Today was the annual group commute that kicks off Bike Month in Toronto. I was on duty at the High Park start point this year. Here is the Haul a Day all loaded up with T shirts, ready for distribution.
The crowd gathers. You can see more than a few of the purple shirts have already been given out. Sizing was a bit weird, with us running out of Men’s L almost right away, and there were no XL’s. Probably too many skinny people running Cycle Toronto.
This is a video of the start. You can see that we had about 75 riders plus about a dozen police. 77 riders if you count the Big Dummy with two kids on the back 😉
The pack gets separated at Keele. In spite of the large number of police, it would appear that they were not directed to cork intersections. As a result, we got split up into groups at all the red nights along the way, and it took us 50 minutes to get to Yonge and Bloor. This meant that we weren’t able to join all the others for the mass ride down Yonge St.
I stole this picture from Janet Joy’s twitter feed.
Wayne Scott with the ghost bike to be put up outside the courthouse at Old City Hall, to mark the fifth anniversary of the dropping of all charges in the vehicular homicide of Darcy Allan Shepard.
Sorry the camera didn’t focus too well!
Mayor John Tory saying some things about the importance of cycling, at least on this particular day.
Maybe I am not giving him enough credit. At least he showed up, unlike his predecessor (and even served pancakes from what I understand).
All in all a good start to the week, and a great start to Bike Month!