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“Bicycling makes me feel like I’m a part of the city instead of feeling apart from the city" 8


Screenshot from YouTube video by Vancouver Cycle Chic

Below is a wonderful video by our friend Chris Bruntlett and the folks over at Vancouver Cycle Chic featuring Vancouver librarian Cecily Walker, as she introduces her city as a great place to live and to get around by bike.

Vancouver, as you probably know, rests inside a province that has a mandatory all-ages helmet law, so it is great to see Cecily standing up against this asinine law in this film (as many other people do in Vancouver each day).

Cecily does a wonderful job of showing how safe and pleasant urban bicycling is.

Just a lovely, lovely video:

James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at or follow him on Twitter.

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  • Kevin Love

    I love this video!!

  • Darryl is Loving the Bike

    I love that quote….as well as the video.

  • Cecily Walker

    It was such a pleasure to work with Chris and the rest of the Vancouver Cycle Chic guys on this project.

  • Har Davids

    I sometimes feel really part of humanity when riding my bike. No metal and glass separating you from the rest of the world, communicating non-verbally whenever needed or possible, exchanging smiles and waves. I do it as much as I can when driving, but it’s more work.

  • Pilar Abril

    Nice video!

  • David

    Isn’t calling an all-ages helmet law “asinine” the same thing as saying that an all-ages seatbelt law is stupid?

    • James Schwartz

      No, not at all. Cars are very dangerous. Many cars are capable of driving 200km/h or faster. Airbags, seatbelts are important to reducing the number of people killed in cars. But despite these important safety measures, people are still dying in cars from head injuries.

      If you are willing to entertain a mandatory all-ages helmet law for car drivers, then I will have a civil discussion with you about all-ages bicycle helmet laws.

      If you think car drivers should be exempt from wearing helmets (despite the fact that drivers and passengers are still dying of head injuries), then we can’t have this discussion.

      Here is an article that explains my views on bicycle helmets in a bit more detail:

      • David

        I see. Thanks, that article clarifies things for me.