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Bicycle Commuting In Sandy’s Aftermath

“I Bike Sandy” – Photo courtesy of Transportation Alternatives In the 1980’s, in another life, Thomas Jarrels, 46, had been a bike messenger. But he had never considered using a bicycle to commute to his job as a sous-chef at a Midtown law firm in New York City. That is until Sandy hit New York ...

‘i share the road’ Campaign, One Year Later 2

‘i share the road’ sticker packages – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Just over a year ago, we officially launched our ‘i share the road’ sticker campaign. The idea first hatched when a friend of mine expressed his interest in showing his support for bicyclists by placing a sticker on his car. ...

Bicycles and Red Lights 22

Red bicycle signal – photo by Stefan Kuschnigg Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darryl Kotyk. Darryl runs a cycling lifestyle website called lovingthebike.com. Darryl was originally from Canada but is now based in Austin, Texas. We are very pleased that Darryl has offered to provide his perspective on red lights to The ...

Getting To The Airport By Bike – The Return Trip 7

James’ Dutch cargo bike parked at Terminal 3 – Person International Airport – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country After exiting the airport terminal I walked through the automatic sliding glass doors. A cool breeze swept over me as I got outside, and at 8 degrees Celsius, I knew it was going to ...

Getting To The Airport By Bike 65

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country I fly out of town for business approximately once every month. There are many different ways to get to the airport from my home downtown. I normally take public transit, but will occasionally take a taxi if I am running late or if I have an early ...

Toronto Bicycle Collages

Bicycle photo collage by Xander of 416CycleStyle.com It has been a little while since we have had any fun posts on here. Our friend ‘Xander over at 416CycleStyle.com put together some beautiful bicycle collages that put a smile on my face. ‘Xander took photos of everyday people in Toronto getting around the city by bicycle, ...

If Car Shopping Was Like Bicycle Shopping… 6

Racing bicyclist – photo by Team Traveller Kent over at Kent’s Bike Blog recently wrote a brilliant piece that illustrates how shopping for bicycles is less about practicality/pragmatism and more about sport & performance. To emphasize this point, Kent uses a parable where he fictitiously goes shopping for an automobile. Here is an excerpt: So ...

Invisible Helmet: Great Technology, Bad Marketing 31

The Invisible Helmet – Photo from hovding.com For several months now, the “Invisible Helmet” video has been making the rounds. It has been forwarded to me several times and hailed by some friends as “brilliant” and “ingenious”. I have been asked several times what I think of the idea. Sometimes when I am asked certain ...

My Ideal World…

Photo courtesy of YouTube video by James Schwartz / The Urban Country In this short film, James Schwartz of The Urban Country discusses urban design, parenthood, car culture, bicycles and asks, “What is your ideal world?”. James D. Schwartz is a Transportation Pragmatist and the Editor of The Urban Country. You can contact James at ...

Saved By The Wheel Lock 38

Batavus Fryslan Dutch bicycle – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country I returned to Toronto on Tuesday after spending my long weekend in New York City only to discover that somebody had tried to steal my Batavus Fryslan bicycle from my front patio. I live in a ground-level loft on a busy arterial ...