Lookee here: it’s Clay & Paper Theatre and CYCLOPS’ David Anderson!
A bike, a trailer, and a passion for cycling
At 70 years old, David Anderson, Artistic Director of Clay & Paper Theatre located in Liberty Village, is a passionate cyclist who has inspired hundreds of Toronto residents to get on their bikes. Yes, you read that right – hundreds!
Cycling is in David’s blood, evident from the age of six when his father bought him a bicycle called The Hopper. “After the war bicycles were only built in adult sizes,” David fondly reminisces. “I had to put one leg in the triangle and pedal kind of sideways until my dad built pedals that I could reach from the seat.” David’s enthusiasm for cycling continued into his adult life as he joined cycling teams and became an amateur racer.
Today, David’s passion for cycling is still apparent. He and everyone at Clay & Paper cycle to work and to performances, using a bike trailer to transport props. The theatre company seeks out cyclists in the audition process and encourages cast members to take a CAN-BIKE cycling safety course.
David also helped develop CYCLOPS (The Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad) so the troupe could perform in not so accessible public spaces and promote cycling at the same time. “We are very much committed to cycling as a solution to our city’s transportation problem,” says David.
This summer, David will launch a show that requires the audience to cycle from scene to scene in a bicycle parade. Inspiring people to get on their bikes and promoting cycling is David’s passion.
The Liberty Village BIA is one of many Smart Commute partners. Recently awarded the 2011 BIA Association Achievement Award for environmental responsibility, their initiatives include Bike Here, an art integrated bike locker/parking system. As a Smart Commute Toronto Central partner, which is administered by the Toronto Environment Office, LVBIA members can access services such as discounted TTC passes and the Liberty Village Carpool Zone.
Posted: May 29th, 2011
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