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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
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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.

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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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OH YEAH: Rolling Youth into Toronto’s Bicycle Renaissance

With countless community events being hosted from May 25th to June 25th, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is anticipating Bike Month 2015. Municipalities and community groups alike are hosting the A to Z in bike events, from food incentivized group rides to bike repair crash courses. Although cycling mode shares are still relatively low […]

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OH YEAH! Steamwhistle expands its network of bike repair stations

Oh yeah!  BlogTO has picked up the BikingToronto post last week about this.  Steamwhistle deserves lots of toasts. As Biking Toronto reports, over the last year or so the beer company has installed similar stations at the Brick Works, the Duke of York pub, and most recently in front of Bike Sauce. They’ve also been […]

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NEWS: Why not make biking on sidewalks legal in the suburbs?

I tend to agree with the main concept here… that suburban arterials need bike infrastructure badly… but cars go SO fast on those roads, it’s impossible to feel safe even in a bikelane that is just paint. A physical barrier (curb, bollards, etc) is needed, or an cycling addition on the side of sidewalks.  Many […]

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EVENT – Fri, June 19: Welcome Back Queens Quay! Let’s Ride the Waterfront

After years of construction, Queens Quay is ready for the spotlight, with a new refurbished multi-use trail and lots more public space. Come celebrate the opening with a group bike ride down this new section of the Martin-Goodman Trail! More details about the opening on the Waterfront Toronto blog: http://blog.waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe/portal/wt/home/blog-home/posts/queens-quay-opening-volunteer Facebook Event: Welcome Back Queens […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queen and Spadina

Source: Original photo – by sigma. on Flickr. via Tumblr ift.tt/1HmS7fX 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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OH YEAH! How I learned to love cycling my way to work

I’ll be honest, and I hate to admit this, but I used to be that person that perpetually ran five minutes late—to everything. I’d do my best to be timely, but in many circumstances, I just couldn’t seem to make it to my commitments on time. A few years ago my brother became a bicycle […]

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EVENT – Wed May 27: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

Our monthly meeting is coming up. Join us as we work to make cycling in the city a safer way to travel. Facebook Event: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

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NEWS: Cyclist suffers serious injuries after being struck by vehicle in Rosedale

A male cyclist was rushed to hospital via emergency run after he was struck by a vehicle in Rosedale during the morning rush hour Tuesday.It happened at the intersection of Roxborough Street and Wrentham Place in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant Road at around 8:30 a.m.According to police, a doctor was passing by at the […]

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EVENT: Fri, June19 – Waterfront Toronto launching new Queens Quay section of Martin-Goodman Trail

Toronto’s revitalized waterfront boulevard is just about ready to be unveiled. And, after three years of construction, road closures and patience, Waterfront Toronto plans to open the new Queens Quay with a bang.Waterfront Toronto is calling for volunteers to aid in its ribbon cutting ceremony on June 19, beginning at 6 p.m.  The organization is […]

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EVENT – Tues, June 16 – Ward 31 Bikes – June Meeting

  We have been working with Councillor Davis and her office to organize a Ward 31 Bikes meeting where both Janet Davis will be in attendance as well as Jacquelyn Gulati, who is the new Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the city (she is replacing Daniel Egan who many of you may know). Facebook Event: […]

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