I’ve been doing a lot of media for OccupyToronto the last month and a half, so haven’t posted here much.
This morning while doing Occupy research, I came across Brendan Kennedy, an avid cyclist and a Staff Reporter with the Toronto Star – who is covering Occupy Toronto for The Star.
( I was building my Twitter stream of people on-the-ground at St James Park – in advance of possible Police Services enforcement of a City of Toronto eviction notice; an action protesters say they will counter with non-violent, civil disobedience. )
Last year before the Civic Elections, Brendan Kennedy wrote about commuting to work by bicycle from Finch and Islington to The Toronto Star building at 1 Young Street – and back. It’s a good example of a do-able, long commute by bicycle.
Here’s the video that goes with the article:
The article touches on eveyrthing I find important around the issue of cycling infrastructure: the quality of the roads in Toronto for cyclists, the less dangerous, off-main-artery routes that a regular commute reveals, and the annoying nature of the path system which as Kennedy says, [Is] “..indirect and meandering, designed for recreation, not commuting.”
Moving forward: Is the bicycle the solution to transit woes?
” - Sunday, October 10, 2010 - http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/873415
“For me, the bicycle has always been the better way.
There are the obvious benefits: exercise, affordability, doing your part for the environment.
I also love the agility a bicycle affords — how it becomes an extension of your body, letting you slip through tight spaces to explore the city’s intersecting alleyways; or, during rush hour, zoom passed rows of gridlocked cars.
For commuting, I appreciate the predictability. I never have to listen to traffic reports, worry about construction detours or wait for a bus.
When I’m ready, I go.
7:32 a.m. – Southwest corner of Finch and Islington
It’s lonely in the suburbs for a cyclist.”
.. read the rest…
Twitter – @BKennedyStar - https://twitter.com/#!/BKennedyStar
Video: Commute by bicycle
Posted: November 22nd, 2011
Author: michael holloway
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