About michael holloway

A long distance runner and a cyclist all my life, my 40th birthday, mid-life crisis saw me become a full time messenger in Toronto - 80 kilometres a day, winter and summer for 3 years. I was in the best shape of my life - both mentally and physically - but three accidents, the chaos and a war for space between bikes and other road users was turning me into a 21 Century road raging zealot. I had to quit. I had learned midtown and the core and of this city like the back of my hand - and that mental mapping changed me forever. I still cycle everywhere but my work is now the pursuit of my other life long ambition - to make myself into a writer.

Jones and Dundas to Kenilworth and Queen

‘Video Bicycle Ride’ – Wednesday 07 March 2012
Video URL: http://youtu.be/M0wPgDVLk2s

A bicycle ride from Jones Av along the Dundas Bike Lanes to Kingston Rd where they end – and then onto Dixon Av Wrong-Way-One-Way for one block; then down Brookmount Rd to an ally just north of Queen which gets one over to Elmer Av; then along Queen St East for one block to Kenilworth Av.


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The Video of the Ride:

Tags: Dundas St East, Jones Av, Kenilworth Av, Queen St. East,

 

 

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Jones Ave and Dundas St E to Leslie Spit and the Tommy Thompson Park Biking Trail


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Via
Jones Avenue Bike Lane
Queen St E
Rushbrooke Ave (wrong way, one way north bound – should be two way bike lane)
Eastern Avenue Bike Lane (extremely dangerous – needs a bike crossing light)
Price Chopper Parking lot and walkway extremely dangerous – needs to be made into a bike lane)
Lower Don Recreational Trail
Martin Goodman Trail

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Finch Ave. West to Bloor St. West and Avenue Road

A Todd Tyrtle route across the 401, as described here in a comment he left in The Blog: “Video: Across The Great Wall (of freeways) on Bicycle“.

Article at The Blog that accompanies this map: ‘The Great Wall’ – Highway 401 – cyclists describe ways across the busiest highway in the North America.

Todd Tyrtle's Avenue Road Route - Over the Great Wall

To get a closer look click on the map and a new window will open at the original Google Map.  (Google Map link: http://goo.gl/maps/smKD )

Tags: Avenue Road, Bloor St. West, Finch Ave. West

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar.

mh

BikeWay: The Gerrard-Fairford-Woodfield ‘Alternative’

This map has a companion article over at the blog, that expands on the terms “Enabled” & “Alternative” bike route; routes in the old city, on the “graph paper grid”, that avoid dangerous  intersections and corridors – like this one that avoids the intersection of Coxwell Ave. and Lower Gerrard Street – and the super busy bazaar that is Gerrard Street between Coxwell and Greenwood Avenues: “Bikeway Route” around dangerous Coxwell and Lower Gerrard.


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Click on this link (or the map) to go to the interactive Google map, “BikeWay: Gerrard-Fairford-Woodfield Alternative” (opens in a new tab).

Tags: Gerrard Street East, Coxwell Ave., Greenwood Ave., Jones Ave., Dundas Street East,

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar. -—>

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A test of Google Maps “My Maps” application

Today, as a test I made this map in Google Maps using their “My Maps” feature.

This is a route from Queen’s Quay and Lower Sherbourne to the “Darcy Allen Sheppard Memorial Bikeway” (my invention, from Huntley west on Bloor to Avenue Road). A bicycle icon marks the spot where messengers, and many more set up a Memorial to Darcy in the days after his death – on August 31, last year.

Click on the map to go the the original Google Map

Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne to Bloor Street West and Huntley Street

Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne to Bloor Street West and Huntley Street

Tags: Bloor St. East, Bloor St. West, Darcy Allen Sheppard Memorial Bikeway, Huntley St., Lower Sherbourne, Queen’s Quay East

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar. -—>

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Dovercourt and Bloor to York University

The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project

Hi there, just wondering if you have any advice for me – on Wednesday during rush hour I have to bike from Dovercourt and Bloor to York University. Looking for the most pleasant and safest route,

thanks

Todd Tyrtle left the map below map in response, with a note:

Sure – the route I take isn’t too bad, though I go to Dufferin and Steeles. I’d say start with this: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Dufferin-Station-to-Dufferin-and-Steeles but once you get to Dufferin and Supertest go left. Make a right on Alness and a left on Steeles. (Sorry – this is a bit crappy but you don’t have to stay here long). Left on Petrolia and then right on Canarctic. That will take you right on to the York campus.

There are some even quieter sidestreets on the Bikely route but that route is my best balance between being pleasant/quiet and too slow because of frequent stop signs.

Hope this helps!

Dovercourt and Bloor to York University via bikely.com

Dovercourt and Bloor to York University via bikely.com

Click on the map to go to the interactive bikely.com map (opens in a new tab).

Tags: Bloor Street West, Dovercourt Road, York University.

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar. -—>

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Queen’s Quay to the bottom of Beverley at Queen

The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project

See the related article at noddersride‘s Biking Toronto Blog, 1,000 Kms.

This route starts at where the Martin Goodman Trail connects with Queen’s Quay West. It’s a challenge to find a good route north into the core from Queen’s Quay West, Bathurst, Spadina, York, Bay and Yonge are all awful car routes full of cabs and noxious carbon monoxide – this is my favorite alternative. It’s a beautiful ride around to the Steam Whistle Roundhouse Brewery, up and around Rogers Centre (Sky Dome) to Peter Street, then a zig-zag at Queen onto Soho and through the ally to Beverley just north of Queen.

Beautiful Quiet Route - that avoids the ugly, dangerous car routes north from Queen's Quay (Bathurst, Spadina, York, Bay & Yonge)

Beautiful Quiet Route - that avoids the ugly, dangerous car routes north from Queen's Quay West (Bathurst, Spadina, York, Bay & Yonge)

Click on the map to go to the interactive sportdistancecalculator.com map (opens in a new tab).

Tags: Beverley St., Lower Simcoe St., Martin Goodman Trail, Peter St., Queen St., Queens Quay West,

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Tour de Dufflet – Safe

The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project

See the related article about this route at Michael Holloway’s Biking Toronto Blog: “Tour de Dufflet Routes!

Safe "Tour de Dufflet" Route

Safe "Tour de Dufflet" Route

Click on the map to go to the interactive sportdistancecalculator.com map (opens in a new tab).

Tags:  Bathurst St., Eglington Ave., Queen St. East, Queen St. West, Tour de Dufflet, Woodbine Ave., Yonge St.

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar. -—>

mh

myrtle, Thanks for leaving the links. Y…

myrtle, Thanks for leaving the links.
You have to take a “screen shot” of your map, then push the upload/insert button (top right of this box), and upload your picture (remember to link your uploaded picture to the original map). It’s a little complicated – I’m working on a simplification. I hope these are up in time to be handy for folks today..
Michael

Sunnybrook Hospital to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)

The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project
myrtle, a Biking Toronto member added this map.

This route is a bit tricky to remember the first couple of times and it does go along Bayview for longer than is ideal but it has the advantage that it is less hilly that the alternative route to the west of Yonge.

This route is a bit tricky to remember the first couple of times and it does go along Bayview for longer than is ideal but it has the advantage that it is less hilly that the alternative route to the west of Yonge.

Click on the map to go to the interactive sportdistancecalculator.com map (opens in a new tab).

Tags: Bayview Ave., Blythwood Rd., College St., University Ave.,

If you would like to contribute a map see the “You Can Help!” section in the sidebar. -—>

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