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Weekly Wrap-Up: The Ever-Popular Gravy Train

The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

  1. The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”
  2. Weekly Wrap-Up: Car Drivers on the Gravy Train
  3. Queen West BIA unveils new OCAD Bikeracks
  4. Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter
  5. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity Page
  6. On The Blogs: Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes
  7. On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political Spectrum
  8. On The Blogs: The Joy of Night Cycling
  9. On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor
  10. On The Blogs: Harbord Sharrows Miss the Point

New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

Covet: ku. Bicycle-themed Jewelry [Duncan’s City Ride]

Brooklyn-based artist Takahiro Kudo crafts this wonderful miniature bicycle parts as jewelry. More designs at ku. jewelry Related posts:Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls Covet: PAC Designs Bags Covet: Baye Hunter’s Beautiful Bicycle Photography as Prints and Cards Related posts: Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls Covet: PAC Designs Bags Covet: Baye Hunter’s Beautiful Bicycle Photography as Prints and Cards

  • Michael Holloway looks at the Real Price of Gasoline, factoring in more than just the price at the pump: As an addict of the bicycle as much as the rest of the culture seems to be addicted to pumping gasoline, I couldn’t agree more with Mayor Ford. The subsidies on the price of gasoline I […] Related posts: On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political Spectrum Gas Taxes? We Don’t Pay No Stinkin’ Gas Taxes!
  • via AndysCamera on flickr
  • I talked to Toronto City Councilor Elect in Ward 32, Mary-Margaret McMahon as she toured The Beaches Interfaith Lunch Program, today at “The Synagogue” in the West Beaches. McMahon unseated long time Beaches councillor Sandra Bussin in a landslide (15,951- 5,998) at the civic election last month – part of a popular disillusion with ‘politics […] Related posts: An Anti-Cycling Mayor Rob Ford does not a Council make Another East West Corridor that needs some signage changes to make it really work…
  • Back in the spring of 2009, the Ontario College of Art and Design had a Gateway BikeStand competition, and while that contest chose a pretty distinctive winner (photo of winning design at right), the Queen West BIA thought all the designs were great and committed to working with OCAD students to create some new bikeracks […] Related posts: OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Announces Finalists OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced More Details about the OCAD Gateway BikeStand Winners…
  • West end resident (and burrito enthusiast) Sari Lightman will be launching her burrito by bicycle delivery service on Friday, November 19, 2010. The delivery area will be east of Roncesvalles, south of Bloor, north of King and west of Spadina on Fridays only between 6pm and 1am. Orders can be placed by phone 416-948-6676 or […] Related posts: City of Toronto Sharrows PSA Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes Momentum Magazine Issue #47 – All About Kids and Cargo Bikes
  • Daniel Egan, Manager Cycling Infrastructure and Programs Transportation Services shares information on what sharrows are and how they can be used by cyclists in Toronto. This same information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s web site here: Sharrows FAQ Video via City of Toronto Cycling on Facebook. Related posts:Sharrows, Bike Lanes and […] Related posts: Sharrows, Bike Lanes and Shared Space on the Streets of Toronto Sharrows Miss the Point on Harbord Two-way Sharrows Along Macdonell…
  • Yesterday morning I snapped a quick pic of a part of a group of 6 morning bike commuters I was in as we headed west on Bloor East at around 8 am… temperature hovering around the freezing point. You can see we’re on the bridge over Rosedale Valley Road. It’s great seeing lots of bikes […] Related posts: A Favourite View Cold, but Beautiful Photos from my April Fools Day Commute Home
  • Continuing his Covet posts about great gear for your bike, Duncan looks at some stylish pannier bags for hauling lots of stuff around on that rear rack of yours (and looking good doing it): Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a bag. Active transportation can mean a little sweat, and carrying a bag is […] Related posts: Stuff: PackNGo Panniers On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup Holders and Maps!
  • via Sam Javanrouh of TopLeftPixel
  • The History Pics blog by BikingToronto member Lock is extremely interesting. He posts photos of electric bicycles (and diagrams of them) originating often more than 100 years ago. Goes to show “E-Bike” technology has been here a long time. See the full diagram on the History Pics blog Related posts:From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup […] Related posts: From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup Holders and Maps! On The Blogs: Bixi’s headway in Toronto On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political…
  • Duncan has switched up his gear set-up on his Marin Hamilton 29er, moving from a single speed to an internal gear hub, and tells us about it… from why he decided to do it to how he went about choosing what hub to go with, with help from Hoopdriver: After one week and a couple […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Evergreen Brickworks Cycling Infrastructure On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute
  • The basic trick to night riding is to see and be seen.  Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders.  The basic trick to night riding is to see and be seen. Even on well-lit streets, darkness not only makes it more difficult to see, but also judge distances and direction, which means slower reaction times – for both drivers and riders.
  • Danny MacAskill: Way Back Home via RedBull Related posts:Just Another Trip to the Office by Bicycle for Danny MacAskill Incorporating Bicycles into Exterior Home Design Related posts: Just Another Trip to the Office by Bicycle for Danny MacAskill Incorporating Bicycles into Exterior Home Design
  • via thericyip on flickr
  • Banana seats and bum bars… let’s do this Toronto! No related posts. No related posts.
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  • Duncan has posted the “Put The Days Away” music video by Sun Airway. It’s a nice portrayal of night cycling through a city… cruising through a vibrant urban landscape when it’s “on pause” at night: One million thanks to Ricardo Rivera at Klip Collective, who in addition to being an excellent dude and creating all […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Cycle Halifax Commercials On The Blogs: I Love Your Smile
  • Blogger Michael Holloway has an interesting post about the possibility that mayor-elect Rob Ford will take Toronto down the road from civic power to corporate power: The over all strategy is to reduce government power in favour of corporate power, and this was made very evident on election night when the first words out of […] Related posts: On The Blogs: Rob Ford, Art Inspiration On The Blogs: The Real Price of Gasoline On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor
  • You may have caught our post with photos from the Ontario Cycling Association of last Saturday’s Cyclocross Championships, but have you seen Bikeroo’s crash video from the event? Yesterday, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the national cyclocross race in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The best cyclocross racers across Canada participated in the […] Related posts: Photos from the Canadian Cyclocross Championships On The Blogs: Queens Park Grand Prix On The Blogs: Do The Cobble Wobble
  • As the days in Toronto get darker earlier and earlier as winter gets closer, you may be thinking about how to make yourself more visible as you bike around the city: 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 […] Related posts: Stuff: Glo Gloves: Gloves with Turn Signals! How To Get Visible: Video Let’s Get Visible – Safety is Sexy
  • Some video and photos of the Canadian Cyclocross Championships 2010 hosted by ZM Cycle & Fitness Related posts: Cyclocross Crash
    It can be easy to forget or simply not use hand signals when cycling. Streetcar tracks, potholes, bike lanes in door zones and other obstacles can have you focusing on keeping both hands on your handlebars. Yet, when it comes to communicating with other road users there is no better way than with hand signals. […] Related posts: Coaster Brake Love Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes Handling Street Car Tracks and Difficult Intersections With “Indirect Left Turns”
  • Qu’est Que C’est? (Talking Heads, Psycho Killer) Joe T published “The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train” a link piece to a Toronto Star article by City Columnist Joe Fiorito: “Fiorito: Cyclists doing good for all of us“. At the end of this seemingly over edited article is a strange, lonesome addition, “All I’m […] Related posts: Re-New, Re-Cycle, Re-Use Transit City hangs in the balance as opportunist candidates dither and dodge at the precipice of an epoch
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    OH YEAH! Cycle Toronto’s #BloorLovesBikes campaign is here and it’s awesome

    The biggest OH YEAH! to Cycle Toronto for the start of their “Bloor Loves Bikes” campaign.   Who wants bikelanes bringing lots of people to their stores to spend lots of money not being spent on cars?  Bloor businesses do! Our #BloorLovesBikes window decals are in! Watch for them on Bloor coming soon! via Cycle […]



    Source: Original photo – by Create Sean on Flickr. Kensington Market, Toronto Ontario – Favorite shot from yesterday’s photowalk. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

    SHOP: Dream Cyclery – a new bike shop on Eglinton West

    This new bike store on Eglinton West is the culmination of owner Linus Kwak’s dream to open a service-oriented shop that puts to use his years of skill building wheels and designing parts. It’s a small space with only a handful of new bikes on offer, but the mechanic services are top notch. Read my […]


    PHOTO OF THE DAY: Spring in Toronto

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


    OH YEAH! Sexy people stopping at a red light

    I shared the above photo on facebook the other day, and it got such a good response, I thought I’d share it here too. Look at all these sexy people on bikes stopped at a red light (at a T intersection, no less). Sooooo hot. See it (and a good discussion) on the City of […]


    PHOTO OF THE DAY: Messenger’s Line

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

    OH YEAH! Toronto lawyer helps cyclists pedal through ‘unjust’ legal system

    For cyclists injured in an accident, navigating the legal system can be as hard as biking through downtown Toronto during rush hour, says lawyer Patrick Brown. “The system can be very complicated and a lot of cyclists don’t know what entitlements they have,” he said. That’s why Brown, an ardent cycling advocate, has partnered with […]

    INFRASTRUCTURE: Help out with the Toronto Parks and Trails Wayfinding Strategy

      Help Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department design their wayfinding system: What is Wayfinding? Wayfinding encompasses all the ways in which people understand their surroundings and navigate from place to place. Wayfinding is more than signs – it also includes names, landmarks, conventions, maps and new media. What is the Toronto Parks & Trails […]

    NEWS: Car Columnist has trouble remembering bicycle turn signals; bitches about it

    A car columnist for the Globe whines about hand signals being too confusing for him.  Because remembering stuff is hard. He also blames car-bike collisions on drivers not understanding bike hand signals.  That’s totally the reason there are collisions.  It’s not drivers being inattentive or the self-righteous belief that being in a car means they should […]


    INFRASTRUCTURE: New Contraflow Bikelane on Florence St.

    Having fun watching cyclists discover the freshly installed bike lane on Florence St. In just a couple minutes since I arrived, over a dozen eastbound cyclists who yesterday were going the wrong way on Florence illegally, have adjusted their lane positioning into the centre of the new contra-flow bicycle lane coming around the corner from […]

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