Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 6

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.

 

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Trinity Bellwoods Park to Bathurst

Behind the GatesThe 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.

Red and Waiting

Scene of the Crime

Locked Up

Rooms

Fashion Post

Fresh Plaid

Quiet Yellow

Park Meeting

Call Waiting

At Their Post

The Crush

In Passing

Racks and a Cart

Notice

Welcome to the Neighbourhood Tim Horton

Inspirational

Is This Your Corner?

Waiting in the Sun

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Building Renewal: Dovercourt to Shaw

Drake You Ho!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.

Quiet

Spirit of Friends

Two Bikes and a Trailer

The Melissa

Out for a Run

DRIVE LESS

Atmosphere Around Here

Torn Down

Building

Wicked Pass

Five Left

Colour

Coffe Break

Unlocked

Kids Parking

Parking Options

Calming Zone Begins Slow

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The Dufferin Jog – Gladstone to Dovercourt

Culture ShockTrain 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.

Removing the Jog

Under the Bridge

Construction Zone Ends; Does it Really?

Pure Pwnage

Parking

Drake Parking

The Mall

Poppies

Great Hall

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Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 2

Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue – Parkdale Continued

Queen JamesonPart 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.

Super Savings Bicycle

Waiting

Happy Time

Barrier

1001

Crockery

Wire Cage

Best Convenience

For Sale

Garage Sale

Health

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Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 1

The intersection of Queen Street West, King Street West, Roncesvalles and the Queensway

Queen King Roncesvalles 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.

The Street Scene

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:

Gateway to Lake Ontario

While there is plenty of street parking here, bicycles are the transportation of choice for Easy Rider patrons:

Easy Rider

Bike Bike Couch

Conspiracy

Hipster Shirt

Sonofagun

Parkdale Bike Rack TTC

Rack and Bike

Parkdale Parking

Rebuilding:

Home

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?

Vision vs Reality

Vintage vs Reality

Passion for Bikes

Wait and Go

The Wait

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 2 Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue – Parkdale Continued