BIXI Toronto expands coverage by 50%

Why Are You on a BIXI Today and How Far Are You Going?
Lucy rides a BIXI from our Bike Spotting BIXI. Photo by Tammy Thorne.

BIXI Toronto will begin relocating 17 stations starting this Saturday, November 26, 2011. On-street stations are being moved to prevent damage during snow removal. Stations with lower usage will also be relocated.

The City of Toronto and BIXI will place these existing stations at new locations outside of the current service area. Originally covering 8 square kilometres, BIXI users will get access to stations now covering 12 square kilometres, an expansion of 50%. The station at Phoebe Ave and Spadina will also grow with 24 new docking points added.

BIXI Toronto has reached 3936 members after only 6 months of service and riders have made 372,417 trips. BIXI Toronto is also reporting that the average number of trips per day has seen little decrease even as outside temperatures continue to fall. Toronto's bike-share system is up and running year around, the first system open all year in Canada.

BIXI Toronto station relocations are as follows:

From To
Shuter St/ Bond St SW corner Sherbourne/ Carlton (Allan Gardens)
CNE SW corner Trinity/ Front (Distillery)
Peter/ Queen SW corner Bathurst/ Queens Quay (Island Airport)
Duncan/ Queen NE corner Queen/ Van Auley
Mutual St/ Gould St SW corner corner Gould/ Mutual
Hayter St/ Bay St NE corner Euclid/ Bloor
Beverley St/ College St SE corner Bathurst/ Lennox
Beverley St/ Grange Ave SE corner Queen/ Portland
College St/ Roberts St NW corner College/ Major
Hoskin Ave/ Devonshire Pl SE corner Bloor/ Brunswick
Surrey Place/ Grovesnor Ave NE corner King St/ Princess Ave
Yonge St/ Dundonald St NE corner College St/ Borden
University Ave/ Richmond St SE corner Wellington St/ Portland St
Church St/ Granby Ave NW corner Church St/ Alexander St
University Ave / Charles St NE Bay St/ Scollard Ave
Mutual Ave/ Dundas NE corner Sherbourne St/ Wellesley St
Jarvis St/ Shuter Ave SE corner Bathurst St/ Dundas St

Stations will be moved on these days:


1. University Ave / Charles St
2. Peter / Queen
3. Mutual Ave / Dundas


1. Expansion of Phoebe Ave / Spadina Ave
2. College St / Roberts St
3. Church St / Granby Ave


1. Beverley St / Grange Ave
2. Jarvis St / Shuter Ave
3. Mutual St / Gould St


1. Hayter St / Bay St
2. Surrey Place / Grovesnor Ave
3. CNE


1. Shuter St / Bond St
2. Duncan / Queen
3. Yonge St / Dundonald St


1. University Ave / Richmond St
2. Beverley St / College St
3. Hoskin Ave / Devonshire PI


Earlier this summer our Bike Spotting team found that BIXI riders were already travelling outside of the service area: Why are you on a BIXI and how far are you going?

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Bike Spotting at Occupy Toronto

Photos by Cassandra Kardos and Tammy Thorne

Occupy Wall Street is a demonstration that began on September 17, 2011. Protesting growing economic divides, the demonstration has spread to cities across North America. Occupy Toronto began on October 15, 2011 and St. James Park was soon filled with private tents and yurts donated by unions. As of today, protestors in Toronto and other cities across Canada, have been moved from their encampments.

We were there on ‘eviction day’, November 22, and asked some of the protestors and curious passers-by: How does the bicycle influence your personal economy?

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Tour d’Afrique 10th Anniversary

The Tour d'Afrique is a one-of-a-kind cycling journey that traverses the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town.

Photos of the intensely personal experiences of riders and crew of the Tour d’Afrique have been collected in 10: Celebrating Ten Years of the Tour d’Afrique Bicycle Race and Expedition.

Monday, November 21 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Rivoli
334 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario

Door prizes & Draw
Books & Tees for sale

Facebook event page.

If you can't make it to the book launch you can order the book online.

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Remembering Jenna

A group of approximately 600 friends, family and supporters of safer streets gathered on the morning of Monday, November 14, 2011 at the memorial ride for Jenna Morrison. A "ghost bike" was installed near the intersection of Dundas Street West and Sterling Road where Ms. Morrison lost her life in a collision with a truck. Among the supporters were City Councillor Mike Layton and Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash. A coalition of cycling advocates recently compelled the Chief Coroner's office to study cycling related deaths over the last four years in this province.

A trust fund has been created for Morrison’s family through TD Bank. To donate using a TD Bank account use branch number 0246 and account number 637 2358. For donations from other financial institutions use transit number 02462, institution number 004, account number 02466372358, and the name associated to the account, Kimberlee White. Donations may also be made by phone using TD EasyLine Banking, 1-866-222-3456.

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How we got here: from the days of the dandyhorse, Item 1, The Big Jug

By Tammy Thorne
Photos courtesy of Lorne Shields
Special thanks to research by writer Roger Street (via Lorne Shields.)

How we got here: from the days of the dandyhorse
A series – from the collection of Lorne Shields.

Since 1967, Lorne Shields has developed a detailed knowledge of bicycle history and his collection is now considered a national treasure. In the 1980s, he donated a portion of his collection, including 42 world-class bicycles, to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Some of the items that remain in Lorne’s possession will be shared here in our series: How we got here...

Item 1: The Big Jug


What is it?

A large and important Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold of Saxe Cobourg commemorative jug of cycling interest, circa 1818-19.

Who made it?

A potter named Thomas Brough of Lane End. (Longton is the modern name for Lane End.)

Who owned it?

It bears an intriguing inscription on its front reading: “Richard Cooper’s Hobby Red Lion St Helen.” Richard Cooper was the licensee of the family-owned Red Lion public house in St. Helens, Lancashire, in the year 1820.

What era is it from?

The ‘pedestrian hobby horse’ images prove that the jug must have been produced at least a year-and-a-half after Princess Charlotte’s death, when her loss would still have been keenly felt. Sadly, after only eighteen months of married bliss, Charlotte died on November 6th 1817, following the birth of a stillborn son. The whole country mourned “their dear Charlotte”.

How big is it?

It stands 14” high and has a diameter of 12” at the widest point, but is 16”overall from handle to spout. At its widest point the circumference is 38” – 3’ 2” or almost a metre wide. It weighs 11 pounds. For real ale enthusiasts, it holds 25 pints to the bottom of the rim, though it would take a strong person to lift and pour it when full.

Why it was made:

The jug must date from the hobby horse era of 1819 to 1821, but probably the earlier date. The jug was likely to have been a special commission. It was common in the 1800s that pubs would have a dominant object, which was their ‘wonder’ – a large decorative piece – such as the big jug, or often, elaborate pieces of Stourbridge coloured glassware or the famous large stuffed pike in a glass case. The jug belongs squarely in that tradition, and likely served as an attraction and advertisement for the Red Lion at St. Helens. Pubs had to advertise, as there was fierce competition from other pubs.

Why we love it:

No less than twenty-four (mostly repeated) illustrations of the hobby horse velocipede appear around the body of the jug.

There is one single illustration of ‘The Real Dandy Hobby’ – being a true depiction of the exciting new machine as ridden by the dandies and others in London and elsewhere in Europe in the Spring of 1819.

The Real Dandy Hobby close up

The Real Dandy Hobby is visible bottom left.

Special thanks to research by writer Roger Street (via Lorne Shields.)

The book Dashing Dandies by Roger Street can be found here.


Next item up: the "skirt lifter"

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