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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark



Tomorrow is the last friday of May - so it's BikeFriday:
BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto "Bike Day" that happens once a month.
Here's what is scheduled for tomorrow:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Grassroots Bikers Breakfast
Join Grassroots staff and customers for a free Bikers Breakfast! We'll have organic fruit and juice, fair trade coffee, and other delicious breakfast snacks. Get there early to ensure plenty of breakfast treats are left at Grassroots Environmental Products
Click for more info
Location: 372 Danforth (at Chester)


8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe
Click for more info
Location: 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier)


12:00 - 8:00 PM:
Janet Bike Girl - Open Studio
Local Toronto Bicycle Stencil Artist, Janet Bike Girl invites the public to see her bicycle art studio. Photos of Janet's Work
Click for more info
Location: 401 Richmond St West (Studio S-26)


5:30 - 9:00 PM:
Toronto Criterium Race
The Toronto Criterium kicks off with a Children's Race at 5:45 pm. Anyone under 18 is welcome to participate. Competitive cycling begins at 6:00 pm with Masters level amateur races. The professional and elite athletes race at 7:30 pm. Each of the competitive races last for one and a half hours.
Click for more info
Location: St. Lawrence Market (Start/Finish line near Front & Church)


6:00 PM:
Take the Tooker Takes Bloor
Take the Tooker will unfurl 44 metres of a pre-fab bike lane to give cyclists a real sense what bike lanes along Bloor would look and feel like. Ride the lane with us, and then join us for the monthly Critical Mass Ride through city streets.
Click for more info
Location: Bloor and Spadina


6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass Toronto
Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]
Click for more info
Location: Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30


6:30 - 8:30 PM:
TBN Friday Night Ride
Join the Friday Night Riders on this popular social ride ending at a local eatery. Bring lights. Helmets are mandatory.
Click for more info
Location: Broadview and Riverdale (Park north of Bridgepoint Health)


10 PM - Midnight
Critical Ass
A great big party like Critical Mass, but without all the clothes. CAUTION: IF YOU PARTICPATE IN THIS RIDE YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF SURROUNDED BY CRAZY CYCLISTS WHO ARE NOT WEARING ENOUGH CLOTHES!
Click for more info
Location: Bloor and Spadina


More info and a map on the BikeFriday site.

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posted by Joe on Friday, April 25, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Being BikeFriday, I thought I'd take a circuitous route to work today and stop at a couple popular points for cyclists to take their photos as they commuted to work on two wheels.

Here's some of them.

First from Broadview and Danforth ... this was around 8 AM... it was just starting to get busy with cyclists (the time just after 8:30 is usually busiest) funneling together to go over the Bloor Viaduct.






Then I tried a few angles at College and Spadina, an always busy spot for cyclists, it seems, with the College bikelane (although I found out that cars treat Spadina from Bloor to College like an expressway - going by me way too fast and close) to downtown from the west end. This was about 8:30 AM. I suppose it gets busiest just before 9.








You can see all the photos on flickr.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, April 24, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto "Bike Day" that happens once a month.

Citizens, politicians and businesses in Toronto all want our air to be cleaner, or streets to be less congested, and our kids to be healthier... and a good way to help achieve these goals is to promote the bicycle as a way of making short trips around the city.



THE SCHEDULE:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM:
Toronto Bike Summit 2008
Join leading thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers who are on the fast track to creating bikeable communities. Bike Summit 2008 will be held on Friday April 25th at the St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. Bike Summit Website


6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass Toronto
Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30

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posted by Joe on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yes, it's BikeFriday again! The site has been cleaned up and re-designed too. :)


8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet (or other proof you biked there!) at Alternative Grounds Cafe - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM


6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass Toronto
Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where bicyclists take to the streets en masse. The purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets. [from Wikipedia]
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30


8:00 - 9:00 PM:
Speaker Series: Bicycle Bob
"If you've never heard Bob speak, you're in for a treat. He's passionate, radical, poetic, inspirational. He's really the grand daddy of the bicycle movement in Canada. As founder of Le Monde a Bicyclette in Montreal in the 70's alongside Claire Morrisette, he kicked off the Canadian movement for cyclists rights. As Moses he parted the waters to protest cyclists not being allowed on the bridge, and the protests continued through the 80's to get access to the metro, buses, bike lanes, and much more. Cycling in Mtl is decades ahead of Smogtown because of his (and Claire's) visionary leadership. They paved the way for Velo Quebec which has moved cycling facilities to the best on the continent."
761 Queen St West


9:00 PM - 2:30 AM:
Navid'S Birthday Bicycle Cabaret !
  • Goldsprint races
  • DJs - Rollin Cash - Dope breaks, Jazz, funk, dub...(http://www.djrollincash.com)
  • DJ Anatone aka Mr. Jesse Morrison - Deep, dark, funky! (http://www.myspace.com/anatonemusic)
  • Bike Bondage! Check out our installation of art bikes beautifully bound in rope in the shibari tradition. Artfully done by Lord Morpheous. (http://www.lordmorpheous.com/)
  • Bike films, visuals and sexy surprises to come!

  • 5$ at door
  • Free admission if you are dressed like a bicycle! :)
1300 Gerrard East (just east of Greenwood)





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posted by Joe on Thursday, February 28, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tomorrow is BikeFriday, and thankfully the weather is supposed to be (relatively) balmy, with a high of around 0 degrees centigrade. Perfect biking weather.

Here's all the good stuff on tap for tomorrow that you and your bike can do:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM

6:00 - 7:00 PM:
Critical Mass
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30

7:00 - 10:00 PM:
Pirate Critical Bask and Film Night
457 Bathurst St. (South of College) - Hot Chocolate and food for thought are rewarded to anyone that bikes in the heart of the urban jungle. And if you miss the bike ride, come and partake in a screening of Beijing Bicycle at BikePirates!

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's what going on this Friday, BikeFriday.

Each event also has a Facebook Event page set up, as everyone and their dog seems to be on facebook. :)


Grassroots-Danforth Bike Commuter Breakfast
The Last Hurrah before BikeWeek!

Date: Friday, January 25, 2008
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: Grassroots Danforth
Street: 372 Danforth Avenue (map)
Facebook Event Page


Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Get a free IN-STORE coffee with your bike helmet!

Date: Friday, January 25, 2008
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: Alternative Grounds Cafe
Street: 333 Roncesvalles Avenue (map)
Facebook Event Page


Critical Mass - Toronto
Ride with others through downtown

Date: Friday, January 25, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
About: Wikipedia Article
Location: Spadina and Bloor (map)
Facebook Event Page



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posted by Joe on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

This friday is BikeFriday!
BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto “Bike Day” that happens once a month.

Citizens, politicians and businesses in Toronto all want our air to be cleaner, or streets to be less congested, and our kids to be healthier… and a good way to help achieve these goals is to promote the bicycle as a way of making short trips around the city.
Here's some of the stuff on tap for Friday:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
The Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast
Ride your bike to a free breakfast courtesy of Grassroots at 372 Danforth Avenue (at Chester). Coffee supplied by Merchants of Green Coffee and food by The Big Carrot.

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM

6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30


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posted by Joe on Monday, January 21, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Keep up do date on all the cycle-tastic stuff happening in and around Toronto with the BikingToronto Calendar Page.

Here's what's on tap for this week:


Mon Jan 21 7pm – 10pm
Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee Meeting
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W

The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee is designed to advise City Council and its departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, on the design, development and delivery of bicycle policies, programs and facilities to promote and enhance cycling within the City of Toronto. The goal of the committee is to provide a liveable and environmentally friendly city that is accessible and safe for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bicycle and to ensure the role of cycling in a transportation system appropriately balanced among all road users.

Phone: 416-395-7352
Web: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2008/agendas/cy.htm


Wed Jan 23 7pm – 9pm
Kingsway Neighbourhood Meeting - Traffic Management Plan

Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School, Gym, 525 Prince Edward Dr N

Please attend to see a Presentation from Transportation
Services and Councillor Milczyn on the results and recommendations
resulting from the Kingsway Residents* Traffic Working Group and
Transportation Services traffic studies completed over the past year and
a half.

A phased-in approach for traffic and safety improvements will be
presented (improvements would begin Spring 2008). Feedback/comments and
support from the community, for these recommendations, is being sought.

Recommendations from Transportation Services Staff would then proceed
to Community Council for their approval in the next few months.


Fri Jan 25th - All Day
BikeFriday!

BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto “Bike Day” that happens once a month.

Citizens, politicians and businesses in Toronto all want our air to be cleaner, or streets to be less congested, and our kids to be healthier… and a good way to help achieve these goals is to promote the bicycle as a way of making short trips around the city.

More at BikeFriday.



If you know of stuff I've missed, let me know. As I add new stuff you'll find it on the calendar. :)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, November 29, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikeFriday is here again!
BikeFriday is an initiative to promote (and encourage) bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto “Bike Day” that happens once a month.

Citizens, politicians and businesses in Toronto all want our air to be cleaner, or streets to be less congested, and our kids to be healthier… and a good way to help achieve these goals is to promote the bicycle as a way of making short trips around the city.
Here are the events planned:

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM

6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30

8:30 - 10:00 PM:
Post-Critical Mass Hot Chocolate and Movie Night
Enjoy Documentaries about Critical Mass in Toronto and Vancouver at 761 Queen West

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark



BikeFriday is here again! Whee! Here's the schedule, and I've linked to the facebook pages for each event so you can see who you can meet at each event!

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast
Grassroots gives Free Breakfast Treats at 408 Bloor Street West (at Brunswick) from 8-9:30 AM
Facebook Event Page

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier) from 8-9:30 AM
Facebook Event Page

6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass
Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30
Facebook Event Page

9:30 - 11:00 PM:
Toronto Premiere of You Never Bike Alone
Innis College Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue) - Film Website.
Facebook Event Page



BikePools / Group Commutes

The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people.

Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

If you already ride your bike to work, why not invite others to join you. Email joe@bikingtoronto.com to have your BikeFriday route posted on this website.


7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road [map]
To join this ride, email David at
dcurtis@careerfoundation.org


7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
to Hwy 7 & Warden [map]
To join this ride, email Andrew at
andrew@monkeymartian.com


7:30 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
to Mississauga City Centre [map]
To join this ride, email Vic at
vic@gedris.org


8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
via Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Martino at
himartino@gmail.com


8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Joe at
joe@bikingtoronto.com


8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
to Hwy 7 & Leslie [map]
To join this ride, email Darren at
dazjenx@gmail.com

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark


From the BikingToronto Inbox:

Toronto Premiere of You Never Bike Alone – Vancouver's Critical Masses

Planet in Focus Film Festival hosts the Toronto premiere of You Never Bike Alone at 9.30pm on Friday 26th October 2007. (yes, it's on BikeFriday!)

You Never Bike Alone is looking at how cyclists are creating Critical Mass in Vancouver. Drawing on footage filmed in the city over the course of a decade and through interviews with people from all backgrounds, You Never Bike Alone captures the highs and the lows of riding a bike in Vancouver.

You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver's Critical Mass rides from the early “Tame the Lions” rides to the wild spectacle of Vancouver's freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride in more recent times.

As well as a humorous and entertaining look at cycling in the city, it looks at the implications of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels and asks whether we are up to the challenge of making a truly liveable city.




Press about the Film:

What Alstead's documentary captures is the absolutely exhilarating feeling of riding your bike with several hundred other cyclists on city streets.” The Vancouver Sun

A compelling and intelligent film” The Vancouver Courier

...a lovely piece of agitprop. It isn't didactic, nor proselytizing, but blunt and straightforward. The people interviewed seem so sane, so reasonable and so utterly practical that I wanted to ride off in the sunset with all of them.Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

Time: Fri 26th October at 9:30 pm. Bike Friday!

Venue: Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue

Web: www.planetinfocus.org, www.youneverbikealone.com


Movie Trailer:



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posted by Joe on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikeFriday was on MTVLive last month ... it's now up on YouTube. :)

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BikeFriday is here again. Here's what's going on. :) I'll even include links to the facebook event listings for each, for any f'bookers out there:


7:00 - 9:00 AM:
BikePools / Group Commutes

See the BikeFriday site for ride details.

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast

Grassroots gives Free Breakfast Treats at 372 Danforth (at Chester)
[facebook link]

8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists

Free IN-STORE coffee for anyone with bike helmet - 333 Roncesvalles (at Grenadier)
[facebook link]

12:00 - 4:00 PM:
Bike to YorkU: Tune-Up Event

FREE BIKE TUNE-UPS on the north side of the Health, Nursing, and Environmental Studies building on YorkU's Keele campus
[facebook link]

6:00 - 8:00 PM:
Critical Mass

Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00, ride at 6:30
[facebook link]

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posted by Joe on Thursday, September 06, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tonight at 6 PM, if you watch MTV Live, you'll see a segment all about bikes, including stuff from July's BikeFriday!

I know they interviewed Tammy T from Spacing, as well as Cheri Di Novo, the local MPP, who congregated at the Alternative Grounds Coffee Shop before BikePooling it downtown on the last friday in July (the 27th).

Watch it if you can... and if anyone knows how to record it and get it up on YouTube, I'd LOVE to hear from you.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, August 30, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yes, it's here again. Here's a quick rundown of what is going on.

BikePools! Commute together for safety and fun:
Complete details on the BikeFriday site.


7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
dcurtis@careerfoundation.org

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
andrew@monkeymartian.com

7:30 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
vic@gedris.org

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
himartino@gmail.com

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
joe@bikingtoronto.com

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
dazjenx@gmail.com

8:45 AM - Roncesvalles & Grenadier (Alternative Grounds)
tammy.thorne@utoronto.ca

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.


Events:

8 - 9:30 AM: Grassroot's Bikers Breakfast
Free Coffee and Treats for Cyclists at 408 Bloor West

8 - 9:30 AM: Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists
Free in-store coffee for anyone with a bike helmet at 333 Roncesvalles

6 - 8 PM: Critical Mass
Join hundreds of other cyclists for a fun social ride around downtown Toronto.
Southeast corner of Bloor & Spadina

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark



Great stuff happening in BikeFriday land :)

We've got all the crazy bikepools / group commutes happening (I'll list them below) all over Toronto (but you can add yours too, if you want), but here's a few events you'll want to check out:

Grassroot's Bikers Breakfast:
8:00 AM -
9:30 AM
Hop on your bike and find some two-wheeled solidarity this Friday among the folks at Grassroots-Annex (408 Bloor Street West, at Brunswick), for our monthly “Biker Breakfast” in support of Toronto's bicycle commuters.

Enjoy a delicious, wholesome breakfast snack donated by our friends at Organics on Bloor (468 Bloor St. W.) and Urban Herbivore (64 Oxford St.).

You can even bring your own coffee mug for extra-environmentally-friendly coffee drinking! :)

Alternative Grounds' Coffee for Cyclists:
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Show up at Alternative Grounds (333 Roncesvalles) with your bike helmet and score yourself a free in-store (not take-out) coffee.

Critical Mass
6:00 - 8:00 PM
THE biking event for cyclist who want to show other road users that bikes belong on the streets.

Join hundreds of other Toronto cyclists for a sometimes civil, sometimes hell-raising ride around downtown.

Meet up on the south-east corner of Bloor & Spadina at 6:00, ride at 6:30.

BikePools / Group Commutes
7:00 - 9:00 AM
The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people.

Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

If you already ride your bike to work, why not invite others to join you. Email joe@bikingtoronto.com to have your BikeFriday route posted on this website.

Bike-Commute in Mississauga?
Smart Commute Mississauga has Group Rides for you!

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road [map]
To join this ride, email David at
dcurtis@careerfoundation.org

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
to Hwy 7 & Warden [map]
To join this ride, email Andrew at
andrew@monkeymartian.com

7:30 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
to Mississauga City Centre [map]
To join this ride, email Vic at
vic@gedris.org

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
via Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Martino at
himartino@gmail.com

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Joe at
joe@bikingtoronto.com

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
to Hwy 7 & Leslie [map]
To join this ride, email Darren at
dazjenx@gmail.com

8:45 AM - Roncesvalles & Grenadier
(Alternative Grounds Coffee Shop, 333 Roncy)
to the University of Toronto [map]
To join this ride, email Tammy at
tammy.thorne@utoronto.ca

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

While the next BikeFriday is less than two weeks away (Friday, August 31st), the last one saw a new event take place at Alternative Grounds on Roncesvalles... a breakfast with homemade muffins and fairtrade coffee, as well as Alex and Jesse from the City’s BUG program there providing lots of bike literature about City cycling info.

Afterwards there was a bike commute with you'll be able to watch on MTV Live on September 6th. Pretty cool, and just in time to get people psyched up for Friday, August 31st. Rock! :)

Rowena Santos, Cheri di Novo and Tammy Thorne

Alex and Jessie, from the City's BUG program

Photo's by Peter Foy, SNAP Bloor West

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BikeFriday started a year ago in August 2006. This month it's on the 31st. Are you ready?

Here's what is going on:

BikePools / Group Commutes
The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people.

Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

If you already ride your bike to work, why not invite others to join you. Email joe@bikingtoronto.com to have your BikeFriday route posted on this website.

Bike-Commute in Mississauga?
Smart Commute Mississauga has Group Rides for you!

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road [map]
To join this ride, email David at
dcurtis@careerfoundation.org


7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
to Hwy 7 & Warden [map]
To join this ride, email Andrew at
andrew@monkeymartian.com


7:30 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
to Mississauga City Centre [map]
To join this ride, email Vic at
vic@gedris.org


8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
via Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Martino at
himartino@gmail.com


8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Joe at
joe@bikingtoronto.com


8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
to Hwy 7 & Leslie [map]
To join this ride, email Darren at
dazjenx@gmail.com


9:00 AM - Roncy & Garden (just north of Queen)
to the University of Toronto [map]
To join this ride, email Tammy at
tammy.thorne@utoronto.ca


Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.


8:00-9:30 AM
Grassroots Bikers Breakfast
408 Bloor West (at Bathurst)
Join the friendly folks at Grassroots for some free breakfast treats!


6:00-8:00 PM
Critical Mass

Join lots of other Toronto cyclists for the downtown ride called Critical Mass! Meet from 6:00 - 6:30 pm on the south-east corner of Bloor & Spadina.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

This friday is the 12th monthly BikeFriday!

There's a lot of good stuff going on, so here's a quick run-down for you:


Free Breakfast on Roncy!



Free Breakfast on the Danforth!


Hop on your bike and find some two-wheeled solidarity this Friday among the folks at Grassroots-Danforth (372 Danforth Ave. at Chester), for our monthly “Biker Breakfast” in support of Toronto's bicycle commuters. You can even bring your own coffee mug for extra-environmentally-friendly coffee drinking! :)


BikePools / Group Commutes!

The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people.

Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road [map]
To join this ride, email David at
dcurtis@careerfoundation.org


7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
to Hwy 7 & Warden [map]
To join this ride, email Andrew at
andrew@monkeymartian.com


7:30 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
to Mississauga City Centre [map]
To join this ride, email Vic at
vic@gedris.org


8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
via Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Martino at
himartino@gmail.com

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown [map]
To join this ride, email Joe at
joe@bikingtoronto.com


8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
to Hwy 7 & Leslie [map]
To join this ride, email Darren at
dazjenx@gmail.com

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)
To join this ride, email Jo at
jo@traffikedit.com

9:00 AM - Roncy & Garden (just north of Queen)
to the University of Toronto [map]
To join this ride, email Tammy at
tammy.thorne@utoronto.ca

Bike-Commute in Mississauga?
Smart Commute Mississauga has Group Rides for you!

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.


Critical Mass

Bloor & Spadina
Meet at 6:00, Ride at 6:30

Enjoy an early evening ride with hundreds of other cyclists through downtown Toronto.


Reminder

There's a new cool interactive GoogleMap on the BikeFriday site. See all the above events plotted on a nice map.

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This friday is the 12th monthly BikeFriday!

Last friday I added a new feature to the BikeFriday site - a map that has all the group commutes / bikepools on it. There are little green bike icons at all the start points.

I've also put a red marker at the Grassroots-Annex store, as I think they're doing a Bikers Breakfast this friday, but am waiting for them to confirm it, so that's tentative at the moment...

There's another breakfast event in the works too... stay tuned!

Go to the BikeFriday site to see the new map! :)

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, July 04, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

A couple articles appeared in the Mississauga News before and after the most recent BikeFriday (June 29th, 2007). Here they are for your reading enjoyment. :)

Pre-BikeFriday:

Pedal pushers back in style

When a large group of cyclists wend their way from Riverwood to City Hall this Friday in an historic ride, Smart Commute Mississauga’s Glenn Gumulka says they will be showing that riding a bike is a realistic way to get to work.

Post-BikeFriday:

Cyclists make smart commute

Two dozen cyclists made their way from Riverwood Park to City Hall on Friday morning, ushering in the first-ever local Bike Friday.


If you're interested in starting your own Group Commute / BikePool - see the BikeFriday site, or the BikeFriday page on I Bike T.O.

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Tomorrow is the 11th monthly BikeFriday... we've been doing it every last Friday of the month since August 2006... and now it's starting to pick up.

We've got BikePools / GroupCommutes all over the city, and even the City of Mississauga is getting in on the fun!

If you haven't been to the BikeFriday site lately, check it out. I've recently added maps of all the Commutes to the page - like my 8 AM one from Woodbine & Danforth below:



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posted by Joe on Monday, June 25, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Great news out of the city just west of Toronto!

The City of Mississauga and Smart Commute Mississauga is embracing the last Friday of every month as BikeFriday - with the inaugural ride (and breakfast!) scheduled for this Friday, June 29th!

All the details can be found on the Smart Commute site as well, but here they are:

The last Friday of each month is Bike Friday in Mississauga.

Smart Commute Mississauga is encouraging all cyclists to participate in the Bike Friday campaign by riding to work on the last Friday of each month. Riding in a group encourages novice cyclists to participate and makes cyclists more visible to motorists. Organized rides also show motorists that cycling is a viable alternative to driving.

Inaugural Ride & Pancake Breakfast

Councilors Parrish and Mullin along with the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and Smart Commute Mississauga invite you to the inaugural Bike Friday ride and pancake breakfast on Friday June 29th.

Ride Details

Cyclists will meet at the Barn in Riverwood Park (1447 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.) for a reception from 7:00am to 7:30am. Cyclists will be given a registration patch and entered for random draw prizes.

Enter Riverwood Park from the north side of Burnhamthorpe Road. The park is located on the eastern bank of the Credit River. Proceed to the top of the hill and follow the signs to the Barn.

At 7:45am cyclists will leave for City Hall where they will be greeted with a pancake breakfast. Councilor Parrish will be serving pancakes for all cyclists.

The Route - Approximately 4.5 km.

Click here for a route map

From Riverwood west along Burnhamthorpe trail to Creditview Rd.
North on Creditview to Rathburn Rd.
East on Rathburn to Duke of York
South on Duke of York to City Hall


Organized Rides:

Lots posted on the Smart Commute Site!


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posted by Joe on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

I stopped by the Grassroots - Danforth store for their Bikers Breakfast. There was a good turnout during the 10 minutes I was there, and I heard that last weeks (at their Annex store) was packed with people too. :)

Here are the few photos I snapped while I drank coffee before continuing on to work.


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

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posted by Joe on Thursday, June 07, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

While officially, BikeFriday is the last Friday of every month, there's enough momentum out there that there are things starting to happen every friday:

The Schedule for tomorrow, June 8th:

Martino's Bloor West BikePool
meets at Bloor W. and High Park for a nice jaunt downtown along Bloor. Meet at 8 AM.

Joe's Danforth BikePool meets at Danforth & Woodbine (northwest corner) for a nice roll along the Danforth. Meet at 8 AM.

Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast: 8-9:30 AM
In support of Toronto's Bicycle commuters, Grassroots is hosting an early morning bike commuter breakfast. Plan to stop by Grassroots (372 Danforth at Chester) for a delicious, organic breakfast snack provided by our friends at Merchants of Green Coffee, Urban Herbivore, Noah's Natural Foods and the Big Carrot.

Upcoming:

Smart Commute Mississauga is officially launching our BikeFriday program on Friday, June 29th. All cyclists are invited to join us for our inaugural ride and pancake breakfast at city hall. More details on SmartCommute Mississauga.

Also, Tammy and Cheri di Novo's (MPP) office are working on a Breakfast Event for later in June. More details to come as we know them. :)

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

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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 31, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Although our fancy BikeFriday graphic says "The Last Friday of Every Month", well, it's just too fun to keep the BikeFriday fun to one day a month. :)

Here's a couple BikePools going tomorrow morning. Feel free to join up at the start or along the way.

Martino's Bloor West 8 AM BikePool
Meet at 8 AM at Bloor W and High Park
(goes east along Bloor W)

Joe's (that's me!) Danforth 8 AM BikePool

Meet at 8 AM at Danforth & Woodbine
(goes west along Danforth)

Also, tomorrow morning sees a Grassroots Bikers Breakfast going at their Annex store at 408 Bloor West. Swing by between 8 - 9:30 AM for yummy and organic coffee, muffins and fruit!

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

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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 24, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

As you may have seen in this morning's BikeFriday post - I'll be riding from Danforth & Woodbine at 8 AM tomorrow morning.

Everyone is welcome to join me. Look for the blue windbreaker on the northwest corner (or, if it's warm, a blue I Bike T.O. shirt. :)

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Wow, May has gone by really fast!

Be sure and join up with one of the BikeFriday BikePools tomorrow morning...

And there's of course the Tooker Ride at 5:30 PM, Critical Mass at 6:30 (Bloor & Spadina), Critical Ass at 10:30 (Bloor & Spadina, with less clothes), and the BikeWeek Movie Night at Yonge & Dundas from 6:30 until 10:00.

7:00-8:30 AM
BikePools!

The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people. Drivers are a lot more careful around groups of cyclists.

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor, Eglinton East, Birchmount, McNicoll and Vic Park to Gordon Baker Road)
map / contact David

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
(to Hwy 7 & Warden)
map / contact Andrew

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
(to Mississauga City Centre)
map / contact Vic

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)
(via Bloor to downtown)
contact Tino

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown)
contact Joe

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)
map / contact Darren

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)
contact Jo

8:30 AM - Queen & Roncy to UofT

(Ride from Roncey and Garden to Sorauren to Wright to Macdonnel to Lansdowne to College to St. George)
contact Tammy

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.

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posted by Joe on Friday, May 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yup, only a week to go before May's BikeFriday ... just in time for BikeWeek!

Don't wait until the city-sponsored Group Commute on Monday, May 28th to ride with others... you can find others going your way on other days too.

Martino (he of the famous BikeLaneDiary) is a great example. Not content with a great idea like BikeFriday happening once a month, he's sent out an open invitation for an 8 AM BikePool from Bloor & High Park EVERY Friday.

The first couple of Martino's weekly rides were lonely, but that's starting to change, as he had a group of five biking this morning from High Park along Bloor, all the way to downtown!

Don't forget, I Bike T.O. has a RideMatching service, where you can list your commute and find others going the same way!

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In just two weeks, right at the start of BikeWeek, on May25th... BikeFriday rolls again.

The BikePools:

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor, Eglinton East, Birchmount, McNicoll and Vic Park to Gordon Baker Road)

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie

(to Hwy 7 & Warden)

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Westbound)
(to Mississauga City Centre)

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark (Eastbound)

(via Bloor to downtown)

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to downtown)

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to the BikeFriday lineup and find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.

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Everybody loves BikeFriday photos, right? :)

Martino's Photos from the Grassroots Bikers' Breakfast:




My Photos from the Grassroots Bikers' Breakfast:




Tammy's Photos from the BikeFriday Breakfast at Parkdale Library:




Martino's Video from Critical Mass:

http://bikelanediary.blogspot.com/2007/04/april-2007-cm.html




Martino's Photos
from Critical Mass:









































































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

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The often imitated but never duplicated (thankfully!) Martino is doing BikeFriday every Friday - riding from Bloor & High Park at 8 AM - and he's looking for biking buddies - a cool friday BikePool every week!

Myself, I'll be doing my regular 7:15 AM commute from Coxwell & Gerrard (meet me on the NW corner) - I'll be the guy in the bright blue windbreaker. :)

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Martino already has photos up from the Grassroots Bikers Breakfast this morning at their Bloor & Brunswick Store (a BikeFriday event, of course...)

Check them out - they're good! Thanks Tino!




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posted by Joe on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Facebook seems to be "the" social networking site of the moment, so BikeFriday has a group and lots of events on there. If you're a facebookian, you can join the group or let us know you'd want to attend certain events:

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News about BikeFriday!

Great news from Queen West and Parkdale:

In addition to the hip and groovy Queen West BikePool that is meeting up at 8:30 AM at the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) to head downtown together this friday, April 27th, some local politicians are getting involved!

Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale-HighPark and her people are setting up a Breakfast for Cyclists at the Parkdale Library on BikeFriday between 8-9 AM - so you can head down, get some nice breakfast treats (for FREE!), and then have some buddies to ride downtown with!

Also, Gord Perks, city councillor for the area is reportedly going to be there too.

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Only 3 weeks until the next BikeFriday on April 27th!

March 30th was a lot of fun... here's some great photos and stuff of it:

The Danforth & Woodbine BikePool and Grassroots Bikers Breakfast:

I took a few photos on dying batteries while we were stopped at the Grassroots Bikers Breakfast at Danforth & Chester (you can click them to see them larger). Grassroots alternates the Breakfast between their stores - so on April 27th, the breakfast will be at the Annex store (Bloor & Brunswick).




Bloor & HighPark to Mississauga City Centre:

A few photos from Vic Gedris - who rode an actual BikeFriday Bike on BikeFriday!




Bloor & HighPark to downtown:

Martino (of BikeLaneDiary) took a few too!




Critical Mass:

Critical Mass takes place on the last friday of every month in over 400 cities around the world. Toronto's, on March 30th was the largest it's ever been, starting with about 100 cyclists and growing to over 200 as people joined up.

Martino has a lot of great photos here and CityNews has a story and video on it too!

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A lot of cyclists in Toronto are familiar with the intersection of Bloor & Spadina... the giant dominoes, the gardens, and the oasis from traffic at a busy intersection... but perhaps most significantly, it's the startpoint for Critical Mass on the last friday of every month (BikeFriday).

The above photo is from around 1960, courtesy of the Spacing Wire. It's looking southbound. The intersection is almost unrecognizable, except for the Jewish Community Centre on the right.

As a contrast to this autocentric, pedestrian unfriendly and asphalt nightmare that Bloor and Spadina used to be, below is the opposite view of this intersection, taken by Martino last friday:


(you can click it for a larger version - the person who took the 1960 shot was probably standing in front of where the Scotiabank is now...)

The actual Critical Mass ride on Friday was pretty fun. There were about 100 people when it started, but that soon grew to 200+ as people joined the ride. The ride made it's way eventually to Bloor & Dufferin for a re-installation of a Ghost Bike, and then continued on it's way.

CityTV was there, and there news story about it was pretty well done - focusing on the fact that drivers need to be careful to avoid more cyclist and pedestrian deaths.

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I'll have a post up later today or this weekend with photos and stuff from the morning BikePools, but here's some to tide you over:

Martino (Bloor West Ride)
Vic (HighPark to Mississauga Ride)

Remember that the UofT BikeChain will be open today from 12-5 PM, handing out free coffee and memberships (regularly $20-$60) to all cyclists!

The BikeChain is located at:
International Student Centre (basement level)
33 St. George St. (just north of College St.)
( map )

Critical Mass is tonight too! Meet at Bloor & Spadina at 6:00 PM, Ride at 6:30. I'll be there for a little bit (look for a bright blue windbreaker on a dirty dirty mountainbike).

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikeFriday is in 2 days! I bet you're excited. :)

Here's a couple tips to make BikeFriday more meaningful to you:

1. Start a BikePool. Get people going the same way as you to ride as a group. It's fun and cars will drive more carefully around you. I'll publicize your route and time on the BikeFriday site to help your BikePool get exposure.

2. Do you own BikeFriday thing - I work at a smallish company (around 250 people), with 2-12 bike-commuters (2 in the winter, 12 in the summer) - so to encourage my co-workers to bike in to work this Friday, I emailed them all to let them know of what was going on, plus offered my own BikeFriday thing to them:


I’m doing a [workname] BikeFriday thing too – for the cyclists here. If you ride your bike to work on Friday, I’ll buy you a coffee/tea/juice of your choice from Tim Hortons!!

The weather is beautiful now. While people asked me if I was crazy for biking to work in the winter time, now it’s time to ask if you’re crazy because you’re NOT biking to work. :)

Use your own creativity and ideas to help the people you know to adopt cycling as an everyday mode of transportation. Let me know about it, and I'll post about it on an "Idea" section of the site - helping others think of ideas themselves!

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Let me know in the comments if I've forgotten stuff (or maybe don't know about it yet?)

Tuesday, Mar 27
Thursday, Mar 29
Friday, Mar 30 (BikeFriday!)

7:30-8:30 AM - BIKEPOOLS!
The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people.
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7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor and VicPark)
map / contact

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
(to Hwy 7 & Warden)
map / contact

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark
(to Mississauga City Centre)
map / contact

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to Yonge)
contact

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark
(via Bloor to Yonge)
contact

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)
map / contact

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)
contact

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to this page, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.



8:00 - 9:30 AM - BIKERS BREAKFAST @ GRASSROOTS!
Don’t let the cool weather keep you indoors --Join the folks at Grassroots-Riverdale, 372 Danforth Avenue at Chester Ave. (map), for our monthly "Biker Breakfast" in support of Toronto's Bicycle commuters. On the last Friday of every month Grassroots hosts an early morning bicycle commuter breakfast between 8:00 - 9:30am. Grassroots would like to support and encourage all of those folks that commute to work by bike, and hopefully we will inspire others to try commuting by bike. On Friday March 30th, plan to stop by Grassroots-Riverdale for a delicious, wholesome breakfast snack.


12:00 - 5:00 PM - FREE STUFF FOR CYCLISTS @ THE BIKECHAIN!

The BikeChain (a project of the University of Toronto Sustainability Office) is open from 12-5 PM. ANY cyclist that comes by during that time can get free coffee as well as a free membership to the BikeChain (regularly $20-$60). The BikeChain provides dedicated space and tools to do repairs and get info about cycling in Toronto.

The BikeChain is located at:
International Student Centre (basement level)
33 St. George St. (just north of College St.)
( map )


6:00 PM - CRITICAL MASS!
Join lots of other Toronto cyclists for the downtown ride called Critical Mass! Meet from 6:00 - 6:30 pm on the south-east corner of Bloor & Spadina.

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BikeFriday is an initiative to promote bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month.

What's happening on March 30th? Here's a complete list for you:




BikePools!
The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people. 1">

7:00 AM - Parliament & Carlton
(to Victoria Park & Gordon Baker Road, via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor and VicPark)
map / contact

7:30 AM - Yonge & Major Mackenzie
(to Hwy 7 & Warden)
map / contact

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark
(to Mississauga City Centre)
map / contact

8:00 AM - Danforth & Woodbine
(via the Danforth & Bloor to Yonge)
contact

8:00 AM - Bloor & HighPark
(via Bloor to Yonge)
contact

8:00 AM - Yonge & Lawrence
(to Hwy 7 & Leslie)
map / contact

8:30 AM - Queen West!
(meet at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) before heading east to Queen & McCaul)
contact

Add YOUR Commute!
Add your bike-to-work route to BikeFriday, find others going the same way. Email BikeFriday.



Bikers Breakfast @ Grassroots
Don’t let the cool weather keep you indoors --Join the folks at Grassroots-Riverdale, 372 Danforth Avenue at Chester Ave. (map), for our monthly "Biker Breakfast" in support of Toronto's Bicycle commuters. On the last Friday of every month Grassroots hosts an early morning bicycle commuter breakfast between 8:00 - 9:30am. Grassroots would like to support and encourage all of those folks that commute to work by bike, and hopefully we will inspire others to try commuting by bike. On Friday March 30th, plan to stop by Grassroots-Riverdale for a delicious, wholesome breakfast snack.



Free Stuff for Cyclists @ the BikeChain!
The BikeChain (a project of the University of Toronto Sustainability Office) is open from 12-5 PM. ANY cyclist that comes by during that time can get free coffee as well as a free membership to the BikeChain (regularly $20-$60). The BikeChain provides dedicated space and tools to do repairs and get info about cycling in Toronto.

The BikeChain is located at:
International Student Centre (basement level)
33 St. George St. (just north of College St.)
( map )


Critical Mass
Join lots of other Toronto cyclists for the downtown ride called Critical Mass! Meet from 6:00 - 6:30 pm on the south-east corner of Bloor & Spadina.




Please consider running or taking part in a BikeFriday bike event to help promote regular bicycle use in our city. This can include anything at all … as long as it’s bike-related. Some ideas include bike maintenance workshops, a free coffee / breakfast treat location for bike-commuters, group commutes, recreational group rides, discounts for cyclists in stores, etc.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me at joe@bikingtoronto.com

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posted by Joe on Friday, March 16, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

I've been posting BikeFriday news over on that site, and in case you've been too busy to catch it all... here's a quick round up of all the cool stuff going on:

The BikeChain joins BikeFriday!
On Friday, March 30th, the BikeChain will be offering free coffee and memberships (usually $20-$60) to ANY cyclist between 12-5 PM (their regular office hours). You do not have to be a UofT student to take part in this great deal!

New BikePool on Queen West!
The Queen West BikePool will be leaving the Parkdale Library (1303 Queen West) at 8:30 AM on March 30th and heading east to Queen & McCaul.

BikeFriday is on MySpace.com!
BikeFriday is branching out! We now have a MySpace page, for all of you nice people out there into the social networking website stuff. It's been up for only a week and we've already got 121 "friends" on there. I don't know if that's good or not, but I'm just going to think positively and say that yes, that *is* good.

Another New BikeFriday BikePool!
BikeFriday BikePooler David leaves Cabbagetown (specifically Parliament & Gerrard) at 7 AM and heads to North York (specifically Victoria Park and Gordon Baker Rd., near Steeles) via Parliament, Bloor East, Broadview, Cosburn, Woodbine, O'Connor and Parliament.

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It seems as though drivers (not) sharing Gerrard Street with me this morning have taken Rob Ford's hate speech seriously.

I lost count of the number of cars who sped by me with a couple inches to spare, scaring the hell out of me and resolving me to work even harder on the "mission statement" I've posted.

The buzzing is bad enough (especially since the other lane was clear for them to have moved over)... but I also went through two occasions on a 20-minute ride where a pickup truck changed lanes into me, forcing me to almost hit the curb and brake hard.

The only way that these pickup-driving rednecks could've missed the fact that I was on the road was if they had their eyes closed. The only other explanation is that they were dropped on their heads (repeatedly) as children, and were under the impression that it was okay to kill a cyclist. They pulled up beside me, straddling the two lanes of Gerrard, and moved quickly to the right.

People wonder why some cyclists always seem to be full of rage and indignation at car drivers. It's because some of them actively try to kill us.

My serenity wrecked, I rode the middle of the curb lane the rest of the way to work, a symbolic "come on, I dare ya!" to the drivers behind me.

The behaviour of the drivers in this city is only going to make me work harder to make this city as difficult to drive in as possible. You can't expect to keep on destroying a city I love and repeatedly try to kill me and expect me to lay down and take it.

Want to help? Take part, add to, and spread the word about BikeFriday.

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(Cross-posted to the BikeFriday Blog)

The cool SmartCommute organization is getting in on the BikeFriday fun!



While SmartCommute NorthToronto-Vaughan is working with student groups at YorkU to create some great BikeFriday events, SmartCommute Missaussaga is promoting BikeFriday on their site (scroll down a little), encouraging people to Bike Commute to work together:
"Smart Commute Mississauga is encouraging all cyclists to participate in the Bike Friday campaign by riding to work on the last Friday of each month. Interested in organizing a group ride or event? Contact Smart Commute Mississauga and we will post the details of your event on this page."

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(cross-posted to the BikeFriday page... and if you guys knew how many people I've sent this message to via email over the last couple of days, you'd think I was crazy... and you'd be right. haha.)

BikeFriday is an initiative to promote bike events happening in Toronto on the last friday of every month, with the aim of turning that day into a de facto “Bike Day” that happens once a month.

Citizens, politicians and businesses in Toronto all want our air to be cleaner, or streets to be less congested, and our kids to be healthier… and a good way to help achieve these goals is to promote the bicycle as a way of making short trips around the city.

Please consider running or taking part in a BikeFriday bike event to help promote regular and every bicycle use in our city. This can include anything at all … as long as it’s bike-related. Some ideas include bike maintenance workshops, a free coffee / breakfast treat location for bike-commuters, group commutes, recreational group rides, discounts for cyclists in stores, etc.

f you have any questions or comments, of just want to let us know about an event so we can promote it, please don’t hesitate to contact me at joe@bikingtoronto.com

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

(crossposted to the BikeFriday Blog)

Wow, it sneaks up fast. :)

If you're biking this Friday (the 23rd) - be sure and check out what's going on over in the sidebar on the BikeFriday site.

Join one of the Group Commutes (or add your own commute and perhaps find others going your way!), check out the Grassroots Store at 408 Bloor West (near Bathurst) between 8 - 9:30 AM for a great selection of breakfast treats like organic muffins and organic fair-trade, shade-grown coffee.

As always, there's the awesome Critical Mass ride (meet up at Spadina & Bloor at 6 PM, ride at 6:30) around downtown, and the friendly folks at BikePirates are having a post-Critical Mass hot chocolate get-together!

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posted by Joe on Saturday, February 17, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

I've been fiddling with the BikeFriday site the past couple of days... to clean up the design and integrate the BikeFriday Blog better. Here's what it looks like:



I've got the blog entries over on the left side, and the schedule for the day on the right.

I'm still trying to come up with a good description for the BikeFriday site - the goal is to get lots of individuals and organizations and businesses doing things that are bike-related for at least that day of every month... but the BikeFriday site is best for marketing everything going on - and hopefully more and more will be going on.

I expect to be posting news to the blog this coming week - I know SmartCommuteNTV (based at YorkU) and the BikeChain (UofT) would like to do things on BikeFriday... but it may not be until March.

Who's planning on biking to work this Friday? I'll add your bike-commute to the Group Commute section (it expands when clicked), and perhaps we can get a group of cyclists going your way... :)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, January 25, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Well, a quick check of the Cog's Lost and Found section, as well as a perusal of the bicycle listings on craigslist, and I can't find information about any bikes being stolen over the past week.

Is it being naive to think that is actually the case? :)

To fill up some room, I'll remind you that tomorrow is BikeFriday. If it's too cold for you to ride (it's going to be a doozy of a frigid day!), then think about how you can participate on the last Friday in February (the 23rd), or in March (the 30th), and in April (the 27th), etc., etc.

There's good BikeFriday stuff coming. :) Be patient, my fellow cyclists. We shall fill the streets with cyclists this summer. Make the air cleaner, the streets safer, the cars slower.

Ride Daily, Celebrate Monthly with BikeFriday!

Oh, and check out the first map of the BikingToronto Map section - a map of hydro and rail corridors in the city - perfect places for "BikeWays" all over Toronto.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

The latest news of BikeFriday:

It may be January and still a little blustery out there, but BikeFriday is still rolling.

Meet up at any of the Group Commute meeting points listed, or start your own Group Commute - it takes as little as one person. Email us and let us know your route and starting times.

I'll be riding from Danforth and Woodbine at 7:30 AM.

Martino will be riding from Bloor and High Park (going downtown) at 7:30 AM.

Vic will be riding from Bloor and High Park (going to Mississauga City Centre) at 7:30 AM.

Martino and I will be meeting up at Yonge & Charles (just south of Bloor, in front of the Second Cup) at approximately 8:00 AM and then heading down Yonge to City Hall for 8:30.

You can meet us at Yonge & Charles around 8 AM, or in front of the main doors of City Hall around 8:30.

Feel free to join us! There's safety in numbers.

Things like the Grassroots Bikers Breakfast at Danforth & Chester (8-9:30 AM) and Critical Mass (Bloor & Spadina at 6:00 PM) are of course still going on too!

Ride Daily, Celebrate Every Month on BikeFriday !

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posted by Joe on Friday, January 12, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark


January 26th is sneaking up quickly - so here's what's going on so far on the first BikeFriday of 2007:

  • Group Commute
    The concept is simple - let's meet up in groups and ride to work together. Biking to work can sometimes be dangerous - but it's safer when you ride with other people, and that's why the Group Commute is happening.

  • Bikers Breakfast
    Join the folks at Grassroots-Danforth, 372 Danforth Avenue @ Chester, for our monthly "Biker Breakfast" in support of Toronto's Bicycle commuters. On the last Friday of every month Grassroots will host an early morning bicycle commuter breakfast between 8am-9:30am. Grassroots would like to support and encourage all of those folks that commute to work by bike, and hopefully we will inspire others to try commuting by bike. On Friday January 26th, plan to stop by Grassroots-Annex for a delicious, wholesome breakfast snack.

  • Critical Mass
    Join lots of other Toronto cyclists for the downtown ride called Critical Mass! Meet from 6:00 - 6:30 PM on the south-east corner of Bloor & Spadina.
Know of an event going on Jan. 26th? Let me know in the comments and we'll publicize it here and on the BikeFriday site.

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posted by Joe on Friday, December 22, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

Tracy and I will be out of town from tomorrow right until late on New Years Day. We'll be pretty internet-free the whole time, so the rest of your 2006 will have less than your normal amount of fresh BikingToronto posts. :)

We wish you a great holiday season and many happy times over the coming new year.

I'll be back here posting on January 2nd, most likely, and am aiming to do the following things in 2007:

Expand and Popularize BikeFriday:
I think that tons of organizations, businesses and individuals will do bike-related stuff on the last friday of every month. The key to BikeFriday being successful is encouraging events run on their own... BikeFriday isn't about organizing - it has neither the staff or money for that... BikeFriday is about about getting the word out about events on BikeFriday. I hope to get the City of Toronto involved more, as well as organizations like SmartCommute and local community groups.

Car-Free Lifestyle Posts:
Tracy and I don't own a car, yet we are renovating our bathroom. This involves using bikes for smaller things, the TTC for medium things and zipcar.com for larger things from Home Depot. We've found that it's very possible (and easy) to renovate without owning a car. I hope to post about our Car-Free bathroom renovation (with photos!) in January. The kitchen will be next... :)

BikeWeek 2007:
I'd like to get a lot more cycling events happening during BikeWeek this year - perhaps try and get the City to do a Group Commute EVERY DAY of BikeWeek (which is really 2 weeks...), instead of just once, and work with the Cycling Cog website to promote Group Rides around our great city - on the streets, on the waterfront, in the ravines, etc.

BikePooling:
I'd also like to try and co-ordinate some kind of BikePooling thing in Toronto - have people going the same way on the same routes to ride in groups... this will not only increase their safety as drivers are more careful around groups of cyclists, but encourage more people to bike Toronto - as safety is by far the number one reason why people don't cycle.

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posted by Joe on Friday, December 22, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hey everyone,

Well, this month is the Holiday edition of BikeFriday.. which I realize is kind of weird, as most people have the day off from work, or are away visiting family, etc. Grassroots isn't even doing their "Bikers Breakfast", but I've been emailing with them, and it will be back on BikeFriday in January. :)

Tracy and I will be out of town for most of that week too, not getting back until New Years Day.

The Group Commutes will be going (at least in spirit), but for those of you in the city (or even if you aren't), if you have a chance to ride on December 29th, you'll be taking part in BikeFriday!

Hope you are all very well - things are looking cool for BikeFriday in 2007... for instance, the SmartCommute organization is interested in co-ordinating events with us! :)

Happy Holidays, hope you are all well.

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Monday, December 11, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Turns out Martino fooled quite a few people today with his adaptation of a news release to make it look like Transport Canada had given BikeFriday 2.5 million dollars. I think in the real news release, the money went to smartcommute.ca.

I have not received a cheque from Harper. I'm sure he wants to cut a big cheque for every cycling advocacy program in the nation, but his hand probably hurts from signing all those tax cut cheques for Big Oil...

Oh well.

Regardless, 2007 is going to be a big BikeFriday year... with or without 2.5 million dollars. :)

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posted by Joe on Friday, November 24, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

It was a beautiful day today.

The BikeFriday of November 2006 was not all that it should of been, and that was my fault. I've been busy renovating our bathroom (very doable without owning a car - you can expect an entry about that when I have it all done and nicely photogenic for you... ) and work has been very busy too.

Consequently, I did not promote it as much as I should have this month. I should have promoted it more, as November is on average, a little chilly, and less people tend to bike November in Toronto.

I rode along the Danforth from Woodbine and met Martino (who had biked in from High Park along Bloor) at Yonge & Bloor and rode and chatted down Yonge Street to City Hall before parting ways and heading to our workplaces.

Mucho mucho props to Vic who rode the High Park to Mississauga commute, and Darren J who rode from Yonge & Lawrence north to Yonge & Highway 7.

Anyhow, enough about the past - let's plan for the future.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, November 23, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Things to do tomorrow, November 24th, a.k.a. BikeFriday.

Group Commute
There are group commutes happening all around the city and the GTA. If you're heading downtown, you can meet up with us at Yonge & Charles (just south of Bloor, by the Second Cup) between 8 - 8:15 AM before we ride to City Hall, or meet us in front of City Hall around 8:30 AM. There are non-downtown rides as well. :) If you don't see your bike commute route on the site... I'll gladly add it!

Get a Free Breakfast!

Visit the friendly folks at Grassroots for their monthly Bikers Breakfast! They'll be serving up cyclists between 8 - 9:30 AM at their 408 Bloor St. W. (at Bathurst) store! Tell them BikeFriday sent you. :)

Critical Mass
Join millions of cyclists around the world for the celebration of cycling that takes place in hundreds of cities. Bloor & Spadina - meet at 6:00 pm, ride at 6:30. :)



Image from BikeLaneDiary.

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posted by Joe on Monday, November 20, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Guess what?

This friday, November 24th, is the last friday of the month, so it's BikeFriday!



Take part in a group commute to work, or post your own commute and find others going the same way.

Or, stop by Grassroots at 408 Bloor W. (near Bathurst) for a free Bikers Breakfast between 8 - 9:30 am.

Critical Mass is going as well - join a group of Toronto cyclist biking around downtown - a ride that takes place in hundreds of cities around the world! Meet at 6 at Bloor & Spadina - the ride starts at 6:30!

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here’s a few items about this site that I thought I would compile all into one post.

Bad and/or Unfortunate News

After a few months of life support, a complete re-install of windows and disk-reformatting, our home computer is now, I fear, pretty much dead. I’ll continue to try to bring it bad from the digital graveyard, but I won’t be able to post from home for the near-term. Tracy and I have been eyeing the Apple MacBooks since the summer, so it may be finally time to get one. I won’t get a white one, because I think white Apple products look like Hello Kitty toys… but we’ve gotten a ton of friends urging us to consider Apple computers – and they are supposed to crash less and be better about viruses than Windows-based machines...

Getting a laptop will also help in our continual efforts to de-clutter. Hey, when you live in a small condo, the struggle is constant. Thankfully there’s not very much room to stick things we don’t need.

The Good and/or Better News

BikeFriday – I’ve got most of the news for November 24th up. I’ve got to add some Group Commute info still, and the City Hall coffee event may happen again, but we’ll see how the weather forecasts are co-operating.

Also in BikeFriday news, Walter from The Bicycle Company named BikeFriday found the site. He has suggested the idea of having a Toronto BikeFriday owners BikeFriday event, and said great things on his blog:

It turns out there are a bunch of Toronto, Ontario, cycling advocates putting together just about every arm of pro-cycling work including Critical Mass, recreational rides, and benefits to commuters into one handy-dandy little do-it-yourself package. Almost makes me wish I was there!

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posted by Joe on Saturday, October 28, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Martino can always be counted on for fantastic photos. Here are his from the latest BikeFriday:


The eastern sky was beautiful.


Heading east along Bloor.


Heading east along Bloor. A bikelane would be very useful here!


Bikes at Yonge & Charles.


Cyclists congregate for great coffee from Dark City at City Hall.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, October 28, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I think that BikeFriday went really well on Friday - despite the very cool weather, we had an okay show-out at City Hall - I'm really glad I got Dark City Coffee down there to have coffee for cyclists.

Here's a quick re-cap of the morning:

I get up early and leave home around 7 am, phoning Tammy of the Queen West Ride on the way. I get to City Hall at about 7:20 as the eastern sky is bright red and start helping Raymond of Dark City setting up a coffee table. We were right next to the front doors of City Hall, which was pretty cool.

While Raymond served cyclists with his simply amazing coffee for only $1 (with free re-fills), I set myself up on the corner of Queen & York (across for Osgoode Hall) and talked to eastbound cyclists at the red light, letting them know there was a Coffee for Cyclists event. A few of them went and got some. A few of them were pretty wary of a strange (hey, I'm not THAT strange...) guy talking to them - but the majority of them were all excited about it, even if they were running late for work and couldn't stop.

(Next time we do this - and we will - as Dark City has committed to helping us out more in the future - I'll be working on big signs and stuff to let cyclists know coffee is available. )

Overall, the proceeds from the event exceeded costs by about $20, and I'm putting that towards the next coffee event, to make it a FREE one (I'll contribute some $ to make sure of this), and get even more cyclists out. :)

Stay tuned for some more photos from Martino and Patrick Kraemer, a Ward 30 candidate for city council who set up a juice & muffin stand on the Danforth for cyclists on BikeFriday!

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posted by Joe on Monday, October 23, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I mentioned this last week, but now it's official:

There will be a BikeFriday Coffee Event at Nathan Phillips Square this Friday morning, October 27th, from 8 - 9 am.

The good people at DarkCityCoffee is supplying the coffee. I've heard that it's VERY good coffee. They take their beans seriously.

Since there a lot of costs involved for Dark City, coffee will be just $1, but refills will be FREE!

Any profits from the day are being donated by Dark City to the BikeFriday cause.

I should also give a shout-out to the staff at Councillor Palacio's office, who facilitated the set-up of this. Rock on, Cesar.


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posted by Joe on Monday, October 16, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I've been insanely busy (evidenced by fewer posts lately), but I thought I'd try to update everyone about BikeFriday:

Basically, we'll still have all the cool Group Commutes in the morning (and you can join or add your own commute) of October 27th, (as well as Grassroots' Bikers Breakfast, Hallowe'en Critical Mass, and TBN's Friday Night Ride) but also, we're going to have a "Coffee Event" in Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) that morning.

Anyone who comes by the Square that morning (still finalizing exact times) will be able to get a high-quality, freshly-roasted coffee for either FREE or a very nominal charge!

I'll be posting more about this as the week goes on, including exact hours, location in the Square, the supplier of the coffee, and even a great city-councillor who is facilitating all of this.

Stay tuned, and make plans to bike to work next Friday (Oct. 27th).

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posted by Joe on Monday, October 02, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I was personally very pleased with BikeFriday on September 29th (the site still has September information on there - I should be able to get October stuff on there tonight, hopefully) - the next one is October 27th. I've got lots of great ideas and made some good contacts over the last month, so have faith that this event will keep growing. Together we can turn Toronto into a Bike-topia.

We had about a dozen cyclists together at City Hall - about the same as on August's BikeFriday, which was great considering it was a pretty cold morning on Friday.

Here's a few photos from Friday to tide you over until I can post more about what I'm trying to get going for October 27th.


A few of us gathered at Yonge & St. Charles. Rhonnda and her daughter India had a very cool set-up!



Going down Yonge on the way to City Hall.
(photo courtesy of Martino)



In front of City Hall, having a chat before heading off to our respective workplaces.
(photo courtesy of Martino)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, September 28, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tomorrow is BikeFriday.

You may want to join a Group Commute, or start your own. Existing commutes go downtown from Danforth & Woodbine, Bloor & High Park, Yonge & Lawrence, St. Clair & Christie, Queen East & Woodbine and Queen West & Sorauren. GTA rides go from Yonge & Lawrence to Leslie & Hwy 7, Yonge & Major Mack to Markham Town Centre and from Bloor & High Park to Mississauga City Centre!

You may want to bike by the Grassroots Store at 408 Bloor W for a free breakfast of organic coffee, muffins and danishes.

You may want to join hundreds of other cyclists at Bloor & Spadina between 6:00 – 6:30 for a fun Critical Mass ride around downtown.

You may want to join the Toronto Bicycle Network's Friday Night Ride.

Whatever you do, enjoy your bike. Tomorrow is the day.

Mark your calendars for the next one too… Friday, October 27th !!

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posted by Joe on Friday, September 22, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Next Friday, September 29th, is the 2nd BikeFriday!

Back on August 25th, I started an initiative to get people in Toronto
thinking about biking in Toronto once a month, instead of once a year
during BikeWeek every spring.

The last friday of September is quickly approaching, which means that it's
BikeFriday, which is the last friday of the month, every month.

August's BikeFriday received a lot of attention for something that went
from idea to reality in less than 10 days. I was interviewed by the
Toronto Star, CTV News, GlobalTV, and CFRB Radio. While making me
extremely nervous, it made me happy that biking in Toronto is getting this
much exposure. For a first event, it went very well... with a few
cyclists riding together from various points around the city and the GTA
in the interest of safety, and a few of these groups meeting up at Yonge &
Bloor for a ride down to City Hall. While small, it was a great start,
especially since a CFRB reporter and City Councillor Joe Mihevc rode their
bikes with us.


September 29th will see the following happen:

Group Commutes - cyclists meeting in groups to commute to work

Bikers Breakfast - Grassroots Environmental Products (408 Bloor Ave. W.)
is offering free breakfast treats to any cyclists who come by between 8 -
9:30 AM

Critical Mass - join hundreds of other Toronto Cyclists (and hundreds of
thousands who take part in Critical Masses in over 400 cities around the
world) and ride in a big group around downtown Toronto

Toronto Bicycle Network Friday Night Ride - the City's "friendliest cycling club" holds a fun and social ride.

Check out the BikeFriday website - bikingtoronto.com/bikefriday
- for more information.

Feel free to comment or email me with any questions or concerns.

Joe.
joe[@]bikingtoronto.com

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posted by Joe on Friday, September 08, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I know that 3 weeks is quite far away, at first glance. For me, however, it is only 3 weeks, as I'm intent on getting politicians and organizations involved.

Here's what is new since last week:

I've started posting Group Commute times and meeting points.
The times are adjusted a bit from last month, to avoid any unneccessary rushing, and to make sure everyone gets to work okay. Essentially, the rides going downtown (via Yonge & Bloor) start at 7:30, with a meet-up at Yonge & Bloor at 8:00. At 8:15 we head south on Yonge, and then swing onto Queen, getting to City Hall at approx. 8:30.

Two new Queen St. rides leave Queen West (at Sorauren, west of Lansdowne) and Queen East (at Woodbine) at 8:00, them getting to City Hall at 8:30 too.
We still need a Queen East contact person, if you are interested.

The two York Region rides are still going as well, lead by Darren and Andrew.

Learn more about the commutes on the BikeFriday site, and feel free to add your own commutes. Your commute can start anywhere and end anywhere in Toronto (or the GTA) at any time, and we'll add it to the site. The BikeFriday Group Commute is all about cycling with others so cars give you more room on the road, so let us know where and when your commute is!

The Politicians
The Mayors office and all the City Councillors know about BikeFriday (atleast they should, since to date they've all received atleast 3 emails from me since mid-August), but no one has committed to riding or hosting a bike-related event on September 29th.

Having said that, Joe Mihevc biked with us on August 25th (and I wouldn't be surprised if he showed up again), and we had commitments from Mayor Miller and Adam Giambrone to join us "in the future". I also know that Sandra Bussin is discussing it with her staff.

Organizations / Businesses
I'm still contacting a lot of these, and the only firm answer I've gotten is from the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (who were instrumental in getting the Dundas East bikelanes installed), who will publicize it to their members, so we should get some Queen East riders. :)

I'm sure I'll hear from more people as September 29th gets closer.

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posted by Joe on Friday, September 01, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Wow, only 4 weeks until the next BikeFriday. I've got a lot of work to do.

I've just sent out the latest newsletter to the BikeFriday mailing list if you want to know what's going on.

I'll be away at a wedding most of the weekend, so here's what I'm working on for the next BikeFriday:

- getting city councillors involved, either in on commutes, or to give free stuff to cyclists in their wards, or to set something up at City Hall in the morning for cyclists.

- Talking to Second Cup at Yonge & Charles (since a few commutes meet up there) to give stuff to cyclists

- Talking to other businesses about starting BikeFriday Events.

I'll be adding routes and times to the Commute page soon too - early next week - so you can start RSVPing or adding your own routes and times if you want to be involved.

It's also beneficial to sign up for the mailing list, as I'll be once again donating a $25 gift certificate to the Grassroots Online Store to one lucky subscriber. Chris Farley Ratcliffe (who lives near Yonge & Davisville) won last month. Congrats Chris!

Have a great weekend everyone! Ride a lot! :)

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, August 26, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I've started transitioning the BikeFriday site from August 25th (yesterday) to September 29th (the next BikeFriday).

You can still view the August Bikefriday page in the archives I'm starting to set up.

I'll be adding photos from yesterday in the next few days, as well as some online news articles I found (which are flattering), as well as a vid of an CTV newscast of the event (which isn't very flattering at all... plus I look and sound extra-dorky in it).

I'll get back into regular BikingToronto posting soon, let's hope. :)

In the meantime, check your schedules and let me know if you want to list your bike commute on the BikeFriday site. It can be at any time or along any route in or around Toronto. Chances are if you have the commute, someone else does too, and if I promote BikeFriday enough, maybe we can find you some company on your ride.

Pretty cool.

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posted by Joe on Friday, August 25, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone. This morning was the first BikeFriday Morning Commute, and I think the potential of rain hurt the turnout a bit, but we still had groups of several cyclists biking from the startpoints around the city. The 4 groups that ended up downtown made up about a dozen.

Martino took a bunch of great photos... here are a couple. I'll make a little photo gallery on the BikeFriday site soon. Thanks Tino!


At the meetup point at Yonge & Charles (just south of Bloor)


Most of us gathered at City Hall


It was a small start to hopefully something huge. All the media attention should help - I've been rather surprised by all the attention that some cyclists riding together has generated. I've been interviewed by 1 paper (the Star), 2 radio stations (CFRB and Metro Morning on CBC), and two television stations (a Live Global Interview this morning at Danforth & Woodbine, and CTV at City Hall).

The Biker's Breakfast at the Danforth location of Grassroots Environmental Products was super too! Lots of yummy vegan muffins and danishes, with organic fair-trade coffee!

BikeFriday isn't over yet, either - there's Critical Mass (6:00 PM at Bloor & Spadina) and TBN's Friday Night Ice Cream Ride tonight!

I'll be at Critical Mass. Look for my blue shirt and say hi.

If you can't make it, mark September 29th (the next BikeFriday) on your calendars, or, even better, come up with your own events for the 29th, and I'll publicize them on the site, which I'll be switching over to publicize September 29th over the next few days.

Have a great BikeFriday,

Joe.

ps. special thanks to Jamie from CFRB, and City Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul's West), who both biked with us this morning!

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posted by Joe on Thursday, August 24, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Even Mother Nature wants to take part tomorrow morning.

Checking the WeatherNetwork page for Toronto, I see that there's a 90% chance of rain tomorrow morning!

Damn the timing... but hey, you can't change the weather, but you can dress for it.

Everyone be sure and wear your galoshes. BikeFriday is still on!

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posted by Joe on Thursday, August 24, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I have to say that I'm impressed with Kevin McGran's BikeFriday article in the Star this morning.

(If you have the ink & paper version, the article starts on the bottom of the first page of the GTA section, with a photo of me later in the section)
"I'm trying to get people together to organize some sort of morning commute... even if we just get 10 people cycling together, it's still better than cycling by yourself.

When you're in even a small group, even just two or three people, cars automatically give you a wider berth and you feel safer. You're a visual presence on the road. It's a really nice feeling, a little more safe."
I've also heard that CFRB radio mentioned it this morning...

I have to admit, this is exciting... although I have to figure out how to say a few words at City Hall tomorrow morning with no fancy amplification devices. :)

I hope everyone will be able to hear me.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's what's new in the world of BikeFriday:

New Commuting Rides:
There's been two added since I last talked about it - the first is meeting for an 8:00 AM departure from Yonge & Lawrence heading NORTHBOUND, following Yonge until the 401 and then some minor arterials before getting to the Leslie and Hwy #7 area.

The other ride is from St. Clair West. Members of the St. Clair West BUG (Bicycle Users Group) will be meeting at St. Clair & Christie for an 8 AM departure. They'll head south on Christie before heading east on Davenport to Yonge where they'll meet up with the Danforth, Bloor and Yonge rides at Yonge & Charles at 8:30 before heading on to City Hall.

New Event:
I mentioned this previously, but now I have details... the Toronto Bicycle Network is having a Friday Night Ice Cream Ride on BikeFriday: Cycle the bike paths to the beaches where we'll stop for ice cream at Ed's Real Scoop (one of the best ice cream shops in Toronto!). Afterwards we'll have drinks & dinner on the patio at VOX (fabulous food at a great price)! Meet in Riverdale Park just north of Bridgepoint Health Centre (on the west side of Broadview just north of Gerrard) for a 6:30 SHARP departure. Don't forget lights, helmet and lock. Also, bring a jacket since we'll be outside. Ride cancelled if raining. IMPORTANT: If you're not a TBN member, there is a $5 fee.

A BikeFriday CONTEST!
I figured that since this is the first BikeFriday, and since there is no funding or sponsorships or anything (yet), I was okay with devoting a bit of money as an individual to provide a nice little contest.

On Friday morning, when downtown commuters get to City Hall, there will be a draw of an email address (probably out of one of my pannier bags) for a $25 grassrootsstore.com gift certificate.

How do you get your email address in the pannier? Sign up for the BikeFriday newsletter (you'll get an email once a week or so). Right now there are 7 subscribers to it (not including me), so your odds of winning are really good.

Oh, and you don't have to be at City Hall Friday morning to win (we don't all work downtown, after all), just signed up for the newsletter. Sign up before midnight on Thursday and you're in!

Good luck!


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posted by Joe on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I met with a very nice Star photographer named Charla (Sharla?) this morning and spent 30 minutes biking around Bay & King Streets while she took what seemed like hundreds of photos of me (whenever I rode by her I heard the shutter noise constantly) for an article on BikeFriday planned for Thursday's GTA section.

I should've taken my camera to get shots of her shooting me. It was kind of cool.

What wasn't caught on film, though (I don't think...) was that I came the closest I have to "winning the door prize".

I had passed Charla going southbound at Bay towards Wellington (Charla was facing north on the side of the road), and a cab had stopped in the line at the red light, 3 cars back. It wasn't pulled over to the side or anything, and there was plenty of room between the cab and the curb, so I went up the right.

I was very lucky I was just coasting along, because one of the 4 (!) passengers threw open their door suddenly and I braked quickly (almost without thinking... instincts rock!), coming to a stop just as I would've hit the door.

After the passenger apologized and I asked him good-naturedly to check for cyclists next time, we both merrily went on our way.

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posted by Joe on Monday, August 21, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

BikeFriday is this Friday, so here's a few quick news items about it for you.

Yonge-Lawrence (Northbound) Morning Commute Ride Added:
Darren of Bike Refugee is leading a group ride Northbound from Yonge & Lawrence. Who says everyone has to work downtown? Not BikeFriday. This new route is mapped online, and roughly follows Yonge, some off-street paths to cross under the 401, and residential bike-friendly streets north of the 401 to an eventual destination of Leslie & Hwy7. You are welcome to join the ride for a little or as much as is convenient for you.

TBN Group Ride
I haven't added it to the site yet, as I'm awaiting confirmation from the Toronto Bicycle Network, but they have "Friday Night Rides" that usually depart from around Bridgepoint Health Centre (Riverdale Hospital) at 6:30 pm for an approximate 30 KM ride. Helmets and lights are mandatory, and locks are recommended. TBN is more of a "serious road-bike" club, from what I've heard, meaning you can expect to see more spandex than usual. Rides are open to non-members, but it'll cost you $5.

If you're interested in getting BikeFriday news in your email, join the BikingToronto Group at Yahoo Groups. I'm thinking of starting a monthly BikeFriday contest, and all you'll have to do to win is be signed up. How easy is that? Pretty damn easy.

Aww, you're good people, I'll make it even damn easier for you:


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posted by Joe on Thursday, August 17, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark



One week and one day until the first BikeFriday... are you getting excited yet?

BikeFriday Schedule (so far):
8:00 AM - Morning Group Commute
8:00 - 9:30 AM - Bikers Breakfast at Grassroots on Danforth
6:00 PM - Critical Mass Toronto


Route News

- We still need contact people for the Bloor-HighPark and Yonge-Lawrence Rides. If you're planning on taking part in one of these rides, give us a shout at bikefriday@bikingtoronto.com. Being a contact person is very easy... if you have a cell phone, that will help immensely too.

- Our first new submitted route is ... in York Region! It's fortunate that we're not snobby downtown cyclists, and welcome the brave souls that bike on the wide fast streets of suburbia. Andrew of the MonkeyMartian website has offered to lead up a group commute going from Richmond Hill to Markham (from Yonge & Major Mackenzie to Hwy#7 & Warden). Andrew has been nice enough to map out the route too, which is available on BikeFriday website.

- Other routes are in the works... I'll update the BikeFriday site as they are added. :)


Media Coverage

The Toronto Star - I talked to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star yesterday. It looks like there may be a Star article about BikeFriday in Thursday's (the 24th) paper, complete with a photo of me. If I can get some notice on the photoshoot, I think it may be a bigger eye-catcher for Star readers to have a group of cyclists in a photo accompanying the article - since BikeFriday is all about "safety in numbers" and celebrating more and more cyclists on Toronto's streets.

Let me know if you want your photo in the paper, and if I can get some notice of the photoshoot, I'll send you the details. :)

BlogTO - This well-known website of all things Toronto posted about BikeFriday yesterday.

Spacing - I have heard from my sources (and I only reveal my sources if given enough alcohol...) that a BikeFriday post is planned for the Spacing Wire.


Well-Known Participants

I've emailed the Mayor and all the City Councillors (yeah, even the ones who aren't very bike-friendly... they'll convert eventually... haha) to let them know about BikeFriday and that they are welcome to commute with the people they represent.

Much credit goes to the following two people at City Hall, who are the only respondents so far:

Mayor Miller - while the BikeFriday of August 25th is too soon for his packed schedule, he'd like to participate in a future one. David didn't reply personally, but I know from past experience that it's a good thing to get a response from his office. He has, however, sent us his best wishes for a successful event and that he fully supports bike-friendly initiatives such as BikeFriday.

Adam Giambrone - Adam replied to us personally (which is rare for city councillors), and while he too is busy on the 25th, is very supportive of BikeFriday. We suggested it may be cool to have him be at events in his Ward for future BikeFridays, which he seemed to like, so we'll see...

Maybe we can get all the city councillors doing something bike-related on every BikeFriday...

If you want to email your city councillor about BikeFriday, you can find their contact information on the city website.


What You Can Do

Here's some ideas for you to take part in and maybe spread the word about BikeFriday:

1. Take Part - come on out and enjoy your bike every BikeFriday!

2. Commute - Join a ride or start a ride - it doesn't have to go downtown... not everyone works downtown, after all.

3. Tell Your Friends - Even if they don't bike presently... they may be thinking about it.

4. Add Events
- Know of a bike-related event happening on a BikeFriday? Let us know - we'll add it to the schedule.

5. Share Ideas - Have an idea to make BikeFriday better/stronger/bigger? We'd love to hear from you.

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posted by Joe on Monday, August 14, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Maybe you've already noticed the new "BikeFriday link in the menu at the top of this page, and maybe you've clicked it. If not, here's a introduction to something which I'm trying to get started to make sure all the good bike vibes that happen around BikeWeek June happen more than once a year:

(this is not the bike company BikeFriday, but they make awesome bikes... Vic has one, and it's cooooool!)


Remember the kick-off to BikeWeek? The great "Group Commute" of thousands of bike commuters travelling west from Danforth & Woodbine, east from Bloor & High Park, and south from Yonge & Lawrence, as well as many other start-points around the city?

It was great to have bikes be so prevalent on the roads that day. It was safe for us. The sheer number of cyclists travelling together made car drivers a lot more careful.

Why does this only happen one day a year?

With that question in mind, I'm happy to announce BikeFriday
(http://www.bikingtoronto.com/bikefriday).

The goal of BikeFriday is to make the last friday of every month a celebration of cycling. Instead of only thinking of biking to work once a year, let's step it up a little and make it once a month.

On Friday, August 25th, the first BikeFriday happens. Events are run and organized by different organizations and individuals. There is a group commute, a free breakfast for cyclists on the Danforth, and Critical Mass Toronto.

Please check out the website, and tell your friends.
http://www.bikingtoronto.com/bikefriday

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