Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Message

The Message, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jane Jacobs , Celebrate People's History Poster and Book

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sheila Gostick at Cinecycle

Sheila Gostick at Cinecycle, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Icy Lane

P1020323, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Salt Stains & Bicycles

P1020225 Salt Stains, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

P1020188 'Romance On Two Wheels'

P1020188, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Monday, December 13, 2010

La Serena

La Serena, originally uploaded by DOMIBREZ BIKES.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Curve

, originally uploaded by ariel.chico.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Major Taylor, Celebrate People's History Poster and Book

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Janet Bike Girl Stencil, Critical Mass New York City

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Cyclists fail to signal

BLDNews - Our intrepid news intern was sent out to do a roadside survey of drivers and their thoughts on cyclists. The number three complaint drivers had were cyclists not signaling their turns. The survey found that 83% of drivers agreed that cyclists never or rarely signal their turns and that they should be fined. 55% of drivers said that when cyclists do signal right turns the cyclists improperly use a middle finger. 67% of drivers surveyed could not tell the difference between their car's turn signal lever and radio power switch.

This survey of 1003 drivers has a margin of error of 4%, 7 times out of 20. The accuracy is poor because our intern did the survey at a RIDE roadside sobriety check. Several drivers, even those with their hands on the steering wheel, denied being in control of their vehicles.

Toronto Star (in 2008) On Miller's Legacy #9

To build 1,000 kilometres of bikeways, including 495 km of bike lanes, by 2012, delayed from the original 2011 target.
Councillor Adrian Heaps, who heads the cycling committee, and Mayor David Miller, who promised during his 2006 re-election bid to "construct bike trails and lakefront promenades across the city from Etobicoke to Scarborough."
Since 2001, the city has completed 395 km of bike lanes, shared roads and off-road paths. Of those, only 91 km represent bike lanes – of which 7 km were built last year and nearly 20 km this year. That means the city has some serious catching up to do. If council approves an additional 16 km along Lawrence Ave. E. at its December meeting, the city will meet its 50-km target for the year, though they won't all be in place.
The Bike Plan, first approved in 2001, calls for creating a network of bike-friendly streets that will put all residents within a five-minute ride to the network.
In January, council tried to streamline approvals by taking the decision away from community councils, where politicians could delay and stall under pressure from a single ward councillor opposed to the upheaval caused by adding a bike lane.
But local skirmishes among drivers, cyclists and neighbourhood businesses, each with their own concerns, still slow the process. One example: a prolonged battle over 700 metres of Annette St., opposed by the local councillor. The new process resulted in a city council vote in favour of bike lanes along that stretch.
The city has earmarked $8 million for more bike lanes in its 2009 capital budget, which would add 100 km, and has said it's committed to hitting its 2012 target.
Update: The 16,1 km Lawrence Bike Lane has since been delayed.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Help Needed (Collision)

"I was heading north on Spadina just south of College on Thursday night. A man cut me off without signaling turning right into a small side street on the south east corner. I hit the front quarter panel. Me and the bike went over the hood. Surprisingly I didn't think I was hurt at the time. Turns out I have a sprained wrist and broken foot. The old man immediately stated it was my fault!. Didnt even ask if I was ok!!!!!! Clearly it was not my fault and a two witnesses (the first to come to my aid) were in 100% agreement with me.

So Im putting a call out to those witnesses or any that saw me get hit. Unfortunately for me I did not get their info. Even if you heard from a friend they saw some guy get hit etc please pass on the info. Having a few statements on my side will help make this dirt bag own up for being an irresponsible driver.

Any help would be a appreciated.
Your fellow biker"

Monday, November 29, 2010

RADICAL MOVIE NIGHT G20 Legal Fundraiser

G20 Legal Fundraiser

On Friday December 3rd we will be hosting a radical movie night to raise funds for our friends and allies facing G20 related legal charges.

Come join us for an amazing night of movies, drinks, board games, snacks, hanging out, and all around rockin good times.

All welcome!

7pm – 9pm: Land and Freedom (Tierra y Libertad)

Directed by Ken Loach, this 1995 film narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker of the Communist Party of Great Britain, who decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. A heart wrenching portrayal of the attempt by ordinary people to build an anarchist society, and its subsequent betrayal. The movie won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

10:30-midnight: What to do in Case of Fire (Was tun, wenn’s brennt?)

Directed by Gregor Schnitzler, this 2002 film tells the humorous and touching story of six anarchist friends living as squatters in Berlin in the 80s, when they leave a handcrafted bomb in a mansion. Only thirteen years later the bomb explodes, wounding two people, forcing the group to reunite and, ultimately, come to grips with the reason they separated years ago.

Free popcorn!

Pay what you can (suggested $5-10). Come for one or both movies.
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

Metzger Bicycle Shop - Detroit 1900s

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bicycle Fight!

La Palette Kensington Market 2000 - 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Memorial Ride in Solidarity with Fallen Cyclists

Memorial Ride
Spadina and Bloor 7am November 26th

"An early morning collision with a TTC streetcar claimed the life of a 60-year-old male cyclist near lower Spadina Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West Friday.
The accident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Police report the cyclist was stopped at a centre median when the southbound 510 Union Station streetcar that had the right of way approached.

At that point, the cyclist for unknown reasons began to cycle eastbound and was struck by the streetcar. As a result, he was trapped beneath the apron of the streetcar.

The cyclist, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not believe he was wearing a helmet.

Streetcars in the immediate area were diverted for several hours as police investigated the collision.

This accident is Toronto's 36th traffic fatality and the second cyclist death of 2010."

Piece Work: Janet Bike Girl at the Gladstone

Gladstone Hotel Show: Piece Work, Friday November 26, Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28 2010.

For info about the Gladstone Hotel located in Toronto, Canada visit
Piece Work Pop Up Show and Sale
Janet Bike Girl in Room 204
Dates: Friday November 26 2010 ......... 6 to 9 pm
Saturday November 27........... 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday November 28......... 11am to 6 pm
I spent the month of March 2010 doing an artist residency at the Gladstone Hotel. Piecework will be a show of all the work I created during my residency. There are hand stenciled bicycle fabric patches, hand stenciled bicycle t-shirts, for infants, children and men and women. I will also have hand painted bicycle bags !Hope you can visit, the Gladstone Hotel is a great place to see bicycle art.
For extra fun, check out Hard Twist a show of textile based artwork. Hard Twist will be on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Gladstone Hotel.
Enjoy !
Janet Bike Girl

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love Your Lane

Image by TX UP! New York

The New York Times had an awesome history about the struggle for safe passage for New York Cyclists...

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Dandyhorse Magazine Collection

dh_coverFAN, originally uploaded by tt2wheels.

Thanks Tammy!

How to get to work

How to get to work, originally uploaded by MyWheelsareTurning.

The NYC Velorution

New York City Bike Wars from on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MTV Impact On Cycling - Sunday Nov. 21

If you get MTV Canada on your TV, tune in this coming Sunday Nov. 12 
at 6pm, and again at 8pm for the airing of Impact: Vicious Cycle.

Featuring Sunny D and many other local cycling heroes.

You can watch the full show here

The Crescent

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Volta de Bicicleta from Cinema de Rua on Vimeo.
Um mini passeio de bicicleta em stop motion, nas ruas de Perdizes. Uma estréia de Letícia Ribeiro.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ride Ride Ride!

P1010955, originally uploaded by Martinho.
Underpass along Dundas East

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Ghost Bike For Scarborough

A cyclist was struck and killed by a GO Train in Scarborough Tuesday evening, police said.

The 54-year-old woman was riding west on Finch Avenue around 7:30 p.m., when she was hit by a northbound train at a level crossing, between Kennedy and Finch avenues.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Stouffville-bound train, which was carrying 300 passengers, was held up at the scene, but was allowed to depart later in the evening.

The woman's name had not been released late Tuesday, pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators were still trying to determine how the crash happened, and why she was on the tracks at the time. (Photo: Bike Pirates)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cyclists doing good for all of us

From The Star today:
"I don’t have and won’t ride a bicycle. I intend to die at home in bed, and not on a city street under the wheels of a big car driven by a jerk in a cheap suit with a cellphone, a cup of bad coffee and a vein busting out of his forehead.
But maybe that’s just me.
Because, on a recent morning, I walked from the corner of Queen and Yonge to the corner of Queen and Gladstone, and along the way I counted 493 parked bicycles, 47 riders who were not wearing helmets, and 23 cyclists who were helmeted.
A mild surprise: one hour, one major street, more than 500 bikes.
The riders I saw looked a lot like this city: old, young, men, women, students and children, people from all the cities in the world where the use of a bike is a matter of course. You’d think we’d pay them a little respect." ... Read on below

Flower Bike

Photos: Geoff Gies

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Forever Bicycles (2003)

Forever Bicycles (2003), originally uploaded by Peter Bellars.

London Bike Promo

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Bike Boxes On Hoskin/Queen's Park Circle

P1010780, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Toronto UCI Cyclocross

Toronto UCI Cyclocross., originally uploaded by somnambulant.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Cyclist Bill of Rights (US)

WHEREAS, cyclists have the right to ride the streets of our communities and this right is formally articulated in the California Vehicle Code; and
WHEREAS, cyclists are considered to be the “indicator species” of a healthy community; and
WHEREAS, cyclists are both environmental and traffic congestion solutions; and
WHEREAS, cyclists are, first and foremost, people - with all of the rights and privileges that come from being members of this great society; and
NOW, THEREFORE, WE THE CYCLING COMMUNITY, do hereby claim the following rights:
1) Cyclists have the right to travel safely and free of fear.
2) Cyclists have the right to equal access to our public streets and to sufficient and significant road space.
3) Cyclists have the right to the full support of educated law enforcement.
4) Cyclists have the right to the full support of our judicial system and the right to expect that those who endanger, injure or kill cyclists be dealt with to the full extent of the law.
5) Cyclists have the right to routine accommodations in all roadway projects and improvements.
6) Cyclists have the right to urban and roadway planning, development and design that enable and support safe cycling.
7) Cyclists have the right to traffic signals, signage and maintenance standards that enable and support safe cycling.
8) Cyclists have the right to be actively engaged as a constituent group in the organization and administration of our communities.
9) Cyclists have the right to full access for themselves and their bicycles on all mass transit with no limitations.
10) Cyclists have the right to end-of-trip amenities that include safe and secure opportunities to park their bicycles.
11) Cyclists have the right to be secure in their persons and property, and be free from unreasonable search and seizure, as guaranteed by the 4th Amendment.
12) Cyclists have the right to peaceably assemble in the public space, as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.
And further, we claim and assert these rights by taking to the streets and riding our bicycles, all in an expression of our inalienable right to ride!

November 19th Bike Pirates Craft Night

Break out your puff paint, bedazzlers, and DIY spirit! Bike Pirates' second craft night is happening Friday, Nov 19th at 7:30 pm.

BYO Craft supplies and Beverages.
Homemade snacks! Tea!
Mini-workshop on making jewelry out of bike parts!

Crafts do not have to be bike-related.

Bike Pirates is a fully accessible space.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are Cyclists Just Roadkill?

One has to wonder why Police are so incredibly reluctant to lay charges against drivers or why charges often just lead to minor convictions. Is is simply car driver bias or is it based on the assumption that the cyclist(s) must have done something wrong to deserve their tragic fate? Hmm.

In any case, it's a pattern I have notices across Canada year after year and it's documented in this Google

Canadian Cycling Fatalities

Unless the issue is being taken very seriously, this will continue.

It's built into the system.

Update: More of the same (Augusta, Georgia):

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Sharrows On Harbord

Meet Trixi!

Car Drivers Underpay Their Fair Share of Road Costs

by Todd Litman: (snip) "Vancouver is working to create a more diverse and efficient transport system. Vancouver’s efforts have been pretty successful: automobile mode share has declined, due in part to walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure improve-ments. Yet, motorists continue to oppose new bike lanes, arguing that cyclists pay an insufficient share of roadway costs. In a recent interview with Vancouver newspaper columnist Don Cayo, I pointed out that local roads are mainly funded by general taxes that residents pay regardless of how they travel, and since motorists impose higher roadway costs per kilometer of travel and tend to travel more annual kilometers than people who rely on other modes, it is motorists who underpay their infrastructure costs. This column generated an unusually large number of responses (119 at last count), many quite angry at the suggestion that motorists underpay or that the city should continue to invest in alternative modes." (photo by Rick Conroy)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Day After The Election

P1010616, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The New Toronto Does Not Include Cyclists

Toronto's New Mayor.

Rich People Won't Get It

BlueBookTwoBW+1_0006, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Turn Left

Transport Futures 2010: Road Pricing & Smart Growth Forum

Transport Futures 2010: Road Pricing & Smart Growth Forum
December 2, 2010 - Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto

Transportation planning and land use planning are two sides of the same coin. That’s why at the 4th Transport Futures Forum, you’ll learn how road pricing can influence urban form, especially as it relates to development patterns, consumer real estate preferences, costs and travel destinations. Cutting-edge research, interactive presentations, panels and group discussions will explore whether comprehensive road pricing policies can help Ontario meet density targets, accelerate transit-oriented development, convert brownfields and protect green space. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss tolls and smart growth with these leading international and national experts:

* Dr. Alex Anas, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA
* Dr. Robin Lindsey, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
* Sue Flack, MRC McLean Hazel, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
* Dr. Richard Soberman, Trimap Communications, Toronto, ON, Canada

… and more speakers to be announced soon!

The Transport Futures Road Pricing & Smart Growth Forum takes place on December 2, 2010. Seating is limited. Register by November 12th to take advantage of our Early Bird Rates. Visit for full program details!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ride For Bike Lanes On Bloor - Saturday

P1010474, originally uploaded by Martinho.