Just Chill. (Cause its -18)
She couldn't fit the helmet under the hedgehog hood.
My brother used to live in a loft on top of the Beaver Cafe, which is a great place to chill and watch construction and the "Condofication" of queen west.
We still don't have much snow but the wind chill at -18 is also nothing to brag about.
The emergence of Classic Dutch bikes which are as common now as the Old English made bicycles blend harmoniously into this scene as she takes a breather at the Beaver.
Loving the Lavender...
With Toronto's growing interest in fighting climate change, Mayor David Miller (the singing guy sporting the Toronto FC scarf) was in Copenhagen with over 100 mayors for the UN Conference on Climate Change. The new MIT bike with motorized support, a.k.a," the Copenhagen Wheel" was launched last week at the conference.
A conversation piece, to spark a global conversation about where to go next. As with Soccer and the current cycle infrastructure we still have a way to go. But at least Toronto is talking.
Bring on the Pan-Am games..
A little Tweet from Yvonne the momma bird over at bikeunion.to led me to write this post about a gift that I recently sent myself in the mail.
The bike union is the first city wide, member-based cycling advocacy organisation in Toronto representing the needs and rights of cyclists, and working towards the addition of more and better bike lanes and infrastructure.
Their work on behalf of T.O cyclists is almost entirely funded through memberships, so if you ride a bike, or knows someone who rides in Toronto and like the idea of others working for you to improve conditions, please consider signing up. I get my daily Toronto cycle culture updates by following them on twitter, Tweet Tweet!.
I have to say the amount of support i've recieved from Toronto readers and riders has been great, and since joining the Union I feel more connected to the differences and similarities that unite us as citizens and cyclists in Toronto.
Happy Holidays and Safe Winter Cycling
It's December 1st, and Toronto just set a record for its first snow-free November since the weather office started keeping records in 1937,one expert suggests this is no guarantee of a mild winter to come. Todays' December 1st dusting of snow foreshadows the unpacking of the snow shovel.
As I sit with Mr Dia eating our $2.99 breakfasts at the "Grenadier" we spy the noble dog cycler and notice that some of the regular 7 to 8 am comutters that cut across highpark this morning are trading in their autumn layers for MEC winter gear to fight off the wind chill.
This past summer of 416cyclestyle is rolling into a season of sexy boots,tights,scarves and gloves, merging with Torontos' bohemian fashion flair we anxiously welcome winter.
Bring on the snow...
Doing some last minute errands passing by Long and Mcquade to search for a new Takamine, going against the setting sun from Korea town the smell of Bulgogi and Kimchi merged with a mid day latte.
such a clash and marriage of cultures along this stretch of Bloor st.
In a trade off of Korean BBQ, for some "Jerk" I'm leaving for Jamaica @ 4:30 am.
Have a great week.. be back next friday.
If Jamaica has cyclists i'm off to find out.
The rooftop of the Gladstone hotel is no stranger to me, as me and my brother who used to have the Loft view beside it used to gaze out over Queen st and watch the cyclists ride by. This was prior to the, "Condofication" of the Toronto Skyline.
Those were the days when rent was cheap(er) and the view was free.
Also with compliments of the Gladstone hotel was this issue of, "Dandyhorse."
Dandyhorse is one of my favorite Toronto publications as it captures the essence of Toronto's cyclists in a complete circle which includes articles on commuting, couriers social cycle culture, residents, retailers and of course "Cycle Chic". This mix helps to promote a positive advocacy of Toronto on Two wheels.
I plan on framing the wonderful, "Lovers Lane" centerfold by artist "Marlena Zuber"
A great read, and great to collect.
Subscribe or pick up your copy soon.
The weekend slowdown hits the city.
We trade in construction for uncrowded lanes.
This decline in suburban traffic creates space.
Leaving the locals to enjoy their afternoon sun soaked streets.
Taking the time to pause and chat to their favorite pedestrians.
The subtle invasion of design that runs through the streets of Toronto have branched out from their Dutch and Swedish roots to roam our night streets. From my appreciation of the Biomega bicycle which hails from the city of my current muse at Copenhagen Cycle Chic to the Iconic contour Coke bottle designed by a Swede, Alexander Samuelson . I'm glad that there is no rivalry at this intersection.
The silent relationship between the cyclist and the TTC streetcar.
They share a common bond with the streets, yet can lead to a path of potential disaster if they ever cross each other in the wrong way.
A simbiotic "riding with the wolves" in an urban setting.
The better to get from A to B with my dear.
She get it pop it lock it drop it,
That birthday cake,
Got a candle, need to blow that crazy flame away
Now take my red, black card and my jewellery
Shawty is cool like the fire,
Cool like fire
Somebody call 911