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!