A new banner image: like it? We are likely going to be swapping banners now and then to keep things fresh.
2007 was a mixed year for cycling in Toronto. The Bells on Bloor event featured in our new banner image was one of the better things to happen. The photo was taken by Tanya Quinn during the ride from High Park to Yonge St. back in September. It was great weather, a great turnout and an awesome way to promote the idea of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Politicians showed up, bike cops helped us through the intersections.
It was one of the less cynical things to happen in a year punctuated by lots of promises by politicians, few new actual bike lanes, some dead cyclists, some ill-placed bollards (that just reek of the lack of consultation and lack of thinking from the point of view of cyclists that is going on), and cyclists being vilified in the media for the violent actions of one cyclist.
On the bright side, some other outstanding events were the announcement of the Toronto Cyclists Union, the Bike Train (which incidentally won the I Bike T.O. award), the guerrilla bike lane painting, blossoming of the Bike Pirates, and, of course, the launch of I Bike T.O. (thank you everyone for all the praise, criticism and help!). Lift a glass to grassroots activism and to people willing to get things done despite the powers that be!
A happy new bike year to all of you. May your bike get you to and from work, school, store as safely as possible and may at least one of your neighbours decide you are having too much fun and decides to dust off their old bike.
Happy Bike Year!