Spring cleaning: Abandoned bikes are being tagged and removed now

The author wouldn’t mind claiming this tagged-as-abandoned Peugot frame, but the city will either donate it to a non-profit it or send it to become scrap metal.

Spring cleaning: Abandoned bikes are being tagged and removed now

By Tammy Thorne

Love affairs sometimes fizzle when the frosty weather arrives, but for us bike lovers here at dandyhorse, it’s like a punch in the heart to find out that about 1,000 bikes are abandoned each year in the City of Toronto.

These bikes are now being tagged and removed by City cleanup crews. Why would anyone abandon their bike in the dead of winter, leaving it to rust and be stripped by thieves? We’re not sure. We’ll have to get to work on the psychological profile (ala Criminal Minds) and report back, but in the meantime, City officials say why or how these bikes got left behind doesn’t matter to them – keeping the sidewalks clear is their number one priority.

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Ontario’s paradigm shift in cycling policy

The 6th annual Ontario Bike Summit wrapped Tuesday with a second day of  plenaries, followed by a closing reception at Queen’s Park

Superstar cycling advocate Eleanor McMahon, of Share the Road, presents an award to Transportation Minister Glen Murray at the 6th annual Ontario Bike Summit closing reception at Queen’s Park

By Matt Talsma

The phrase “paradigm shift” was on the lips of many cycling experts and policy makers at the 6th annual Ontario Bike awards on Tuesday. You might be forgiven for dismissing this language as a politician’s penchant for the dramatic – but in this case, there is some real substance behind it.

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Giant Toronto grand opening


Giant Toronto grand opening

Story by Nico Mara-McKay
Photos by John Lee

Giant Toronto had their grand opening celebration for the Canadian flagship of Giant Bicycles on Friday, April 11, 2014. (Paul Nash and Murad Hassanali cut the ribbon, above.) Continue reading

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