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Goodbye 2006, Welcome 2007!

Hi everyone,

Tracy and I will be out of town from tomorrow right until late on New Years Day. We’ll be pretty internet-free the whole time, so the rest of your 2006 will have less than your normal amount of fresh BikingToronto posts. :)

We wish you a great holiday season and many happy times over the coming new year.

I’ll be back here posting on January 2nd, most likely, and am aiming to do the following things in 2007:

Expand and Popularize BikeFriday:
I think that tons of organizations, businesses and individuals will do bike-related stuff on the last friday of every month. The key to BikeFriday being successful is encouraging events run on their own… BikeFriday isn’t about organizing – it has neither the staff or money for that… BikeFriday is about about getting the word out about events on BikeFriday. I hope to get the City of Toronto involved more, as well as organizations like SmartCommute and local community groups.

Car-Free Lifestyle Posts:
Tracy and I don’t own a car, yet we are renovating our bathroom. This involves using bikes for smaller things, the TTC for medium things and zipcar.com for larger things from Home Depot. We’ve found that it’s very possible (and easy) to renovate without owning a car. I hope to post about our Car-Free bathroom renovation (with photos!) in January. The kitchen will be next… :)

BikeWeek 2007:
I’d like to get a lot more cycling events happening during BikeWeek this year – perhaps try and get the City to do a Group Commute EVERY DAY of BikeWeek (which is really 2 weeks…), instead of just once, and work with the Cycling Cog website to promote Group Rides around our great city – on the streets, on the waterfront, in the ravines, etc.

BikePooling:
I’d also like to try and co-ordinate some kind of BikePooling thing in Toronto – have people going the same way on the same routes to ride in groups… this will not only increase their safety as drivers are more careful around groups of cyclists, but encourage more people to bike Toronto – as safety is by far the number one reason why people don’t cycle.

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