Bike with Mike Layton Sunday, June 12, 2011

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.

Please bring:
- 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 or visit

Illustration of Christie Pits Park and surrounding area by Marlena Zuber, from dandyhorse magazine Volume 4, Issue 1

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dandyhorse Spring 2011 Issue Launch Party at the Gladstone Hotel Photos and Thank You


A great big thank you to everyone who helped make dandyhorse magazine Volume 4, Issue 1 and our launch party such a success. Pictured above is Elizabeth (on the left with dandies Tammy and Amanda), winner of the Opus Cervin bicycle raffle. Infinite thank you to Outdoor Gear Canada for donating the raffle bike and to the tireless volunteers whose sweat and tears resulted in every lovely printed page of our new issue. Without our team of dedicated volunteers and our fantastic advertisers dandyhorse would still just be a dream.

Missed our launch party? You can still get dandyhorse here or subscribe today.

All photos by Yvonne Bambrick

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The Season for Charity Bike Rides

Story by Dana Lacey
Photos by Zareinu

'Tis the season for charity bike rides. With a plethora of worthy causes to choose from, cyclists
can quickly become bogged down by indecision. Do you Ride to Conquer Cancer? Do you Cycle
for Sight
? Here’s another ride to add to your list: the Zareinu Moveathon. The ride supports the
Toronto-based Zareinu Educational Centre, a small non-profit that provides affordable state-of-
the-art treatment for kids with special needs (and financial support for their families).

Now in its 14th year, the event is divided into two separate rides. On June 12 from 11-6, the kid-
friendly Zareinu Movethon Festival takes over a large chunk of Downsview Park with carnival
games, mechanical and inflatable rides, a Ferris wheel, petting zoo and prize raffles. The day
features a 2km walk, 5km and 10km runs, and a 20km family ride. Admission is free.

Looking for a bigger challenge? Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to two wheels, trek
over to nearby Milton on June 26. Choose from three routes: 50km, 100km and 162.5km, which
all wind through the scenic Niagara Escarpment. The event is designed with rider comfort in
mind, with support vans, showers, change rooms and toilets, and food and drink stands en route.
You can even get a post-ride massage for those tenderized calve muscles. Finish off the day by
grabbing some BBQ from Zareinu’s tent. You can get to Milton via the GO Train – and you can
bring your bike. To participate, you have to raise a minimum of $1,000 (one of the event’s top
fundraisers, grandfather David Sherman, has raised nearly $100,000 over 5 Moveathons).

“Cycling is easy to start and even easier to get hooked on,” said Lou Orzech, who first started
riding at Zareinu’s 2007 ride. “I worked my way up from the 50 km, to the 100 km and then the
162.5 km over three years and now I’m riding at least four times a week.”

So start flexing those hamstrings and get on your bike for a good cause.

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dandyhorse Spring 2011 Volume 4, Issue 1 is available FREE at sponsor shops

Complimentary copies of dandyhorse Spring 2011, Volume 4, Issue 1 are now available at our local advertiser shops.

Please support our advertisers and pick up a copy of dandyhorse while you're there.

The Big Carrot 348 Danforth Ave
The Toronto Cyclists Union
The Cycle Shoppe 630A Queen St. West
Cyclemotive 156 Bathurst Street
Hoopdriver Bicycles 1073 College Street
Mountain Equipment Co-op 400 King St. West
Steamwhistle Brewery 255 Bremner Blvd.
Sweet Pete’s 1204 Bloor St. West
517 Bloor St. West
Urbane Cyclist 180 John St.
Liberty Cyclery 171 East Liberty St., Toronto
Crumpler Bags 883 Queen Street West, Toronto
Josephson Opticians
60 Bloor Street West, Toronto

To advertise in dandyhorse magazine, go here.

dandyhorse magazine will be available for sale at retailers across Toronto for Monday, June 6, 2011. Full list of retailers is here.

Volume 4, Issue 1 cover art by Dave Murray

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BikeSauce Moves and an Open House June 4, 2011

Just one year after opening its doors on Queen Street East, BikeSauce, the East End bike repair shop and cycling advocacy organization, is moving to a new – bigger and better – location just up the street!

Come join the Sauciers at their Grand Opening on June 4, 2011.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon.

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where: BikeSauce, 235 Broadview Avenue (just south of Dundas)
Time: 12pm - 6pm

Be sure to say hello to the friendly volunteers who make BikeSauce happen and get dandy while you're there. We're excited to welcome BikeSauce as part of our growing list of local retailers and you can purchase a copy of dandyhorse magazine's Spring 2011 issue at the open house!

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