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Why is the Queen’s Quay Bike Lane a Parking Lot?

The bike lane on Queen’s Quay at Bathurst has always been a parking lot. This lane, connecting directly to the Martin Goodman Trail to the west, is bordered by condos, townhomes and a park. The condo tower on the corner of Bathurst and Queen’s Quay contains a small grocery store, one that constantly receives deliveries […]

What do you love most about life?

Here’s what Ryan Van Duzer has to say about this journey: Duzer Duz Live.Love.Bike. I began this journey on the beaches of San Diego by quoting Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Well I’ve been on countless daring adventures but none quite like this. Instead of focusing on the […]

Astral Media Info Billboard Removed Bicycle Parking

Bike Posts Removed for Billboards

As if the indignity of having enormous billboards posturing as “information” signs blocking sidewalks and distracting drivers wasn’t enough, in some cases installing these ugly and useless ads meant the removal of bicycle parking. The above “infotogo” pillar installed by Astral Media as part of their street furniture contract with the City required the removal […]

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A Failure to Address the Intersection Problem

In the distance, approaching the camera, a work in progress bi-directional path becomes a sidewalk and a danger for all path users, Bayview at Pottery. There are no words to describe my disappointment and disgust with a recently installed “major multi-use path” along the Bayview extension, but I’ll try. According to the Toronto Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Collision […]

Bicycle Riding in Schools

Above is a photo from NYC in June of 1954. Police officers supervise a “bicycle safety program” on a painted figure-8 track. Now, I’m not so sure how often anyone on a bicycle will encounter a figure-8 (unless of course you’re racing on the Human Powered Rollercoaster) but I do remember a similar program at […]

Report Toronto Traffic Problems Online

It sometimes feel like Toronto police get stuck in a rut when it comes to enforcing traffic violations. They have their preferred locations where they camp out and rarely seem to stray from these established areas. To me, that means that many places in the city, places where law violations seriously risk the safety of […]

The Dogs on Bikes Problem; SOLVED!

So simple! Dog (or larger cat) rack. P.S. This is a joke. Although, Fairdale do make a pretty cool skateboard attachment for bike racks. Check it out!

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A Look at the 2012 Beater Bikes

Toronto-based indie bicycle company Beater Bikes will be back with 2 new models for 2012. The step-through (loop frame) and roaster (diamond frame) models continue the bare-bones theme of the brand. In fact, for 2012 they’ve gone even more minimalist. Both steel frames are available in single speed with coaster brake or 3-speed internal gear […]

The Successful Push for Safer Infrastructure

How many of these factors exist in North America today? Outrageous number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities – Check. Absurd amounts of public space dedicated to the movement and storage of private vehicles – Check. Oil and financial crises – Double Check. Public outcry – Check. Political will to change – Very Little. We’re seeing […]

The Cargo Bike Revolution

True story. On my 15 minute walk to the dry cleaners today I passed four cargo bikes (three in use at the time), three bikes pulling trailers, a half-dozen bikes with child seats and countless bikes with baskets, crates and panniers. For more info on the film go to lizcanning.com