Interview and photos by Robert Zaichkowski
A common complaint among Toronto’s cycling community is vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes and the lack of enforcement. Since June, parking enforcement officer Kyle Ashley took to two wheels and his @TPS_ParkingPal Twitter account to catch the blockers. I spoke with Kyle recently to find out more about parking enforcement challenges.
Toronto's new bike lane brigade featuring Erin Urquhart (left), Kyle Ashley (centre), and Sabrina Kloetzig - via @TPS_ParkingPal
Who/What: Caitlin Allen provided tunes for the "sunset" ride from downtown to Taylor Creek Park for this Sunset Series ride as part of the Bicycle Music Festival.
Where: Near the “elephants” in the Don Valley.
Why we think this is dandy: The same bike was put on a stand to provide pedal-powered juice for the entire concert sound system.
Submission from Jun Nogami.
~ You can read more about the Bicycle Music Festival on Jun's blog. ~
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Spotted: Raccoon on a bike
The folks behind The Reading Line want to make the city a better place, one street (well, trail in this year's case) and one book at a time. This year's book ride encourages participants to reflect on the benefits of nature and improved mental health along with the power of literature to change lives and how we interact with the city.
Established in 2014, the free "book ride" is an annual literary festival on two wheels that promotes local authors and advocates for improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.
The 2017 book ride, taking place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, with a focus on nature, will tour mobile audiences to see the city from a new perspective through the lens of literature.
On August 21, Charlie's Freewheels will host a Bike and Poetry workshop as part of The Reading Line series. You can find more information here.
What: Raccoon on a bike, mural by Moises Frank.
Where: Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre Bike Hub, 93 Birchmount Rd.
Why we think it's dandy: Because raccoon + bike = OH SO TORONTO!
"We concluded that a raccoon best represented our city and thus it became the icon for the cyclist on the storage container," said artist Moises Frank.
"The community response to the mural has been overwhelmingly positive, and we think it makes a great background for our activities at the hub, especially since there is nothing in the community that look like it. We think the mural definitely helps with our efforts to build bike culture in Scarborough, through identification and placemaking, said Marvin Macaraig, Community Health Worker and Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub Coordinator at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services on the Danforth.
Image sourced from www.bikoapp.com
Story by Cayley James
BIKO wants you to get riding! Have you been collecting points?
Biko launched in Toronto in mid May to much fanfare. It’s a cycling incentive app that converts kilometres cycled to “Biko Points.” You can then cash in these points for free stuff and discounts at businesses around the city and online. The intention is to entice people to bike more with the sweet promise of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, free flights of beer at Hendersons, and discounts on helmets from Urbane to name a few. In time, we’ll have a greener city with healthier denizens committed to spending money at local businesses. As the Biko website shows, there is already some pretty impressive data collected from their users. (See above.)
Founded in Columbia, the app was available first in Bogota and Medellin and soon after Mexico City. Vancouver was their first venture north of the 49th parallel last year. The app's arrival in Toronto seems primed for success. But almost 4 months later, it's still gaining steam -- and participants both on the cycling and business side, with 16,500 people signed up for the points-per-kilometre scheme and 40 local businesses providing the rewards.
Incentive programs aren’t a foreign concept here, but Toronto has been slow on the uptake. There are a few businesses that offer their employees monetary incentives but as far as connecting riders and businesses on a city-wide level, things are relatively quiet in Canada's largest city. We have Strava - but that's not really accessible to those who aren't head over heels for stats (and willing to use their data to clock long road rides.) And there's the Toronto Cycling App ... which is ... nice? I guess? (Full disclosure: I have not used it.)
But I wanted to know: Is Biko worth using up my data for?