Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Streets Are for People wanted to deliver their petition to Queen's Park today, unfortunately the police did not think it was such a hot idea. TO BE CONTINUED...
In its place they did a little march over to Queen's Park. It was much appreciated by folk out on the street. Photos here.
Previous post here.
Press release on the Pedal Magazine website here.
Date: Thursday, November 1st
Location: Centennial Park Olympium, 2nd floor, 590 Rathburn Road, just West of Renforth Road
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Please! Please! Please! If you are visiting the Art Gallery and see Tino at work grab a photo for this here blog. We need to increase readership.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
BMW: POLICE! My car was just hit by one of those scofflaws and he left the scene.
911: OK sir please calm down. Are you injured? Can you tell me what happened and your location.
BMW: I am not injured but my car has hit by a cyclist, he has done a lot of damage. He got back on his bike and took off. South bound on George St...right through a stop sign...um... he was dressed all ratty like with a bag on his shoulder.
911: Ok sir we have an officer enroute. Was the cyclist injured?
BMW: Who cares! Look what he has done to my car! Those damn cyclists think they have the right to break the law. They need license plates! I was just going in to get my morning coffee! IS THIS CITY NOT SAFE ENOUGH TO PICK UP YOUR MORNING COFFEE? Are you going to arrest that cyclist?
911: Sir, the officer has arrived but cannot find you. Are you the BMW parked in the bike lane.
BMW: No. My car is parked on the sidewalk outside Tim Hortons. What is he blind?!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
First of all, it's a great honor being invited to write on this space. I live in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and that'll be a great pleasure to bring some news from the south to this canadian virtual space.
The sign above was made by Jose Alvaro, a bicyclist from Belo Horizonte, during World Carfree Day 2007. Some other signs (in potuguese) can be seen here. And more about WCD in Sao Paulo, here (also in english).
Thanks to Martino for oppening his house and best wishes to my partners on this Bike Lane journey.
For quite some time BLD staff have suspected that the real Tino was abducted several months ago, a suspicion that was raised with multiple sightings of Tino at the same time in different areas. We posted photographic evidence at the time only to have it refuted.
Suspicions were raised again when Tino announced he was leaving BLD. Staff contacted a retired member of the US Air Force's Project Blue Book. Acting on his advice we had Tino followed by an intern. The intern returned in state of total fright, before passing away he left us with this sketch confirming our worst fears.
In hindsight we realized we missed a significant fact. Tino's riding had gotten real slow at the same time our suspicions were raised, he was routinely being passed by the Ladies' Auxiliary Riding Club on his commute. It should have been obvious to us, the impostor never wore Birkenstocks when riding his road bike. Tino without Birkenstocks is like a wheel without a tire.
Gotta run. There are some nice men in black at reception asking us to sign our organ donor cards.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
My first film. Shot in Super 8. A lonely blue ladies bike runs away from home.
Much of what I have ever wanted to say about biking, bicycles and enviro-politics
I tried to say with this short film.
When I started Bike Lane Diary almost 5 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to document bike conditions and bike culture in Toronto. Judging from the many good comments I have received from cyclists far and wide it seems I was right. It was a good idea. Even though some of you won't believe this: I think it's time to pass on the torch to other cyclists.
Over to you, Brandon, Bruce, Cris, Darren, Guido, Goshka, Hannah, Tammy & Wes.
No worries, I'll still be around but less so on BLD. Must be moving onto other projects. The old film camera beckons. Mez needs a commercial or two. My wonderful partner Wendy wants to do something cool and exciting. Think I'll join in on the fun.
Thank you all so much for reading & writing and being so supportive.
See ya all in the Bike Lane.
Your friend always,
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Midweek Cycling Club (a great local cycling club that hosts weekly race series' including great learn-to-race programs for novices) hopes that enough cyclists will show up at the public meeting to show the Parks department there are enough people out there who support such facilities. They have released information detailing some of their ideas for how the Masterplan could better incorporate cyclist's needs. Some highlights include:
"All areas identified by double yellow to be asphalt surfaced with photo-cell street lamps on a timer system to enable evening use of the facility."
"A 250m, 333m or 500m inside diameter 5m to 7m wide paved surface with slightly raised banks circle for both track-cycling training and interval training."
"Adding showers to the ski centre's chalet and exterior access public washrooms"
"No un-fenced leash-free dog areas within the course or adjacent to it"
"There is no safe pace for children to learn how to bike ride; this path system would give them such a place."
"This facility would enable a group like Midweek to host Friday night races under the lights from May until Labour Day like is done in major cities around the world."
"Midweek currently host International Ranked Cyclo-cross races within the facility each November; the goal is to move these up to World Cup status within 5 years."
"Other cycling disciplines (BMX, mountain and recreational) requires safe, traffic-free space, this would supply it"
"It is estimated this facility would be used daily by novices to internationally ranked cyclists to usage levels matching those of Centennial's soccer and baseball fields."
"BMX: A track to UCI standards to be built within the new paved area of the currently unutilized hydro corridor."
"Track: excluded at this time but may be added in the future after we have proven that these facilities get significant usage to warrant considering taking the financial and usage risk that a track would entail."
As Darren over at Toronto Cranks reports 27km ain't going in this year. No Surprise! As far as I am concerned A. A. Heaps has no credibility whatsoever. You can defend him all you want.
Too bad he just had to shoot his mouth off repeatedly and mislead people.
Moreover, Ian Stuart points out that Bike Lanes are all crap anyway.
Oh, well. Fuck it all. Let's ride!
02. You have gotten more than 2 or 3 flats in an 8 hour work day.
03. You know that just because your dispatcher yells at you on the radio, it's nothing personal.
04. You have a code name [i.e. 8-ball, Fire Leader, Squid]
05. You have gone the wrong way down a one-way street just to deliver a package.
06. You know how to ride a bike with one gear and no brakes, somewhat safely.
07. You know the people in the local bike shop bike first name.
08. You know that downtown on a bike is SO much faster than a car.
(Read on in the comments)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
While nothing too major was tackled at the introductory meeting #1, there was a progress report on bike lane implementation. Most of you will know much of this already, as portions were published long ago, but there are a few updates worth noting.
Knox contra flow connector (Queen-Eastern):
Installed Sept 07
Logan connector (Eastern to Point 200m south):
Installed Sept 07, still have to install a modular island as a separator.
Installed Oct 07 (see Martin's photos below)
Greenwood (Danforth to Queen):
Installation started Oct 9th and is currently underway.
Queensway (Claude to Windermere):
Installation in Oct 2007
Lappin-Hallam (Ossington and Lansdowne):
Installation in Oct 2007
Chester Hill Broadview and 100m West:
Installation in Oct 07
Rogers (Old Westonand Oakwood):
Installation Oct-Nov 2007
Sentinel (Finch and Dovehouse):
Installation Oct/Nov 2007
Carlaw-Logan (Gerrard to Dundas):
Installation still to be determined, but implementation has been approved by council Sept 2007
Eastern Ave (Logan and Leslie):
Installation still to be determined. The timing of installation is subject to Councillor's direction.
Yonge (Queens Quay and Front):
Approved March 2007, installation is scheduled to co-ordinate with road alteration/boulevard improvement 2007.
Royal York (Delroy and Mimico Creek):
Should be put in next spring, is co-ordinating with resurfacing/reconstruction 2007
Stephen (Queensway to Berry):
Approved by council 2007, will co-ordinate with resurfacing/reconstruction 2007/2008 and should happen in the spring.
Pond (Sentinel and Shoreham):
Approved by council, must co-ordinate with resurfacing/reconstruction 2007/2008
As I understand it, this is sharrows, happening now.
A bit of a mouthful, but there you have it.
Also good to know is that Clay McFayden is working as the cycling rep for the Queens Quay West Environmental Assessment Stakeholder Committee.
Gotta run for now.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
A 31-year-old woman was killed Saturday morning when she was struck by a dump truck in Peel. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. as the woman was riding her bike southbound on Mavis Road, near Central Parkway West. Investigators say they are still looking into how she collided with the truck, that was also travelling south on Mavis. The woman was critically injured in the crash and was promptly airlifted to an area hospital. Nonetheless, she succumbed to her injuries. Police are not revealing the identity of the woman yet as they are still trying to contact her family.
Update: A few of us will ride to the location on Sunday Oct. 21 to lay flowers. We ride rom Ossinton and Queen at 10:30 am Sunday.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Committee chair Glenn De Baeremaeker saw it a different way: “This is a revolution of baby steps,” he countered. “It's urging us to think smarter, to take our roads department that focused on asphalt and make sure it's truly a transportation department that focuses on people and moving people.”
Via Dale Duncan in Eye Weekly. Illustration by Singer
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Some of our previous Wenches with Wrenches attendees (and others!) have been asking us about these. Well, we're finally going to make them happen! Previous WwW attendance not required. (Sorry guys, these classes are for women only!)
Saturday, November 3, 2007. 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
Ball Bearings: For those who have already taken the Wenches with Wrenches classes and want a little more, or for those with a little bike repair experience already under their belt, here is a chance to learn about the bearings systems in your bike: everything that pivots has one of these! Everyone will have an opportunity to repack ONE bearings system on their bike during the class (i.e. one hub, a bottom bracket, or a headset). Cost: $15
Sunday, November 11, 2007. 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Wheel Truing: Why does your wheel wobble? Why do your brakes rub, but only occasionally? What do you do when a spoke breaks? We will learn the basics of wheel truing: when (and when not) to adjust the tension on your spokes; how to bring a wheel back to true, and when it's not worth it; what to do with an emergency wheel true situation. Bring wheels, bring questions, and badly out-of-true wheels will be provided for practice!
Registration required in advance, at Urbane Cyclist, 180 John St. (just north of Queen St. and CityTV). CASH ONLY at registration! Register for both classes at the same time and pay only $25 for both!
Questions? You can reach us at:
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The Social Ideology of the Motorcar
by André Gorz
The worst thing about cars is that they are like castles or villas by the sea: luxury goods invented for the exclusive pleasure of a very rich minority, and which in conception and nature were never intended for the people. Unlike the vacuum cleaner, the radio, or the bicycle, which retain their use value when everyone has one, the car, like a villa by the sea, is only desirable and useful insofar as the masses don't have one. That is how in both conception and original purpose the car is a luxury good. And the essence of luxury is that it cannot be democratised. If everyone can have luxury, no one gets any advantages from it. On the contrary, everyone diddles, cheats, and frustrates everyone else, and is diddled, cheated, and frustrated in return. (read on in the comments) (Graphic by Lauzen)
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday October 4th, 8:40 am. Took this after chasing down the cab driver who had just run over and injured a cyclist on Wellesley East. He was more interested in the damage to his car (see photo) than the well-being of the cyclist who he tried to placate with a few bucks. Certainly not enough to fix the bike which he had just gotten back from the repair shop earlier in the week. The Cyclist is okay but sore, bicycle is badly damaged. I am in contact with the cyclist and with the help of ARC will assist him legally and make sure his bike gets fixed.