Spotted: Penny farthing races at Morrow Park in Peterborough c. 1885


Spotted: Penny farthing bicycle races circa late 1800s/early 1900s captured in a photo in the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

What:  A photo reproduction on the wall at the Peterborough Museum and Archives display, possibly from 1885.

Where were the races held: Morrow Park adjacent to the Memorial Centre, where the Peterborough Pete's play.

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Octogenarian Joanne Young promotes pedal and people power


Joanne Young at her home in Parkdale wearing a “Moosonee Voice Of Women” sweater. She participated in a protest in Moose Factory against an Ontario hydro facility proposed there in the late 80s.

Photo by Molly Crealock

Forever Young

Story by Amelia Brown and Tammy Thorne

~ This story originally appeared in issue 10. ~

Joanne Young has been arrested nearly 30 times over her 86 years. On each occasion she was participating in an act of civil disobedience - protesting the government’s misdeeds to raise awareness. There’s an outstanding warrant for her arrest in the United States.

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New Contraflow Bike Lane connects you through Kensington Market

The new contraflow lanes through Kensington Market connect cyclists to the College Street lane in the north and the Richmond/Adelaide cycle tracks in the south (sort of.)

Contraflow lanes come to Kensington

by Ali McKellar

More good news for Toronto cyclists: There's a new bike lane in Kensington Market. The contraflow lane, which runs northbound on Denison Avenue and Bellevue Avenue between Queen and College Streets, provides an important north-south connection for cyclists in the core and represents another step forward in building the City’s Cycling Network Plan. The majority of the route is a 2 metre wide painted lane separating cyclists from southbound traffic, however some sections of the route are marked by sharrows.

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Cycling the Trans Canada Trail with Edmund Aunger

Update: On November 1, 2017, Pam Damoff (MP Oakville North-Burlington) presented Petition e-957 in the House of Commons, calling for the adoption of a Trans Canada Trail Act that will set minimum standards for safety and quality, and ensure that the trail is a genuinely non-motorized, and world-class greenway. The Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, must now table a response within 45 days.


Cycling the Trans Canada Trail with Edmund Aunger

My decision to bicycle 12,500 kilometres on the Trans Canada Trail – from Victoria, British Columbia, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – was not inspired by an adventuresome spirit; it was imposed by a heart-breaking trauma and a guilt-ridden conscience.

On July 14, 2012, my wife, Elizabeth Ann Sovis, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while we were on a three-week Trans Canada Trail cycling holiday in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. 
“No roads,” she had reminded me every year for a decade as I planned our summer bicycle tours. “I won’t ride anywhere near motorised vehicles. It’s too dangerous.” She trusted me to respect this fundamental rule and to keep her safe.

During our early travels, when I naively believed the Trans Canada Trail organisation’s much publicised commitment “to provide a safe and enjoyable trail experience on high quality trail,” maybe I could have been forgiven for putting her life in danger. But, after several years of harrowing and life-threatening incidents, I no longer had any excuses.

Three days after her death, I contacted the Trans Canada Trail headquarters in Montreal and volunteered to do whatever was needed – lobbying, campaigning, fundraising – to promote the completion of a national trail that would be safe and accessible for hikers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.

And on November 21, 2012, in an Edmonton coffee shop, I met with Deborah Apps, president and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail organisation, and explained my plan to bicycle the trail from coast to coast – from the Pacific to the Atlantic – over the next five summers. She promised full support with travel logistics, media communications and public relations.

The next spring, however, after learning that Elizabeth had strongly opposed the motorisation of the Trans Canada Trail, Deborah Apps had an abrupt change of heart. There would be no collaboration. I was on my own.


Trans Canada Trail, Otter Lake, British Columbia. Photo by Richard K. Aunger.

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