Thursday, May 31, 2007

Janet Attard - Open Studio Today

More information.
Fantastic stencil art!
Time: 12-6 PM. Friday, June 1st. - 401 Richmond St. West Studio S26 (basement) - Richmond and Spadina
Local Artist Janet Bike Girl invites the public to visit her studio in the beautiful and vibrant arts community of 401 Richmond. Janet's primary medium is stencilling, she works thematically exploring cycling imagery and culture.
for more info. please contact

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Unofficial Bike Week Events: A New Bike Lane on Bloor

Stretches all the way from Spadina to Bathurst (North Side). Nice and wide too.
Read the cool article on BlogTO today.

Brought to you by the Urban Repair Squad.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What does it take to wake this kid up?

BLD's top scientist wanted a first hand look at road conditions. He managed to fall asleep within the first 90 seconds of the half-hour trip. Nothing could wake him up. Accordingly he had few observations to make.

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Memorial For Toronto's Fallen Cyclists 1996-2006

Memorial by Jordan Lyndel with help from other artists. Located at Wallace and Campbell in front of Yasi's Place. A white ribbon for every Toronto Cyclist killed in traffic since 1996 was added to the installation in their memory. Jordan would like to encourage all to add a ribbon for other fallen cyclists.

In heaven, everyone rides a bicycle.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Tino: MIA

BLD investigators were dispatched last night in the ongoing search for Tino. The public wants to know, "Where is Tino?","Has he been abducted?", "What are they doing with him?", "Will he be the same when they are done?"

Still Sexy

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Smog Town Toronto

For the record, taken Thursday Jane just south of Lawrence.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The approach from behind.

Here is some "rear cam" video (sounds pornographic almost, trust me not that exciting) of Pharmacy and Eglinton Ave. I wanted to get an idea of how close cars pass a cyclist, something generally I do not want to think about. The test kinda of failed. It is hard to get a perspective of close they really get. The first two cars (when the zoom was set wrong), less than 5 minutes into the ride, passed with less than ten centimetres of space. Few of the other cars got that close but it was hard to tell in the video. I rode about a metre away from the curb at all times. The road was really rough in spots, that is where the camera loses focus, requiring me to go further out. The rig that passes me at the end looks like it gave me lots of room, check out how the road changes as he is passing. Having a cyclist in view helps with perspective.

The video of the 3 lane road is Eglinton. It should be noted that the Diamond Lane was in effect (rush hour), very few of the cars adhered to the sign.

Will continue to experiment with different perspectives and traffic volumes.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Bike lane Karma letter

04/22 Urge caution in use. Tried this on a driver for opinion only, they were not parked in the bike lane. Nearly went balistic.

A PDF of this should be available soon.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Two year old designs bike route.

Two-year-old Ethan was given a map of Toronto and a marker. He was then asked to design a bike route. Within seconds he drew a line from one end of the map to the other, closely corresponding to the proposed Bloor Danforth bike lane. BLD experts declared the route genius, it is direct and does not look like it was drawn by overpaid city staff who cannot draw straight lines.

The View