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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO]

Toronto Bike Month 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have organized numerous other events for the next few weeks to celebrate being two-wheeled and engine-free.

 

Toronto cyclist lay in shock with mangled leg after taxi hit him, court hears [Toronto Star]

A cyclist was in complete shock, lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bone and flesh fragments after his leg was crushed by a taxi driver, a Toronto police officer says.

Const. Usman Haroon testified Wednesday he came across Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz lying on his back on the sidewalk at the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008.

Bike with Mike this Sunday! [Cycle Toronto]

Mike Layton is hosting a Bike with Mike event this Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 at Christie Pits park on the street level part near Bloor St. We will be hosting a Cycle Toronto Ward 19 table to promote the activities of the Ward and organization generally. 

There are going to be lots of activities going on, including family friendly activities, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Cycle Toronto Requests Province to Order an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

As evidence continues to mount against the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes and reinstall the fifth centre lane, last week Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) filed a request with the Province for an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis.

Last month, we made a similar request directly to the City of Toronto. However, the City’s Transportation Services department responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment. 

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27

Fashion should be about comfort. Comfort in your own skin, comfort expressing yourself, and comfort cruising city streets on your bike.

Or at least that’s what Calgary-based fashion designer Kristi Woo thinks. It’s that philosophy that is the inspiration for her unique line of stylish made-for-cycling fashions. Riyoko Urban Bikewear makes fashion-conscious clothes for the female cyclist and urban traveller. She’s inspired to make her pieces by tackling issues found cycling in certain clothes, for herself and other fashionable cyclists.

Toronto cyclist struck by cab was walking away from dispute, he says [Toronto Star]

A former competitive cyclist who lost part of a leg after being hit by a taxi driver says he was walking away from a dispute at the time.

“When I woke up I was in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital,” Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz, 40, testified Tuesday.

The former cyclo-cross enthusiast was biking home around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008, when he and a Beck Taxi met at the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. in west Toronto.

Urban Car-Free Camping [The Urban Country]

Urban Car-Free Camping

Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. Whether pulling the car up to the campsite, or parking the car and heading to the campsite by canoe or kayak, I have always been reliant on a car.

This weekend a friend and I decided to do a short one-night, car-free camping trip in the city with our two dogs.

 

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Magazine]

New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.


Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line [Cupcake Ride]

Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line

A few months ago I shared a project that Denise was organizing called Rush Hour Service. Unfortunately due to major TTC bureaucracy hurdles she had to give up on that project, but she’s come up with an even cooler one!

Danforth Bike Line

 

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride [Toronto Star]

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride

I’m extremely glad I took Can-Bike 2. I wish every cyclist would.

Designed primarily by the Ontario Cycling Association, the course is a triumph of sanity, common sense, logic and consistency — all commodities that are just a wee bit lacking on the streets of this city.

Eleven students signed up for my particular iteration of the course, which began on a Monday in May, continued on a Wednesday, concluded on a Friday. It cost $112.

 

 

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The News Cycle for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

 

Advertising good, bikes bad [Dodgeville]

Enough has been written about these stupid info pillars elsewhere that I won’t bore you with another diatribe against their design or the questionable process that resulted in the city being saddled with them in the first place. This one is in front of Carrot Common on Danforth and in addition to looking ugly, replaced a perfectly good post and ring bike rack, as seen by Google Street View.

 

Toronto-Montreal Bixi comparison [Globe & Mail]

Excellent Infographic from the Globe and Mail comparing the first year of Montreal’s Bixi bikesharing program with the first 6 months of Toronto’s Bixi.  Toronto’s numbers are obviously lower due to the shortened time period, but are EXCELLENT considering we have one-fifth of Montreal’s Bixi bikes (1000 and 5000 bikes, respectively).

 

Trashy Bike Lane [The Urban Country]

To see how a bike lane might work on this street we gathered garbage and sticks and created a homemade bike lane. The painted bicycle symbols (or “sharrows”) were painted by an anonymous group/person shortly after Jenna’s death.  We observed how cars and trucks drove with our “trash” bike lane present. Drivers seemed to stay clear of our faux bike lane when they drove through the intersection, including a large tractor-trailer whose rear wheels stayed clear of our bike lane.

 

Create annotated bike rides with Spotcycle mobile app [BlogTO]

The most recent update to the app, however, ups the ante significantly. Now instead of merely using it to track down BIXI bikes, you can plot out annotated bike rides with your favourite cultural sites, restaurants and assorted retail. Where Spotcycle was formerly only useful to BIXI members, this new feature set opens up the app to anyone who rides a bike. Using the the GPS capabilities of one’s phone — it’s available on all three of the major platforms — the app will create a live map as you ride, which you can categorize and annotate when you’re done.

 

 

[photo from Dodgeville]

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The News Cycle for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

The Fixer: Cycling campaign appeals to drivers’ better instincts [The Star]

Request to drivers: Please be more accepting of cyclists and consider them fellow travellers, instead of adversaries. That’s the idea behind “I Share the Road,” a campaign begun by cycling advocate and blogger James Schwartz, who hopes to foster a better relationship with drivers.

Morrison memorial service set for Monday [The Star]

A service to honour the life of Jenna Morrison will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Bloor Street United Church, friends of the family announced Friday. Morrison was riding a bicycle when she was struck and killed by a truck last Monday morning while both were stopped at an intersection.

A bike ride into tragedy [The Star]

Excellent opinion article by Laura Robinson by the shocking lack of laws protecting those using roads (ie. public space) while not in cars.  Cyclists and pedestrians are seemingly ignored by the lawmakers of all 3 levels of government.

[photo from the Star]

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