Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in February.
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.
Here are some photo collections of the Ice Bike Races from Saturday night. I didn’t hear anything about it beforehand, but apparently they collected money for the cyclist that was purposely hit by a taxi (and subsequently lost his leg) and raised over $1000!
Whether or not you’ve seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you’re about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).
What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga — Kundalini — and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]…
How do you live green?
I don’t own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.
Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike.”
BikePirates is hosting an after-party following the races. They are located at 1292 Bloor Street West. If you’re on facebook, check out the Facebook Event page for the races.
3 main stories this week… first off, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun do write-ups of the Coldest Day of the Year Ride… an event put on by the city to show that even though Toronto winters get cold, it’s still fun to ride. It took place on Jan. 30th… statistically the coldest day of the year.
Later this month (February 23 and 25th, to be exact), Queen’s Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 – PDF file) to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning “E-Bikes” or “Power Assisted Bicycles”…
Not all things are going bad for cyclists on Bloor St. The Royal Ontario Museum has unveiled 12 artful bikeracks that not only secure bikes but serve as sidewalk sculpture. Each takes it’s inspiration from an exhibit within the museum.
“Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity. “This report should alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street bicycle lanes”, said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the Clean Air Partnership. “Wed, Feb 24: Come to the Toronto Bike Awards!