Biking in Toronto


My 5 Favourite Quotes About Cycling

John F. Kennedy

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

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Ernest Hemingway

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best."

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Albert Einstein

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

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Arthur Conan Doyle

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."

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H.G. Wells

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

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Perfect Day for a 30 minute 14 km Ride

Perfect Day for a 30 minute 14 km RideNow that the big ride is behind me, my go-to route is a brisk 14 km ride that takes me 30 minutes. I strapped on my GoPro when I went out this morning so you can follow along at home.




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The Idaho Stop

The Idaho StopIn 1982, the state of Idaho made it legal for cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. Essentially, if it's safe, you can slow down a little and blow right through the stop sign.

I consider myself a safe cyclist. I signal, I respect vehicles on the road and, for the most part, I follow the rules of the road. When I encounter a stop sign and the coast is clear, however, I treat it like a yield sign. I risk the ticket and practice the Idaho stop.

It would be nice to see the Idaho stop adopted here, so that becomes legal. I'd also like to explore the option of treating a red light like a stop sign. In essence, if you're on a bicycle, stop signs become yield signs and red lights become stop signs.

Bikes. Bikes as far as the eye can see. #rtccto

It just makes sense, doesn't it?

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Ride to Conquer Cancer Update: Final Recap

My Ride to Conquer CancerIn late January, I decided I needed to do something epic. My friend was battling cancer, and I was turning 40 in June, so I registered for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and started collecting pledges.

At the end of this email are the names of the 86 people who helped me raise $5,080. That's double the minimum required to participate in this ride. That's awesome and I owe you big time.

Yesterday, I rode from Ontario Place to Mohawk College in Hamilton. It was 123.95 km and it took me a little over 5 hours. Here's the route we took.

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Today, I rode back to Ontario Place. This time, it was only 103.38 km and it took me a little over 4 hours. Here's the route.

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In total, that's 227.33 km. I'm very pleased with my times and had a blast camping out with the other 5000 riders. Together, we raised $20 million.

Nothing but blue skies #rtcc

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Here again, for the last time, are my 86 heroes. Thank you.

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer
  73. Michael Z.
  74. Patricia B
  75. Jenny M.
  76. Bruce M.
  77. James E.
  78. Peter S.
  79. Steven M.
  80. Greg Brady
  81. Karim K.
  82. Stephen Y.
  83. Jason C.
  84. Matthew W.
  85. Barb M.
  86. Cousin Mark

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2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer Classic Plus Route

Pledge My Ride to Conquer CancerI finally took a look at the routes I'll be biking this weekend in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. It's 125 km there and 100 km back.

Day 1


View RCTO 2014 - Day 1 - 125km (Toronto to Hamilton) in a larger map

Day 2


View RCTO 2014 - Day 2 - 100km (Hamilton to Toronto) in a larger map

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Bike With Mike: Waterfront Trail

Bike With Mike: Waterfront TrailI went for a nice long ride along the Waterfront Trail, making my way to downtown Oakville before heading back.

Here's a taste of my journey on the Waterfront Trail in the west end, starting in Long Branch and ending at Port Credit.



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A 60 km Bike Ride: Gradual Progression

A 60 km Bike Ride: Gradual ProgressionI went for a 60 km bike ride yesterday. Maybe you're snickering because you went for a 200 km ride this past weekend, but 60 km was an important milestone for me. It was the longest ride of my life.

You don't just hop on your bike one day and decide to ride 60 km. You start small and gradually and safely increase your distances. Last summer, for example, my typical ride was about 10.5 km. Here's what my August 2013 looked like.

August 2013

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By December 2013, my typical ride was only 3 km longer. Not a single ride that month hit 15 km. Note the time I had to stay off my bike due to the ice storm.

December 2013

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I tried to bike every week of this winter, but sometimes it was simply too cold or too dangerous. This was a rough winter for biking. This was my March 2014. By the end of the month, I was up to 22 km rides.

March 2014

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I had to take some time off for the birth of my son and while he was in Sick Kids hospital, but by the end of April 2014 I was regularly biking 30 km. My longest ride at the time was 36.63 km on the last day of the month.

April 2014

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And that brings us to yesterday's 60 km ride. With the 36 km ride on April 30 I planned to ride 40 km during the first week of May, 50 km in the second week and 60 km in this third week. That's exactly what I did.

May 2014

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Last summer, 13 km was a "long ride" for me. Today, 25 km feels like a "short ride". If you haven't been biking lately, get out there for a 5 km cruise. You don't start at 60 km, but with gradual and sensible increases, anyone can get there.

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One Month to Go, $455 to Go #RTCCTO

Pledge My Ride to Conquer CancerThere's only one month to go before my Ride to Conquer Cancer. Here's a little update on my progress and another plea for pledges as I gun for $5,000.

I chose to ride this 220 km on June 7-8 for my dear friend Mike Kic, who was battling stage IV esophageal cancer. Sadly, Kic passed away in April. He was only 32 and left behind a wife and young daughter.

I try to ride as often as time permits. Yesterday, I rode 40.37 km. Last week I managed to ride 131 km. If you're curious, here's how my training's going.

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So far I've raised $4,545, but I'm aiming for $5,000. If you see your name below, I owe you a huge thanks. I couldn't do this without you. If you don't see your name below, click here and get pledgin'!

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer
  73. Michael Z.
  74. markosaar
  75. Patricia B.
  76. Bruce M.
  77. James Edgar
  78. Jenny M.

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Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch: About These Bugs...

Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch: About These Bugs...This is my first spring living by Lake Ontario. Today during my mid-day bike ride, I must have consumed a pound of bug flesh before finishing the ride with my shirt pulled over my nose and mouth. There are swarms and swarms of these bugs along the bike trails parallel to the lake.

How long does this last?

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Toronto's Waterfront Trail: We Can Do Better

Toronto's Waterfront Trail: Cyclists Deserve BetterOur Waterfront Trail is pretty awesome. I'll ride as far east as Ashbridges Bay Park and as far west as Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. The Waterfront Trail actually runs from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville, but I primarily use it in Toronto and Mississauga.

Most of the trail in Toronto and Mississauga is off-road and paved, which is ideal, but some parts are on quiet streets. I don't mind that at all, but there's one stretch that's far less than ideal. This is a stretch in Mimico / New Toronto from Norris Crescent to First Street.

Between Norris Crescent to the east and First Street to the west, the Waterfront Trail forces cyclists onto Lake Shore Blvd W. This is where Sue Trainor was struck by a car and killed last summer, and where I took my hardest fall while crossing streetcar tracks.

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I don't know if the Pan Am Path will address this stretch, but something needs to be done. Toronto cyclists deserve better from our Waterfront Trail.

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