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EVENT: Sun, July 20 – Cycle Toronto July Social

Via CycleToronto:

Event date:

20 July, 2014 – 16:0019:00

Join us at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 20th at Propeller Roastery for a barbecue and delicious coffee roasted and brewed onsite! This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome! We’ll also be leading a group bike ride from Christie Pits at 3:15pm — details below.

Location:
Propeller Roastery

50 Wade Ave

Toronto, ON

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HISTORY: The 19th-century health scare “bicycle face”

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Bicycle Face is real.  It’s called smiling.  Only bike commuters do it.

Once upon a time, the main danger associated with bicycling had nothing to do with being hit by a car.

Instead, some late 19th century doctors warned that — especially for women — using the newfangled contraption could lead to a threatening medical condition: bicycle face.

“Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face,’” noted the Literary Digest in 1895.

Read More: The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about “bicycle face” – Vox.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto council approves Eglinton Connects renewal plan

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Good news… Eglinton Connects (which has separated bikelanes) has been approved by Council.  The Ford schmoes again prove their idiocy by their statements about something hurting drivers (the only kind of Torontonian with rights in Ford’s Toronto).  I used to live at Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant and there was ALWAYS only one lane of moving cars in each direction for the stretch in question (Avenue to Mt. Pleasant) because of parked cars in each curblane.  Even during rush hours there would always be illegal parkers.

Very disappointed in Josh Matlow and his saying that the original plan would have hurt motorists.

Matlow moved to add right-turn lanes in both directions at key intersections between Avenue Rd. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. to avoid blocking the through lane. That change was approved 28-5.

Josh… the whole point of making a street more attractive to businesses and pedestrians and cyclists is to make the street work for PEOPLE.  Not for cars.  For PEOPLE.  People who live and work on Eglinton.  Not the people just using Eglinton as a thoroughfare.

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford attempted Friday to trash the Eglinton Connects streetscape plan as a “war on the car,” despite a move to ease the impact of the remodel on motorists.

The brothers’ arguments failed to gain traction with council, which voted 26-7 for the plan.

It calls for wider sidewalks, more trees, bike lanes and other amenities, while shrinking through traffic to one lane in each direction between Mount Pleasant and Avenue Rds.

Full Article: Toronto council approves Eglinton Connects renewal plan | Metro.

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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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