Archive For The “commuting” Category

Bicycle Friendly School discussions a big success

By | March 1, 2014

The other day Cycle Toronto shared the above photo of over 40 people that came out to discuss strategies for creating bike friendly schools. Great work Cycle Toronto.  It’s criminal that the simple pleasure of riding a bike to school every day is one that so many kids miss out on. via: Cycle Toronto’s Facebook [...]

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Ride Your Bike: TTC hikes fares, again

By | November 20, 2013

You should consider winter biking – it’s fun, pretty easy, and warm if you dress properly for it.  Don’t give the TTC more of your money for the “service” they provide.  Check the “Weather” section of our How-To Page to learn more! It will cost Metropass users $60 a year, or $5 a month, more [...]

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Winter Biking Motivation: TTC fare hike is coming

By | November 14, 2013

Love the TTC? The crammed trains, the bunched up streetcars, the eternity of waiting for a bus when it’s -30?  You pay for that “privilege”, and pretty soon it’s going to cost you even more. If you haven’t thought about it, you should start considering biking everywhere, even in the winter. Something to contemplate as [...]

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Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People

By | June 6, 2013

  This is fantastic. Do yourself a favour and read how urban cyclists are lazy over at the Urban Country. Here in Canada, as in the United States, people tend to generally view bicycles primarily for recreation or sport. Thus, when someone asks me how I arrived somewhere and I tell them I rode my [...]

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Douglas Yardley’s Excellent Don Valley Adventure

By | February 11, 2013

  A bicycle is a great way to see more of the world around you. You can pause to watch wildlife, admire historic buildings, and make new friends. We have a little tour of historic sites and relics along the Don Valley bike trail for you this issue. Some of the sites I describe here [...]

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Douglas Yardley’s Excellent Don Valley Adventure

By | February 11, 2013

  A bicycle is a great way to see more of the world around you. You can pause to watch wildlife, admire historic buildings, and make new friends. We have a little tour of historic sites and relics along the Don Valley bike trail for you this issue. Some of the sites I describe here [...]

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dandycommute series: Sunnybrook to Parkdale

By | November 7, 2012

Dandyhorse Magazine starts a “dandycommute” series of posts: This is the first in a series about commuting by bike to work. In this first dandyBLOG post about commuting by bike to work, I say goodbye to summer and hello to multimodal commuting methods on my new super (long) commute. This series will continue with more photos [...]

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dandycommute series: Sunnybrook to Parkdale

By | November 7, 2012

Dandyhorse Magazine starts a “dandycommute” series of posts: This is the first in a series about commuting by bike to work. In this first dandyBLOG post about commuting by bike to work, I say goodbye to summer and hello to multimodal commuting methods on my new super (long) commute. This series will continue with more photos [...]

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Tackling climate change one driver at a time

By | October 24, 2012

Canadian car owners spend $2,465, on average, annually on gas, consuming 1,926 litres. Driving a mid-sized vehicle also costs more than $10,000 annually. … Commuters who switch to transit just once a week would use, on average, 91 fewer litres of gas each year and save $215 in car expenses overall, including maintenance and depreciation. [...]

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Cycle Toronto Smart Commute cycling workshop at Sunnybrook

By | October 23, 2012

Cycle Toronto and Smart Commute hosted a “Street Smarts” workshop on October 22 for theSunnybrook/ICES BUG. The focus was on winter cycling. We learned about layering and basic bike maintenance. It started with our host, Siva Vijenthira from Cycle Toronto asking the crowd why we chose to commute by bike. Answers included: “Peaceful.” “Fast” and “Free”. Read the full post: “Cycle [...]

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Cycle Toronto Smart Commute cycling workshop at Sunnybrook

By | October 23, 2012

Cycle Toronto and Smart Commute hosted a “Street Smarts” workshop on October 22 for theSunnybrook/ICES BUG. The focus was on winter cycling. We learned about layering and basic bike maintenance. It started with our host, Siva Vijenthira from Cycle Toronto asking the crowd why we chose to commute by bike. Answers included: “Peaceful.” “Fast” and “Free”. Read the full post: “Cycle [...]

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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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4 year old Max’s morning commute

By | May 14, 2011

At any age, commuting by bicycle is the best!

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Acura brings “elegance” to vehicular homicide

By | April 2, 2011

Since I work in marketing, and advertising is a large part of what I do, I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about words. I’ll turn over a short sentence dozens of times trying to find a word or words that instantly convey my message. Some sentences speak volumes and every ad copy [...]

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Changing My Point of View

By | March 3, 2011

I’ve recently realized that I was a bad driver. I remember sitting in my car in traffic, judging and hating everyone around me, “You call that a signal, idiot?!” “Get off my ass jerk or I’ll just tap my brakes a little harder and see how you like the taste of my bumper.” Yet, the [...]

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What I Wear For Winter Cycling

By | January 28, 2011

It’s officially winter in Toronto. That time of year when many people believe outdoor physical activity grinds to a halt. It’s that time of year when excuses are passed off as reasons and it’s that time of year when I keep on doing what I do… riding my bicycle. In the spirit of “how to [...]

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Winter Cyclist Taxonomy

By | January 13, 2011

The Pacific Northwest Inlander looks at four types of winter cyclist: THE METAPHYSICIST Stealthy, swift and undeniably easy-going, the Metaphysicist doesn’t own a car. This type rides for pleasure — defying the norms of everyday transportation. You can spot him by the twinkle in his eyes, the ease with which he rides, his lack of [...]

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Bicycle Commuter Basics for Improving Efficiency

By | January 12, 2011

Your ride got you feeling down? Little sluggish out there? These simple tips could help improve your ride with a few quick fixes. Via Momentum Magazine Related posts:Momentum Magazine Issue #47 – All About Kids and Cargo Bikes BikeStyle Tour Lands in Toronto Tonight Toronto Spring Bicycle Show – No Commuter Cyclist Options?

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Winter Biking Photo Inspiration

By | December 15, 2010

Winter is here, but that’s no reason to stay inside (although hot chocolate and roaring fires are definitely a good time). Whether you’re thinking about biking to work this winter, or considering some fun recreational rides to feel like a “True Canadian“, battling the elements, we’ve put together some Winter Biking photos from the past [...]

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Covet: 2011 Via Line From Giant

By | November 27, 2010

After countless years producing quality road, mountain and hybrid bicycles, Giant has entered into the upright city bike market for 2011. A unique steel diamond frame with twin top tubes that curve at the seat tube to form seat stays on the “men’s” version work to create a very distinct look (see below). On the [...]

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Road Rule #1: Don’t Be A Jerk

By | November 22, 2010

There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the problems New York City is facing by having tons more cyclists on their streets (thanks to large amounts of new bikelanes and cycling infrastructure on their streets). Essentially, there are a lot more confrontations between cars, bikes and pedestrians… as they all have to [...]

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Recent Upgrade to Nexus Redline 8-Speed Hub

By | November 8, 2010

By the spring of 2009 I had given up my car and believed that it was simply going to take me 2 hours, each way, to get to work and back by transit. To me, there was no other way. When I purchased a Marin Hamilton 29er I thought I’d found a simple, sturdy bike [...]

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Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes

By | November 4, 2010

Donald “Go-by-bike” Wiedman, founder of BikesandTransit.com, has created a unique Facebook event that suggests Toronto cyclists wear bright orange (or yellow, or green) gloves to increase their signal visibility. Many cycling (or skiing, or snowboarding, or just general winter) gloves are black. And black hands combined with low light on morning and afternoon fall commutes [...]

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Bike Lanes, Streetcars, Cab Stands… Still Plenty of Room to Bike to Work

By | November 3, 2010

Looks like there’s plenty of room on Toronto roads for bicycles… sorry to say random nobody writing in the Globe and Mail… Via dave’s blog Related posts:Sharrows, Bike Lanes and Shared Space on the Streets of Toronto Covet: Wax Jacket and Bike to Work Pants from San Fran’s Betabrand Anonymous Sign Maker Points to Benefits [...]

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On The Blogs: Bike Commuter Backpacks

By | October 29, 2010

Duncan continues his great series of “Covet” posts and looks at good backpacks for cycling commuters: Fall weather is upon in Toronto and that means more rain, cooler temperatures and more reasons to carry more things with you. A change of clothes, a laptop, books, lunch… the list goes on. While messenger bags are a [...]

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