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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What is it Like Biking on Sherbourne Street?

Bike Spotting on Sherbourne

Celina Carter: I use the bike lane on Jarvis Street because Sherbourne is in such poor shape.

 

Bike Spotting on Sherbourne

Dean and Susan Mitchell: Sherbourne is a rough road. Condo construction has closed the sidewalk near Adelaide and the bike lane is now full of pedestrians not watching for bikes.

 

Bike Spotting on Sherbourne

Mimi Maxwell: The potholes and poor pavement make Sherbourne an embarrassment.

 
Photos by Tammy Thorne

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How Did You Get to the dandyhorse Spring 2011 Launch Party at the Gladstone Hotel?

By bicycle of course!

Rebecca Vruton

 

Kevin Barnhorst & Sergei Lekoutovich

 

Genevieve Hutchinson & Katie Sadie

 

Mike Costa & Josh Vlodarchyk

 

Emily Sebrins & ?

 

Derek Chadbourne

Photos by Nana Arbova

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Do You Shop By Bike?

Mike Falikowski wide - Bloor at Brunswick - YBambrick_Apr1_11

Mike Falikowski: It’s always more convenient to shop by bike. It’s faster than TTC, it’s faster than the cars.

 

Sasha Goudriaan wide - Bloor at Brunswick - YBambrick_Apr1_11

Sasha Goudriaan: It’s easy to stop and go and park and move around quickly.

 

Katie Ennis wide - Bloor at Brunswick - YBambrick_Apr1_11

Katie Ennis: It’s more efficient and faster, and you get to be outside longer.

All photos above by Yvonne Bambrick.

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Have You Ever Had Your Bicycle Stolen?

Dani Alon: One day I woke up for work at 5:30 in the morning and my front wheel had been stolen. Then I ran to work.

 

James Ansara: I’ve never had my bike stolen because I never wash it.

 

Raj Bharati: I left it outside of my place for about five minutes, ran upstairs to get something, came back outside – gone.

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