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Spring Ahead…

Sorry for the lapse in posting. Visiting friends and wedding invitations have taken up a lot of time and created high levels of napping urgency in me. Haha.

What’s New?

DarrenJ has just posted a great example of the influential nature of cycling… that people seeing you out there on your bike will inspire others to do the same.

Martino recently announced the opening of a new BikeShop at 349 Harbord (at Crawford) called The Bike Clinic

Darren Stehr posted this morning about an upcoming presentation on March 29 at 6:30 pm (Intersection – Community Bicycle Network – Suite 101, 761 Queen St W ) with an insurance professional about Ontario’s insurance legislation as it effects cyclists:

Should you insure your bicycle? Who’s insurance insurance company would you deal with if you were injured in a collision with a motor vehicle? What does “no fault” insurance mean and how does it apply to cyclists?

As for me, I had my local Bike Shop overhaul my crappy Canadian Tire Raleigh mountain bike to replace all the parts I essentially killed last summer and this past winter commuting to work, plus he gave it a good cleaning, taking the whole thing apart.

Yeah, I know that mountain bikes aren’t good for commuting (I’m thinking of getting some road tires this year), and I’m obviously not a “gear-head” buying it at Crappy Tire, but I’m probably like most cyclists in my philosophy that if it gets me from A to B, and it works smoothly, I’m happy. The Beater Bike Philosophy, I guess?

RECENTLY ON BIKING TORONTO:

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OH YEAH! Sexy people stopping at a red light

I shared the above photo on facebook the other day, and it got such a good response, I thought I’d share it here too. Look at all these sexy people on bikes stopped at a red light (at a T intersection, no less). Sooooo hot. See it (and a good discussion) on the City of […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Messenger’s Line

Source: Original photo – by Phanciest on Flickr. Toronto via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

OH YEAH! Toronto lawyer helps cyclists pedal through ‘unjust’ legal system

For cyclists injured in an accident, navigating the legal system can be as hard as biking through downtown Toronto during rush hour, says lawyer Patrick Brown. “The system can be very complicated and a lot of cyclists don’t know what entitlements they have,” he said. That’s why Brown, an ardent cycling advocate, has partnered with […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Help out with the Toronto Parks and Trails Wayfinding Strategy

  Help Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department design their wayfinding system: What is Wayfinding? Wayfinding encompasses all the ways in which people understand their surroundings and navigate from place to place. Wayfinding is more than signs – it also includes names, landmarks, conventions, maps and new media. What is the Toronto Parks & Trails […]

NEWS: Car Columnist has trouble remembering bicycle turn signals; bitches about it

A car columnist for the Globe whines about hand signals being too confusing for him.  Because remembering stuff is hard. He also blames car-bike collisions on drivers not understanding bike hand signals.  That’s totally the reason there are collisions.  It’s not drivers being inattentive or the self-righteous belief that being in a car means they should […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: New Contraflow Bikelane on Florence St.

Having fun watching cyclists discover the freshly installed bike lane on Florence St. In just a couple minutes since I arrived, over a dozen eastbound cyclists who yesterday were going the wrong way on Florence illegally, have adjusted their lane positioning into the centre of the new contra-flow bicycle lane coming around the corner from […]

OH YEAH: Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them.

About 100 years ago, the auto industry pulled off a neat trick: It stole the public roadways from us. See, in the early days of the motor vehicle, there used to be this quaint idea that the person operating the giant machine should look out for other people. Then came mass production and the Model […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Richmond street

Source: Original photo – by Fixed in Silver on Flickr.  via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Pan Am Path Update: Launch Event May 16

Pan Am Path Art Relay Launch Event May 16 With the international attention that the Pan Am Games will generate, a unique window of opportunity will open to showcase the city’s natural assets to an international public. The Pan Am Path, a project initiated by an independent not-for-profit community-led organization called Friends of the Pan […]

HOW TO: Yvonne Bambrick tackles the commuting fear factor

Is it safe to cycle in a large city like Toronto? In her new book The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, Toronto cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick attempts to address the “fear factor” that riders new to bike commuting might feel as they roll through our crowded streets.  In a conversation with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Bambrick said it […]

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