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REMEMBRANCE DAY: WWI Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

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During the First World War, which started 100 years ago this year, the advantage of a bicycle-mounted army battalion over a horse-mounted one became obvious. Quiet and stealthy, the bicycle covered as much ground as the horse, but required far less care and attention. Cyclists were thought to make good soldiers because they were considered […]


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HISTORY: The 19th-century health scare “bicycle face”

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Bicycle Face is real.  It’s called smiling.  Only bike commuters do it. Once upon a time, the main danger associated with bicycling had nothing to do with being hit by a car. Instead, some late 19th century doctors warned that — especially for women — using the newfangled contraption could lead to a threatening medical […]


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A brief history of Toronto bike lanes

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Toronto as a city is hardly overburdened with cycle lanes. There are just over 90 kms of bike tracks – not including off-street trails – winding their way through the region, often disjointed and rarely leading to or from anywhere useful. In comparison, the city ranks roughly on par with Vancouver, a city with a […]


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Tonight! The Women & Bicycles Picnic!

The Women and Bicycles Picnic in Trinity Bellwoods Park August 18, 2011

via Dandyhorse and HerStoriesCafe: What: The Women and Bicycles Picnic When: Thursday, August 18, 2011 starting at 6pm. Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, beside the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Center (155 Crawford St. MAP) The event will take place in the grove of trees just behind Fresh, off the Crawford St. entrance. Bring snacks, blankets and your […]


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On The Blogs: 1897 Electric Bicycle

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The History Pics blog by BikingToronto member Lock is extremely interesting.  He posts photos of electric bicycles (and diagrams of them) originating often more than 100 years ago.  Goes to show “E-Bike” technology has been here a long time. See the full diagram on the History Pics blog


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