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The News Cycle for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

Toronto News:

2011 Hero: Bixi Toronto [Torontoist]

When Bixi Toronto launched in May, we were surprised at how quickly we fell for the sturdy, practical rides that popped up at solar-powered stations across the downtown core—turns out that the bike-share system appeals to even habitual TTC users and bike owners. Stormy when you leave home? Take the TTC or a taxi, and when the sun’s shining later, you can hop on Bixi and pedal home. Planning to paint the town red? Bixi out, dock it and forget it; you won’t have to return for your wheels the next day. 

Bikers brave bitter cold, snow for year-round freedom [CTV News]

Urban cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick, also a year-round biker, said that cyclists should go with their comfort level.

“For folks afraid of cycling for the stated reason that it’s icy and snowy you can rest assure that those conditions are not everyday,” she said. “It is actually quite feasible to ride comfortably if you dress appropriately and keep some things in mind.”

Support Councillor Matlow’s Motion to Fine Illegally Parked Cars! [Toronto Cyclists Union]

The text of the motion has been revised somewhat from the original - read the General Manager’s report here.  The fine has dropped from $500 to $150, but the rush hour period is now from 6-10AM and 3-7PM on weekdays.  Even better, illegally parked cars in bike lanes are always subject to the $150 ticket with no time restrictions.

Call for Submissions: 365 Days of Cycling Photo Exhibit [Toronto Cyclists Union]

The Toronto Cyclists Union invites amateur and professional photographers to submit their works to 365 Days of Cycling: An Evening of Art and Cycling.  The show is intended to highlight cycling in Toronto throughout the 4 seasons. 

2011 Year End Wrap Up [The Urban Country]

As we approach another new year, I have been reflecting on the events of 2011 and how they have shaped both myself and this website. In many ways, 2011 has been a coming of age for The Urban Country. We have reached record levels of readership and have been told by many people that we are one of their favourite bike blogs.

 

Winter Biking:

How to choose a winter bike [Dandyhorse Magazine]

While just about any bike can be pressed into service [for winter riding], I generally recommend something other than a strict sport road bike. For a winter specific set up, I really like fixed gear and internally geared bikes. The reduction in cables and external shifting components simplifies maintenance and helps keep snow and slush buildup to a minimum.

Winter biking basics [Green Living Online]

 Winter cycling is no longer the domain of daring bicycle couriers or mountain biking aficionados. With rising gas prices, environmental footprint concerns, and improved infrastructure for city riding, commuting by bicycle year-round is a growing trend. 

 

Other:

Sleek Bike Charges Its Own Headlights And Your iPhone [Fast Company Design]

The math on your bike doesn’t seem to add up. The sweat from all those thigh-burning, hill-climbing miles evaporates into thin air, as you change batteries in your bike light and drag your GPS inside to charge it. Now a German bike company says it can transfer all those pedal revolutions into energy you can actually use.

10 bicycling myths debunked [Grist]

When it comes to bicycling, the pastime that can solve all of America’s most pressing problems, we’re like heat-seeking missiles in search of myths and misinformation. Our goal is simple: to get you to trade in your four-wheeled gas guzzler for a lean, clean, calorie-burning machine. Here are the top 10 myths that we debunked this year, all linked up and annotated for your enjoyment. 

Bikestravaganza: Grist’s top bike stories of 2011 [Grist]

I spent the day yesterday digging through 18 — count ‘em, 18 — pages of search results in a quest to find Grist’s Overarching Narrative of the Bike in 2011. I laughed. I cried. I almost blew tea on my laptop. Then I biked home on streets that were blissfully bereft of automobiles. Without further ado, I give you the good, the bad, and the pee-your-pants funny from the past year in bicycling.

 

 

[top illustration from the Torontoist]

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The Tweed Ride Toronto Press Release and Photos!

You may have already gleaned this from past entries, but for the past few months, BikingToronto has been working to bring Toronto a Tweed Ride on Sat, Oct. 15!

Here is our press release, as well as some fabulous photos of dapper Mayor Miller (yes, it’s still appropriate to call him Mayor, etiquette-wise, I’ve been told), cycle-goddess Yvonne Bambrick, the always stylish Casie Stewart, and others.

(ps. register for the ride HERE. It’s $15 and worth every penny.  You’ll see why in the description below!)

Party Like It’s 1899!

Tweed Ride Toronto to Celebrate Fashion, Cycling and a Bygone Era

Sep. 10, 2011 (Toronto, ON) BikingToronto.com is proud to announce Tweed Ride Toronto, the most dashing and fashionable cycling event to hit Toronto streets in decades.

On Saturday October 15th, over 400 participants will take part in the first annual Toronto Tweed Ride. Cyclists, dressed in their finest tweeds and old-time clothes, will leisurely take in some the city’s finest landmarks, break for high tea with renowned cycling co-operative Urbane Cyclist, and end the day with a jumping two-floor big band party.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide phenomenon, started in London in the fall of 2009 as “Tweed Run London.” This past year London registration sold out in seven minutes with more than 500 participants and celebrities such as Ewan MacGregor taking part.  Similar rides have taken place in New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and other locations.

Any efforts made to recreate the spirit of a bygone era will be appreciated, and while all bicycles are acceptable, Penny Farthings are especially welcome.

Prizes (including Brooks saddle bags) will be awarded in several categories, including Most Distinguished Chap, Most Lovely Lady, and Most Awe-inspiring Moustache.

Tickets cost $15, and include ride, swag bag, high tea, a light dinner and party.

Participants are encouraged to do additional fundraising, and each participant who raises $1500 or more will receive a free Bobbin bike (courtesy of Curbside Cycle).

The event is sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets early!
 

Remember… Rock Out with Your Tweed Out!

 

 

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Photos from TCAT’s Complete Streets Forum

Last week, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership hosted speakers and guests from all over the North America at the 2011 Complete Streets Forum.

The goal of the 2011 Complete Streets Forum is to explore best practices, share ideas and success stories, and showcase research and technical solutions on how to better plan and design complete streets that will embrace and protect cyclists and pedestrians while accommodating all road users, including transit and cars.

We invite everyone who is working to improve our communities, cities, and urban landscape to join us in this important conversation. We all need to get around – we’re all in this together.

Yvonne Bambrick, a Toronto Urban Cycling Consultant (and formerly of the Bike Union) took some great photos of the Forum (and the infrastructure bike tour that also took place as part of the Forum), and has graciously allowed us to share some with you.  The captions below are also by Yvonne.

Bike union Ward Advocacy member learns from special guest Roelef Wittink, ED Interface for Cycling Expertise, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Fiona Chapman, City of Toronto, Pedestrian Projects explains the Pedestrian Scramble at Yonge/Dundas

Sharrows Eastbound on Harbord approaching Spadina Ave on Tour

Sharrows Eastbound on Harbord approaching Spadina Ave on Tour

Rosalyn Morrison, TCF – Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT – Michel Lebrecque, STM (Montreal) – Eva Ligeti, CAP

Rosalyn Morrison, TCF – Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT – Michel Lebrecque, STM (Montreal) – Eva Ligeti, CAP

The Great Hall at Hart House

Mia Birk, author of ‘Joy Ride’, finishes her presentation.

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You can view some of these on Yvonne’s website, as well as all of them on her excellent Flickr account.

If you missed the Forum, check out the “Presentations” page on TCAT’s Forum website – an excellent resource of the material speakers used as they presented.

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