Art Spin’s Final Ride for 2010 to be Followed by Special Party

Via ArtSpin.ca

Art Spin invites you to join our final bicycle tour of the season for an interactive and exciting adventure through Toronto’s west end art district visiting art galleries, artist’s studios and installations or performances in unique places. The September 30th tour of this hugely successful and incredibly popular art event promises to be our most exciting outing yet.

The wide ranging programming of this month’s Art Spin will include visits to XPACE, Gallery TPW and The Gladstone Hotel, and will feature a choreographed performance by Miko Sobeira, and a special musical performance by Art Spin MC and trumpeting cyclist Michael Lewis Johnson, plus many more surprises. For the grand finale of this event, the adventure will end at an undisclosed 10,000 square foot warehouse location for an exciting exhibition curated by the members of the Art Spin team – Casey Hinton, Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta. It will include works from over 15 emerging and established artists representing a broad range of media, materials and artistic practices; all followed by what will be a lively and entertaining after party.

With over 150 participants at the last event, this upcoming tour promises to be a huge success, an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Art Spin meets at the gate to Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen St. & Strachan Ave. The tour departs at 7pm sharp, and wraps up around 9:30pm with an after party to follow, light appetizers and drinks will be served, accompanied by live music. Join us at 6:30pm to Art-Up your bike and participate in the fix-it session courtesy of Bike Pirates. This is a free event, and anyone regardless of age or cycling ability is welcome.

Grab your bike and join us for the final Art Spin of the season on Thursday September 30th, 2010.

To get a glimpse of past events, watch this video courtesy of the Neighborhood Arts Network:

For more information visit www.artspin.ca, email us at info (at) artspin(dot)ca

BikeStyle Tour Lands in Toronto Tonight

Big event tonight at The Drake Hotel!

Starting at 7:00 pm it’s Bike Drinks with the Toronto Cyclists Union. Followed by the Momentum Magazine BikeStyle event.

So much bikey goodness, all at one huge event.

Live, Tonight: ArtSpin Toronto

Be a part of a group bicycle ride that explores Toronto’s west end art district. Not sure what to expect? This short video will fill you in:

More information at ArtSpin.ca

The meeting point is the gate to Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen St. & Strachan, between 6:30 – 7 pm and ending around 9 pm. Art Spin is a free event, and anyone regardless of age or cycling ability is welcome.

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Penny Farthing Racing in the Land Down Under

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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!

Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation Workshop: Fun & Safe Cycling in Toronto

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Via Toronto Cyclists Union:

Fun & Safe Cycling in Toronto!

Check out this free workshop on Saturday, August 14th, that’s being offered as part of the Newcomer Cycling Outreach Program. This workshop is just the thing for a newcomer to Toronto, or if you want to brush up on your cycling knowledge. Pass this message along to new (or even not-so-new!) Torontonians.

Date:      Saturday, August 14, 2010
Time:      2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith Library – 239 College Street (east of Spadina Avenue)
Cost:      FREE

More information below or go here.

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BikesandTransit Helps You Get to Free Outdoor Movies in Port Credit

Rotary Movies in the Park http://www.rotarymovienights.com/

As much as we love the countless events held in downtown Toronto, sometimes you just want to get away. And, if you’re as big a fan of biking as we are, you want to get away on your bicycle.

In its third year of promoting multi-modal, car-free transportation options BikesandTransit.com have updated their web site for 2010 and now includes maps to help you navigate beyond Toronto by bicycle with the help of transit systems. Whenever I’m looking for a quick weekend escape, I turn to this web site for help in determining the best ways out of town.

There’s so much to explore just beyond the borders of Toronto such as the free outdoor movie nights hosted by the Rotary Club of Mississauga and taking place in Port Credit Memorial Park.

Tonight’s (Friday, August 6, 2010) free movie is Avatar and is set to start around 8:30 pm. Getting to the park by bicycle is easy and will allow you to explore the Waterfront trail that takes you from the Martin Goodman Trail through Etobicoke to Mississauga and beyond.

This map, by BikesandTransit.com, shows you the way, see pages 11, 10, and 9 (PDF): Waterfront Trail

And, if riding home after dark doesn’t appeal to you, head over to the Port Credit GO Station and take your bikes back to Toronto on the train.

For more information:

RotaryMovieNights.com
BikesandTransit.com
GoTransit.com

Photo via Rotary_Movies on Twitter.

City Wants You To Create Art We Can Lock Our Bikes To

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In the latest issue of Cyclometer (#167 July 2010) the city has announced a call for “Artistic Bike Parking” to be installed along the new multi-use paths currently being installed in Toronto. Here’s what they are asking for:

Call to Artists for Artistic Bike Parking

The City of Toronto is developing new multi-use off-road trail projects in hydro and former rail corridors.  Street furniture such as benches, bike parking and pedestrian scale lighting will be installed to help transform these corridors from industrial spaces, into spaces for public transportation and recreation.

Based on the City of Toronto’s 1% policy for public art on capital projects, a contest is being established for the design and fabrication of artistic bike parking as part of these projects.

Details on how local and national artists or artist teams may submit resumes and proposals to the Toronto Culture office are also available online.   Submissions must be received by Friday, 13 August 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

The city is no stranger to bike parking design contests. In collaboration with Ryerson University, a call for bicycle rack designs to be installed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery resulted in this unique winning submission:

More photos of the winning design and the runners up can be found here.

And another design competition was held at OCAD in 2009, yielding this winning concept:

Submission by Justin Rosete (second-year Industrial Design) and Erica Mach (second-year Drawing & Painting).

You can see the rest of the submissions that made up the top 10 designs here.

Lead photo of the Kensington bike rack via BikingToronto Flickr Pool

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!

Dublin Cycle Chic Fashion Show

Dublin Cycle Chic Fashion Show Screen Shot

Some people may be attracted to commuter cycling by its environmental and health benefits, but of course, that’s not always the case. In Ireland, Dublin City Council, staged a Dublin Cycle Chic fashion show to illustrate that city cycling doesn’t require battle gear to get started, simply a bicycle and the clothes on your back (something many still seem to be learning about in Toronto):

Dublin Cycle Chic – Fashion Show from DCTV on Vimeo.

Via Copenhagen Cycle Chic