A love letter to Montreal

 The author and her stolen trike. 

Story by Salima Punjani

This post was originally featured on Cult MTL.

This is a city where bikes get stolen. This isn’t exactly news. Speak with almost any cyclist living in Montreal, and they probably have had to replace their bike due to theft at some point. I’m a new cyclist. I only started biking last year. I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which affects my balance. I can’t ride a normal bike.

Last summer, I bought a tricycle to get around town. It completely changed the way I interact with the city. With MS it is  important to stay active and tricycling around town helped me do that.

Two weeks ago my tricycle got stolen. Though I was completely crushed, the events that took place after renewed my faith in humanity and gave me an incredibly deep appreciation for the people who live in this city.
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Let’s Talk About Laneways

Let's Talk About Laneways ... and why they are no substitute for a bike lane network

New 'Laneways as Bikeways' project draws ire from some in the cycling community

Story and photos by Robert Zaichkowski. ~ Originally posted in Two Wheeled Politics. ~

Laneways have been getting a lot of attention in Toronto lately. There's the ongoing push to allow secondary homes to be built on top of laneway garages to help address Toronto’s housing shortage, while many laneway garages showcase all kinds of wonderful murals. One laneway I sometimes use as a shortcut to the Parkdale Library called Milky Way, is home to a community garden owned by the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.

Milky Way laneway in Parkdale

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Bike Spotting: What’s your favourite bike lane?

On a glorious July afternoon we set up camp at St. George and Bloor to ask folks what their favourite bike lane is in the city.

Cassius

Adelaide. I like the separation they have with the planters on the west side of the city. It provides a lot of space where cyclists can ride side by side and pass each other if need be. Also drivers seem to respect no parking in the lane.

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dandyhorse summer newsletter is here

The latest edition of the dandyhorse newsletter is out and about!

You can check it out here.

This edition recaps what we've been up to for the summer so far and recaps the amazing BikeFACE! photo essay we were lucky enough to feature for Bike Month.

You can sign up for future newsletters (and read past newsletters) here.

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New waterfront park at Ontario Place

Despite the high water levels, riding along the shoreline of Lake Ontario just got that much sweeter.

View of Lake Ontario from the new Trillium Park.

Trillium Park, the city’s newest park, and the William G. Davis Trail, the new multi-use paved trail which winds through the park, is open to the public and a beautiful addition to the waterfront. Located to the west of downtown, on former industrial lands connected to Ontario Place, the trail connects seamlessly to the existing Martin Goodman trail, providing cyclists, runners, and walkers respite from the whizzing cars along Lakeshore Drive. The new Trillium Park is a lush green space, with smooth-as-butter pavement, shaded rest areas and one of the best views of the downtown skyline Toronto has to offer.

Joey Schwartz of the Toronto Bicycle Network attended the launch of the new park and also enjoyed riding the trail. He shared these photos with us.

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