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I made a Map of the Urban Repair Squad’s two-way sharrows along Macdonell Ave.

As I’ve been proselytizing for some time over at “The Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki“, the City of Toronto has to create two way bicycle routes on side streets that have been designated one way for traffic suppression purposes.

What better way to make our children saver, our neighbourhoods quieter, and more valuable, than by encouraging non-motorized transportation, like cycling?

Now comes the news (via Duncan’s City Ride) that the “Urban Repair Squad” has designated Macdonell Ave. – in Toronto’s Parkdale community – a “Two Way Bicycle Traffic” route. Apparently, The Urban Repair Squad wants to help create social change through public awareness via non-violent urban guerrilla actions – like using non-permanent, non-toxic water based paints to add “two-way sharrows” on the (highly toxic) blacktop of Mcdonnel Avenue.

So, to popularize the action I made a Google Map :)

View Urban Repair Squad Creates Two-Way Sharrows on Mcdonnel in a larger map

I’ve added some routes that connect to Mcdonnel that get you to Sorauren Avenue Park and a route to Bloor Street West via Lansdowne Ave. or Sterling Rd.

(Sharrows are guides for road users that show where the City of Toronto has designated bicycle routes. Two way sharrows are an “Urban Repair Squad” invention – they have a certain do it yourself ‘je ne sais quoi’ about them that you won’t mistake for official City of Toronto markings.)

Related Links to this Post
Two-way Sharrows Along Macdonell Provide Unofficial Alternate Route to Sorauren Avenue Park


Posted: October 23rd, 2010
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2 Comments on “I made a Map of the Urban Repair Squad’s two-way sharrows along Macdonell Ave.”

  1. 1 Davi said at 7:56 am on October 27th, 2010:

    “gorilla actions”? “gene se qua”??

    Is this written by a 12 year old? Try “guerilla” and “je ne sais quoi”. It’s sometimes hard to believe French is Canada’s 2nd language.

  2. 2 michael holloway said at 3:07 pm on October 29th, 2010:

    Thanks ‘Davi’, both spelling mistakes fixed.

    Never one to pass up an opportunity to learn something, I found out that ‘guerilla’ is also sometimes spelt guerrilla.

    In the English world it seems the term guerrilla comes from the Spanish word “guerra” (war). I know the French word for war is guerre and that they are so close it begs the question which evolved first – but the English sources I’ve been able to find all point to the words first English usage written in the historical record by the Duke of Wellington in reference to a Spanish force of hit and run irregulars.

    On Line Entomology Dictionary – “guerrilla”:


    Gorilla seems to be of Phoenician origin (modern Syria, Lebannon, Isreal):

    On Line Entomology Dictionary – “gorilla”:


    Here’s a good outline of the entomology of gorilla and guerrilla from,

    The Straight Dope
    Fighting Ignorance since 1973.
    (It’s taking longer than we thought.)


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