Ride for a Dream – Day 3

Good vibes on the ride.

Ride for a Dream – Day 3

By Claire McFarlane

I can’t even describe how much better yesterday was compared to the first two days. We decided that we would ride in one big pack so that no one would get lost and not only did it prevent that from happening, but it made us more aerodynamic which helped us move faster. It also made the kilometres pass faster because we could converse with each other and we felt a lot safer than when we were biking by ourselves or in small groups.  And so the Ride for a Dream crew made significantly better time and the ride felt a lot easier on my brand new Giant Avail.

Along the way we stopped at a chip truck that was pretty much in the middle of nowhere for burgers and to stock up on some serious calories. It was awesome.

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Ride For A Dream – Day 1 and 2 – on the way to Montréal

On the road.

Ride For A Dream – Day 1 and 2

On the road to Montréal

Photos and story by Claire McFarlane 

Day One:

We made it to Darlington Provincial Park!

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Bike Plans in Other Cities: Montreal, Bogota and New York City

Image of Montreal’s existing bikeways courtesy of Ville de Montreal’s Master Plan

In anticipation of our upcoming bike plan election issue of dandyhorse — launch party June 26 — we decided to have our dandy journalism students research and write about other cities’ bike plans to explore new ideas that could work for Toronto’s soon-to-be refurbished bike plan.

This is the second in our series “Bike Plans in Other Cities”.

Bike Plans in Other Cities: Montreal, Bogota and New York City

By Lara Onayak

Municipalities around the world are working towards a greener and safer commute within their communities. Montreal, Bogota and New York City are just a few.

They are quickly adapting to the cyclist world with proposed programs and plans benefiting cyclists and of course, decreasing the gridlock on their roads.

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Bike Spotting: Do you want a protected bike lane on University?

Bike Spotting at University and College

Photos by Claire McFarlane, Interviews by Sarah Greene

We asked: Would you like protected bike lanes on University?


L.C. Pharand

No. Because there are parts of ‘separated’ bike lanes where cars are still able to come up and park, and if there is a physical barrier it is [even more] difficult for cyclists to get around those cars blocking the lane.

Paul Dollak

I don’t know why they didn’t do that already. They should have. There’s more than enough lanes of traffic – and I like driving too.

Rory McVey

That would be wonderful. A couple times I’ve come very close to being hit.

Justin F.

That would be awesome. Cause it’s a pretty busy street and there’s lots of lanes – it can get hairy sometimes.

Our upcoming issue of dandyhorse  will hit the streets in June and features a re-imagining of University Avenue with protected bike lanes. And, we asked 20 politicians, planners and policy-makers: Would you like protected bike lanes here on University?

Stay tuned to the dandyBLOG for date and location of our launch party. dandyhorse is available for free for a limited time at all of our local advertiser’s shops.
Related on the dandyBLOG:

Bike Spotting on Queen West

Win! Dutil denim during Bike to Work Week

Bike Spotting on Richmond

Bike Spotting on the Railpath

The Long Road to a Bike Path (dandyARCHIVE, issue one)

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Flashback Friday: All the cool kids are doing it

Kids cycling at Centre Island c. 1908.

Flashback Friday: All the Cool Kids are Doing it

By Alex Chronopoulos

All the cool kids biked to school in 1908.

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