01 June 2008

LA cyclists heart Toronto

photo courtesy of torontoist.com

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the cyclists of Toronto, Canada's Critical Mass. Apparently on their monthly ride two days ago, the 200 or so cyclists spontaneously decided to take an on-ramp - and then took over the entire westbound side of the Gardiner Expressway, like one giant automobile. Said one participant, it wasn't intended to be a huge statement, but more along the lines of, "Here we are. Let's take the Gardiner."


photo courtesy of TObike's Flickr

I'm getting excited just thinking about being on that ride with that group. How absolutely exhilarating it must have been to just follow 200 of your bike buddies onto the highway. And how funny it must have been to be one of the drivers that got stuck behind them....can you imagine someone on their cell phone, calling home to say, "I'm sorry, I'll be late, I'm behind a bike traffic jam"? Absolutely brilliant!


photo courtesy of martinho's Flickr

Don't get me wrong....I know this was illegal. It was as illegal as the much smaller group of brave LA cyclists who have twice taken to the freeways in the past month and a half. But who doesn't think this is awesome? Like organizer Morgan Strauss said in the Santa Monica Daily Press, "In a city ruled by cars, why is it that you can get places faster on bikes?”

Here's some (slightly frightening) video from the LA group's latest ride...


And here's one of the group's members with his very large bike riding onto the freeway. Amazing!


photo courtesy of Alex Thompson's Flickr

Not that I'm encouraging them, or saying you need to ride your bike on the freeway to make a statement....but if you are interested in hanging out with any of these (awesome) people in Los Angeles, check out the Crimanimalz from the freeway ride, Critical Mass Los Angeles, or the very popular local Midnight Ridazz group. Also check out the permanent links about cycling on the right. And don't forget to ride safe!

2 comments:

randar said...

speaking of fun bike groups to join:
>ride arc (http://ridearc.org/) was started in 2005 by a group of sci-arc alum. they plan monthly bike rides on the first friday of ever month with a focus on the architecture of los angeles! what could be cooler?

Toronto realtor said...

Hi there guys. It's a nice and interesting article you wrote. Having a stressful and busy job of a Realtor in Toronto as I do, besides selling houses I also like to jump on a bicycle and hang around a little. I prefer woods and wide open lanes for cycling but as we all know, Toronto with its wide streets and footpaths, has also a lot to offer for cyclists and this event is one of many which speaks positively. As a man who encourages sport I hope these events will continue in the same fashion as before if not even better...
With greets.
Julie