It was a gloriously, sunny weekend, the first warm one of the year. It seemed like everyone was out and about.
On Saturday, Councillor Doucette hosted a Community Environment day down at the Lakefront. Ward13 had a table there to publicize the good work that Cycle Toronto has been doing, not just in our Ward, but all across the city.
(photo: Janet Joy Wilson)
Having been at a similar event in Ward 20 two weeks ago, I was struck by the difference in mode share. Ward 20:
Of course this isn’t a totally fair comparison since the Ward13 event was held just off Lakeshore Blvd, but still it was striking to see many bikers and pedestrians in the downtown neighbourhood. We can do better in Ward13!
Safer intersections on Lakeshore and the Queensway would help a lot. Word is that some improvements to the Ellis/Lakeshore intersection (for example, a northbound cyclist’s crossing on the east side) are slated for installation in 2016. The city is also looking at putting a bike lane on the short section of Ellis between Lakeshore and the Queensway, as well as removing the right turn lane for cars on the northwest corner, but these changes have to be approved by community council, so these further improvments will probably take at least another year. (remember that it took over four years just to get sharrows on High Park Ave!)
Lucy is always up for a ride down to the lake.
Next up: some spring cleaning.
In truth, it was a bit more than just cleaning since I had dropped off my pink commuter bike at Hoopdriver last week to get new lights installed, and I got to pick it up on Saturday. Here is Martin working on my very dirty bike.
All Simcoe bikes have this motto on their toptube.
Here is the new light, mounted below the rack. The mount looks much more solid than the last one I tried.
Here is the taillight. You can see the LED’s glowing because of the standlight feature.
This particular light also senses when the bike is slowing down, and turns on or raises the intensity of the area light under braking. I saw this on another bike, and I can’t wait to check this out. Of course, I’m not going to be able to see it while riding.
After getting the bike home, it was time to do some cleaning. Removal of grime exposed many scratches on the frame; beausage or wabi sabi, take your pick. (although I’ll have to keep an eye on the sabi part of that descriptor).
These scrapes are a bit odd since they’re on the chainstay but on the opposite side of the chain!
In the background, you can see the new chain. The old one had stretched about half a link after about 7000 km. Only had time to clean the one bike. The others will have to wait until next weekend.