While you simply can’t just call a video ‘viral’ (especially at less than 1,000 views) I still think this is a cool promo for Bikes On Wheels… and that song’s gonna be stuck in my head all day, too.
Bathurst to Spadina
The few remaining fabric shops remind us of the area’s textile manufacturing past while the constant flow of hip bicycle riders reveals that fashion still defines the area.
In 2008, a fire ravaged a strip of century old buildings here, destroying apartments and one of Toronto’s oldest bicycle shops, Duke’s Cycle. In 2011, Duke’s has returned to the strip and a large condo has replaced a parking lot at Portland. Across the street the junk yard aesthetic of the
Bovine Sex Club balances the sterile new with gritty old.
Today, Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm Art Spin will be meeting at the Queen and Strachan gates in Trinity Bellwoods Park to run a 2 hour tour of the ongoing Queen West Art Crawl.
Via Art Spin:
Please join us for a special installment of Art Spin this Saturday, September 18th when we will be conducting a bike led tour of theQueen West Art Crawl (see www.queenwestartcrawl.com for more details), visiting a variety of exhibitions, studios and performances.
This tour will meet at Trinity Bellwoods park at the Queen & Strachan gate between 3:30 – 4 pm. The tour starts at 4 pm and will end at the Gladstone Hotel around 6 pm. For those of you that have never attended the Queen West Art Crawl this promises to be a great way to get a general overview of this rather large and exciting event. Why crawl when you can ride!
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.
Trinity Bellwoods Park to Bathurst
The street seems to narrow along the stretch between Trinity Bellwoods Park at Strachan all the way to Bathurst and beyond.
Physically, it may not have lost some width, but with the sheer volume of traffic from cyclists, motorists, streetcars and pedestrians rubbing elbows here can make you feel a little claustrophobic.
Street parking is hard to come by, both for cars and for bicycles. This area is a shopping, eating, lounging and people-watching destination and on a sunny day the crowds slow their pace. Whether you throw a blanket down in Trinity Bellwoods or wait in line for a coveted table at Terroni’s the best way to get here is to ride your bicycle, just don’t expect to get that post and ring right out front.
Building Renewal: Dovercourt to Shaw
Between the nightlife of Queen and Beaconsfield and the shopping of Queen and Niagara is a strip undergoing quite possibly the most important revitalization of this entire area.
As CAMH tears down old buildings and introduces newer, brighter spaces for their residents, the community also benefits from the open spaces on the south side of Queen Street.
Meanwhile, you can still buy used appliances from a cramped store while out browsing the art galleries here. Stop in for a coffee and park your bicycle out front on one of the many ring and posts.
The Dufferin Jog – Gladstone to Dovercourt
Train bridges are marvels of engineering. The weight they must support is incredible. It’s no wonder that train bridges inspire us and scare us and change the landscape wherever they are built.
The Dufferin Jog, long since separated, is in its final days. Dufferin will once again connect at Queen Street.
Yet, Queen Street is still disconnected by the physical sensation of passing under these bridges. Parkdale ends in the east at the Jog, on the other side, West Queen West is taking on a new shape, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Bike life here remains a constant, even as the scenery changes almost daily.
Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue – Parkdale Continued
Part 1 of the Toronto Bike Life tour of Queen Street took us from the intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalles and the Queensway into the heart of Parkdale.
Part 2 explores the depth of Parkdale and the rapid transformation of the area as you begin to approach the Dufferin Jog.
The intersection of Queen Street West, King Street West, Roncesvalles and the Queensway
With the early arrival of summer weather, Toronto’s streets are flooded again with cyclists. Perhaps it’s because there’s more light and perhaps it’s because you want to see them, but bicycles and the people who ride them are always apart of the city scene, they just seem to stand out in the sunshine.
In this series of photo posts I’m going to start on a major Toronto street and travel from end to end, documenting the bicycles and people who use these paved routes for work, school, play and life.
I’m starting with Queen Street. Home to the world’s longest streetcar route, thriving and struggling neighbourhoods and a vibrant cross-section of the people who are Toronto, Queen Street connects east to west even though the outer limits may seem worlds apart.
Part 1 begins where Queen Street West ends, at the intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalles and the Queensway.
To the south of this intersection you’ll find a bridge that can take you down to the waterfront. On a quiet morning this bridge seems to see more traffic than the intersections nearby:
While there is plenty of street parking here, bicycles are the transportation of choice for Easy Rider patrons:
New retail is proposed, an ugly building that wouldn’t look out of place in a strip mall. How does this mix with the existing neighbourhood?