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It's been a biketastic summer so far! 

dandyhorse was very pleased to share the fabulous photo essay BikeFACE with our readers over the last two months. BikeFACE is a photo series themed around the made-up 'medical condition' from the days of the dandy-horse, referred to as "bicycle face." This 'condition' was meant to discourage female riders. Photographer Marc Bernhard captured the bicycle faces of 21 local female bike riders for this incredible series. One of the riders, Perri Lo, featured above with her bike Greenie, says that riding her bike always puts her in a better mood. Links to all the profiles can be found here

Bike Month highlights included Bike to School Week, which was, according to dandy contributor Sonya Allin, one of the best bike to school weeks yet -- due in part to the growing network of bike lanes in our city...which students are advocating for on Bloor too. Hey, the kids are alright! 

We've also had a lot of news about the Bloor bike lane. We wonder why the City keeps debating it, while activists provide their own counts and ask "How many cyclists need to use the Bloor bike lane before council will deem it a success?" The Tour de Bloor Passport was also launched, offering discounts to people who shop by bike. And, we've done a tonne of Bike Spotting on the Bloor lane and guess what? People LOVE IT! No surprise for you dandies though, is it? This summer our Bike Spotting series is sponsored by SteamWhistle. Thank you Steamwhistle for supporting bike lanes and independent media like dandyhorse!

Other features from the summer-so-far included a story about John Street and how the City doesn't include bikes when it's designing complete streets or pedestrianized areas but it DOES include cars, and a fun and funny video and story about how more motorists in Toronto are practicing the 'controversial' Idaho Stop, plus a story about the amazing Bike Bus that the Montessori Children's School on the Toronto Islands uses to get the wee ones to and fro. The province also unveiled a new park and path on the waterfront. And the Toronto chapter of Friends WithOut Drama held the first ever female-identified-only Alley Cat race, while local entrepreneur Chandel Bodner relaunched her Ride Your Bike Denim line. Plus, we did a Q+A with CycleHack's Sarah Drummond. You Go Girls! 

The 6 vs the 9: Mississauga like bikes

"Coordinating bike lane installs to existing road resurfacing projects is important, as is capitalizing on the province's recent $50 million investment in cycling infrastructure. Dundas is one road that will definitely need "totally separated bike lanes"," said bike-friendly Mississauga councillor Chris Fonseca, adding that she thinks sharrows are "useless" and just cause confusion. Fonseca said, "I believe cycling leads to a more livable city and provides connections between neighbourhoods in the city."
Read the full story here.

Bike Spotting on Bloor!

Regardless of what certain shitty City councillors say, the Bloor bike lane is a wild success. Yes, it needs design improvements, but people are using it and loving it.

Many have said they want the Bloor lane extended further east and further west to make it truly useful.

Check out more Bike Spotting here, here, here and here! With more to come!

We can't say enough about BikeFACE!

BikeFACE featured rider Caitlin Chee, above, said: "To me, having a bike is like having a key to the city. It allows me freedom of movement at any time of day or night, unhindered by the cost, hassle and stress of public transportation. Biking helps me feel independent and free, and refreshes my connection with the city I live in."

Photographer Marc Bernhard said the series is meant to show the strength, intensity and determination of women cyclists today.

Check out the amazing entire series here.
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