Results tagged “bike” from TWISIA

Vespa on John

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Backlit Biker

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Sometimes, it's surprising what turns up in your camera.  I remember taking this shot, and I remember actually trying to get a shot of the skateboarder coming up behind her.  But this one turned out better, so there you go. 


Walking the Dog on Queen East

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The new neighbhourhood is definitely growing on me.  There are so many dogs in the area, of all kinds and breeds, and there's a strong pedestrian component too.  Even if there are some more obviously car-centric locations within the area - like the place I go to get the streetcar.  There's a theater, and off track betting location, and a Blockbuster Video and LCBO combined parking lot.  That's a lot of space devoted to very few businesses, and lots of parking as well.  It kind of jars with the whole "let's be pedestrians" feel of some of the other areas around here, and I find myself wondering which is the anomaly.

Walking in the Rain

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The rain wasn't hard, just annoying enough warrant a sudden profusion of umbrellas, popping up like mushrooms, filling the sidewalks and making people dodge each other as they passed.  You have to wonder about the people that brought their bikes, though - were they prepared for the rain? Was it a surprise? Are they going to get that annoying streak of wet up their backs from the ride home?  And is it possible to use an umbrella while you ride a bike?

Spring Commute

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Many commuters in Toronto never travel any way but by car, according to a recent Spacing Magazine survey.  There are bike lanes on Dundas, out where I live, and every morning, I see a parade of people using them to get to work by bicycle, skateboard and scooter.  We need more bike lanes in Toronto.

Queen and Spadina

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This is always a busy intersection.  On a good day,  you can see all kinds of different modes of transportation - from feet to streetcars and everything in between. And it's an interesting street to walk down, too.  In the course of a few blocks, you can see the fashion district, Chinatown, and all the computer parts you could ever want - and that's just from King to College. 

Texaco Throwback

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This vintage Texaco station is found in Prince Edward County. Looks like someone did a really good job of restoring it. 

Origins and Reflections

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I wonder - is the reflection the secret identity of this scooter?  Is it better to be a totally fuel efficient form of transportation, or a more fuel efficient form? 

Is the Strike Over Yet?

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He certainly looks bored, as he sits and waits at Queen and University.

Wounded Bike

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Leftover from the commuter wars - looks like someone did a serious job on the front wheel.  I can only imagine the reaction to the person that left it there, when they found it like this.

Lonely Red Bike

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Nobody around, no one looking out for it - the bike feels lonely to me.  Nice bike, though.

Waiting on Queen Again

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Looks like this guy is prepared for a long wait. 

Riverside Biker

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Seen at Broadview and Queen.  I love the lock around his neck - looks like really macho jewellery.

Sunbather

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Enjoying the sunshine on Canada Day at Riverdale Park.

Tunnel Biker

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I spotted this guy while we were walking up from the waterfront.  I normally don't like seeing bikes up on the sidewalk, but I kinda understand his reasoning in this case.

Bike and Streetcar

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So many questions:
What's in the buggy?
Why is he riding in the middle of the street?
What would happen if the cart got caught on the streetcar tracks?
How far does he have to ride holding on to that buggy?


Fixing the Bike

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I think he'd taken the seat off while he got a coffee, and now he's trying to put the seat back on.  It can't be easy to keep your bike from being stolen in this city, although I imagine that it's easier now that the most popular place to (allegedly) sell stolen bikes seems to be shut down.  I wonder what this summer is going to be like for bikers.

Recumbent Trike

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Braving traffic in one of these would not be my cup of tea.  It looks like a lot of fun to ride, but I'd want to be taller and more visible in the busy Queen Street traffic that this guy was braving.

Waiting at the AGO

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Wonder what he's waiting for - maybe warmer weather so that it won't be so cold to ride his bike.

Bikers on Queen

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More and more people are taking their bikes.  You see all kinds - with headgear ranging from full on helmets to bare heads.  When I was a kid, nobody wore a helmet while they biked.  Now, about three quarters of the riders I see wear them.  

Entering Traffic

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Always a scary moment, this rider enters traffic on Queen Street. 

Shiny Bell

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Makes a nice contrast with this picture, don't you think?

Rusty Schwinn

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I always see bikes locked up and rusting.  Do people lock them up and forget where they parked?  Are these always stolen bikes, that have been ridden to their destination and abandoned? Or is this just a way of getting rid of a bike you don't want, without having to pay to have it hauled away?  I just don't get it.  In this case, it's such a shame, because it's a gorgeous old bike, and it's literally rusting away as it sits there.

Green on Queen

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Winter Parking

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One of the harder things about winter biking is finding a parking spot.  And leaving the bike to go do something can lead to snow cover.   Of course, this guy left his bike here for several days in a row. 

Winter Biking on Spadina

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It was SUCH a cold day, and yet she was still out there, riding her bike all bundled up.  One of these days, I'll get a bike and join the two wheeled commuter set, but not on cold days like this one.

On Your Bike

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Waiting for the lights to change on Queen Street. 

Path to Where?

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On the bike path to Cherry Beach.  I love the diversity of scenery in this city - urban canyons on one side, quiet, lush paths like this on on the other. 

Rust and Gears

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Rust and Gears.jpgMore from the old bike I spotted the other day.  I love the way the rust spreads across the metal.

Rust and Rings

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Rust and Rings.jpgI spotted a very old, very rusted bike on my way home the other day.  

Waiting by Aveda

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Waiting for traffic at  Civello on Queen Street.

Modes of Transportation

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I keep seeing recumbent bikes around the city.  I don't know if I'd ever have the guts to ride one on the streets.  I think you'd be almost invisible in traffic - and I'd be afraid of getting bugs up my shorts.

Look Ma, No Hands!

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Another winter biker - this time, he's relaxing as he heads across Queen Street during rush hour.  I don't know if I'd be quite so casual on that particular stretch of road - it's more than a bit crazy around there from time to time.

Cold Weather Riders

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More winter biking - it was bitterly cold this day - we were finding it cold just to walk around.  I can only imagine what it felt like to these two, speeding along in the wind.  Still, they do seem to be properly bundled up, so I guess it can't have been too bad for them.  I love the combination of the bike, and the Chanel purse, though.

Speeding Bike

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More winter biking. This biker was riding north on Bay Street, just by the Eaton Center. I managed to get a couple of shots with him in focus. I really need more practice tracking moving subjects, but I'm relatively happy with this one. Also seen on Flickr

Are You Missing a Bike?

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I see it all over the city. Bikes, chained to trees, signs, or bike stands. Left there to rot. This one has been chained up outside a restaurant near the Toronto Sun offices for over two years. Do people forget where they left them? Did the key get lost? Or was it just easier for the owners to lock it up and leave it, rather than dispose of it in a dumpster or something? Also seen on Flickr

Winter Biking

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I just don't think I could do it. I see all kinds of folks biking in the winter, but I don't think I could do it. I hate the way my face feels when the wind chills it, and I hate the way my fingers ache when they get cold. But, damn, it's fascinating to see the things people wear when they're biking. Also seen on Flickr

Biker on the Sidewalk

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I don't know if he's a bike courier, or just a guy travelling around on his bike.  When I was growing up, bikes went away once the snow fell.  The longer I live and work in Toronto, the more I realize just how many people ride their bikes all year long.  Sometimes, the gear folks wear to ride in the winter is outlandish.  This guy was obviously taking advantage of the warmer weather we had, just before the snow dumped all over us.  I took this shot on Queen Street, just west of Nathan Phillips Square.

On the bench

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It's fall in Ontario - we had a nice, crisp fall day on Sunday and these two were taking a break from their bike ride in  East Riverdale Park.

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