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Biking Toronto’s Top Ten Posts from August

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 2×4 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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TRUTH: The business of bikes and parking

Click on through to Spacing to see the full infographic. There has been some debate about whether bike lanes on Bloor would hurt or harm businesses. Spacing is republishing this infographic from our Fall 2014 issue to help inform the discussion. View Full Graphic: INFOGRAPHIC: The business of bikes and parking – Spacing Toronto

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VIDEO: A DIY repair shop created by students for students

A great video introduction to U of T’s BikeChain from Global News (except there’s an ad that runs before it): ‘Bikechain’ was created in 2005 as a student project serving the University of Toronto student community. This DIY bicycle repair shop is based out of the St. George campus and is open to everyone on […]

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MAPS! Helping cyclists avoid smoggy routes in Toronto and Montreal

  Amazing tool!  Played with it a long time.  Very telling that when you turn off the street map, high pollution levels still indicate where roads (and especially highways and the airport) are, and where the ravines (without highways) are. It is essentially a Google Map with an extra layer representing the average concentration of […]

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NEWS: Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not. 

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