Sketchy the Clown for mayor: “Don’t vote for me”


Sketchy the Clown for mayor: “Don’t vote for me”
One candidate’s take on bikes in the city

Interview and photos by Jenna Campbell

We recently posted our dandy mayoral primer to let readers where some of the candidates stand on bikes. Sketchy the Clown is not a serious candidate — he’s a clown everyone — but he is serious about cyclist safety in the city, so we thought we’d share the full interview for fun.

Don’t forget to vote on Oct. 27. 

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The Pan Am Path links communities through green infrastructure

Wayfinding structures guide cyclists and pedestrians in the Lower Don Valley.

The Pan Am Path links communities through green infrastructure

Story and photos by Corey Horowitz

Toronto’s urban ravine system is a tremendous natural asset. It can be cited as one of a few unique features that distinguish us from other world class cities. The arrival of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games (July 10-26 and August 7-15, 2015) will bring approximately 10,000 athletes, over 20,000 volunteers and about 250,00 total visitors to the GTA. With the spotlight on Toronto comes a welcome opportunity to realize the inherent potential of our greenways beyond the current patchwork of often disjointed paths and recreational trails.

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One afternoon in the valley: Don Valley bike trails look lovely, lack connectivity


One afternoon in the Valley

Story and photos by Jeff Carson

As someone who lives in the east end of the city, I can’t help but think of the Lower Don Recreation Trail as a bit of a tease. From the north end at Taylor Creek Park to where it ends at Lake Shore Boulevard, the trail offers beautiful views, a nicely paved path (for the most part) and a feeling of separation from the city. It’s a great trail, but it feels oddly disconnected.

I know, it’s a recreation trail, not a commuter path — but why can’t it be both? Many people do use it to commute north, to Sunnybrook hospital or the Glendon campus at York.) If trails are being promoted as where cyclists should be riding then these trails must connect, not only with each other, but with on-street bike lanes too.

I took a ride to find out more about the trail and why it never takes me anywhere I actually want to go.
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A new cyclist’s review of the West Toronto Railpath

Photo credit goes to the kind stranger I met on the trail.

Story and remaining photos by Jenna Campbell

A new cyclist’s review of the West Toronto Railpath

I just recently learned about the West Toronto Railpath. What people have told me has been mostly positive. They’ve said it’s great and it’s beautiful — but it just doesn’t go anywhere.

On a warm afternoon, I grabbed my helmet and headed on my longest bike ride yet in Toronto to check out the railpath.

To start, I biked west on Wellesley Street. I wasn’t more than five minutes into my ride when I had to come to a full stop and get off my bike, west of Yonge Street. The situation was a little awkward.

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