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BikingToronto Flickr Group passes 6,000 Photos!

If you don’t know about it, over on Flickr there is a BikingToronto Group.

It’s been around a few years, and it a great source of cycling (and photo) inspiration for myself.

Every page of BikingToronto has recent photos from the group showing up on the right side of the page (scroll down a bit), but I thought now was a perfect time to do a little post about it, as the Group’s “photo pool” has recently passed 6,000 photos (you have to be logged into flickr to see all of them… due to permissions each photographer sets on each photo, only about 5,800 are visible to non-members).

If you like photographing bikes in Toronto, you should definitely add your photos to the BikingToronto Group.  Here’s why:

  • Allows you to network with other people who like photographing bikes in Toronto
  • Have your photos show up on BikingToronto (mentioned above) … I’m also trying to work out the tech of getting a section of BikingToronto up and running that will update with your awesome photos automatically
  • All my favourite photos in the group I share on the Biking Toronto Facebook Page (1400 fans currently) as well as the Biking Toronto Twitter account (9400 followers currently), giving your photos more exposure to Torontonians who love bikes
  • Every once in a while I make the Biking Toronto Facebook Page cover photo from a photo in the Group… and give big props to the photographer.

I’m also working on some ideas for really promoting bike photography in Toronto. Stay tuned.

Here’s a small sample of some of my favourite photos that have shown up recently in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group. Click each photo to go through to the photo’s page on Flickr and see more photos from that photographer.

416cyclestyle

yonge

Halfway up Brimley Road

Water cycle

shady biker

IMG_9002 Sorauren Sun

8472

Bicycles on Queen Street

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The 2012 BikeMonth Group Commute is Tomorrow Morning

Just a reminder that the BikeMonth Group Commute goes tomorrow morning.

May 28th. 2012. 7a.m- 10 a.m. Commuters from around the City meet to ride together from start points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m. City start points are staffed with ride coordinators and a Police escort. Riders will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt as well as complimentary breakfast at City Hall (while supplies last). This event is organised by the City of Toronto and the Cycle Toronto.

The ride leaves from various start locations at 7:00a.m and meets at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m. From there the ride heads to Nathan Phillips Square for 8:00a.m to enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast and other festivities.

Below is a Google Map and list of start points

 


View 2012 Group Commute in a larger map
Group Commute Start Locations:

City Start Points:

7 am Bloor and High Park
7 am Yonge and Lawrence
7 am Danforth and Woodbine
7:30 am Bloor and Yonge
8 am Arrive at City Hall

Community Start Points:

6:45 am Don Mills and Lawrence
6:30 am Humber River Waterfront trail Thunderbird bridge
7:00 am Eglinton Park
7:15 am Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
7:30 am Dundas East and Kingston Road

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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO]

Toronto Bike Month 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have organized numerous other events for the next few weeks to celebrate being two-wheeled and engine-free.

 

Toronto cyclist lay in shock with mangled leg after taxi hit him, court hears [Toronto Star]

A cyclist was in complete shock, lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bone and flesh fragments after his leg was crushed by a taxi driver, a Toronto police officer says.

Const. Usman Haroon testified Wednesday he came across Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz lying on his back on the sidewalk at the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008.

Bike with Mike this Sunday! [Cycle Toronto]

Mike Layton is hosting a Bike with Mike event this Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 at Christie Pits park on the street level part near Bloor St. We will be hosting a Cycle Toronto Ward 19 table to promote the activities of the Ward and organization generally. 

There are going to be lots of activities going on, including family friendly activities, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Cycle Toronto Requests Province to Order an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

As evidence continues to mount against the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes and reinstall the fifth centre lane, last week Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) filed a request with the Province for an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis.

Last month, we made a similar request directly to the City of Toronto. However, the City’s Transportation Services department responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment. 

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27

Fashion should be about comfort. Comfort in your own skin, comfort expressing yourself, and comfort cruising city streets on your bike.

Or at least that’s what Calgary-based fashion designer Kristi Woo thinks. It’s that philosophy that is the inspiration for her unique line of stylish made-for-cycling fashions. Riyoko Urban Bikewear makes fashion-conscious clothes for the female cyclist and urban traveller. She’s inspired to make her pieces by tackling issues found cycling in certain clothes, for herself and other fashionable cyclists.

Toronto cyclist struck by cab was walking away from dispute, he says [Toronto Star]

A former competitive cyclist who lost part of a leg after being hit by a taxi driver says he was walking away from a dispute at the time.

“When I woke up I was in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital,” Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz, 40, testified Tuesday.

The former cyclo-cross enthusiast was biking home around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008, when he and a Beck Taxi met at the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. in west Toronto.

Urban Car-Free Camping [The Urban Country]

Urban Car-Free Camping

Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. Whether pulling the car up to the campsite, or parking the car and heading to the campsite by canoe or kayak, I have always been reliant on a car.

This weekend a friend and I decided to do a short one-night, car-free camping trip in the city with our two dogs.

 

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Magazine]

New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.


Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line [Cupcake Ride]

Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line

A few months ago I shared a project that Denise was organizing called Rush Hour Service. Unfortunately due to major TTC bureaucracy hurdles she had to give up on that project, but she’s come up with an even cooler one!

Danforth Bike Line

 

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride [Toronto Star]

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride

I’m extremely glad I took Can-Bike 2. I wish every cyclist would.

Designed primarily by the Ontario Cycling Association, the course is a triumph of sanity, common sense, logic and consistency — all commodities that are just a wee bit lacking on the streets of this city.

Eleven students signed up for my particular iteration of the course, which began on a Monday in May, continued on a Wednesday, concluded on a Friday. It cost $112.

 

 

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Tomorrow is the May Girls Cupcake Ride!

This was originally posted over on Hyedie’s Cupcake Ride Blog… if you are female and looking for something fun and delicious to do tomorrow, you really can not beat this!  


May 2012 Cupcake Ride Details

Announcing the details for the 2nd Cupcake Ride of the third season! Hope you can make it out!

Date: Saturday, May 26th
Time: 1pm

Start: Swirls Cupcakes
4158 Dundas St. West

- east on Dundas St. West to Old Dundas
- then into the Humber Trail
- out to Stephen before tucking back into South Humber Park
- east on The Queensway (bike lanes)
- cross bridge to Martin Goodman Trail east
- all the way to Logon St.
- left on Queen St. to

End: Desmond & Beatrice
750 Queen St. East


I know we can head directly to the Martin Goodman Trail from the Humber Trails, but in this political climate, it would be nice to show all the weekend drivers that there are indeed a LOT of cyclists that utilize bike lanes. So that’s why I’ve planned for us to ride on the Queensway.


If you are planning on TTCing out to Swirls (this part of Dundas West can be a bit bike unfriendly – despite the bike lane on Dundas West over the Humber River by Lambton Park), I would suggest taking the subway to Royal York Station and then ride north on Royal York Road. This portion of Royal York Road doesn’t have bike lanes but the bike map shows it as a ‘Suggested On-Street Route’.


• Sorry gents! This ride is for girls only!

• Please check out my ride rules prior to the ride!

• You can RSVP at the Facebook event page!


The Cupcake Ride is organized on a volunteer basis and it is not a professional organization. As such, each of us is responsible for our own safety and well-being during an organized event. The organizer is not in any way responsible for any participant on the trip. However, as a group of friends, we make an effort to look out for one another to the best of our ability.

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BikeHugger’s Built in Toronto for NXNEi

This post was originally posted here by Byron of BikeHugger, who are bringing their Built series of talks to Toronto for NXNE Interactive.  They saw my Ignite Culture presentation on “Tweed Rides: Who Are These People?” video, and asked me to do it again for Built.  I gladly accepted.


Next month Built is in Toronto during NXNE Interactive. Built is our series of talks by people who create. It’s a make and tell event with 5-minute presentations by diverse speakers covering a wide-range of topics. This attendee favorite has played in Austin for SXSW and Portland during WebVisions. We’re very pleased to bring the show to Toronto during NXNEi.

We’re on stage in the NXNE Lounge at 1:20 to 2 each day from June 13-15 and want to hear what you’ve got to say about your projects, the cool stuff you make or do. How you take the ordinary and create the extraordinary.

Tic Brown on stage during Built at SXSW 12

Submit your talk now. Built our flavor of Ignite with the bike as a backdrop or a Pecha Kucha. Each presentation is 5 minutes with 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The beauty of the format is, the presentations change like Seattle weather. If you’re not that interested in one talk, wait for another.

I’m also talking about being a maker and creator during NXNE. I’ll ride all over Toronto, mayor Rob Ford be damned!

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