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I’m biking along the Harbord St. bike lanes, and I’m running late for an appointment when I see a group cycle up behind me while I was stopped at Spadina. There were two cameramen, and I recognized MPP Jagmeet Singh, who has been attracting some attention, not only as a sharp dresser, but also as a potential leadership candidate for the NDP. At this point, I thanked him for showing up to a memorial ride for a recent Sikh immigrant, forgetting that it was actually MP Raj Grewal who was there (deepest apologies all around!). He responded that safety was an important issue, and when the light turned, we all crossed Harbord, and then I stopped to take this souvenir shot.


At this point, the person who was riding behind Singh pulled over and introduced himself as Doug (and he might have even said Doug Ford, but my level of cognitive dissonance was so high that his last name didn’t register; although in retrospect I did recall his Chicago Bears jacket).

Jared Kolb chimed in on a facebook thread that this was part of filming for a new TVO series called “Political Blind Date”.  If I wasn’t in such a rush to get to work, I would have loved to have asked both of them some questions, but I ended up riding off and wishing them a safe ride.

You never know who you’ll meet riding a bike around town.



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There have been some cycling friendly improvements to the intersection of Sterling Rd and Dundas St W, where Jenna Morrison died by being right hooked by a truck. Back in 2012, there was a community meeting about this intersection. Then in 2014, a more bike friendly crossing of Dundas St W was installed. Today I noticed that a bike sensor had been installed on the north side of the intersection for southbound cyclists on Sterling wanting to turn left on Dundas.


Seen from across the intersection, you can see that the bike crossing is meant to be bidirectional, and that the bike crossing lights have been updated to the new design.

Kudos to the city for continuous improvements, although it would be nice to put a splash of green paint for bikes on Sterling Rd who are either waiting for the crossing, or wanting to turn left.  We also hope that the city plans to completely fix the intersection of College/Dundas/Lansdowne for cyclists will eventually happen.

On another note, whenever I am in this neck of the woods, I am irresistably drawn to Henderson’s Brewing, where today I note that Henderson’s best is now available in cans.


Also a pleasure to discover spontaneous art along the Railpath.


Heading home, I note that the stairway reconfiguration of the east end of the Wallace Street Bridge is slowly progressing.


Now if we can just get that underground pedestrian connection to Dundas and Bloor done, that would be cool.





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Today, the woman who killed cyclist Zhi Yong Kang was sentenced to 7 years in prison, as well as a ten year driving ban. In June 2015, she hit Mr. Kang while he was crossing Finch Ave, fled, and was apprehended after a brief police chase. This story in the Star provides some background on the woman who had previous convictions for drunk driving and was driving with a suspended license at the time. Here are some images from one of her social media accounts before the event.


From the Star story it appears that the woman is now a model prisoner, and appears to be trying to mend her ways.

Seven years (less time served) is longer than sentences that have been imposed in other recent cases of cyclist deaths with hit and runs, but there were numerous aggravating factors in this case, so it is not clear if this indicates a trend to harsher sentencing.

In any case, we continue the call for vulnerable road user legislation. Cyclists stand united with pedestrians to call for all possible measures to reduce deaths on our streets from automobiles.

Friends and Families for Safe Streets is a new advocacy group that is pushing all levels of government to make measures to make our streets safer for everyone. One of the founding members is Yu Li, a friend of Peter Kang’s, who was also on the memorial ride.


We await judgment (if not justice) in many other cases from the past few years, such as:

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It snowed pretty heavily yesterday and last night, but the plows were busy overnight, and most of the major streets had been plowed. Add to this the relatively balmy temps, and it was a good day to ride to work.

Here is the single snowiest part of my ride in: a stretch of Edwin Ave.


The West Toronto Railpath was clear.


Entering the Bloor bike lane at Shaw. Looks clear.


One small niggle: when the bike lane transitions from a section cleared by a regular plow to a parking protected section that was plowed separately, there is snow plowed into the transition. If it was frozen solid, this would have been an issue. Another problem with the curbside bike lane is the tendency for merchants to clear sidewalk snow onto it.


It is not to say that my ride in wasn’t peaceful. What with the snow, I had the bike lanes pretty much to myself, and there wasn’t the problem of having to pass slower cyclists, or having faster ones buzz by.  Kudos to the City for keeping them clear.


Have to end with this tweet from Yehuda Moon.


image source

Evening update: not so impressed by the snow clearance on Harbord.


but on the other hand, Annette was fine.


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Cycle Toronto ran a fundraising ride today on Bloor/Danforth for the second consecutive year. About 120 riders were registered for the 25K ride, and another 30 or so for the 10K ride. The route was chosen to highlight several of the campaigns that Cycle Toronto has been running, including sections of Bloor, the Danforth, and Woodbine.

People gathered at registration before the ride.

Patrick Brown with just a few of the riders for team Bike Law.

Jared makes some announcements.

Joe Cressy says that he knows in this venue, he is preaching to the choir. Nevertheless, he highlights the importance of Cycle Toronto’s advocacy work at City Hall in getting new bike infrastructure approved.

Head Marshall Captain Sam briefs the riders on how we are going to stick together, and reminds us to use hand signals.

Lined up at the start on Cecil St.

Down this laneway behind Baldwin St. to get to Elm.

Across the Bloor Viaduct.

This family was with us for the whole 25K ride.

Headed south on Woodbine.

Headed west on the Danforth.

We make a stop at the Eastview Community Centre to meet up with the 10K riders, including this family with the second orange Haul a Day in town!

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is a strong supporter of cycling in the city.

Julie Dabrusin is the local MP, and she told us that there is now a Cycling Caucus in the Federal Government.

and off we go again.

Sam leads us back across the viaduct.

Momentary stop on Bloor.

The other Sam does some corking.

Riding is a breeze if dad does all the work.

On some sections of Bloor, we can’t all fit into the bike lane.

On the final stretch, down St. George.

Thanks to Cycle Toronto for organizing the ride, the ride sponsors, as well as Toronto’s finest for the escort. These officers were from 14 Division, but 51 and 52 also helped out.

Also nice to see so many families out biking on this brilliantly sunny fall day. Ride safe everyone!

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To mark Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I paid a brief visit to an undisclosed location where most of the Bike Friday Haul a Day cargobikes in Toronto were gathered. That’s mine in the front, followed by several others, some of which were still in the process of final assembly.

In all seriousness, if you already know about the Bike Friday Haul a Day, and you are interested in buying one in the Toronto area, you can go to this website:

(I didn’t know that there was a .bike domain either)



In the near future, these fine folks will also be carrying several other lines of cargobikes that have not been widely distributed in the US or Canada.

Join us and join the revolution.

Sidenote: an article about the cargobike scene in Vancouver notes the relative lack of local cargobike dealers, something that I also noticed.

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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.




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