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Safe Left Turns for Bicycles 24

Photo by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country  Left turns are one of the most dangerous manoeuvres to execute on a bicycle in North America. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the case. Many cities have engineered infrastructure to make left turns safe and comfortable for bicyclists. But here in Toronto – and ...

Bicycling in the Winter 41

Photo courtesy of macfred64  In North America, we have a funny tendency to overcomplicate things. Companies search for any opportunity to increase their revenues: they invent new products, improve existing products, and they employ marketing techniques to make you feel like you can’t live without their products. Last winter I posted an article “Pragmatism Eludes ...

4-Year-Old Guilty of Negligence on Bicycle 7

Photo courtesy of Michelle Ress (via Flickr) In April 2009, a 4-year-old girl and her friend were racing their bicycles under the supervision of their respective mothers in New York. The children ran into an 87-year-old lady which caused the elderly lady to fall and fracture her hip. She then underwent hip surgery and died ...

Toronto’s New Anti-Bike Mayor 32

Photo of Mayor Rob Ford by Shaun Merritt A man once said, “I can’t support bike lanes. How many people are riding outside today? We don’t live in Florida. We don’t have 12 months a year to ride on the bikes. And what I compare bike lanes to, is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or ...

Interview With Bicycling Newcomer Tom Schwartz 1

Bicycling Newcomers is a section on The Urban Country where we profile people who make the switch from other modes of transportation to the efficient, healthy and fun method of bicycling to go about their daily business. Our latest instalment of Bicycling Newcomers profiles one Tom Schwartz. Tom is a Corrections Officer and commutes on ...

Motorists Against Bicycle Infrastructure 11

Photo courtesy of Alastair Smith After posting an article about the City of Vancouver passing a vote to build a two-way protected bicycle track across downtown I decided to search Twitter to see what people thought of these new bike lanes. One particular tweet caught my eye (and no, it wasn’t because it was tweeted ...

Vancouver Approves Hornby Street Dedicated Bike Lanes 6

Dunsmuir street bike lanes – Photo by Christopher Porter Despite some opposition from motorists, the City of Vancouver approved new dedicated bike lanes along Hornby street late Tuesday evening – with installation to be completed by the end this year. The Hornby lane would cross the entire downtown area to create a barrier-protected connection to ...

DC’s CaBi Out-Styles World of Bike Sharing 5

Barclays Cycle Hire photo courtesy of Claire Doble / Visit London Blog DC’s new CaBi (Capital Bikeshare) program might fall short of Paris or Montreal’s bike sharing systems, but when it comes to fashion, Capital Bikeshare out-styles the world of bicycle sharing. The bright red bikes are easy to spot and appealing to the eyes. ...

DC’s Capital Bikeshare Falls Short 18

All photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country The District of Columbia expanded its Capital Bikeshare program last week to 1,100 BIXI-style bicycles scattered around the D.C. area at 110 stations – stretching as far as Arlington, Virginia. Although a wonderful step in the right direction, the program falls short by trying to ...

Only the poor ride bicycles in Shanghai 12

All photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country When it comes to using bicycles as transportation, there are few cities I have visited that intrigue me more than Shanghai. Shanghai citizens have a knack for utilizing their bicycles to their full capacity. From carrying fridges, to bathtubs, to beds – to the far ...