Cycling in Toronto: A personal reflection

This blog post was originally posted on the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Photo by Martin Reis

By Gideon Forman

I'm mostly a walker and runner, not a bicycle rider, but I find myself drawn to cycling nevertheless. Why is that?

I like what it does to Toronto, my city, and appreciate the cyclist's physical presence. The steady pumping of thighs as the rider progresses up Beverley Street, up St. George, at human speed, human scale.

Smoothness is part of it. The sleekness of rider and bike. The quiet. At age 54 I am sensitive to loud sounds.

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Friends For Life Bike Rally Day 2

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We are continuing our blog postings directly from the Friends for Life Bike Rally. Here's what Peter Harte had to say about the second day:

Story by Peter Harte

Photos by Dillon Sheenaard

Day 2 - July 25

Today was our longest day, 126k. We woke up to thunder and lightening and it rained all through breakfast. The rain let up a little as we left camp but then the torrential downpour began soon after. But you know for me, I love riding in the rain. I honestly feel more alive on a bike in the rain than I do on any given day. And despite today being much longer than yesterday, I felt much stronger. I think I just needed a warm up before feeling "back at it". It was also too cold and rainy to stick around long at breaks and lunch, and so I just muscled through. Unfortunately I couldn't take an photos on the road because I was worried about my phone getting wet. But stayed turned for tomorrow's post when we are on the road dressed in red!

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Friends For Life Bike Rally: Day 1

IMG_7421Send off at Allen Gardens bright and early Sunday morning. 

We are continuing our blog postings directly from the Friends for Life Bike Rally. Here's what Peter Harte had to say about the first day:

Story by Peter Harte

Photos by Dillon Sheenaard

Day 1 - July 24, 6:49 p.m.

Today went so fast I can't believe it. But being thrown into this is just what I needed. A quick change of pace from what I've been used to. The energy and support at our departure was so moving. So many people up at 7:30am ready to embark on an incredible journey.

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Vintage Bicycle Show 2016 Toronto

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Vintage Bicycle Show 2016

Community Bicycle Network hosts annual bike event at Trinity Bellwoods Park

This year there were fewer bikes and fewer really, truly old bikes at CBN's Vintage Bicycle Show. Last year we spotted a healthy number of steel Schwinns and still-rideable Raleighs and the year before that, we even saw a real live boneshaker! This year, these were some of the oldest and most interesting bikes we saw.

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Friends for Life Bike Rally: Rubbermaid Rustlers heroes of packing day

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Saturday, July 23 - T-minus 1 day

by Peter Harte

The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur to me when I think about them now. Travelling around Europe and leaving my job all within a two-week period can do that I suppose. But now that I've packed up my stuff and put it into the trucks, what I'm about to do is actually starting to set in. I love the feelings my body gets when I'm around Bike Rally friends. I heard it was close to 35 degrees today, but I swear I had goosebumps when I first saw the cargo trucks and people packing their things into the two bins that we're allowed to fill. Even in the heat everyone was smiling and giving tight sweaty hugs and I was reminded why I love this ride so much.

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