Speed Vest is not what you think

Initially I assumed a “speed vest” was a vest that magically made you speedier. Thankfully, the actual speed vest is much different. Connecting to an off-the-shelf bicycle computer, the speed vest displays your current riding speed to drivers (and other cyclists) behind you. The idea is that motorists unfamiliar with driving around cyclists often misjudge their speed and the results are poor passes and right-hooks.

Want to make your own Speed Vest? Visit MAKE

Nona Varnado shows us how to get reflective

Visit Nona Varnado
and The Bird Wheel

Urban Repair Squad Questions Harbord’s Missing Bike Lanes

Toronto’s anonymous group of activists known as the Urban Repair Squad are no stranger to Harbord Street. They’ve installed bike boxes, comically expressed the sensations of cycling along the street pre-repairs and now they’re questioning why, with fresh pavement laid, the Harbord bike lanes do not extend between Bathurst and Spadina.

City Councilor Adam Vaughan has answered this question time and time again, stating that he believes that street parking is essential along this strip. Funny, because Joe Pantalone didn’t seem to have any issue with having less street parking on Harbord between Ossington and Bathurst that I know of. Sure, there are less businesses there, but considering that Harbord connects many U of T students and many downtown workers with their homes in the West end, this disconnect endangers many for the benefit of so very few.

CYCLOPS DIY Bike Trailer Workshops

Via CYCLOPS:

DIY Bike Trailer Workshops

You’ll hardly notice that you have a trailer following you!

Join us at CYCLOPS Studio for Clay & Paper’s Bike Trailer Building Workshops, where we’ll teach you how to build your very own bicycle cargo trailer.

Workshops will be held on:

Wednesday, August 25 7-9 PM
Thursday, August 26 7-9 PM
Wednesday, September 1 7-9 PM
Thursday, September 2 7-9 PM

Just $200 includes 4 workshops and the cost of materials!

Contact Bernadette to sign up, or call 416-708-2223.

Space is limited to 5 participants, so sign-up early!

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

Very cool event at a very cool shop on Roncesvalles:

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

From the Mariclaro web site:

Mariclaro Canada invites cyclists, aspiring designers and all interested individuals to a three-part design workshop to design the perfect courier bag out of recycled and reclaimed materials. Participants will work in groups, teamed up with experienced Mariclaro staff members who will help them to turn their concepts into a final product. And to reward their hard work, each design session will be followed by an after-party featuring local beers and snacks. The parties will be held right at the store and are open to the general public.

The first workshop session will take place on July the 10th at 2pm at our store. Those who register will be grouped into three teams. Each team of six will work together to create a detailed sketch of their design based on their suggestions and ideas. Over the course of the session, teams will consider the way they want their bag to perform, discuss the kinds of features you’d like to see included and take a look at the different materials we have available. At the end of the session, all the resulting work will be displayed and the store will be open to everyone for an afterparty. No registration is necessary to attend this, and anyone is welcome to come in, view the designs and make suggestions for improvement. Food and drinks will be provided, so come out for a great evening!

REGISTRATION: Those who are interested in the group workshop should pre-register before Friday July 9th >>. There is no fee for the event – in fact, participants will be rewarded with a gift certificate towards a Mariclaro bag at the end of the event.

The party starts after 4pm and is open to everyone – no registration necessary.

Go here for more information. Help design a courier bag and celebrate with an afterparty!

Local DIYer Shows You How to Make a Bike Garden

Bike Garden via ayearfromscratch.wordpress.com

How cool is this?

Toronto blogger is assigning herself 52 DIY tasks over the year. The one shown above, is a bike garden. Who wants to run to the store to get fresh herbs when you can simply grow them yourself, and take them with you?

Go here to learn how to create your own bike garden!

Bike Garden via yearfromscratch

Photos via 52 Projects <– Go there and see what’s next!