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Americans Work 2 Hours Each Day To Pay For Their Cars 46

Cars & cycle path in Montreal, Quebec – April 2011 – James Schwartz / The Urban Country Imagine you could work 500 hours less every year. That works out to be an extra 12.5 weeks of vacation. Alternatively, imagine you got paid for an extra 500 hours of work each year, without having to work ...

Bicycle Infrastructure Is Good For Business 13

Montreal bike infrastructure – by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country A common misconception in North America is that businesses will suffer if we remove on-street surface parking and replace it with widened sidewalks or bicycle infrastructure. Car-addicted societies have a tendency to believe that people in cars spend more money than people who ...

Brazil Critical Mass Update–Interview With Ricardo Neis 16

Ricardo José Neis runs down dozens of bicyclists – from YouTube video In late February, we covered the terrible Brazil Critical Mass mow-down, where a driver of a Volkswagen Golf indiscriminately plowed through dozens of people on bicycles participating in a Critical Mass ride. By some miracle nobody was killed in this incident, but at ...

Don’t Judge Canada: Velo-City Global 2012 Vancouver 66

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson – courtesy of Velo-City Global 2012 Dear World. When you come to Vancouver next March for Velo-City Global 2012, please don’t judge all of Canada by what you see in Vancouver. Not all of Canada requires a shower at their workplace in order to ride a bicycle. Not everyone in the ...

Responsibility & Accountability On Our Streets 33

Photo courtesy of Jorge / via RateMyVelo.com We spend a lot of time on here talking about improving bicycle infrastructure. Yes, bicycle infrastructure is important to help make bicycling in car-dominated cities more comfortable for people on bicycles. But one issue that gets lost in the push for better infrastructure is the discussion of responsibility ...

Simple Tips To Make Bicycling in Rain Enjoyable 29

All photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country Seven years ago, I regularly consulted the weather forecast (almost obsessively), making sure there was no rain on the way. I didn’t like to show up soaking wet at the office, nor did I enjoy skunk streaks up my back. Much has changed since then. ...

Rush Hour in Toronto At –11 Celsius 19

Toronto commuters – March 29th, 2011 – by James Schwartz / The Urban Country I snapped the above photo on my phone during my morning commute to a client office yesterday morning. It wasn’t the shot I was looking for, but I love it no less. The shot I was looking for showed 18 bicyclists ...

The Bicycle City Film – Lifting People out of Poverty

Photo by Greg Sucharew / The Bicycle City What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. That is the premise of The Bicycle City – a feature length documentary film by Director/Producer Greg Sucharew. From the Bicycle ...

Bicycle Culture Sells Condos 8

All photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country Despite everything that has happened with the economy and real estate market  with our neighbours in the United States, Toronto has continued developing new condominiums across the city without pause. Everywhere you look, you can find construction cranes in Toronto – it’s actually a bit ...

A Celebration of People on Bicycles in New York City 6

While down in New York City last weekend I managed to take some video footage of everyday New Yorkers who choose bicycles as their mode of transportation. I put this short film together that celebrates these New Yorkers who are contributing to making New York a better place. Although my hometown Toronto seems to have ...