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From The Brampton Guardian:
“Elder de Oliveira Bueno, 61, was in critical condition after he was hit in the area of Creditview Road and Bleasdale Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 26. His son, also named Edler, confirmed he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, Sept. 29.”

Today was the ghost bike ride in his memory. A small group gathered at Gage Park.

Joey arrived a little late for the group picture, but he was excused as he rode all the way from downtown Toronto.

Off we go. Six riders in total.

At Chinguacousy and Bovaird.

Making the final turn onto Creditview Rd.

At the crash site, deciding where to put the ghost bike.

Kevin said a few words before a minute of silence.

Installing the ghost bike.

The family was in attendance, including the wife of the deceased, the son and daughter in law, and their child.

Elder Sr. was from Sao Paulo, which was bitterly ironic since that city was contrasted with Toronto in terms of bike safety in the film Bikes vs Cars.

Joey advising the family as to possibly seeking legal advice. At this point in time no detailed information has been provided to the family by the police.

Thanks to Kevin Montgomery for organizing this ride, to Peter Bolton for providing the ghost bike from Brampton Bike Hub, and for everyone who rode with us tonight. Deepest condolences to the family.

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Tonight there was a critical mass ride focused on climate change, as a prelude to the main climate strike rally to take place tomorrow in Toronto. About a hundred cyclists gathered in a park on Adelaide, just a little west of Spadina.

Someone from extinction rebellion gets us ready to go.

And we’re off down Adelaide.

the photo/video guy was alternating between his e-bike and a skateboard to get different shots
crossing University
On Richmond, crossing Jarvis
start them early

turning onto University

The ride ended at Queen’s Park.

Thanks to the organizers. Thanks also to the Toronto Police who kept things low key, and did the lions share of corking. Odd how there isn’t has much honking going on when the police are with us.

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Today, Geoffrey Bercarich organized a group ride built around refurbishing several ghost bikes, and replacing one that had been removed. The first to be worked on was just east of Avenue Rd on Bloor, the one dedicated to Darcy Allan Sheppard. Even before the nominal start time, Geoffrey and Wayne arrived early, because they were concerned about the possibility of rain.

Geoffrey repainting the ghost bike on the spot where Darcy died.

Wayne Scott hanging a sign for DAS 10, the tenth anniversary of Darcy’s death. There will be an event on August 31, time TBA.

People gather around the DAS ghost bike, while Geoffrey gets us organized.

Decorating the bike

We remember you, Darcy Allan Sheppard.

Next up: refurbishing the Dalia Chako ghost bike at Bloor and St. George. Geoffrey leads the way across Avenue Rd.


Touching up the paint.

Now decorating.

Wayne Scott drops by to pay his respects.

We remember you, Dalia Chako.

Next up, replacing the ghost bike for Roger du Toit.

By this point, they are rolling up the sod from Open Streets TO.

The crash site.

Initially, the chain that we had was just a few inches short. However Doug (to the left) being the smart guy he is, pointed out that the pole is tapered, and that if we lift the bike, the chain might just fit.

Decorating the bike.

Adding a touch of refective paint.

This is the stop sign that Roger had requested be installed. It might have made a difference on the day that he was struck. The city installed the sign about a month after his death.

We remember you, Roger du Toit.

At this point, the group dispersed. However, I should add a few side notes.

Firstly, earlier that morning, Geoffrey had already repainted the bike at Avenue and Davenport for Adam Excell.

photo: GB

After the Roger duToit reinstallation, several of the group rode on to fix up the ghost bike on the MGT for Xavier Morgan.

photo: GB
photo: JJW
photo: JJW

Finally, a note of thanks to Angela who gave me this sticker that is now on my Haul a Day, which is the bike I usually take on memorial rides.

Thanks to Geoffrey for organizing today’s ride, and for taking the lead in fixing and replacing memorials.

We remember. We will not forget.

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Henderson’s Brewing launches a different beer every month, and for the past several years, they have had a bike themed beer each June. This time, they turned it into a fundraiser for Cycle Toronto, in collaboration with Mike Layton and Olivia Chow. The centerpiece of the event was an auction for Jack Layton’s bike, with all proceeds going to Cycle Toronto.

At the main entrance, it is clear that this is a bike themed event.

The place is packed with many of the usual suspects from the local bike community. That’s Jack’s bike hanging from the ceiling.

The Toronto Unicycle Club was also in attendance.

Steve, head of Henderson’s, gets us started.

The brewmaster describes Post and Ring as a cloudy, easy drinking IPA, with 6% ABV in honour of Jack’s Ward 6.

Jared now introduces Mike and Olivia who are going to run the auction.

Mike talks about some recent bylaws to make it easier for craft brewers to succeed in Toronto.

Olivia tells us about how Jack was offered a car and driver when he was elected to Ottawa, but he much preferred riding this bike to work, parking it right in front of Parliament.

Now some fast and furious bidding.

This fellow is on the phone with his Swiss bankers before submitting his bid.

and then the winning bid of $1800!

Mike thanks everyone.

Steve tells us to enjoy the rest of the evening. He also notes that the winner cannot collect his bike right now as getting it down from the ceiling would entail someone getting up on a ladder, and everyone present had at that point already downed a decent about of beer.

In the meantime, Darren from Bedford Unicycles was giving rides on the penny farthing.

Steve being coached.

and he’s off!

It is really interesting to ride one of these. The steering is a little squirrelly as there is no trail, and also there is quite a bit of torque steer while medaling.

There was also some Raptor themed uni riding.

Post & Ring comes in these small cans. Highly recommended.

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Today was the 30th annual City of Toronto Group Commute. Here we gather at the High Park start point on a brilliantly sunny morning.

Albert recruited a few of us to cycle in turtle costumes, in reference to the agonizingly slow pace of bike infrastructure construction across the city.

This year’s shirts are red/pink.

The TPS explains corking just before we take off.

Revved up and ready to go.

And we’re off. That’s Meri from Gord Perks’ office in the lead.

Turtles use hand signals too!
straight into the sun as usual

This bike dad was riding a nicely accessorized Costco cargo bike.

Climb, John, climb.

Corking, TPS style.

The lead group.

We were handed off to a bike based unit at Dufferin.

Bromptons well represented today.

This fellow was not on delivery yet.

Alberto always shows up with an interesting art bike.

He has a show of his work that opens on June 1 at 7 pm and runs for the month. Most of the artwork will be fish related. @the mezz, 1546 Queen St. W.

Turning south at Yonge.

Running into old friend Mikey of WHPSC fame. He didn’t have to ask about the turtle costume as he knows how slow I am.

Off we go.

This is an interesting low step over bike.

Arriving at NPS.

Friends with Bromptons. Rumor is that there is going to be a Brompton Ride during the August 18 Open Streets TO event.

Perhaps the youngest Brompton owner in town.

Picture time with Mary Margaret.

Albert and Joe Cressy after having a few words.

Nice to see Geoffrey working on a bike that is not painted white.

Turtles listening to updates about the Bike Plan.

Inevitably, they are somewhat disappointed.

Turtle video linked below.

Some of us wanted to remind people that cyclists are still dying on the streets.

photo: Geoffrey Bercarich

Bike Law continues to push for Vulnerable Road User legislation.

I was told that the legislature is voting on amendments to Bill 107 today, to bring in more in line with Bill 62, which was Jessica Bell’s private member’s bill (now tabled). Figures crossed.

Nice to see so many people out, but we still await the day when people feel safe commuting by bike without the benefit of police escort.

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What is bikebike? From their website: Bike!Bike! is an international, annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. The conference is a space for participants from shops and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year over a 4 day period to have workshops and strengthen our social network.

In addition to this larger meeting, there are smaller regional meetings. This year, Charlie’s Freewheels, Bikechain and Bike Pirates worked together to put on bike!bike! northeast, which ran this weekend (in fact it is still running at the time of this blogging). About 100 people are attending.

The awesome poster for this event by Nicole.

People started rolling into town on Friday But the workshops started on Saturday. Here, HPVDT has just finished their presentation, and people are crowded around both Zephyr and Tempest.

Next up, a workshop about some of the barriers in the cycling community faced by BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of colour), in particular women, trans, non-binary. There is a club called bikepoc that organizes social rides, which is a step towards creating a welcoming community for this group, but there are many other issues that need to be addressed. They made the point that community bike shops have a special responsibility since part of their mission is to lower barriers to entry for everyone interested in cycling.

After lunch, there was a presentation from recycle a bike. The talked about their work with two high schools in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sunday morning: beautiful weather, and the action shifted to Bike Pirates in Parkdale.

Lots of people finishing breakfast.

This is where some of the culinary magic is happening. They are working on lunch. I must say that all the food that I had was both nutritious and delicious.

You’ll recognize the mural from this scene from the trailer for SHAZAM!

Ainsley with cereal.

Now it was time for a bike tour of two other community bike shops. Ainsley tells us a little about the history of Bike Pirates, which has been running for 13 years.

Now we’re off towards Charlie’s Freewheels.

Brad and Alix lead.

Cutting in behind CAMH.

Now along Adelaide.

Crossing Bathurst

Now up Sherbourne. The fellow with the banner is from Peterborough.

Alix tells us a little about the history of Charlie’s which has been running for ten years now. We are in the alleyway behind Charlie’s.

Next up: Bike Sauce.

Brad fills us in on history has well. Bike Sauce is in Riverdale, in a community that was formerly dominated by Chinatown East, but is becoming more diverse. It has been running for 9 years. They say they started in a funeral home, pointing out the difficulty in finding spaces with low enough rent to make this type of community bike shop viable.

Ben also told us to check out an ice cream store around the corner. Check out this menu at Wong’s Ice Cream.

Here I am enjoying Wasabi Honey.

Now we’re headed back to Pirates for lunch.

People lining up to make screen printed momentos.

Meanwhile, people out back where fooling around on tall bikes. Here Tom and Raymond are making a precision adjustment on one of them. Note the tool made with Columbus tubing.

Tom helping Ainsley.

I’m disappointed that you can’t tell I’m on a tall bike in this selfie.

Update: Noah Siegel just posted his much better pictures of people riding tall bikes, including this one that is proof that I was in fact on a tall bike.

The events continue to run Sunday, and into Monday. I had a lot of fun talking with people from out of town. The bike world is smaller than you think. I talked to someone who graduated from Olin College, and who worked on this crank from Olin’s HPV entry back in 2012.

And apparently we racing against this fellow last year when he was on the Pitt team. I remember that they won the endurance race.

Here’s hoping that the weather holds for the rest of the events.

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Today’s Ride of Silence took place under highly variable weather conditions. Riding to the start point, it was sunny and warm to begin with, but in the next half hour, I experienced thunder and lightning, rain, and hail. A bit like this strip:

At the starting point, there were a few hardy souls gathered, shown here taking some shelter in an alcove. Look closely: those white streaks are hail stones!

What a day to be without rain gear, and wearing a T shirt.

As the appointed time approached, the rain let up a bit, and a few more people rode up. Here is Ben with his highly modified Brompton.

Fork and rear triangle made of Russian titanium, a Rohloff hub, and Hope disc brakes.

Joey lines us up to go.

Riding by the Dalia Chako ghost bike.

Approaching Bay, it is raining in earnest again. Hamish has joined us.

Surprise: Bill has appeared with our ASME winning bike.

What a day to be caught without my usual rain cape.

At Dundas and Yonge.

Getting ready to turn onto Queen.

Arriving at the peace garden. You can tell there’s water on my lens by now.

A few more people rode up at the Peace Garden, just as the sun came out again.

Here I’m reading out the names of the deceased. (Photo: Hamish Wilson)

Every year, the list of names of cyclists killed in the past ten years gets longer. This was the 17th annual Ride of Silence internationally. I’m not sure when these rides started in Toronto, but the first one I attend was 2010, so this was at least the 19th local ride.

Today was also the one year anniversary of the when Jonas Mitchell was struck and thrown ten meters through the air at Lakeshore and Colborne lodge. We heard about it the day before last year’s ride.

Thanks to everyone who helped us remember all the cyclists whose lives were tragically cut short while riding bikes on the mean streets of our fair city.

Update: Joey Schwartz’s video of the ride.

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