Today was the City of Toronto Group Commute, kicking off Bike Month 2013. Things were going to be a little different this year since Cycle Toronto took over this event from the City.
Here is the group gathering for the High Park Start.
Lukasz from Transportation Services was handing out T shirts.
Joey was leading the ride. The next time I’ll make sure that he is looking at the camera.
The riders rolling out on Bloor and down towards Keele.
Baby on Board!
At Spadina, I catch up with this curious assemblage on a trailer.
This mom is talking about how the weather cover for her bike froze and cracked during the winter.
This year, it looked like we were the last group to arrive at Bloor and Yonge. Here we are waiting to ride down Yonge.
Hamish waits in line. Not doing well on the natural smiles this year.
Off we go. Cruising down Yonge was fast since all the intersections were corked for us.
Rolling into City Hall.
The lineup for breakfast. Numbers seemed a bit down from previous years.
It’s always fun to see what kind of rolling machinery shows up at this ride.
These ladies work for ING Direct, which has run various bike related promotions in the past, including the Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike event. They were on new Felt Brand “Cafe” city bikes that happened to be in orange, which was a perfect tie-in for their company.
I tracked down the rolling kinetic sculpture which turned out to be a human powered ornithopter. Alberto was raising money for Heart and Stoke by letting people try it out.
Lots of nice details on this machine. When you are not constrained by considerations of getting in the air, you can add features like this sand filled flywheel.
The wing mounts are repurposed headtubes. I like the lugwork.
Alberto showed up a couple of years ago with a draisine.
I only just realized that he is also the Ice Emperor!
A glorious and fun ride to work.
Here is a video, showing an extended cruise down Yonge St, along with some footage of Alberto’s creation in action.
Hats off to Cycle Toronto for a job well done!