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Weekly Wrap-Up: Cupcake Rides and Bixi

It’s been a while since we sent out a Weekly Wrap-Up, but it’s about time since spring is … um… springing, and people are jumping on their bikes more, and oh yeah, Bixi Toronto starts next week!

The Group after our immensely successful and fun "Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition"!

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Deep in the Heart of Winter

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff!

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The 10 most popular pages on the site this week was lead by the artful Winter Cyclist street scene (via Spacing) and followed up by our Blogs page, Duncan’s City Ride, and our Activity page. Blogger Steven lets us know of a historic cycling event while Duncan points out inconsistencies in bicycle bylaws about riding on sidewalks after Karen Stintz makes a point of wanting to target the small minority of cyclists who ride on sidewalks. Our forum discussion about How to Bike in the Winter also cracked the Top Ten, along with our events page for the Spring Toronto International Bicycle Show.

New on the Blogs:

Main Blog: As mentioned above, Councillor Karen Stintz wants to “crack down” on sidewalk cyclists, Duncan points out an article which illustrates the inconsistencies in sidewalk cycling by-laws in Toronto and environmental lawyer Albert Koehl writes an editorial letter in the Star about how to make sidewalks AND bikelanes safer. Meanwhile, York Region devotes more money to improving their bicycle path network.

Duncan’s City Ride: In addition to a great post about the upcoming 2011 Ice Bike Races, Duncan also shows off his winter cycling outfits. He posts some great videos too, such as some Uphill Bike Races and the Mini-Drome (the world’s smallest velodrome)… both events sponsored by Red Bull.

Cycling 50+: Steven posts about Team Spidertech’s accomplishment of reaching “Tier 2″ international cycling. One step away from having a Canadian team in events like the Tour de France.

FreeWheel: Michael blogs about wearable GPS route mapping devices and raises concerns about what could be a “War on the Bike”.

Social Networks:

On our Facebook Page, we’ve also shared great links about Bike Themed Toys for Young Cyclists, Rising Sales of Cargo Bikes, and The Bicycle Habits of Twilight Stars.
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On our Twitter account, our 4800 followers have seen links to Lets Make One Thing Clear, I Am Not Slowing You Down, Don’t fear riding a bicycle, fear sitting in that chair, Curbside Cycle’s BikeLove Sale, DIY Bike Plows: The Solution to Unplowed Bike Lanes? and A Wobbling Effort to Accommodate Cyclists.
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Weekly Wrap-Up: Greeting 2011 with Separated Bikelanes

A bit of an expanded Weekly Wrap-Up this week, as this is our first Wrap-Up since Christmas Eve.

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Most Popular Stuff on the Site since Christmas Eve:

  1. Physically Separate Bikelanes Coming to Downtown Toronto
  2. New Photo of Roncesvalles’ Raised BikeLanes
  3. Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt
  4. Duncan’s City Ride
  5. SiteWide Activity Page
  6. Dandyhorse Magazine looking for Interns for 2011
  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  8. Popular Today
  9. Blogs Directory
  10. City of Toronto releases Bicycle Count Statistics

New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

The Pacific Northwest Inlander looks at four types of winter cyclist: THE METAPHYSICIST Stealthy, swift and undeniably easy-going, the Metaphysicist doesn’t own a car. This type rides for pleasure — defying the norms of everyday transportation. You can spot him by the twinkle in his eyes, the ease with which he rides, his lack of [...] Related posts: Marcus Gee is a Winter Cyclist and Darn Proud of it! A Different Bicycle Shapes a Different Kind of Cyclist The solution to winter snow and slush – a…
  • Just a quick wrap-up of some of the cool content being posted on member blogs since New Years: Duncan’s City Ride: A Penny Farthing for Toronto Slush Winter Telegram Delivery Bicycle Commuter Basics for Improving Efficiency Learning to Ride Bicycle Coffee Company in San Francisco 2011 in Motion Glorified Steam Kettles Michael Holloway ‘The Great [...] Related Photos
  • Slush and snow got you wobbling all over? Wobble no more with MONSTERBIKE! Related posts:Penny Farthing Racing in the Land Down Under Winter Bicycle Riding Tips From The UK What is the Cobble Wobble? Related posts: Penny Farthing Racing in the Land Down Under Winter Bicycle Riding Tips From The UK What is the Cobble Wobble?
  • Related posts:Winter Bicycle Riding Tips From The UK Related posts: Winter Bicycle Riding Tips From The UK
  • Your ride got you feeling down? Little sluggish out there? These simple tips could help improve your ride with a few quick fixes. Via Momentum Magazine Related posts:Momentum Magazine Issue #47 – All About Kids and Cargo Bikes BikeStyle Tour Lands in Toronto Tonight Toronto Spring Bicycle Show – No Commuter Cyclist Options? Related posts: Momentum Magazine Issue #47 – All About Kids and Cargo Bikes BikeStyle Tour Lands in Toronto Tonight Toronto Spring Bicycle Show – No Commuter Cyclist Options?…
  • “I wasn’t going to let fear hold me back. And, I wasn’t going to let fear make me feel old.” Via EcoVelo Related posts:“If I ride…” People for Bikes.org asks; Why Do You Ride? Along for the Ride I Want to Ride My Bicycle – Choir Flash Mob Related posts: “If I ride…” People for Bikes.org asks; Why Do You Ride? Along for the Ride I Want to Ride My Bicycle – Choir Flash Mob
  • I mentioned Cyclometer, the City’s cycling newsletter in Monday’s post about the nice maps and photos compiled of biking infrastructure projects started or completed in 2010, and thought I’d highlight another item from the latest issue, namely the construction progress of multi-use trails in Hydro and Rail Corridors in Scarborough and North York. I’ll paste [...] Related Photos
  • There is an excellent information resource in the latest issue of Cyclometer – a Google Map that shows all the Bikeway Projects started or completed in 2010, as well as photos on their facebook group of the projects: View 2010 Bikeway Network Projects in a larger map Project photos include: Related Photos Related Photos
  • About Bicycle Coffee Company: Bicycle Coffee is all about delivering great-tasting coffee by bicycle. Our coffee is always organic, fair-trade, and packaged in compostable bags. We deliver freshly roasted bags of coffee to offices, grocery stores, and cafes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our custom-built, small batch roaster allows us to roast our coffee [...] Related posts: Get Your Burrito Fix, By Bicycle! Care-free Winter Cycling
  • Found on Fixa Sampa No related posts. No related posts.
  • Just a quick post to let you know we’ve added a mobile layout to the back-end of BikingToronto to make the site display a little easier on smart phone devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch. If you have one of these devices, all you need [...] Related Photos
  • This guy is amazing. Happy New Year, do something productive this year, make a steam powered bicycle why don’tcha? No related posts. No related posts.
  • It looks like Mayor Rob Ford‘s statement that the “War on Cars is over” may be just rhetoric for the suburban car-centric parts of Toronto… as the new regime at City Hall is voicing no opposition to physically separate bikelanes (separated from car traffic by curbs) along such streets as Wellesley, Sherbourne and Richmond, a [...] Related Photos
  • Determined purely by page views, we give you the Top 25 Most Popular pages from December 2010. Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor City of Toronto releases Bicycle Count Statistics Photo: Don Cherry’s Pink Pashley Bike from Curbside Editorial Cartoonists Embrace Don Cherry and [...] Related Photos
  • A few weeks ago we shared a construction photo of the new streetcar/bikelane infrastructure on Roncesvalles Ave… essentially the road rises up to sidewalk level at some streetcar stops to not only allow easier streetcar boarding, but allow cyclists safe passage (ie. not having to ride on the streetcar tracks to pass the streetcar stop). [...] Related Photos
  • A Todd Tyrtle route across the 401, as described here in a comment he left in The Blog: “Video: Across The Great Wall (of freeways) on Bicycle“. Article at The Blog that accompanies this map: ‘The Great Wall’ – Highway 401 – cyclists describe ways across the busiest highway in the North America. To get [...] No related posts. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin .
  • For cyclists and pedestrians, the 401 highway cuts Toronto in two – for them ironically, the highway is a barrier to transportation. In exploring the ways in which cyclists navigate the Great Wall I hope we can discover what’s missing from the infrastructure puzzle to enable a sustainable city. Today in comments – over at [...] Related posts: Video: Across The Great Wall (of freeways) on Bicycle Another East West Corridor that needs some signage changes to make it really work for cyclists Any Map…
  • We missed this in our Weekly Events post yesterday! SoDa stands for “South Of DAnforth” and is the name of the Ward 30 cycling advocacy group. Here are the details if you are interested. We have a new mayor (love it or hate it folks, it’s true). We also have a bunch of new councillors! [...] Related Photos
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Tues, Jan. 4: SoDa Bikes Meeting Thurs, Jan. 6: BIKE DRINKS – Monthly Toronto Cyclists Union Social! Know events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch in your email and get event [...] Related Photos
  • Happy 2011 everyone. The Great Wall of Freeways: the 401. I was looking through Joe T’s, “BikingToronto in 2010: The Stats“, the year in review at BikingToronto – and, a long series of links got me to riconroy’s Youtube Channel where I found “Crossing the 401“. Under the video is this description: “Highway 401 cuts [...] Related posts: ‘The Great Wall’ – Highway 401 – cyclists describe ways across the busiest highway in the North America Toronto Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project …
  • Those of you who have been reading BikingToronto for a while (over a year) know that I *love* stats and graphs, and I love to wrap-up each year on BikingToronto with a few posts that look at the preceding year. Here is the first of those posts. This post is a general overview of the [...] Related Photos
  • With Toronto taking the prize for longest average commute time of any city on the planet – and “Transit City” – part of Toronto’s “Green Plan” – starting to reach a critical mass in terms of the number of Bike Lanes on our streets – a reactionary view of cycling infrastructure resonated with voters as [...] Related posts: Toronto cyclists win strong Cycling Advocate in Mary-Margaret McMahon, councillor elect, ward 32 Beaches City of Toronto’s “Make Room for Cyclists” campaign…
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    Weekly Wrap-Up: Happy Holidays!

    Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

    Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

    1. City of Toronto releases Bicycle Count Statistics
    2. Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt
    3. Cyclist hit on Bloor Viaduct
    4. A subtle statement when someone in a car recklessly endangers the life of a cyclist…
    5. BikingToronto Gift Guide
    6. Weekly Wrap-Up: Pinkos, Winter Biking and Gift Guides
    7. I Bike T.O. Photo Gallery
    8. BikingToronto SiteWide Activity Page
    9. Duncan’s City Ride
    10. Winter Biking Photo Inspiration

    New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

    via andyscamera on flickr
  • via Georgie_Grrl on flickr
  • The Star has news about a cyclist hit on the Bloor Viaduct: A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car on the Bloor viaduct. The 57-year-old man was cycling east bound towards Broadview Ave., when the vehicle appeared to have veered into the bike lane and struck him just before 5 [...] Related posts: Photos from the Bloor Viaduct Bikelane Improvements Bloor Viaduct Cycling Safety Report Released Changes Coming to the Bloor Viaduct Bikelanes
  • In September 2010, the City of Toronto conducted the first ever count of cyclists heading into (and out of) the downtown core. To measure these numbers, they established 4 “screenlines” along Spadina, Bloor, Jarvis and Queens Quay and counted cyclists entering and exiting the downtown zone between 7 am and 7 pm on days without [...] Related posts: Sarah Thomson releases “Bike City” Plan City of Toronto Survey shows Cycling is on the Rise! TCAT Releases Results of Election Survey
  • As the holidays get closer my posting always ges less frequent so I’ve decided to sign off until the New Year. 2010 has been a memorable year for myself and this blog. Over the past year I’ve learned more about who is riding bicycles in the city, how and why they are riding and have [...]
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Nothing going on this week (that we know of)! Know events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch in your email and get event goodness in your email every week! You can [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 15 – 21 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 8 – 14 Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1
  • via andys camera on flickr
  • Via BoingBoing, Magnetic Yellow Card – cyclist-intervention Sean Bonner at 10:13 AM Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 This card was designed by Peter Miller as an alternative to the kicking-of-doors and yelling-and-screaming that usually goes on when someone in a car recklessly endangers the life of a cyclist because they were talking on their phone, putting [...]

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    Weekly Wrap-Up: Pinkos, Winter Biking and Gift Guides

    Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

    Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

    1. Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt
    2. Editorial Cartoonists Embrace Don Cherry and Pinko Cyclists
    3. Photo: Don Cherry’s Pink Pashley Bike from Curbside
    4. Curbside Cycle wants to give Don Cherry a Pink Bike
    5. Winter Biking Photo Inspiration
    6. Left Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt available in More Colours
    7. Weekly Wrap-Up: Left Wing Pinkos and a Gift Guide for Cyclists
    8. Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant
    9. Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor
    10. BikingToronto Gift Guide

    New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

    On May 25 2009 Rob Ford made a speech about Bike Lanes. The spectacle media and knee jerk liberals reacted to the use of the word “ass” and laughed at the idea of widening sidewalks and separating Bikes from the highway like arterial roads in the “519″, wards in the City of Toronto – the [...]
  • via monkeyseemonkeypoo on flickr
  • Winter is here, but that’s no reason to stay inside (although hot chocolate and roaring fires are definitely a good time). Whether you’re thinking about biking to work this winter, or considering some fun recreational rides to feel like a “True Canadian“, battling the elements, we’ve put together some Winter Biking photos from the past [...] Related posts: Mar. 3: Photos of the Week Video: Extreme Winter Biking Slush Puppies: How to Enjoy Biking in the Winter
  • via monkeyseemonkeypoo on flickr
  • The I Bike T.O. product line has recently become very popular with the recent addition of the Left Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. shirts… and we thought we should highlight some other new products we’ve recently added to the product line-up: We give 100% of the profits to bike-related charities in Toronto. (more info about [...] Related posts: Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt Left Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt available in More Colours New Organic Cotton Shirts and Bags, with Free Shipping!
  • The I Bike T.O. product line has recently become very popular with the recent addition of the Left Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. shirts… and we thought we should highlight some other new products we’ve recently added to the product line-up: We give 100% of the profits to bike-related charities in Toronto. (more info about [...]
  • This map has a companion article over at the blog, that expands on the terms “Enabled” & “Alternative” bike route; routes in the old city, on the “graph paper grid”, that avoid dangerous intersections and corridors – like this one that avoids the intersection of Coxwell Ave. and Lower Gerrard Street – and the super [...]
  • via sniderscion on flickr
  • Older areas of the cities road grid are laid out like graph paper – as such it is easy to find alternative, convenient, efficient and safe routes for commute Bikeways. If these routes are “enabled” for bikes, and to deter car traffic, they will become the cyclists preferred route – in my humble opinion. Tonight [...]
  • A quick DIY on turning a milk crate into an affordable pannier for groceries or beer
  • Remember when Rob Ford said that incredibly stupid thing about bike lanes and blamed cyclists for their own deaths? Yeah, most people won’t forget that one… In a strange twist comes this t-shirt from Dark Cycle Clothing out of Tampa, Florida. The Shark on a Bike shirt. This shirt along with a whole slew of [...]
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Tues, Dec. 14 Ward 17 Bike Advocacy Meeting Time: 6 – 8 pm Location: Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community and Health Centre Wed, Dec. 15 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Luncheon Green Drinks Toronto Time: 6-9pm Location: Grace [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Aug 16 – 22 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 1 – 7 Cycling Events This Week: Oct 4 – 10
  • Sales of the Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirts are going extremely well! We’ll be updating this blog about the sales numbers soon. Just a reminder that not only do we now have mens and womens t-shirts with the Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. design (in addition to the original v-neck), but you can customize [...] Related posts: Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant Weekly Wrap-Up: Left Wing Pinkos and a Gift Guide for Cyclists
  • The snow you see on the ground this morning is the remnants of a monster storm that cycloned over Minneapolis – St Paul over the weekend. A strong southerly flow up the Appalachian Mountains and a weak system over Hudson Bay whisked the storm away before it could drop much snow here in Toronto. Images [...]
  • After Don Cherry’s weird and ranty “Pinko” comments at City Hall last week, Curbside Cycle decided to give him a pretty pink bike. We’ve found a photo for you: [Photo from West Annex News] Also, Curbside wants to custom paint the fenders for Don, and wants you to help pick the design: Help us choose [...] Related posts: Curbside Cycle wants to give Don Cherry a Pink Bike Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor Photo of the Day: Pink Bike Postcard
  • Over at Cat B’s VeloT.O. Blog, Cat put up an interesting article, Nice jacket Mr. Cherry about the ranting Mayor and a Hockey coach. ‘Nodders’ posted on this idea just after the October 25th 2010 election, 3,000 kms and Positioning the Toronto Cycling Community in a Non-Bike Friendly Environment. The cycle community needs to project [...]
  • There’s a lot of great stuff coming out of this whole Don Cherry / Rob Ford / Pinko thing. The shirts we made (which are proving *very* popular!), the buttons Spacing is producing are seemingly just the beginning. Curbside Cycle is giving Don Cherry the opportunity to *literally* back-pedal by giving him him a custom [...] Related posts: Photo: Don Cherry’s Pink Pashley Bike from Curbside Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor Curbside Cycle Inspires “Cashmere Commuting”…
  • A few ideas on how to keep riding if you don’t want to ride outside in the winter
  • Found a couple amusing editorial cartoons about Don Cherry and his Pinko rant: [The Globe and Mail] [Toronto Star] Related posts:Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor Curbside Cycle wants to give Don Cherry a Pink Bike Related posts: Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor Curbside Cycle wants to give Don Cherry a Pink Bike
  • This guy is great. He produced his own video from footage he shot while working as a bike courier with a helmet-cam. At the bottom of one of the videos is a WARNING LABEL: “Please don’t try this at home, I have years of experience which keeps me safe.” In the early 2000′s I had [...]
  • Notes from Toronto City Council Meeting – December 8th 2010 Posted Friday, December 9, 2010 I watched the entire 5 hour City Council meeting for December 8th (RogersTV posts video of all City Council meetings) . Here are some notes I took relating to the level of democracy with in the new (2006) “Strong Mayor” [...]
  • via Jay Morrison on Flickr
  • Via Curbside Cycle blog: Dear Don Cherry, We at Curbside Cycle are hoping you will lend an ear, an eye and an open mind. Long ago American diplomats to China used to judge the prosperity of that country by the amount of cars on the road. Today, any city driver knows that the original ideals [...]
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