Toronto gives cyclists “Quay to the City” through Sunday

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by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 7:25 PM

Toronto's Quay to the CityIn preparation for a thorough reconstruction of the Toronto waterfront, the city of Toronto is in the middle of a festival taking some of the waterfront pavement back for pedestrians and cyclists. Called “Quay to the City,” it’s part preview and part dry run of the future traffic plan on the shore of Lake Ontario. It runs only through Sunday, August 20th.

Next year, the city will start on a revitalization plan that includes a maple leaf-shaped floating pontoon island and a vastly improved streetscape, along with a permanent connection between the two sections of the Martin Goodman Trail.

BikingToronto offers a rundown of the weeek’s events, while arch-enemy bikeToronto offers a project overview.

Local reaction to the experiment is mostly positive, but one respondent noted, “What I don’t like is the huge cycle archway at the foot of York St. by Queen’s Quay [above] - what an ugly thing.”

That temporary sculpture is being called “l’arc de cyclomphe,” and it’s made from unclaimed bikes recovered by the Toronto Police. It’s not part of the permanent plan.

Indeed, the success of the test has many, including Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume, wondering why not extend the “temporary” improvements at least through Labor Day?

Also:

Flickr.com | Photos tagged “quaytothecity”

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Help Treehugger identify “non-lame” media cyclist portrayals

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by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 6:57 PM

Treehugger | Hollywood Bike Patrol Wants YOU

Treehugger is on a noble quest. Depressed by Steve Carrell’s loser cyclist in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and a similar sad sack in Talladega Nights, Treehugger is looking for positive media potrayals of cyclists.

Problem is, well, I’m not sure there are any.

Pacific Blue castUnless we go back to the ’80s movies Breaking Away and (the largely laughable) American Flyers, the best I can come up with is the hot bike cops who starred in five seasons of USA Network’s Pacific Blue, a cop drama about the squad of bike cops who patrol Venice Beach.

It’s so hard to find Hollywood cycling portrayals that aren’t dorky that Treehugger fell back on pictures of Brad Pitt riding with two of the Jolie-Pitt children from Us Magazine.

Others?

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Hugger Ts make Coudal weblog

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by Frank Steele on Aug 14, 2006 at 11:29 AM

Coudal Partners | Fresh Signals

Coudal's Fresh Signals

Our new t-shirt release made the “Fresh Signals” sidebar at the Coudal Partners weblog, a chronicler of good design.

Made us feel so good we wanted to share the love, so here’s a link to another great bike t-shirt, this one from Threadless: It’s “Infinity MPG”.

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Photo of the day

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by Frank Steele on Aug 13, 2006 at 8:47 PM

Fremont Bridge during Bridge Pedal 2006

Fremont Bridge, by Paul Bausch.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Providence Bridge Pedal (route map) in Portland today. The Bridge Pedal covers 6, 8, or 10 of the city’s bridges over the Willamette River, with ride distances up to 38 miles.

The City of Portland and Oregon DOT close some of the route to cars for the duration of the ride, and I saw that at least one of the bridges (Hawthorne Bridge) had fresh plywood placed over the metal bridge lanes just for the ride.

Organizers made a number of changes this year to address complaints after last year’s ride, including encouraging fast riders to take off at 6:30 a.m. and restricting kids riding solo to the shorter rides. If you rode, how did the changes work?

About 15,000 riders reportedly participated, which would make the Bridge Pedal the 3rd biggest ride in the US, behind the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York and the 20,000-rider Bike the Drive in Chicago (others, anyone?).

Also:

amphicon | portland bridge pedal!

Flickr | Photos tagged with Bridge Pedal

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Chicago’s Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 7:54 PM

Bicycle Film Festival

The Chicago edition of the Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday, with dates still scheduled in London, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Milan.

Highlights for Saturday include a 32-minute preview of M.A.S.H., an upcoming film about the San Francisco fixie scene by Michael Martin and Gabe Morford (1:30 preview), and a big-screen presentation of the 1976 classic A Sunday in Hell.

Here’s a PDF of the Chicago program, and a link to a PDF version of the LA Bicycle Film Festival Poster.

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Don’t call them “bumper” stickers

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 7:17 AM

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers

Bike Lane HottieThe Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering three different “fender stickers,” 2” x 5.25” each.

There’s “Use your head, wear a helmet,” “I AM TRAFFIC,” and (at left) “Bike Lane Hottie.” Get two of each for $5, which includes shipping.

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Specialized launches ride-in movies minisite

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 6:46 AM

Specialized Movies Presents

Specialized has launched a new promo site for its Stumpjumper mountain bike and Roubaix road bike. It’s presented as a “ride-in movies” site, with short video clips on both bikes.

And it’s really beautiful. I know I’m being sold to, but I couldn’t resist clicking around to see what else I could make happen, and the rendering and Flash work are really top-notch.

The Stumpjumper video owes a lot to “Itchy and Scratchy,” and didn’t do much for me, but the Roubaix video, where you can barely even see the bike, has a chance of going viral – before I was sent this link, I had already seen the video, by itself, linked at How to Avoid the Bummer Life, and it’s also up at YouTube.

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Miles in Mazama

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 9:02 AM

Pam and I are off on vacation and riding miles in Mazama, Wa. We haven’t planned anything specific, but will ride some combination of these roads, and a stage or two from the Methow Valley Tour, which was earlier this year. I’ll post on the “awe-inspiring scenery and challenging courses” while recovering from the rides at the Freestone Inn.

In the Fall, the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association puts on the 20th Annual Fall Bike Festival with road rides, mountain, cyclocross, and much more.

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Bra on Hydrant

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 7:17 AM

bra on hydrant.jpg Mark and I were downtown, on an errand ride, stopped at an intersection, and both spotted the bra on a hydrant. He snapped it while I recited all the possible ways that went down: “a drunken night, did someone lose this bra, did they take it off, where are the matching panties?”

The photo is also a great example of all the interesting things that can happen on rides. This one time, I was riding along with Marcus and by accident we found ourselves at the front of an AIDS ride finish. So, what did we do? Rode right through the finish, like we’d done the whole ride, and celebrated with everyone else!

What interesting things have happened to you when riding? Met a pro, a star, found a garden gnome, met your lover?

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Bike Hugger Shirts Update

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by Byron on Aug 07, 2006 at 5:04 PM

The shirts have arrived, are being printed, and should be ready to ship on Monday of next week (8/14/06). Those that have pre-ordered are in the queue first and we’re excited here to start wearing them ourselves!

You can purchase the shirts from Paypal or our Amazon store. If neither of those work, you can also contact us directly and we’ll take your order over the phone.

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