Archive For The “2011” Category

Bike Posts Removed for Billboards

By | November 25, 2011

As if the indignity of having enormous billboards posturing as “information” signs blocking sidewalks and distracting drivers wasn’t enough, in some cases installing these ugly and useless ads meant the removal of bicycle parking. The above “infotogo” pillar installed by Astral Media as part of their street furniture contract with the City required the removal […]

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A Failure to Address the Intersection Problem

By | November 15, 2011

In the distance, approaching the camera, a work in progress bi-directional path becomes a sidewalk and a danger for all path users, Bayview at Pottery. There are no words to describe my disappointment and disgust with a recently installed “major multi-use path” along the Bayview extension, but I’ll try. According to the Toronto Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Collision […]

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Bicycle Riding in Schools

By | November 1, 2011

Above is a photo from NYC in June of 1954. Police officers supervise a “bicycle safety program” on a painted figure-8 track. Now, I’m not so sure how often anyone on a bicycle will encounter a figure-8 (unless of course you’re racing on the Human Powered Rollercoaster) but I do remember a similar program at […]

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Report Toronto Traffic Problems Online

By | October 25, 2011

It sometimes feel like Toronto police get stuck in a rut when it comes to enforcing traffic violations. They have their preferred locations where they camp out and rarely seem to stray from these established areas. To me, that means that many places in the city, places where law violations seriously risk the safety of […]

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The Dogs on Bikes Problem; SOLVED!

By | October 20, 2011

So simple! Dog (or larger cat) rack.

P.S. This is a joke. Although, Fairdale do make a pretty cool skateboard attachment for bike racks. Check it out!

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A Look at the 2012 Beater Bikes

By | October 20, 2011

Toronto-based indie bicycle company Beater Bikes will be back with 2 new models for 2012. The step-through (loop frame) and roaster (diamond frame) models continue the bare-bones theme of the brand. In fact, for 2012 they’ve gone even more minimalist. Both steel frames are available in single speed with coaster brake or 3-speed internal gear […]

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The Successful Push for Safer Infrastructure

By | October 20, 2011

How many of these factors exist in North America today? Outrageous number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities – Check. Absurd amounts of public space dedicated to the movement and storage of private vehicles – Check. Oil and financial crises – Double Check. Public outcry – Check. Political will to change – Very Little. We’re seeing […]

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The Cargo Bike Revolution

By | October 7, 2011

True story. On my 15 minute walk to the dry cleaners today I passed four cargo bikes (three in use at the time), three bikes pulling trailers, a half-dozen bikes with child seats and countless bikes with baskets, crates and panniers.
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Speed Vest is not what you think

By | October 6, 2011

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 [...]

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lululemon rain gear for cyclists

By | October 6, 2011

Prominent yoga clothing brand, Vancouver-based lululemon, has recently released a line of cycling gear. For women, a rain cape and tights, under the moniker “First Gear,” are simple designs in subtle earthtones. For men, a cool weather jacket and pant, their “Bike Lane” pairing, are available in black with subtle reflective details. The clothing is [...]

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Whiskey Drome (and a Mini Drome on the Way to Toronto)

By | September 30, 2011

Like mini dromes? Well, you’re in luck! October 8, 2011 the Red Bull Mini Drome is coming to Toronto… head to the Evergreen Brick Works. The event is free for spectators, qualifiers start at 2pm with the main event at 7:30pm.
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Dutch Cycling Embassy

By | September 29, 2011

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Covet: Bike Rack Birdhouse by Dimini

By | September 18, 2011

Love the look of this birdhouse bike rack by Toronto-based Dimini.

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Cannondale Concept City Bike

By | September 10, 2011

This is 2 years old… but it’s new to me. The locking handlebar is an interesting concept but wouldn’t work with Toronto post and ring racks. The rear rack is too ‘futury’ and also quite useless. Quaint video though. Student graduation project at the TU Delft for Cannondale Design: Wytze van Mansum | vanmansum.nl Film: [...]

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Maya Pedal and Bicimaquinas

By | September 8, 2011

(For English subtitles click on the CC icon at the bottom of the video) In 1997, in San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala, Maya Pedal Association began recycling scraps of bicycles into Bicimáquinas. Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered blenders, washing machines and threshing machines, eliminating the need for fuel and electricity. Pumps are also possible, and are capable [...]

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Rapha 50/50 test – Show don’t tell

By | September 8, 2011

Call me a Doubting Thomas but until I actually see something perform how it is said to perform I simply don’t believe it. Years of watching television commercials and reading print ads brings out the skeptic in me. Sure, marketing gurus call it creativity, but I call it hype and bullshit. In comes Rapha. A [...]

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Bike Messengers 1992-98

By | September 6, 2011

From Trevor Hughes’ series Bike Messengers 1992-98.
See the full set on Flickr here.

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Mia Birk at TEDxPortland – Pedalling Towards a Healthier Planet

By | August 24, 2011

Mia Birk: President — Alta Planning + Design In her book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, Mia Birk tells the dramatic story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. She has spent over 21 years creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe [...]

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Street Books: A pedal-powered library in Portland

By | August 22, 2011

Learn more about this inspiring project here: Street Books

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Danny MacAskill – Industrial Revolution

By | August 15, 2011

Everything about this, great. “Falling from high places.” Brilliant. Sure, it’s a lot of the same tricks he’s done before yet this is such a stunning setting. Enjoy.

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Revolights

By | August 10, 2011

This is pretty cool. I’ve seen a few other prototypes of rim mounted lights. Most are bright and flashy but seem to provide added visibility from the sides only. Also, TRON.
More at Kickstarter.

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Godspeed

By | August 5, 2011

Godspeed or God Speed comes from the Middle English expression “God spede (you)”, a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. (wikipedia)
Made for Artcrank 2011 this print uses real…

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Flying Pigeon Bicycles

By | July 29, 2011

This is just quite lovely.
theflyingpigeon.com

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Laurier Avenue Separated Bike Lane in Ottawa

By | July 26, 2011

Via Bike Lane Diary

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Bikes On Wheels

By | July 26, 2011

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.

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