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The News Cycle for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 Watch For Bikes Initiative [The Urban Country]

Watch For Bikes InitiativeIn lieu of proper bike infrastructure, how can drivers and cyclists better co-exist on our streets? This is a question that is pondered frequently on this website and was the basis for our ‘i share the road’ campaign.

An annual initiative called “Watch For Bikes” also attempts to address this by encouraging safe driving and bicycling. The initiative was created by a partnership between the Canadian Automobile Association and the City of Toronto.

Dept. of Want: Bike Chic [Toronto Standard]

Dept. of Want: Bike ChicBike Month has arrived in Toronto, so what better way to celebrate than to get your two-wheeled wonder kitted out in some of the finest biking gear?

From vintage-inspired wooden crates to hand crocheted dress guards, our selection of bike accessories will lead you on the path to bike chic in no time.  

 

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SA [Toronto Life]

Giro d’Italia winner rode a bike made by Toronto-based company Cervélo SALast weekend, Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia road cycling race, and he rode a Toronto brand’s bicycle to win it. Cervélo’s P5  (seen above) isn’t the company’s first high-performance product, nor is this the brand’s first instance of media recognition—it was in the spotlight in 2003 for sponsoring Team CSC, a Dutch outfit that rivaled superstar Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France (and, subsequently,members of Cervélo-affiliated Team CSC were accused of doping, so there’s that press to remember as well). 

 

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parking [Toronto Star]

TTC’s Victoria Park station now features secure bike parkingToronto’s second indoor bike station has opened at the TTC’s Victoria Park station, providing secure parking for up to 52 bikes.

“I think it’s a great arrangement. We have the bike racks on our buses, but once you get to the subway station you’re left scratching your head,” said city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who chairs Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

 

Driver surrenders after hit-and-run hurts 3 cyclists [Toronto Star]

Three cyclists were hit from behind in rural Caledon Thursday night by a vehicle that left the accident scene. Ontario Provincial Police say the driver later turned himself in.

The cyclists were heading north when they were hit from behind on the Gore Rd., south of King St., around 8:15 p.m.

Two of them were sent to a Brampton hospital by ambulance, one in serious but stable condition. The third cyclist was treated at the scene.

Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s rails  [Toronto Star]

The Fixer: Cyclists forced to swerve into traffic to avoid riding the TTC’s railsOf all the places to plunk down streetcar rails for a track replacement job, a cycling lane has to be the worst.

The TTC streetcar system requires tracks to be replaced on an ongoing basis, which wreaks havoc on traffic flow as vehicles are forced into a narrowed space to make room for the work.

The inconvenience is worsened when the replacement rails are stored on the street long before the work begins, which increases the time that traffic is pinched.

The Dupont bike lane is probably not being killed (but TO cyclists are wary) [OpenFile]

Cycle Toronto’s Director of Membership and Outreach, Jared Kolb, spoke with OpenFile this afternoon.

“If there’s anything to this it would be an outrage, right on the anniversary on the removal of Jarvis, Pharmacy and Birchmount. It’s a major lack of respect for anyone who chooses to get on a bike in Toronto,” says Kolb.

Kolb says that Cycle Toronto hasn’t seen text of a motion or a report so far.

Cyclist struck by TTC bus near Bayview and Eglinton [CBC]

A male cyclist was struck by a TTC bus in midtown Toronto on Tuesday afternoon.

The collision happened on Bayview Avenue at Roehampton Avenue, a block north of Eglinton Avenue, around 2 p.m.

The cyclist was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Making my own Bike Lane [Cupcake Ride]

Making my own Bike LaneWhen I arrived at the meetup location, I felt like royalty with volunteers and the artist herself prepping my bike to draw a liquid chalk line while I biked along Danforth Ave.

It was so fun to ride back where I already rode to see my liquid chalk trail. If only real bike lanes were this easy to create!

 

 

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New I Bike T.O. Products!

The I Bike T.O. product line has recently become very popular with the recent addition of the Left Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. shirts… and we thought we should highlight some other new products we’ve recently added to the product line-up:

We give 100% of the profits to bike-related charities in Toronto. (more info about this coming soon).

Women’s V-Neck – 20.95

Available in 3 colours

This classic-cut v-neck tee for women has short sleeves with a slight V and a roomy fit. The collar has a 1/2″ rib neck trim and the tee has double-needle stitched hemmed sleeves and bottom hem. Made from 100% heavyweight pre-shrunk cotton, the fabric weighs 5.4 oz.

Men's T-Shirt (Black Text)Men’s T-Shirt (Black Text) – 19.95

Available in 18 colours

This men’s t-shirt has a relaxed but tailored fit. The seamless rib collar with double-needle cover-stitching, shoulder to shoulder taping, double-needle sleeve and bottom hem make it a durable wear. Made from 100% cotton with a fabric weight of 6.1 oz.

Men's T-Shirt (White Text)Men’s T-Shirt (White Text) – 19.95

Available in 18 colours

This men’s t-shirt has a relaxed but tailored fit. The seamless rib collar with double-needle cover-stitching, shoulder to shoulder taping, double-needle sleeve and bottom hem make it a durable wear. Made from 100% cotton with a fabric weight of 6.1 oz.

Raglan Baseball TeeRaglan Baseball Tee – 27.95

Available in 3 colour combinations

This traditional baseball raglan long sleeve shirt for men has a sporty, tailored fit and is ideal for the smaller framed male. The shirt has contrasting collar and sleeves with a 3/4″ binding around the neck and 1″ hem at the sleeves and waist. The fabric has a durable double-stitched bottom hem and sleeves, is made of 100% cotton and has a fabric weight of 5.9 oz.

Men's Hooded SweatshirtMen’s Hooded Sweatshirt – 33.95

Available in 8 colours

This lightweight pullover hooded sweatshirt for men is comfortable and stylish. It has the classic kangaroo front pocket, drawstrings at hood and set-in sleeves. Reinforced cuffs and waistband add extra durability. The material is made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester and has a fabric weight of 7.8 oz.

Unisex Organic Heather Tee

Unisex Organic Heather Tee – 21.95

Available in 4 colours

This form-fitting eco-heather crew shirt for men and women has a bound collar and blind-stitched sleeve and bottom hem. The unique blend of 38% cotton (6.25% organic), 50% polyester (6.25% recycled) and 12% rayon give this eco-fabric the styling and feel of a vintage p.e. tee. The fabric weight is 4.2 oz.

Men's Bamboo Performance Tee Men’s Bamboo Performance Tee – 34.95

Available in 4 colours

This performance t-shirt for men is hypoallergenic and breathable with no added chemical treatments. Stretchflex technology provides comfort, freedom of movement and lasting recovery. Made from 70% bamboo lyocell and 30% cotton, the material is anti-bacterial and naturally wicks away moisture.

Women's Heather Jersey TeeWomen’s Heather Jersey Tee – 19.95

Available in 4 colours

This heather jersey tee feels and looks like a basic jersey t-shirt, but has a mélange heathered blend to create a vintage effect. The fabric is made of a pre-shrunk 50% cotton/50% polyester heather blend and has a fabric weight of 5 oz.

Women's T-Shirt (White Text)Women’s T-Shirt (White Text) – 19.95

Available in 12 colours

This relaxed-fit heavyweight t-shirt for women is perfect if you are not into the slim-fitted look. With plenty of extra room this shirt is ideal for all body types and is double-needle stitched for extra durability. The fabric is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has a fabric weight of 6.1 oz.

Women's T-Shirt (Black Text)Women’s T-Shirt (Black Text) – 19.95

Available in 12 colours

This relaxed-fit heavyweight t-shirt for women is perfect if you are not into the slim-fitted look. With plenty of extra room this shirt is ideal for all body types and is double-needle stitched for extra durability. The fabric is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has a fabric weight of 6.1 oz.

Kids T-ShirtKids T-Shirt – 15.95

Available in 11 colours

This durable children’s t-shirt is has double stitched sleeves and hems and it is sure to hold up against the toughest play.

The fabric is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has a fabric weight of 6.1 oz

Onesie (Blue Text)Onesie (Blue Text) – 20.95

Available in 6 colours

This short sleeve one piece has a soft, plush feel with a perfect fit. The envelope neck and three snap leg closure allow for easy dressing. The fabric is made from 100% cotton 1×1 baby rib knit, 30 single combed ring-spun and has a fabric weight of 5.8 oz Garment washed for superior softness and minimal shrinkage.

Onesie (Pink Text)Onesie (Pink Text) – 20.95

Available in 6 colours

This short sleeve one piece has a soft, plush feel with a perfect fit. The envelope neck and three snap leg closure allow for easy dressing. The fabric is made from 100% cotton 1×1 baby rib knit, 30 single combed ring-spun and has a fabric weight of 5.8 oz Garment washed for superior softness and minimal shrinkage.

Organic Baby BibOrganic Baby Bib – 16.95

Available in 3 colours

This organic baby bib is soft, durable and the perfect attire for any meal time. The two snap closure allows you to adjust the neck fit and makes putting on and taking off easy. One size fits all, up to 36 months. Material is colored with environmentally friendly dyes. Made from 100% certified organic combed ringspun cotton with a fabric weight of 5.0 oz.

Organic Tote BagOrganic Tote Bag – 17.95

Available in 3 colours

This premium weight tote has a twill weave, detailed stitching and is an Earth Positive product, which is a wholly ethical textile brand. The material is made from 100% organic cotton

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