Sunday, August 13, 2006

Queen's Quay - August 12

The following are some photographs from Queen’s Quay West here in Toronto, where they partially closed the street to car traffic from Spadina to York, and put up a bicycle art installation.


What they did, and apparently this is only true from August 11-20, was entirely close down the eastbound lane of traffic, and transform it into a bike path, bordered on one side by a long bed of geraniums, and on the other by a long strip of grass.


The tower of bikes is basically a ton of bikes dangling on a steel cage. If you're close enough to look, they seem to be totally functional bikes. I hope they end up with a group like Toronto Bike Share when they're taken down.



Queen's Quay, for non-Torontonian readers, runs along Toronto's harbourfront, which is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. It's surprising how easy it is to live in this city and forget that there's a massive and gorgeous lake here.





And if you have a couple moments, this is a hoot - Specialized has put together a fun bike movie. Take a look at Outlaw in Lycra. It's an O.J. Simpson style freeway escape video, but with the suspect on a bike. If that link doesn't work, just go to Specialized and look for the movies. The other one, the cartoon, is fairly stupid, but Outlaw is definitely worth a look


9 comments:

Snakebite said...

It's been too many years since I've been to your fine city. Must return soon.

Anna said...

That bike tower is insane! Must've been quite a feat getting that up, eye-catching for sure. I share your hopes wholeheartedly that once disassembled, the bikes go to good use.....I'm guessing they will, Toronto sounds pretty conscious.

Psyched to check out the movie shorts, might have to put these on blog, thanks for the tip!

griffin said...

awesome! Here in Oregon we had The Portland Bridge Pedal, in which car traffic on the 10 bridges over the river that cuts through the middle of the city are very temporarily closed to motorized traffic. It's quite a sight to see hundreds of cyclist taking over the streets! Fun to think that all up and down the west coast bikes were taking over!
I capped the evening off by watching End of Suburbia --wow!Although my sense of moral superiority at not owning a car was dented a bit by the observation that (of course) home heating from natural gas will be impacted by Peak Oil issues (sadly, my home is heated with natural gas, and I have not been able to afford to change that yet). Still, pleasing to know that the streets will soon be turned over to bikes on a more permanent basis, and that World Trade is not long for this world.

Melissa said...

pretty pretty

ducati said...

Wild! That should raise awareness levels of cyclists :)

I found those Specialized movies last night. I thought the South-Park-ian offroader video was a crackup!

steve said...

According to one of the Toronto bike blogs (which I can't find now) the bikes are from the police's unclaimed lost/stolen pile of bicycles, and will be auctioned off at the end when it finishes. I don't know if a new tower will go up if/when the lane is made permanent, though...

Anna said...

Hey Tuco,
Check it out, Treehugger just posted about the bikeart installation, you and Toronto are on the cutting edge!

...from the leopard print chaise said...

From one cyclist to another...cool blog. Thanks for the note on mine. No stranger has ever commented...it's really nice. Keep riding and writing...

ejm said...

Search "Queens Quay 'bike paradise' opens today" to find the National Post article that says most of the bikes had been abandoned and were on their way to police auction.

On Sunday, when we rode our bikes over to see the path, I took a look at some of the bikes and there were some front wheels that were in terrible shape....

Wouldn't it be great if the city decided to make this path permanent?