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Spring means biking it and liking it!

It seems that the polar vortex has finally loosened it's deadly grip and hopefully has moved on to terrorize Australia for the summer. Which means it's that lovely time of year in Toronto when we can shed our winter gear and go for a bike ride feeling sun shine on skin exposed and wind upon face unmasked.

While you are busy tuning up your ride for the spring season, we at dandyhorse are working away on the upcoming print edition (to be released in June) This issue will focus on bike policy and planning, and will feature interviews with City of Toronto mayoral candidates, and a slew of cycling policy and planning experts weighing in on the challenges Toronto faces in updating its bike plan and upgrading its cycling infrastructure. Look for it at your local bike shop (all of our dandy sponsors carry a limited supply of free issues following our launch) or at one of our dandy retailers.

March Highlights:

Cycle Toronto held its annual general meeting on March 26 to discuss governance issues and activist strategies. dandyhorse contributor Joey Schwartz gives us the lowdown

The Ontario Liberals proposed new legislation last month dubbed the "Keep Ontario Roads Safe Act". The legislative changes mark a considerable victory for cycling advocates concerned with road safety. Among the proposals are amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that will require motorists to give cyclists a one metre buffer when passing, as well as stiffer fines for 'dooring' infractions. Details here

Harbord bike lane update: last year we ran several stories on the bi-directional separated bike lanes proposed for Harbord. The plan, which was equally supported and hated, has been scrapped, and instead the installation of continuous uni-directional lanes is expected sometime in the future (but a timeline has not been announced.)

In celebration of spring we've been giving away ABUS bicycle locks to participants in our best/worst bike lock-up photo competition. New dandyhorse contributor Clare McFarlane shares some tips on cycle security in Seven Ways to Save your Lover
Congrats to our first winner, Brian McCauley, who tweeted in an adorable pic of two wee kids bikes locked up with colourful cables @dandyhorse.


This year the Ontario Bike Summit will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency April 14 and 15. Hosted by Share The Road, the two day event brings together delegates from across the Ontario and North America to discuss strategy, advocacy and best practices. Check here for more info, as well as the chance to win two tickets to the Bike Summit mixer event at Steam Whistle Brewery.

Race the Place is coming Saturday April 19 to Ontario Place. This should be an exciting event for fast bike enthusiasts. On April 19 Red Bull is hosting a bike race along a street course set up throughout Ontario Place, which was closed down in 2011 for redevelopment. This will be the first time anyone has (legally) accessed Ontario place in several years.

Happy Spring bike riding everyone! Just watch out for those potholes!


Win a Bike!

A chance for two lucky people to win a new Brodie Voltage!
Enter on Facebook or tweet “I just entered the #bfree Sweepstakes to win one of TWO @brodiebikes Voltages- RT to Enter!” to win!
The first draw will occur on May 1, and the second draw May 3. The winner will be announced the week of June 1, 2014.
Full contest details on Brodie Bicycles here.

Downtown Bikespotting

This past month we went bikespotting at several locations to ask fellow cyclists what they thought about proposed and planned bike infrastructure in the downtown area. Check out our bikespotting outside of Urbane Cyclist here, and our Richmond street bikespotting here

Mechanics Column: Cranks

In this edition of the dandyMECHANICS column, Brent Robinson (illustrations by Chris Simonen) demystifies the complexities of the crank, and ratchets up our confidence in understanding the wonderful moving parts of the bicycle
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