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The Parable Of The Bicycling Advocate… 8

Photo of Dr. Behooving courtesy of Dr. Behooving himself / RateMyVelo.com My fellow advocate buddy Dr. Steven Fleming scribed a parable earlier this year that nicely illustrates a topic that we discuss on here often: how do we solve transportation and environmental issues using pragmatic solutions without turning people off. Dr. Steve is an Architectural ...

Toronto Newspaper Columnist Sees The Light 60

Photo of James Schwartz cycling through a typical non-accommodating Toronto construction zone – Jack Lakey / Toronto Star In July I posted a response to what I felt was an ill-written newspaper column which antagonized cyclists for their apparent blatant disregard for traffic laws. I felt the article only served to create more animosity on ...

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Commutes By Bike 9

Photo of Orioles bicycle parking sign by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Part of my visit to Baltimore this week included dinner and a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards – the home of the professional baseball team the Baltimore Orioles. While touring the baseball stadium, I was pleasantly surprised to see a ...

Complete Streets in Amsterdam 12

Photo Courtesy of Google Maps Street View (© Copyright) The claim that no North American city could ever be Amsterdam is certainly true when it comes to history and architecture. But there is scant reasoning to conclude that North American cities couldn’t build Complete Streets modelled after Amsterdam. Amsterdam Complete Streets are technically feasible in ...

Giant Responds to GM Ad 22

Giant’s response to GM ad – photo found on reddit.com – view full size Giant Bicycles has responded to GM’s anti-cycling advertisement by coming up with an ad of their own. It reads: “Reality DOES Suck. Luckily bicycles don’t… In fact it’s the best thing you can do to save hundreds… even thousands of dollars ...

GM Pulls Anti-Cycling Ad 18

GM ad provided by BikePortland.org GM faced intense heat from the bicycling advocacy world after the League of American Bicyclists brought attention to a GM ad aiming to sell cars to students. The ad is called “Reality Sucks” and reads “Stop pedaling… start driving” while showing a dorky guy on a bicycle trying to hide ...

Wishing Death On Other Cyclists 87

Ottawa woman in flip flops, not wearing helmet – Photo by Chris Traynor / ratemyvelo.com A couple weeks back I came across an angry rant about Critical Mass which featured a photo of scores of cyclists being plowed by an automobile with the caption “When is something like this going to happen in Chicago thanks ...

Alain Delorme’s Totems Series 5

Series Totems 2010 © Alain Delorme In May 2010 I visited Shanghai, spending a great deal of time observing how migrant Chinese workers use bicycles for utilitarian purposes. I was astonished by the capacity of goods that can be transported by bicycle and intrigued by the gap between these workers and the wealth that surrounds ...

Giving Up On Public Transit: Interview With Megan Siegel 70

Toronto bicyclist Megan Siegel – Photo by Doug Estey Two years ago Megan Siegel moved to Toronto from the Maritimes. After commuting on Toronto’s scenic (but dreadful) Queen streetcar for 7 months, Megan was ready to call it quits on Toronto and head back to the east coast. “I lived on Queen Street East and ...

Copenhagenize Bicycle-Friendly Cities 2011 18

The Copenhagenize Index of Bicycle-Friendly Cities 2011 The Danish firm Copenhagenize Consulting recently released its list of the top 20 bicycle-friendly cities in the world for 2011. The “Copenhagenize Index” as it’s called, puts Amsterdam in the #1 spot, scoring 54 out of a possible maximum score of 64, with Copenhagen itself placing second with ...