Archive for April, 2010

Pulled Over!

April 28, 2010

While I have been struggling to find the time to recap my wonderful day last Friday at the Complete Streets Forum, I’ve finally had to put that on the back burner for a more real-time update. I’ve been doing a fair amount of riding in the high, chilly winds over the last few days but had a bummer run in this morning on Queen W that I have to recount.

I was heading from Dark Horse on Spadina over to 221 Yonge St when I was stopped at a red light on Queen at St Patrick St. Straight ahead, the entire right lane was blocked, as well as the sidewalk, by construction crews, police, and barricades. To my left was already a line of cars. I waited through 97% of the red, saw the other signal turn red, and proceeded through the intersection with few good pedals. I cut into the street car lane (over the track) when an officer jumped in front of my bike and yelled at me to stop. I slammed the breaks on, balanced myself (i wear clips when riding, and had a heavy pannier on one side), and calmed myself quickly to get off of the bike.

I immediately became a bit frustrated, knowing that this was going to be about running a red light that I only hardly jumped…my frustration grew quickly from there.

To begin with, the office accused me of having no intention of stopping, saying I wasn’t going to stop. Aside from seeming a moot point as I was stopped, this was in no way true. I responded “I obviously did stop, and never had no intention of blowing by, but it takes a moment to stop a bike especially when you’re trying to get in front of traffic for protection”

Construction at St Patrick's and Queen

“Are you calling me a liar?” The officer retorted

Oh man…a type-cast officer…I responded “no sir” and realized this whole stop was going to be a scenario of my negotiating to get away from what was viewed as my egregious assault on the the greater good. The next comment suprised me:

“i know you’re a courier and you couriers are causing all kinds of havoc at this corner and all over town…blowing lights and making people jump out of the way”

Whoa…profiled. I guess I was a bit too courier-like today. When I responded that I work in the financial industry, the officer went immediately into the ticket for $375 he was about to give me…and how i was the same as all the other traffic and that he didn’t think that I could afford a $375 ticket being that I was a courier (i thought we cleared that up?).

Eventually, after we determined that I had dealt a serious blow to the law, and that I was sorry, and that the officer was doing me a big favor by sparing me the ticket (which, realistically, he was), I asked if I could explain myself with this being the gist of my defense:

If you look at this intersection and the construction going on, there is no thought as to accomodating myself and other cyclists. The entire sidewalk is blocked and pedestrians are instructed to cross. There are 6 inches of concrete not blocked by fencing before the left lane starts, then another 2 inches and there is a streetcar track. Given the heavy equipment, the street car track, and the cars next to me, it is in my best interest and that of all other road users, for me to get safely in front of traffic where I can be seen and not have to tightrope along the streetcar track. I waited until the crosswalk was set to do not cross, until the cross traffic light was red, and then may have, admittedly, jumped the light. That said, my livelihood is more important and valuable to me than $375.

End all was my being agitated not just with the aggressive way I was approached but with everyone that adds to the atmosphere of aggressiveness in the city. All road users have to play nicely to make the city work. 2 blocks later, a truck turning right onto Yonge from Queen (which is clearly marked as not allowed) ran gently into my leg as it tried to sneak through a mass of pedestrians just beyond the bike lane. Everyone should approach the roads with a respect for those around them and, in that, I can completely agree with the officer.

With both this space, and one pictured here on Bloor, I also wonder if Bike lanes are part of the resurfacing. With the road torn up, why not now? I for one would prefer 20 meters or one block of marked bike lane on Queen, Bloor, or any other major bikeway than none at all.

Photo of construction (hopefully not too late), ride updates, and coverage of the Complete Streets Forum still to come…

Rides since Thursday:

Complete Streets Forum April 23 5.14km
To and from the Complete Streets Forum

St Lawrence Market April 24 2.67km
St Lawrence Market

Greenliving Show April 25 14.44km
GreenLiving Show<br/

Work and Back April 27 40.71km
Work out and back

Around town April 28 14.67km
04/28/2010 Route

Since March 20, 2010
Total KM Ridden: 307.27
Total $ Saved: $143

OV Fiets and Bixi Toronto

April 26, 2010

Thursday night, I attended a second pre-event for the Complete Streets Forum at U of T Hart House. Kaj Mook, who heads up the OV Fiets program at NS rail in the Netherlands was on-hand to speak about the Netherland’s successful implementation of a bike share program. While that program addresses vastly different needs from the proposed Toronto program, the methodology in place to assess user needs and provide innovative resources to meet those needs, can still be used to model the Bixi system after. Additionally, Sean Wheldrake offered an update on the Bixi Toronto system. The night’s events were hosted by Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike as well as the Bike Union and TCAT.

Link to NS OV Fiets site (you’ll need a dutch-speaking friend)

Link to GoGreenGoDutchGoBike site

The fact that the OV Fiets bike share system is run by the national railway is a good first indicator as to the different needs the system aims to address as well as the different social climate that it operates in. For NS, the main issue is of how to provide transport to and from the station to meet the users commuting and leisure needs? The system is centralized along the rail infrastructure and will support 7000 rental bikes through staffed and automated rental stations by June 2010. In addition, NS includes massive numbers of bike racks throughout their network of stations to ease the commute for those who choose to take their own bike. With this model, NS has been able to rely on businesses for a large part of its business as employers choose to make the OV Fiets system part of their benefits to their employees. This makes a full 1/3 of OV Fiets 70,000 subscribers corporate clients, and adds 125,000 users to the program as well as an excellent revenue baseline. In terms of revenue, the program projects to be profitable in 2011 as it hits a critical mass of users and expands its fleet to include e bikes and scooters as other methods of travel.

The way that the OV Fiets program continues to grow is the innovative ways it has found to be easy to use. Being run by NS means the system can be, and is, fully integrated with transit passes already in use by the railway. To sign up only requires a user to go online or to one of the staffed rental locations where their ID is checked and the OV Fiets system is either linked to their existing transit card or a new OV Fiets card is provided. From there, the customer pays $13 a year in addition to $4 a day for each bike rental and is able to use their microchip and swipe-enabled card to rent bikes at any OV Fiets location. All billing is handled through direct debit and a central website is used to address customer needs.

The implementation of smart card technologies means that OV Fiets users can take advantage of a largely automated system. Unmanned bike lockers and bike storage rooms are accessed through smart card swipes where users are granted access to a key fob for the locker as well as a key that accompanies a heavy lock provided with every bike. They also get a bike, of course! From there, the user needs only scan in again at the end of their day and replace the items. The heavy bike lock is one main difference from other systems, where the goal is point to point commuting supported by a street-level system that aims to ensure easy access from just about anywhere. Since Dutch users will often be leaving the bike locked for long periods of time (work day or errands), a heavy lock is a key piece in assuring a low theft rate. In fact, the OV Fiets system only experiences 1% loss of bikes each year.

So how are Toronto’s plans going to stack up? To start with, the target audience in Toronto is very different from that of OV Fiets and is much closer to Paris’ Velib or Montreal’s Bixi. The idea is to provide a dense web of bike share stations and downtown, all within 300m of the next station. This model runs off of an annual subscription, estimated to be about $80, and then grants free access to share bikes for rides less than 30 minutes. For rides longer than 30 minutes, a fee structure starts at $1.50 for the first additional 30 minutes and then increases from there. Bixi bikes ideally move only between stations, meaning that it is for point to point travel (with each point being a Bixi station). This is a very different mentality than that of having your own bike. Instead of locking up our front of say, the grocery store, doing your shopping and returning to the same bike the Bixi system encourages users to grab a bike, go near the grocery store, lock up at a Bixi station, do one’s shopping, and then return to any Bixi station, grab another bike, and return to a Bixi station near home. On the up side, each bike will be boasting its own 2-4 ready basket. On the downside, this model means the bikes will not come with locks and it will be interesting to see how well the station-to-station model actually works as this seems a high risk for theft.

Toronto will start off with 80 locations, hopefully in May of 2011 and will feature 1000 bikes. The Bixi system is very tourist friendly as a day pass can be purchased at any station for $5. The system is also currently in place or being rolled out in Melbourne, Montreal, Boston, and Minneapolis. The Toronto version will feature stations that are fully mobile and can be taken down and reassembled in one day. All of these are solar powered and wirelessly tie into the Bixi mainframe to track usage. This is a huge point as the system will be able to be reconfigured based on actual use, so make sure to get out there and use the Bixi in your neighborhood when they come if you like having one that’s easily accessible. The initial plan is for a 10 year integration being done through the Public Bike Share Company (PBSC)…strangely, this same acronym works for Peanut Butter Sandwich Company which I personally think would be a great additional offering at each station.

One of the main concerns about Toronto’s Bixi is that the number of bikes has already been diluted by the early proceedings from 3000 bikes to 1000 bikes. This is scary especially when the success of Paris’ system, which is the widest used point-to-point system in the world currently, is attributed so heavily to having the right system from day 1. Having less than enough bikes and/or stations to support travel pattern will obviously hurt use, so we’ll have to hope that the network of 80/1000 is enough to satiate the downtown crowd.

So what are the next steps? Bixi Toronto needs to hit 4 main points to secure its loan for business to be up and running next year.
• $600,000 in sponsorship funding;
• 1,000 subscription pledges;
• 80 approved bicycle parking station locations;
• Marketing/communications plan in place; and

Here’s hoping this comes together to further encourage cycling in Toronto. While debates rage about whether this system is really appropriate for existing infrastructure and whether the fight for infrastructure should happen first, it’s my opinion that this is a chicken and egg situation and movement on any cycling front can potentially beget further cycling investment from the city.

Here’s a couple of other cool links about the BIXI
http://bikingtoronto.com/toronto-public-bike-sharing-update/nn.com/

http://www.walrusmagazine.com/blogs/2009/10/20/driving-the-lane-toronto-prepares-for-public-bicycling/

Ride to and From Hart House (with a stop to James Joyce in the middle)

04/26/2010 OV Fiets at Hart House

Since March 20, 2010
Total KM Ridden: 229.64
Total $ Saved: $113

To the Direct Energy Centre…

April 25, 2010

After a brief stop home following the St George walking tour, I had to head down to the Direct Energy Centre to set up a booth for the Green Living Show. Setting up for conventions is always a fun time, and something always seems to go awry despite my best efforts. Nonetheless, the setup came together in the end and I’m looking forward to checking out the show later in the weekend.

On the ride down to the show, my mind went back to what it meant to have an integrated bike system as I headed along the lakeshore. On Queens Quay, I started out in a bike lane (albeit under heavy construction) at Sherbourne, saw the bike land disappear after Yonge Street, allowing for car parking for the lakefront businesses, and then saw it reappear after Spadina. While this really isn’t a bad ride, it does get a bit sketchy at York where traffic tends to flow on and off of Queens Quay pretty heavily. In addition, the retail just w of york brings a heavy in and out of parking users that further challenges cyclists. It seems like this area could certainly benefit from a continuous bikelane as the cycle traffic is high throughout the day and especially as it is the only missing link connecting the east side of downtown to the west side Blue Edge…

Ride to Direct Energy Centre:
iMapMyRide: 2010-04-23 6:29 PM

Since March 20:
Total KM Ridden: 217.77
Total $ Saved: $113

The Evolution of St George

April 24, 2010

On Thursday April 22, I attended a pre-workshop for the Complete Streets Forum that featured Eric Pedersen (Program Manager, Toronto and East York District, Urban Design, City of Toronto) and John van Nostrand (Principal, Planning Alliance) speaking about the work that was done in 1997 to calm traffic patterns on St George between Bloor and College Streets.  Diving into both the back-end process as well as the design and construction of the street gave some interesting insights into how streets can be guided by psychological rather than mechanical features to create a safer, more accessible and enjoyable street.  Here’s the story of St George and how it has impacted other street transformations in Toronto.

Our Motley Crew treks north...

St George street, between Bloor and College is one of the nicest KM of riding in the city. Passing right through the University of Toronto, the space is often alive with bustling pedestrians, cars, and bikes yet somehow they all seem to be able to move along very amicably, each enjoying their unique perspective of the streestscape. It wasn’t always this way though. St George once looked much like Beverly to the south, minus the bike lanes.

Looking S on Beverly from College

How the road was changed from a 4-lane standard issue city thoroughfare to a complete street was combination circumstance and hardwork.

In 1995, St George Street was up for reconstruction. At the time, the city had yet to be amalgamated and the Public Works committee was ripe with ideas on how to remake the soon-to-be city. St George presented interesting possibilities as well as challenges as it ran right through the university. Most prominent was the debate about whether the area should remain public space or be made de facto private by closing the road, or having gates that would close the road, to traffic at the university’s bidding.

Stone "Gate" added to offset the gates on Bloor and St George

After it was determined that the space would be public, the designers set to work on making a space that would suit the needs of the space. But what were those needs?

Determining to reduce lanes in the mid-90s was no easier, and probably more challenging, than doing so today. An intensive traffic count was undertaken, but instead of using solely the traditional metrics focussing on number of cars per hour, an additional emphasis was placed on the number of hours spent by walkers and cyclists as well as the hours spent by cars. With this measure, it was determined that 70% of the use along St George was by pedestrians and cyclists, yet 80% of the existing infrastructure was aimed at expediting and supporting automotive transport. Not only did this recommend that the existing traffic could be supported by two lanes (realistically, parking was allowed previously, so there were rarely 4 working lanes), but it also allowed the designers to realize that accommodations had to also be made for the many non-motorists in the area.

Bike accommodation? Check.

Rather than swarming the strip with traffic lights and signs governing user behavior along the street, the designers sought to introduce elements that controlled flow by calming and subtly directing traffic.

They used the idea of friction to control automotive speeds. By having parking cut-outs along the west side of the street, as well as bike lanes on both sides, speeds are naturally reduced. In this case, average speeds dropped from 41kph to between 36 and 39kph depending on the time of day. Another way to control these speeds as well as to direct pedestrians to planned, but uncontrolled, crossing areas is the addition of textured crossings at regular intervals.

Textured accents extend from into the street

These textures were also applied to large pedestrian areas along the road to unify the streetscape. Trees were introduces in deep wells, dug among the existing underfoot infrastructure and grass abatements were curved up and away from the street to create more visual greenery and a definite barrier between road and walkway. The reduction in working lanes also allowed the west side of the street to have its walkways expanded to better accomodate bi-directional traffic. The end result is a well integrated street, but not everyone shared the same vision of success.

Convincing stakeholders that these psychological calming measures would be enough to protect university students, support traffic needs, and enhance the neighborhood was not always easy. In fact, every one of the textured crossings along St George is wired for traffic signals…signals that the city at one point planned to add. One streetlight did make it in, at the request of a donor who sponsored a building on the west side of the street. They were concerned that engineering students crossing to the building required some special protection for their street crossing needs. The bills were also steep for the project, coming in at a final $5M for the 1km restructuring. That money included city capital, public works, as well as a rare private donation from the family of Judy Matthews, whose home still stands at the NE corner of St George and Harbord.

Parking and engineering student security in background...another streetlover in the fore

If you’ve not been over to ride on St George, go and check it out and make sure to pay attention to changes still to come. Fiona Chapman, who manages pedestrian projects for the city, mentioned that Willcocks as well as Devonshire Circle are being targeted for test projects which would include seasonal closures of the two streets to motorized traffic. Looking to take the Paintbucket approach recently used in NY, the streets would be adorned with planters, new paint, and street level furnishings inviting passersby to enjoy the street. The possibility of hockey rinks in the winter was also made. It sounded like these projects could start as early as this summer.

Judy Matthew's House

Thursday Morning’s Rides:
iMapMyRide: 2010-04-22 11:40 AM

Since March 20:
Total KM Ridden: 205.97
Total $ Saved: $113

60kph

April 22, 2010

I rode to and from work today and decided this morning to really try to bust out some good times. Generally, I don’t strive for times but I discovered that the MapMyRide App has a feature that will tell you, during your ride, how far you’ve gone, fast you’re going, and what pace you’re keeping. Brilliant! The new technology (and a beautiful day for cycling) sped me to work in 51 mins this morning. On the way home, going down the aforementioned Twitchy Thigh Hill, I hit 60kph and was keeping pace with traffic on Don Mills Road…if i hadn’t had 25lbs of pannier hanging off the left side of my bike, i’m sure it would have been even faster….

To and from Work:
iMapMyRide: 2010-04-21 7:34 PM
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Since March 20, 2010:

Total $ Saved: $107
Total KM Ridden: 198.69

A rather blustery day…

April 21, 2010

Today marks one month on the savings cycle and i hit $101 saved so far! If that’s a bad weather month, May should be fun!

After a typical Monday at the office, I was invited to check out the Skydome (sorry Rogers…it’s just a better name) and catch a Blue Jays game. I knew going in that the Royals and Jays don’t carry what i would call impressive fan bases, but when we walked inside (always weird…) to the baseball game, I was surprised that the paltry crowd even warranted turning the lights on. It’s early in the season, and the Jays aren’t promising to be worldbeaters but 10,314 people? I think even that number must have been counting the toes on each fan based on appearances. But I digress…

Today was a much more eventful day in and around the saddle as the riding to and from the Skydome is getting a bit redundant (Erin works at Spot Coffee across the street). This morning i hit the ride into work in an hour and nine and managed to snap what i thought would be an impressive picture from the pedestrian (and bike friendly) crossover just north of dundas on pape. I didn’t really see the gravel pits this morning some how…

Then, just before Twitchy Thigh Hill (which is on Don Mills Road, heading N betweeb York Mills and Graydon Hall), i found what i thought was a pretty cool advertisement for Bullfrog Power. I’ve only glanced at the facebook page that the link (www.paymoreforenergy.ca) directs to, but I like what this company is doing in helping to green the grid.

At the Goodlife club that i clean up at before work, I had my 2nd pretty cool bike interaction of the young week. On Sunday I rode by an adorable little girl and her dad while she was on her initial 2-wheel excursion. She was being let go of at the top of a little hill and rolling across the laneway our house is on. I made sure to tell her good job as I rode by and was really happy to hear her exclaim “The man said good job!!” in the giggly and excited voice of a new bike rider. Welcome to the roads! (sidewalks first though, little buddy.

This morning as I was leaving the locker room, panniers in hand, a 20-something guy greeted me with an astonished “you bike here???” Looking down, he was decked out in full cycling gear himself. Turns out his name’s Elliot and he works at Grey Power, in the office next door. While I was a bit surprised to see another cyclist out in the hinterlands, seeing me had apparently blasted Elliot’s mind…the look on his face was priceless. He rides in from Ajax which is a 30k ride. Hopefully Elliot will see more cyclists around the office and elsewhere…but for now i think it’s awesome that he’s cycling in from way out there.

The ride home was tough as i fought a headwind the whole way…even going downhill it was a tedious ride that left me ready for some horizontal time. To wrap things up, I’ve been meaning to post a picture of my bike (looking dirty as usual) just because I feel that it deserves some spoke time seeing how it does all of the work…

Monday Jays Game: 04/21/2010 Jays Game

Tuesday to/from Work: iMapMyRide: 2010-04-20 4:50 PM

We’ve got Pictures!

April 18, 2010

Took a quick ride over to Kensington Market yesterday and was caught out in the rain again. I managed to make my way to The Grilled Cheese for a tasty lunch, then grabbed a bag of coffee from Casa Acoreana where they have all types of delicious things in jars. The whole place reminded me of a no-waste grocery store (bring your own container) that Erin thought of once. Later, it turned out that one had opened in London. Really hope to visit that place at some point.

I also managed to ride past the brick-tastrophe that happened on Yonge and Gould yesterday and get a better photo of the breakdown. I’ve included a photo from about 6 months ago of the same stretch of wall that fell as a before/after of sorts.

Saturday’s Rides:
To Kensington (4.35km) iMapMyRide: 2010-04-17 2:00 PM
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From Kensington (4.18KM) iMapMyRide: 2010-04-17 3:08 PM
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Total Saved: $89
Total KM: 109.32

The walls come tumbling down…

April 17, 2010

What a beautiful 3 days we’ve had here in Toronto since my last post. Aside from getting caught out in the rain (this morning) for a bit, it was perfect cycling weather…and equally good for making new contacts and experiencing new parts of this most intriguing city. Wednesday and Thursday found me largely working from home, piling through emails and catching up between meetings downtown…but i made time to get over to spend my first couple of hours at CSI (Centre for Social Innovation) on Wednesday and it was awesome. There is so much good energy in that place, it spills downstairs through Dark Horse and all over the bike racks out front on Spadina. I am really happy to have a small part of such an innovative and positive think tank.

On Thursday I rode over to the new location that we’re building at work (much more on this later…as its EXTREMELY exciting but still under wraps as of yet…Can’t wait to say more) in the morning to take a tour of the space and get quote from a potential vendor. At the end of the day, I met up with a colleague at OCAD for a quick jam session, downloading our new progress to each other and making a few important decisons. Then it was over to the CN tower where Banjo and Erin cheered me on as I climbed 142 flights of stairs to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. I was not in top form, but got up the stairs in 15:04 (Climb Results)while raising $150 for a great cause. ING DIRECT, all in, raised over $10,000 and it was great to see all of the orange onsite for the big event. The CN tower itself was, honestly, underwhelming. The best views seem to be from the elevators, which I kept wishing I could pause to take it all in. The retail area looked a bit like 1984 and the whole place seemed to need a big update. The most interesting part had to be the weird air-powered security system. I could write at length about how I think the little air guns do whatever it is they do as they blast you with bursts of cold air head to toe, but I’m almost sure that my ideas that the machine is smelling you are unfounded.

Today started off with a nice morning with Erin as we rode over to Service Ontario to (finally) get our health cards. We were unsuccessful for a second time. Again, too long a story to relate here.

After a quick bagel at Spot Coffee (Erin’s work), headed by Scotiabank to make a deposit and then home to finalize plans for the Green Living Show next week and do some more emailing. At 1, I headed down to John and King for a meeting with the Toronto Office of Partnerships. This city is really onto something here. Manjit and Peter, as well as the rest of the office, serve as innovation expediters for the city connecting the many frayed public and private efforts that, when connected, build the fabric of Toronto. We are working on some very cool projects regarding the hTO water program as well as cycling in Toronto…again can’t wait to say more!

After that it was over to the Dutch Consulate to discuss our Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike (Event Homepage) event that’s taking place on May 30. It’s a $15 fun ride followed by Dutch market at Nathan Phillips Square. All of the money raised goes to give bicycles to underprivileged youth in conjunction with Toronto Community Housing. I’m proud to say that ING DIRECT is adding $5000 to that total with the hopes of providing some 75 bikes in total. We will also be providing bike valet the day of the ride and, hopefully, representing onsite with 50+ riders from the company.

Amidst all of this, a news story broke today that a wall on Yonge and Gould fell down (Story here), injuring one pedestrian. I looked just recently at renting this building and am THRILLED that we chose not to…as well as very empathetic with what must be difficult situations for the injured person and family as well as the businesses in the rest of that space.

As a final note, I should certainly take a moment to clarify that I am happily employed by ING DIRECT and will be mentioning that company often in this blog. Also, Erin is my wife, Banjo is my dog. and Lilly (not mentioned here) is my cat who may also make appearances from time to time.

3 Day’s Rides:
Wednesday to and from CSI : 04/14/2010 to CSI
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Thursday’s Jaunts: 04/16/2010 Jaunts
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Friday Rides: 04/16/2010 Friday Rides
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Total saved since March 20 over TTC: $83
Total KM Ridden since April 7: 100.79km

I need a hot tub…

April 13, 2010

Arrrrghhh…that hurt.  After a great ride to work, then home from work yesterday I headed to a rec league soccer game at 9pm.  I was doing great…great!  Until the final 5 minutes.  I broke into a hard sprint down the right, felt my hamstring pop like a rubber band, and pulled myself out of the game.    This morning my right hammy feels horribly tight and painful to the point of being nauseating (nice).  Looking back to earlier in the day, though, it was a good first ride to and from work on iMapMyRide.  I was suprised that my top speeds and average speeds weren’t a bit higher and also to find that it only takes me 10 minutes longer going in (uphill) vs the other direction.

In other news, I registered to attend the complete streets forum on April 23rd in Toronto…can hardly wait!

Ride to Work:
iMapMyRide: 2010-04-12 7:53 AM
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Ride Home:
iMapMyRide: 2010-04-12 5:49 PM
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St Lawrence Market day = Another Great Dinner

April 11, 2010

While I went for a ride to GWP as well as to the House on Parliament (always fantastic) on Thursday and saved another $6.00 on the SavingsCycle, all of that has been obscured by a great new iPhone app and subsequent recipe find yesterday.  I started the morning downloading the Epicurious iPhone App, which allows you to search for recipes and then have any number of recipes combined into a shopping list (awesome!).  Having already purchased some delicious lemon-black pepper fetuccine, I really felt that a good lemon cream sauce was all i needed for a great dinner.  What I found was the recipe below…which turned out to be the most delicious pasta dish I think I have ever had.  For those in Toronto, pick up lemon black pepper pasta at the Italian deliat the SW end of the St Lawrence Market.  I also added a nice chunk of smoked gruyere (shredded) to the sauce before letting it cool…yum.

Pasta in Lemon Cream Sauce

In other news, I’m still searching for some time to add pictures and flair to this currently boring page…i’ll get to it!

Friday’s Ride Maps (no rides Saturday) – I had forgot to use the GPS mapping, so these are manual and estimated again

To GWP and back – 6.91KM – 25 mins

To House on Parliament and Back (With a delicious Seared Tuna in the middle) – 2.33KM- 12 mins