Archive for the ‘Biking’ Category

Dust Off Your Bike

2009 March 25

Unless you’re like me and have been riding your bicycle throughout the winter, you’re probably thinking right about now that it’s high time to get your wheels out.  Conveniently, the U of T Mountain Bike Team is having a spring bike tune-up fundraiser!

Get ready to get fit, increase your vitamin D intake, and cruise past the suckers stuck in traffic!

Get Your 10-Speed Out!

2008 May 26

Today is the first day of Toronto Bike Month!

Back in 1988 the City of Toronto created Bike-to-Work Day. Eventually, this became Bike week. Now, for the first time ever, this event is morphing into an entire month of bike-related activities. “The Bike Month 2008 calendar of events will include events that encourage commuter, utilitarian, and recreational cycling. Come check out Bike Month: Toronto’s Festival for Cycling Culture, May 26 – June 21 2008, from fast pace racing to community meetings there’ll be something for everyone.”

Get out there and encourage the city to create more bike lanes, install more parking facilities for bikers, and promote biking as a healthy and inexpensive – and hopefully safe – way to get around Toronto!

S.T.R.I.K.E.

2008 April 26

Yesss.
Let the chaos ensue.

Maybe this will lead to some increased attention to bicycle safety and awareness in the city.

Breakfast Crawl: Friendly’s Grill – All Day Breakfast

2007 September 26

Although the sign above this place reads: Friendly’s Grill – All Day Breakfast, apparently its official name is Friendly Sports Bar & Grill.  Regardless, the people who work there are pretty darned friendly.  I spotted this place en route to St. Joe’s Hospital last night after a crazy opened their driver’s side door into the bike lane on College St., sending me flying into oncoming traffic.  Luckily, I suffered only some road rash and minor soft tissue damage.

So I decided to check it out this morning.  Upon arrival, the chalkboard in front announced the special: before 11:45am, the 4 egg breakfast is just $4.95!  Sold.  I inquired as to whether is was okay if I sat at the front table by the window, and the cook seemed perplexed as to why I was even asking in the first place.  Before sitting down, he had already taken my order (which basically consisted of asking what kind of meat I wanted and what colour toast – egg variety, apparently, is not a choice).  I went to buy a paper, and when I came back my coffee was waiting for me on my table.  This place is a bit dark, so I suggest sitting up front unless you want to watch SportsCentre on the giant screen tv at the rear.

The breakfast arrived shortly, served by another friendly employee.  I got 3 strips of excellent-quality bacon, 4 eggs (over easy), 2 slices of wheat toast, and some delicious potatoes.  Simple and sweet.  The server came back often to refill my coffee while I lingered over my Toronto Star.  The place was not busy, so I was never rushed and I received my friendly cheque just as I was finishing the last section of the ‘voice of the GTA’.

This place is not ultra close to where I live, nor is it really on the way to any place that I frequent.  I might not make the trek there again for no reason, but if I happen to find myself in the area, I’d definitely give Friendly’s Grill another go.

Friendly’s is located at 1116 Queen St. W (near Dovercourt).  It’s open daily from 9 am.

Quote of the Day!

2007 September 18

“What planet are those guys from?”

-the eccentric on the bike in front of me on Dundas the other day, after a cube van completely cut us off.

Quote of the Day!

2007 September 14

Cranky female biker this morning: “If you’re going to f#@&ing pass me, go faster than I’m going.”
Me: “Pfft.”

– maybe she should take the pole out of her ass and stay at a consistant speed.

Cyclonudism

2007 September 6

I recieved a small slip of paper between the gear wires on my bike this evening.  The (handwritten) text read as follows: 

REDUCE OIL DEPENDENCY CURB CAR CULTURE
www.worldnakedbigride.org
SATURDAY JUNE 14, 2007
Meet at Coronation Park
Lakeshore W, west of Bathurst across from Prince’s Gate
Meet at 12pm Ride at 1pm
BARE WHAT YOU DARE!

Apparently this is taking place in over 70 cities in over 20 countries!  That’s a lot of nude.

Motorist Vs Courier

2007 August 14

I just found this photo essay on a blog called Citynoise, dating back to January 26, 2006. This is freaking amazing (which is why close to half a million people have looked at it.)

Here’s what the photographer, Hool, wrote about the lead up to this crazy altercation . . .

i did not see the beginning of this, but the report goes as follows:
motorist throws food out of window. courier, disliking littering, picks up food and throws food back in car. motorist dumps coffee on courier. courier scratches car with key. road rage ensues.

the courier is female. i ‘got away’ with taking pics by just doing it openly. nobody noticed me because the focus is obviously on the altercation at hand.

i followed the motorist back to his car to photograph his license plate number. he proceeded to open his trunk, take out a baseball bat, and charge me. i walked away, and was one of only two witnesses to stay at the scene and give a statement to police.

Awesome.

Wait . . . Guerilla’s ride bikes?

2007 August 8

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I saw this awesome graffiti new bike lane on Queen Street West yesterday on my way to work, but I didn’t have my camera with me.  I went back today to get a shot of it and found that I had been scooped by some other blogs.  There was also an article last month in the Toronto Star about this issue, as apparently this is not the first “incident.” I wonder if any of the drivers parking in these “lanes” feel bad at all.

This particular lane runs from Bathurst to Trinity Belwoods Park on Queen West, and the group supposedly responsible is called Other Urban Repair Squad. They did this more than a week ago! How did I miss it until now??

The Future of Biking in TO

2007 July 20

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A few months ago, the City of Toronto unveiled a new Bike Plan aimed at increasing infrastructure and services for bikers.  Apparently, in 1995, the former City of Toronto was named Number 1 Cycling City in North America.  I guess someone is interested in reviving the GTA to its former glory.  As of 2003, approximately 8% of people that live in Toronto’s core bike to work, and less than 2% of those living in the surrounding areas do so.

You can read the details of the plan here.

In a completely different realm, we have the European cities of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark).  If you’ve ever visited either of these fantastic cities, you’ll know biking is a REAL priority for both their citizens and their governments.  This May 4, 2007 article from the Wall Street Journal gives some great insight as to how Toronto can execute their plan in a really successful manner.  40 PERCENT of commuters regularly bike to work in Amsterdam!  And the statistics on biking in American cities are pretty interesting.

Just some thoughts.  Get out there and cycle, everyone!