Today was a great day for a bike ride with several hundred of my closest friends AKA Bells on Bloor. This year, the ride started and ended at Christie Pits since we were celebrating the installation of a bike lane pilot on a short 2.5 km section of Bloor St. Before the ride officially started, a smaller group of us gathered at High Park to ride to the ride.
Our local MP Arif Virani rode along with us for the first part of the ride to show his support.
I liked this heavily modded Dahon Mu with belt drive, Alfine 11 gearing, and loopwheels. Apparently it was a prototype built for the Eurobike show some years ago.
Lucy says time to ride.
Stopped at Keele. For some reason, when you are riding with these guys, you get more respect from motorists!
MJ leads us up the hill.
Doug was rocking his brand new Fat Bike. With a front basket for Honey of course.
A group shot upon our arrival across from Christie Pits.
This must be the place.
Bells specially decorated for the event were given out and mounted by volunteers.
Had to get one myself.
MC and chief ride organizer Albert Koehl gets things started.
The crowd is enthusiastic.
and now it’s time to ride.
Angela and colleague in the lead with the official Bells on Bloor Banner.
For your reference, this is what it says on the back (although the website is defunct, and has been replaced with bellsonbloor.org.
Albert ringing his bell.
Riding past the ROM.
and along Bloor to Sherbourne.
Back along Wellesley, and then turning north on Queen’s Park Crescent, which was fun because we were occupying the full width of the roadway.
Police bike corking a BMW.
Back along Bloor St.
Greeted by the banner again at the end of the ride.
Cycle Toronto was providing bike valet.
There were many craft and food vendors. The longest line was for Pizza Libretto.
This vendor regretted not having more of these shirts to sell.
Large and small wheels!
Just making sure that I get a decent shot of the forks on Doug’s bike.
Honey had a good time.
Thanks to the organizers of the ride, and to everyone who rode today.
Note that a different version of this blog post appears on the bells on bloor website, with more covearage of the speakers, and less bike geekery.
Also, here is a video.
Update: Dandyhorse coverage here.