On Sunday, June 12, 2011 Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina) Councillor Mike Layton and team are hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt on bicycles. The event, Bike With Mike, starts and concludes at Christie Pits Park on Bloor Street West.
In anticipation of the event, dandyhorse had the opportunity to ask Councillor Mike Layton why two wheels are better than four.
dandyhorse: What is your commute?
Councillor Mike Layton: From Clinton, I travel east on College to Beverley, south to Dundas then east to Chestnut. My commute to work is about 2 km or 13 minutes. Easy.
dandyhorse: What change could improve your commute the most?
Councillor Mike Layton: My biggest pet peeve is parking in bike lanes. Especially delivery trucks during rush hour. If we could keep bike lanes sacrosanct, even just for rush hour, the ride would be much safer. Uneven road conditions is a problem along bike routes. What is the use of the bike lane if you need to weave into traffic because the bike lane is not passable? Snow piling up on the south side of the street in winter is also a problem.
dandyhorse: Your Bike with Mike event this Sunday in Christie Pits encourages participants to explore Ward 19 by bicycle. Why did you choose to use bicycles instead of walking or transit?
Councillor Mike Layton: We are trying to encourage cycling as a transportation option. I think most people already accept walking and transit as acceptable forms of transportation. We want them to think of cycling in the same way.
dandyhorse: Where did you learn to ride a bicycle?
Councillor Mike Layton: I learned to ride on the quiet streets of the Annex in the early 80s and in the parks around Bloor and Bathurst where I grew up. I really learned to road ride, growing up, on numerous cycling camping trips with my parents across Ontario. This is when my love of cycling really began. When you are cycling, you are able to take your surroundings in. But riding on those highways was dangerous, as riding on roads can be. So I'm not surprised many people are scared to go toe-to-toe with cars when there is no barrier.
dandyhorse: Of all the separated bike lane proposals, which one do you think would work best or, be most needed?
Councillor Mike Layton: As an east-west route, I like Richmond, but there are many driveways to consider and we need to find ways to accommodate everyone. I look forward to seeing a concept, and how it addresses these limitations. North-south, I still think University is viable and because of it's great size and lack of driveways.
dandyhorse staff will be attending the event and we'll have our latest issue, Volume 4, Issue 1, for sale. (We'll also be selling back issues for just $5 and dandy Ts for $20 an $25.) Be sure to stop by the dandy table!
Trinity-Spadina Bike Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, June 12, 11 AM–4 PM Meet at Christie Pits Park, Bloor/Crawford entrance
Grab your bike and helmet and join Councillor Mike Layton and his team for a two-wheeled scavenger hunt around our community.
Teams of two or more are recommended, so be sure to bring your friends and family to this fun, green and free event.
- Bike helmet and bell or whistle
- Camera or camera phone
- Water and snacks to keep you fuelled
- Weather-appropriate gear
After the Scavenger Hunt, join Mike at the park for pizza and refreshments, prize announcements and other cycling-related activities & information.
Need more info? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mikelayton.ca.
Illustration of Christie Pits Park and surrounding area by Marlena Zuber, from dandyhorse magazine Volume 4, Issue 1