Bike Month in full swing in Toronto
I was recently in this large size Canadian city for a family members wedding and found it to be filled with bikers and not just the cool hip kind of fixed gears, but lots of people on regular commutes. Feel the love.
I got a great free cycling map from the government which gave me a good idea of what was going on here for bikes.
It was no surprise for me to read about their recent Critical Mass on the hub and spokes blog where they not only rode on the freeway, they took over the whole damn thing.
See more pictures of their May critical mass on their version of Gothamist
and here in the the Star
Those wacky Canadians. If we dared try that again in NYC it would be deemed a terrorist act for sure. Some day.
The other reason to mention Toronto Eh, is it is the host city for the 16th annual cycle courier championships.
Every year, couriers come from around the world to truly see who is the fastest, at riding a bike and reaching maximum intoxication.
There is a whole slew of Couriers from NYC riding from Montreal to Toronto being followed by a van full of redbull to keep them going.
When they arrive they will no doubt descend upon one of the cleanest bike shops in all of North America...
and home to one of the nicest dudes...Nadir, owner of La Carrera cycles
some pictures of the shop:
Colnogo frame designed by graffiti artist Futura
After Nadir made me some espresso and I gave him a Monster Track DVD,
he talked about his up-coming plans to host a race series in his native country of Guatemala.
But first they will be serving breakfast to lots of bike messengers from around the world. The CMWC is from June 13th-16th and will have a main race, alleycats, bikepolo, cargo bike race and tricks competitions.
There is a lot going on in Toronto for bicycles. In May, they formed a cycling union like a triple A which you can read all about here.
Some other cool Toronto cycling blogs: