Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Best Bicycle Photos of 2005! (WANTED)

Send your favourite bike pics to himartinoAT gmail.com
I will post the best ones on Bike Lane Diary on January 1st. THANK YOU!!!

Memorial for Cyclist today

*Memorial Details:*
*When:* Tuesday, December 27 at 8 pm
*Where:* Leslie St. and Eastern Ave, Toronto
*Meet:* Cyclists will gather at the south end of Nathan Phillips Square
(Queen and Bay) at 7:15 and ride to the site together. Departure at
7:30. Cyclists and others may also meet at the memorial site. Bring a
candle if possible.
*Ceremony:* Cyclists mark solidarity and respect for one of their own at
Leslie and Eastern at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 2005

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays ...

Dexter, NYC. More great images @ the link below.
Photo by Amy Bolger.
Thank you to all who came to visit this photo blog and more.
Love. Ride on. Martino

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another Cyclist killed by a truck!

A cyclist in his 40s is dead after he was struck and killed by a flatbed
truck Tuesday night. The man was cycling just before 8 p.m. in the southbound lane of Leslie St. when he was struck by the truck travelling north and attempting to make a left turn on to Eastern Ave. police say. He suffered massive head injuries and was rushed to St. Mike’s hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police Press Release.
(This makes 2005 the worst year since 1996 for Cycling in Toronto)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005


December 26, 2005. 2:00 pm
Kensington Market.

Take a shovel and a couple of bright orange traffic cones.
Voila, no more SUVs parked in front of your place.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


SOUNDBIKE by Jessica Thompson was showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach Art Projects, curated by Natalie Kovacs. SOUNDBIKE garnered a lot of buzz in Miami from the international art world.
SOUNDBIKE is a portable sound piece that uses motion-based mini-generators mounted to an ordinary bicycle to broadcast the sound of laughter as the bike is pedaled through the urban environment. The laughter is generated by playing sequences of short source clips that start when the bike reaches a cruising speed, and then respond to the bike's velocity. The piece is exhibited by loaning the bike on an honour system. By broadcasting sound directly as a result of his or her motion and gesture, the rider simultaneously occupies the role of controller, performer and audience, becoming part of the acoustic ecology of the city through technological intervention.

Jessica Thompson's studio practice consists of audio pieces that explore parallels between physical location, psychological space, game playing and public performance. p/m Gallery Toronto.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

John Lennon 1940-1980

“I was the first to own a bicycle, then Liela and lastly, John.

“We did a lot of cycling, mainly in and around the Woolton and
Allerton area.

We would cycle to the Abbey Cinema and the Gaumont and up as far as Speke Airport. But we were never allowed to venture on our bikes into Liverpool city proper.

“We loved our cycles."

Quote by Stan Parks,
Elder cousin of John Lennon.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Yellow Bike Hunt Starts December 12th

After December 12th please keep an eye out for any yellow bikes that are still out on the street.
If you spot one, please notify CBN by giving the name or number of the bike and its location. Below is a list of the bikes which have gone missing over the past 2 years.
Call (416) 504 2918 if you spot one!
MIA List as of Dec. 1, 2005:
#5 nico #8 Blue Elephant #10 momentum
#19 Buddha #30 Nimbus #32 Black Diamond #35 SHHH #44 Napolean #47 Matilduh #53 cracked #56 Beijing 1 - 2008 #57 froggi eyes #76 Booyakasha aiee #79 Sydney #90 Jack Kirby #92 Clara The Shark #106 Fly Grrl #116 le petit prince
#120 Rescue #136 Amicus #139 Princess Charlotte #144 Tessa Kat #151 Dolores Grey #153 Left and Leaving #186 Righteous Ride #188 Troz Forster
#190 La Callejara #191 Fire Fly #192 Shooting Star #210 National Unity #213 Janus #225 Drew #228Arnold's Cove #229 McRigamarole.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A step back on Bloor

Meanwhile, Adam Giambrone is busy making parking
easier on Bloor Street. Guess those drivers deserve a break.
Bicycles on Bloor? Take the Tooker? Ahem. No, thanks.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Crimes against Bicycles

Islington Station Crime Scene
Vic writes: This evening on my way home from work, I saw a bike rack and bicycle that had been completely destroyed by an automobile at the entrance to Islington Station. I often see bikes that have been damaged by cars or vandals at this bike rack, but today's more extreme sight prompted me to take pictures ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Monday, November 21, 2005

Still We Ride - This Friday!

Bloor Cinema. Friday November 25, 7:30 p.m. (Note: Pictures above are not stills from the film)
STILL WE RIDE is an action-packed glimpse into a shocking showdown between the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and police in New York City. On Friday August 27, 2004 in New York City, just days before the
start of the Republican National Convention, 264 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and 'parading without a permit' during the monthly bicycle celebration, Critical Mass. The ritual began in 1992 in San
Francisco and has since spread around the world to over 300 cities. The August crackdown in NYC was the beginning of an ongoing effort to suppress free assembly for group rides. The monthly cycle of arrests and bicycle seizures has forced the bike community into a legal battle with the city and politicized the very act of riding a bike. Co-director, Andrew Lynn, will be on hand to present this 37-minute documentary along with a
collection of short bike videos from around the world. Q & A welcome. In a brief talk and slide presentation, Andrew will provide a context for the documentary by highlighting terminology, expanding on related events, and providing the audience updated information about ongoing court cases and the continuation of monthly arrests. Though the tactics of the NYPD against Critical Mass might seem like a somewhat isolated and case of police
harassment of bicyclists, it has far-reaching implications. Still We Ride just might be a wake-up call to those who still believe we are living in a free society. Information on the campaigns to stop the arrests will be available. NYC's cycling community hopes that people can report back to their own networks and communities to build cyclist solidarity around these issues.