Today was the annual Group Commute that kicks off Bike Month in Toronto.
Going under the West Toronto Railpath. There are two underpasses between Dundas St W and Lansdowne that make this stretch of Bloor particularly unfriendly to bikes, especially in bumper to bumper traffic. If we could just get some bike lanes along this stretch, that would greatly increase safety for cyclists (and for pedestrians, since I’ve seen many cyclists ride the sidewalk under the underpasses).
Hey Vic, sorry that the camera chose not to focus on you.
Unlike last year, we weren’t the first group to arrive at Bloor and Yonge, so we ended up fairly far back in the line.
For most of the ride, I had fun chatting with the owner of this fine A. Homer Hilsen about the cult of Rivendell.
You can see my Xtracycle in the background. To me, these bikes represent two equally valid answers to the question: What is the ideal bike for the city?
Here is the Kona Minute, which is a cut down version of the Ute. It will be interesting to see if there is a market for this bike, which carries just a bit more than a regular bike. I’ll put in a plug for Sweet Pete’s which was one of the first shops in town to carry cargobikes.
At Nathan Phillips square, the crowd seemed smaller than in year’s past. It is possible that some were scared off by the forecast for 7 am thundershowers (that did not materialize). This event will be different next year, as Bike Month will be run by Cycle Toronto, AKA Toronto Cyclists Union, rather than the City.
This coming Saturday (June 2) a skeleton crew of community volunteers will run a similar event, with three rides on Bloor, Danforth, and Yonge converging on Queen’s Park for the Cycle and Sole Rally for pedestrian and cycling safety at 3 pm. The three rides start at varying times between 1 and 1:30. Less frills on that ride, but potentially just as large a turnout. See this site for details, and join us if you can!