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On The Blogs: Rob Ford, Art Inspiration

Rob Ford Inspires the ArtsOver on the Cyclops blog, there’s a nice little post about the art that is being inspired by noted bikelane “hesitant” (I’d say opponent, but he’s admitted that bikelanes are appropriate in places like downtown, where lots of people bike) mayor-elect Rob Ford:

Say what you will about Rob Ford, but you’ve gotta give him credit all the art that he has inspired just over the course of a couple of days.

When we get mad, we get creative. When we get creative, we have a voice, and people listen. Take that Mr. Mayor!

See the Rob Ford art on the Cyclops blog.

(Rob Ford with Brick illustration by Gillian Goerzblog / website)

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On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor

Toronto Cycling Community in a Non-Bike Friendly Environment  Nodders talks about what Rob Ford’s election means for the Toronto Cycling Community.  Does the “Community” need to re-position itself and move from a “Share the Road!” message to a “More Bikes = Less Cars = Less Congestion” message?

I think that cycling advocates need to seriously consider how they position their messaging in a fashion that is palatable to the anti-cycling establishment. This does not mean to acquiesce to their positions, but to change the context of the discussion in a way that supports the interests of Toronto’s cycling community.

Would we get farther if messaging was based on the underlying message that promoting cycling infrastructure actually benefits vehicular traffic flow and makes for a less stressful driving experience in Toronto? I think we would.

Read the full post on Nodders Ride.

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On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks

Backpacks for the Cycling CommuterDuncan 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 popular choice many people prefer backpacks because they are less likely to shift and can feel more secure.

Here then a few “covet-worthy” backpacks to keep your goodies dry and with you through all seasons.

Read the full post on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists

Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a CyclistDuncan’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 road as well, it’s not always easy to know who has the right of way and who should (simply put) get out of the way. With this in mind, we put together a few quick tips for finding harmony with bikes on the increasingly crowded (and sometimes chaotic) streets.

Read the full post on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Do The Cobble Wobble

Cobble WobbleDuncan 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?

See the very fun video on Duncan’s City Ride

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