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OH YEAH! Welcoming a New Supporter: VeloLifestyle

BikingToronto would like to welcome our newest supporter: Velolifestyle, a *Canadian* online source for lifestyle cycling.  You’ll be seeing their ad over in the sidebar of the site for the next 12 months, as well as in our email newsletter.

A quick check of their website will likely make you smile, as it did me. In addition to dutch bikes, cargo bikes and regular bike accessories like bags and panniers, they also have some really fun bike accessories like pizza cutters, spoke reflectors, wallets made from bike tubes and coffee holders.  I’ve already got a huge “Want/Need” list started. Haha.

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I’m also VERY excited about their physical location, their Allo Velo bike boutique and café in Montreal.  Bikes + Coffee? Oh yeah.  They even rent Triobikes for families visiting Montreal.  Sign me UP!  I’m all over that!  Planning a trip now.

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$35.00 1/2Day (4hrs) $60.00/Day(24hrs) or $150.00/3days, Available 7 days a week. Call, email or fill our form to book a Triobike. We can even bring the Triobike to your hotel or Atwater Market. Helpful bike path map, locks and kid helmets  included.

Here’s a brief introduction to Velolifestyle from their “about” page:

We specialize in European city bikes for your daily commute or leisurely social rides. Home to renowned brands such as Gazelle, Creme Cycles and Vanmoof. We are proud to offer the most tested and safest Cargo Bikes in the market like Triobike, Larry vs Harry Bullitt Cargo Bikes, Metrofiet. Looking for something cycle chic? Check out our collection of SAHN Helmets, Cleverhood rain capes and Mission Workshop gear. 

Flagship Boutique | Café

Newly Established in Montreal, Allo Vélo is a unique bike boutique & cafe, serving speciality italian coffee. Our boutique sources unique brands from local manufacturers and international bike forward countries. Cycling commuters now have a choice of convenient practical cargo bikes or comfortable European style bicycles. With the unique combination of a full service café bar, patrons can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee in an eclectic environment. So if you are here for that morning espresso jolt, to socialize, to have your bike repaired or looking to diversify your cycling needs, we are here 7 days a week. 

5165 Notre-Dame Ouest

Montreal, QC, H4C 1T4

1 514 937 8356

 

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NEWS: U of T team aims to create world’s fastest bike

A University of Toronto team behind an award-winning human-powered helicopter and the first wing-flapping plane are setting their sights on a new record by constructing what could be the world’s fastest bike.

Cameron Robertson, 27, and 10 other U of T students and graduates known as AeroVelo have been toiling away in their McCaul Street lab since September, building a futuristic-looking, energy efficient bike.

They say the bike — which they estimate will cost $100,000 and take more than 10,000 hours to complete — will be able to topple current records by reaching speeds of up to 145 km/h.

Read More: U of T team aims to create world’s fastest bike | Metro.

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NEWS: John Tory continues anti-bike crusade on Eglinton

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John Tory continues his plan to be THE Anti-Bike mayoral candidate.  Everyone knows Rob Ford is, but Rob Ford is old news, and John Tory will flip and flop in whatever direction will get him votes… and he’s after “Ford Nation” votes.  Plus Nick Kouvalis is Tory’s lead strategist this time around.  You may remember him as the ass who tapped into the less-intelligent voters of Toronto last time round, getting Ford elected.

It doesn’t matter to Tory that he’s wrong.  That Eglinton Connects INCREASES traffic capacity.   He says what will give him votes.

Props to Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz for doing their homework on this project and supporting it.

The plan, known as Eglinton Connects, is related to the light-rail line being built under the midtown road. Buried transit will reduce the need for bus lanes, freeing up space and prompting a reassessment of how best to use the roadway. Among the ideas are separated bicycle lanes and expanded sidewalks. In some parts of Eglinton, where there is lower demand, there would be fewer lanes for vehicles.

John Tory, who was on hand in Nathan Phillips Square for the launch of Caribana, said he wouldn’t support any project that takes traffic lanes out of service.

“The [traffic] study says that it’s going to lead to an increase in traffic on residential streets off Eglinton of 10 per cent and I don’t buy into that,” he said. “I don’t think that the residential people who live in there are counting on that.”

Read More: Mayoral candidates divided on plan to make Eglinton more cyclist, pedestrian friendly – The Globe and Mail.

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FUTURE? The rise of the e-bike

Like it or not, they are coming.  Maybe even for me one day (a normal one, not a scooter-type thing), when my knees give out.  Some days that feels closer than others.

These days, e-bikes are booming in popularity in Europe and China where they’re revered for their low impact on the environment. According to ZIV, a German industry organization, e-bike sales represented 10 percent of all bike sales at the close of 2012, a 15 percent rise over 2011 numbers. Because the motors used in e-bikes are electric and not internal combustion, these contraptions don’t emit any carbon dioxide directly (the source of their electricity, however, has an environmental impact, albeit one drastically smaller than a motorcycle or moped engine).

In China there are upwards of 120 million bikes on the country’s roads, up from a few thousand in the 1990s, according to the New York Times. Chinese e-bike exports, along with global interest in the phenomenon has contributed to the creation of a modern-day $11 billion e-bike industry.

Read More: The rise of the e-bike | PeopleForBikes.

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NEWS: Toronto takes stronger action to target illegal bike lane parking

Toronto’s parking enforcers are looking to put a stop to illegal bike lane parking once and for all.

As the city installs new downtown bike lanes in a year-long pilot project, it will be using a combination of new pavement markings, signage that threatens a $150 fine, and targeted enforcement blitzes to keep the lanes clear of idle cars.

The goal is to make the painted outlines of a bike lane as effective as a physical barrier.

Read More: Toronto takes stronger action to target illegal bike lane parking | Metro.

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