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Kensington Rage & Life After Cars

I am blown away by the coverage that the Kensington motorist-cyclist altercation is getting. Spacing.ca reports that the story was on the front page of the Star (along with an article about the incident along with sometimes mean and cruel remarks aimed at both the motorist and the cyclist). To be frank and honest, I did nickname the motorist “CrazyDriverGuy” in my post about the incident… and that was even before I knew that Leah, the courier, didn’t key his car on purpose, but that her bike key (which was attached to her wrist) scratched the car as the motorist was trying to stomp her and her bike.

Other things this story has made me think about:

  • Is Canada stricter than the U.S. regarding anti-littering by-laws?
  • Is this story a good example of how drivers and cyclists interact with their environments? Are cyclists more inclined to care about litter and the urban (or rural) environment because they are more a “part” of it than drivers are?
  • Was it unreasonable for Leah the bike courier to return the food to the driver after it was thrown out the window? If, for instance, a driver accidentally dropped a glove, or a hat, or a CD, or a package of (new) diapers out of their car and a pedestrian or cyclist could help them out with the return of their property, shouldn’t the same extend to food and cigarettes and their cast-offs? When someone buys a cheeseburger, they buy the packaging too. Was Leah simply giving back to the driver what was legally his?
  • Should we all throw a big Good Citizen party for Leah?

Anyhow on to another topic: the “Big Event” today is the screening TONIGHT of “The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the collapse of the American Dream” at the Bloor Cinema at 7 pm. Admission is $9 and is sponsored by the good people at the Toronto Public Space Committee. This is obviously for everyone who advocates a “car-free” or “less-car-dependent” lifestyle. I will try and make it myself because other than the odd rental car to visit some crazy friends in the suburbs, my fiance and I are car-free, happily depending on the TTC and our bikes and walking to get around Toronto. I suppose it’s perhaps mean of me to get happy when gas prices go way up, but I get over any guilt pretty quickly.

More details about the film (and the question period afterwards) are available on the always dependable Spacing Wire website.



NEWS: Cyclist dead following 2-vehicle collision on Dufferin St.

The cyclist wasn’t on the road (standing on sidewalk), but car struck a hydro pole, which then killed them. Awful. A cyclist has been confirmed dead by York Regional Police following a vehicle collision on Dufferin St. north of Steeles Ave. on Monday evening. Two cyclists were on the sidewalk corner of Dufferin St. and […]


OH YEAH! The Viaduct bikelanes get MORE green paint!

Well, I don’t know what’s going on.  This is a level of paying attention to cycling infrastructure on the Bloor Viaduct that, quite frankly, I thought I’d never see (and it pissed me off, often). But now, after the green paint that was laid down late last week in the bikelane, there is now MORE […]


FACEPALM: City closes Hoskin bikelane for PanAm Games

What’s a great idea?  Closing down one of the busiest bikelanes in the city and not providing a detour that’s safe for cyclists (and pedestrians) because of the “short distance of the inconvenience”. A sign erected on June 25 indicates the closure of the Hoskin bike lane for two months during the Pan Am Games. […]


INSTAGRAM: Bells on Danforth

Dipping into the instagram archives for this great pic from Bells on Danforth. Biking the viaduct and #thedanny with hundreds of people! #Danforthlovesbikes #biketoFollow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto


OH YEAH: Easy Bikes – A New Name for Upright Bikes?

Interesting article from Momentum Mag from earlier this month: Did the Wall Street Journal just rename the most accessible, useful, and comfortable of all bicycle styles? Upright bicycles, sometimes referred to by Momentum Mag as city bikes, are hands down the best style of bicycle for daily use. A relaxed frame geometry and swept-back handlebars combine to […]



Source: Original photo – by uncomman on Flickr. I feel like this woman is a hardened cyclist in Toronto despite her delicate look. Helmet, water, bike lock and music ready to go. Compact commuter pack with carabiner all set. Swagger on two wheels, check plus. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos […]


INFRASTRUCTURE: Waterfront Toronto wants your feedback on the new Queen’s Quay

  Waterfront Toronto is asking for feedback about the new Queen’s Quay… but they’ve buried the feedback link down at the bottom of that link.  I’ve pulled out the relevant section for you below, but check out their page for more information. How to submit your feedback on Queen’s Quay Fill out this online form […]


OH YEAH! The Bloor Viaduct bikelane gets some green paint

Check this out.  The most dangerous section of the Bloor Viaduct bikelane has changed, with a bit of green paint. I tweeted out a quick photo (above) of it this morning as I was headed to work, but took some more (below) as I rode the paint on the way home today. It’s not perfect, […]


OH YEAH! Flower-filled Planter Boxes on Simcoe’s Separated Cycle Tracks!

    So wonderful.  Can we get these on all of Toronto’s bikelanes please? New planter boxes on Simcoe increase safety for cyclists and beautify the street. Kudos to Transportation Services for moving this forward. Source: Cycle Toronto Facebook Page


PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queens Quay Revitalization

Source: Original photo – by Marcanadian on Flickr.via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group. Also check out the thousands of amazing photos that have been shared on instagram with the #biketo hashtag!

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