What is Biking on Queen Street Like?

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Kira Leblanc: To be honest I don’t typically ride on Queen. Queen is a bit more dangerous and a lot more start and go and fewer bikes on the street. I’ll take Dundas or Bloor or go north to another street. Though I actually bought my bike at Cyclemotive – we try to keep it in the neighbourhood!

 

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Michael Webster: I guess I have to ride Queen Street. I read somewhere that Toronto is the second worst place to ride a bike in the city, so I try to ride like I’m invisible. I had an accident last week.

 

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Caitlin McConkey-Pirie: I just left Trinity Bellwoods. Queen Street is kind of scary but it is a necessary street to go through.

 

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Denis Galliera: It’s a little risky and a little tight. It’s not the safest strip in the city but you want to be part of the Queen Street West scene. It’s a great place to be… so you kinda take the risk.

 

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Rachel Jayson: I’m in town for NXNE… this is a borrowed bike and borrowed city. I’m from Boston; people bike slowly here and with giant cruiser bikes. And everyone is SO courteous, at least the bikers are. The cars, maybe not, but the bikers are very courteous to each other; everyone uses their bells.

 

Bike Spotting on Queen at Palmerston

Akeem Watkis: Queen Street is really busy, I wish it was wider, a little scary sometimes.

Queen Street West photos by Yvonne Bambrick

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