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Toronto’s 5 fittest city councillors do it by bike

Great article from the Star about Toronto’s 5 fittest councillors.

The best part, unsurprisingly, is that 4 of them stay fit by making cycling a regular part of their lives.

I’ve excepted parts of the article below:

Karen Stintz – The Runner

Stintz also bikes seven km to work twice per week — to make a public statement.

“I’m trying to normalize things like biking to work, because it still isn’t considered mainstream,” Stintz said. “I’m hoping to contribute to making cycling to work mainstream for people who might not consider it a way to get to work.”

Anthony Perruzza — The Devoted

“I’m a devout cyclist,” Perruzza said. “I cycle thousands and thousands of kilometres yearly. I just love it.”

In June, Perruzza participated in the 2013 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer , in which he rode to Hamilton and back. The two-day ride is about 200-km long. Proceeds help the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre .

Glenn De Baeremaeker — The Enthusiast

The first thing Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker does after getting out of bed early in the morning is put on his bike gear.

“Just get up and go,” he said. “Don’t think, because when you start using your brain, you say, ‘maybe it’s slippery or dangerous outside,’ and then you just don’t go.”

Kristyn Wong-Tam — The Traveller

Fitness is a lifelong journey, and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is on it, travelling by bike.

This month marks the fourth consecutive year in which Wong-Tam will go on a six-day, 600-km cycling expedition from Toronto to Montreal. She’ll cycle 100 km per day and camp out each night. The trip is organized by the Toronto People with Aids Foundation and is called the Friends for Life Bike Rally .

Full story: Meet Toronto’s five fittest city councillors | Toronto Star.

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Bixi Toronto to be saved by public toilet money?

Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall:

The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a confidential report obtained by the Star. The proposal, Buckley says, could eliminate Bixi’s $3.9 million debt and put the company “on solid financial footing” for the government takeover he is recommending.

Read full story: Toronto Star.

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Making Toronto World Class: Purchase & Expand BIXI

While Toronto City Hall has dithered over the future of BIXI Toronto, something amazing has happened south of the border: New York City has launched CitiBike with 6,000 bikes and 400 stations. In its first month alone, CitiBike attracted 50,000 annual members and logged more than 500,000 trips! It’s a testament to what’s possible in Toronto. BIXI Toronto is heading back to Executive Committee on Wednesday July 3rd.

Please write Executive Committee and tell them that the City should take over BIXI Toronto and invest in a bold expansion plan right away! 

Read full details: Purchase & Expand the BIXI Program | Cycle Toronto.

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Karen Stintz ticketed for running stop sign on bike

Go Karen Stintz!  I love that the Chair of the TTC chooses to bike to work!  As a long-time Leafs fan, I also have newfound respect for  former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive Richard Peddie who said:

“Eh — she gets marks from me for riding her bike.”

What I like about Karen Stintz is she’s that rare politician, who, though conservative, will do research into an issue and make up her own mind about it.  She doesn’t vote according to “party lines”, as the Fords have found out.  She’s also a recent convert to cycling.

Councillor Karen Stintz, the chair of the TTC and a potential mayoral candidate, was given a $110 ticket Thursday morning for allegedly failing to heed a stop sign while riding her bicycle near Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave.

“I received a Toronto Police ticket today for an alleged rolling stop, on a side street while on my bike. Fighting it,” Stintz wrote on Twitter, where she posted a photo of the 9:42 a.m. ticket.

She added: “Sorry it couldn’t be a juicier ‘running afoul of the law’ story, everyone. Alleged story, of course.”

Read full story: Councillor Karen Stintz ticketed for allegedly running stop sign on bike | Metro.

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Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day

One Toronto cyclist is trying to get Rob Ford to bike a mile in her shoes.

“Mayor Rob Ford has lots of opinions about cycling in Toronto but has he ever ridden our streets?” asks Candice Anderson.

The cyclist and blogger has started an online petition encouraging the mayor to give pedal power a try during Bike Month in June.

Read the full post: “Cyclist petitions Rob Ford to bike for a day” on Metro News.

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