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Abandoned bike skeletons as urban sculptures

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Some artists delight in showing us things we’ve never seen before, and others show us things we see all the time, but never really notice; through their eyes, we discover something that we didn’t know was there, a fresh perspective on hidden art. Read the full post: “Abandoned bike skeletons as urban sculptures” on TreeHugger.

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Photos: China’s History of Bicycles

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During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the bicycle was the most popular product in China. Bicycles were often given as wedding gifts, and in 1986, US President George HW Bush received two bicycles as a gift from Beijing. The country was known as “bicycle kingdom” and the vast majority of the population used bicycles to get […]

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Bike-powered urban farming documentary

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Filmmaker Sasha Thomas recently released this short documentary on Toronto’s City Seed Farms and its founder Erica Lemieux. Read the full post: “Bike-powered urban farming documentary” on Spacing Toronto .

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Shah Mohamed: Brickworks Bike Works

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Mohamed, program manager of Bike Works and Green City Cycles at Evergreen, is friendly and direct – the kind of person who looks you straight in the eye when he speaks to you. Speak he does, and eloquently, giving background on the space and the thinking behind it. The purpose of Bike Works is to […]

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Douglas Yardley’s Excellent Don Valley Adventure

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  A bicycle is a great way to see more of the world around you. You can pause to watch wildlife, admire historic buildings, and make new friends. We have a little tour of historic sites and relics along the Don Valley bike trail for you this issue. Some of the sites I describe here […]

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dandyCommute Series: Bloordale to St. Patrick Station

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This is the 12th installment in dandyhorse’s new dandyCommute series, which will continue with more stories and photos of your favourite utilitarian cycling routes through 2013. Send us your super commute story today and win bike swag. dandyCommute #12 Bloordale to St. Patrick Station (approximately 5.5 kilometres) Describe your commute – how long is it? […]

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The top 10 Toronto streets that need bike lanes now

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Few cyclists would dispute the claim that Toronto needs more bike lanes. In 2012, we saw a net gain of exactly zero kilometres of new bike lanes, thanks to the removal of the Jarvis lane and the introduction of the separated Sherbourne lane. We are lagging far behind scheduled progress outlined in the City of […]

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Help start a new walking advocacy group for Toronto

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Does Toronto need a citizen’s advocacy group for walking? An ever-increasing number of people walk in Toronto, for commuting or for pleasure — it is now the most common way to get to work in some parts of downtown. Meanwhile, studies are showing that in parts of the suburbs, obesity and diabetes are more prevalent […]

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Coldest Day Ride

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Wednesday, January 30 wasn’t exactly the “Coldest Day” — it actually set records for being the warmest January 30 on record for Toronto (14 degrees Celsius in the morning). Nevertheless, there was a good turnout for Cycle Toronto‘s annual Coldest Day ride. Jason Belyea was there, and snapped some photographs for dandyhorse.   Read the […]

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Kristyn Wong-Tam plans city-wide pedestrian Sundays

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Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam doesn’t want the legacy of Toronto’s Pan Am Games, America’s biggest celebration of sport and athletics, to be just bricks and mortar. The best way of fostering a healthy legacy, she says, is to organize community and activity building events that continue long after the athletes have left town. Enter the ciclovia. […]

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Cyclist Detour for Toronto’s Waterfront – Spadina to York

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Three dandies took a ride on the new “Cyclist Detour” that has been organized by Waterfront Toronto during their Queens Quay redevelopment. It is all part of a larger redevelopment project which involves all three levels of government and a swath of waterfront real estate. Still, the central portion of Queens Quay is very busy […]

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Mystery SUV passenger, the patron saint of cold cyclists

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Upon leaving Union Station last Friday night, Metro City Hall columnist (and 2011 Mensch of the Year finalist) Matt Elliott found himself being mocked by a group of drunk guys when they saw him grab a BIXI. “What are you doing renting a bike?” they asked. They had a point: It was snowing, -8 degrees, […]

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3 out of 4 days in January easily bikeable says Cycle Toronto

  Cyclists from across the city will celebrate winter cycling on Wednesday January 30th by joining a group ride on the (statistically) coldest day of the year. Presented by Cycle Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto and BIXI Toronto, the Coldest Day of the Year Ride is a short, car-free ride leaving from […]

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How should the city separate its new bike lanes?

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Toronto’s first fully separated bike lane arrived on Sherbourne Street this fall, for the first time giving bikers the opportunity to move north and south through the eastern portion of downtown without mixing with traffic. But despite a rolled curb segregating autos and bikes, there have been numerous instances of cars using the narrow lane […]

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Youth Master Mechanics: Charlie’s Freewheels

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I haven’t been interested in biking all my life. It wasn’t until I was 14 — the year I had my biking dream — that I started pedalling. In the dream, I picked up a bicycle I found on the sidewalk and simply started riding. After that, I used my brother’s bike to practice for […]

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