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Weekly Wrap-Up: Left Wing Pinkos and a Gift Guide for Cyclists

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

  1. Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt
  2. Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor
  3. BikingToronto Gift Guide
  4. Biking Toronto “Popular Today” Posts
  5. Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant
  6. Weekly Wrap-Up: Bridge Sabotage and Streetcar Death
  7. BikingToronto SiteWide Activity
  8. BikingToronto Blogs Directory
  9. Duncan’s City Ride
  10. Mountain Bike Bridge Sabotage in the Don Valley

New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

Heard about Don Cherry’s rant against Pinkos the other day? Want to see if in full pink0-suit colour? I’m wondering if he thinks that all Pinkos ride bicycles, or that anyone who rides a bicycle is a Pinko. Hmmm. Check out the shirts we made yesterday. They’re unisex, they’re v-neck, they’re made by American Apparel. [...] Related posts: Left-Wing Pinko I Bike T.O. Shirt Don Cherry insults Cyclists as Rob Ford Sworn in as Mayor The 2009 BikeSummit is Tomorrow
  • Seasons’ Greetings Everyone! Happy Rides in 2011! Steve
  • After Don Cherry’s mostly incoherent and offensive “speech” yesterday, many are asking… “What is a pinko?” According to Wikipedia: Pinko is a derogatory term for a person regarded as sympathetic to communism, though not necessarily a Communist Party member. The term has its origins in the notion that pink is a lighter shade of red, [...]
  • I have retired the long john for the season. I really felt I had to after I saw the first salt truck on the road. This is the Raleigh I mentioned in an earlier post, the two dollar garage sale find. It’s in very good shape for its age – I didn’t need to put [...]
  • UPDATE! We’ve added a Red Mens T-Shirt and Pink Womens T-Shirt to our products! You may have seen (or own) one of our t-shirts with the famous I Bike T.O. logo we designed, and we’ve just added 3 new Left-Wing Pinko shirts to the product line up. Maybe we should send one to Don Cherry? [...] Related posts: Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant New Stuff In The BikingToronto Store Lots of I Bike T.O. Shirts!
  • Vancouver based Prohab Helmet Society is a non-profit incorporation that donates helmets to the Vancouver area community. In British Columbia, where helmet use is mandatory, the Prohab Helmet Society is working with partners to provide helmets to those without. To raise funds for their 2011 campaign the Society has crafted a calendar featuring cycling beauties [...]
  • Today marks the end of Rob Ford’s first week in office (only 3 years, 51 weeks to go) and it was a doozy. For some reason, Ford had Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada put the Chain of Office around his neck today at City Council (something usually done by the City Clerk), and [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political Spectrum Video: Don Cherry and his Pinko Rant Rob Ford: Charity gives Toronto clogged arteries
  • This past year a new bicycle rack design began landing on Toronto streets. You’ll find these racks in the bicycle shelter at the St. Clair West TTC subway stop and scattered around the Evergreen Brick Works awaiting permanent installation. Made by Peak Racks, a San Luis Obispo based company, I really like how these racks [...]
  • The City of Toronto has posted a survey online to get your feedback about the Toronto Cycling Map: The City of Toronto is conducting this survey to learn about how people are using the Map, what works, and what could be improved. Every year the City publishes and distributes 150,000 Cycling Maps free of charge. [...] Related posts: Metrolinx Wants Your Input to make the Toronto Area more Bike-Friendly Sarah Thomson releases “Bike City” Plan Toronto’s Bike Plan Switches Gears
  • [via BikeHugger] I personally don’t have an iPhone (am considering one, but am considering an Android based phone too…), but know a few people who would LOVE this handlebar addition. From BioLogic… who have lots of other cool products too! If you’re more of a Coffee addict than an Apple addict, check out this cool [...]
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  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Tues, Dec. 7 Ward 30 SODA Bikes Meeting 7pm – @ BikeSauce – 717 Queen St. E Wed, Dec. 8 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride BikeSauce Volunteer Meeting 7pm – @ BikeSauce – 717 Queen St. [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: May 10 – 16 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 8 – 14 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 15 – 21
  • While we’ve really only experienced a few days of winter-ish temperatures here in Toronto we all know that snow and constant cold are right around the corner. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth winter on your bicycle this article from the Guardian offers up some excellent winter cycling tips that are applicable to [...]
  • It’s a purely subjective thing, but it’s also counter intuitive – which seems to lend these observations some credence. A negative proof I know – but bear with me, it’s good news – which means I can spout unscientific feel-good drivel. Since the election of the more-room-for-cars Mayor, Rob Ford, I’ve noticed that drivers are [...]
  • Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize
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  • Oh, it’s unnatural how much I laughed at this:
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    Weekly Wrap-Up: Bridge Sabotage and Streetcar Death

    Mountain Bike Bridge Sabotage in the Don ValleyWelcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

    Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

    1. Mountain Bike Bridge Sabotage in the Don Valley
    2. Photos of Memorial Ride for Streetcar Death
    3. Weekly Wrap-Up: Streetcar Tragedy, The New Roncy and Don’t Be A Jerk
    4. Cyclist killed by Streetcar at Spadina and Lakeshore
    5. The New Roncesvalles: Ride Your Bike up onto the Curb
    6. Photos of the New Dufferin Bikelanes
    7. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity
    8. Cyclist Hit at Jarvis and Carlton
    9. Making Leslie St. Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians
    10. Google to map Toronto’s Bikelanes

    New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

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  • It’s something that we at BikingToronto have known for a while, that in addition to having 1000+ subscribers, Bixi Toronto is just putting the finishing touches on securing $600,000 in corporate sponsorships for the first 3 years of the program: BIXI Toronto has met its key targets, though a two week extension to today’s sponsorship [...] Related posts: Bixi Toronto reaches 1000 Subscriber Goal Reminder: Bixi Toronto Launch Party Tonight! Learn More About Bixi Toronto
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  • Determined purely by page views, we give you the Top 25 Most Popular pages from November 2010. Cyclist killed by Streetcar at Spadina and Lakeshore Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter The New Roncesvalles: Ride Your Bike up onto the Curb The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train” Photos of Memorial Ride for [...] Related posts: Most Popular Posts – October 2010 Most Popular Posts – September 2010 Popular November 2008 Posts
  • [photo by Pica A on Twitpic] Not seeing any stories in the news about this one yet… but will update this post when we do. The above photo was taken around 8 pm last night (Tuesday). It’s on Jarvis just north of Carlton in front of the National Ballet School. Related posts:Photo of the Day: [...] Related posts: Photo of the Day: Yonge & Carlton Video: Jarvis with 4 Car Lanes, Still no Gridlock The Jarvis Bikelanes are Painted!
  • Joe T. broke the story, Google Maps are up for Toronto’s Cyclists. Good work Joe, I was looking yesterday but couldn’t see it. Joe says you have to be at Google.com (not .ca) and you have to input a place, then choose “Get Directions” a Bicycle Icon is now there that wasn’t there last week. [...]
  • Over on the Photo of the Day blog, we feature a photo related to biking in Toronto every weekday (sometimes on weekends too). Here are the photos from November. Enjoy. Be sure and check out the Photo of the Day Blog. It’s got a brand spankin’ new design! Related posts:Photos of the Week: Nov. 15 [...] Related posts: Photos of the Week: Nov. 15 – 19, 2010 Photos of the Week: Nov. 22 – 26, 2010 Photos of the Week: Oct 4 – 8, 2010
  • BlogTO is breaking the news that Google Maps Bike Directions is now kinda-sorta working (it’s a “beta” launch – which is used for working out glitches) for Toronto Bike routes: Google bike maps for Toronto launched in beta sometime earlier this afternoon, and I’ve been toying around with the route planner for the last half [...] Related posts: Getting Google Maps to pay Attention to Bikes Google to map Toronto’s Bikelanes Biking for Google StreetView
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  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Wed, Dec. 1 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Thurs, Dec. 2 Bike Drinks – Monthly Toronto Cyclists Union Social! Sat, Dec. 4 – Sun, Dec. 5 Sweet Pete’s Holiday Sale Know of other events going on [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 15 – 21 Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 8 – 14
  • Hell yeah! Bring it on, Winter! Via Racer Diaries
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  • Alarming news out of the Don Valley… a series of bridges constructed by off-road and mountain bike cyclists are being sabotaged… with the clean lines of a sawzall saw being evident: Timothy Charles, founder of the Toronto Off-Road Biking Association, said the supporting beam of the bridge appears to have been deliberately cut partway through [...] Related posts: New Bathurst Bridge To Have Bike Lanes My 50 Kilometre Toronto Valley And Ravine Tour Metrolinx Ignoring City, Wants a Strachan Ave…
  • Over on the Photo of the Day blog, we feature a photo related to biking in Toronto every weekday (sometimes on weekends too). Here are the photos from the past week. Click on them to see them bigger and find links to the originals and the photographers below. Courier Christine Tour de Lake Shore Boulevarde [...] Related posts: Photos of the Week: Nov. 15 – 19, 2010 Photos of the Week: Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2010 Photos of the Week: Oct 4 – 8, 2010
  • Over at the BikingToronto Group ‘Cycling’, Lock said, “This Youtube vid is funny as heck but AFAIK only Admins here can imbed videos, so just click on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koh7QoMGKJo ” So I thought I’d embed it here, to keep it in-house for just one, more, link. You can embed videos too! To start your own [...]
  • After countless years producing quality road, mountain and hybrid bicycles, Giant has entered into the upright city bike market for 2011. A unique steel diamond frame with twin top tubes that curve at the seat tube to form seat stays on the “men’s” version work to create a very distinct look (see below). On the [...]
  • While I, and almost anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle in any city, object to the word “war” used in any form of transportation debate, this is a great little look at the changing face of New York City streets. In a city where 80% of the public space is comprised of streets and [...]
  • Last week, a cyclist was killed by a streetcar. Whether it was his/her own fault, the fault of the streetcar driver, or some combination is unknown, but some Toronto cyclists decided to hold a Memorial ride for the victim. Here are photos of the ride (and ghost bike installation) from Jun Nogami: Related posts:Cyclist killed [...] Related posts: Cyclist killed by Streetcar at Spadina and Lakeshore Ghost Bike Memorial in Mississauga Memorial Ride This Friday
  • True, the Dufferin bikelanes only exist under the brand new underpass that eliminated the Dufferin Jog, but any infrastructure is good infrastructure. Underpasses can be a little scary on a bike without good lighting and bikelanes. Here are a few pics of the new lanes for you: BigDaddyHame City of Toronto City of Toronto [...] Related posts: Bikelanes planned for Dufferin Jog A Map of Rossi’s Separated Bikelanes Photos and Review of the New Bloor Viaduct Bikelanes
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  • The BikingToronto Shop has just been updated with new shirts for men, women, children and babies. The profits from all purchases go to Toronto cycling-related charities. Visit the shop here: BikingToronto Shop Learn more about ibiketo.org, the charitable arm of BikingToronto, here. (Click on any of the images here to learn more about each product)
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    Weekly Wrap-Up: Streetcar Tragedy, The New Roncy and Don’t Be A Jerk

    Weekly Wrap-Up: Streetcar Tragedy, The New Roncy and Don’t Be A JerkWelcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

    Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

    1. Cyclist killed by Streetcar at Spadina and Lakeshore
    2. The New Roncesvalles: Ride Your Bike up onto the Curb
    3. On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns
    4. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity Page
    5. Road Rule #1: Don’t Be A Jerk
    6. On The Blogs: How To Light Your Bike
    7. The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”
    8. Google to map Toronto’s Bikelanes
    9. Cyclist Pinned Under Streetcar on Spadina
    10. Photos of the Week: Nov. 15 – 19, 2010

    New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

    On Saturday, Nov. 20th, a group of people in South Riverdale got together to have a look at the safety features (or lack thereof) for pedestrians and cyclists on the stretch of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Queen St. The street will be reconstructed when the TTC builds their new streetcar car barns [...] Related posts: Reminder: Leslie Street Reconstruction Meeting Tonight Public Comments about Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue Bikelanes Does TTC Environmental Assessment for Lakeshore…
  • The BikingToronto Shop has just been updated with new shirts for men, women, children and babies. The profits from all purchases go to Toronto cycling-related charities. Visit the shop here: BikingToronto Shop Learn more about ibiketo.org, the charitable arm of BikingToronto, here. (Click on any of the images here to learn more about each product) [...] Related posts: Tell the World, “I Bike T.O.” Covet: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets Social Cycling: Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike! Toronto 2010…
  • Lady is the Boss – Bicycle Fight Related posts:Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist Related posts: Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist
  • Video via Vélo d’hiver – Montreal – Bike Winter on Facebook. Related posts:Chicago Winter Cyclists Profiled by PBS Dottie Demonstrates Dressing for Winter Cycling The Least Expensive Winter Cycling Accessory You Need Related posts: Chicago Winter Cyclists Profiled by PBS Dottie Demonstrates Dressing for Winter Cycling The Least Expensive Winter Cycling Accessory You Need
  • Related posts:How to Use a Bike Box – City of Toronto PSA Related posts: How to Use a Bike Box – City of Toronto PSA
  • Photo via NY Mag by Randy Harris Since 2007, Janette Sadik-Khan has been commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and “is responsible for 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry, the nation’s busiest [...] Related posts: The Changing Face of the NYC Commute
  • Here’s a fifth addition to the four cycling bags I recently “coveted.” Based in Toronto, YNOT Cycle, run by Tom Mosher, has recently expanded to a new location and continues cranking out custom bags for local riders. From the massive, carry-everything-you-own Cobra to the roll-top and room for plenty Gulper (pictured above) Tom and his [...] Related posts: Covet: Repurposed Car Parts and Inner Tubes Become Mariclaro Bags Covet: Handmade Messenger Bags Created Right Here in Toronto Covet: PAC…
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  • Nice heels on the woman riding the white bike with the front rack! Certainly would be approved by my girlfriend. Via Cyclometer November Newsletter Related posts:City of Toronto Sharrows PSA City Wants You To Create Art We Can Lock Our Bikes To Where We Park Our Bikes in Toronto Related posts: City of Toronto Sharrows PSA City Wants You To Create Art We Can Lock Our Bikes To Where We Park Our Bikes in Toronto
  • Big news for map lovers today! Google Maps has announced that it will be mapping out the bikelanes of 8 Canadian Cities (including Toronto): The online information giant announced Monday that it is introducing a Bike Directions feature to its popular Google Maps site, allowing users to highlight bike-friendly trails and roads across most major [...] Related posts: Getting Google Maps to pay Attention to Bikes 58% of Toronto wants Bikelanes on Major Streets Biking for Google StreetView
  • There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the problems New York City is facing by having tons more cyclists on their streets (thanks to large amounts of new bikelanes and cycling infrastructure on their streets). Essentially, there are a lot more confrontations between cars, bikes and pedestrians… as they all have to [...] Related posts: The Road To A Better Future Jarvis Street, Before the Bikelanes Results from the Police “Safe Cycling – Share the Responsibility”…
  • Spotted on John Prolly’s Flickr photostream. According to Google, Coco-Mat is a mattress company whose products are now available in NYC. Update: More googling has turned up these videos of the delivery bicycle in action: Related posts:Cargo Bikes; Big in New York (and Toronto too!) Cruisers, Cargo bikes, Handmades and More – The Toronto International [...] Related posts: Cargo Bikes; Big in New York (and Toronto too!) Cruisers, Cargo bikes, Handmades and More – The Toronto International Bicycle…
  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Wed, Nov. 24 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Fri, Nov. 26 Critical Mass Toronto Know of other events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch in [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 15 – 21 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 8 – 14
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  • Back in the spring of 2009, the renovation of Roncesvalles Ave. was just getting underway. Plans called for many more trees and wider sidewalks, including sidewalk “bump-outs” at some streetcar stops to allow transit users to board streetcars directly from the sidewalk. One bit of controversy was that while the street is planned to be [...] Related posts: Have Your Say: Roncesvalles Streetcar Stops and Cyclists Headlines: Bike Infrastructure on Jarvis and Roncesvalles Balancing Streetcar…
  • Excellent and timely lighting post from Stephen on Cycling50+ … a great rundown of the lights and reflectors you need to ensure drivers see you at night: Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders The basic trick to night riding is [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists On The Blogs: Ride and Prejudice On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns
  • Over on the Photo of the Day blog, we feature a photo related to biking in Toronto every weekday (sometimes on weekends too). Here are the photos from the past week. Click on them to see them bigger and find links to the originals and the photographers. The Original Hipster Little Green Bike Fog Biker [...] Related posts: Photos of the Week: Oct 4 – 8, 2010 Photos of the Week: Oct. 18 – 22, 2010 Photos of the Week: Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2010
  • Bikeroo checked out the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Cedarvale Park (and previously shared with us a crash video): For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a gritty cycling race in which riders race along an off road course. Technical skill is important as they have to ride in tight quarters with each other but navigate around or [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Cyclocross Crash Video On The Blogs: Queens Park Grand Prix Photos from the Canadian Cyclocross Championships
  • Concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety have been raised by residents of Leslieville and The Beaches in the south east of the city around the redevelopment of Leslie Street that will see Street Car tracks added to the street starting next year. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 20, 2010 Paul Young, Health Promoter at South Riverdale Community [...] Related posts: Users ‘re-purposing’ Jones Avenue Bike Lanes – Two way bike lanes?!! Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane East/West Corridors – part 2
  • Tragedy on the streets this morning: A cyclist was struck and killed this morning by a streetcar on Spadina Ave. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Spadina and Lake Shore Blvd. W. The male cyclist, in his 60s, was declared dead at the scene, Const. Hugh Smith said. This was the [...] Related posts: Cyclist Pinned Under Streetcar on Spadina Cyclist Hit at Front & Spadina Cyclist Killed in the West End
  • All is not well in the suburbs. Artist: Arcade Fire Song: Suburbs Director: Spike Jonze Related posts:Mark Ronson’s The Bike Song (featuring Kyle Falconer and Spankrock) Fall Flowers a Fire Escape and a Cargo Bike Related posts: Mark Ronson’s The Bike Song (featuring Kyle Falconer and Spankrock) Fall Flowers a Fire Escape and a Cargo Bike
  • Not only is it a great post about signaling right turns with your left arm (instead of your right), but Duncan’s post on why he signals with his left has also spurred a great little discussion in the comments about the reasons why each method can be useful: It can be easy to forget or [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists 10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 5 of 10
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    Weekly Wrap-Up: The Ever-Popular Gravy Train

    The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff! Want to get the Weekly Wrap-Up in your email every friday?  Enter Your Email Here.

    Most Popular Stuff on the Site this week:

    1. The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”
    2. Weekly Wrap-Up: Car Drivers on the Gravy Train
    3. Queen West BIA unveils new OCAD Bikeracks
    4. Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter
    5. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity Page
    6. On The Blogs: Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes
    7. On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political Spectrum
    8. On The Blogs: The Joy of Night Cycling
    9. On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor
    10. On The Blogs: Harbord Sharrows Miss the Point


    New Posts from all Blogs on BikingToronto:

    Covet: ku. Bicycle-themed Jewelry [Duncan's City Ride]

    Brooklyn-based artist Takahiro Kudo crafts this wonderful miniature bicycle parts as jewelry. More designs at ku. jewelry Related posts:Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls Covet: PAC Designs Bags Covet: Baye Hunter’s Beautiful Bicycle Photography as Prints and Cards Related posts: Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls Covet: PAC Designs Bags Covet: Baye Hunter’s Beautiful Bicycle Photography as Prints and Cards

  • Michael Holloway looks at the Real Price of Gasoline, factoring in more than just the price at the pump: As an addict of the bicycle as much as the rest of the culture seems to be addicted to pumping gasoline, I couldn’t agree more with Mayor Ford. The subsidies on the price of gasoline I [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political Spectrum Gas Taxes? We Don’t Pay No Stinkin’ Gas Taxes!
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  • I talked to Toronto City Councilor Elect in Ward 32, Mary-Margaret McMahon as she toured The Beaches Interfaith Lunch Program, today at “The Synagogue” in the West Beaches. McMahon unseated long time Beaches councillor Sandra Bussin in a landslide (15,951- 5,998) at the civic election last month – part of a popular disillusion with ‘politics [...] Related posts: An Anti-Cycling Mayor Rob Ford does not a Council make Another East West Corridor that needs some signage changes to make it really work…
  • Back in the spring of 2009, the Ontario College of Art and Design had a Gateway BikeStand competition, and while that contest chose a pretty distinctive winner (photo of winning design at right), the Queen West BIA thought all the designs were great and committed to working with OCAD students to create some new bikeracks [...] Related posts: OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Announces Finalists OCAD Gateway Bike Stand Competition Winners Announced More Details about the OCAD Gateway BikeStand Winners…
  • West end resident (and burrito enthusiast) Sari Lightman will be launching her burrito by bicycle delivery service on Friday, November 19, 2010. The delivery area will be east of Roncesvalles, south of Bloor, north of King and west of Spadina on Fridays only between 6pm and 1am. Orders can be placed by phone 416-948-6676 or [...] Related posts: City of Toronto Sharrows PSA Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes Momentum Magazine Issue #47 – All About Kids and Cargo Bikes
  • Daniel Egan, Manager Cycling Infrastructure and Programs Transportation Services shares information on what sharrows are and how they can be used by cyclists in Toronto. This same information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s web site here: Sharrows FAQ Video via City of Toronto Cycling on Facebook. Related posts:Sharrows, Bike Lanes and [...] Related posts: Sharrows, Bike Lanes and Shared Space on the Streets of Toronto Sharrows Miss the Point on Harbord Two-way Sharrows Along Macdonell…
  • Yesterday morning I snapped a quick pic of a part of a group of 6 morning bike commuters I was in as we headed west on Bloor East at around 8 am… temperature hovering around the freezing point. You can see we’re on the bridge over Rosedale Valley Road. It’s great seeing lots of bikes [...] Related posts: A Favourite View Cold, but Beautiful Photos from my April Fools Day Commute Home
  • Continuing his Covet posts about great gear for your bike, Duncan looks at some stylish pannier bags for hauling lots of stuff around on that rear rack of yours (and looking good doing it): Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a bag. Active transportation can mean a little sweat, and carrying a bag is [...] Related posts: Stuff: PackNGo Panniers On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup Holders and Maps!
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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 Related posts:From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup [...] Related posts: From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup Holders and Maps! On The Blogs: Bixi’s headway in Toronto On The Blogs: Rob Ford and Toronto’s Political…
  • Duncan has switched up his gear set-up on his Marin Hamilton 29er, moving from a single speed to an internal gear hub, and tells us about it… from why he decided to do it to how he went about choosing what hub to go with, with help from Hoopdriver: After one week and a couple [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Evergreen Brickworks Cycling Infrastructure On The Blogs: The Changing NYC Bike Commute
  • The basic trick to night riding is to see and be seen.  Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders.  The basic trick to night riding is to see and be seen. Even on well-lit streets, darkness not only makes it more difficult to see, but also judge distances and direction, which means slower reaction times – for both drivers and riders.
  • Danny MacAskill: Way Back Home via RedBull Related posts:Just Another Trip to the Office by Bicycle for Danny MacAskill Incorporating Bicycles into Exterior Home Design Related posts: Just Another Trip to the Office by Bicycle for Danny MacAskill Incorporating Bicycles into Exterior Home Design
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  • Banana seats and bum bars… let’s do this Toronto! No related posts. No related posts.
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  • Duncan has posted the “Put The Days Away” music video by Sun Airway. It’s a nice portrayal of night cycling through a city… cruising through a vibrant urban landscape when it’s “on pause” at night: One million thanks to Ricardo Rivera at Klip Collective, who in addition to being an excellent dude and creating all [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Cycle Halifax Commercials On The Blogs: I Love Your Smile
  • Blogger Michael Holloway has an interesting post about the possibility that mayor-elect Rob Ford will take Toronto down the road from civic power to corporate power: The over all strategy is to reduce government power in favour of corporate power, and this was made very evident on election night when the first words out of [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Rob Ford, Art Inspiration On The Blogs: The Real Price of Gasoline On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor
  • You may have caught our post with photos from the Ontario Cycling Association of last Saturday’s Cyclocross Championships, but have you seen Bikeroo’s crash video from the event? Yesterday, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the national cyclocross race in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The best cyclocross racers across Canada participated in the [...] Related posts: Photos from the Canadian Cyclocross Championships On The Blogs: Queens Park Grand Prix On The Blogs: Do The Cobble Wobble
  • As the days in Toronto get darker earlier and earlier as winter gets closer, you may be thinking about how to make yourself more visible as you bike around the city: Donald “Go-by-bike” Wiedman, founder of BikesandTransit.com, has created a unique Facebook event that suggests Toronto cyclists wear bright orange (or yellow, or green) gloves [...] Related posts: Stuff: Glo Gloves: Gloves with Turn Signals! How To Get Visible: Video Let’s Get Visible – Safety is Sexy
  • Some video and photos of the Canadian Cyclocross Championships 2010 hosted by ZM Cycle & Fitness Related posts: Cyclocross Crash
    It can be easy to forget or simply not use hand signals when cycling. Streetcar tracks, potholes, bike lanes in door zones and other obstacles can have you focusing on keeping both hands on your handlebars. Yet, when it comes to communicating with other road users there is no better way than with hand signals. [...] Related posts: Coaster Brake Love Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes Handling Street Car Tracks and Difficult Intersections With “Indirect Left Turns”
  • Qu’est Que C’est? (Talking Heads, Psycho Killer) Joe T published “The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train” a link piece to a Toronto Star article by City Columnist Joe Fiorito: “Fiorito: Cyclists doing good for all of us“. At the end of this seemingly over edited article is a strange, lonesome addition, “All I’m [...] Related posts: Re-New, Re-Cycle, Re-Use Transit City hangs in the balance as opportunist candidates dither and dodge at the precipice of an epoch
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    Weekly Wrap-Up: Car Drivers on the Gravy Train

    November 12, 2010 by

    Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up!  Your best source for everything new and popular in Toronto bicycle stuff!

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    1. The Star: Car Drivers on the “Gravy Train”
    2. Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter
    3. On The Blogs: Rob Ford, Art Inspiration
    4. BikingToronto Sitewide Activity Page
    5. Photos from the Canadian Cyclocross Championships
    6. On The Blogs: Toronto’s Cyclists with an Anti-Bike Mayor
    7. On The Blogs: Harbord Sharrows Miss the Point
    8. Weekly Wrap-Up (Nov. 5, 2010): Getting Ready for Winter Biking
    9. On The Blogs: Phantom Menace – Car Traffic Congestion in Toronto
    10. BikingToronto Blogs Directory

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    Covet: Four Panniers With Style [Duncan's City Ride]
    Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a bag. Active transportation can mean a little sweat, and carrying a bag is a quick way to dampen a shirt. But, with so many active Torontonians using bicycles to get to work and school, you still need to carry books, computers and lunches with you. Enter the [...] Related posts: Covet: Backpacks for the Cycling Commuter Don’t Call it a Girl’s Bike Covet: Everyday Eco Items by The Straight Stitch
  • On Saturday, Nov. 6, Cedarvale Park hosted the Canadian Cyclocross Championships. Bikeroo has posted a video of a crash and here are a few great photos courtesy of the Ontario Cycling Association: You can view many more photos from the event on the Ontario Cycling Association’s Facebook Page. Related posts:BikeSauce Launches their Social Hub and [...] Related posts: BikeSauce Launches their Social Hub and Library Photos from the Bloor Viaduct Bikelane Improvements Photo of the Day: Canadian Bike
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  • Yes, 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 [...] Related posts: Around the World: The New York Congestion Charge On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets Hell Freezes Over! Margaret Wente Wants A Downtown Congestion Charge
  • Duncan 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 [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets Stuff: New Bicycle Seat Helps The Libido Weekly Wrap-Up: Getting Ready for…
  • A somewhat surprising article is appearing in the Toronto Star today. It’s called “Cyclists doing good for all of us” and is by Joe Fiorito, who has not been the biggest bicycling-advocate the city has seen by a long stretch…) and advocates that the city should pay more attention to cyclists: [Bikes are] good for [...] Related posts: The Star writes about a Bloor-Danforth Bikeway Headlines: Promoting Cycling to Newcomers, The Bike Train, and Cycling Advocacy Toronto Star: Denmark cycles into…
  • Duncan 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 [...] Related posts: Elsewhere: Montreal is Embracing Public Bike Sharing Montreal is looking at “self-serve” bike rentals Seeing Montreal by Bixi
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  • Bike Sauce will be holding a Winter Cycling Seminar tonight. The aim of the seminar is to educate those who may be a bit weary, but want to take up winter riding. The format will be a workshop / discussion, so experienced winter cyclists are be more than welcome to come and help out. We [...]
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  • By the spring of 2009 I had given up my car and believed that it was simply going to take me 2 hours, each way, to get to work and back by transit. To me, there was no other way. When I purchased a Marin Hamilton 29er I thought I’d found a simple, sturdy bike [...] Related posts: Happy New Year 2010 Commuter Bicycle Review: Marin Hamilton 29er By Bike or Bus: My North Toronto Commute
  • The headline in my email from BoingBoing doesn’t mention the involvement of a cyclist, but somehow I knew the story would… ..sure enough… Colorado DA drops felony hit-and-run charges against billion-dollar financier because of “serious job implications” Cory Doctorow at 3:20 AM Monday, Nov 8, 2010 Colorado District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has dropped felony charges [...] No related posts.
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  • Here’s a fun rundown of everything going on over the next 7 days! Check out our @BikeTOevents account on twitter! Tues, Nov. 9 BikeSauce Winter Cycling Seminar Wed, Nov. 10 TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride Know of other events going on this week? Share them with BikingToronto readers in the Comments below. Click here to punch [...] Related posts: Cycling Events This Week: Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 Cycling Events This Week: Nov. 1 – 7 Cycling Events This Week: Oct 4 – 10
  • Related posts:Covet: SHIFTY Cycling Clothes That Don’t Look Like Cycling Clothes Related posts: Covet: SHIFTY Cycling Clothes That Don’t Look Like Cycling Clothes
  • Duncan 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. Related posts:On The Blogs: [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets On The Blogs: Cycle Halifax Commercials On The Blogs: Bike Commuter…
  • On October 25th, we the people of the City of Toronto elected a new Mayor and a new City Council. Much has been said here, and at BikingToronto generally, about Mayor Elect Rob Ford’s position on bicycling infrastructure. While the Office of the Mayor has a lot of power, the real power, to set the agenda [...] Related posts: Paul said, I need a non-arterial cycling route from Dufferin and Bloor into the Core Transit City hangs in the balance as opportunist candidates dither and dodge at the precipice…
  • Yesterday, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the national cyclocross race in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The best cyclocross racers across Canada participated in the most grueling sport of mud, dirt and hills. I took some photos and video but here’s a sneak peak of what to expect: No related posts. No related posts.
  • Duncan 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 [...] Related posts: On The Blogs: New Sharrows on Bloor Street On The Blogs: Two-Way Sharrows on Mcdonell On The Blogs: Sharrows on Spadina?
  • Over 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 [...] Related posts: Weekly Wrap-Up: Dealing with Mayor Rob Ford Weekly Wrap-Up: Bike Art and Rob Ford Rob Ford releases “Transportation Plan”
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