Photo by R. Jeanette Martin
The week that was in the world of bikes
Wednesday, June 13 Roughly 200 riders take over Jarvis in a rolling protest against the planned removal of bike lanes on the north-south thoroughfare. Read about that here. (Pictured above.)
Saturday, June 16 More than 150 free-wheelin' pedallers take part in the Global Protest Against Oil Dependency, aka the World Naked Bike Ride. See all kinds of nude people biking here.
Monday, June 18 A long-awaited coroner's report on 129 cycling deaths in the province makes 14 recommendations, including mandatory helmets and side guards on trucks. Read story here.
ON THE WATERFRONT
A thinly disguised plot to lengthen the runways at the Island Airport to accommodate jets? That's one of the (conspiracy?) theories being posited by waterfront residents about the Port Authority's plan by to dump debris from construction of the pedestrian tunnel in the Toronto harbour at the east end of the airport. The TPA says lake-filling "would improve the safe use and operation of the BBTCA (airport) as it would create shallower waters to deter marine vessels from penetrating the obstacle limitation surface of the runway."
Pattison Outdoor rejected without explanation this billboard ad from Greenpeace responding to the latest tar sands pipeline oil spill. Says Greenpeace's Mike Hudema: "The tar sands industry can put billboards up across the country talking about how toxic tailings are just like yogurt, but a billboard highlighting the rash of oil spills and the need for green energy is rejected."
11 Wellesley West
What One-hectare site at 11 Wellesley West, once tipped for the new ballet/opera house, that's been vacant for the better part of the last two decades
Why Currently the object of efforts by area condo dwellers to turn the space into a park
When According to the Bay Cloverhill Community Association pushing for green space, the site was recently declared surplus by the province after a protracted legal dispute. It's unclear, however, whether cabinet is prepared to donate the plot to the city, which would have to manage it if converted to parkland.