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

No Car Traffic Congestion in TorontoYes, 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 bicycles… sorry to say random nobody writing in the Globe and Mail…

See the congestion-less video at Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Stylish Bike Seat Covers

Toronto-made Seat Covers by The GildDuncan 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 snug fit.

See the post on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: The Exploding Bike Culture on Montreal

At the Corner of Rachel & Brébeuf, MontrealDuncan 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 video on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Poka Cycle Accessories

Poka Cycle AccessoriesDuncan 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 HarbordDuncan 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 that this is one of the most direct east/west bicycle routes connecting west end residents to downtown work and school this gap reflects the overall disinterest in the City of Toronto for providing continuous, consistent and much needed bicycle infrastructure.

Like placing a band-aid over an axe wound, sharrows, painted stencils that encourage motorists and drivers to ride right over them, now “fill” the gap.

There’s no denying that space is limited along this street. Yet while further west street parking alternates sides of the street to accommodate bike lanes this effective use of space is ignored and instead pictures of bicycles place cyclists directly in the door zone.

Read the full post (with photos) at Duncan’s City Ride.

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