Today was the annual “Bike to Work Day” group commute for the City of Toronto. Our group started from the entrance to High Park, where Cycle Toronto was selling T shirts and memberships.
Now we line up to get ready to go.
and off we go down Bloor, straight into the sun.
Stephanie is the hard working Cycle Toronto volunteer who towed all the shirts out to the start point, and was towing about half of them back to City Hall.
Janet Joy and Jacqueline in the lead.
Some families taking a detour on the way to school.
More pics on Bloor.
This van was blocking the curb lane.
Approaching Yonge St.
Now waiting in line with all the other groups.
Here we go down Yonge St.
I get a thumbs up.
Turning down Queen St.
Breakfast courtesy of St. Lawrence Market. I always thought they just had pancakes, but they had tarts!
Extra blood sugar helps to get the week started.
Bike advocates Wayne and Herb.
Mary Jo, Maxine and Hyedie from Wards 14 and 18.
Andy and Elise came well prepared and were camped out in one of the few patches of shade.
This is a Bike to School group organized by the TDSB.
Yvonne and her relatively new Brompton.
This cargobike is used to redistribute bike share bikes.
and this is just half a bike, apparently a Kickstarter project from Bulgaria. It has a tilting rear triangle.
Mayor John Tory talks about having realistic plans for bike infrastructure that actually get built. His other talking points:
- the data collected in conjunction with the Bloor bike lane pilot will be very important.
- he emphasizes a balanced approach with consultation from all stakeholders.
- there is a proposal going forward to City Council to double the amount of spending on bike infrastructure (to $16M over I don’t remember how many years)
- he has put filling in the gaps in the bike network as his first priority, while avoiding the phrase “minimum grid”.
- he acknowledges the important role of Cycle Toronto in providing input and justification for bike infrastructure that is backed up with data and stakeholder support.
Here he has handed Jared Kolb the plaque with the declaration that Bike Month is open in Toronto.
Nice to see that the needle on political support for bicyclists appears to have moved at least a little bit.
Numbers seemed down about a third from previous years. Perhaps this is because the shirts weren’t free this year?
Video from this morning: