Friday, April 28, 2006

Critical Mass April 2006 (Ride of the Idols)

Nearly 150 riders. Sunny evening. Wonderful. Raw Video.

The City responds to Cycling Fatalities

(Press Release) City stresses steps to avoid bicycle and truck collisions
TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Toronto's Cycling Committee Chair, Councillor Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 Davenport), together with City staff and Sergeant Brian Bowman, Toronto Police Services, spoke today about recent fatalities and ways to avoid bicycle and truck collisions.
"We all have a responsibility to ensure that cyclists are safe on our road," said Councillor Giambrone. "The fact is that the last five cyclist deaths in Toronto have involved trucks, and it's a pattern we can't ignore. Most cyclist collisions are not with trucks, but those that are tend to be deadly. Truck drivers and cyclists have to be aware of each other and the safest way to share the road." (read on in the comments) ...

Getting away with it

Good Luck Derek!

There are many great
candidates for CityIdol
but Derek Chadbourne gets my vote.

Smart, witty, big-hearted and easy going.

One of those caring people who understands the city and knows what it needs to be great.

Critical Mass in Canadian Geographic

Photo by
JoAnne McArthur
May/June Edition

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Memorial for Bianca Gogel - Photos

Thanks to all who made this memorial possible. More photos by Vic Gedris A well written article by jebratt

Memorial Photos - Hubert van Tol

Thank you to all who rode this morning. And to Darren and Derek for putting together the Ghost Bike. A special and most heartfelt thank you to the family of Hubert van Tol for attending the memorial and all their support.

In Memoriam for Professor Huber van Tol.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ghost Bikes in Toronto

ARC will be installing Ghost Bikes (or Ghost Cycles) for the first time in Toronto at the memorial locations tomorrow. Media coverage by CityTV and the CBC this morning.

More on Joe's BikingToronto.

A postive article was published in
eye magazine today.

Update: About 25 cyclists rode to the collision site this morning and joined over 50 others for a very moving memorial.

The City response

Monday, April 24, 2006

Memorials for Hubert and Bianca

Memorial for Hubert van Tol
Thursday, April 27
Meet at Bloor/Spadina, 7:45 a.m., leave at 8:00

Memorial for Bianca
April 27, Meet at Bloor/Spadina, 6:45 p.m.
Leave at 7:00 p.m. on the subway,
Meet at 7:30 p.m. Downsview Station,
Update: I will be riding with anyone who prefers to ride all the way to Finch
and Keele.

All cyclists welcome.

Critical Mass This Friday

Rainy Day Rider

4/20 - Reactions/News

eye Magazine Blog (Dale Duncan)
Toronto Sun
Torontoist (Ron Nurwisah)
Darren (Bike Refugee)
Tanya (Crazy Biker Chick)
Joe (BikingToronto)
Sally McKay (Digital Media Tree)

CBC 680 News
Globe The Star

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Trucks Kill Cyclists

ARC is looking for the last name of the 16 year old killed at Finch & Keele
Bianca ... in order to ask for permission to hold a memorial at the accident
site Thursday evening. If you know the last name please email me.
Thank you.

Friday, April 21, 2006



eye magazine
May 27, 2004

Dearly departed

2005 - FOUR!
2006 - TWO.

Toronto Sun Article

2 cyclists killed in vehicle collisions
The city had its first two cyclist fatalities of the year yesterday in separate incidents.
"It's such a tragic, tragic mar on a beautiful, sunny day," Sgt. Darla Tannahill, of the Toronto Police traffic services unit, said shortly after a man was run over by a dump truck on Avenue Rd., just north of Eglinton Ave. W.
"It's so sad," she said. "These are preventable."
Police said the cyclist and the dump truck were both heading south on Avenue Rd. around 8:40 a.m. in the curb lane when the truck turned right on Cortleigh Blvd. and there was a collision.

The cyclist was wearing a helmet
, but it was not enough to save his life. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were trying to locate the man's family and did not immediately release his name. The driver of the truck, owned by J. Chefero Sand & Gravel Ltd., remained on the scene all morning.
The second tragedy happened around 9 p.m. at Keele St. and Finch Ave., when a teenaged girl was hit by a tractor-trailer.
She too was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses to either crash can call police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

A dark day for Toronto Cyclists

A second cyclist was killed tonight at Keele and Finch.
Run over by a tractor trailer, female cyclist. (G&M)
Tanya writes:
"I just saw this on city-tv news. They showed the mangled bike wheel in front of the tractor trailer. Unbelievable.
One beautiful day. Two cyclists. Two trucks. Too sad."
Article (Star) Globe

Very bad news

Cyclist killed in midtown collision - Apr. 20, 2006. 10:50 AM
A male cyclist is dead after he was struck by a dump truck at Avenue Rd. and Briar Hill Ave. this morning. The cyclist, whose name has not been released, was struck at about 8:45 a.m. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

ARC will be organizing a memorial to be held about a week from today.
Police Report-Fatality #1
Police Report-Fatality #2

Start young and ride forever

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Summer Days

Summer weather all this week. Ride like the wind!

Photo via Nicomachus

Yellow Bikes are back!

BikeShare is great. Simply great.
And as of April 18th they're back. Sign up, grab one from of the
many hubs and coast.

A sure sign summer is coming.