Today was the warmest Jan 30 on record in Toronto, i.e. the warmest, coldest day of the year, ever. A comparatively large crowd showed up at City Hall for an organized ride to mark the occasion.
and still more. (note that my councillor from Ward 13 was not there)
Joey talking to the press. He was in a T shirt, it being +13°C. I thought about it, but I was in my rain gear. I should have ditched the rain cape for the ride.
Mike Layton announces that he as several other councillors of Wards along Bloor are trying to get the Bloor Bike Lane EA back on track. It is fantastic to have a councillor like Mike who is clearly pro bike, and who can marshall support from other councillors, however transient.
BTW he has a really nice city bike, his summer ride, that he brought out today. The frame isn’t anything special, but there are a lot of nice touches. The first thing that I noticed was the City of Toronto headbadge.
It’s always interesting to see what bikes show up at an event like this. I noticed this Miyata city bike with the homemade pogies. I was wondering what the tube was near the front wheel, when the owner came up to unpark the bike.
Martin bought it at Bicyclesport where he used to work for Mike Barry. The tube is for a skate pole that he uses to probe the ice when he goes skating on lake ice by the island (he is an island resident).
Here’s a video of the ride.
It was a bit like an officially sanctioned Critical Mass. My favorite moment was when a bicycle cop strode into the intersection at University and Wellington and started corking traffic against a green light so that we could all turn right and keep together. It was also nice to get out on the pink bike in January, however briefly. Thanks to Cycle Toronto for organizing the ride, the police for their support, and city councillors for showing up and thus attracting more media attention.
UPDATE: the Star’s take on the ride, written by someone who didn’t go on the ride. Also no mention of the interest by several councillors in renewing the EA for bike lanes on Bloor. Pretty poor reporting.