So, it was about a year ago that I started, after a 10-ish year hiatus, cycling to work again (aka re-cycling?)…and while I’m still not at the point of cycling around town for day-to-day living (I’m more of a walker) or hopping on a bike when travelling (aside from the occasional beach ride to get ice-cream), I have over the past few months collected a number of random thoughts and observations:
- Toronto is a busy, vibrant City…something one really notices when riding through the downtown core.
- Traffic is traffic…though I don’t seem to mind it as much when it’s bikes.
- On a cloudless morning, staring at the CN Tower profiled against a blue, blue sky when stopped at Lower Simcoe and Bremner is an amazing thing. Every. Single. Time.
- I think I’m going to be a fair-ish weather cycle commuter.
- It makes a HUGE difference when bike lanes are incorporated into construction detours and street shutdowns instead of being overlooked.
- Whereas I used to regularly double my best girl up Casa Loma hill in high gear on (what felt like) a cast iron bike, I now have a newfound respect for Archimedes and all those who contributed to the invention of gears.
- Singing out loud while riding lakeside along the Martin Goodman trail…not only acceptable, but encouraged…at least by me.
- Ghost bikes make me sad.
- Most drivers downtown are mindful and respectful (possibly because they too ride a bike at some point…it’s not an either/or thing)…but some of them could use a gentle reminder that stopping in bike lanes, even for only a short time, is not only dangerous, it’s illegal.
- Cycling to work…still lovin’ it!
Special PS for everyone at UHN – June is Bike Month…check out some of the upcoming activities.