Bells on Danforth June 25 2016

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Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 am come out to the Danforth for the fifth annual Bells on Danforth, a pedal-powered parade along Danforth Avenue. The ride will meet at the Prince Edward Viaduct Park and continue east along the full length of the Danforth all the way to Danforth Road, where the Crossroads of the Danforth Business Improvement Association will host an after-ride party.

There will be some special cycling superstars in attendance, including Marvin Macaraig of Scarborough Cycles, a project of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, who will be celebrating the opening of the new Scarborough bike hubs at AccessPoint on Danforth and the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre.

Be sure to come out and enjoy the ride with Bells on Danforth!

Coming in June! Our new issue of dandyhorse includes cover art by Kent Monkman, interviews with Catherine McKenna and the women behind Toronto's first feminist bike zine, lots of news and views on Bloor, Under Gardiner and the West Toronto Railpath and much, much more! Get dandy at your door or at better bike and book shops in Toronto.

Related on dandyBLOG:
Feeding the community through bike-based deliveries: Meals on 2 Wheels
Yonge Loves Bikes Ride Recap 2016
Another small step for bike lanes on Bloor-Danforth

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Feeding the community through bike-based delivery: Meals on 2 Wheels

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Feeding the community through bike-based delivery: Meals on 2 Wheels

by Tammy Thorne

Volunteering never felt so good. Now in its sixteenth year, West Neighbourhood House's Meals on 2 Wheels initiative brings food to those who need it, by bike.

Volunteer Sue Todd (pictured) has been biking meals to elderly residents of the west end downtown for the last few years and says, "If I didn't have to work, I'd do this every day." Todd, an illustrator by trade, is also a bike lover and says there's nothing better than riding around town on a sunny day, feeling the wind on your face - while helping people with mobility issues get healthy, hot meals.

The organization is looking for more volunteers. If you'd like to help, contact:  volunteers@westnh.org or fax it to 416-532-8739 or fill in the form here.

Delivering food by bike to elderly members of the community in need is a healthy and inclusive way to build community, says Angie Alves, who coordinates the program. She spoke with dandyhorse about how it works – and how more people can help. Continue reading

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Toronto’s Vision Zero Plan Leaves a Lot to Desire

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There are better ways to implement lower speed limits. 

By Albert Koehl

This post was originally published on Torontoist.

Toronto’s Vision Zero plan was always going to be a great plan—until its details were released.

What politician wouldn’t want to be associated with a plan to save lives? Even great champions of cars support a lower death toll on roads, so long as the business-as-usual model stays in place. Toronto’s Road Safety Plan [PDF], released last week, outlines a number of credible measures to improve road safety; but the lazy timeline, small budget, and submissive goal leave the impression that the priority is protecting the status quo, not the safety of road users. Even while acknowledging the Vision Zero goal, the Toronto plan aims merely to reduce “the number of fatal and serious injury collisions by 20 per cent by 2026,” providing a stark insight for what’s considered an acceptable “balancing” of safety and mobility. The other 80 per cent—or 400 lives (along with about 3,000 seriously injured bodies)—are apparently expendable.

ICYMI: Yesterday Public Works gathered to discuss Vision Zero, but sadly not much has changed since they first announced the tepid plan.

Read More: Toronto's Vision Zero Plan Leaves a Lot to Desire

Our new issue of dandyhorse has arrived! dandyhorse is available for FREE at Urbane Cyclist, Bikes on Wheels, Cycle Couture, Sweet Pete's, Hoopdriver, Batemans, Velofix, and Steamwhistle. Our new issue of dandyhorse includes cover art by Kent Monkman, interviews with Catherine McKenna and the women behind Toronto's first feminist bike zine, lots of news and views on Bloor, Under Gardiner and the West Toronto Railpath and much, much more! Get dandy at your door or at better bike and book shops in Toronto.

Related on dandyBLOG:
A More Bike Friendly TTC Means a Better Way for All Riders
Yonge Loves Bikes Ride 2016
Staying Visible with Style: Q&A With Fashion Designer's Twiss and Weber

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Yonge Loves Bikes Ride Recap 2016

Yonge Loves Bike Ride Group Shot June 18 2016
Photo by Peter Rogers

Story by Alison Stewart 

If you build it they will come. Wait a minute, nothing has been built yet, what was all of that free-wheeling taking place on Yonge Street this past Saturday? Over a hundred cyclists gathered in front of City Hall in 28 degree heat to participate in a family friendly ride down and up Yonge Street, with the protection of a police escort, in celebration of Bike Month. The group was happy to celebrate the upcoming installation of the Bloor bike lanes pilot in August and the council approval to study the possibility of bringing bike lanes to the Danforth.

Many of the cyclists who came out did so expressly for the opportunity to ride on Yonge Street without the fear of being hit by a car. We had people of all ages, including some young ones who will hopefully grow up to see a Toronto with a wider network of safe bike infrastructure.

The police escort was great, and it was very enjoyable watching them reprimand the cars parking illegally and stopping traffic at all the intersections to let us by. #Cycletopia. But what was particularly enjoyable about this group ride, as with most, is that it brought a diverse representation of our humanity together, united by one thing: the desire to enjoy our city by navigating the streets on bike.

Our new issue of dandyhorse has arrived! dandyhorse is available for FREE at Urbane Cyclist, Bikes on Wheels, Cycle Couture, Sweet Pete's, Hoopdriver, Batemans, Velofix, and Steamwhistle. Our new issue of dandyhorse includes cover art by Kent Monkman, interviews with Catherine McKenna and the women behind Toronto's first feminist bike zine, lots of news and views on Bloor, Under Gardiner and the West Toronto Railpath and much, much more! Get dandy at your door or at better bike and book shops in Toronto.

Related on dandyBLOG:
Staying Visible with Style: Q&A With Fashion Designers Twiss&Weber
A More Bike Friendly TTC Means a Better Way for All Riders
How Council Likes Bike Lane Plans More Than Bike Lanes

 

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Staying Visible with Style: Q&A With Fashion Designer’s Twiss and Weber

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Tonia Weber (left) and Laura Twiss (right), designers of Twiss & Weber, bike all around Ottawa while fashionably showing off their dandy digs. 

Photos by Zara Ansar from XOVelo.

Staying Visible with Style: Q&A With Fashion Designer's Twiss and Weber

We spoke to the ladies behind Twiss & Weber, designers of the bee dress from the fashion spread in dandyhorse's new issue, about some of the things they love most about cycling, the environment, and fashion. They gave us the rundown of how they cycle best, stay visible by looking great, and rock heels while riding to fashion galas.

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