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June 30: Evergreen Bike Works Learn to Ride Workshop

Open to all ages, learn to ride a bike and hone your skills. Learning to ride a bicycle can be challenging but here at Evergreen we view learning to ride as a pivotal experience for people young and old.

JUNE 30 | 1–3pm

Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Avenue

Cost | $30

Registration | Email awallis@evergreen.ca. Payment is due at the beginning of the workshop.

For more info, visit ebw.evergreen.ca

full event details Bike Month 2013

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Saturdays in June: Evergreen Biking Basics Workshops

Learn the skills to maintain your wheels—from fixing a flat to troubleshooting gears and brakes. Bring your bike and we’ll provide the rest!

JUNE 1 | Flat Fix: Learn how to fix a flat at this hands-on workshop. By the end of the two hours you will be able to confidently fix your own flat.

JUNE 18 | Gears: Learn what gears are best for what terrain, how to use them effectively and how to do adjustments to keep your gears in tip top shape.

JUNE 15 | Brakes and Chains: Brakes are an essential part of your ride. Learn how to identify brake, rim and chain wear, how to adjust your brakes and how to replace them. You will also learn the basics of lubing your drive train to keep it in perfect form.

JUNE 22 | Putting it all together: Learn the basics of triaging any bike, the foundations of bike and helmet fitting and a safety check that will help you ensure your bike is in good mechanical condition.

Cost | $70 for all 4 sessions

Registration | To register email awallis@evergreen.ca with your name and contact information.

Upcoming sessions | July 6–27 | August 3–24

For more info, visit ebw.evergreen.ca

full event listing: Bike Month 2013

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Home Depot Trip By Bicycle

I love Home Depot trips by bike.  Love this post:

I wasn’t entirely sure at first whether the cargo bike would adequately carry the amount of lumber I was going to purchase, so I kept open the possibility that I may need to return the next day with a motor vehicle.As it turned out, my cargo bike proved sufficiently capable of handling a heavy load of plywood oak no less in addition to all of my ice hockey gear. Hell, I probably could have thrown a 24-pack or two of beer on top of everything without issue.

read full article: The Urban Country

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June 9: Urban Cycling Essentials Workshop

If you’re fairly new to cycling, or just getting back on your bike, this is a great workshop for you. Actually, even more experienced riders are likely to learn something new! I’ll be packing a bunch of need-to-know information into this afternoon session, so come prepared to gain some important city cycling knowledge. 

We’ll discuss the following: basic rules/etiquette of the road, rights and responsibilities of cyclists, how to properly lock your bike, traffic violations that apply to cyclists, what to do in case of a collision and how to avoid them, clothing / riding in all weather, using your gears, how to carry stuff, and other ways to make your ride more enjoyable. Bring your most niggling bikey questions – someone else will probably be wondering the same thing.

Session host: Yvonne Bambrick

full event listing: Bike Month 2013.

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Cycling Think & Do Tank: strategies get more people on a bike

How do you get around your city? Do you cycle? Would you like to cycle? What influences your decision?

There have been numerous attempts to encourage a shift towards active transportation and cycling. The most high profile of these have focused on the construction of physical infrastructure such as separated bicycle lanes, bike parking and destination amenities such as change-rooms and showering facilities. Due to tight city budgets and the slow pace of infrastructure development, cities like Toronto have lagged behind other urban centres which have fast-tracked their cycling infrastructure. In spite of this, Toronto has greatly increased its cycling population. A recent Toronto study estimates the increase in the number of cyclists, from 2001 to 2006, to be as much as 30%. While this increase shows positive signs, there is still significant room to grow.

Researchers from the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank have been working on the development of A Toolkit to Accelerate the Adoption of Cycling for Transportation. This toolkit takes an original approach: linking behaviour change theory and cycling promotion.

continue reading the full story: Spacing National.

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