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BikingToronto’s First Birthday

Today marks the first anniversary of the first post I made on BikingToronto:

Welcome to Biking Toronto. This is the first post. That is all.

It wasn’t a very exciting start, but In the past year, I’ve made 458 posts and just over 24,000 unique visitors (based on a 6-hour cookie – if someone visits BikingToronto twice within 6 hours, they only count as one “unique” visit). This works out to an average of about 1.25 posts and about 66 visitors a day.

I’ve learned a lot about Toronto’s cycling community over the past year, and the issues it faces in Toronto… everything from getting local politicians to pay attention to (and promote) cycling as a great way for Toronto to be more livable and cleaner, to just simply making the roads a bit safer for those of us who chose to bike to work, to the store, to our friends, or just exploring the city.

I’ve met some great people doing this for the past year – I was going to list them all here but I’d inevitably miss someone, and since I don’t want to hurt any feelings I’ll just say you know who you are.

It’s been a busy year too… I got married, went on a few trips, started renovating our bathroom (it’s almost done), and changed jobs (at the same place).

I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve done regarding this site over the past year, but here are the highlights (in my opinion), other than reporting and commenting on news stories and events happening that effect and interest me as a bike commuter:

The Bikeshop Map – a very crude GoogleMap of Toronto Bikeshops. I need to update this (and try to incorporate the Toronto Cycling Map somehow).

I Bike T.O. – I thought of this as a easily recognizable symbol of the love of biking Toronto. CBN has used it as a fundraiser, and you can buy t-shirts or buttons with it at the BikingToronto Store (another thing I want to update). Oh, and a great cycling website in Washington D.C., the WashCycle has adapted the symbol for that city too! Very cool.

8 Secrets to Cycling in Traffic – A series of posts about tips I’ve learned biking for a few years with traffic… it takes some experience to learn some of these, so if I can help new cyclists learn these things faster, all the better. I will most likely re-post an updated version of these (I’ve thought of a couple additions) in March or April, when lots of new and returning cyclists start hitting the road for warmer Toronto months.

BikeFriday – A simple idea of trying to get lots of bike-related things happening once a month (the last friday) in addition to once a year during BikeWeek. All the news outlets swarmed around this in August, a mere week after I had the idea, and there’s been less attention lately… but that will change.

With 458 posts, there has been a lot of information on this page, and while the above 4 things have stuck out in my mind as significant, I’m wondering what you the BikingToronto reader has liked the most about this website over the past year.

Do you like certain posts other than others? Are the photos your faves? The news of bike-stuff happening in other cities?

Anyhow, thanks for coming here over the past year. I’m looking forward to the next one, and hope you are too.


OH YEAH! Cycle Toronto’s #BloorLovesBikes campaign is here and it’s awesome

The biggest OH YEAH! to Cycle Toronto for the start of their “Bloor Loves Bikes” campaign.   Who wants bikelanes bringing lots of people to their stores to spend lots of money not being spent on cars?  Bloor businesses do! Our #BloorLovesBikes window decals are in! Watch for them on Bloor coming soon! via Cycle […]



Source: Original photo – by Create Sean on Flickr. Kensington Market, Toronto Ontario – Favorite shot from yesterday’s photowalk. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

SHOP: Dream Cyclery – a new bike shop on Eglinton West

This new bike store on Eglinton West is the culmination of owner Linus Kwak’s dream to open a service-oriented shop that puts to use his years of skill building wheels and designing parts. It’s a small space with only a handful of new bikes on offer, but the mechanic services are top notch. Read my […]


PHOTO OF THE DAY: Spring in Toronto

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


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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