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Weekly News Wrap-Up: Complete Streets!

Happy Friday to you.  Here’s all the news stuff from the last week that you can peruse while you are:

  • a) sipping cocoa under blankets
  • b) biking happily through the snow
  • c) doing both at the same time. :)

(I wonder if those beer helmet things where the beer cans sit on your head and you drink through a long straw would work with cocoa?)

New on the Main Blog:

Focus on Bikes and Complete Streets, Politicians Told

Are you a politician who wants to be an effective municipal and environmental leader?  Here are six things that you should pay attention to… and yeah, bikes are a huge part!

Job: Evergreen.ca Looking for Bike Educator

Evergreen is re-developing the Don Valley Greenworks into a showcase for environmental technologies and practices… and they are rightly focusing on the wonders of bikes for part of the transportation part of things.  If you know bikes, like people, and have experience providing education programming… this may be right for you!

Event Reminder

Tomorrow Night (Saturday the 13th) at 7pm, the annual Ice Bike Races (or “Icycle”) take place at Dufferin Grove Park.  They go for  a couple hours and are very entertaining to watch.

For more details and photos of past races, visit the Event Listing.

New on Duncan’s City Ride:

The Mysterious Mystery of the Bicycle Pile

A pile of bikeparts locked up together?  Did someone run out of room in their apartment, or is it a Bicycle Transformer?  Cycletron Prime!

Cycling Mascots of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Games

What Colour Should Toronto’s Bicycle Sharing Program Use?

Toronto’s very own Bike Sharing system is coming this year (currently scheduled for July).  What colour should the bikes be?

A Google Street View Tour of Bike Lane Parking on College Street

One Bikelane, One Day, One Google Streetview Camera… and countless cars parked in the Bikelane

New on the Photo of the Day:

New in the Forums:

Leslie Street Meeting Notes

Leslie Street is being reconstructed between Queen & Lakeshore.  Now is the time to help make the new street safer.

Times Square Then and Now

NYC closed down half of Times Square to traffic.  Merchants, tourists and office workers love it.  LOVE IT.

Ice Bike Races Meet-Up

Going to the Races?  Meet some people who love bikes too!

Toronto Man Invents Wind-Resistant “Bra” for Bike Handlebars

Keep your hands a little warmer.

BIXI: Bike Sharing Across Three Continents

Bixi is expanding… all over the world!

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