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Slow Down – Other People Make Mistakes 3

Speed ad – Mistakes – Screenshot from YouTube video  Here is a very powerful video highlighting the virtue of driving cautiously and slowing down in anticipation of somebody else making a mistake: When you are behind the wheel of a car, please know that you are in a killing machine, and your actions can negatively ...

Too Cold To Take Public Transit 90

The last two days have seen immensely frigid temperatures here in Toronto. I have still been using my bike on a daily basis throughout the winter, but Tuesday proved exceptionally cold when a friend and I pedaled a few kilometres to a computer store that evening. This was a rare occasion in which I was ...

When Highways Are Art

Edmonton highway photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Massive highways and bridges are often ugly structures; normally the furthest thing from art. On a recent flight home from an Edmonton business trip, the highways were lit up and the reflection of the street lights blurred from the snow looked almost magical out of ...

Should Distracted Bicycling Be Banned? Umm, No. 2

A bicyclist talking on her cell phone – Photo courtesy of otzberg  The Atlantic City’s Eric Jaffe asks whether distracted bicycling should be banned: “Whether you’re for or against distracted cycling rules — more on that in a moment — you can’t deny that using a cell phone changes the way a person rides a ...

2013 Year End Summary

Now that 2013 has come to a close, we have taken a look at our blog statistics for the year. It turns out our Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People was by far the most popular unique article posted in 2013, while the most popular news article on the site was our piece on the ...

Street Racing & Speeding Is No Accident: The Death of Paul Walker 8

Paul Walker Crash Site – Photo courtesy of dfirecop Last Saturday at 3:30PM, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed alongside his friend, financial adviser Roger Rodas after a Porsche Carrera GT burst into flames after hitting a lamp post. The loss of two lives is indeed tragic, and my condolences go out to ...

Taming The Beast On Our Streets

Toronto crosswalk photo courtesy of Ashley Buxo  My daughter Sofia has been home from daycare for the past couple days with a fever. While walking to the pharmacy this morning, I was crossing a busy downtown street with Sofia in the stroller and my dog in tow. I waited about 20 seconds for a small ...

Dad Arrested For Picking Up Kids At School By Foot 120

Screenshot from YouTube video of Jim Howe being arrested for picking up his children on foot A Tennessee father was arrested recently by an overzealous officer for picking his children up at school by foot. The school’s policy is that children can only be picked up by parents driving cars or kids can board a ...

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City 7

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City – Screenshot from Streetfilms film on vimeo Clarence Eckerson Jr. from Streetfilms recently took a trip to Groningen, Netherlands and documented its widespread bicycle culture in a wonderful 15 minute film. Groningen, a city of about 192,000 people has the highest mode share of bicycle users of anywhere in the ...

Quote Of The Week: “Now I Know Why You Ride Your Bike Everywhere” 1

Angry driver photo courtesy of Joseph Mietus  Some friends from out of town were visiting Toronto last weekend for a wedding. At the wedding, one friend said to me: “Now I know why you ride your bike everywhere. If I had to deal with this traffic every day, I would shoot myself” James D. Schwartz ...