Announcing the Tour de Bloor Passport

Councillor Joe Cressy announces the Tour de Bloor Passport at Bloor and Robert this morning, June 21, 2017.

Tour de Bloor Passport

New program shows new bike lane is a win-win for cyclists and merchants on Bloor

Story by Albert Koehl, photos by Jun Nogami

If a business opposes the Bloor pilot bike lane, does that mean it doesn’t want a cyclist’s business? It’s a question most merchants have probably never had to answer given the reigning political attitude that safe roads for cyclists are discretionary – a privilege to be granted or denied depending mostly upon motor traffic and parking impacts. The fate of the Bloor pilot bike lane will be determined by City Council in the early fall. In the meantime, an initiative by cycling groups to promote local businesses to the thousands of new cyclists on Bloor should help make the business question moot.

The Tour de Bloor Passport, which launches today, includes 75 businesses (including the ROM and HotDocs) along the Annex and Koreatown commercial areas of Bloor.

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Reflections on Bike to School Week 2017

The author's daugther, above, is already looking forward to Bike to School Week next year.

Bike to School Week 2017 is Becoming a Hallmark Bike Month Event

dandyhorse contributor Sonya Allin says Bike to School celebrations this year were better than ever due to more bike lanes downtown

Bike to School day has become a ritual at our downtown TDSB school (ALPHA Alternative.) This year 20 families participated in the annual group trek from Trinity Bellwoods park to the school gates. The trip has become something to look forward to for the families of ALPHA, and it offers a welcome occasion to reflect on the growth and change in our commute and community.

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Friends Without Drama Toronto Alley Cat June 24

FWOD social bike group is hosting Toronto's first Women, Trans, and Femme identifying ONLY alley cat June 24.

What is FWOD? Friends With Out Drama

FWOD-Toronto runs a weekly bike ride. In operation since July 2016, they meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. just inside the Trinity Bellwoods gates at Queen Street West and Strachan. It's is a social bike ride for women, trans, and femme identifying riders only. It's a 'no-drop' ride meaning they all stay together and go at a leisurely pace. This ride is for all types of bikes and all skill levels, and rides are usually under 25 km with anywhere from 5-12 riders. They try to expose our riders to riding in groups, riding in traffic, and riding safely all while having fun.

FWOD is an acronym that was born in Oakland California, where Sam Bell wanted to escape the 'bro' hierarchy of cycling. They wanted to ride bikes with like minded folks, who would help them feel safe and included in the bike community. Fast forward to almost 10 years later and FWOD social bike chapters have started in cities such as Brooklyn, Denver, Louisville, Milwaukee, Chicago, and so many more. Last summer one of the Toronto organisers was on a vacation in Chicago, and was invited to the ride... and felt she had to bring it home.

Since then FWOD Toronto has forged its own way into the many sub-cultures of the bike scene here.

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City of Mississauga Cycling Master Plan Update Underway

by Tammy Thorne ~ note: a shorter version of this story appears in NOW magazine

The City of Mississauga wants to know: Does Cycling Move You?

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BikeFACE: Mimi Warshaw

Rider statement: MIMI WARSHAW says "My mother does her thinking in the shower. I do mine on my bike."

dandyhorse is pleased to present the photo essay BikeFACE! by Marc Bernhard

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