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STUFF: First Timbuk2 Store Opens in Canada

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There’s a launch party!  Sat. July 26th!  They have a Facebook Event Page too.

Timbuk2, whose distinctive bags are commonly spotted on the backs of many urban commuters, will open the company’s fifth retail store in Toronto, ON, making it the brand’s first retail store in Canada.

Timbuk2’s new 1200 sq. ft. store is located at 359 Queen St. West in a neighborhood known for its dynamic arts, culture, retail, and entertainment districts. Timbuk2 partnered with award-winning design and architecture firm Gensler to design the community-oriented store, which features:

  • A custom workshop for designing personalized bags with over 60 fabric options.
  • A designated hub for community events and group bike rides.
  • Handmade bicycle design art installations.
  • An indoor San Francisco-inspired parklet for relaxing and refueling.
  • Access to a host bike tools, bike pumps and extra tubes for community cyclists.

Read More: First Timbuk2 Store Opens in Canada – Momentum Mag.

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EVENT: Tues, Aug. 26 – Tune-Up Tuesday at Castle Frank

Via CycleToronto:

Event date:

26 August, 2014 – 17:0020:00

Join us Tuesday evenings this spring and summer for Tune Up Tuesdays! Get a free safety check or basic tune up from one of our Community Partners, chat with our volunteers about cycling issues in the city, sign up as a member, or just enjoy the evening with us.

Location:

Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette

Castle Frank & Bloor St E

Toronto, ON

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(BikingToronto has partnered with CycleToronto to bring this content from their site right to BikingToronto. View the original post here.

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OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto Hackathon & Design Jam

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Very cool!  Bikeshare Toronto… I think I love you.  Great innovative event.

Save the date – we’re hacking Bike Share Toronto!

On August 15th, 16th and 17th, we’ll be holding a hackathon, design jam and various community events to see what kinds of apps, maps, stories and visualizations we can create using Bike Share Toronto data and other cycling and planning data.

 Bike Share TO is releasing its open data sets for the first time ever – and we’re inviting you to dig in first. (Don’t worry – we’ve already cleaned it up). The Toronto Open Data portal has other data sets of note/interest to consider, including bicycle parking, bike trails and others. To get an idea of the data used and entries created, check out this event from the Bay Area Data Challenge: http://www.bayareabikeshare.com/datachallenge

via Bike Share Toronto Hackathon & Design Jam | #hackbikeshareTO.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Martin Goodman Trail 1

Original photo – by jer1961 on Flickr.

Martin Goodman Trail, Toronto, west towards Roncesvalles

via Flickr.

See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Why College Street is Toronto cyclists’ ‘dooring zone’

Why is College a dooring zone? Because they painted the bikelane right beside parked cars.   Maybe it’s time to (and I’m just brainstorming out of the box here) move the bikelane from right beside the parked cars and put it next to the streetcar tracks, with flex-bollards on each side, making it a protected (from streetcars and cars) bikelane?

Of the 1,308 Toronto cyclists hit by opening car doors between 2005 and 2013, most were hurt but only one was killed: A 57-year-old man biking east on Eglinton Avenue West on a May afternoon in 2008 when a 43-year-old woman opened her car door and sent the man flying into traffic, where he was hit by a truck. He died in hospital.

The woman was charged with “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” – the same charge applied, in theory, to any driver careless or callous or harried or busy enough to open a car door on a cyclist.

Read More: INTERACTIVE: Why College Street is Toronto cyclists’ ‘dooring zone’ – Toronto | Globalnews.ca.

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