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Weekly Wrap-Up: Getting Ready for Winter Biking

Tips for Riding your Bike this WinterWelcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff!

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Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

  1. Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter
  2. Weekly Wrap-Up: Dealing with Mayor Rob Ford
  3. Sitewide Activity Page
  4. How To Deal with an Anti-Cycling Mayor?
  5. Photos of Toronto’s New Bike Boxes
  6. On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks
  7. 5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter
  8. Rob Ford releases “Transportation Plan”
  9. Yvonne Bambrick steps down from Bike Union
  10. On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists

New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

Nodders talks about what Rob Ford’s election means for the Toronto Cycling Community. Does the “Community” need to re-position itself and move from a “Share the Road!” message to a “More Bikes = Less Cars = Less Congestion” message? I think that cycling advocates need to seriously consider how they position their messaging in a […] Related posts: How To Deal with an Anti-Cycling Mayor? First Meeting of the Toronto Cyclists Union On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute
  • Donald “Go-by-bike” Wiedman, founder of BikesandTransit.com, has created a unique Facebook event that suggests Toronto cyclists wear bright orange (or yellow, or green) gloves to increase their signal visibility. Many cycling (or skiing, or snowboarding, or just general winter) gloves are black. And black hands combined with low light on morning and afternoon fall commutes […] Related posts: On Passing – What Are the Rules? TAVIS – Visible, Approachable Police Officers on Bikes and Foot …
  • The mornings may be cold these days, but it’s beautiful riding to work under the last of the fall foliage. Here’s the view shortly after I leave home on my way downtown. A sidestreet north of the Danforth, near Woodbine: Related posts:A Beautiful Thursday, and my Giant Melon Head My Commute: Grateful for Shade Photos […] Related posts: A Beautiful Thursday, and my Giant Melon Head My Commute: Grateful for Shade Photos from my April Fools Day Commute Home
  • via Alan Bell on flickr Related posts:Queens Park Grand Prix: The Line Queens Park Grand Prix: The Pack Queens Park Grand Prix: The Chase Related posts: Queens Park Grand Prix: The Line Queens Park Grand Prix: The Pack Queens Park Grand Prix: The Chase
  • Looks like there’s plenty of room on Toronto roads for bicycles… sorry to say random nobody writing in the Globe and Mail… Via dave’s blog Related posts:Sharrows, Bike Lanes and Shared Space on the Streets of Toronto Covet: Wax Jacket and Bike to Work Pants from San Fran’s Betabrand Anonymous Sign Maker Points to Benefits […] Related posts: Sharrows, Bike Lanes and Shared Space on the Streets of Toronto Covet: Wax Jacket and Bike to Work Pants from San Fran’s Betabrand Anonymous Sign Maker…
  • via Georgie_Grrl on flickr Related posts:Red Tires are Faster? Sunflower Ride Handlebar Blondes Have More Fun Related posts: Red Tires are Faster? Sunflower Ride Handlebar Blondes Have More Fun
  • A few weeks ago, Duncan posted about the new bike boxes at Harbord & St. George, and now Martin Reis has some great photos online of new bike boxes at Harbord & Spadina and Hoskin & Queen’s Park. What are Bike Boxes? The 2010 Toronto Cycling Map includes a brief description of bike boxes, a […] Related posts: On The Blogs: What are Bike Boxes? On The Blogs: Learning about Bike Boxes 2010 Toronto Cycling Map adds Bike Boxes
  • via BruceK on flickr Related posts:Passing Through Flowered Blur All In The Family Related posts: Passing Through Flowered Blur All In The Family
  • This chilly morning proves it… winter is on the way to Toronto… To help get Toronto Cyclists ready for it (especially if you’re thinking of biking through winter for the first time)… we’ll start with this collection of links for you: Winter Biking in Toronto tips from the City of Toronto – They’ve posted a […] Related posts: 5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter How Do You Keep Your Bike Clean in the Winter? Winter Biking Tips
  • Determined purely by page views, we give you the Top 25 Most Popular pages from Octember 2010. Rob Ford releases “Transportation Plan” How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor? Toronto Wards 10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 1 of 10 How To Deal with an Anti-Cycling Mayor? Bikelane Map George Smitherman Releases His Transportation Plan […] Related posts: Most Popular Posts – September 2010 Popular October 2008 Posts Popular October 2007 Posts
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Wed, Nov. 3 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Thurs, Nov. 4: Bike Drinks Know of other events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch in your […] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Oct 4 – 10 Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 Cycling Events This Week: Aug 30 – Sept 5
  • via Brian Cameron on flickr Related posts:Bikes and Blossoms G20 Tall Bike Flowery Related posts: Bikes and Blossoms G20 Tall Bike Flowery
  • Etsy: Comfort + mad style = happy biking. Customize your bicycle with an amazing, durable, one-o-a-kind seat cover from THE GILD. Locally produced using recycled materials and love. Each cover includes a removable foam insert for comfortable riding, while a shaped overhang, elastic cording and toggle at the base ensures a snug fit. See all […] Related posts: How to Keep Riding Your Bicycle on Rainy Toronto Days Social Cycling: Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike! Toronto 2010 Toronto Glober – Globe Haul 1…
  • Via Copenhagenize Boyer bike lane via Flickr Related posts:67 km of Separated On-Street Bike Lanes in Montreal and Other Numbers That May Make Me Cry Ad for Bike Share in Valéncia, Spain Jarvis Rejigging Confuses Mainstream Media, Toronto Cyclists Union Sets the Record Straight Related posts: 67 km of Separated On-Street Bike Lanes in Montreal and Other Numbers That May Make Me Cry Ad for Bike Share in Valéncia, Spain Jarvis Rejigging Confuses Mainstream Media, Toronto Cyclists Union Sets the Record…
  • Suzanne Carlsen wants your bicycle to be very “interesting.” To help you achieve this task she’s hand making chainguards, headbadges and some cycling-friendly bags. Check out Suzanne’s web site: Poka Cycle Accessories Visit her online store. Or visit Hoopdriver on College Street to see several chainguards and headbadges on display. Related posts:Mariclaro Re Cycle Design […] Related posts: Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event Biomega Commercial By Cycle Chic’s Mikael Colville-Andersen Cycle Chic…
  • Duncan continues his great series of “Covet” posts and looks at good backpacks for cycling commuters: Fall weather is upon in Toronto and that means more rain, cooler temperatures and more reasons to carry more things with you. A change of clothes, a laptop, books, lunch… the list goes on. While messenger bags are a […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: What are Bike Boxes? On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute
  • Duncan’s City Ride brings us a cool sheet of tips from Esurance: While modern cyclists have traded in jaunty caps for high-tech helmets and Grand Canyon-sized potholes for smooth, paved streets, the dangers are still what they were in the good old days, which is to say significant. With more and more cars on the […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor On The Blogs: New Sharrows on Bloor Street
  • via red gecko productions on flickr Related posts:Bells on Bloor 2010 Kensington Sunset Clouds Related posts: Bells on Bloor 2010 Kensington Sunset Clouds

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    OH YEAH: Don’t make bicyclists more visible. Make drivers stop hitting them.

    About 100 years ago, the auto industry pulled off a neat trick: It stole the public roadways from us. See, in the early days of the motor vehicle, there used to be this quaint idea that the person operating the giant machine should look out for other people. Then came mass production and the Model […]

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

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