Today was the first of two days for Open Streets TO. This year, they extended the range all the way west to Dufferin St. (On Sept 18, they will also close the Bloor St. viaduct, and extend the closure to the Danforth). At the same time, a cargobike meetup was advertised on Facebook, so we set off to see how many people would show up.
One presumes that when there is car traffic, it would be too dangerous to unicycle while playing the ukelele on Bloor.
I see that these booths are blocking the Bloor bike lane, but I guess we’ll give them a pass.
Nice to see many families out biking.
Some of them were riding cargobikes.
Here is everyone that showed up for the cargobike meetup.
These guys are test riding our Haul a Day.
Jeremy is ready to ride!
Doug toted Honey in a messenger bag today.
Lucy says it’s time to ride.
These are the faster guys.
I like how the booths east of Spadina leave the bike lane clear.
I had not seen an Omnium cargo bike before today.
Let’s turn south at Yonge and Bloor.
Headed down Yonge St.
Meeting up with Cycle Toronto volunteers who were collecting signatures for bike lanes on Yonge.
Lucy says it’s time to ride north.
We meet Andy and Elise.
Honey strikes a post at Curbside Cycles, who had a full display of Babboe cargo bikes.
So we had lots of fun riding during Open Streets. However, the format of the cargobike meetup was less successful than the last time. In particular, we didn’t manage to get a group back to the starting point, which might have been a bit of a disappointment for Curbside, since everyone was riding at different paces, and it was difficult to predict our progress during Open Streets. Next year, perhaps we’ll go back to the format of one or two weekend kids and cargobike rides during Bike Month.
Update: Dandyhorse has posted their coverage of this meetup.