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Art Spin – a bicycle tour of Toronto art galleries – tomorrow night at 7PM!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

As reported here, and here in BikingToronto, Art Spin combines art, group cycling and fun, four times a year in Toronto’s Art District, Queen Street West.

Here’s an update I received from Art Spin a couple of days ago (sorry for the late post), about tomorrow evenings jaunt.

This year’s third of four ‘Outings’ leaves the gates at Trinity Bellwoods Park (at Queen) at 7PM sharp. If you come early at 6:30 you can ‘Art-Up your bike’ or participate in a free ‘fix-it session’ courtesy of Bike Pirates, who can help you to tune up your bike before the tour and give great advice/help on all bicycle maintenance issues.

Here’s the itinerary for Thursday evenings Art Spin:

ArtSpin August Event Poster

ArtSpin August Event Poster

Art Spin can be found here, and here.

Have fun, and drink plenty of water! ;)

mh



Posted: August 25th, 2010
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Video: Art Spin – a bicycle tour of Toronto art galleries

“Art Spin” as Duncan has already posted here at BikingToronto “Events”, “..is an art crawl style bicycle tour of art galleries, art performances and artist’s studios in Toronto’s west end art district.

I found the video below while browsing Vemeo with the search terms “newest” and “cycling”.

The next tour is Thursday, August 26th. Meet at the bottom of Trinity Bellwoods Park (on Queen, at the Gates) at 6:30 for a ‘bling your ride’ opportunity. The tour embarks at 7:00 sharp!

The Neighborhood Arts Network produced this video of a recent Art Spin event.

ArtSpin from Neighbourhood Arts Network on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more details on this months Art Spin itinerary. I will (or you can) update this post in comments as more details become available.

mh



Posted: August 11th, 2010
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Utne Reader’s “Me and My Bike”

Below are some snippets (mainly the neat pis) from an Utne Reader article entitled, Profiles: Me and My Bike, published, 7/16/2010, written by Keith Goetzman.

Tandem twins

The Tour de Fat is rolling across the Western United States, bringing bikes, beer, and carnivalesque frivolity to more than a dozen cities. Sponsored by Colorado craft brewer New Belgium, the event raises thousands of dollars for local bike groups in each location through brew and merchandise sales, all the while allowing local bikers to get their inner freak on.

The riders who show up for the kickoff event, the Tour de Fat bicycle parade, are a wildly eclectic bunch: Geeky vintage bike collectors pedal alongside BMX tricksters and attention-getting body-mod and tattoo fetishists. Tinkerers show off their tall bikes and crazy modifications; single-speeders flaunt their stripped-down rigs; and cargo bikers—such as me, riding the Utne Reader’s new Surly Big Dummy—flex their load-bearing capacity.

I made the rounds at the Minneapolis Tour de Fat before the parade started, asking bikers with notable rides to tell me a bit about them, while Utne Reader art director Stephanie Glaros took photos. (Look for more of her shots soon on Utne’s Tumblr blog.) Here are the fascinating folks we met:

Mark Lukens

Mark Lukens, Minneapolis
Double-decker BMX bike

Bill Eggert

Bill Eggert, St. Paul
Stairmaster-bicycle mashup

Eggert calls his contraption the Evolutionary Transport, or ET for short—and he’s got a patent pending, so don’t even think of ripping off this idea:

Read the whole article at Utne Reader

[contact me: michaelholloway111(at)gmail(dot)com]

mh



Posted: July 20th, 2010
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Spot Docs TurnAround Couriers Spot

May 28, 2010 @ 1:46

As an addendum to Duncan’s piece, Torontoist Profiles TurnAround Couriers, this ad – produced by Spot Docs for TurnAround Couriers:

“When I get on my bicycle I… I feel like a warrior”

Hmmm… Where have I heard that before?

The adrenaline does rock your world.

mh



Posted: May 28th, 2010
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Users ‘re-purposing’ Jones Avenue Bike Lanes – Two way bike lanes?!!

Apr 20, 2010 @ 16:50

Jones Avenue Bike Lane is my vote in Biking Toronto’s “What is Toronto’s Best Bike Lane?” contest.

Jones Avenue has a really nice bike lane in that Jones isn’t a really busy street and the topography is good for where it goes (Queen Street East to Danforth) – it’s a good way up the hill.

Cyclists who use the lanes are local people running errands, visiting friends. It’s a short route so there’s not a lot of commuter traffic as far as I can tell (I live on Jones and have a great view out my front window).

One peculiar thing I have noticed is that people often ride the bike lane on the wrong side of the street.  Say they’re heading  north on Jones with the intention of turning west onto Dundas (which also has a bike lane) – instead of waiting in the left turn lane at Dundas, or walking the bike through the intersection via the cross walks, or taking a right at Dundas and executing a safe U-turn on Dundas – they simply ride up the west side bike lane (against the legal flow of traffic) and then turn left into the south side Dundas bike lane (again against the legal flow of traffic) and merge over to the correct side of the street when it’s safe.

Google Street View, Jones Ave and Dundas looking north up Jones. Cyclist is south bound in the north bound bike lane

I got lucky. After I wrote this article I went looking for a nice image. This is Jones Avenue at Dundas Street East, northeast corner - Google Street View - note the cyclist is south bound in the north bound bike lane!

I’m a big supporter of redesigning infrastructure to make it fit the way people use it instead of forcing people into a box that came off an architect’s drafting table. I believe a modern architect should tour their completed projects to see how they work in the real world, and learn from it. I think City Planners should watch how infrastructure is used and redesign elements that aren’t working, to make them work better with the way people end up using them.

A good example is pathways in city parks, I’ve seen several examples where parks department workers have observed where people wear paths through the grass and then instead of putting up fences to keep people off the grass, they add paths where paths are being created anyway.

It’s brilliant, it’s thinking outside the box. I wonder if the city parks and recreation department has institutionalized this thinking  – or if  supervisors of maintenance at a individual park just see and do (I expect it’s the latter – feed back is welcome, do you work for Parks and Rec.?).

Anyway, what do you think of cyclists ‘re-purposing’ bike lanes – so they’re two way, both sides of the street?

Dangerous? Brilliant? Should they be ticketed? Thrown in jail? Forced to sweep bike lanes of glass all summer?

Perhaps the way bike lanes are used in particular neighbourhoods should determine what rules apply to them – perhaps a yellow marking system to designate that a two way use protocol is in effect?

Michael Holloway



Posted: April 20th, 2010
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