How I Experienced the City 25 Years Ago

I went through an old bin of stuff I've saved for decades, throwing some stuff out and keeping a few priceless gems.

In this bin of memories I found a couple of guides I received 25 years ago. One is entitled "Cycling Skills" and taught me the rules of the road as a young cyclist in this city. I found this little booklet invaluable as a teen navigating the downtown core at all hours of the night.


The other was the 1990 TTC Ride Guide. If I wasn't biking, I was jumping on the subway. I loved the subway and mapped my routes with this handy guide.

Ride Guide

Sadly, the TTC Ride Guide isn't much different today as it was in 1990.

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There absolutely needs to be a modern education campaign, not just for cyclists, but drivers that have to deal with cycling infrastructure.

My particular peeve is right-hand turns when there's a bike lane in place.

If there's a hashed lane divider, drivers are supposed to take the bike lane making the turn.

But it seems that neither most drivers nor cyclists are aware of that, and it screws everything up. Further I've seen cyclists attack drivers' cars when they're following the rules properly.

(I personally am a cyclist 99% of the time. I have no use for a car living and working downtown, but especially can't justify the expense. But I do love cars!)

December 26, 2015 @ 11:47 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Mike, I remember the TTC's information line number, IVI-IKII was very heloful.

December 27, 2015 @ 7:55 PM


IVI-IKII i'm glad i'm not the only one who remembered this... I posted this on Facebook last year asking family and friends if they know what IVI-IKII was ... no person knew it!

August 8, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

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