Blog November 15, 2010
Cycling in the City
The trails leading to Evergreen Brick Works offer some of the best views of the city and taking the time to bike or walk them as part of your visit is definitely worthwhile. Whether you're new to cycling in the city or are a seasoned rider, the Bike Works offers great tips and assistance for safe biking techniques and keeping your wheels in prime condition. You're also welcome to join us at our Livable Communities Workshop on November 27, led by Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities, to learn more about biking in the city and how it is working in cities around the world.
Still not convinced? Read on to hear what Evergreen employee and avid cyclist, Rebekka Hutton, has to say about her daily commute on two wheels.
by Rebekka Hutton, Urban Agriculture Manager
When the Evergreen offices were downtown, I used to spend a leisurely 25 minutes traveling by bike down through different neighbourhoods from Bloor and Dufferin, through the Annex, in through Kensington and around Chinatown. Now that we are settling in at Evergreen Brick Works, my new commute takes me further north, past a castle, through parks, and down into Toronto’s hidden ravine system.
How many people get to say they ride from Garrison Creek to the Don River to get to work!? This fall, the crisp weather has resulted in some spectacular fall foliage displays, and many mornings I have stopped to admire the view before riding down the hill into the valley. The view continues from our new offices where my desk faces directly into the quarry park, and the hills to the west.
While I may not be able to ride all winter through the icy trails of the ravine, I do have a backup plan to continue my year-round bicycle commuting. A new, wide bike lane over the Bloor Viaduct will lead me to a warm and free shuttle bus from Broadview Station that will drop me at the office door.