Story and (most) photos by Robert Zaichkowski
Huge turn out for the 2018 Coldest Day of the Year Ride
With rides starting from all ends of the city, over 100 turn out to show support for year-round bike infrastructure
No winter is complete for Toronto’s cycling community without Cycle Toronto’s annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride. This year marks the first time the ride started east of the Don River (at Alexander the Great Parkette) to show support for bike lanes on Danforth Avenue. Roughly two hundred people rode their bikes in the snow and temperatures of -5 Celsius. Continue reading
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Belonging at BIKE MINDS
Story by Derek Rayside, Photos by David Keogh
Belonging was the theme of the first BIKE MINDS event on January 17, 2018. Organized by Matt Pinder and Michelle Kearns, BIKE MINDS is a bicycle-themed storytelling event where guests share inspiring experiences, ideas and research related to cycling. Participants are invited to engage in thoughtful, inspiring, and inclusive conversations around a mutual appreciation for the bicycle. The evening was hosted at Fix Coffee + Bikes, with additional sponsorship from Amsterdam Brewery. This highly anticipated event had a waiting list larger than the venue.
We heard stories of how bicycles had been vehicles to welcome newcomers to Toronto and Canada, and of how bicycles had strengthened and enriched existing communities in Toronto. An emergent theme of the evening was how bicycles also created confidence and a sense of freedom. As keynote speaker Kyle Ashley said, “the heart of a bicycle is a person.”
Matt’s opening remarks echoed sci-fi author William Gibson: “The future is already here --- it’s just not very evenly distributed.” He set the stage by encouraging the audience to see these stories from this evening projected into creating a happier, healthier, more vibrant and sustainable future.
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