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On Friday August 1, Immanuel Sinnadurai, a 17-year-old Lester B.Pearson high school student, was killed by a car at the corner of Neilson Rd and Sheppard Avenue East while riding his bike at about 5:30pm. He was remembered as “a whip smart student with a big heart“. This was doubly tragic since the driver of the car was only 16 years old.

Fourteen riders gathered at Bloor and Spadina for what was going to be a long ride to install a ghost bike.
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Geoffrey supplied the ghost bike, lock and chain, but was not able to ride with us due to work committments.
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Dave was our hard working beast of burden.
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Joey organized today’s ride and planned the route.
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This fellow rode a beautiful 40th anniversary Marinoni.
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and off we go.
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Down Rosedale Valley Rd.
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Along the Bayview extension.
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Under the Bloor St. viaduct.
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A little peace and quiet, even in close proximity to the DVP.
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Under the southbound DVP.
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The group takes a break at the elephants.
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Climbing up out of the valley at Victoria Park Rd.
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A little break at the top of the hill. Mike did the ride on fixed gear.
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A relief to get off Pharmacy Rd. onto the Gatineau Hydro Corridor.
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Had to avoid this construction along the trail.
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Coming down off a bridge over the GO train line. It was a bit tricky for Dave to navigate the switchbacks.
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Doug gives Honey an ice cream snack.
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As I noted before, major road crossings on these off road multi use trails are well worked out. One could wish for similar things along the proposed “bike boulevards”.gat6

Why do they have bike racks at the ends of the trail segments? Are we supposed to ride up to the trail and then walk? They are pretty, though.
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Did you know that there is a bidirectional bike lane on Ellesmere?
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The crash site.
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Installing the ghost bike.
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A moment of silence.
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Traffic, always in a rush.
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Honey is a very laid back dog.
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It’s getting dark as we ride further north up Neilsen.
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Safety in numbers.
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About half the group elected to ride the LRT home.
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The rest of use took a nature break before the ride back. Yum, a sugar donut for dinner.
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Tino is still drinking that French water. (D’eau!)post3

Back across the viaduct, and then down Bloor.
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Thanks to all who rode last night. Also thanks to Joey for the organization, Geoff and Dave and Bike Pirates for arranging the ghost bike.

Please, no more memorial rides this year. Last year we had three in October and November.

Ride safe everyone!

on a side note: Kickstarted lighting was very well represented tonight.

Here I am with my Torch helmet.
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Tino showed up with another Blaze Laserlight.
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Two Blazes on one ride. At times it was like having our own portable bike lane!2blazes

Tino having fun projecting onto buildings.
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Update:

Tino has pictures here. He also notes that both Neilson and Sheppard were supposed to have bike lanes according to the 2001 Bike Master Plan.

BM2014: Aug 7 update

Another week has gone by, and the bike is coming along. The shell is being fabricated offsite at Paterson Composites. Here you can see the MDF boards that were supporting the male forms.
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Here is Ellen’s bike, set up with a high stem with very little tiller to simulate the driving position for ETA. Justin is working on the electronics.
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I think that the warranty on this fork has been voided.
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Alex and Neil working on the spin down apparatus.
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Alex and Calvin assembling the frame foam in the fixture.
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Here is the mount for the middrive.
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The bottom bracket mount. The yellow is structural foam, and the blue will be dissolved out after layup.
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Test fitting.
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The clearances are very tight all over.
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Next up: frame layup.

BM2014: five weeks to go

It’s five weeks and a weekend until WHPSC 2014, and Aerovelo is running behind on the bike build, partially due to delays from external vendors. At this point, I can only show progress on bits and pieces. Here are the wheel fairing layups.
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This fixture is going to be used to align everything during the layup on the frame.
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Here’s one half of the foam piece that will be the bike’s frame.
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Here’s how the foam piece test fits into the fixture.
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Marc is testing various tires for rolling resistance.
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Trefor is building up a front wheel for Eta. Their modelling shows that the bladed spokes should have less drag than a disc wheel when spinning in a wheel fairing. The team will be doing spin down tests next week, comparing a disc wheel to the spoked wheel to a trispoke wheel to validate the modelling.
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Here is a picture of the spin down set up.

Next week, the frame and the shell molds will be laid up, and the bike will start looking more than a bike rather than bits and pieces.

Today was the official opening of the Jenna Morrison Memorial Footpath in Dufferin Grove. This wonderful new facility is in memory of Jenna Morrison who was tragically killed while riding her bike in 2011 at Dundas St W. and Sterling Rd. The size of the crowd was perhaps a pale reflection of the large number of lives that she touched.
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The footpath itself was inspired by a reflexology footpath that Ms. Morrison encountered while visiting her mother in Korea many years ago. It is laid out in the shape of an infinity sign, a never-ending loop.
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Councillor Bailao introduces the family, and talks about Ms. Morrison. She prefaced her remarks with a few comments about how pedestrians, cyclists and motorists must share the road, and that we need more “complete roads” [sic] in Toronto. She played an important role in facilitating this project.
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Jenna’s husband Florian, and son Lucas.
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Her mother recounting their memories of Korea and how the idea of the footpath came about.
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The ribbon cutting.
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Now shoes off for the family to walk the path.
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Her initials at the crossing.
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Son and mother.
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Family and friends.
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Oliva Chow introduced a private member’s bill about mandatory truck side guards when she was an MP. Given the nature of the accident, Jenna’s death may have been prevented by side guards. DSC03808 Ironically, the US appears to be moving first in this direction.

Everyone was then invited to walk.
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It was hard not to feel that Jenna’s spirit was with us this afternoon.
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Update: Star coverage. Sun coverage.

July Critical Mass

A warm and sunny last Friday of the month; perfect for a ride around downtown, don’t you think? About sixty or so people agreed with me.
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At the start, I’m liking this Yuba Mundo with a kid safety rail, and Totoro along for the ride.
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Geoffrey tells us all how the evening is going to proceed.
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Here we go, down Bloor St.
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At St. George and College, with Abigail and Adelaide leading the way.
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Going down Beverley St. with the Yuba Mundo family.
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Most bystanders gave the thumbs up or took pictures.
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Mr. Tallbike provided the music.
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Of course we wanted to check out some of the freshly striped downtown bike lanes. Here is Adelaide on Adelaide.
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You can see some temporary sharrows skirting a construction site. They have filled in only some of the streetcar tracks.
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Turning south on Simcoe and taking the lane(s). The new contraflow lane is visible to the left.
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Some people can turn corking into art.
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One cyclist had a spill and got a nasty cut on her chin. Fortunately Amanda had first aid stuff on her bat belt.
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Mr. Tall Bike led us into a dead end in the depths of Liberty Village.
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Sorry about the last two photos, but I inadvertently turned on an art filter.

At this point I split off and rode home, but I heard that the plan was to drop by Dufferin Grove to get a preview of the Jenna Morrison Memorial Footpath.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Update: the mass at Dufferin Grove.

Sunday at the bike park

The bike park made an ideal destination for a short family bike ride. Here is Lucy on her Xtracycle mounted throne.
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This park truly has something for all ability levels. Daughter #2 warms up here.
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Riding the logs.
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Working the bumps.
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Mom joins in on the fun.
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I’d be doing better if my toe clips weren’t pointed downwards.
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Getting some air on the ramps.
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I towed the folder down to the bike park with the Xtracycle. (Photo by Janet J. Wilson)
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The Sunnyside Bike Park had a soft opening today.

If you see this at the gate on Ellis, no worries: just ride around on the grass to the right, and you’ll see that there is a gap in the new permanent wooden fence.
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There have been a few finishing touches since the volunteer work day a few weeks ago. There are now signs indicating the difficulty of various features
difficulty ranging from easy
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to more difficult.
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It was great to see the first riders officially roaming the park.

The jump area
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The wall feature.
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The BMX tracks.
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pump2 I found the black pump track to be a bit tricky on my pink commuter, but it was OK as long as I didn’t try to pedal around the corners.

The bike park is all ages.
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Some of the dirt ramps are already showing some signs of erosion.erosion

There will be a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday to start hammering out how this track can be supported and maintained by the community. It will take all of us to pull together to make this park a fun place for everyone.

Also, the Ward13 group of Cycle Toronto is working to get the city to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety at the crossings between Windermere, Ellis and Colborne Lodge, and Lakeshore Drive and the Queensway. The need for better crossings at Ellis and Lakeshore is particularly acute, given the proximity to the bike park. Here is a sketch of what we want at this intersection.
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If you support these types of changes for better safety for both pedestrians and cyclists, here is an online petition.

Updates: blogTO has some great pictures here.

Toronto Star video here.

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