Velovegan: Vegan meat delivered by bike to your door

Each weekend Ben Mueller-Heaslip and his partner make amazing vegan meats, then, Velovegan delivers those 'meats' all over Toronto - by bike. dandyhorse caught up with the founder of Toronto's only vegan food bike delivery service to find out a bit more about what it's like being vegan and working on two wheels.

Velovegan founder Ben Mueller-Heaslip and his dog Madeline. Images courtesy of Velovegan.

When and why did you start Velovegan?

Well, it's hard to say when I started. I'd been developing recipes for vegan meats ever since I became vegan many years ago, mostly because there weren't as many options back then as there are now and most of what was available was pretty terrible. So I was making vegan meats, and it was way better than what people could get from stores, so my friends wanted some, then they started buying it and people I didn't know wanted to buy it, so I decided that I should go into business. It became official about two years ago.

Why deliver by bike? 

Why deliver by bike? Because it's just the best way to do the job!

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Spotted: Stop and Smell the Carbon Monoxide

What: Graffiti on a bus stop bench, "Stop and Smell the Carbon Monoxide" next to Peterborough's only (partly) protected bike lane.

Although the origin of this graffiti is unknown, we believe it may be by prolific Peterborough street artist Jerm IX, as it is in the same font he uses for his name tags.

Where: Peterborough's main street, George Street, at McDonnel where two bike lanes meet.

Why we think it's dandy: Makes a point. Even when you are biking in a nice, wide, partly protected bike lane you are breathing in the exhaust from all those cars while you pedal -- and it doesn't smell like roses. Also, carbon monoxide is odourless.

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The Scenic Route: Comic by Chimo Chan from our Food Issue

From our best-selling food issue aka issue 7 this fantastic comic by Chimo Chan.

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Spotted: Foxy Rider


SPOTTED: A bike-riding fox on Harbord Street

What: When the previous mural had been tagged by grafitti artists and needed to be painted over, Riders bike shop decided to commission a piece by the Clandestinos, a local artist duo who go by the names Brunosmoky and Shalak Attack. The artists had free reign for their vision of the mural and it is a welcome addition of colour and cycling art along the well-used Harbord bike lane.

Where: The foxy mural is located on the side of the bike shop, Riders Cycle and Board, at Harbord Street and Roxton Street.

Why we think it's dandy: Great shop, new Bike Share station, and it's all topped off with a Foxy rider... what's not to like?

~Submission from Allison McKellar~

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Bloor Bikes WEST! Let’s talk about extending the Bloor bike lane westward on Sept. 18

Story by Robert Zaichkowski. Image by Hyedie Hashimoto.

Back in January 2016, Cycle Toronto’s Ward 18 group hosted their successful "Bike Lanes Mean Business" event, which presented the economic benefits of cycling to a packed house at Ciro’s near Bloor and Lansdowne. It even prompted the Danforth Loves Bikes campaign to copy-and-paste the event in April 2016 for an east-end perspective. With the fate of the Bloor bike lanes to be decided at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) and City Council this fall, the Ward 18 and Ward 14 groups have teamed up for a follow-up act called Bloor Bikes WEST! Continue reading

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