This past Thursday (Aug 23), the Ward 28 group of Cycle Toronto organized a bike history ride, starting at St. James Park, going to the site of the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club, and then back to St. James Park for a special screening of the movie “Breaking Away”. As a special treat, the event was also attended by the Barry family, of Mariposa Bicycle fame.
Here is Albert talking about the history of Jarvis St, and how it related to cycling in Toronto.
Cynthia Waye in front of the Royal Canadian Curling (formerly Cycling) Club that dates to 1891.
Mike Barry, founder of Mariposa Bicycles in front of his former store Bicyclesport on King St. Arthur Klimowicz, Ward 28, is on the megaphone (he was one of the organizers).
A quote from Cynthia Waye, Collections Curator: “What a pleasure to meet new faces and old at the Royals. I cannot tell you how exciting it was for me to see 30 cyclists biking down the alley to the club as ‘our boys’ did over a hundred years ago to attend gatherings at the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club. Still makes me smile.”
For those that are interested about the history of cycling in Toronto, there is a special exhibit “Bike City: How industry, advocacy and infrastructure shaped Toronto’s cycling culture” until November 17 at the Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market.