Archives for December 2009

Urban Repair Squad – Le Depart

Via YouTube

This video was created by Streets are for People! in honour of activist group the Urban Repair Squad. Directed by Michael Louis Johnson, the film played on the small screen (a vintage TV set) as part of the Creative Activism exhibit at the Toronto Free Gallery, the Actions exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and enjoyed it’s big screen debut in New York City at the 2009 Bicycle Film Festival.

For more on the URS visit

Bike Lanes Removed On Religious Grounds?

This is simply strange:

Hipsters, Hasidic Jews Fight Over Bike Lanes In Williamsburg

The war over Williamsburg has taken yet another turn.

In response to last week’s removal of bike lanes in the traditionally Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, a group of local bike riders took it upon themselves to repaint the lane lines running down Bedford Avenue.

The Hasids had asked the city to remove the bike lanes from the neighborhood, claiming the influx of bikers posed a “safety and religious hazard.”

In an interesting twist, the group of guerrilla line painters reportedly included members of the Hasidic community who are not opposed to the lanes.

Last year the religious group complained to the community board that many of the young, female cyclists who rode through the neighborhood were “hotties,” who “ride in shorts and skirts,” both of which are against their dress code.

According to the New York Post, “a source close to Mayor Bloomberg said removing the lanes was an effort to appease the Hasidic community just before last month’s election.”

Bike! Bike! 2010 – August 12-15, 2010

Bike! Bike! 2010
Summer 2010

Bike! Bike! is an international annual conference organized by and for Not-For-Profit bike projects. It takes place in a different city each year. This year it will be hosted by Bike Pirates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

If you have services, housing, or supplies you would like to contribute, or would like to help out in any other way, please fill out our volunteer form and/or send us an e-mail at: bikebike2010 -at-

There will be an assortment of different workshops at Bike! Bike! geared towards helping bike projects better serve their intended communities. There will also be social events to help/encourage projects to netowork. Some things which may (or may not) take place include (but are not by any means limited to): Anti-oppression, Consensus Decision Making, and Working with Kids workshops as well as Spandex Dance Parties, Movies, and Bike Rides.


We appreciate your pre-registering for Bike! Bike! Donations to the conference will be accepted in person during the conference. We are suggesting a donation of $28-$49 as you are able, but also want to encourage anyone who does not have the means to pay for the conference to please feel free to come. Contributions in the form of volunteering during the conference to help with food or workshops are just as valuable as cash donations. We want no-one to be turned away for lack of funds. If you are in a position to be able to pay more, please do so in order to help subsidize the conference as a whole, and more people coming.

We have compiled a list of directions Which should get to Bedlam Theatre regardless of how you’ve gotten into the city.


We’re working hard on getting everything organized. Soon we’ll have much more info available online as well as the ability to pre-register. For now, Canadians should sit tight, and Americans should make sure they’ll hold valid passports for next summer.

Bike! Bike! 2010

The Bicycle

the bicycle
Originally uploaded by uwajedi

Contemplating history in Toronto.

History on Our Streets

Rusty on Roncey

When was the last time you saw someone using a 40 year old (or older) vehicle running day to day errands and commuting to work?

Aside from the TTC, you really don’t see many older cars and trucks in daily use here in Toronto.

Unless of course you start looking at the bicycles that take many students and commuters around the city…

The Blue Beast, now in better hands

Hitching a Ride

Cruiser Classic

And you’ll find some brand new bicycles (with classic inspiration) on our streets as well…

An Early Ride Along the West Toronto Railpath

James D. Shwartz, editor of The Urban Country, has made this great video of an early morning (and chilly) ride along the West Toronto Railpath:

Read about the railpath in James’ article here.
Share your thoughts on the West Toronto Railpath in the BikingToronto Forum