The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation is pleased to present Veer, a full-length documentary on community based cycling activism through five main protagonists. The film will be screened on Thursday, August 27th at 8 PM at CineCycle (401 Richmond Street, coach house). Tickets are $8 and there will be drinks and espresso available at the bar.
As reported last month in TCAT News, the City plans to launch a public bicycle system in Toronto in 2010. TCAT is following with keen interest the progress of two new North American bikesharing systems.
Bikechain is a free, full-service educational bicycle repair facility for University of Toronto students which also hosts bicycle-related seminars and events. Bikechain is currently hiring a coordinator for the year 2009-2010. The deadline for application is on Friday, July 17, 2009. The job posting can be found here.
TCAT welcomes Dandyhorse magazine, the most recent organization to join our growing list of supporters. Dandyhorse is Toronto's magazine about all things cycling. Just launched last summer, production of its third issue is already underway. Dandyhorse is available at retailers across the city.
According to a June 16th SDSU NewsCenter article, "No matter which country you are in, new research finds those who live in an urban neighborhood are twice as likely to be physically active the those in the suburbs. According to a San Diego State University study published in this month's American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the biggest single factor influencing physical activity around the world is accessibility to sidewalks.
On June 22nd between 6 and 9 a.m. TCAT's Program Director, Nancy Smith Lea teamed up with Chris A. Cavacuiti, MD, to be interviewed by CBC Radio One local morning hosts across the country, all the way from Victoria, BC to Corner Brook, Newfoundland and points in between. Between Chris and Nancy there were 16 interviews in total. The topic of discussion was bicycle helmet legislation and other measures governments can take to promote safe cycling.
It's that time of year again. The Toronto Police launched their annual cycling safety campaign yesterday. The traffic strategy is a one-week initiative, designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling related injuries. During this week officers increase the number of tickets handed out to motorists who endanger the lives of cyclists as well as to cyclists for traffic infractions.
The new racks on GTA buses are also opening up the countryside. Take transit to the edge of the city, and then cycle to parks and trails. A website devoted to integrating bikes and transit has put out an open call for cyclists to "test ride" the routes suggested on the site. Until July 13th, send in photos from your cell phone, or tweet and email pictures after you get home. More info here.
The Bloor Improvement Group's second annual Big on Bloor Festival will take place this Saturday, June 20th between 1 and 9 p.m. A 2.5 km section of Bloor Street West, from Christie to Lansdowne, will become a car-free space for a day of fun, games and art. Mark the date!