Bike Spotting: Gladstone and Queen (Come Up To My Room 10th Anniversary)

Queen and Gladstone

We asked: Are you going to Come Up To My Room? And what would you like to see improved or changed for cyclists on Queen West?

Photos by Hyedie Hashimoto, interviews by Sarah Greene

Our Bike Spotting team braved temperatures of -12 C (with a wind chill of -20) to check out the first night of Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone’s Alternative Design Show (it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is on until Sunday, January 27).

Even in the frigid weather, bike parking was scarce on Queen and Gladstone.

Christina Ott

Are you going to Come Up To My Room?

Yes. I participated in it for a few years, so I usually go back and see how everything’s going … I was there yesterday for a party. There’s a Capacity show – an all-women design show – going on today, and I have a friend that’s in it, so I’m going to go see it.

Is there anything you’d like to see changed or improved for cyclists on Queen West?

Perhaps people who are doing all the development, that are ruining the roads could improve the road conditions, cause it’s kind of hard to drive or ride your bike when there are so many pot holes.

And I guess more bike locks all over the city, because it’s sometimes really hard to find. Look, it’s the winter, and this is the only one that is available.

Shawnie B

Are you going to Come Up To My Room?

No.

Is there anything you’d like to see changed or improved for cyclists on Queen West?

Cars. That they respect us. Because they just open their car doors, and it’s not a good thing for us, because they’re not looking, and if more people were aware of what they are doing, then there wouldn’t be situations where people get hurt.

Melanie Gorka

Are you planning on going to Come Up To My Room?

Not today, but I’m going to be going there over the weekend.

What do you like about it?

I really like the constraints they put on the artists, working in certain rooms. I really would love an art installation where you can go in and out of rooms. I was there last year and I thought that the artists were awesome. This year a couple of my friends are doing an installation, so should be really cool.

Is there anything you’d like to see changed or improved for cyclists on Queen West / in Parkdale?

I should love bike lanes but barring that there’s a couple of side streets where it would be awesome if they weren’t one-way streets so I wouldn’t be breaking the law.

Maybe contraflow lanes?

Yeah, or at least just one of those signs that says bikes are allowed — and I would love drivers to pay more attention.

Geoffrey Bercarich

Are you planning on going to Come Up To My Room?

I was thinking about it yes.

Have you been to it before? Is there something you like about it?

I think sometimes the artists play with sexy themes, and it’s kind of fun to get that out there, in a hotel.

What would like to see changed or improved for cyclists on Queen West and in Parkdale?

There’s a lot of bridges and a lot of cyclists die on bridges, and they get hurt. So if we have a specific lane marking dedicating cyclists to a specific portion to the road for any overpass or underpass, I think that’s a great step in the right direction, you can see it at Dufferin going north, but that’s it. And you can also see it in the Junction, where lots of cyclists have went down in the past 20 years, so they’ve decided to put down lane-like things — there’s no lanes but the lane shows up when the bridge shows up.

If Austin, Texas can do this, we can do this.

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For more info on Come Up To My Room, see here.

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