Tag Archives: Toronto

Bike shop's sign

Bike Shop Snapshot: Ride Away Bikes

Ride Away Bikes is taking off With a giant window wall, it’s surprising that Ride Away Bikes isn’t sweltering under the hot July sun. The lights are off, which I like since it’s bright enough without them and it saves energy. A few customers are picking up bikes and I have a look around. One […]

Golden Gate Bridge

Riding with Confidence – Video

I came across this short but helpful video about overcoming your fears to riding a bike in the city. It is part of a series called “Urban Biking” and is produced by Mind The Gap. Video source: Laura Lukitsch, YouTube, January 26, 2011. I think the following suggestions were good: Take your first few rides […]

S&C Cycles sign

Bike Shop Snapshot: S & C Cycles

S&C Cycles stands out on the Dundas West strip Despite the fact that this pop-up-style shop is located outside Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC), the “S” and “C” refer to the first letter in the first names of the proprietors. I thought the fellow had said his name was Sean (or Shawn?) but after reading […]

Large round sign outside shop

Bike Shop Snapshot: Bikes On Wheels

Bikes on Wheels (BOW) occupies some enviable real estate in one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Situated at the north end of Augusta Avenue, BOW is a notable feature in Kensington Market’s roster of shops. The storefront is eye-catching with its big and colourful signage, sizeable store frontage and the choir of bikes outside. Bikes, […]

Happy cyclist

I’d like to introduce you to my bike…

Do you have a name for your bike? Some endearing or tough moniker to refer to this device that you love to use? I think it’s fairly common for people to name their cars. My dad used to pat the dashboard when climbing particularly long hills, encouraging the car to keep going. The machinery was […]

Road Users Coexist Sticker (Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)

“I would never ride a bike in Toronto!”

I hear this. A lot. On the one hand, it makes me feel kinda gutsy that cycling is my main mode of transportation. On the other hand, I lament that so many people feel too scared to ride in this city. And if I had a third hand, I’d wonder if I lack (or choose […]

Why I Ride: Reasons 7 – 8

This is another entry in a series of posts about why I enjoy cycling. Check out Reasons 1-3 and Reasons 4-6. Number 7: I was right! Linda, who writes the Life in the Bike Lane blog recently posted an awesome infographic about the health benefits of biking to work that put the fact to my feelings! It […]

Why I Ride: Reasons 4-6

This is another entry in a series of posts about why I enjoy cycling. Check out Reasons 1-3. Number 4: It’s Cheap Other than the initial cost of purchasing the bike, the ongoing maintenance costs are quite minimal. I take my bike in for a spring tune-up at a local bike shop (Bikes @ St. […]

Road Users Coexist Sticker (Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)

Cyclists vs. Drivers – A Tired Rhetoric

One of the reasons I started this blog was to turn down the volume on the Us. vs. Them rhetoric that dominates the conversation between cyclists and drivers and to a lesser degree, cyclists and pedestrians. The mood can be downright nasty out there and I have also been guilty, at times, of acting out […]

Volunteers distribute breakfast

Ride to Work Day 2013: Toronto

The morning was beautiful. The sun was shining sweetly and offsetting the coolness in the air. I reached Wychwood Barns, the meeting point in my area, to convene with other cyclists and ride together down to City Hall. Ride to Work Day is a feature of Bike Month in Toronto and cyclists gather at various […]