Have two wheels, will travel: Cy­cling alive and well in Toronto with more ex­cit­ing events and projects

Midtown Post - - News - — Samantha Peksa

Toronto kicked off Bike Month this year (May 26 to June 26) with the 25th an­niver­sary of the Toronto Bike to Work Day Group Com­mute and pancake break­fast at Nathan Phillips Square, or­ga­nized by Cy­cle Toronto. The month-long event will in­volve var­i­ous bike tours, races, tour­na­ments and more as the two-wheeled char­i­ots hit city streets en masse.

Other unique events in­clude peren­nial favourite the Tour de Dufflet (May 27 to June 30), a cy­cling ad­ven­ture to all three Dufflet cafés in one day with a sweet of­fered at each one.

Also this spring, Toronto au­thor and cy­clist Chris­tine Bruce has pub­lished a great new cy­cling book, The Road Continues One Block North.

She started a unique re­search method back in 2011: When she saw an in­ter­est­ing bi­cy­cle on the streets of Toronto, she would leave a card seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and let­ting the owner know her ap­pre­ci­a­tion. She con­ducted over a hun­dred in­ter­views across the GTA — 60 of which were pub­lished in her book.

“I in­ter­viewed a woman in North York about her night rides and a young man from Thorn­hill who used to ride into Lib­erty Vil­lage to work ev­ery day,” says Bruce cheer­fully.

“Also, a woman in Scar­bor­ough logs how many kilo­me­ters she’s put on her bike — she has cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe once al­ready.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the book, go to www.onebloc­knorth.word­press.com.

In ad­di­tion, the City of Toronto has pro­duced its own free cy­cling app. The new app pro­vides cy­clists with route in­for­ma­tion, aver­age speed and dis­tance as well as green­house gas off­sets.

The app tracks the cy­clist’s move­ment to pro­vide the city with data that will be used to for­mu­late its cy­cling plan.

That’s a win-win.

(L-R) Chris­tine Bruce’s cards that helped her re­search her cy­cling book, bik­ing is on the up­swing in T.O., and Bruce with her bi­cy­cle

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