Friday, October 22, 2010

With Love From Baltimore


In the middle of the night, on Monday, July the 26th (or more correctly, the morning of the 27th) a group of activist artists made a bold statement on the streets of Baltimore. They left behind a bike lane, stencil art, and their manifesto which reads:

"The Guerrilla Bike Lane arose from a desire to express ourselves and our passion for an escalating need to reduce the use of fossil fuels. We seek to promote and establish fair and safe riding conditions for cyclists in Baltimore. The intention of our guerrilla artwork is to educate the public using environmentally friendly and creative means in a non-aggressive way. We hope this will serve as a catalyst for people to see and build the community within the city, to consciously take action instead of settling for an inactive way of life."

Where will the GBL gang strike next? Only time will tell.

Fine Vimeo Video here: http://vimeo.com/14125301

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Toronto's First Bike Boxes - By Urban Repair Squad

Cyclometer says: Bike Boxes for the Harbord- Hoskin and College Bicycle Lanes
Weather permitting, the installation of Toronto’s first Bike boxes (PDF) are scheduled to begin Monday October 4th. Bike boxes are a pavement marking that designates a space for cyclists to wait in front of cars at a red light, and to proceed first when the light turns green. The new design treatment will be evaluated for use in the future at other intersections across the City. Bike boxes are scheduled to be installed this year, at the following locations:

Harbord-Hoskin and St George (north, south, east and west bound)
Hoskin and Queens Park Crescent (eastbound)
Harbord and Spadina (east and westbound)
College and Spadina (east and westbound)
College and St George-Beverley (north, south, east and west bound)

Note Bene: The claim that these are the 'first' is of course inaccurate.
The city removed the actual first bike boxes installed by the Urban Repair Squad Harbord and Bathurst (Oct. 2008) 9 (photo below)

With Love From Missoula (Montana)



Activists paint sharrows in multiple colours on a very dangerous road section in Missoula.

Aurash of DoTank drawing a 'sharrow'

Long Island New York

The Macdonell Sharrows





Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another Toronto First - Two-way Sharrows


Graphic from the Urban Repair Squad Manual

Articles:
Treehugger

BlogTO http://www.blogto.com/city/2010/10/two-way_sharrows_appear_on_macdonell_avenue/

Torontoist http://torontoist.com/2010/10/macdonnell_gets_two-way_sharrows_on_the_sly.php#comments

http://www.ibiketo.ca/blog/2010/10/13/two-way-sharrows-toronto-another-innovation-urban-repair-squad

First Colour Bike Lane (Bloor)
First Rush Hour Sharrows
First Humanist Sharrow Design
First Toronto Bike Boxes
First Bike Friendly TTC signage
First Bicycle and Pedestrian City Logo
First Toronto Art Crosswalk
First Pothole Warning System
First Missing Bike Lane Design
First Two-way Sharrows

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

With Love From Halifax

Photo by Emma Feltes

New Urban Repair Squad paints up Halifax! Fine work!

More info on Spacing Halifax