scheduled for 2PM. According to Bike Lane Diary it looks like it's been moved to 7PM. Meeting place will be Bloor & Spadina. From what I understand this will be when ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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    What's on this week:


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

    Sep 8 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)


    Sep 9 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.


    Sep 10 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.


    Sep 12 10am-4pm
    Tour de Greenbelt - Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Series of four bikes tours over two weekends throughout the Greenbelt. Lengths of 25, 50 and 100 km per ride, $40 per day includes goody backs, snack and BBQ lunch.

    For more information contact:
    Phone: 416-960-0001

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    Niagara-on-the-Lake (September 12)
    Burlington (September 13)
    Newmarket & Simcoe (September 26)
    Rouge Park & Durham (September 27)


    Sep 13 10am-4pm
    Tour de Greenbelt - Burlington
    Series of four bikes tours over two weekends throughout the Greenbelt. Lengths of 25, 50 and 100 km per ride, $40 per day includes goody backs, snack and BBQ lunch.

    For more information contact:
    Phone: 416-960-0001

    Address:
    Niagara-on-the-Lake (September 12)
    Burlington (September 13)
    Newmarket & Simcoe (September 26)
    Rouge Park & Durham (September 27)




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    Decommissioned police bikes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:01 PM PDT

    hahah, hohoh... i love this from one of the items: "Sorry no sirens included ...so don't keep asking me!" I so wanted a siren! ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    On Passing - What Are the Rules?

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:57 PM PDT

    Just read the blog post. I loved the reference from the handbook (relative to our other thread as well) and it exactly illustrates your point about educating motorists as well as cyclists. I can't say... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:37 PM PDT

    @duncan Your right, the education needs to go both ways. In aviation licensing, current holders are sent constant updates to the rules etc. Maybe something like that needs to be implemented for "road ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 02:25 PM PDT

    I don't understand why there has to be a separation between these two issues! Remember the former Attorney General had counter-spin doctors working immediately to besmirch the character of the victim... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 12:33 PM PDT

    Wow, 3 crashes a day? That's still *crazy*. All in all it's kind of like the weather man saying proudly: "Temperatures have dropped! While it was 45°C last week, it'll be only 40 this week!" Infrastru... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Statements after the fact

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 12:21 PM PDT

    Scarr said: To the drivers who gave me plenty of room, allowed me to pass when they were pulling out on to the street, and who did not give me a hard time when I entered traffic to get around an obsta... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Statements after the fact

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 11:08 AM PDT

    Ha! Actually I've got a big one I've been working on all summer. To the drivers who gave me plenty of room, allowed me to pass when they were pulling out on to the street, and who did not give me a h... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 09:30 AM PDT

    If a license means that drivers will pass me safely and not try to cut me off to get in the right turning lane, I'll get one. If a license means that I won't be honked at and will be given the full la... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:38 AM PDT

    I have often though licensing bicycles would be a good idea. Not because you want to make it hard for people to ride them but because they share the road with other vehicles and a lot of bicyclists do... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Statements after the fact

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:23 AM PDT

    A few incidents that I wish I could have spoken up about at the time, but the time was lost. Maybe those people will be reading this forum. To the cyclist I gave hell to for running a stop sign when y... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:21 AM PDT

    Do you think this is part of why drivers are *so* adamant about this? They know they're driving a projectile and it freaks them out to know that they could easily kill someone and want every assurance... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:14 AM PDT

    I tend to agree, Sandlynx. I've seen some careless folks, but arrogant? Haven't seen that yet. Maybe you're right about taking the lane. More than anything else the attitude that everyone on two wheel... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:11 AM PDT

    Even with all this hubbub, the roads are getting more civilized? Less collisions, but more media coverage? Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say Collisions between bikes and cars are d... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:06 AM PDT

    The National Post published some photos too: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:04 AM PDT

    Cyclist may have grabbed Bryant, wheel: police Toronto police are investigating whether a cyclist killed in an altercation with a car driven by former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant grabbed... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 08:01 AM PDT

    NOW Magazine has an article saying the same thing - Bikelanes and Road Rage are two separate issues: In my novice cyclists' opinion, Toronto needs many more bike lanes, and fast. It's too dangerous ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Forum Newsletter - September 2009

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:42 AM PDT

    Hi everyone, Welcome to the first monthly newsletter of the BikingToronto Forum. The purpose of this newsletter is to let you, a person who cares enough about cycling in Toronto to register on the For... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:14 AM PDT

    That's what I had thought also when I arrived. It played out totally differently. There must've been other rides happening as there was a Critical Mass-sized group at the corner of Bay/Bloor that just... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:08 AM PDT

    I'm conflicted on this one. It'd be crazy to argue against the teaching of the rules of the road. On the other hand, what is the purpose of licensing users? Enforcement happens regardless of a license... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:07 AM PDT

    Good points Todd. :) I thought the ride was going from Bay/Bloor to Avenue/Bloor, and that's it. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:02 AM PDT

    Weird that Citynews claims the road was blocked "for hours" - there was a ride that left Bay/Bloor at about 5, and got back to Avenue/Bloor at 6. By about 6:30 everyone had moved over to one eastbound... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:56 AM PDT

    I think the core problem is education of both cyclists (when they're starting school) and motorists. Then, after that, enforcing the laws equally. If you educate children in elementary school, whether... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:39 AM PDT

    I just posted Photos and Video from last night's Memorial over in the Memorial topic. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:28 AM PDT

    It might be Bryant's people digging up dirt, but then again it doesn't seem like Sheppard was living under the radar so I can't imagine it's a hard job. In any case I don't really care how much dirt t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Portland: Ice cream for bike lane builders

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:09 AM PDT

    Cool story (no pun intended) out of Portland - their Bicycle Business League (a group of bike-related businesses) gave Portland Bureau of Transportation workers ice cream while they were installing bi... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 06:03 AM PDT

    I keep hearing this about the "cavalier attitude of bike couriers", and around my town, the "arrogance of cyclists" and wonder, "Is this true?" I haven't met a cyclist around here yet that I can call ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:48 AM PDT

    Why is it that many drivers show no respect for cyclists not wearing a helmet? And then, when we do wear helmets, they pass too closely because of this magical plastic bucket that is not capable of re... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:17 AM PDT

    Councillor Walker wants Helmets to be Mandatory

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:10 AM PDT

    This is to be discussed next wednesday at City Council: City committee set to discuss cycling policy changes City politicians may not have felt easy talking about the specifics of Toronto's latest cy... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Councillor Michael Walker wants a Bicycle Licensing Scheme

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:09 AM PDT

    This is to be discussed next wednesday at City Council: City committee set to discuss cycling policy changes City politicians may not have felt easy talking about the specifics of Toronto's latest cy... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 05:04 AM PDT

    I tend to agree with this... there is absolutely nothing a bikelane would've done to prevent a cyclist/motorist incident akin to what happened Monday, and part of me thinks it's a little tacky of cycl... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:59 AM PDT

    Some photos of last night's memorial ride, from Martin Reis: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:57 AM PDT

    Re: Sheppard's Past Looks like Bryant's PR people are doing a good job digging up dirt... or maybe reporters are just eager for scandal here. One thing really coming out during this tragedy is that pe... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:49 AM PDT

    Police looking at videos for clues to what really happened: Police probe videos to see if cyclist grabbed Bryant Police confirmed Wednesday night that they are sifting through video surveillance foot... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 03 Sep 2009 04:47 AM PDT

    News outlets are continuing to pursue Sheppard's past: Dead cyclist a fraud suspect She was the waitress. He was the disc jockey. Sheppard went to Schlender's place for pizza "and he never left," 3... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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    Wow. Busy week in news.

    As more details come out about the Bryant / Sheppard Altercation, it's sounding more and more like a horrible road rage incident and less like a cycling issue. That isn't stopping from some cycling advocates to (perhaps wrongly) use the tragedy to push cycling issues.

    Here's a ton of links from the past week:

    Bryant / Sheppard Altercation:

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

    Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes


    Cycling Relations Posts:

    Collisions between cars and bicycles down, cops say

    Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

    Toronto Star Editorial: We need to share the city's roads


    Other Collisions:

    Three cyclists hurt in crashes

    More cyclist blood shed on Bloor St.


    Other Posts:

    Torontoist: The Cyclist Who Drew Toronto

    Richmond & Adelaide: Two-Way or Bikeway?

    Curbside is having a "Back to School" Sale

    ZoomerMag: Cycling in Toronto

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    TCAT Looking for a Active Transportation Researcher

    How Cyclists and Bikelanes benefit Businesses



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    Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 04:28 PM PDT

    We should not allow this tragedy result in a cars vs bikes argument. Both need to peacefully and safely co-exist. As a driver, I try to move over to the left when passing cyclists to give extra room ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 02:41 PM PDT

    I didn't know either man but from what I've read it seems that Sheppard was a drunk, aggressive loser who was out looking for a fight after a spat with his girlfriend and a visit from police. He was a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 02:02 PM PDT

    ^^ Of course, Michael Bryant was never your stereotypical Attorney-General. the Globe profile from last May quotes him explaining his love of boxing as: "I loved it from the start. It didn't matter ho... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

    I'm sorry, I realize I'm acting partly on conjecture here because I wasn't there but really it seems obvious to me. Nobody gets charged with "Negligent operation of a handgun resulting in death" when ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:02 PM PDT

    That was the best one so far, in my opinion. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 12:02 PM PDT

    I'll be going. It's hard to say what will happen. With a large turnout there just may not be the space for them on the sidewalks. And as far as I'm concerned, if the observance really is 5 minutes, I ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Three cyclists hurt in crashes

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:53 AM PDT

    Ride safely, folks... ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:46 AM PDT

    So the courier had been drinking! And was aggressive. And shouldn't have reached for the driver or grabbed hold of a car. But unless Bryant is an obstainer, and it's a rare animal in political life wh... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Three cyclists hurt in crashes

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

    Unfortunately, 3 more cyclists have recently been injured on the roads: Three cyclists were in hospital after three separate bicycle-vehicle collisions yesterday. A 20-year-old woman was cycling north... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:59 AM PDT

    From a legal perspective: Lawyers abuzz over Michael Bryant case Jonathan Rosenthal, who has extensive experience in motor vehicle cases, said he would look for evidence his client feared for his saf... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:56 AM PDT

    And... unfortunately a rush-hour memorial blocking traffic is not going to go over well in the hearts and minds of "regular" Torontonians, who don't have the best opinion of bike couriers to begin wit... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Searching for a Detente between Bikes and Cars

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:49 AM PDT

    In the aftermath of the Bryant / Sheppard tragedy, we are seeing great articles about the need for respect from all parties on the roads, including this piece in the Globe: Searching for a detente H... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:45 AM PDT

    Pretty good piece about the memorial: Flowers, notes mark Toronto memorial for cyclist Bruce Wayne, a 40-year old part-time bike messenger, appeared distraught as he stopped to attach a message to t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:38 AM PDT

    Wow. The Top 10 viewed Toronto articles on the Globe and Mail's site ALL have to do with this: 1. Bryant resigns as head of Invest Toronto 2. Bryant's story shocking, sobering – far too common 3. Bike... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:21 AM PDT

    The Treehugger article coupled with this Christie Blatchford article that the Treehugger article links to seems to sum up the best opinion I've read. Not just because I agree, but because it expands o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 10:01 AM PDT

    CP24 is reporting that Bryant says he's innocent: The former Ontario cabinet minister criminally charged in the death of a bicycle courier says he's innocent of the accusations against him. Michael Br... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 09:22 AM PDT

    Great follow-up coverage by TreeHugger: Friends describe Sheppard as at "total sweetheart." Outraged cyclists are holding protest rallies. But this is Ontario, and the establishment sticks together to... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:48 AM PDT

    I'm sorry the man died, but i think it's motorists turn now. tomorrow, motorists should shut down highways for a cyclist causing his own death with an automobile ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    On Passing - What Are the Rules?

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:25 AM PDT

    On Passing - What Are the Rules? While there are times when cyclists are able to overtake motorists, my concern is with vehicles passing me. What are the rules? Here's my blog post on the topic... Wh... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    More cyclist blood shed on Bloor St.

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:20 AM PDT

    Picked this up on Twitter. I am so sorry the courier was killed. Another cyclist injury in East Lansing, MI. http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=11033339&nav=menu25_2 Car Hits Bicyclist Posted:... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    International Mountain Bicycling Association Provincial Summit - Sep 25-27

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:09 AM PDT

    Hot on the heels of the Ontario Bike Summit and right next door in Kitchener, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) will host the first-ever Ontario Mountain Bike Summit. Mountain ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Tour de University Heights - Sep 19

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:04 AM PDT

    The 3rd annual Tour de University Heights bike race is happening on Saturday September 19th at Driftwood Community Centre (4401 Jane St.) from 9am to 5pm (setup at 8am). Previous races in 2007 & ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ontario Bike Summit: Sept. 21-22

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 08:03 AM PDT

    They've released the agenda for the Ontario Bike Summit. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    TCAT Looking for a Active Transportation Researcher

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:59 AM PDT

    TCAT is looking for a researcher on a short-term contract to assist in a review and update of TCAT's platform. The work includes undergoing a review of progress made during the current term of Toronto... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    BikeTrain now between Toronto and Montreal

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:58 AM PDT

    There's a dedicated website for this too! BikeOnTheTrain.com ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    How Cyclists and Bikelanes benefit Businesses

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:52 AM PDT

    TCAT has just released a printable brochure (PDF) of much of the information from their recent report "Bikelanes, On-Street Parking and Business". Lots of good info. Link to PDF. Cross-posted to the I... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bikelanes good for Business Brochure

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:50 AM PDT

    TCAT has just released a printable brochure (PDF) of much of the information from their recent report "Bikelanes, On-Street Parking and Business". Lots of good info. Link to PDF. Cross-posted to the B... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:23 AM PDT

    The Globe has some back-story on Sheppard: Courier had history with police Although admired by his co-workers for his charisma and adored by his friends and family for his comedy, Darcy Allan Shepp... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:20 AM PDT

    Great discussions here. Scarr sums it up pretty well that unfortunately this is a case of two people letting road rage get the better of them. It sounds like Sheppard wasn't in the best frame of mind ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:15 AM PDT

    The story has hit the New York Times: Canadian Politician Charged in Death As the high-profile attorney general for Ontario, Michael Bryant had championed severe and controversial traffic safety laws... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 07:05 AM PDT

    One more update here. http://www.thestar.com/article/689771 I'm really having trouble feeling immediately sympathetic for either Darcy Allan Sheppard or Michael Bryant, given what's being reported. I ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Toronto Star Editorial: We need to share the city's roads

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:45 AM PDT

    The Star has a nice sensible editorial about sharing the roads in the wake of Monday nights tragedy: The latest altercation between a car and a bicycle on Toronto's streets has left cyclist Darcy Alla... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Torontoist: The Cyclist Who Drew Toronto

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 06:20 AM PDT

    Wow... this video is going viral. It was posted on Fandome.com, and now is a popular post on Digg. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    More cyclist blood shed on Bloor St.

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:33 AM PDT

    Oh no... another cyclist has been injured after being hit by a truck near Bloor and Walmer Road (just west of Spadina). As our reporter headed this afternoon to Bloor Street in Yorkville, scene of las... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Posted: 02 Sep 2009 05:21 AM PDT

    I just posted some photos from yesterday's bike courier protest/sit-in over in the memorial thread. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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    Cyclists raise their bikes after a memorial ride for Darcy Allan Sheppard, killed in an altercation Monday night with former Attorney-General Michael Bryant.

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    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Bryan1 - You make great points. I'm a cyclist and a driver, and when cycling, I'm extra careful to watch for what drivers are doing - since I'm going to be the one hurt in any accident involving a car... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    I regret that arrogance and egos have resulted in this death. I've noticed within the cycling community that there exists a yuppy arrogance and elitist attitude feigning to be in defense of an "oppres... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Not 2 weeks ago, on an international Cam-Am ride in Buffalo, I'm talking up how bike friendly we are in Southern Ontario, initiatives we've taken to attract bike touring like the Great Circle Route in... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    I had to look it up. From the Criminal Code of Canada: "Murder 229. Culpable homicide is murder (a) where the person who causes the death of a human being (i) means to cause his death, or (ii) means t... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Baseball bats are also designed for a different and equally benign purpose yet if I, in a fit of anger use it to beat another person to death that is not "Negligent operation of sporting equipment" no... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    As far as I can see this was a crime of passion. The crime seems to me to be murder. What result was expected by Mr Bryant when Mr Sheppard was dragged down the street at breakneck speed? "Negligent o... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Just to make sure everyone knows... there is a memorial ride planned for tomorrow. I've also added this to the events calendar. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

    Oh, the media coverage of the memorial has begun, even in Vancouver: ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    I agree Todd. I guess since guns are designed to kill people and cars aren't (it's just an unfortunate side effect of using one irresponsibly), that's why the "negligent" wording is used. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

    Well, they are making sure it stays in the news... usually the memorials are 1 week afterwards... but this one is the next day. You can bet on lots of press coverage. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard Tomorrow

    Via Bike Lane Diary: Memorial gathering for Al tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5 pm. Meet at Bay and Bloor ride to avenue and bloor. Lay down bikes. 5 minutes of silence. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    I'm sorry, I realize I'm acting partly on conjecture here because I wasn't there but really it seems obvious to me. Nobody gets charged with "Negligent operation of a handgun resulting in death" when ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bike-shop owner back in court on assault charges

    Kenk calls stolen bikes his "stock": The man accused of orchestrating the theft of hundreds of bicycles from Torontonians says he opposes a Crown move to sell them pending the outcome of the case agai... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Thanks Scarr. CTV updated their coverage too. "I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of (the deceased cyclist) Mr. (Darcy Allen) Sheppard," he said, choking back tears. "To all those w... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    There looks to be an update here; http://www.thestar.com/article/689220 More info on the cyclist involved. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    I agree with that perspective. We talk a lot about the "right of weigh" when dealing with motorists. There needs to be more awareness of "the responsibilities of weigh" I think. At absolute best this ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Just guessing: The cyclist, after being hit (rear derailleur and chain are missing), wants the driver to make restitution, comes around to the driver's side of the car to get him to pay up. The driver... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Cyclist Related Mural Launch in the heart of the Junction

    The Star had an article about the mural over the weekend. :) The $18,000 project was funded by the city's Graffiti Transportation Investment Program and the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. As the v... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Ugly indeed. I'm reserving full judgement until more details come to light though. I'd hate to denounce Mr. Bryant only to find out the cyclist was doing something even more crazy. (not outside the re... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Dandyhorse #3 Launch Party!

    Hey guys... I had to miss the party... I'm re-building our front porch and started doing a segment of the work that required more time than I thought it would last night. Had to get that part complete... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Torontoist: The Cyclist Who Drew Toronto

    Torontoist has a very cool post about a cyclist who mapped his cycling journeys out over 5 years and then made a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC56P-Ro4PY James Redekop loves to cycle. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Dandyhorse #3 Launch Party!

    Looking forward to seeing you around that end in September, Todd. The party was fun. I met a few "Deadly Nightshades" and got to talk cycling with some interesting people. Also nice to put a face to a... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    What it also comes down to for me is terminology. From etymonline.com: blitz: 1940, shortening of Ger. Blitzkrieg (1939) "rapid attack," from Blitz "lightning" (from M.H.G. blicze, from bliczen "to fl... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Dandyhorse #3 Launch Party!

    Hope y'all had fun. Was going to go but had to be up early for work today and the party was all the way at the other end of town. I'll definitely start hitting more of the events at the Gladstone once... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    Absolutely insane. I'm outraged that someone would behave like this. On the other hand, it's yet another reminder to try as much as possible to avoid conflict with motorists. Some people turn crazy be... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    A few photos from media coverage: Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant sits in the back seat of a police cruiser near Bloor and Avenue Road in downtown Toronto, late Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    More Coverage: National Post: Former Ontario attorney general in custody after fatal crash CTV: Bryant reportedly questioned about fatal collision Globe & Mail: Michael Bryant in police custody C... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

    This news is everywhere this morning. The former Attorney-General of Ontario, Michael Bryant, has been arrested after an "altercation" with a cyclist in which a cyclist was seen hanging on to a fleein... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Forum Statistics

    Another month down, so here's some more statistics. :) August 2009 New Members: 32 (Total: 102) Forum Posts: 205 (Total: 557) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    Don't forget the Copenhagen police who gave out helmets and hugs to folks not wearing helmets. I'd feel lots better if I heard this announced at the same time as comparable enforcement on drivers. How... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...



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    Photo by Martin Reis. View the entire set on Flickr.

    Darcy Allan Sheppard was the cyclist killed after a cyclist/car collision and altercation with former Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant.

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    Bike-shop owner back in court on assault charges

    More info from the Star on the attempt to seize Kenk's property: Behind the boarded up façade of Igor Kenk's now-defunct Bicycle Clinic, which police allege was the nexus of a monumental bike theft an... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    In New York City, they commission a helmet to be given out at special events. In Nanaimo, BC, the RCMP gives out free bicycle bells to encourage their use. In Toronto, we blitz on cyclists! Sure, a lo... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Dandyhorse #3 Launch Party!

    Reminder... this is tonight! :) ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Richmond & Adelaide: Two-Way or Bikeway?

    Dave Meslin makes the case for making Richmond and Adelaide streets into one-way streets with "bikeways" instead of converting them back into two-way streets. The reason that Richmond and Adelaide cou... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O'Connor and Danforth)

    From InsideToronto: Police from East York's 54 Division will target Danforth Avenue and O'Connor Drive during a three-week bicycle blitz that begins early September. As part of the initiative, police ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

    Safe Cycling: Cyclists Cause Less Than 10% of Accidents

    Here's another follow-up: Bike Intelligencer - Ride and Prejudice, Part II: When an error goes viral The point — and the reason I originally linked to the Toronto account (incorporating the reference ... Click to read more in the Forum >>>...

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