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Tonight was the memorial ride for Dalia Chakos, a 58 year old grandmother who moved to Toronto from the US two years ago and loved riding her bike in the Annex neighbourhood. She was killed by a flatbed truck at he corner of St. George and Bloor. Even before tonight’s ride, people had left flowers in her memory.

A very large crowd gathered at Bloor and Spadina.

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Geoffrey talks to the media.

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Dalia’s son, Skylor Brummans, flew in from Minnesota to attend the ride. He was determined to use the news of his mother’s untimely death to press for more safety for cyclists.

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Joey makes the usual announcements to get us rolling.

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We start lining up on Spadina in preparation for heading north.

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Here we go.

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Pause at Lowther.

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Right turn on Bernard.

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Pause for a regroup before turning south on St. George.

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The ghost bike arrives at the crash site.

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The crowd is so large that we block the intersection.

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Setting up the ghost bike.

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Joey calls for a minute of silence.

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Afterwards, people come forward to decorate the bike.

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We own the intersection for a brief period of time. It was striking that after an initial bit of honking, many cars waited patiently for us to finish.

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Skylor thanks everyone for attending, and says that his mother would not have believed that hundreds of strangers would ride in her honour.

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Believe me, this is the very least we could do in her memory.

As the crowd disperses, the banner is still held across one lane.

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The decorations.

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Deepest condolences to Dalia’s family and friends. The presence of Skylor and his wife was highly appreciated.

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Thanks to everyone who rode with us tonight.

Note: a few of these pictures have been cross posted to a separate blog post at Dandyhorse Magazine.

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Today was the annual Bells on Danforth ride, a day to remind ourselves about the joy of cycling.

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Bells on Bloor organized a small ride to the ride starting from Bloor and Spadina.

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Albert pulling a bike trailer with signage.

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Across the viaduct.

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A brief detour south as a portion of the Danforth was closed off at Broadview for a street fair.

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The ride starts at Withrow Park. Tom is our emcee today.

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Liz from CycleTO and Janet Joy from the Reading Line.

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First speaker was Peter Tabuns, newly reelected MPP. He read out the acknowledgment of lands, and then apologized for not being free to ride with us.

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Next: Janet Joy Wilson talked about the upcoming book ride on August 26 that is themed around the Prince Edward Viaduct. She was raffling off a signed copy of “In the Skin of a Lion”.

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As Bells on Danforth is a non partisan community organization, they did not allow anyone who is running for office to speak. However, Mary-Margaret McMahon is not in that category as she will be stepping down in the fall due to a self imposed two term limit. She talked about how she will continue to press for better bike infrastructure, partially through her efforts on PWIC.

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Janet Davis announced just this week that she is also not running this fall. With the loss of her and Mary-Margaret, we have lost two strong proponents of cycling, and the two champions of the Woodbine bike lanes. She said that she and MM will continue to press for a corridor study to be started before the election as part of a continuing push for bike lanes on the Danforth. She reminded us that not only should we be talking our local councillors; we should also be putting pressure on the mayor’s office.

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Liz Sutherland announced CycleTO’s new campaign: #BuildTheGrid, which is an update of the “minimum grid” campaign.

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Just before the ride, the draw for the book was done.

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Regrettably I did not get the name of our happy winner.

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Mark from CycleTO.

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One thing that was noticeable to me was the large number of families with kids, many more that I have ever seen on the Bells on Bloor rides. Here is the most elaborate kid bike set up I saw today.

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Now time to line up on Logan.

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Our leaders head off with the banner.

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Here we go.

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Lots of kids.

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Albert Koehl.

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I was impressed that Danielle’s friend could ride slowly enough in full aero tuck position.

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Jess Spieker from Friends and Families for Safe Streets.

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Warren “pool noodle” Huska.

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Approaching Woodbine.

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Turning north on Danforth Rd.

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Arriving at the Oakridge CRC.

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Janet Joy with Sarah Climenhaga who is running for Mayor. She is fully engaged on active transportation issues.

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Scarborough Cycles and the Ward 32 group.

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Some fellow Bells on Bloor members.

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One last reminder about the new campaign. I forgot to ask CycleTO to smile.

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Overall, a perfect day for a bike ride, with lots of families present. Starting and finishing at Community Centres was a smart idea.  Thanks to all the organizers for a wonderful event.

Here is a brief video of the front half of the rider pack.

 

 

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Tonight was the ghost bike memorial for Jonas Mitchell, a 35-year-old male cyclist struck on 15 May 2018 on Lake Shore Blvd at Colborne Lodge Road, the evening before Douglas Crosbie was killed. Jonas died from his injuries on Friday, 8 June 2018.

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Here is the ghost bike ride arriving at the crash site.

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The ghost bike.

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The banner. Actually the traffic waiting to turn left from eastbound Lakeshore was very patient. We appreciated this.

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A reminder of another victim on Lakeshore.

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A minute of silence.

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Alan sings for solidarity.

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Jonas’ dad makes a few remarks. He says that we should all take care. However, the difference between careless cars and bikes is that the cars will always win, regardless of fault. He did note that the person who killed Jonas ran a red light.

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This has been a difficult week for cyclists in the city, with three dead and another in Markham. There will be other ghost bike rides this coming Sunday and Wednesday. The media was present tonight.

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His parents.

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With the recent, dense spate of deaths due to traffic, there are finally calls in the mainstream media for something to be done.

It remains to be seen if the city is serious about Vision Zero. Just throwing more money at it is not going to work.

First step would be to change the membership of PWIC. Second would be to make it easier to reduce speed limits. Too many pedestrians and cyclists are dying on our streets.

This is aside from the fact that we have been asking for improvements at this particular intersection since 2011, with a formal proposal submitted to the city in 2014.

Condolences to family and friends of Jonas Mitchell. Thanks to those who came to tonight’s memorial.

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Video ny Mike Whitla:

 

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Today was the annual Ride for Heart, and appropriately enough, it was on the first World Bicycle Day.  As per my custom for the last couple of years, I was providing ride support, along with a crew of my fellow TBN members.

Here are a couple of other TBN’ers at the start.

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I know who built this bike. I see that it wasn’t unique enough for it to be a recumbent two wheel drive, two wheel steer tandem, so this year they appear to have added a trailer. Unfortunately I missed seeing them underway.

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Here we go.

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Decent weather for once. Mixed cloud, and not too hot.

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This dad is still smiling, but he has a good ways to go.

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Looking back at the skyline.

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My first customers of the day. He had front and rear pinch flats after hitting a pothole on the downhill after the Gardiner switches to the DVP. She just needed a little air. (actually there was one other person before this who had flatted, but he didn’t have the special wrench to loosen his theft resistant skewers).

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Once people saw that I had a floor pump out, a couple of them pulled over as well. These folks just needed some air.

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Approaching the Bloor St. viaduct.

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Another flat.

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One more. I advised her to replace her tires fairly soon as they looked like they were about 20 years old. They were the original tires on the bike.

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Seat post adjustment.

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After the turnaround for the 25 km route, things calmed down considerably. There was a very high turnout of families, perhaps because of the good weather.

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Approaching the big dip associated with Lawrence Ave.

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Nice to see that traffic on the 401 is moving well.

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At the York Mills turnaround. You will note that I was doing a little political advertising as well.

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This was our sole customer on the downhill portion of the ride. A flat fix.

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I had a nice conversation with Roy on the way back. He has several e-assisted bikes. He is also looking forward to delivery of his Helix titanium folding bike, as are many others.

As per usual, I bypassed the start/finish and rode back to High Park on the Gardiner. This part of the ride was very peaceful as it was only for the 75 km riders. Props to the little kid on the 20″ mountain bike who did 75km with mom.

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I didn’t quite get pictures of all of the people I met. Some of them just pulled over briefly to use tools. I probably helped about ten people; a good day’s work. Thanks to TBN for arranging the opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Today was the memorial ride for Douglas Crosbie, who was killed last Wednesday morning, on the same day as the Ride of Silence. At Bloor and Spadina, there was quite a large turnout for a ride that was scheduled during the workday.

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Joey makes some announcements to get us organized.

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Lining up on Bloor, headed east.

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And off we go, Geoffrey and Joey in the lead.

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A bit of tricky business getting the ghost bike through the bollards under Soldier’s Tower.

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Through the corner of campus.

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Behind Queen’s Park.

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We were thankful to have several officers who corked major intersections for us.

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Today we owned Wellesley.

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Turning south on Sackville.

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Now east on Dundas.

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Sharrows on the bridge over the Don. These turn into bike lanes along Dundas past Broadview.

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Bike lanes on Dundas. Just lines of paint, though.

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Approaching the crash site at Jones.

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Photos and flowers had already been left by friends and family.

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Installing the ghost bike.

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The banner, ironically blocking the bike lane for the moment. It is just a dashed line at this point, meaning that it can be used legally as a right turn lane.

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A minute of silence.

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Douglas’ wife, Christine talks with Joey, and then to the media.

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Another senseless death, in a city that is not serious about Vision Zero.

Here is a Toronto Star editorial that was published yesterday: “Toronto’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan to reduce traffic deaths has had zero impact so far”

Thanks to everyone who came out to the ride.

Deepest condolences to family and friends.

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Tonight was the 9th annual Ride of Silence in Toronto, one of 390 such rides worldwide, held to remember all cyclists who have been killed while riding.

Here we gather at Matt Cohen Park.

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There were about 45 of us lined up at the start of the ride.

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East on Bloor St.

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Now south on Yonge.

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Many sections of Yonge were down to one lane due to condo construction.

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Approaching the Peace Garden at City Hall.

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Ready for reading of names of cyclists who have died in Toronto since 2010.

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Then a minute of silence for the fallen.

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(photo credit Geoffrey Bercarich)

Afterwards, most of the cyclists volunteered to lie down to represent just a fraction of the number of pedestrians and cyclists who die annually on the streets of Toronto.

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Since the last ride of silence, five cyclists have died in Toronto, including one on the morning of today’s ride. Additionally, at least 15 pedestrians have been killed so far this calendar year (excluding those killed in the North York attack).

They will not be forgotten.

Today’s list:

March 2018   Dalibor Kovac

Dec 2017     Daryl Craig

Oct 2017     David Delos Santos

July 2017    Gary Sim

June 2017    Xavier Morgan

Oct 2016     Donn Woods

July 2016    David Victor Pierce

June 2016    Steve Hancock

Oct 2015       Hardeep Singh Patra

Aug 2015       Luke Mazzocca

June 2015         Adam Excell

June 2015                Peter Kang 

May 2015                Roger duToit  

Oct 2014                Edouard Le Blanc

Aug  2014                Immanuel Sinnadurai

Nov 2013              Adrian Dudzicki 

Oct  2013            Carla Warrilow

Sept  2013            Sue Trainor

April  2013            Henry Mejia

Nov 2012             Tom Samson

Nov 2012                Mike Rankin

Sept 2012               Pete Cram

Aug 6 2012          Joe Mavec

Nov 7 2011          Jenna Morrison

Aug-11                 Jack Roper

Nov 2010             Vicente Sering 

Sep-10                 Nigel Gough

A fuller list is available at the ARC website.

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Joey Schwartz’s video
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Toronto Star: Nearly two years since Toronto announced Vision Zero, pedestrian and cyclist deaths are not declining

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Over the past week, the local media has started to stir up anticipation for the bloom of sakura in High Park. The blooms are much later than usual. Those that braved traffic over the weekend were probably underwhelmed as the trees were perhaps between 10-25% in bloom. However, a few days of warm weather can do wonders. This morning, I did a little scouting on the way into work and I say that the blooms still looked to be only about 50%.

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Today was the day that we decided to try to get our annual family photo with the sakura. This evening, we biked into the park as per usual. It was very crowded for a weekday.

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Traffic jam. Also loads of pedestrians which I guess is progress of a sort.

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The nominal family picture.

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Turning the camera 180°, this is what the scene looked like. Crazy for a Tuesday.

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Lucy says “Can we go home now, Dad?”

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Leaving the park. In and out in about 15 minutes. Biking is best as usual.

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I’ll have to go back when it’s a bit more peaceful. Tomorrow should be good, but there is rain in the forecast for Thursday and Saturday.

If you want to see a fuller, less crowded display, check out the south west side of Robarts Library.

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