Monday, May 31, 2010

Derek Chadbourne

Friendly and humble, Derek Chadbourne has decided to run for councillor in Ward 19. I like his style. He listens. He cares deeply about the community and its people. He has lived in the ward for 19 years and understands what needs to be done. I'd vote for him if I were living in his ward. And I wish he was running in mine.

People like Derek Chadbourne are hard to find these days.

Mixed Messages On First Day of Bike Month





In order top to bottom
Fab Cyclops Squad hams it up at the Pancake Breakfast
Cop welcomes cyclists to Bike Month with a targeted bike blitz at Baldwin and Beverley (9AM)
Bike Union Belle Yvonne celebrates her birthday by joining the Ride for Pancakes
Share The Road message on Yonge during the pancake ride
A message along Bloor street says it all. Justice denied but not forgotten.

You can join the Justice for Darcy Sheppard Facebook group here

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bike Power - Critical Mass Today 6 PM

Bloor & Spadina

Blessing Of The Bicycles - May 28th 6PM


Location: Bloor Street West at Spadina (southeast side) 6PM Sharp

With Minsiters Vicki Obedkoff & Hans van Nie
Trinity-St. Paul's United Church

Note: The Listings in NOW Magazine and the
City of Toronto Bike Month Guide are slightly
incorrect.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Note to cyclists: If a driver knocks you onto his hood, write down his plate and call Richard Peck for legal advice.

Proof Bike Helmets Work



News Item: Three cyclists killed, another three badly injured in Quebec.

Darcy Allan Sheppard's Last Words

Darcy Allan Sheppard's last words:
"You are not going to get away that easy."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Updated Map: Fallen Cyclists of Quebec and Ontario


View Dearly Departed = Cyclists Killed in Ontario/Quebec in a larger map
Note: there were no fatalities last year until end of May this year so far there have been 6 in Ontario already.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

GO Transit Niagara Service

These bike coaches (18 bikes capacity) are exclusive to the Niagara Falls weekend rail service which begins on May 21st, just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. The bike coaches will make it easy for cyclists to travel with their bikes when travelling to and from the Niagara Region on the weekend. http://www.gotransit.ca/public/en/travelling/seasonal.aspx
Photo by (GO Transit/Brian Main)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cyclists Dismount On Bloor

Bloor street between Avenue Road and aYonge is pretty much a no-go zone for cyclists now.
That despite promises from the city in the past to accommodate cyclists during construction projects. The message comes through loud and clear. Photo by Hamish Wilson

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ride of Silence Toronto 2010


Bike Jokes at Bike Pirates


It is going to be great, with some fantastic local comedy talent (Dylan Gott
Kathleen Phillips, Rebecca Kohler, Tim Gilbert, Adam Christie) and will also include a *first ever* set by our own design guru Frank Maidens!

Come on out and have a laugh in support of Bike!Bike! 2010 coming to Toronto.

Details:
Bike Jokes stand-up comedy night at Bike Pirates
Friday May 21st. 9pm
$5-$10 sliding scale donation

Confirmed Comics:

Dylan Gott
Kathleen Phillips
Rebecca Kohler
Tim Gilbert
Adam Christie

When Idiots Speak


A TORONTO SUN columnist weighs in on just one area of her vast expertise - cycling safety, related infrastructure design and traffic legality

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Toronto Ride of Silence May 19th




Bloor & Spadina 7PM





Photo: Globe and Mail (Quebec)
263 cyclists were killed in Canada
between 2000 & 2004




    • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
    • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
    • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

Good News From GO Transit



These bike coaches (18 bikes capacity) are exclusive to the Niagara Falls weekend rail service which begins on May 21st, just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. The bike coaches will make it easy for cyclists to travel with their bikes when travelling to and from the Niagara Region on the weekend. http://www.gotransit.ca/public/en/travelling/seasonal.aspx
Photos by (GO Transit/Brian Main)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Toronto is a worse city for cyclists than it was when Mr. Miller took office

By Peter Kuitenbrouwer May 13, 2010 – 9:47 am
"I am as dumb-founded as other cyclists this morning to learn that city council late last night turned down a test of bike lanes on University Avenue, apparently after Councillor Paula Fletcher (Toronto-Danforth) apparently voted in error to kill an amendment that would permit the lanes.

Granted, it was late, after a long day at council, and Ms. Fletcher was tired, and all those amendments can make things very confusing. Still, Ms. Fletcher is not just any councillor. She is the head of the Parks and Environment Committee at City Hall, a member of the executive committee, and represents one of the densest wards in town, a ward that is lousy with cyclists. How could she do such a thing?

Ms. Fletcher looks forward to getting the University lanes through “in the new round of council.” Good luck with that: whoever becomes mayor, it does not look as though we will be getting a more pro-bike council than we had now.

Or maybe Ms. Fletcher is right. Much as Mayor David Miller came in on a green, forward-looking platform, he has proven a tepid supporter of cyclists at best, a far cry from such pro-bike visionaries as GĂ©rald Tremblay in Montreal and Michael Bloomberg in New York. Toronto is a worse city for cyclists than it was when Mr. Miller took office, with more traffic congestion and few new bike lanes of any significance. The Martin Goodman trail along the waterfront, meanwhile, is closed east of downtown for waterfront construction, and has not had its markings painted in a lot of years (on Cherry Street, where the bike path competes with a lot of big trucks, the bike markings are now invisible.)

Toronto’s cyclists are voters; the attempt by Newstalk 1010 to capitalize on this lightening-rod issue (by bringing in “FOR” and “AGAINST”signs to council this week, only to be turned away, because signs are banned at council) is one illustration of how seriously people take bike rights. The mayoral candidate who stands up for bicycles stands to gain a lot of votes."

The Vote Against The University Avenue Separated Bike Lane Project
5/12/2010 9:52:58 PM “PW32.9 - Hall” 15 yea+13 nay,carried,quorum
YES Ainslie YES Ashton YES Del Grande YES Fletcher YES Grimes YES Hall YES Holyday YES Kelly YES Lindsay Luby [Chair] YES Minnan-Wong YES Moeser YES Nunziata YES Palacio YES Parker YES Perruzza
NO Augimeri NO Davis NO De Baeremaeker NO Giambrone NO Heaps NO McConnell NO Mihevc NO Moscoe NO Pantalone NO Perks NO Rae NO Saundercook NO Vaughan

Note: Mayor Miller was absent watching the hockey game!

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/13/paula-fletchers-big-bike-boo-boo/#ixzz0nwJt69z1

Monday, May 10, 2010

This one and that one

Dear Volkswagen

We really admire that you take the time to read BLD. Especially the article where Ford replaces the spare tire with a bicycle. We would really like to tell you how much better your bicycle looks compared to Ford's. Unfortunately our article was a spoof. We did not think anybody would actually believe it. Nor actually try to better it to get ahead of Ford.

BLD June 2008

http://bikelanediary.blogspot.com/2008/06/ford-seeks-new-emergency-spare-tire.html


Volkswagen April 2010

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/04/28/volkswagen-bik-e-replaces-spare-tire-with-electric-mobility-devi/

Separated Bike Lanes in Vancouver

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Charlie's Freewheelin' Grad 2010




The award-winning Charlie's Freewheelin' Project Graduating Class of 2010 celebrates in Regent Park during Critical Mass

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Why Minneapolis is the best!



You can drink beer and ride at the same time. Patrons pedal as they drink. Photo by Dara F.