Tag Archives: Bicycles

Bikes Around Town

Another regular subject for me is bicycles and public transportation. Here are four more bicycle photos seen around town.

A couple walking home together. He’s using a Bikeshare bike, which is a pretty positive commentary on their adoption by more than just tourists.

Walking Home
Walking Home

A pair of interesting old bikes locked up on the rack outside the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum.

Bikes, National Portrait Gallery
Bikes, National Portrait Gallery

I’m on the fence about how much I really like this image, but it’s bikes, so I’m including it for now. Let me know what you think – does the composition work well? Placement of depth-of-field?

Bikes, Planter Box, Scooter
Bikes, Planter Box, Scooter

Finally, the bike in the Hermes window. While it’s not in use for its intended purpose, it’s a nice looking bike, and it’s in the Hermes store window, very cleverly employed in the window design. I forget if it was red or dark blue (I think red), but it was a splash of color that popped out against the white backdrop of the window, pulling your eye around the display.

Bike, Hermes Window
Bike, Hermes Window

Toronto Bike Culture, Revisited

Ok- I’m getting better organized now, and here are my Toronto bike pictures. And trikes, if you count the pedicab, but it’s non-functional, so I’m not entirely sure it counts one way or the other.

The Toronto Bikeshare program gets first on the playbill. They’re quite popular and fairly ubiquitous. I don’t know that it’s any cheaper than riding the streetcars, but it certainly is better exercise.

Toronto Bikeshare
Toronto Bikeshare
Toronto BikeShare, Solo
Toronto BikeShare, Solo

A lone cyclist on her way downtown, early in the morning. The overhead lights for street car traffic control are lit, because another block or so ahead and the normal King Street traffic is closed off due to the opening festivities for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cyclist, King Street
Cyclist, King Street

This bike was spotted locked to a bike stand over by the Ontario Opera Company headquarters. It had a suitably retro vibe to it, which both pairs and contrasts nicely with the brick former factory building behind it. It feels like it’s going somewhere on its own, just from the way it’s standing by itself.

Bike, Going Somewhere
Bike, Going Somewhere

Here’s a study in contrasts – the cyclist on the road bike approaching the dude with the custom chopper bicycle.

Lowrider, Bathurst Street
Lowrider, Bathurst Street

You saw this one before, but under a different heading. This bike with its multicultural basket was spotted outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater complex, headquarters for the Film Festival.

Three Flags, Bike Basket
Three Flags, Bike Basket

And two views of the pedicab, in all its rusted glory. I’m still baffled as to WHY it was where it was.

Toronto Pedicab
Toronto Pedicab
Pedicab, Queen Street
Pedicab, Queen Street

Bikes in Toronto

Bicycle culture is widespread in Toronto – lots of people ride them everywhere. The Toronto Bikeshare is older than some, and well established. I found myself photographing them as part of my work on public transportation (or at least as car alternatives).

Toronto Bikeshare
Toronto Bikeshare

While THIS bike is obviously non-functional, it is extremely cool. It was imported from India god knows how long ago. With Canadian winters being what they are, it could be only a couple years in-country. This was found on Queen Street, a very bohemian and trendy part of town, still a little rough around the edges. There did not appear to be any particular association between the pedicab and a store or restaurant – it was just there.

Toronto Pedicab
Toronto Pedicab

This was spotted outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater complex during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. It is emblematic of the multi-cultural, open-minded Canadian attitude toward just about everything. Canada, Argentina, Gay… it’s all good.

Three Flags, Bike Basket
Three Flags, Bike Basket

Paris in October – Part 11 – more Trains

Some more transportation photos. In France, they have the national rail network, which has two grades of TGV-class trains: the long-distance, high speed trains (the one that goes from Paris to Marseilles in 3 hours) and the not-so-fast trains that stop more places. They also have regional trains that connect the smaller cities and larger towns, and then around Paris there are the RER trains that run on a separate set of tracks from the Metro, but it interfaces with and extends the Metro network.

You’ve already seen my TGV photos. Here is one of the regional trains at the station in Chalon, on the Burgundy province network.

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Wouldn’t it be cool to commute on a train like that every day?

Here’s another view of that train, from the platform at Chalon. You can see the name of the station on the sign under the awning over the platform.

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Although not specifically depicting trains, I had to include this shot here, as it was in plain view from the platform of the Dijon rail station. If you watched tv in the US between the 1970s to 1990s, this will probably tickle your funny bone.

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Finally, two more transportation images that have nothing whatsoever to do with trains, but instead are bicycle related. France is bike-infatuated, after all it is the home of the Tour De France. Will this be the new look on next year’s Tour?

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Some would say cycling shorts can’t go away fast enough as a fashion piece; I think they should stay, as they prevent both chafing and blindness.

A very different take on bike-based transportation is this, spotted at the plaza in front of Notre Dame:

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A very different, less aerodynamic sense of fashion dominates this cyclists ensemble. Equal risk of putting out someone’s eye, but from a totally different cause.

Cyclists and Athletes

Bicycle Messenger by Harding, Susquehanna PA
Bicycle Messenger by Harding, Susquehanna PA


Two more bicyclists in the collection. Both from the same time period – turn of the 20th century. One is a bike messenger, the other a competitive cyclist. Notice the difference in the handlebars of the bikes- the messenger has fairly traditional straight-across handlebars whereas the racing bike has proto- drop handlebars like we see on modern racing bikes. I love the racing cyclist’s cap – it’s the little details that make the image with these kinds of photos.

Competitive Cyclist, Toledo, Ohio
Competitive Cyclist, Toledo, Ohio

Young Athlete, Ujpest, Hungary
Young Athlete, Ujpest, Hungary

Here’s an interesting one, a portrait of an athlete, but it doesn’t show anything to indicate what sport he partakes in.