Biking in Toronto
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Earlier today, following a very leisurely ride with the 6-year old, I went on a ride to visit my mom. This meant I'd do what I've done hundreds of time and head north on Royal York from Lake Shore. Heading east on Lake Shore, that means a left hand turn
Lake Shore Boulevard is closed this Victoria Day long weekend between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road. I took this opportunity to cycle the street both yesterday and today and it was awesome. The Martin Goodman Trial is pretty busy now that the weather has improved, and closing Lake Shore Blvd
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This will be the seventh Toronto winter I've biked. The last six winters, I rode all year without changing my bicycle tires. Here's how I've been doing it, but this year, I've made a significant change. I've gone out and bought a set of winter tires for my bike. I
Yesterday was a long, interesting day. After I got the kids up and off to summer camp and daycare, I recorded an episode of Hebsy on Sports with Mark Hebscher before biking to meet a client at Bay and Front, visiting Kevin Frankish at his uptown apartment, grabbing a drink
For the seventh consecutive year, I cycled more kilometres than I did the previous year. In 2018, I set a new personal best with 10,937.78 KMs cycled. Here's how it broke down monthly.
I attended the Million Pound Game this afternoon at Lamport Stadium, and after a disappointing Wolfpack loss, rode my bike west to enjoy dinner with the fam. On the Waterfront Trail, just west of Norris Crescent, I was set up to fail by the city itself. I was cruising around
In 2012, I biked a grand total of 214 KM. They were my first kilometres in about 15 years. I've managed to bike further every year since, and in 2017 I cleared 10,000 KM in a calendar year for the first time in my life. I love round number
A couple of winters ago, I wrote this entry about how I bike Toronto winters. In a nutshell, I layer up, slow the heck down, and alter my routes. These rules have served me well the last several winters as I've rarely seen a day that wasn't enjoyably bikeable. I
Toronto artists Julie Ryan and Thelia Sanders-Shelton are set to unveil their latest Waterfront driftwood installation. It's a giant that will soon have a heart. The heart is scheduled to be installed during the grand opening on Tuesday morning. I spoke with one of the artists today and was told
Yesterday, I surpassed 500 KM of biking for August. I currently sit at 508.97 KM for the month. That's 18 consecutive months of clearing 500 KM. The last time I fell short was February 2016 when I only managed to ride 482.65 KM. I'm blaming mother nature. Since
If you bike, jog or walk the waterfront trail just west of the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, you've likely seen the new Toronto sign that's been erected this week. Local artists Thelia Sanders-Shelton and Julie Ryan built it from driftwood that washed up on a nearby beach. It's only driftwood,
Last week, I rode east on the Waterfront Trail to check out the newly opened Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place. This was once a private parking lot. I hope that has Joni Mitchell smiling. They tore down a parking lot and built paradise: 7.
I've been thinking a lot about Xavier Morgan, the five-year-old who died while cycling the Martin Goodman Trail last week. When I was a kid, I cycled the Martin Goodman Trail, and I still do so today. In fact, I literally biked it today as I wanted to visit the
There's a new app for cyclists in Toronto, and it's called Biko. I installed the Biko App on my Android phone last week and have been using it to record my rides. The key benefit of Biko is the digital reward points you collect for each kilometre you ride. These
For the third calendar year in a row, I set a personal best for kilometres cycled. I finished 2016 with 8857.43 KM cycled. Here's how I got to 8857.43. Due to travel, I lost a week in February, a couple of weeks in August, and another week in
My wife recently started a children's clothing company called Mint + Chip. She does lots of custom orders, and sells various kids stuff that she makes at home. I'm no expert, but I'm told it's well made quality clothing and she enjoys hammering away on the various sewing machines. She sells
I just finished a 32.31 KM bike ride bringing my May 2016 total to 1014.16 KM. This is the first calendar month of my life in which I cycled more than 1000 KM. Here's how I did it.
The Star has an article today about the worst streets for locking up your bike. Not surprisingly, downtown is where most of the thefts occur. Toronto is the bike theft capital of the world with more than 18,000 bikes reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2010 and June 30, 2015.
Well, they're not locking their bikes to bikes, but locking posts in the shape of a bicycle. This may exist elsewhere, but I've only ever seen it in Germany. In Denmark, people are so trustworthy, bikes are often only locked to themselves, if they're locked at all. I walked past
On days like this, I bike east on the Martin Goodman Trail. That cycling trail is actually maintained by the city during the winter, so they plough and salt. And they really, really salt. I get why they dump so much salt down, as their primary concern is safety, but
This is it. It's the last month-over-month cycling comparison I'm going to post. I surpassed my 2015 goal of 5000 KM way back in September, but I felt like I should see this through until the end of the year. December was awesome for cycling. Most days felt more like
In 2014, I biked 4693.42 KM. It was the most I had ever cycled in a calendar year. I wondered if I could reach 5000 KM in 2015 and set that as my goal. Earlier today, I went for a brisk 30.28 KM ride along the lake and