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posted by Joe on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

Every winter, I generally take stock of BikingToronto and update the design of the site and figure out what's working well and what's working not-so-well.

With the success of the forum, I'd like to add more interactivity to the site to make is as useful for Toronto cyclists as possible... but I need your help.

What do you want to see from BikingToronto in 2010? Is there a feature you wish it had? Have you seen another website (cycling-related or otherwise) with a cool feature you love that could be used for cyclists in Toronto?

Feel free to express and and all ideas here.

If 2010 follows the pattern of the past few years, we are going to see another large increase in cycling on the roads of Toronto... so the more useful BikingToronto is for everyone, the better!

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


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

3. Metrolinx Ignoring City, Wants a Strachan Ave Super-Bridge
From Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone's office, via the Bike Union, comes news that Metrolinx is planning a big "Super-Bridge" for Strachan Avenue where it passes over the CN rail corridor.


4. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.


5. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

Dear Mr. Warmington,

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

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

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

http://www.bikingtoronto.com
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posted by Joe on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Well... this is pretty cool.

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

BikingToronto came in at #33.

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

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

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

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

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

(crossposted to I Bike T.O.)

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

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

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



My beautiful wife Tracy modeling the forest green shirt.











Piles of shirts! All profits to charity. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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


1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


2.
Metrolinx Ignoring City, Wants a Strachan Ave Super-Bridge
From Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone's office, via the Bike Union, comes news that Metrolinx is planning a big "Super-Bridge" for Strachan Avenue where it passes over the CN rail corridor.

3.
OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced
I cruised down to OCAD at lunch today to catch the announcement of the winners of their Gateway Bike Stand Competition, and thought I'd share the results with you.




5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

6.
Update: Air Canada and Folding Bikes
This case is now a legal one, before the Canadian Transport Agency, with Lloyd making the case that the "Additional Handling Fee" is discriminatory and unreasonable, as it requires (nor was given) any special treatment nor additional handling:

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: A Smorgasboard of Toronto Bike News
Dust off your helmet – spring has sprung and it’s time to break out the banana seats and get ready to ride. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce the second Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is now open for registration.

8. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

9.
Have Your Say: Roncesvalles Streetcar Stops and Cyclists
Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union left an excellent comment yesterday in our post linking to the Globe and Mail article about Streetcar Stop "Bump-Outs" with rounded curbs to allow cyclists to ride over them planned for Roncesvalles. I've included it below... what do *you* think? Respond in the comments section below or add on to Yvonne's comment.

10. Waterfront Toronto Unveils Queens Quay Plan
Waterfront Toronto has just released plans for the new "people-friendly" Queens Quay that we got a taste of back in 2006 with "Quay to the City" (photos at the end of this post). This of course includes the "connection" of the east and west portions of the Martin-Goodman Trail with a physically seperate two-way cycling path on the southern portion of the street...


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posted by Joe on Friday, May 08, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark



Hi everyone,


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

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

Win an iPod Ride for Heart Contest

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

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

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

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

Every $100 donated gets you 30 entries in the draw for the iPod.
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You can Donate online here.

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Sunday, April 05, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1.
Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


2.
Weekly News Wrap-Up: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto's Green Spaces
The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn't be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to…

3. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

4.
OMB Stops Walmart - Good News for East End Cyclists
This is great news for Toronto cyclists because not only will a 1,700 parking lot NOT be built, but the proposed SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.

5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

6.
Weekly News Wrap-Up: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto's Green Spaces
First, obtain a copy of the official Toronto Cycling Map. Second, obtain a bicycle. Finally, arrange for warm weather. There is no better means to discover the often hidden green oases of Toronto, a city as flat as Amsterdam…

7. Headlines: Markham Pedestrian and Cycling Trail Controversial
The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn't be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to the warmer months...

8. Weekly News Wrap-Up: E-Bikes, New Events, and Getting Your Bike ready for Spring
Any suggestion to remove street parking in favour of bike lanes is usually met with hostility from merchants who think it will cost them business. But cycling advocates and environmentalists say that bit of conventional wisdom is an urban myth...

9.
Waterfront Toronto Unveils Queens Quay Plan
Waterfront Toronto has just released plans for the new "people-friendly" Queens Quay that we got a taste of back in 2006 with "Quay to the City" (photos at the end of this post). This of course includes the "connection" of the east and west portions of the Martin-Goodman Trail with a physically seperate two-way cycling path on the southern portion of the street...

10.
New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft
The U of T is expanding the Bike Bait program it started last year (where they stuck GPS tags on high end bikes and then tracked them as they were stolen), now adding stickers that say "this could be a bait bike" to make would-be thieves think twice.


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posted by Joe on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1.
Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

2. 2009 Ice Bike Race Photos
Here are some photo collections of the Ice Bike Races from Saturday night. I didn't hear anything about it beforehand, but apparently they collected money for the cyclist that was purposely hit by a taxi (and subsequently lost his leg) and raised over $1000!

3. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).

4. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

5. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist
Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike."

6. 2009 Ice Bike Races
BikePirates is hosting an after-party following the races. They are located at 1292 Bloor Street West. If you're on facebook, check out the Facebook Event page for the races.

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Winter Riding and Training Bike Mechanics
3 main stories this week... first off, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun do write-ups of the Coldest Day of the Year Ride... an event put on by the city to show that even though Toronto winters get cold, it's still fun to ride. It took place on Jan. 30th... statistically the coldest day of the year.

8.
E-Bike Legislation to be Discussed at Queen's Park
Later this month (February 23 and 25th, to be exact), Queen's Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 - PDF file) to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning "E-Bikes" or "Power Assisted Bicycles"...


9. The ROM adds Public Art Bike Racks
Not all things are going bad for cyclists on Bloor St. The Royal Ontario Museum has unveiled 12 artful bikeracks that not only secure bikes but serve as sidewalk sculpture. Each takes it's inspiration from an exhibit within the museum.



10. Proof that BikeLanes are Good for Business
"Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity. "This report should alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street bicycle lanes", said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the Clean Air Partnership. "


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posted by Joe on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist
Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike."

2. TTC and Bikes Warm Welcome Hoax?
There's something banging around the internet today about a supposed new campaign by the TTC to "warmly welcome" cyclists with signs that say when bikes ARE allowed on the transit system as opposed to when they are NOT.

3. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cycling into 2009
This is the first Wrap-Up since the Holidays, so we have some "Looking Back at 2008" as well as some "Looking Forward to 2009" news links for you.

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
Whether or not you've seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you're about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga -- Kundalini -- and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]...

How do you live green?
I don't own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

6. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Bikes on Transit Hoax
The majority of news this week was about the Bikes on the TTC Hoax that some cycling people sent out using an anonymous email website. The email faked a TTC press release (complete with grammar and spelling errors), making unreasonable claims such as the TTC is considering reserving cars on subway trains just for cyclists and their bikes. It's hard to make space for bikes when there isn't enough space for people on the TTC during rush hour.

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Toronto Bike Awards, Laser Bikelanes and Re-Designing Jarvis
The majority of news this week was about the Toronto Bike Awards that were handed out on Tuesday night by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union.

8. City and Cyclist Union Bike Awards
The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union will present the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards and the Cyclists Union own awards, the Golden Spokes.


9.
Report from the 2008 Toronto Bike Awards
Along with the award presentations, we were also treated to music by the band GUH, spinning by DJs Dorian and Dorian, a short musical called "Bicycle Revolution" by Clay and Paper Theatre, and a surprisingly provocative "Winter Cyclist Reverse Strip Tease" (in which people put *on* layers).


10.
Headlines: Pedal Powered Snowmobile
Clayton Preddy would like it if you got your own bike this winter. Just because yours doesn't have an indestructible polyurethane track for a back wheel, doesn't mean you can just jump on his any time you like.


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posted by Joe on Friday, January 30, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

It seems to be becoming a tradition here on BikingToronto that the winter is used to freshen up the design of the site to get ready for the coming warm weather (okay, it may not seem like warm weather will ever come right now... but have faith... haha).

BikingToronto had a major re-design about a year ago, and since then there's been things tweaked, added and removed, all to make the site a better experience for you, the reader.

Our new design has been in the planning stages for many months to provide you with:

1) A cleaner and more organized design that helps you find the information you are looking for. After all, this site is huge (with over 3000 pages as of this writing!)... so it's important to have things where you can find them.

2) Constantly updating sections like "Recent News", "Upcoming Events", "Recent Comments", "Active in the Forum" that are on every page of the site, so you can keep your fingers on the pulse of what is going on.

3) Easy access to our excellent RSS feeds and email newsletters. Why come to BikingToronto when BikingToronto can come to you? :)

The new design will be rolling out over the next week, so if you see a page that still has the old design... don't worry... it'll change soon.

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posted by Joe on Monday, January 12, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here is the 3rd of the Popular in 2008 posts I started with Most Popular Blog Posts in 2008 and Most Popular Non-Blog Content in 2008.

Here are the 10 most viewed discussion topics over on the Forum:

1. Stolen Bike Listing

2. The Igor Kenk / Bicycle Clinic Saga

3. July's Community Contest

4. Critical Mass Toronto takes the Gardiner

5. Stolen Bike Discussion

6. Today's Commute

7. Bloor-Yorkville Loses Parking, Ignores Cyclists

8. Cyclists being attacked on our trails

9. Greatest Danger

10. Community Contest - September 2008


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posted by Joe on Monday, January 12, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Over the weekend, I posted a list of the 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2008 and while a big part of BikingToronto is the blog, there are a lot of pages on the site that aren't blog posts but rather categories of posts. These are very popular with search engines and readers looking for more information.

Here are the 10 most popular non-blog pages from 2008 (not including the front page):

1. Toronto BikeShop Map

2. The Carnage Category

3. Bike the Strike Page

4. Stolen Bikes Page

5. Events Calendar

6. The News Page

7. BikeFriday

8. Toronto BikeLane Map

9. Infrastructure Category

10. Elsewhere Category


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posted by Joe on Monday, January 12, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

Today is BikingToronto's 3rd birthday. It started compiling all biking-related info about Toronto back on Jan. 12th 2006, and has grown hugely since then.

As I did a year ago, I thought I'd compare 2008 to 2007 to see how the site has grown:

How 2008 stacked up to 2007 and 2006:

Posts:
2007 over 2006: 100% increase
2008 over 2007: 171% increase

Posting went way up on the site. 2008 averaged 6.5 posts a day.

Unique Visitors:
2007 over 2006: 40% increase

2008 over 2007: 138% increase
Lots of people like BikingToronto. :)

Page Views:
2007 over 2006: 40% increase

2008 over 2007: 155% increase
Another big jump in viewing. Yay!

Search Visits:
2007 over 2006: 121% increase
2008 over 2007: 199% increase
Search engine visitors just about tripled from 2007 to 2008. Woah.


All these numbers are increasing, which means that you are enjoying what appears on BikingToronto. Feel free to leave any questions or concerns in the comments. I read every single one!

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posted by Joe on Monday, January 12, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

There's something new down in the comment section of every blog post on BikingToronto for you... and that's a "Facebook Connect" option.

Essentially, what this option allows you to do is leave a comment as your facebook identity - so not only will you not have to fill out all your information to comment, but your comment will link back to your profile on facebook!

I'll comment on this post to give an example for you. :)

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posted by Joe on Saturday, January 10, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's a new year, and since I do monthly round-ups of the most popular blog posts on this site, I thought looking at what the most popular were during the whole of 2008 would be interesting:

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most views in 2008. Enjoy.

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner

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posted by Joe on Friday, January 09, 2009 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1.
Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

2. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Lawrence Bikelanes, Lansdowne Sharrows and Driver Caught after hitting Cyclist

4. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

5. Today's Headlines: Public Helps Catch Driver Who Hit Cyclist

6. Bloor Viaduct Cycling Safety Report Released

7. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

8. Toronto Cyclist Fights Air Canada on Taking Folding Bikes on Planes

9. Cyclist who lost Leg in apparent Road Rage incident speaks out

10. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cabbie Denied Bail After Cyclist Loses Leg, Bike Plan Budget Approved


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posted by Joe on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark


Hi everyone, I'm trying out a new commenting system here on the site. It's something known as a "decentralized commenting system", which means that comments are not "chained" to a particular website:
"Disqus, pronounced "discuss", is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. The Disqus comment system can be plugged into any website, blog, or application. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community. Web comments can be difficult for both websites and their readers. We think Disqus is the solution. Disqus makes it easier for people to comment and track their contributions on a single profile which they can display as a comment blog. After all, there is no difference between a great comment and a great published article."
Try it out by commenting on this post. I'll keep track of things and if people seem to like the new system, we'll keep it. If not, we'll go back to the old system.

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posted by Joe on Monday, December 15, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Every single day, BikingToronto features a photo and calls it the Photo of the Day. We've created an RSS feed just for this extremely popular and long-running (since January 2007) feature of BikingToronto.

The Photo of the Day Email is the easiest way to keep up to date with the Photo of the Day. It'll get delivered right to your email inbox so you can read it when you have time.


Enter your email here to get the Photo of the Day Email:



Or, subscribe to the Photo of the Day RSS feed, if you're into that sort of thing.

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posted by Joe on Friday, December 12, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Bike / Taxi Collision, Cyclist Leg Amputated

2. Cyclist who lost Leg in apparent Road Rage incident speaks out

3. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

4. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cyclist Loses Leg and Toronto SmartCommute

5. Cabbie Charged in Taxi/Bike Collision that cost Cyclist his leg

6. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

7. Today's Headlines: Cyclist Loses Leg in Possible Road Rage Collision

8. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

9. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cabbie Charged after Cyclist loses Leg and What to do with Thousands of Stolen Bikes

10. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto


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posted by Joe on Thursday, November 20, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here at BikingToronto, we've decided to add a "How To" section to the site.

Lots of sites do this, of course, but we're going to do it a little differently (because we're all a little different, haha). Namely, we're going to let *you* develop the "How To" section.

We're going to do this through the BikingToronto Forum - we've set up a new "How To" section in the forum, and opened the first topic "How to Bike in the Winter" (in honour of yesterday's first snow of the season) for discussion.

Share your tips about biking in the winter. If you have questions about how to do it, you can post your questions in the topic too. It's all about sharing information. When we've got a bunch of information compiled, we'll have a great resource for Toronto cyclists.

Visit and contribute to the How To Section

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

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posted by Joe on Friday, October 03, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1.
Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. More Chances to Find Your Stolen Bike in the Igor Kenk Collection

3. The Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going International

4. Cyclist Killed in the West End

5. Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Trial Delayed

6. Councillor Joe Mihevc rides the new Vaughan Road Bike Lane

7. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

8. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

9. "Safe Cycling Coalition" Intervening in Yorkville Court Case

10. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft



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posted by Joe on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Every Monday, BikingToronto takes a look all the upcoming cycling-related events going on in Toronto that week (Monday-Sunday) and links to them all in one post, for you, the BikingToronto reader.

The Weekly Events Newsletter is the easiest way to know exactly what's going on every week. Get it in your RSS reader or email inbox so you can read it when you have time.


Enter your email here to get an Events Newsletter every Monday:



Or, subscribe to the RSS feed, if you're into that sort of thing.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

We are now halfway through September, so I want to remind everyone about the Community Contest we have going on.

It's a draw-type contest, and the more you participate in the BikingToronto Community, the more draw entries you get. It's that easy.

You can win a free, customized BikingToronto T-shirt, a Little Green Book of Big Savings (180 discounts worth over $4,000 in freebies and savings from locally owned and operated restaurants), and some BikingToronto buttons.

All the details are here.

Come to the Community. Win Stuff. :)

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

  1. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner
  2. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
  3. The Igor Kenk Stolen Bicycle Saga is going International
  4. Stolen Bike Recovery Program - 3000+ Bikes on Display!
  5. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto
  6. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto
  7. More Chances to Find Your Stolen Bike in the Igor Kenk Collection
  8. Toronto Police may have your Stolen Bike!
  9. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist
  10. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in July. Obviously the Igor Kenk Stolen Bike Saga was popular (see top 2 posts below).

  1. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner
  2. Stolen Bike Recovery Program - 3000+ Bikes on Display!
  3. Toronto Police Take Bike Registration Online
  4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town
  5. The Lansdowne Reconstruction: Setting the Record Straight
  6. Toronto Police may have your Stolen Bike!
  7. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft
  8. Toronto's Weekly Carnage
  9. Photo of the Day: Criterium
  10. Photo of the Day: Stormy Dundas

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posted by Joe on Friday, September 05, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's time for another Community contest! Over $100 worth of prizes!!!

What kind of contest? How do I enter?
It's a draw. Everything you do in the community in the entire month of September gets you an entry. Post in the forum? Each post is an entry. Share a photo? That's an entry. Write a blog post? That's an entry!

What do I win? There better be great prizes!

The prizes are fantastic. You know they are! We've got over $100 worth of prizes for you!

First off, we've got a free BikingToronto T-shirt for our first winner. Not only is it free, but if you win you get to customize it however you want! Check out "The Anna Shirt", customized by our May Winner (Anna) with a funny Mark Twain quote on the back.

We've got an additional prize this month too... a free copy of The Little Green Book of Big Savings - a great little publication that has 180 discounts worth over $4,000 in freebies and savings from locally owned and operated restaurants, businesses and stores. Thanks to The Little Green Book of Big Savings for the donation of this prize!

That sounds great, but what if I post a lot in the community but don't win the shirt or the book?
We've got you covered there too. The top 10 most active members in the community will get a BikingToronto button. Yay! Buttons!!!

I'm not a member of the Community yet. What do I do?
You should join! You know you want to! :)


To finish off, here's a Past Contest Update:

May 2008 - Prizes are being mailed!
July 2008 - The draw is this weekend!

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posted by Joe on Thursday, September 04, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in June. Enjoy. 1.


1.
Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

3. Toronto Bikeway Network Update

4. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

5. Cyclists on the Gardiner (and not for the Ride for Heart)

6. New Bike Boxes at Harbord and Bathurst

7. Stolen: Green CCM Falcon (Bloor & Lansdowne)

8. The New Maps Section!

9. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

10. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto



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

Hi everyone,

I'm adding to my previous post (about the Eastern Ave. bikelane) to tell you that the new section of Logan Avenue bikelane (between Gerrard and Dundas) has been painted and is now on the Toronto Bikelanes Map too.

Now, Logan Avenue has either a painted bikelane or a "shared roadway" (a signed, on-street route) for almost it's entire length (except for one section between Danforth and Bain Avenue) from the Cosburn Ave bikelanes all the way down to Lakeshore Boulevarde!

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give you the heads-up that I recently added the new Eastern Avenue bikelane (between Logan and Leslie) to the Toronto Bikelanes Map.

I'll update the map again when the Vaughan Road bikelanes are completed.

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posted by Joe on Monday, August 25, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Every Friday, BikingToronto takes a look at all the "newsy" posts from the past week and compiles little easy-to-digest snippets of them into one post, for you, the BikingToronto reader. Not only that, but we put the gravy and/or icing (according to your taste) on top by linking to all the bike-related news stories we've found in Toronto's major media and websites.

Put it in the oven and bake it for a while and you have a tasty treat in a Weekly News Wrap-Up. It brings all the Toronto Bike News straight to your RSS reader or email inbox so you can read it when you have time.

Enter your email here to get a Wrap-Up Email once a week:



Or, subscribe to the RSS feed, if you're into that sort of thing.

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posted by Joe on Friday, August 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Today is the day of statistics announcements, I guess...

Earlier today, I posted about having the 200,000th pageview yesterday and our 100,000th unique visitor stopping by in late July.

Now, I'm here to announce that this is post #3000 on BikingToronto.com!

Post #1000 went up back on August 30th, 2007.
Post #2000 went up back on April 18th, 2008.

Whether it's a post on Main page, part of the Photo pages, or the new Events page (along with all the other parts of BikingToronto), I hope you're getting as much enjoyment following the posts on this site as I am compiling all this information for you.

As the about page says, BikingToronto is:
  • the best place for Toronto cycling information
  • a positive outlook on all cycling-related events and news in Toronto
If you're new following the site, check out the site map, the blog archives, the categories, the community... there's a lot to see and do here. :)

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posted by Joe on Friday, August 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I just posted about BikingToronto passing the 200,000 pageview mark yesterday, and while I was looking at the site statistics I noticed that the Unique Visitors stat passed 100,000 in late July.

That's a pretty big number, and it's only getting bigger. I wonder when it'll pass 200,000?

Thanks, Mr. or Mrs. Unique Visitor (you!) for being so unique.

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posted by Joe on Friday, August 22, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I posted about the first 100,000 pageviews of BikingToronto.com back in January, so I thought I should post about us passing the 200,000 mark sometime yesterday!

It took almost 2 years for the first 100,000 pageviews... while only about 8 months for the 2nd 100,000 pageviews - so BikingToronto, like cycling in general, is getting more popular. :)



Technical Talk:
These 200,000 pageviews are real HTML pageviews - someone actually loading a page in a web-browser. A lot of sites include things like RSS, PHP, CSS, XML and Javascript files being accessed, which pump up statistics a lot but give a very inaccurate view of how much a site is being used, as many of those things (don't worry if you don't know what the acronyms stand for - it's techy gobbledygook) are parts of a larger page.



Thank you, BikingToronto visitors, for being part of that 200,000.

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in May. Enjoy.


1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

3. BlogTO: The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

4. Fri, May 30: Toronto Criterium Race

5. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

6. Stolen: Green CCM Falcon (Bloor & Lansdowne)

7. "GO by Bike" through Pickering and Ajax

8. SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path

9. Free Pedal-powered cabs coming to Toronto

10. New Whimsical Bike Posts at Yonge and Lawrence



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posted by Joe on Monday, August 18, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I'm catching up on recent Popular Posts. Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in April. Enjoy.


1. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

2. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

3. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

4. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

5. Free Pedal-powered cabs coming to Toronto

6. No Big Box in Leslieville Community Rally

7. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

8. Cyclist Only Lanes included in TTC Strike Traffic Plan

9. Cavern Cycles has closed down

10. SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path



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posted by Joe on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's some updates about the BikingToronto Community for you:

We've broken the 100 member mark, increasing by 34 members (or 50%) in July.

The prizes have been delivered for the May Community Contest, and the drawing for the July Contest is just about ready to go. There will be another contest soon, so don't worry if you missed out on these.

There's a blogging function on the Community - so if you want an easy way to write about biking in Toronto and having an instant audience of 100+ fellow cyclists - then feel free to try it out!

All the best,

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

So, I'm back from a 2 week vacation in which my wife and I did a lot of relaxing things like go to Wasaga, Stratford, and various parts of the GTA.

I'll be working on catching up on stuff and continuing to make BikingToronto better for you, the reader, over the coming days and weeks. There's some good stuff and improvements in the works, so stay tuned.

All the best,

Joe

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

Hi everyone, I'm going to be offline for the next two weeks as I'll be on vacation, but that does not mean BikingToronto won't be updating.

I've set it up so that the Photo of the Day and the From the Archives posts will continue to update every morning - and the top of the main page of the site will have lots of nice automatically updating stuff for your reading pleasure.

If you hear of bicycle related news going on it the city, post about it over in the News Section of the BikingToronto Community Forum, and links to it will show up on the main page as well as on the News page - that way your fellow Toronto cyclists will know about it.

Have a good two weeks. Ride safe, and enjoy the weather. Summer won't last forever.

Joe.

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

In case you missed it, there's another BikingToronto Community Contest going on right now.

Basically, every time you do anything in the Community - from discussing stuff in the forum, or add photos, or make a Community Blog post... you get an entry into the contest.

What can you win? A personalized BikingToronto t-shirt!

Join the BikingToronto Community. You can win stuff.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, June 12, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

I just did the draw for the free BikingToronto t-shirt, using the draw entry numbers above... here's a photo of all the entries in a hat (specifically my Blue Jay hat):


And.... I pulled one out from deep in the hat... and the winner is... *drumroll*.... Anna!!!!!


Anna, you win a free BikingToronto t-shirt, and I'll even personalize it for you if you want. :)

Honorable mentions go to Psyminh, Pouya, Greg Lyttle, Dawn, and Tory, who were the most active members back in May. I'll be giving you guys cute little BikingToronto buttons. :)

I'm not sure the best way to get all these prizes to you... maybe we should start a BikingToronto Community Drinks night? :)

Oh yeah... don't forget I'm planning on doing this again for the month of July... so no worries if you didn't win or just joined the Community... :)

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

I haven't forgotten about this. :)

I've just tallied up all the entries for the May Contest:
  1. you got an entry if you were or became a member of the BikingToronto Community in May
  2. you got an entry every time you posted anything (a forum post, a photo, etc.) in the Community during May.
I'll be doing the draw soon - but if you're interested in how many entries you have, there's a list posted (fittingly) over on the Community...

Each time you see your name, it's an entry in the draw for a t-shirt from the BikingToronto store.

And for those who don't win, or who didn't become a member until June... I'll be running another contest in July. :)

Feel free to join the Community before then though... it's growing slowly but surely... with now over 50 members registered.

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posted by Joe on Friday, May 30, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

If you haven't already noticed it, last week I renovated the "Maps" section of this site, adding a Bikelane Map to the already well-received Bikeshop Map, and making a nice main Maps Page.

This is also part of a BikeMonth campaign between MC Abdominal and BikingToronto to raise awareness of Bicycles Crossing Borders - an organization that donates bicycles to and encourages bicycle use in underdeveloped countries. Their current international project donates bikes to Cuba.

In order to support the work of Bicycles Crossing Borders, Abdominal will be creating a series of public service announcements that will highlight the positive social and environmental impacts that biking can have.


For interviews with Abdominal or to learn more about this campaign please contact:

Craig Hill at craig@themusebox.net or 647.436.8423

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I've decided to start a little contest with the BikingToronto Community.


What's the BikingToronto Community?
It's a social network type of thing for BikingToronto. Connect, Discuss, Disagree, Network, and stay up-to-date on what is going on in the Toronto Bike-o-sphere.

What kind of contest is it?
It's a t-shirt contest for the month of May. I'm only one guy (and ad revenue on this site barely covers hosting costs), so let's start out small for now...

What can you win?
I'm going to have a draw to win a free t-shirt from the BikingToronto Store. It can be any shirt ... any size and any colour... and I'll even personalize it for the winner if they want.

How do you get chances to win?
Ah, that's the fun (and easy) part!
  • Method 2: Post stuff in the Community. Discuss stuff in the forum, post bikey photos you may have, even start a Group. Every post you post in the Community is good for another entry in the draw. There's a lot of stuff to do on there, so go nuts. :) This contest runs for the whole month of may, so post away!

Can I win anything else?
Yeah, I'm going to have a couple small bonus prizes (also from the Store) for people who post a whole lot, or those who start discussions / post photos / start groups that get a lot of participation from other members.


Go. Join up. Have fun. Win stuff.

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posted by Joe on Thursday, May 01, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone,

I've redesigned BikingToronto for you.

The goal of the new design is to let you find information about biking in Toronto quickly and easily. After all, there are over 2000 pages (as of May 2008) of information here. They're not going to do anyone much good if no one can find them. :)

Beside the site logo up at the top you have links to parts of the site that will help you find information:

Under that you can see links to the most popular categories of blog posts:
... and a link to the Categories Page.

If you click around a bit, you'll find that each page has different features for you.

For instance, the News Page has links to all recent news stories, as well as news discussion in the BikingToronto Community, as well as links to the News RSS feed and the News Email Newsletter.

The Photos Page has links to all recent photo posts, as well as links to the BikingToronto Group on Flickr, as well as a new feature - Featured Photographers - with our first two - Gabi and Tino.

Look around lots, and do it often. I'll be adding stuff to all the pages over the spring and summer. Lots of new stuff is coming too. Lucky you!

As always, I'd love your feedback on the site. You can leave comments on this post below, or shoot me an email at joe@bikingtoronto.com. Let me know what you like, what you don't like, and what else you think BikingToronto.com should have.

All the best,

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Friday, April 18, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

This is post #2000 on BikingToronto!

Whether it's a post on Main page, part of the Photo pages, or the new Events page (along with all the other parts of BikingToronto), I hope you're getting as much enjoyment following the posts on this site as I am compiling all this information for you.

As the about page says, BikingToronto is:
  • the best place for Toronto cycling information
  • a positive outlook on all cycling-related events and news in Toronto
If you're new following the site, check out the site map, the blog archives, the categories, the community... there's a lot to see and do here. :)

Post #1000 went up back on August 30th, 2007.

Stay tuned - there's always more good bikey stuff coming on BikingToronto. :)


Happy Biking,

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

2. The Toronto-Niagara BikeTrain Rides Again

3. Video: NYC Bike Move

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

5. Queen West Cyclist in hospital after crash yesterday

6. Subway Station Stairs to get Bike Tracks

7. Feb. 29: Toronto's Weekly Carnage

8. Duke's Cycle Victim of Massive Fire

9. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

10. 2008: The Year of the Bicycle?



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posted by Joe on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Duke's Cycle Victim of Massive Fire

2. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

3. Memorial for Eugene Yao, Urbane Cyclist Founder

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

5. Stolen Chopper Bike "Darryl" Recovered!

6. Photo of the Day: Practice Safe Cycling

7. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

8. Snowy Bikelanes on Metro Morning, with Audio

9. Metrolinx Wants Your Input to make the Toronto Area more Bike-Friendly

10. Taking A Lane With Two Bikes (Or A Sidecar)


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posted by Joe on Friday, February 08, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. 10 Reasons Why 2007 Was A Great Year for Biking in Toronto

3. Cyclist Challenges Driver Downtown - And Wins

4. BikeWinter: Coldest Day of the Year Ride is Wed, Jan 30th

5. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

6. Photos of the Week: Dec. 31 - Jan 6

7. New Cycling Trail connects Toronto and Caledon

8. New Bathurst Bridge To Have Bike Lanes

9. Taking A Lane With Two Bikes (Or A Sidecar)

10. Velomobile: This Bike Looks Like A Car


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posted by Joe on Thursday, January 17, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

I knew back in December that the 100,000 mark was coming for BikingToronto, but now that I've gone back and looked at the stats - the site actually hit the mark on or around Christmas Eve, 2007.

This is just a rough guess, as I have a few statcounting programs tracking visitors here and while different, all their numbers are roughly the same. :)

Oh, and I should mention that these 100,000 pageviews are real HTML pageviews - someone actually loading a page in a web-browser. A lot of sites include things like RSS, PHP, CSS, XML and Javascript files being accessed, which pump up statistics a lot but give a very inaccurate view of how much a site is being used, as many of those things (don't worry if you don't know what the acronyms stand for - it's techy gobbledygook) are parts of a larger page.

Anyways - thank you, BikingToronto visitors, for being part of that 100,000.

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, January 12, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Today is the 2nd birthday of the start of this site. :)

Yesterday I posted a "Looking Back at 2007, Looking Forward to 2008" post that talks about how the site has gone, and gives a glimpse about where it is going.

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posted by Joe on Friday, January 11, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Tomorrow, January 12th, is the 2nd birthday of BikingToronto. From it's small beginnings to what it is today, it's been online for 2 years.

This works out well for those looking at statistics - comparing 2006 (year 1) to 2007 (year 2) as we begin our 3rd year (2008).

How 2007 stacked up to 2006:

Posts: +100%
(yup, there were exactly two times as many posts in 2007 as in 2006... it wasn't planned that way or anything...)

Unique Visitors: +40%
(Visits, which counts you as one person if you visit, leave and then visit again)

Page Views: +40%
(The average visitor viewed 2 pages on BikingToronto)

Search Visits: +121%
(People who got here after searching for something on Google, Yahoo, etc.)


All these numbers are increasing, which means that you are enjoying what I post on BikingToronto - which leads me to plans for 2008...

Since tomorrow is the 2nd birthday of the site, we're celebrating by improving the site - you'll start to see visual changes when you visit next week, and as time goes on you'll see a bunch of new sections and features on the site that have been planned and thought out over the past couple of months.

I don't want to be too mysterious, so I'll tell you to expect more of everything you expect from BikingToronto, with more ways to search and find all that content. :)

Happy Birthday everyone.

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posted by Joe on Friday, January 11, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

Yesterday, I posted a list of the 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2007 and while a big part of BikingToronto is the blog, there are a lot of pages on the site that aren't blog posts but rather categories of posts. These are very popular with search engines and readers looking for more information.

Here are the 10 most popular non-blog pages from 2007 (not including the front page):


1. The Carnage Category

2. BikeFriday

3. Stolen Bike Listings

4. News Category

5. Photos Category

6. Maps Category

7. How-To Category

8. Infrastructure Category

9. Safety Category

10. Elsewhere Category


More Popular Posts:

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posted by Joe on Thursday, January 10, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

It's a new year, and since I do monthly round-ups of the most popular blog posts on this site, I thought looking at what the most popular were during the whole of 207 would be interesting:

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most views in 2007. Enjoy.


1. Seven-Year-Old Girl on Bike Dies After Being Hit By Car In Scarborough

2. Cops Warn Of Sexual Assault Cyclist

3. 8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

4. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

5. You Light Up My Bike

6. BikingToronto and Facebook

7. Update on the Cyclist-Motorist Screwdriver Assault

8. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

9. Toronto's Weekly Carnage (Fri, Jun. 8, 2007)

10. Do Helmets Equal Safety?


More Popular Post Round-Ups:

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posted by Joe on Friday, January 04, 2008 Share/Save/Bookmark

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

1. Winter Biking in Toronto

2. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

3. Velomobile: This Bike Looks Like A Car

4. Bicycle Specialities is Closing Down

5. Cavern Cycles has Closed Down

6. New Cycling Trail connects Toronto and Caledon

7. TreeHugger: Stickers for those Jerks who Park in Bike Lanes

8. 10 Reasons Why 2007 Was A Great Year for Biking in Toronto

9. Unicycling Toronto

10. Seven-Year-Old Girl on Bike Dies After Being Hit By Car In Scarborough

While these are the Top Ten Blog Posts, the new Stolen Bike Listing Page was the 4th most popular page on the entire site (blog posts, archive pages, category pages, etc.) in December. Very cool!

Past Popular Monthly Posts:

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here are the 10 posts that saw the most action in November. Enjoy.
1. Update on the Cyclist-Motorist Screwdriver Assault

2. Cyclist Stabs Motorist with a Screwdriver

3. Toronto Cyclists Union Ultrasound Newsletter - Late October

4. The Globe: Grow Up, Cyclists (Dave Meslin and the Cyclist Union)

5. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

6. Bike Theft Thursday

7. Richard Florida on Bicycling and Cities

8. Arrest in Cyclist Road Rage Screwdriver Stabbing

9. Photo of the Day: Transit Messages

10. Toronto planning 50 km of bikelanes for 2008

Past Popular Monthly Posts:

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posted by Joe on Thursday, November 01, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here are the 10 posts that saw the most action in October. Enjoy.


1. BikingToronto and Facebook

2. Seven-Year-Old Girl on Bike Dies After Being Hit By Car In Scarborough

3. The Aftermath of a Cyclist-Taxi Collision, in Photos

4. Toronto's First Coloured Bike Lane

5. The New Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee

6. Toronto Police Take Bike Registration Online

7. New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

8. Mississauga Cyclist Dies From Crash Injuries

9. The October 2007 Issue of Cyclometer is here

10. Bicycle Friendly Business Award Winners!


Wondering what was popular in September?

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark


BikingToronto was very flattered yesterday as our BikingToronto Facebook Group was named by BlogTO as one of 50 Essential Toronto Facebook Groups!

Go check out the list - great stuff in there! We're in the "Environmental" Section.

You can "friend" BikingToronto
too! Yay!

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

Here are the 10 posts that saw the most action back in September. Enjoy.

1. Cops Warn of Sexual Assault Cyclist

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posted by Joe on Monday, October 22, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

There are new organic cotton t-shirts and bags in the BikingToronto Store.

Also, you can escape the shipping costs on any order over $25 - just punch in "CADSPOOK07" when it asks you for a promo-code when you are checking out.

Here are the basics of the shirts and bags - all available with logos in black, red, brown, blue, light blue, green or pink!

Men's AA Organic Tee:

100% fine combed jersey cotton tee by American Apparel. A sustainable edition item made from certified imported organic cotton.



Organic Cotton Tote:

Organic Cotton Canvas Shopping Tote by ECO-Bags. Multi-purpose durable tote bag, perfect for grocery shopping! SKAL Certified Organic Cotton. Available in Black and Natural (Creme)

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posted by Joe on Thursday, October 18, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

The Decision to Enforce Copyright of the Design

I designed the I Bike T.O. design in February 2006. As such, I feel it is my reponsibility to ensure some control over how it is used and profited from as cycling gets more popular in Toronto. I think it would be inappropriate if some "Joe Schmoe" or corporation used the design to make money without it benefiting the cycling community in Toronto.


Current Merchandising

The only thing that I'm okay with regarding the logo at present is anything sold through the spreadshirt.com online site, as I've designed everything on there. Therefore, I'm formally asking that if you are working on merchandising using the logo to please stop. My reasons for this are below.


Future Merchandising

In terms of future merchandising and any other use involving the logo, as official owner of the logo I feel I have a responsibility to not only myself but the Toronto bike community at large to ensure that it is used in the most beneficial way possible. I will be co-ordinating that and making any such merchandise available to groups such as TaketheTooker, BikePirates, CBN, TBN, the City of Toronto, or any other bike groups or other local organizations that wish to use it (assuming my approval is given). This will allow any financial benefits to be enjoyed by appropriate groups and organizations.

Thanks for your attention to this important information.

Happy Biking,

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

This is the 1000th post on BikingToronto. Can you believe it?

It took 18 months for me to do, but here it is... 1000 posts later. Wow.

If you've only started reading BikingToronto recently (or this is your first time), you may want to explore the archives a bit... here's some links to make it a little easier for you.

Most of the posts on BikingToronto are categorized into the following:
As well, here are the 10 most popular posts from 2007 (so far):
  1. 8 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic (Complete Series)
  2. You Light Up My Bike
  3. Photo of the Day: Jan. 17th, 2007
  4. Do Helmets Equal Safety?
  5. Cyclist Assault Update - The Driver is a Cop
  6. Dead Cyclists Always at Fault, Says Councillor Rob Ford
  7. The Mission Statement
  8. Students Accidentally Capture Cyclist Assault on Tape
  9. Less Cars on Yonge Street and King Street
  10. Two Cyclists Died in Toronto Yesterday

Happy Reading... I'm sure we'll be at 2000 before we know it. :)

Happy Biking,

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

While I have a personal account on the website-du-jour facebook, I thought it was about time I started a BikingToronto account on there. "Friend" me if you enjoy this website.

Already, a few local politicians have made friends with BikingToronto... you can too.

I also went ahead and started a BikingToronto group on there. It'll be fun. :)

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posted by Joe on Friday, June 22, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

You've probably noticed...

I went and switched the site over to the bikingtoronto.com domain today.

If you've bookmarked any of the pages, the URLs are exactly the same, only you have to replace bikingtoronto.blogspot.com with bikingtoronto.com... all the rest of the URLs stay the same, as far as I know.

I've got to fiddle with the RSS feeds a bit, but if you notice any technical glitches, please let me know in the comments or at joe@bikingtoronto.com. Thanks!

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posted by Joe on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Hi everyone, here's some site news for you:

Regular readers may remember a particularly cryptic post from early January in which I alluded to a "plan" that was hatched amongst Herb, Tanya, Tino and Darren (and also with Vic and Tammy T) to "work together to take our own individual promotion of cycling in this city to the next level".

I won't spill the metaphorical beans yet, because this is a "teaser" post, but:
  • The Beans will be spilled before BikeWeek (so, anytime in the next weeks), but probably sooner rather than later.
  • You'll see changes in the sidebar of BikingToronto as I prepare to incorporate new things into it to keep you informed about everything bikey happening. (You may already have noticed that the BikingToronto Calendar is gone... but don't worry, something calendar-ish will be replacing it...)
So, since early January planning has been done, ideas have been thought of, thrown out, expanded, tweaked, and implemented...

... and you will love them. Trust me.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, March 10, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Just a quick post about the site:

1) It seems that Internet Explorer users were getting an error message when trying to click a link on this page - specifically, one that said "overflow at stack 54". I did some research and apparently it's something to do with the "backlinks" that Blogger uses. Anyways, I tweaked the code, and it doesn't happen on my computer using Internet Explorer anymore. Please let me know in the comments if it's still happening to you. I'll also recommend the Mozilla Firefox browser to you as well - after using it for a couple years, I can't use IE at all anymore. Everything is better with it, and no annoying "stack overflow" bugs.

2) You may notice some changes to the design of this page soon too... I'm constantly trying to make this site very information rich without making it look too cluttered (yeah, it's pretty cluttery... and yeah, "cluttery" is a word...), so I'll be trying some stuff out to make it easier to access older BikingToronto posts and such.

Hope you are all having a great weekend,

Joe.

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

Here's a play on the "5 Things You May Not Know About Me" thing that you may have seen on some blogs. Essentially the concept is that someone lists the 5 things, and then "tags" 5 other people to do the same thing.

I've kept my list to bike-related stuff. I'll tag people at the bottom.

1. I know squat about bike maintenance. I can clean the grime off my bike, and de-grease and re-lube my chain… and fiddle around with my brakes a bit, but other than that, I know nothing about bikes. I’m kind of an anti-“gearhead”. I know in theory how to change a flat, but have never done it – but I don’t mind giving the business to my favourite bikeshop – and at $10 a pop, it’s about the only fairly regular expense my bike incurs, which is loads cheaper than car ownership and year-round TTC reliance. Don’t even mention derailleurs to me… they’re mysteries wrapped in enigmas to me.

2. I’m generally lazy about everything regarding my bike. It takes me weeks to go from thinking “I should clean my chain” to actually doing it. When I think I should go and buy some more lights for my bike at MEC.ca, it takes me a while to do it although MEC isn’t really out of my way on my bike-commute home from work.

3. I’m a slow cyclist. I don’t pretend to be racing in the Tour de France like some cyclists seem to. I generally bike along at a comfortable pace, according to how much energy my legs have and the traffic conditions around me. I coast when I can. I yield to stopping streetcars, and pedestrians in general.

4. I’m impulsive. I’ll go on a long ride through the ravines and trails of Toronto with very little preparation. In fact, I’m more likely to do something like this if the thought comes to me at the last second. A good example is from last March when I biked the waterfront, the Humber valley, over to Eglinton & the Allen, down the Beltline, through Mount Pleasant Cemetary, the Moore Park Ravine, the Brickworks and the Lower Don Valley in a big circuit, just to see if I could do it. It’s by far the longest ride I’ve done (51 km) and it took me 4 hours (see point #3), and it was something I thought of and started on with zero preparation. I did take my camera and one water bottle though.

5. I'm a calm cyclist... until I snap. Most of the time, in my cruising and slow cycling through Toronto, I do it with a Zen-like attitude… life is good… biking is fun… la-de-da. I can even shrug off minor transgressions against me… the car passing a bit too close, the FedEx truck parked in the bikelane. However, sometimes, all drivers start commiting major transgressions against me, all at once, and I do not let them get away with it. I use my middle-finger quite liberally on those days… I pull up on the left side of cars who have nearly hit my handlebars when passing me and proceed to berate them loudly and for all to hear, using the most colourful language I can… I have punched the windows of taxis who have almost killed me by not paying attention… I’ve hit them so hard that I’ve feared that I’ve broken my hand… and have been amazed that the window did not break.

I realize that point #5 is not good for driver-cyclist relations, but there comes a point for all of us when not sticking up for one’s self is akin to being led to the slaughterhouse. Thank drivers who drive courteously around you. Punish those who don’t.

Toronto "Bike-Bloggers" I'd like to see write about 5 bike-related things about themselves we may not know about:

Martino of BikeLaneDiary
Darren of BikeRefugee
Chris of TucoRides
Andrew of MonkeyMartian
Tanya of CrazyBikerChick

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

Today marks the first anniversary of the first post I made on BikingToronto:

Welcome to Biking Toronto. This is the first post. That is all.

It wasn’t a very exciting start, but In the past year, I’ve made 458 posts and just over 24,000 unique visitors (based on a 6-hour cookie – if someone visits BikingToronto twice within 6 hours, they only count as one “unique” visit). This works out to an average of about 1.25 posts and about 66 visitors a day.

I’ve learned a lot about Toronto’s cycling community over the past year, and the issues it faces in Toronto… everything from getting local politicians to pay attention to (and promote) cycling as a great way for Toronto to be more livable and cleaner, to just simply making the roads a bit safer for those of us who chose to bike to work, to the store, to our friends, or just exploring the city.

I’ve met some great people doing this for the past year – I was going to list them all here but I’d inevitably miss someone, and since I don’t want to hurt any feelings I’ll just say you know who you are.

It’s been a busy year too… I got married, went on a few trips, started renovating our bathroom (it’s almost done), and changed jobs (at the same place).

I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve done regarding this site over the past year, but here are the highlights (in my opinion), other than reporting and commenting on news stories and events happening that effect and interest me as a bike commuter:

The Bikeshop Map – a very crude GoogleMap of Toronto Bikeshops. I need to update this (and try to incorporate the Toronto Cycling Map somehow).

I Bike T.O. – I thought of this as a easily recognizable symbol of the love of biking Toronto. CBN has used it as a fundraiser, and you can buy t-shirts or buttons with it at the BikingToronto Store (another thing I want to update). Oh, and a great cycling website in Washington D.C., the WashCycle has adapted the symbol for that city too! Very cool.

8 Secrets to Cycling in Traffic – A series of posts about tips I’ve learned biking for a few years with traffic… it takes some experience to learn some of these, so if I can help new cyclists learn these things faster, all the better. I will most likely re-post an updated version of these (I’ve thought of a couple additions) in March or April, when lots of new and returning cyclists start hitting the road for warmer Toronto months.

BikeFriday – A simple idea of trying to get lots of bike-related things happening once a month (the last friday) in addition to once a year during BikeWeek. All the news outlets swarmed around this in August, a mere week after I had the idea, and there’s been less attention lately… but that will change.

With 458 posts, there has been a lot of information on this page, and while the above 4 things have stuck out in my mind as significant, I’m wondering what you the BikingToronto reader has liked the most about this website over the past year.

Do you like certain posts other than others? Are the photos your faves? The news of bike-stuff happening in other cities?

Anyhow, thanks for coming here over the past year. I’m looking forward to the next one, and hope you are too.

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posted by Joe on Saturday, January 06, 2007 Share/Save/Bookmark

I met up with a couple other people who run cycling websites in Toronto today - namely Herb, Tanya and Tino. Darren was going to come too, but he's busy right now impersonating Mike Holmes.

We met up at a small independent cafe/restaurant in the Bloor/Lansdowne Area called Yasi's Place (great coffee, and I loved the friendly, family feel - my coffee was even in a World's Best Mum mug!) and talked about how we could work together to take our own individual promotion of cycling in this city to the "next level".

We've got a great plan in the works (don't worry, I'll tell you about it soon), but in the meantime, know that things are happening. Great things.

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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 Thursday, December 14, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I use Blogger to publish BikingToronto... mainly because when I started this site almost a year ago I just wanted something really easy to use.

One thing I've always wished I could do was categorize the posts - to group like posts about certain things together... and now I can, since Blogger has updated itself.

I'll eventually put some links to each category over on the side of this page, but for now, here's what I've set up so far, for your browsing pleasure...

Toronto's Weekly Carnage

BikeFriday

Toronto Bike News

Toronto Car-Free News

I'll of course add a lot more... for instance posts having to do with politics, and news from other cities... but with 400+ posts on here, it'll take some time.

I guess I'll have to label "meta" posts like this one with something too.

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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 Thursday, November 30, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Wow... November went by fast... I'll post the most popular posts from November soon.. but for now, here's Octobers list. Check out anything you missed...

1. How To ENJOY Riding In The Rain

2. Streetcar Door Etiquette

3. CycleTherapy Fall Bike Auction

4. I Say Swap It, Swap It Good!

5. The Ootes Challenge, Part III - Ward 29 Electoral Race

6. Riding in the Rain: 22 Degrees in October

7. Martino's BikeLane (Video) Diary

8. Photos from BikeFriday

9. All I Need Now Is A Chainsaw...

10. E-Biking From The 'Burbs

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posted by Joe on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I was very upset at the culture of the automobile that has taken over Toronto last night. More specifically, I was upset at all the seemingly braindead individuals who almost killed me as I was biking home.

You would think that when it is dark and pouring rain, that drivers would be extra careful around a cyclist - but instead they were bigger asses than usual. I actually lost count (it was over 10) of how many drivers passed me with less than 6 inches of clearance... speeding... in the pouring rain.

I was so mad when I got home. Mad that drivers can be so damn selfish that they can't slow down for a few seconds to give cyclists some clearance and safety. Mad that I am biking all around the city, rain or shine, warm or cold, because I'm doing my bit to keep the air a little cleaner and the streets a little safer.

I'm doing it so my kids can breathe cleaner air and live in a safer city. I'm doing it so your kids can breathe cleaner air and live in a safer city. I'm doing it so the kids of drivers can breathe cleaner air and live in a safer city.

For my efforts, I am almost killed every single day.

This city is backwards. It is not following the transportation policies of great cities - world class cities like London, Paris, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, and San Francisco, just to name a few. These are cities who realize that a great, efficient public transit network as well as encouraging cycling and walking makes a city great and livable and world-renowned.

I am still upset about this, so in my role as a transit pioneer and cycling soldier, I give you this pledge - to do my best to break and destroy the dominance of the automobile in this city.

I am only one man, but I can do it with your help.

This blog, BikingToronto, was the start. Daily posts about bikes in Toronto - whether it's about what I'm doing, or events, or about things in other cities that we can emulate.

BikeFriday is the next step - let's get people paying attention to bikes once a month instead of just once a year during BikeWeek.

The next step is inevitable. There is always more we can do.

Bike every chance you can. Do it with friends. Be safe. Change Toronto.

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posted by Joe on Sunday, October 29, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Well, I meant to post this back in early October... I guess time got away from me. :)

Here are the Top Ten viewed posts from September:

Suburban Cycling Infrastructure in Aurora (Part 1 of 2)
I show photos of bikepaths beside Bayview Avenue in Aurora, and the missed opportunity of having a cool GTA-wide bike path network utilizing hydro corridors.

Suburban Cycling Infrastructure in Aurora (Part 2 of 2)
I show pictures and talk about unused bikelanes on empty streets in an Aurora subdivision that is cut off from everything else in Aurora by six-lane "arterial" roads that aren't condusive to cycling at all.

Globe & Mail - Commuting on two wheels and a prayer
Darren and Andrew are featured in a Globe & Mail article about biking in the 'burbs. You'll need a "Globe Insider" account to read the full article, because the Globe likes to screw with people who want to read their content. Go figure.

4 Weeks Until BikeFriday
A post about what I was trying to get going for September's BikeFriday.

A Few More Smelly Photos
Some photos from the Smells of Toronto Ride that Herb of the Cycling Cog organized. It was a smell-o-tastic evening!

More Bike Racks on Buses!!!
There was a chance that the Rack it & Rocket program would be discontinued, but the TTC voted to not only continue it, but add bikeracks to all new buses!

Another Cyclist Killed
A cyclist killed at Leslie & Eglinton by a cement truck.

3 Weeks Until BikeFriday
Another promo post for BikeFriday. :) Updating the Group Commute news, and what politicians are doing.

Biking Toronto's Top Ten Posts from August
Things like the Quay to the City bikepath photos and the whole bikeposts vs. lumber thing were popular, among others.

The Star - Machiavellian Cyclists
Kenneth Kidd includes the promotion of cycling as part of his 10 Point Transit Blueprint, saying that "we have to be a little Machiavellian here: you encourage cyclists because they make automobile travel even more inconvenient. Anybody who has ever driven on a downtown street during rush hour knows the platelet effect that bicycles have on the flow of traffic." Apparently, he's not yet realized that more cyclists on the roads will ease traffic, since you can fit 6-8 bike commuters in the space one person in a car takes up (this includes the space between it and the car behind it), but somewhat redeems himself by saying "we need to build bicycle parking lots all over the city core and give them pride of place. It does, after all, visibly speak to options other than cars."

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posted by Joe on Thursday, September 07, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

I did this for July, and didn't hear any big complaints, so I thought I'd do it again.

Here are the top viewed BikingToronto August posts.

Photos of New Pedestrian and Cyclist Friendly Queens Quay
The Really Big Cycling News in August seemed to be the liberating of the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay from car traffic to make a cycling and pedestrian utopia.

Quay to the City
See? Popular!

The Grand Opening of Quay to the City
I went down for the grand opening on August 12th and took photos, as well as met a couple readers of this site, Anthony and Jun.

Hauler Event Poster
Move stuff with your bike! The City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors put on a great event celebrating the methods people use to move big stuff by bike. I've been seeing more and more trailers and cool bikes with big storage areas since then.

Google Video of Bike Stunts
An amazing video of a girl doing unbelievable stunts on a brakeless, fixed-gear bike.

Bikepost Update - City to beef up bike stands
After a Toronto Star reporter had her bike stolen from in front of Police HQ on College Street, and reveals that bike thieves have discovered that the post-and-ring bikeposts can be broken with a 2x4 piece of wood and a lot of pressure... well, City Hall pays attention and comes up with a cool solution that won't deprive us of our lollipops.

Introducing BikeFriday
A simple idea that came out of the fact that it's a shame that BikeWeek only happens once a year and a bikepooling idea that Matt Blackett had emailed me about (which I'm still working on implementing for a daily project) was BikeFriday.

Mon, Aug 14th - Bike Events This Week
All about Quay to the City. I think it got a lot of hits because it was linked by a neat new site called BikeHugger.

Thurs, Aug. 17th - Bike News From Other Cities
- A temporary highways over a river in NYC becoming a bike route.
- Cycling in London, U.K., up 72% since 2000!
- Making Bike Commuting viable in Seattle
- Kids in Portland open up their own bike shop!
- A Paris highway is turned into a beach

Crashing the BikeFriday Photoshoot
A story about riding around the financial district so the Toronto Star could take a ton of photos of me cycling with traffic for an article about BikeFriday. I also almost get doored, being saved by my good instincts and low speed (I never understand cyclists who confuse Toronto with the Tour de France...), and have a nice conversation in the comments with a former bike courier who thinks that he is the only without fault cyclist on the roads.

Hahaha. A courier thinks that. Nothing against couriers... I not only admire and am a little jealous of a job spent on a bike, but some (not all) of them are completely nuts.

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