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Sept. 9: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fund

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:38 PM PDT

Thank you for helping us get the word out about our efforts. Here is updated information, it will not change again. Darcy Allan Sheppard memorial Fundraiser Saturday, September 26th 2009 at Sneaky Dee… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Wow, I keep *meaning* to go on the Suburban Critical Mass rides and something always comes up. If I’m not too tied up with packing this weekend (we move next Tuesday) I may give it a go. I met Jacob a… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:22 PM PDT

Can you get fined for not having a light in the daytime? Mine is easy to take off and put on again, I leave it at home or have it in my pocket if it isn’t dark. I’m all for cracking down on red light … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:09 PM PDT

The Toronto Police also inform us where they are taking other traffic initiatives. Do people just not listen to the news? I don’t even drive and yet I know where traffic cops are… Has anyone been ha… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:58 PM PDT

@Angus Thanks for the information, here’s the blog for Suburban Critical Mass And here’s a photo post from UrbanToronto While it may not look like a lot of cyclists, considering where they are riding,… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:46 PM PDT

Jacob Louy has organized several Suburban Critical Masses which follows a manners style ride. He’s a friendly guy to meet. It’s on the second Saturday of every month at 3pm, NW corner of Yonge/Eglinto… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Igor Kenk’s story to become graphic novel and documentary

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:39 PM PDT

He’s an interesting guy, I’d like to know more about what makes him tick. I wonder if he’s self aware, if he knows the root of his compulsion and if he’s getting help with it. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:58 AM PDT

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:49 AM PDT

I like how Michael Bryant’s PR people characterize everything that doesn’t support them as one sided. I guess the PR firm is going to be open, fair and objective. I like the assertion that he stopped … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:16 AM PDT

Story is expanding internationally: NPR: In Toronto, Bike-Car Road Rage Escalates (audio file available) On Spadina Avenue in Toronto’s Chinatown district, the bike lanes are only a couple of feet wid… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:10 AM PDT

I’m really amazed at the difference a trailer has made. Until I got one I used my panniers for my trips (1-5 km depending on store). A big trip might have me bringing home 60 lbs in panniers. It works… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Momentum Toronto Magazine Launch Party -Tues, Sept. 8

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 10:05 AM PDT

Another cycling magazine in Toronto? Yup! Momentum Magazine is coming to Toronto this September to celebrate the launch of Momentum’s Toronto Edition. Come meet Momentum staff, contributors and frien… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 09:26 AM PDT

Great to hear from people using trailers. Right now, I just use a MEC pannier, which mostly suits my needs. I live within a few hundred feet of where I get groceries, so I have yet to carry them home … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:45 AM PDT

Interesting. I think they’d get more credibility, though, if they did more than deny but actually cite sources. Between that and their rather poorly constructed site I suspect that Bryant’s so-called … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:33 AM PDT

AnnieD wrote: Member Posted 2 days ago # “We’re getting rid of our car this fall, so I bought a dog Croozer for groceries.” Me too, Annie, and looks just like the one in the photo above. I use it dua… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Mountain Bike Trails in the Don Valley

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 08:07 AM PDT

From Duncan’s City Ride: When you think of mountain biking, Toronto is rarely one of the major destinations that comes to mind. I mean, really, mountains in Toronto? While we may not have mountains h… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Ex-Ontario Attorny-General Michael Bryant arrested after death of cyclist

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 07:52 AM PDT

Interesting… just noticed @bryantfacts on twitter. “This account is maintained by Michael Bryant’s team. The purpose of this account is to quickly correct inaccuracies as they appear with factual re… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:43 AM PDT

this magazine has an interview with Jennifer Watkiss who organized Critical Manners in Vancouver: This: What made you want to start Critical Manners in Vancouver? Jennifer Watkiss: The idea came abo… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Igor Kenk’s story to become graphic novel and documentary

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:41 AM PDT

I think I’m going to hold off on buying those and wait for the Broadway musical. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:26 AM PDT

I posted the question on twitter and got one response: @toddtyrtle I rode in #criticalmanners, the first vancvr one It got spread out, but no more dngrous than evryday riding. It’s on YouTube http://wClick to read more in the Forum >>>…

Critical Manners Rides

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:11 AM PDT

I wonder if anyone has tried to arrange a Critical Manners Ride in Toronto? There are enough cyclists who don’t want to be associated with Critical Mass that it could be very successful. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bryant / Sheppard Incident has Nothing to do with Bikelanes

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:09 AM PDT

Hey Michael, without respecting due process and the rule of law we’d have a society led by mob rule. I’m sure no one wants that, despite some extreme cycling advocates calling for Bryant’s lynching. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Locksmiths?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:06 AM PDT

And I spoke too soon. The keys were waiting for me in the zipcar. Next time I go to the bike room I’m taking the monster lock off and replacing it with another lock I have that has a duplicate key. I’… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:04 AM PDT

Good to hear Annie. Is it like this one? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Jim Kenzie Wants You Dead

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 06:01 AM PDT

MTB – just to let you know, I’ve edited your post above where you call Kenzie a d***. As Todd mentioned, The Forum is a place for civil discussion, and no matter your personal opinions of Kenzie as a … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Fund

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:56 AM PDT

Thanks for all your work with this, TOBMA. :) I’ve linked the below Paypal graphic to the donation page, if anyone would like to donate. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Locksmiths?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:53 AM PDT

It may come to that. Think it’ll cut through something like this? I figure cutting through the U-lock portion is the way to go. Have to remember to talk to security here to make sure they know I’m doi… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Should you bike if you’ve been drinking?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:53 AM PDT

Of course biking shouldn’t be done after drinking… but I’ve done it. Having said that, I’ve only done it when I’m out for the night and have had a couple… not sloshed or anything, but I know my in… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Locksmiths?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:50 AM PDT

Yeah, I don’t know how much locksmiths charge, but a good boltcutter will run about $40 at Home Depot. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Igor Kenk’s story to become graphic novel and documentary

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:31 AM PDT

News about the Documentary: Confessions of a bicycle hoarder Documentary set to air on CBC provides a glimpse into the daily life of Toronto’s most notorious bike repairman and alleged thief When I… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:24 AM PDT

Metro: Peace pipe celebrates dead cyclist’s spirit “My son probably wanted the money I gave him to feed his demon of the moment, but he was still willing to share it with someone whose need was grea… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Memorial For Darcy Allen Sheppard

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:22 AM PDT

The Star covered a memorial at the Native Canadian Centre: Cyclist’s troubled life recalled Allan Sheppard Sr., right, spoke of the courage and initiative of his son, Darcy Allan, who died Aug. 31, … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

ARC Memorial For Allan Sheppard Monday Sept. 7

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:20 AM PDT

The Toronto Sun covered it: Darcy Allan Sheppard would be “mad” if he saw a memorial honouring a cyclist who died the way he did, one of his friend said. More than 50 cyclists remembered Sheppard in … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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