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The News Cycle for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

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‘I saw nothing but bike helmets for blocks’ [The Star] She was 38. I am 38. She had a five-year-old. So do I. She was killed on an average day, pedalling down the same two-lane street she always did by a truck that didn’t have a metal fence under its hulking belly because it would cost […]

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Jan. 13 – New on the Blogs

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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 […]

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On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns

Why I Signal Right Turns With My Left Arm

Not only is it a great post about signaling right turns with your left arm (instead of your right), but Duncan’s post on why he signals with his left has also spurred a great little discussion in the comments about the reasons why each method can be useful: It can be easy to forget or […]

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On The Blogs: Getting an Internal Gear Hub

Recent Upgrade to Nexus Redline 8-Speed Hub

Duncan has switched up his gear set-up on his Marin Hamilton 29er, moving from a single speed to an internal gear hub, and tells us about it… from why he decided to do it to how he went about choosing what hub to go with, with help from Hoopdriver: After one week and a couple […]

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On The Blogs: The Joy of Night Cycling

See More Blogs | Start A Blog Duncan's City Ride A BikingToronto Blog * About/Contact Duncan Main BikingToronto Page The Joy of Night Cycling

Duncan has posted the “Put The Days Away” music video by Sun Airway.  It’s a nice portrayal of night cycling through a city… cruising through a vibrant urban landscape when it’s “on pause” at night: One million thanks to Ricardo Rivera at Klip Collective, who in addition to being an excellent dude and creating all […]

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On The Blogs: Phantom Menace – Car Traffic Congestion in Toronto

No Car Traffic Congestion in Toronto

Yes, Toronto is a big city, and yes it has it’s share of car traffic congestion… but it’s not too bad, despite the assertions of some columnists.   The proof is a video of a morning bike commute on major roads, with almost no car traffic: Looks like there’s plenty of room on Toronto roads for […]

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On The Blogs: Stylish Bike Seat Covers

Toronto-made Seat Covers by The Gild

Duncan highlights some very nice bike seat colours, via the Deadly Nightshades: Customize your bicycle with an amazing, durable, one-o-a-kind seat cover from THE GILD. Locally produced using recycled materials and love. Each cover includes a removable foam insert for comfortable riding, while a shaped overhang, elastic cording and toggle at the base ensures a […]

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On The Blogs: The Exploding Bike Culture on Montreal

At the Corner of Rachel & Brébeuf, Montreal

Duncan has posted a great video of lots of cyclists in Montreal, via Copenhagenize: Like in over 130 cities around the world, a bike share system has kickstarted the return of bicycle to the city. In Montreal’s case it’s the Bixi. In October 3 million trips had been registered so far this year. See the […]

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On The Blogs: Poka Cycle Accessories

Poka Cycle Accessories

Duncan blogs about Suzanne Carlsen, who makes and sells some seriously good looking bike accessories on Poka Cycle Accessories: Suzanne Carlsen wants your bicycle to be very “interesting.” To help you achieve this task she’s hand making chainguards, headbadges and some cycling-friendly bags. Read the full post on Duncan’s City Ride.

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On The Blogs: Harbord Sharrows Miss the Point

Sharrows Miss the Point on Harbord

Duncan posts about the newly painted sharrows that are now filling the Harbord “bikelane gap”.  He makes the very good point that Harbord is one of the busiest bikelanes in the city, and the bikelane could have been completed but wasn’t due to the cause of saving a few car parking spaces: Ignoring the fact […]

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On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks

Backpacks for the Cycling Commuter

Duncan continues his great series of “Covet” posts and looks at good backpacks for cycling commuters: Fall weather is upon in Toronto and that means more rain, cooler temperatures and more reasons to carry more things with you. A change of clothes, a laptop, books, lunch… the list goes on. While messenger bags are a […]

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On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists

Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist

Duncan’s City Ride brings us a cool sheet of tips from Esurance: While modern cyclists have traded in jaunty caps for high-tech helmets and Grand Canyon-sized potholes for smooth, paved streets, the dangers are still what they were in the good old days, which is to say significant. With more and more cars on the […]

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On The Blogs: Do The Cobble Wobble

Cobble Wobble

Duncan has posted a great video of a kind of Time Trial race up an old hilly cobblestone road in the Town of Frome in Somerset, England.  It’s clearly a lot of fun: Uphill sprint races bring out costumed riders and kids! It’s the Cobble Wobble. Where in Toronto could we stage something like this? […]

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On The Blogs: Cycle Halifax Commercials

Halifax Cycling Coalition Wants You to Know Who is Riding Bikes

On Duncan’s City Ride, you can watch 3 excellent videos made by the Halifax Cycling Coalition: How do you promote cycling as a means of transportation? In Halifax, you lead the way by introducing people to everyday cyclists. The Halifax Cycling Coalition recently released several commercials in which we get to meet people who have […]

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On The Blogs: Sharrows on Spadina?

What Happened to the “Bike Lane” on Spadina?

Duncan asks the question about the changing bike infrastructure on Spadina.  Gone is the bike gutter white stripe (I don’t even know if that was ever intended as a bikelane) in preparation for sharrows: What exactly is going on with the blacked out “bike lane” on Spadina Avenue? Well, what may or may not actually […]

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