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On The Blogs: Rob Ford, Art Inspiration

Rob Ford Inspires the Arts

Over on the Cyclops blog, there’s a nice little post about the art that is being inspired by noted bikelane “hesitant” (I’d say opponent, but he’s admitted that bikelanes are appropriate in places like downtown, where lots of people bike) mayor-elect Rob Ford: Say what you will about Rob Ford, but you’ve gotta give him […]

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On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor

Toronto Cycling Community in a Non-Bike Friendly Environment

Nodders talks about what Rob Ford’s election means for the Toronto Cycling Community.  Does the “Community” need to re-position itself and move from a “Share the Road!” message to a “More Bikes = Less Cars = Less Congestion” message? I think that cycling advocates need to seriously consider how they position their messaging in a […]

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On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks

Backpacks for the Cycling Commuter

Duncan continues his great series of “Covet” posts and looks at good backpacks for cycling commuters: Fall weather is upon in Toronto and that means more rain, cooler temperatures and more reasons to carry more things with you. A change of clothes, a laptop, books, lunch… the list goes on. While messenger bags are a […]

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On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists

Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist

Duncan’s City Ride brings us a cool sheet of tips from Esurance: While modern cyclists have traded in jaunty caps for high-tech helmets and Grand Canyon-sized potholes for smooth, paved streets, the dangers are still what they were in the good old days, which is to say significant. With more and more cars on the […]

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On The Blogs: Do The Cobble Wobble

Cobble Wobble

Duncan has posted a great video of a kind of Time Trial race up an old hilly cobblestone road in the Town of Frome in Somerset, England.  It’s clearly a lot of fun: Uphill sprint races bring out costumed riders and kids! It’s the Cobble Wobble. Where in Toronto could we stage something like this? […]

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On The Blogs: Cycle Halifax Commercials

Halifax Cycling Coalition Wants You to Know Who is Riding Bikes

On Duncan’s City Ride, you can watch 3 excellent videos made by the Halifax Cycling Coalition: How do you promote cycling as a means of transportation? In Halifax, you lead the way by introducing people to everyday cyclists. The Halifax Cycling Coalition recently released several commercials in which we get to meet people who have […]

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On The Blogs: Sharrows on Spadina?

What Happened to the “Bike Lane” on Spadina?

Duncan asks the question about the changing bike infrastructure on Spadina.  Gone is the bike gutter white stripe (I don’t even know if that was ever intended as a bikelane) in preparation for sharrows: What exactly is going on with the blacked out “bike lane” on Spadina Avenue? Well, what may or may not actually […]

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On The Blogs: Mapping the McDonell Sharrows

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Micheal Holloway decided to map out the latest effort by the Urban Repair Squad… the two-way sharrows on McDonell Ave: Apparently, The Urban Repair Squad wants to help create social change through public awareness via non-violent urban gorilla actions – like using non-permanent, non-toxic water based paints to add “two-way sharrows” on the pavement of […]

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On The Blogs: Ride and Prejudice

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Via Cycling50+, is how you treat another person dictated by their mode of transportation, rather than their value as a person? Behind the Labels – Rider or driver; take away the wheels and what do you have? In both cases: a person. One person rides a bike, the other person drives a car. Most altercations […]

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On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute

NYC Commute

Duncan looks at the changing New York City bike commute on his City Rides blog: Only a small percentage of the ride is along streets with sharrows and, notice too, that NYC DOT isn’t trying to squeeze one size fits all cycling infrastructure onto a wide variety of streets… Real cycling infrastructure influences real change. […]

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On The Blogs: Dressing for Winter

Appropriate Dress

Over on Claire’s Fletcher Five blog, she talks about making sure her hands and face are warm as the weather cools down: I’m going to need some mittens. Probably several pairs, as I’m prone to losing stuff. And something to keep my nose and cheeks cozy. And legwarmers. The list goes on… A question for […]

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On The Blogs: New Sharrows on Bloor Street

New Sharrows on Bloor

From Duncan’s City Ride: Construction on Bloor between Avenue Road in the west and Yonge Street in the east is starting to be cleared. Revealed beneath the trucks and equipment are bicycle stencils on the fresh asphalt. Now, these aren’t sharrows as they are missing directional chevrons. And these aren’t bike lanes as they are […]

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On The Blogs: Two-Way Sharrows on Mcdonell

Two-way Sharrows

From Duncan’s City Ride: The work of the Urban Repair Squad and quite possibly a unique invention, two-way sharrows have been placed on the one-way, southbound only Macdonell Ave. This is an interesting installation of sharrows… very cool, but I’ve seen some people raising the concern of encouraging two-way bike travel on one side of […]

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On The Blogs: I Love Your Smile

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From Duncan’s City Ride: Recently saw Charlie Winston perform at Osheaga in Montreal. There simply aren’t enough high energy, super fun performers like him around. This video is perfection. Happy long weekend, folks! See the video at Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Learning about Bike Boxes

Bike Boxes at Harbord and St. George

Duncan’s City Ride explores the new bike boxes at Harbord and St. George, and how a lot of education is needed for both drivers AND cyclists: Considering how many cars I see stopped in the middle of crosswalks, there’s obviously going to be a few growing pains with these new bike boxes in Toronto. What […]

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