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

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    It’s been driving me nuts – so I looked it up – the bike shop is called Mojo’s Cycle. I’ve been meaning to stop in for a look. Did you?

  2. I didn’t stop in on this trip, but my girlfriend used to get repairs done there when she lived in the neighbourhood. May be a great place to try for your $50 challenge!

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