From North to South: Québec bicycles find new homes in Haiti via Cyclo Nord-Sud

Christine Gauvin and Claude Beauséjour of Cyclo Nord-Sud in Montréal QC. Photo by Su Sokol.

From North to South: Québec Bicycles Find New Homes in Haiti

 by Su Sokol. Photos courtesy of Cyclo Nord-Sud

In the Montréal neighbourhood of Villeray where I’m scheduled to meet Claude Beauséjour and Christine Gauvin of Cyclo Nord-Sud, the temperature is just below freezing, but the sun is shining brightly and the scent of melting snow fills the air. In other words, it’s spring in Montréal.

Cyclo Nord-Sud, where Claude and Christine both work, is an organization that collects used bicycles and ships them to Latin America and Africa where they begin new lives as part of local development projects there. Although ‘Cyclo’ has been around for only a little more than fifteen years, it has an impressive list of accomplishments. It has developed a diverse array of projects in partnership with local organizations in 18 different countries — from Bolivia to Cameroon to Cuba, from Nicaragua to Sierra Leone to Togo—earning a number of awards along the way. Last year, Cyclo celebrated the donation of its 50,000th bicycle.

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Pothole Patrol: Call 311 and help make Toronto’s streets safer this spring

A dangerous, rocky ditch along the Queen East streetcar line.

Pothole Patrol: How You Can Make Toronto’s Streets Safer

It’s that lovely time of year again: the weather’s getting warmer, the snow is getting scarcer, the birds are chirping—but the news isn’t all good. With the melting ice of spring comes a spike in the number of pesky potholes that plague Toronto streets. To help get these perennial hazards filled in as quickly as possible, call 311 or tweet @311 to report them. Email or call the local councillor too, if you like, as their staff can monitor the road repair and ensure it is done in a timely manner.

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Bike to Transit survey shows need for more bike infrastructure at GO stations

Clarkson GO station bike shelter in Mississauga. Photos courtesy of Donald Wiedman.

Bike to Transit surveys GTA commuters who bike and take the train

Story by Jonah Brunet

A survey of 100 bike-to-GO commuters produced by Donald Wiedman of Bike to Transit shows that the GTA, with its steadily increasing population along with the increasing popularity of commuter cycling, is once again in need of a bicycle infrastructure boost.

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Toronto neighbourhoods’ bike personalities revealed in new poster

Image courtesy of Chris Simonen

Toronto neighbourhoods’ bike personalities revealed in new poster

Toronto is a city of distinct districts, from the Beaches all the way to North York and down to the ‘dale, and now, thanks to a Bicycle Identification poster produced by Chris Simonen and his friends at Sly Eye, the unique spirits of these districts have been personified. Well, not exactly.

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An invitation to Bikechain’s 10-year anniversary

An invitation to Bikechain’s 10-year anniversary

From Andrew Bacchus, Administrative Manager at Bikechain 

Friends,

Please join us on Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Bikechain’s 10-year anniversary and 25,000 visits! A lot of people have helped us to get this far, including our amazing volunteers, dedicated staff, board of directors, U of T unions, personnel, groups, and Toronto-based community organizations.

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