As all Cyclists in the city already know….After years and years of general apathy towards bike theft in Toronto, city officials and law enforcement officers took on a suddenly very keen and marked interest with the infamous Igor Kenk in July 2008. Not simply showing a renewed resolve in the dispensation of their duty to investigate bike theft, but in fact in orchestrating a full blown sting operation on Igor Kenk’s infamous Bike Clinic on Queen West, exactly where Kenk had already operated for years in plain sight sight of the law on sidewalk of Queen West. This fully publicised operation was very well covered in the Media with supporting facts, figures, and background info that was all prepared in time for the first printings the very next day. This level of fully produced PR exposure indicates not only a keen interest in both the prompt execution of this successful sting operation, but als the need to have a very well prepared Press Corp. that could get news onto the street in the very next day’s morning editions. Thus the City must have had a clear desire to promote their sudden desire to create the Public Perceptions required to show that the issue of bike theft had indeed been dealt a sever blow here in Toronto.
Since then though, Torontonians in general, and Cyclists in particular, had been waiting quite awhile for Justice to be served. Waiting visible signs of restitution, or at least some sort of karmic balance to be applied in the unfolding of the infamous case of Igor Kenk vs The Crown. instrad, last month after Kenk’s unheralded release from custody, we were all left to go search for our own signs of closure instead…So I’ll offer you mine HERE in case you feel that there needs to be more told in this sudden summation by the City of the Kenk Saga:
Posted: April 16th, 2010
Filed under: City Haul, Kenk's Karma, Provincial Providence | 2 Comments »
I might be off in La-La-Land here but…Is this BikeShare program the really the best use of limited funds by a cash-strapped City Hall ?
You see…I’ve never really gotten the impression that Toronto needed more ‘bikes’ per se (shared or otherwise) to encourage more cycling…I always thought the barrier was a need for more roadway/infrastrucure to add/assure the safety of Cyclists, and encourage the less experienced Urban Cyclists out onto the road…
Could this enormous expense for a BikeShare program be another
BikeLane Boondoggle ?
Posted: April 14th, 2010
Filed under: Traffic Patterns | 1 Comment »
The return of warmer times and climes, is enticing more people outdoors to enjoy the City at a more leisurely pace, and with that the return of casual cyclists. Unfortunately the sidewalks have also gotten busier with people who don’t actually belong there…
Although there are all sorts of reasons why it could be acceptable to coast along a sidewalk before or after making a stop…What boggles the mind is wondering where so many grown adults ever got the idea that it’s actually acceptable to ride on sidewalks? There seem to be more excuses about avoiding “risks” than actually understanding what the true risks actually are…and the sidewalk riders might be astounded to find out that not only are they endangering Pedestrians, Seniors and Children…but that they are in fact also ADDING to their own risks ! ! !
I’ve put together the details over at ThumbShift.com, and even included a little slice of hockey-style justice, for anyone who truly doesn’t see that they don’t have the right to be a menace to others…
Posted: April 11th, 2010
Filed under: Safety and Security
Tags: illegal, law, Mindset, pedestrians, safety, sidewalks | No Comments »