I was in Toronto the last couple of days and, as usual, was impressed. I go there once or twice a year--as I have for the past 25 years--for a day or two simply for a quick overnight (or two) getaway. It is a mere 100 miles (160K) from Buffalo, and only two hours away (if I--or the bus--drive slow) but it seems farther than that. While many Americans have disrespectfully compared it to being the "New York of Canada," (because of it's cosmopolitan feel, I suppose) I disagree and say it does this beautiful city a dis-service...this is an incredibly vibrant city and (to me) feels distinctively Canadian (and Canadians themselves are so friendly...yes, my Canadian friends reading this, you live up to your reputation). And according to the United Nations Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Maybe this is why they have such a great bicycle culture. And yes, Torontonians reading this, I know you will disagree, I've read some of the articles in The Star where the writer would whine about lack of bicyclist's rights, segregated roadways, etc. My response to that is try riding a bike in Buffalo for a month or so...it'll make you pine for a tourist pulling out in front of you on Queen West any day of the week. Anyhow, thank you to my northern neighbors for offering such an interesting an hospitable city to visit...now here's a few pics.
The top photo is a sign that greeted me as I drove my truck into the underground parking garage of my hotel (sometimes I bring my Dahon folder with me, but not this time). The photo on the left is a picture of a bike I saw parked on Bloor Street...it captured my attention because it looks like a bike that I would ride if my child were still young; a bike to carry everything you need and still plow through a bitter northern winter (an S.U.B., or a sport utility bicycle.). The pic on the right is a piece of artwork/bike rack made out of a giant bike chain that is at one of the entrances to the Kensington Market. But my favorite is the one below...Superman stopping a streetcar on Dundas and Yonge Streets, just to the left of Nathan Phillips Square.