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Popular March 2009 Posts

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in March.

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

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).

2. Weekly News Wrap-Up: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto’s Green Spaces

The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn’t be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to…

3. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

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.


4.
OMB Stops Walmart – Good News for East End Cyclists

This is great news for Toronto cyclists because not only will a 1,700 parking lot NOT be built, but the proposed SmartCentre plan called for multiple multi-lane driveways to be built across the multi-use path that runs along the north side of Lakeshore Boulevarde.


5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

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.


6.
Weekly News Wrap-Up: No Walmart Good for Cyclists and Cycling Toronto’s Green Spaces

First, obtain a copy of the official Toronto Cycling Map. Second, obtain a bicycle. Finally, arrange for warm weather. There is no better means to discover the often hidden green oases of Toronto, a city as flat as Amsterdam…

7. Headlines: Markham Pedestrian and Cycling Trail Controversial

The three-metre-wide path would connect the main streets of Unionville and Markham for pedestrians and cyclists. The crushed stone surface would discourage inline skating and racing bikes, and the trail wouldn’t be maintained in the winter so use would be confined mostly to the warmer months…

8. Weekly News Wrap-Up: E-Bikes, New Events, and Getting Your Bike ready for Spring

Any suggestion to remove street parking in favour of bike lanes is usually met with hostility from merchants who think it will cost them business. But cycling advocates and environmentalists say that bit of conventional wisdom is an urban myth…


9.
Waterfront Toronto Unveils Queens Quay Plan

Waterfront Toronto has just released plans for the new people-friendly” Queens Quay that we got a taste of back in 2006 with “Quay to the City” (photos at the end of this post). This of course includes the “connection” of the east and west portions of the Martin-Goodman Trail with a physically seperate two-way cycling path on the southern portion of the street…


10.
New sticker program will help prevent bicycle theft

The U of T is expanding the Bike Bait program it started last year (where they stuck GPS tags on high end bikes and then tracked them as they were stolen), now adding stickers that say “this could be a bait bike” to make would-be thieves think twice.


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