Monday, May 28, 2012

Beware the spokes of #Toronto Bike Month

Started by the Emperor Chainus, the first Bike Month celebrated the Roman eco-friendly commute to the Colosseum, where bikers would dance for the lions and then get eaten by the big cats. Large legions of Roman Centurions would ride into battle on tandem bicycles before they realized that horse drawn war chariots were a little more formidable.
Cut to present day Toronto and bikes have their own Month. Originally that month was in February, but bikers acted like a bunch of Quebec students and rioted - many didn't even ride in the few bike lanes still available in the big smoke. So from May 28 to June 30, 2012 bicycles take over the calendar during Toronto Bike Month. On June 30 bikes are sacrificed to the memory of Chainus - bikes are chained to various pieces of street furniture and left overnight, the gods of bikes then come in a fog and take parts of the bikes away. That is why you can find so many bicycle frames, stripped to the bone, still chained up to bike racks or bike rings.
A poster for the Doomsday Ride
Norco does some bike repairs

Monday, May 28, 2012 is Bike to Work Day. At City Hall you could pick up a free t-shirt and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Check the City of Toronto calendar for Bike Month events.

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