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Popular February 2009 Posts

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in February.

1. Elsewhere: Bike Polo Hits New York City

Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

2. 2009 Ice Bike Race Photos

Here are some photo collections of the Ice Bike Races from Saturday night. I didn’t hear anything about it beforehand, but apparently they collected money for the cyclist that was purposely hit by a taxi (and subsequently lost his leg) and raised over $1000!

3. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

Whether or not you’ve seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you’re about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).

4. Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga — Kundalini — and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]…

How do you live green?
I don’t own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

5. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike.”

6. 2009 Ice Bike Races

BikePirates is hosting an after-party following the races. They are located at 1292 Bloor Street West. If you’re on facebook, check out the Facebook Event page for the races.

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Winter Riding and Training Bike Mechanics

3 main stories this week… first off, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun do write-ups of the Coldest Day of the Year Ride… an event put on by the city to show that even though Toronto winters get cold, it’s still fun to ride. It took place on Jan. 30th… statistically the coldest day of the year.


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E-Bike Legislation to be Discussed at Queen’s Park

Later this month (February 23 and 25th, to be exact), Queen’s Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 – PDF file) to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning “E-Bikes” or “Power Assisted Bicycles”…

9. The ROM adds Public Art Bike Racks

Not all things are going bad for cyclists on Bloor St. The Royal Ontario Museum has unveiled 12 artful bikeracks that not only secure bikes but serve as sidewalk sculpture. Each takes it’s inspiration from an exhibit within the museum.

10. Proof that BikeLanes are Good for Business

“Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity. “This report should alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street bicycle lanes”, said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the Clean Air Partnership.

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Popular January 2009 Posts

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most action in January.

1. Ellen Page: Halifax Actor, Oscar Nominee, and Cyclist

Ellen Page is desperately seeking a bike mechanic. Which might seem strange, because for weeks now she’s had a sedan, complete with tinted windows and a black-suited driver, at her beck and call. It’s just one of the perks of being a Hollywood awards season hopeful. Back home in Nova Scotia, however, her wheels are decidedly less glamorous. “I don’t own a car where I live,” she says. “The way I get around is by foot and by bike.”

2. TTC and Bikes Warm Welcome Hoax?

There’s something banging around the internet today about a supposed new campaign by the TTC to “warmly welcome” cyclists with signs that say when bikes ARE allowed on the transit system as opposed to when they are NOT.

3. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Cycling into 2009

This is the first Wrap-Up since the Holidays, so we have some “Looking Back at 2008” as well as some “Looking Forward to 2009” news links for you.

4. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

Whether or not you’ve seen them, or like them, or think they have a right to use bikelanes, you’re about to see a lot more of them. Electric Bike manufacturer and retailer Daymak has just opened up two new stores in Toronto (at Richmond & Jarvis and Bloor & Dundas).


5.
Rachel McAdams: Another Celebrity Who Loves Biking Toronto

What did you do during your sabbatical?
I bought a house in Toronto. I spent time there with my family members and friends. I traveled to Europe. I started doing yoga. Actually, I really got into yoga — Kundalini — and love it. I also started a website with friends [greenissexy.org]…

How do you live green?
I don’t own a car. In Toronto, my bike is my car.

6. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Bikes on Transit Hoax

The majority of news this week was about the Bikes on the TTC Hoax that some cycling people sent out using an anonymous email website. The email faked a TTC press release (complete with grammar and spelling errors), making unreasonable claims such as the TTC is considering reserving cars on subway trains just for cyclists and their bikes. It’s hard to make space for bikes when there isn’t enough space for people on the TTC during rush hour.

7. Weekly News Wrap-Up: Toronto Bike Awards, Laser Bikelanes and Re-Designing Jarvis

The majority of news this week was about the Toronto Bike Awards that were handed out on Tuesday night by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union.

8. City and Cyclist Union Bike Awards

The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union will present the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards and the Cyclists Union own awards, the Golden Spokes.


9.
Report from the 2008 Toronto Bike Awards

Along with the award presentations, we were also treated to music by the band GUH, spinning by DJs Dorian and Dorian, a short musical called “Bicycle Revolution” by Clay and Paper Theatre, and a surprisingly provocative “Winter Cyclist Reverse Strip Tease” (in which people put *on* layers).


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Headlines: Pedal Powered Snowmobile

Clayton Preddy would like it if you got your own bike this winter. Just because yours doesn’t have an indestructible polyurethane track for a back wheel, doesn’t mean you can just jump on his any time you like.

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Most Popular Forum Topics in 2008

Here is the 3rd of the Popular in 2008 posts I started with Most Popular Blog Posts in 2008 and Most Popular Non-Blog Content in 2008.

Here are the 10 most viewed discussion topics over on the Forum:

1. Stolen Bike Listing

2. The Igor Kenk / Bicycle Clinic Saga

3. July’s Community Contest

4. Critical Mass Toronto takes the Gardiner

5. Stolen Bike Discussion

6. Today’s Commute

7. Bloor-Yorkville Loses Parking, Ignores Cyclists

8. Cyclists being attacked on our trails

9. Greatest Danger

10. Community Contest – September 2008

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Most Popular Non-Blog Content in 2008

Over the weekend, I posted a list of the 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2008 and while a big part of BikingToronto is the blog, there are a lot of pages on the site that aren’t blog posts but rather categories of posts. These are very popular with search engines and readers looking for more information.

Here are the 10 most popular non-blog pages from 2008 (not including the front page):

1. Toronto BikeShop Map

2. The Carnage Category

3. Bike the Strike Page

4. Stolen Bikes Page

5. Events Calendar

6. The News Page

7. BikeFriday

8. Toronto BikeLane Map

9. Infrastructure Category

10. Elsewhere Category

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Most Popular Blog Posts in 2008

It’s a new year, and since I do monthly round-ups of the most popular blog posts on this site, I thought looking at what the most popular were during the whole of 2008 would be interesting:

Here are the 10 blog posts that saw the most views in 2008. Enjoy.

1. Two New Electric Bike Stores in Town

2. Toronto Police Bust a Bike Thief and Notorious BikeShop Owner

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