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Queen West BIA unveils new OCAD Bikeracks

Back in the spring of 2009, the Ontario College of Art and Design had a Gateway BikeStand competition, and while that contest chose a pretty distinctive winner (photo of winning design at right), the Queen West BIA thought all the designs were great and committed to working with OCAD students to create some new bikeracks for Queen Street West.

The time has come for the 14 new bikeposts to be unveiled, and they’ve released images of them (consisting of 4 designs):

Speech Bubbles bike stands (Question Mark, Quotation Marks and Exclamation Point) by OCADU fourth-year Industrial Design students Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand. Photo: Lino Ragno.

Halo by OCADU fourth-year Environmental Design student Michael Pham. Photo: Lino Ragno.

Join representatives from the Queen St. West Business Improvement Area (BIA), OCAD University student designers and representatives, competition jurors and installation team members at the unveiling of 14 creative new bike stands along Queen Street West in Toronto.

Installed along Queen St. West from Simcoe Street to Bathurst Street, the new stands are the result of a unique collaboration between fourth-year design students at OCAD University and the BIA.

DATE:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

TIME:

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

LOCATION:

Outside of The Hideout
482 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario

WHO:

Marc Glassman, Chair, Queen St. West BIA
Peter Caldwell, Vice-President, Finance & Administration, OCADU
Doreen Balabanoff, Dean, Faculty of Design, OCADU
Competition jurors, student designers, OCADU faculty members and special guests

Contacts:

Laura Schaefer, Coordinator, Queen St. West BIA
416.384.2946
laura.schaefer@queenstwestbia.ca

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD University
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)
smulholland@ocad.ca

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On The Blogs: Bike Parking at Ryerson University

Via Bikeroo in TO:

Students and faculty at Ryerson University are very lucky to have one of the most exceptional examples of bicycle parking in all of Toronto. Ryerson’s campus features parking for roughly 1,000 bikes using racks, ring and posts, and an indoor parking facility.

Read the full post on Bikeroo in TO.

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Bike Racks Coming to Yorkville

There has been much handwringing in the cycling community about the lack of bikeracks and bikelanes in the “revitalized” Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area.

While there are no bikelanes, there are sharrows, and now that construction is reaching final stages, new sleek and modern bikeracks are making an appearance.

yongerack

Photo from ChrisKayTO on Twitter

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Bicycle Racks being removed from Downtown for G20 Summit

As we reported earlier, all ring-and-post bikeracks are being removed from all streets within the G20 security area:

G20

This isn’t an anti-bicycle initiative… security preparations are removing all street furniture from the area: bikeracks, benches, bus shelters, even young trees because they fear things could be used as weapons.

Just make sure you don’t have your bike locked anywhere on the streets within the security zone (essentially south of Queen St. between Spadina and Yonge.)

[photo by gaz2002]

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UPDATED: 1,000 BikePosts (possibly) being removed for Toronto G20 Summit

What downtown posts will look like.  Photo by bricoleurbanism.  Click for original

What downtown posts will look like. Photo by bricoleurbanism. Click for original

UPDATE:  The Cyclometer news item may have been an error:

It has come to our attention that an item in the May issue of Cyclometer should be corrected. The City is currently investigating the possibility of removing some bike rings due to the G20. No decision has been made to remove them. We will provide updated information as soon as a decision has been made.

BikingToronto member and blogger Duncan has noticed in the latest Cyclometer (the City’s official cycling newsletter) a notice that 1000 post-and-ring bike stands (you may know them as “lollipops”) are being removed for the G20 summit on June 25-27:

The G20 Summit security requirements mean that all street furniture within the ‘security zone’ must be removed temporarily.  This includes bike parking rings, of which about 1000 must be removed two weeks prior to the event.  The area effected runs from Yonge Street west to Spadina Avenue and from Queen Street south to the lakefront.

Every effort will be made to replace the rings quickly once the summit has concluded by the final week of June.   Posts will remain intact so re-installation will be simpler.

This is due to the concern that “street furniture” could be used for hiding bombs… and I supposed one *could* be put in a bicycle somehow… but I’m no expert, so I’m not sure.

Seeing as BikeMonth is ending on June 30th, this is a bit of a downer to end the month of great cycling events.

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