It’s been a while since our last News Links post, so here are some news clippings we’ve collected over the last few weeks:
Rob Ford Truck Touting “Respect For Taxpayers” Ironically Parks Disrespectfully Over Taxpayer-Serving Bike Lane – Torontoist
August 12, 2010 11:38 AM
What she found outside her house was an immense Rob Ford campaign truck, longer than Bush’s house is wide, parked so that it blocked part of Annette’s eastbound bike lane with its side and a neighbourhood alleyway with its front. Bush figures that it was parked there for about an hour, but, she says, “I didn’t get a knock on my door…maybe my garden looks too lefty!” (“I wanted to egg it,” she adds, “but was just getting my young son to bed.”
People You Should Know: Yvonne Bambrick Of The Toronto Cyclists Union – CityNews
August 12, 2010 10:48 AM
Bikes: The new fashion accessory – thestar.com
August 12, 2010 8:02 AM
But the bike movement has also infiltrated the style world.
An endless list of style blogs in cities around the world chronicle fashionable citizens and what they are wearing whilst putting foot to pedal. It’s street style on wheels.
Even thesartorialist.com has an entire section devoted to chic cyclists in Milan, Paris and New York.
Cyclists can now take Bike Train from Toronto to Lake Muskoka – thestar.com
August 10, 2010 10:29 AM
Launched with Via Rail between Toronto and Niagara in 2007, the Bike Trains now take cyclists to recreational trails and road routes across the province.
Passengers ride a train to their destination, with their bicycles secured in a baggage car equipped with bike racks. Bike Train staff hand out cycling maps and provide information.
Bike mentoring program in high gear | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
August 9, 2010 1:12 PM
The U of T bound first-year student was hired to learn how to work on bicycles in a mentoring program sponsored by the Cabbage Town Youth Centre, the Toronto District School Board and Ontario’s Ministry of Education’s Focus on Youth work placement program.
BIXI Toronto Off to a Flying Start – Momentum Magazine
August 5, 2010 8:41 AM
NOW Magazine // News // Bixi or bust
August 5, 2010 8:41 AM
But after I get a look at the Montreal-made bike-share cruisers set to pop up on city streets next spring, it makes total sense: these are brilliant bridge vehicles for those who like bikes and don’t like paying for taxis.
Also increasingly clear – they’re going to be huge here. A few hundred people turn out to pledge their support for the program at the Bixi Toronto Bash at the Gladstone Wednesday (July 28). On display outside are some of the 80 docking stations we’ll hopefully see a lot of by May 2011.
Hume: Cycling in Toronto is a joke – thestar.com
July 30, 2010 10:57 AM
The latest example, the much loathed bike lanes on Jarvis St., finally came to pass this week after years of rancorous debate. The new lanes begin at Charles St. in the north and end, as abruptly as they begin, on Queen St. to the south.
Bixi Toronto Peddles Their Wares at the Gladstone – Torontoist
July 29, 2010 3:23 PM
BIXI bikes make their Toronto debut
July 29, 2010 2:40 PM
BIXI bikes made their official Toronto debut last night at the public subscription launch party at the Gladstone Hotel. Hundreds of people came out in support of what could be the first large scale bicycle-sharing program in this city, should BIXI meet its subscription and sponsorship targets by the end of November. Many partygoers were avid cyclists and cycling advocates, others stopped by to take the bikes out for a test ride around the block, and some were like me: pedestrians with a renewed interest in cycling, lured by the accessibility and flexibility that BIXI can provide, with none of the ownership.
CBC News – Toronto – Toronto bike share seeks subscribers
July 29, 2010 1:48 PM
It hasn’t yet been determined where those stations will go, but they will be set no more than 300 metres apart from each other for convenience, said Dan Egan, the city’s manager of cycling infrastructure and programs.
“I think it could really change the face of Toronto,” he said.
InsideToronto Article: Jarvis dreams become a reality for cycling commuters
July 29, 2010 1:47 PM
It has been an illusive dream. For all my decades as a fair-weather bike commuter in the city core, Jarvis Street has remained a no-bike zone.
InsideToronto Article: Ring road for bikes on track
July 29, 2010 1:47 PM
Bixi woos Toronto: Five things you should know | Posted Toronto | National Post
July 29, 2010 1:35 PM
Jarvis bike lanes are installed; sky does not fall
July 29, 2010 12:33 PM
City launches campaign to get BIXI riders – thestar.com
July 29, 2010 10:39 AM
Bixi bike sharing program needs 1,000 members – thestar.com
July 28, 2010 9:00 AM
NOW Magazine // Daily // Unpleasant speeds
July 27, 2010 9:59 PM
Toronto Kids At Risk + Urban Design + Social Media + Bike Culture Mashup Tour : TreeHugger
July 25, 2010 9:21 AM
But Charlie had other passions besides bikes; he was off to the Sorbonne to study urban planning, and was seriously into tech, geo-tagging and blogging about his bike trip until the day he was killed. This Saturday, all of these passions come together with a high-tech historical bike tour of Toronto’s Regent Park.
Cyclist’s legacy rolls on | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
July 25, 2010 9:15 AM
It was July 27, 2007. A week later, while cycling across the continent, the Toronto man would be fatally struck by a car — ending his life, but not his legacy.
On Saturday, three days before what would have been his 26th birthday, Prinsep inspired a cycling tour through Regent Park.
The ride was led by participants of Charlie’s FreeWheels, a program created in Prinsep’s honour that teaches Regent Park youths how to fix and build bicycles.
Bike rally expected to raise over $1-million for HIV/AIDS – 680News
July 25, 2010 9:15 AM
Scotiabank’s “The Friends for Life Bike Rally” will see people travel from Toronto to Montreal. The ride begins Sunday at 9 a.m. and cyclists are expected to arrive in Quebec July 30.
Our Beloved Bixi
July 23, 2010 10:22 AM
Weekend Bike Tour Honours Fallen Cyclist – CityNews
July 22, 2010 12:41 PM
Colin Heilbut was a friend and classmate of Charlie’s. He’s also a co-founder of Charlie’s Freewheels.
How to buy a bike seat – The Globe and Mail
July 20, 2010 11:34 AM
Cyclists win symbolic victory on Jarvis | Posted Toronto | National Post
July 20, 2010 10:33 AM
“Bye, bye parking meter,” Frank D’Onofrio said ruefully, drawn outside of his Kwik Kopy shop by the noise of a grinder machine. “I’m the beleaguered owner of this franchise who is going to be very pissed off when none of his customers can park here.”
Minutes later, and just down the street, Mohammad Wali, a cyclist and condo superintendent, nodded in approval at the dismantling of car infrastructure. He endorses bike lanes primarily for safety reasons, having survived many close calls with motorists. “Especially on Jarvis Street. Jarvis is like a highway, so it will be better for us to get around,” he said.