In 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.
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.”
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?
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.
Unless 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.
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?).