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Weekly News Wrap-Up: Winter Biking Is Not Crazy

How is 2010 going for you so far?  Here’s some of the new stuff on BikingToronto this week!

In the News:

Hard Core Cyclists Do Not Fear Winter

Catherine Porter at the Toronto Star learned a bit about winter cycling from Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union… while the article title makes it sound like an article about biking in winter (and a bit of it is), it’s mainly a piece about the need at City Hall for cycling lobbyists (like Yvonne) just like there are lobbyists for drivers, parking lots and many other things.  (read more)

No, Winter Cyclists Are Not Crazy

A lot of people think that cyclists who bike in the winter must be crazy.  But are they?  Are they really?

A BlogTO columnist tried to answer this question earlier this week by posting a story named “Do You Have to Be Crazy to Ride Your Bike In The Winter?” so you’d think they’d actually try winter cycling (like Catherine Porter of the Star did with Yvonne Bambrick of the Bike Union), but instead they just asked a few people at a U of T BikeChainread more) workshop why they bike in the winter.  (read more)

Cycling Commuter Statistics

How Many of Your Neighbours Bike to Work? Perhaps More Than You Think!

Patrick Cain at the Toronto Star loves maps (who doesn’t?). He’s done a couple general commuting maps for the GTA, but has just released one just about Commuter Cyclists, organized by Census Tracts.

The map looks pretty much like you’d expect… higher levels of people using bicycles as their primary mode of getting to work in the downtown core (where car traffic moves slower and there are more bikelanes) and less and less as you move into the old boroughs of Toronto and the suburbs.  (read more)


Happy Birthday to Us!

BikingToronto is 4 Years Old!

That’s right!  4 years have gone by since I made the very first post on BikingToronto on Jan. 12, 2006.  4 years!  If BikingToronto was a kid, it would be starting kindergarten. :)

What’s happened in 4 years?  Why don’t I tell you? (read more)


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EVENT: Sat, June 6 – McLeish Orlando’s Helmets On Kids

  Helmets on Kids is collaborating this year with a the Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School bike fair. Come join us! Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 10:00 – 14:00 Location: 78 Seaforth Ave. Toronto, ON, Toronto Original Link Read More: McLeish Orlando’s Helmets On Kids

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Stripes | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Source: Original photo – by Fryderyk Supinski on Flickr. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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HELP: Do you know these alleged bike thieves?

The above is showing up on facebook tonight – a shot of two alleged bike thieves taking a bike off of a porch in Leslieville.  Let the poster know via the original post if you know anything. Please help us catch these bike thieves!! They stole my bike right off of our porch the afternoon of […]

FACEPALM: Old man yells at bicycles, and fish

It’s nice that the Toronto Sun has work programs for grumpy old men who like to bitch about everything. You can congratulate Mike Strobel on finding a job despite his challenges at @strobelsun They tell me the smelts are running up in Kagawong, so spring has finally sprung. Down here in the Big Smoke, we […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Always Bring a Spare

Source: Original photo – by cookedphotos on Flickr. Spotted on King Street. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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STUFF: Bike Helmets for Your Toddler

Bicycle helmets for your toddler now come in a variety of styles, sizes, and fun designs.   Read More: Bike Helmets for Your Toddler

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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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