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Covet: 2011 Via Line From Giant

After countless years producing quality road, mountain and hybrid bicycles, Giant has entered into the upright city bike market for 2011. A unique steel diamond frame with twin top tubes that curve at the seat tube to form seat stays on the “men’s” version work to create a very distinct look (see below). On the higher-end models, the Via 1 and Via 1 W pictured here, you’ll get 3 speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hubs as well as fenders and either a rear or front rack.

The Giant web site suggests that the low end of the Via line will retail for $399 and the high end tops off at just $599 making these both functional and affordable.

Learn more about the Giant Via line of bicycles at the Giant web site or contact your local Giant dealer.

Giant Via 1 silver photo via Bikes For The Rest Of Us other photos via the Giant web site.

Is There a Bike War in NYC?

While I, and almost anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle in any city, object to the word “war” used in any form of transportation debate, this is a great little look at the changing face of New York City streets. In a city where 80% of the public space is comprised of streets and sidewalks, making that space accessible for all is ruffling some feathers. As pointed out changes that affect daily behaviours will always be met with some resistance as everyone learns to adapt.

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Check Out the New Products in the BikingToronto Shop

I Bike T.O. HoodieI Bike T.O. Baseball Shirt

The BikingToronto Shop has just been updated with new shirts for men, women, children and babies.

The profits from all purchases go to Toronto cycling-related charities.

Visit the shop here: BikingToronto Shop
Learn more about ibiketo.org, the charitable arm of BikingToronto, here.

I Bike T.O. Kids ShirtI Bike T.O. Women's V-neck

(Click on any of the images here to learn more about each product)

If Aggressive Drivers Only Knew Who They Were Messing With

Lady is the Boss – Bicycle Fight

Care-free Winter Cycling

Video via VĂ©lo d’hiver – Montreal – Bike Winter on Facebook.

Bike Polo in Toronto

Why You Should Know Who Janette Sadik-Khan Is

Photo via NY Mag by Randy Harris

Since 2007, Janette Sadik-Khan has been commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and “is responsible for 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry, the nation’s busiest commuter ferry service carrying over 19 million passengers annually.

Needless to say, she’s got a lot of responsibility. However, this isn’t why you should know who she is. The face of New York City’s streets has been drastically changing the past few years and the person behind these changes is Janette Sadik-Khan. Public squares devoid of vehicular traffic and a rapidly growing network of bicycle-friendly infrastructure are all just part of the changes that are shaping how people interact with the “mean” streets of NYC.

In addition to the changes she’s overseeing it is equally important to consider how she is making these changes:

The real wonder here is that this is a new way of governing. In large part she learned it from Bloomberg and then set it to a fast beat. It’s about policy dictated by facts rather than interest groups. It’s about not simply cutting the red tape of bureaucracy but, if need be, finding a path entirely around it. It’s about actually taking action, now.

The above quote comes from a recent Esquire magazine profile, and I highly recommend reading it here: Janette Sadik-Khan: Urban Reengineer

Covet: YNOT Bags Made in Toronto

Here’s a fifth addition to the four cycling bags I recently “coveted.”

Based in Toronto, YNOT Cycle, run by Tom Mosher, has recently expanded to a new location and continues cranking out custom bags for local riders. From the massive, carry-everything-you-own Cobra to the roll-top and room for plenty Gulper (pictured above) Tom and his team are creating functional, durable and downright good looking bags.

YNOT Cycle bags and toe straps are available at Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market and from the new YNOT Cycle space on Dupont (easily accessible from the West Toronto Railpath).

More info at Tom Mosher’s blog: The Moshpit
And the official YNOT Cycle web site.

How to Use a Bike Box – City of Toronto PSA

Nice heels on the woman riding the white bike with the front rack! Certainly would be approved by my girlfriend.

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