How Bike Lanes are Born – HiMYSYeD on Jarvis

Today, Sunday July 25, 2010, the old lane markings on Jarvis Street are being removed and new bike lanes are being painted. HiMYSYeD is documenting the process on Twitter:

Bike Lane Painting on Jarvis Street

Paint Truck on Jarvis

The above machine paints lines, the machine below removes them:

Bike Lane Painting by HiMYSYeD

Yellow Line Remover

Yellow Line Remover on Jarvis Street

All photos by HiMYSYeD, follow him on Twitter.

Darryl at LovingTheBike.com Demonstrates 4 Good Cycling Stretches

Darryl Stretching LovingtheBike.com

My girlfriend, a talented physiotherapist, got me to start stretching after my rides last year and I began to feel the benefits almost right away.

That said, I’ll let Darryl at LovingTheBike.com demonstrate four straightforward stretches you can perform post-ride. Go here for the short videos and explanations.

Setting a Fine Example on Jarvis

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Looks like our boys (and gals) in blue get their news from The Sun. And according to the photographer they weren’t approaching the citizen on a bike.

Photos via Sweet One on Flickr

Covet: Globe Bikes 2011 Daily Models

Globe Daily 01 via Bikerumor.com

Globe Daily 03 step-through via Bikerumor.com

While I’m a big fan of the Globe bikes I’ve ridden, I’m still a sucker for the newer models.

For 2011, Globe is releasing the new Daily model with a steeper head tube, mustache handlebars, stock front basket and covered drive train. While I’m not a huge fan of the small rear rack and derailleur shifting of the other models, the Daily 01 singlespeed and Daily 03 step-through singlespeed are pretty great looking daily use bikes.

Now, I’d just like to see Globe use steel for the frames as the alloy, while lighter, doesn’t really dampen bumps as well as steel could.

Photos via Bikerumor.com

Jarvis Rejigging Confuses Mainstream Media, Toronto Cyclists Union Sets the Record Straight

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Why are these people riding their bicycles down the middle of Jarvis?

Well, it’s quite possible that they’ve been following some mainstream media outlets, and these outlets have been giving them the wrong information. I’m looking at you Toronto Sun.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and bike lanes painted on city streets don’t appear overnight. In order to avoid delays and stave off a mainstream media feeding frenzy of “OMG, GRIDLOCK” stories, city crews are slowly changing over the lane configuration of Jarvis Street that will extend from Queen St. and run north to Bloor St..

Here’s the facts. 5 lanes will become 6 (2 bicycle lanes separated by 4 regular lanes) and street parking is being nixed.

For further elaboration, Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union shares more information on the street redesign with photos here: BikeUnion.to Jarvis St. – Need to Know Info!

Photo by Yvonne Bambrick via Flickr

Please note, BikingToronto is also following the progress of the bike lane installation on Jarvis Street with Neal Jennings providing photos and video.

Mayor David Miller Congratulates Michael Barry, Shows Off His BIXI

Veloo Media Mayor Miller and Bixi http://www.veloomedia.com/2010-pages/2010-events/2010-mayor-msg.html

In a taped message to Tour de France competitor Michael Barry, Mayor David Miller takes a few minutes to show off the blue BIXI on route to Toronto’s streets.

Watch the video here at Véloo Media

London Invests £111 Million in Cycling Infrastructure

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At the current exchange rate, that’s $175 million CDN spent on cycling infrastructure in one year. Improving road conditions, creating a bicycle sharing program, increasing bicycle parking facilities and building “Barclays Cycle Superhighways” represent how you implement cycling infrastructure by tackling all aspects at once.

This video explains it all:

Now, you may be thinking, “But everything in England is on a much smaller scale, this could never work over the greater distances in Toronto.” And if you are thinking this, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.

Consider the first route mentioned, running from outer London to inner London, 8.5 miles or just shy of 14 kms. In Toronto, you could start at Union Station and reach Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough by traveling just one more kilometre. Head in the opposite direction and 14 kms takes you to the 427.

While the current rail corridor development in Toronto is a step in the right direction, these cycling routes fall quite short of actually delivering cyclists into the areas of the city with the highest concentration of employment.

Video via EcoVelo

Alleged Bike Thief Foils Bad Lock Job

I certainly don’t want to pour salt on anyone’s wounds with this post. Having your bicycle stolen is a painful, soul-crushing experience that leaves you feeling helpless and probably pissed off since you must now walk or transit home, the two things you were trying to avoid by riding your bicycle in the first place.

Below is a cell phone photo of an alleged bicycle thief holding a Globe Roll bicycle with dubious bell placement.

Alleged bicycle thief http://ow.ly/i/2JjB

And this is the dubious bell placement:

Crotch placed bell

Ummm… you ring that how (or with what)?

And here’s the “opportunity” this alleged bicycle thief chose to exploit and obtain a new, albeit single-wheeled, bicycle:

Kryptonite and the wheel

And here’s the end result:

Just a wheel and a lock http://twitpic.com/275j04

Of course, if you’re the inventor of the wheel (and comb) you’ve got your ride home. If not, you’re left with a painful reminder of the ride home that could have been.

If you see this Globe Roll with a spoiled blue/grey colourway then be sure to alert the proper authorities.

And, to be constructive, you can get away with locking just one wheel and not return to have in your possession one locked wheel. Bike thieves look for opportunities. A thin coil lock is an easy target if you have wire cutters. If you’re out thieving with just a wrench, you look for nuts you can unscrew. While you can never completely “thief-proof” a bicycle, here’s how to prevent this type of theft by locking through the rear triangle:

Final photo via commutebybike

Alleged bike thief photo via Twitter.

The New Bikes + Transit Web Site has GPS, Maps

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Via bikesandtransit.com:

Welcome to “the new” BikesandTransit.com

A website encouraging recreational and commuter bicycle and transit travel across Toronto, the GTA and Golden Horseshoe.

Here the spotlight is on local, inexpensive, cycling daytrip destinations. And the bus, subway, train, highway coach and/or ferry to get you there – and back!

What’s “new” on Bikes and Transit .com? – bike routes on Google Maps and more for great local travel. Here’s 3 for starters:

This summer, fall and spring, come back for more new sample bikes and transit rides: Ajax l PickeringHigh Park

Return afterwards to enter your raves with the site’s new route ’comment’ feature. Ride and review the region’s best inter-modal cycling – from Whitby to Grimsby - and beyond!

See the new bikes+transit site here.

Fixed Gear Freestyle on Toronto’s Streets

Toronto has world-renowned skateboarding, BMX and rollerblading scenes, so it was only a matter of time before fixed gear riders started making waves.

Via YNOTCYCLE
Photo via John Hargraft