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The News Cycle for Friday, June 8, 2012

A Public Transit Adventure [Cupcake Ride]

A Public Transit adventure

I’ve used public transit bike racks in BC before and the ones on the TTC buses are exactly the same. You just push up on a metal handle, pull the whole rack down towards you, lift your bike into the wheel slots and then secure your front wheel with an expandable leaver thingy (yes, thingy).

 

Quote of the Day: ‘Oh my God, I never want to hurt a bike!” says Rob Ford [Posted Toronto]

Quote of the Day: ‘Oh my God, I never want to hurt a bike!” says Rob Ford

Mayor Rob Ford reacting to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s concerns that controlled chipping of the Gardiner Expressway could damage the BIXI bike share station underneath, at Simcoe St.

 

 

 

Take a video ride through Toronto’s Bixi bike-sharing network [Posted Toronto]

What happens when you let a Scottish-Canadian graphics editor take a Bixi bike on a high-speed tour of Toronto? Thanks to the camera on his helmet, you’ll be able to see his ride and hear his opinions of the bike-ability of the city, the likeability (or lack thereof) of certain drivers and the need for better bike lanes. You may also hear some creative vocabulary. (Warning: this is not for those who would be offended by the word “tosser.”) 

Toronto Bike Month: Kickoff fest gets wheels turning at Christie Pits [The Star]

Toronto Bike Month: Kickoff fest gets wheels turning at Christie Pits

Tracy Rowan not only got a free bike tune-up and collected maps of cycling routes at Christie Pits on Sunday — she got to grind coffee by pedalling a stationary bicycle.

“I love this bike fest. It’s real multi-tasking,” says Rowan, 49, sniffing the bag of finely ground Haitian, Ethiopian and Guatemalan beans. “Quite bold. The way I like it.”

Faced with legal and financial challenges, BIXI bike sharing program in a cycle of uncertainty [Posted Toronto]

Faced with legal and financial challenges, BIXI bike sharing program in a cycle of uncertainty

 The Montreal company must sell the booming division that has been exporting the idea abroad, thus eliminating from the equation the only part that turned a profit. Its advocates say focusing on the balance sheet misses the point that thousands of people are changing the way they move around their cities. Its critics say the problem with BIXI is that it tried to be a business, when it should be a public service.

May Cupcake Ride Recap [Cupcake Ride]

May Cupcake Ride Recap

Despite a gloomy weather forecast, the slightly hazy overcast conditions created a nice reprieve from the sunny hot day we had the day before and made for a very comfortable May ride. … although many of us arrived hot and sweaty because we were rushing to try to get to the meet up point on time!

 

Ride for Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

Ride for Jarvis

We will be meeting at 6 PM at Allan Gardens whereupon we will be cycling North on Jarvis to Charles St. East, East on Charles St. East to Church, North on Church to Bloor and then looping back South to Jarvis and Queen where we will turn and end up at City Hall where we will celebrate our cycling culture and show Toronto that we mean business.

 

Bike Month kicks off in Toronto [CityNews]

Bike Month kicks off in Toronto

Clean, two-wheel transportation is in the spotlight for the next few weeks as Bike Month kicked off across the GTA on Monday.

Dozens of cyclists celebrated the special month and Bike to Work Day on Monday by converging at Yonge and Bloor streets for a communal ride, or group commute, down to Nathan Phillips Square for an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast, organized by the city and Cycle Toronto.

Toronto-based bike maker shares in Giro d’Italia victory [Globe & Mail]

“People will always associate us with the first time a Canadian won [a professional cycling event]and did it on a Canadian bike. That’s pretty special,” Mr. White, Cervélo’s chief executive officer, said Monday.

Although bike manufacturers often benefit from a bump in sales when one of their machines ends up in the winner’s circle – notably Trek Bicycle Corp., the sponsor of past Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong – “the Giro is not going to do the same thing for us,” Mr. White said.

Bike to Work Day [Cupcake Ride]

Bike to Work Day

The Bike Month Group Commute is the kick-off event for Bike Month in Toronto (a month later than a lot of cities in North America).

This year I was able to wake up on time and joined the group commute at Yonge and Bloor to ride down to City Hall a la Critical Mass style.

I even got to meet Laurie Featherstone of Featherstone 2 wheels green delivery during the ride! Ok, ok, so I introduced myself in a sort of fan-girlish manner…

 

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