BIKE MINDS March 2020: Bikes and Limits

Story & photos by Robert Zaichkowski

The BIKE MINDS storytelling series has covered a wide variety of bike related stories since its inception in 2018 involving themes such as belonging, travel, career, and growth. The storytelling event even launched in Ottawa this past January with a second Ottawa event currently in the works. The theme for the Tuesday, March 3, 2020, event at Curbside Cycle was “Bikes and Limits” - illustrating how the power of bikes can be pushed to the limits, though there was no limit to the energy of the event’s emcee Janet Joy Wilson.

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Bike Minds January 2020: Bikes and Growth

Bike Minds January 2020: Bikes and Growth

Story and photos by Jun Nogami

Bike Minds is  "a bicycle-themed storytelling event where guests share positive, personal, and inspiring stories related to cycling."  There are three gatherings scheduled for Toronto in 2020. Last night was the first one, on the theme of Bikes and Growth. We were hosted by Curbside Cycle who were good enough to close early and clear their showroom floor to accommodate the audience.

Our emcee for tonight was the one and only Janet Joy Wilson, founder of the Reading Line.

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dandyhorse newsletter winter 2020

The dandyhorse winter 2020 newsletter is here.

Links to upcoming bike lane public consultation meetings, and more, inside this issue.

PSST! There are TWO public meetings tonight for the extension of the Bloor bike lanes west, and for complete streets on The Danforth.

Check out all the news here. The City's public consultations for bike infrastructure are all listed here.

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Image in this issue of the dandy newsletter is from the collection of Lorne Shields. Read more about it at

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Will 2019 be a predictor of things to come in 2020? A cycling year in review.

Story and photos by Robert Zaichkowski based on bike plan tracking work done with Albert Koehl

No amount of sugar coating can hide the fact 2019 was a dismal year for bike lane installations. That year saw only three kilometres of on-street cycling infrastructure installed; a number considered dismal even by the standards of the three prior years. This brings the four year total to 30.5 kilometres or still less than 10% of the 335 kilometres called for in the 2016 Cycling Network Plan.

New trail along Unwin Avenue completes a gap in the Martin Goodman Trail.

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Bike lane tracking sheet January 2020

Bike Plan Tracking - bike lanes as of January 2020

Courtesy of Albert Koehl.


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