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THE DONUT RIDE - 36 Years of one of the country's top weekend rides

MICHAEL BARRY, Canadian Cycling Magazine, Oct & Nov 2012.

Amateurs, pros and pastries united on a regular pedal. 

"I was taught how to ride a bike properly on the Donut Ride, the biggest weekend ride in the country."  

(PDF version)

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Bike City Exhibit at Toronto's Market Gallery

With a visit to The Market Gallery—which animates the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market at 95 Front Street East—visitors can explore a new exhibit highlighting Toronto's cycling history. Called "Bike City: How industry, advocacy and infrastructure shaped Toronto's cycling culture", the exhibit is open until November 17, 2018.


 Toronto Police Officer Hit While Cycling Urges Others to File Report
Alexandra Jones, Toronto Star, August 2, 2018

Thought you might be interested in this story from the Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/08/01/bike-cop-takes-to-twitter-after-being-sideswiped-by-suv-urges-cyclists-to-report-bad-drivers.html


Ontario Police Deploy Aerial Surveillance to Bust Cyclist
Canadian Cycling Magazine

A group of cyclists in Collingwood, ON were stopped by local enforcement who allegedly used aerial surveillance to observe them running stop signs. Continue Reading


 Cycling - Can cause erectile dysfunction

Cycling is a sporting activity with many health benefits. From the high respiratory performance that requires the strength and muscular strength needed to pedal. But have you ever felt pain in your genitals after cycling for a long time? Probably so!

According to a Massachusetts Male Aging study, riding a bicycle can damage the nerves and compress the arteries of the penis, which can lead to erectile problems.

This happens because the accent (saddle) exerts a constant pressure on the perineum - muscle that is between the testicles and the anus of the man. This pressure leads to slow blood flow, which can cause a tingling or numbness of the penis and eventually erectile dysfunction.

The cited study points out that the greater risk occurs in men who have cycled more than three hours a week.


But is cycling a problem for man?

According to a study in the Journal of Men's Health, where 5,300 cyclists were studied for five years, few had any resemblance to enough pain or symptoms of erectile dysfunction to admit that cycling interferes with erectile capacity. So be rested, you can continue pedalling, but keep in mind the comfort and size of your bicycle seat.

A European Urology study has shown that narrow saddles decrease oxygen to the penis by more than 72%. Look for a wide, well padded saddle to absorb the impact when riding on rails or even on the road.

Fernando Gonçalves,
Toronto, July 13, 2018


An answer for ending Cycling Danger
Toronto Star, June 28, 2018
Edward  Keenan

Good design makes Toronot’s tricky intersection easy to navigate - for drivers and cyclists. 


'Absolutely terrifying' Toronto Intersection
Toronto Star, June 27, 2018

Richmond Street and Bay Street - an example of inconsistent infrastructure that makes it dangerous to cycle in Toronto. Most users not following the city’s intended design. Bad Design?


RIDE OF SILENCE

Ride of Silence is a world wide event to: 
• To HONOUR those who have been injured or killed
• To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
• To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD


Canadian Bicycle Brands
Canadian Cycling Magazine

Despite cold winters and varied climate throughout the year, Canada is a country rich in cycling culture as is evident by the bicycle brands across the country. Whether you are looking for a bike built for speed or to tackle the most technical trails Canada has to offer, a Canadian bike company makes it. Here is a list of Canadian bicycle companies and a little about each of them.


DON’T CRASH! How to Approach the Most Common  Hazards on Your Ride

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Lack of attention to details and/or poor technique can put the best rider on the road (literally) as fast as any hazard. Follow these tips and tumble less often – or never!



If you want, you can read (download/print) the new ONTARIO Cycling Skills Guide here


 THE LAW AND CYCLISTS

A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users and they can be charged for disobeying traffic laws. The following are key sections of the HTA relating to cyclists. 
[Click on table for a .pdf document.]

ontario.ca/laws


BANANAS COULD REPLACE SPORTS DRINKS
New York Times, April 4, 2018 
A banana might reasonable replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery. 
Ive been on the right track all of these years!-Nando


BICYCLE ART

Looking for original paintings, prints, and greeting cards of bicycles and cyclists? Visit professional artist and cyclist Luigia Zilli at www.bicycleart.ca .


ABANDONED BIKES 
Toronto Star, February 3, 2018 
Not only do they add unwelcome trash to Torontos streets, its a mystery why so many people lock up their bikes but never return to claim them. 


CAA Southern Ontario BIKE ASSIST 
CAA BIKE ASSIST app allows members to access road assistance. It also allows the creation and tracking a bike route and share it with other riders. There
s a repair tab with videos with tips on basic bike repairs. Its use is currently confined to Ontario. An upgrade is scheduled in the spring 2018. Available at GooglePlay and App Store. More info in Canadian Cycling, February & March 2018.


Fast Talk podcast, ep. 35: HOW TO TRAIN IN THE COLD

Are you getting out to ride this winter?
This VeloNews podcast covers the physiological effects of training in cold weather.


Keirin : Speed Racers 
YouTube, March 8, 2011

The inside track on Japan’s track cycling phenomenon (Keirin). Watch the “greyhound-fast” speed racers go for high stakes and high-octane speeds.


Smartphones Are Killing Us
Bloomberg, October 17, 2017

Amid a historic spike in traffic fatalities, US federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse. Who’s counting? Who's doing something about it? Are You?


Imaginary Riding Moments
Bryan Speigel

A short "visual essay” on the beauty of riding the Donut. Enjoy!


Toronto Hustle is racing their first season in the North America professional peloton. Follow their journey and share in their highs and lows as they race to make personal and team dreams come true. For more about the Toronto Hustle cycling team follow this link: Toronto Hustle


Avoid These Five Risky Maneuvers
VeloNews, October 2017

The article concerns legal aspects of certain “risky” maneuvers road cyclists do on a daily basis. Although the examples are from the US, the “risky” actions outlined certainly will apply to Canada.  

How to Prevent You Bike from Being Stolen offers useful tips and advice on keeping your bike safe from theft everywhere - at home, in parks and other public places.


Study: Froome’s “super tuck” actually isn’t faster. Chris Froome earned a stunning victory in stage 8 of 2016 Tour de France, but was it due to superior aerodynamics on the downhill?


EGLINTON CROSSTOWN - FUTURE LAIRD STATION

      


1m Safe Passing Law Awareness Video

THE SHARE THE ROAD Cycling Coalition's 1m safe passing law video is now available online. Thanks to generous support from the Ministry of Transportation and 8 partner municipalities, this video is available for everyone to use. Please visit their Vimeo page to view the video. You can download the 60 or 30 second clip directly from Vimeo by clicking on the "Download" button below the video, or you can share the link in your newsletter and on social media. The coalition hopes that this shared resource will help everyone raise awareness about road safety in your community.


Cycling and Aerodynamics





In 2016, GCN (Global Cycling Network) tested three different but simple changes to see how much of a difference aerodynamics (in clothing and wheels) can make. Learn how to go “faster” on a bike.

   


New Awareness Campaign: 1m passing and lights on bikes

In early September 2016, Share the Road launched a new awareness campaign focused on the 1m safe passing law and the new (in Ontario) increased fines for riding a bike without lights when required

The campaign includes a 30 second and 60 second video as well as print and digital ads. This campaign has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, City of Toronto, City of Ottawa (Safer Roads Ottawa), City of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Health, City of Mississauga, City of Burlington, Town of Oakville, City of London and City of Windsor.



On Tuesday, June 2, 2015The Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act (Bill 31) was unanimously passed at Queen's Park. This modernization to the Highway Traffic Act includes provisions that will make Ontario's roads safer for all road users, including people on bikes.

Bill 31 includes:
1m safe passing law when passing people on bikes
• Allowance of traffic control signals specific to bikes and contra-flow bike lanes
• Increased fines for "dooring" people on bikes and distracted driving
• Allowance of cycling on paved shoulders of a highway that is divided into two separate roadways

For more information on Bill 31, visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's website

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Cyclists and Auto Insurance: The Coverage You May Not Know About

Many cyclists are unaware that when they are riding their bikes, they are covered by their auto insurance for injuries that might occur as the result of an accident with another vehicle.  Your auto insurance can extend coverage to you as a cyclist, and you are also eligible to receive benefits from the insurance company of a motorist that is involved in the accident with you.  Cyclists can/may receive medical payments, pain and suffering benefits, and more if they file a claim with the auto insurance company.

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