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Weekly News Wrap-Up: Toronto’s Mayoral Race and Lighting Your Bike

Hi everyone!

It looks like typical Toronto winter weather has descended upon us finally (for at least a few days), so I hope you’re all staying warm if you are biking around (and it seems more people are biking with this mild January we’ve been having). :)

Here’s your weekly Wrap-Up:

News:

Putting Priority on Cyclists and Pedestrians

Duncan on his City Ride blog delves a little bit into if Adam Giambrone would be a good “Active Transportation” mayor for Toronto.  Giambrone hasn’t officially announced his candidacy yet (it’s apparently happening on Monday, Feb. 1st), but everyone kind of *knows* already.  Personally, he is by far the best option (if looking just at cycling advocacy) of the candidates who have a shot of winning. (read more)

Interview:

BikingToronto, Interviewed

If you’ve noticed the changes in the BikingToronto website in 2010, you’re not the only one.  Ben Elling of the site Third Rail Repository had questions about the change and asked me a few questions about where the site has been, where it’s going, and what it means for connecting cyclists in Toronto.  (read more)

Events This Weekend:

Friday, Jan. 29 – Critical Mass Toronto

  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Meets at corner of Bloor and Spadina at 6 PM.  Group Ride starts at 6:30
  • An event that takes place on the last friday of every month in cities all over the world.  Critical Mass is at different times a rally, a protest, a party, and a community that advocates for a bicycle’s right to use public streets.

Saturday, Jan. 30 – CBN Winter Open House and Bicycle Auction

  • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • 761 Queen Street West
  • Check out the home of the Community Bicycle Network and participate in an Auction for one of the Yellow Bikes from the BikeShare program

Saturday, Jan. 30 – Coldest Day of the Year Ride

  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Starts at the Grenadier Cafe in High Park
  • Run by the City of Toronto, the ride will highlight the Martin-Goodman Waterfront Trail. Start Location is the Grenadier Cafe in High Park. We will then ride along the waterfront to Coronation Park, and discuss some of the challenges and successes of winter snow maintenance for cyclists. Hot Chocolate for riders will be served at the Grenadier Cafe.

Hot in the Forum

How to Be Visible on Your Bike

This topic is on fire.  El fuego caliente!  :)  People are discussing everything from what they wear, what kind of lights they use, what lighting is appropriate in different parts of the city and even if going overboard with lights is helpful or harmful in attracting more people to bike commuting and other utility cycling.  (read more)


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