Bike Spotting Pride Edition

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Bike Spotting Pride Edition

Photos by Rhiann Moore

To celebrate Pride 2016 we spoke to folks at Church and Wellesley to see what makes them proud to be a cyclist in Toronto. It was sizzling hot on the pavement but everyone was keen to share their love of two wheels and Toronto's Pride festivities with us.

Here's what they had to say:

Sophie

Sophie

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride festivities?

"Oh 100 per cent I think it's one of the best places to be for Pride, it's a huge example for all of Canada."

Are you proud to be a cyclist in Toronto?

"Yes, of course I am!"

Steff

Steff

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride?

"Has anybody said no? Can you point to them? Hells yes! I even have a Lovebot Pride helmet at home, my tattoos are done by local Toronto artists."

Are you proud to be a cyclist?

"Yeah, I'm proud I get to ride."

Tattoos
Steff's amazing Lovebot tattoo.

Paul

Paul

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride?

"Of course! I love Toronto and I think it does Pride like no other city."

Are you proud to be a cyclist?

"Of course. It's cheaper, it's healthier, it's just a happier experience."

[Ed's Note: Paul prefaced his answer saying he didn't want to say anything that would make him sound pompous. I said, "Don't worry."]

Bill

Bill

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride?

"It's going to be really fun. Crowded and scary, but fun, a really fun time!"

Are you proud to be a cyclist?

"I'm proud to be a cyclist because I can get there 10 times faster than any car, but parking is a problem because they tear the [ring-and-post] locks out when they build condos and don't put them back."

Angela

Angela

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride?

"Of course! Yes."

Are you proud to be a cyclist?

"It's great for the environment, and the easiest way to get around the city."

Brian

Brian

Are you proud of Toronto's Pride festival?

"I am SO proud, because my friends from California get to come down and spend it with us!"

Are you proud to be a cyclist?

"A what!? Yes of course I am! I thought it was something sexual and then I'd have to ask my mom. Yes, I am proud to be a cyclist, just look at my bike!"

Brian's Lights
Brian has come up with a pretty fierce way to keep his lights from being stolen. Rrrrrawrrr!

Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat for being so dandy. Happy Pride everyone!

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