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Luvelo Launches

After a year of planning, designing and developing product we are happy to announce Luvelo Bike Accessories has officially launched. Our distributor Fourth Floor has been busy getting our products into stores across Canada and the USA and we are looking forward to seeing them on your bike this coming spring.

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We were excited to see two of Luvelo’s products featured in Now Magazine’s Bike Gear Guide – the Rose Tattoo striker bell and black X-Crate. It is so nice to see our work sit next to Simcoe’s beautiful red step-through bicycle as well as products from respected Canadian brands like Beacon and Louis Garneau.

This is just the beginning! We are in the process of developing more products that will help you enjoy your ride.

10 Km of Bloor Street Proposed for Open Streets TO

We were thrilled to see that 8-80 Cities has banded together a group of progressive-minded people to propose Open Street TO (Toronto).  Much like NYC’s Summer Streets or Bogota’s Ciclovia the group wants to open up Bloor Street to pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, roller bladders and anyone who wants to enjoy the street sans cars. The group has suggested the route go from High Park to Greenwood along Bloor for 4 Sunday mornings this coming summer. We could not be more supportive.

Having ridden Park Avenue from 14th Street to Central Park a number of times during NYC Summer Streets I can say that there is no better way to experience the place you live.  People, places, buildings and communities take on a different light and you gain a whole new appreciation for your city.

According to NYC Summer Streets 3 million people took advantage of the 3 Sunday mornings in 2013 they were given to enjoy the 11km stretch of Park Avenue without cars. We can do the same Toronto. I dare you!

Hear what The New York Times Bill Cunningham has to say about NYC Summer Streets.

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Ice Ride – Critical Mass for the Arctic

The Arctic is warming up and facing serious environmental challenges. The perverse irony of this situation is that climate change impacts are creating even more opportunities for further environmental degradation. As the thickness and extent of the sea ice diminishes due to global warming, scientists are predicting that the Arctic will soon be ice free during the summers. Oil companies see the receding ice as an opportunity to exploit the Arctic’s onshore and offshore oil reserves. Oil exploration in the Arctic threatens fragile ecosystems and sustain a global economy based on fossil fuels, which in turns contributes to global warming.

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Greenpeace organized an international critical mass ride for the Arctic. More than 100 cyclists joined in a ride through downtown Toronto to raise awareness about the risks of oil exploration in the Arctic.

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Led by two tall bikes, the ride started at Allan Gardens at Sherbourne and Gerrard ended at a Shell gas station at Spadina and Wellington.

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The ride drew young and old, men, women and children, and even a drumming polar bear in a Dutch cargo bike.

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Greenpeace’s ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign has drawn almost 4 million supporters, 1 million shy of their 5 million goal. Sign their petition in support of creating a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and banning offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic.

Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

The second annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show was held at Trinity Bellwoods Park this weekend.  The sunny weather and collection of antique bikes brought out cycling enthusiasts and the curious in equal numbers.

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These vintage CCM Rat Rod bikes were two of the standouts. The curved frame is a 1938 CCM Flyte, which is an Art Deco style unique to Canada.

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This antique bicycle poster from Crescent Bicycles, a Toronto-based brand from the late 1800s, is a reminder of the city’s cycling heritage and a time when the car didn’t rule the road.

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The timelessness of cycling is in many ways predicated on the simplicity and elegance of bike designs. The basic design – frame and two wheels – really hasn’t changed since the early 1800s. While materials and components have evolved, the bicycle remains in its essence what it was 200 years ago.

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The Wheelmen, dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of cycling, had a booth at the show that included a Penny Farthing and an antique tricycle. Their table held a collection of vintage bicycle badges, bells, advertisements and memorabilia.  I didn’t catch the gentleman’s name who I interviewed, but his view on what’s limiting cycling today? Safety and the lack of bike lanes.

The National – Parking at Dundas Square

Erica and Chris kept their bikes close despite the throng of fans crowded into Dundas Square for The National’s NXNE concert.

No wonder they kept a firm grasp on their rides. Check out the ridiculous bicycle parking situation. Bikes were strapped to trees, locked to each other and crawling up the fence on the square.  The lack of parking made us smile knowing that there are so many cyclists out there but left us wondering why the city is so slow building bicycle infrastructure.

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Speed round Q and A:

What does Toronto need to improve cycling? More bike lanes
Helmet? No, I like feeling the wind in my hair. And, I have a giant head.
Are you participating in the naked bike ride? No, but might check it out.
Cycling style? Weekend casual.

Brooks Dashing Bike Show

The Brooks England Dashing Bicycle Show came through Toronto this weekend and set up shop at Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market. The traveling show started in San Francisco and made stops in Denver and Washington D.C. Next stop, New York City.

Brooks provided the goods and DJ Henry provided the beats.

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