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One cyclist’s commute – Finch and Islington to 1 Young Street


@OccupyToronto - official

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. ) 

Brendan Kennedy Toronto Star Staff Reporter

Brendan Kennedy TO Star Staff Reporter

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 -


“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 -!/BKennedyStar

Video: Commute by bicycle


Posted: November 22nd, 2011
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