2014 is the year of the horse: How dandy!

We know that 2014 is going to be an extra dandy year for pedal people who want safe passage in the city. Change is on the air and we can only go up from here!

February has not shown us cyclists much love, with so much snow and ice in the bike lane, as well as the usual parked cars. But the bike love was in full force during the Coldest Day of the Year ride and the seminal Icycle ice bike race held at the Dufferin Grove ice rink and hosted by The Bike Joint. Check out the fab photos by dandy contributor Vic Gedris here on the dandyBLOG. (Photo above from this year's race.)

The dandy team is putting together our special bike plan election issue, to hit newsstands June. We'll have expert commentary and professional imagery to illustrate what Toronto's bike plan could look like moving forward -- if we dared to dream! (And we're looking for a junior/assistant editor, too.) Inquire with editor/publisher about advertising or internship opportunities. We will be telling you more about what's inside our next issue on the dandyBLOG and in the dandyNEWSLETTER soon.

Spring was on the air briefly last week, taunting us for a few days before slipping away and leaving us with this deep freeze that seems to never end. Just as fickle (but perhaps not as frosty) as the weather: provincial politicians. A spring election in Ontario seems likely. We have a biketastic candidate in Burlington, Eleanor McMahon and the current premier, Kathleen Wynne likes bikes as does her minister of transportation, Glenn Murray. We'll have more on provincial pedal policy in our upcoming issue of dandyhorse. We'll also be introducing our readers to some of the serious contenders for mayor.

Who among the mayoral candidates will agree to do their dandy interview by bike? Find out when dandy hits the rainbow-coloured streets this June!

... See you at the bike show on March 1-2! Opus bikes will have complimentary dandyhorse for you on Saturday and Sunday. Registration for "Race the Place" also starts this weekend at La Carrera. Sweet Pete's bike shop is also having a HUGE sale this weekend and will have complimentary copies of dandyhorse.

Advertise in dandyhorse in 2014

Do you want Toronto's cycling community to know more about how your product suits their lifestyle? Do you want over 20,000 pairs of eyeballs checking out your goods? dandyhorse magazine reaches tens of thousands of cyclists and bike-curious people in Toronto and beyond with each print issue. And our popular dandyBLOG now gets about 10,000 hits a month. With over 2,500 followers on Twitter and over 1,000 engaged fans on Facebook, dandyhorse can help you reach more cyclists in Toronto than any other publication. Not bad for a five-year old filly who only gallops to the newsstands twice a year!

If you want to join the stable of the smart sponsors who already support dandyhorse check out our 2014 Media Kit here and here:

You can also email dandy advertising account manager (and publisher) Tammy Thorne directly at to ask about our editorial calendar, product review and placement opportunities, as well as discounts for non-profits and new advertisers. BUY AN AD IN DANDYHORSE and support the local cycling community.

Most of our current sponsors sell bicycles and bike products, but we do have some great sponsors who sell "consumables" .. but the best kinds of consumables, of course. The Big Carrot has been one of our dandiest sponsors from the start. We are also grateful to the ongoing support and general bike-love at Steamwhistle. Check out the dandy video "Super Spin" shot at the Steamwhistle Roundhouse, here. Welcome to Brodie, our newest dandy sponsor!

Thank you again to all of our amazing dandy supporters and our sponsors:,,,,,,,,,, ABUS locks, Bern Helmets, OGC – Outdoor Gear Canada, Opus Bikes, and Mobile Bike Shop

Winter issue highlights

From locally-produced (and increasingly popular) Handlebar booties to IceBreaker's fantastic stink-free merino wool base layers, we covered the gamut of winter riding styles in our Winter 2014 online issue. This year we also extolled the virtues of being seen (lights) and learned how studded tires will take you through pretty much anything (including an unmaintained West Toronto Railpath ice field!) Check out more of our winter reportage here: Winter 2014, Winter 2013, Winter 2012.

Contraflow a Go Go!

So many contraflows! Montrose, Logan, Strathcona, Shaw and now it looks like Fermanaugh will be the next street to get a contraflow bike lane treatment. Next up: Argyle-Florence, with a public meeting tonight (February 27) at 6 p.m. at 108 Gladstone. Many of the contraflows now being moved forward were first approved in 2009 as a part of the West End Bikeways Plan. Learn more about contraflow lanes here.

Next Tuesday: Lindsey-Havelock contraflow will be publicly discussed. More info here. Dixon, in the east end, was also recently discussed positively as a possible contraflow connection. And in March we'll see meetings for lanes on Soho and Pheobe.

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