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June 11: Cycling News from Around the World

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here’s some news, views, and inspirations that I’ve come across in the last week.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

NYC Bicyclists Get Their Own MapQuest

The good old New York City Bike Map is about to face some stiff competition. On Sunday, three enterprising cyclists launched “Ride the City,” a web site that finds the safest and most efficient routes for those on two wheels.

Taking a Ride, with a Couple Thousand Friends, by the LA River

Yesterday marked the 8th Los Angeles River Ride. Thousands of cyclists, riders and even some Ridazz gathered at Griffith Park to go on organized rides of 10, 50, 70 or 100 miles.

Bells ring in Portland’s first Blessing of the Bikes

In a respectful and poignant outdoor ceremony, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Northwest Portland held their first-ever Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday.

CNN: “My Next Vehicle Will Be a Bicycle”

In the non-random sample of 42,275 respondents, more people said they are leaning towards a bike than a truck or SUV.

TreeHugger: Obama Wraps Up Nomination, Celebrates By Riding His Bike

This bit of news should erase any doubt left that Obama would be sympathetic to cause of cyclists. Then again, President Bush is known to be an avid cyclist, yet to our knowledge he hasn’t gone out of his way to promote cycling for recreation or transport

Australia: Cyclists want protected bicycle lanes

Bicycle Victoria wants to see bicycle lanes with a higher level of protection than just a white line trialled on some routes in Melbourne

Governors Island to Serve as Testing Ground for NYC Bike-Share

Turns out the wait for free bikes will be a lot shorter. Starting this week, 250 bikes at the island’s rental outfit, Bike and Roll, will be available to visitors at no charge on Fridays, thanks to sponsorship from Transportation Alternatives.


Kingston needs more bike lanes

While the City of Toronto is celebrating Bicycle Month and has plans to expand its 90 kilometres of bike lanes to 495 kilometres by 2011, city councillors in Kingston are delaying making decisions about this issue.

As gas prices soar, so does interest in bicycling in Massachusetts

Drivers clear a lane, bicyclists are taking to the road in record numbers in Massachusetts.

Cycle Fun Montreal: Bikes and local trains – the Montréal experience

Cycle Fun Montreal asks: The suburban train system: does it provide good access for urban cyclists to get to suburban/rural cycling destinations?

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EVENT: Tues, May 5 – Etobicoke South Cycling Committee: May meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 19:00 – 21:00 The ESCC is holding its monthly meeting between 7 and 9 PM on May 5 at Among Friends. Below is the agenda. 1. What happened at the April 9 meeting on the Humber Bay Shores trails? 2. The city has released funding for the trail on […]

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EVENT: Sat, June 20 – Cycle for Sight Toronto

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 08:00 – 18:00 Cycle for Sight is a fully supported, one-day cycling event in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or leisure rider, riding a single or tandem bike, Cycle for Sight will be the perfect one-day ride! We offer different distance options from […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Making Our Own Power

Source: Original photo – by cookedphotos on Flickr. Ikea celebrates Earth Day at Yonge Dundas Square. This photo was featured as blogTO’s ‘Photo of the Day’ for April 23, 2015: http://ift.tt/1FgtWh3 via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

DO IT! Take a survey; help Toronto plan cycling infrastructure

We’ve just posted our first survey for the development of Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan for the next 10 years. At this stage we are asking Toronto residents about values, so we can better understand the priorities of residents in different parts of the City. Understanding these priorities will help inform resource allocation. The geocoding and […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Dundas x Sterling

Source: Original photo – by Fixed in Silver on Flickr. Morning light on a gorgeous Saturday in Toronto. To our left is the existing southern access point of the West Toronto Railpath. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: On Bike Patrol

Source: Original photo – by WillJaksa on Flickr. Toronto Police Officers on bike patrol near Jarvis Street. #Toronto #TorontoPolice #GeorgeStreetDiner via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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SHOP: Greater Goods – Green, Delivered by Bike

Great new service here in Toronto – Greater Goods.  Environmental products, delivered by bike. They are delivering using the cool Trio Cargobike – I don’t know if they are available in Toronto, but VeloLifestyle in Montreal carries them (disclosure: VeloLifestyle is an advertiser on BikingToronto) 100% Natural Products We inspect every ingredient of every single […]

SHOP: Top 25 bike stores in Toronto by neighbourhood

Bike stores in Toronto are scattered throughout the city. There’s bound to be a spot near you that will suit your needs, whether you’re looking to pick up a shiny new ride, get repairs done, order a custom build, or even pick up some new skills for yourself. Here are my picks for the top […]

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 […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hmmm

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.

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