BikeCamp TO is tomorrow

WHAT: BikeCamp TO 2009
WHEN: Oct 17th, 2009 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
WHERE: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave.

As winter comes barreling down towards us at a brisk and breezy rate, some Toronto cyclists are gearing down for the end of the riding season. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re not still obsessed with bikes and cycling. The Toronto Cyclists’ Union is taking advantage of that leftover biking energy and putting on a one-day jam session about cycling in our city. Open to both Bike Union members and the public, BikeCamp TO is looking to the two-wheeled community for input on plenty of interesting areas.

Suggested topics include updating the Driver’s Handbook, what the upcoming municipal election means for bikes in Toronto, and (my personal favourite!) bikes and fashion. BikeCamp TO is looking at all aspects of cycling, from the serious (safety outreach and public money) to the sweet. Where else can you talk about bike art and the Highway Traffic Act? This isn’t your granddad’s conference: the sessions will be discussion-based and driven by participants, and there’s a BYOB meet-and-greet afterwards. Plus: dotmocracy!

Click here to sign up. I’ll see you there.


  1. Not to sound like a hater (I’m pro-cycling, honest!) but I’d love it some of the cycling activists could put their heads together to draft a recommendation for a way to succinctly call out cyclists who endanger others — by which I suppose I mean me — by failing to respect red lights and stop signs when in close proximity to pedestrians.

    I can’t think of anything to say, in the moment, that isn’t either overly confrontational or way too long to call out while they whiz by…

    Anyway, empathetic outreach-oriented things like that could go a long way toward softening non-cyclists’ attitude toward cycling-friendly reforms that advocates favour (e.g. Portland stop).

  2. Riding season is every season. Winter provides a lot of opportunities for riding in those periods between snowstorms.

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