|All set for my two days of bike riding |
As the opening leg of our trip had us just a short jaunt away from Toronto, that is where we spent our first mini-holiday without our children. Chris and I spent four amazing years in this city while studying at Ryerson University. In that time, however, we were never able to completely appreciate the city and the bike culture it had to offer. Believe it or not, we actually didn't ride all that often, what with Chris not owning a bike and mine sitting comfortably at my parents' home the first three years of school. We tended to stay within our school bubble, as most students do, and my limited experience in the city on my bike didn't leave a very lasting impression.
So when we arrived in Toronto last Saturday, we headed over to rent some bikes from a shop called Set Me Free on Roncesvalles (I still can't pronounce that properly) and experience what the city had to offer two bicyclists from the West Coast. At the shop, we were told they had many a mountain bikes to rent. Instantly, my heart sank. Mountain bikes? In Toronto, a city known for it's vintage bike culture? After some puppy dog eyes, and pointing out I was in a skirt, the guys at the shop had a peak in their older stock and found not one but two beach cruisers! Luck was on our side, and I was grateful. We spent the next two days riding from West to East and back again, taking in the city we had known with a fresh set of eyes and ideals while cruising around at a slow pace.
|Chris cruising through Cabbagetown, keeping cool in|
extreme the heat with some bare arms!
|A typical site along Queen West|
|Riders of any age were out and about the city on their|
bikes, no special equipment needed.
|One of the many sadly underused Bixi stations.|
Don't worry, there's hope to be found in other Canadian cities. Stay tuned to find out!
|Just taking a couple of dogs for a walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park|
|One of our lovely hosts for the day Sunday, Yvonne, with Bonnie the dog|
taking in all the sights from the comfort of her basket!
|Riding along on of the only cycle tracks in Toronto along Sherbourne Street|
|I don't know if it's there yet, but with this kind of attitude|
and bikes abound, it could be!