The Reading Line is hiring

From L-R - Park People policy coordinator Jake Tobin Garret and reading line co-organizers, Amanda Lewis and Janet Joy Wilson

Thanks to the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, our friends at the The Reading Line are offering two positions, in marketing and publicity! These paid contract positions will help support their book ride on August 26, 2017, and bring The Reading Line to its next stage of development. It's a really wonderful event that we've supported and promoted from day one!

Established in 2014, The Reading Line is an annual literary festival on two wheels that promotes local authors and advocates for improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Their mission is to make our city a better place, one book and one street at a time. Our book rides help mobile audiences see the city from a new perspective, using literature as a lens. They have programmed and executed three book rides, along the Green Line, Bloor Street, and Bathurst Street. This year’s ride along the Don River will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Do you care about books and bicycles? Do you have creative ways to combine the two and then share that vision with the world? The Reading Line wants to hear from you.

Job postings on their website. Deadline April 24.

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Cycling the Greater Golden Horseshoe


Story and photos by Sean Marshall

This story was originally published on Sean's blog. You can find it here.

Spring is here!

One of my favourite things to do is go for a ride, either within town, or on a day trip or an overnight excursion. Toronto’s ravines are a treat; and the further away from Lake Ontario you get, the quieter the trails are.

Two years ago, I was riding up the Humber River Trail north of Highway 401 when I saw a deer wandering down the path. I stopped, and the deer passed by, within metres of where I was standing. Not much further north, I saw two deer — a fawn and its mother — fording the Humber. Tommy Thompson Park, better known as the Leslie Street Spit, is another favourite place to go. The Spit was created from clean landfill to create a new outer harbour in anticipation for St. Lawrence Seaway shipping that never came. Instead, it has become an important migratory bird sanctuary. The views of Downtown Toronto are great, and there are no ferry lines to wait in.

For longer distances, GO Transit is especially helpful. All of their buses are equipped with bike racks and their train (outside of rush hour, of course) can handle over 25 bicycles each. (The seasonal Niagara trains have dedicated bike coaches as well.) GO Transit can get you out of the city for more rural rides, or for longer one-way rides to or from Toronto.

At least twice a year, I ride out to Hamilton on the Waterfront Trail, opting to enter that city by going around Burlington Bay and taking Cannon Street in from the east. It’s an 85 kilometre trip that takes the better part of the day. I’ll have dinner and drinks at one of the many Downtown Hamilton establishments before loading my bike on the bus at the Hamilton GO Centre. Other times, I have used GO Transit to get out to rail trails in Peterborough, Uxbridge, Guelph, or Barrie.

I prefer rail trails as they’re more relaxed than rural roads or highways; I’m not able to keep up with roadies, and I’m okay with that. Rail trails are flat, but they’re also usually unpaved, and some sections are very quiet. (I have gone 20 or 30 minutes without meeting another trail user in some rural areas.)

Here is a summary of some of my favourite long-distance rides.

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Spring Newsletter

The dandyhorse spring newsletter is here!

The newsletter is a total recap of what we've been up to at for the past month.

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Habs vs Leafs Bike Showdown

Even though some of us Toronto Maple Leafs fans know better than to get excited about a play off season, it IS possible at this point in time that the Leafs and Habs could face off in the play offs.... so let's see how Montreal and Toronto face off  when it comes to bike infrastructure. Guest post from Robert Zaichkowski originally published on February 20, 2017 on his blog Two Wheeled Politics.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Story and Images by Robert Zaichkowski

One of the oldest and largest Canadian sports rivalries is the Montréal Canadiens (Habs) versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Until last week’s Winter Cycling Congress (see previous post), I never biked in Montréal which Copenhagenize and Biking Expert ranked as among North America's best. After getting a taste of Montréal’s infrastructure, let’s review their facilities and see how Toronto stacks up.

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The Green Living Show 2017

The Green Living Show was a quiet show for cyclists this year.

One of the few bikes spotted at the Green Living Show

Story and photos by Cayley James

Out for its 11th year, The Green Living Show aims to "connect conscientious consumers to brands that stand for more than maximizing profits, who understand the importance of sustainability and who strive to spread this message."  I knew I was in the right place by the plethora of cargo bikes out front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

And yet once I checked in at the media desk I was met with the winners of the "Canadian Green Car Award," signs that announced IKEA, and mountains of taster cups being pushed around by maintenance staff in garbage bins.

Conscientious indeed.
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