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2013 Year End Summary

Now that 2013 has come to a close, we have taken a look at our blog statistics for the year. It turns out our Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People was by far the most popular unique article posted in 2013, while the most popular news article on the site was our piece on the ...

Street Racing & Speeding Is No Accident: The Death of Paul Walker 10

Paul Walker Crash Site – Photo courtesy of dfirecop Last Saturday at 3:30PM, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed alongside his friend, financial adviser Roger Rodas after a Porsche Carrera GT burst into flames after hitting a lamp post. The loss of two lives is indeed tragic, and my condolences go out to ...

Taming The Beast On Our Streets

Toronto crosswalk photo courtesy of Ashley Buxo  My daughter Sofia has been home from daycare for the past couple days with a fever. While walking to the pharmacy this morning, I was crossing a busy downtown street with Sofia in the stroller and my dog in tow. I waited about 20 seconds for a small ...

Dad Arrested For Picking Up Kids At School By Foot 202

Screenshot from YouTube video of Jim Howe being arrested for picking up his children on foot A Tennessee father was arrested recently by an overzealous officer for picking his children up at school by foot. The school’s policy is that children can only be picked up by parents driving cars or kids can board a ...

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City 7

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City – Screenshot from Streetfilms film on vimeo Clarence Eckerson Jr. from Streetfilms recently took a trip to Groningen, Netherlands and documented its widespread bicycle culture in a wonderful 15 minute film. Groningen, a city of about 192,000 people has the highest mode share of bicycle users of anywhere in the ...

Quote Of The Week: “Now I Know Why You Ride Your Bike Everywhere” 1

Angry driver photo courtesy of Joseph Mietus  Some friends from out of town were visiting Toronto last weekend for a wedding. At the wedding, one friend said to me: “Now I know why you ride your bike everywhere. If I had to deal with this traffic every day, I would shoot myself” James D. Schwartz ...

Car Culture Indoctrination Through Nursery Rhymes 9

Driving in my car – YouTube video by Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes  It is difficult in our society for a person of legal driving age to avoid the systematic indoctrination that car culture forces upon us. From car advertisements on television & billboards, to celebrities showing off their fancy wheels, to “auto” sections inside newspapers, ...

Amidst Car Culture, Breaking The Law Is “Ethical” 70

Driving at night – Photo by Dennis Wilkinson Here in Canada – and especially in Ontario – you could be cruising along the highway at 125km/h in a maximum 100km/h zone – and many other drivers will still be buzzing past you. Bicycling on an empty sidewalk, or rolling through a red light at an ...

The Urban Country Is Back… 5

Toronto Islands Cargo Biking – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country  Well, we’re back. It wasn’t intentional, but I ended up taking a month-long break from blogging. I wish I could say that I took a month off to volunteer in a developing country and change the world, but my excuse is much ...

Heartbreaking Documentary: Texting While Driving: It Can Wait

Please take 35 minutes out of your day and watch this poignant and heartbreaking film directed by Werner Herzog on texting while driving. The film is powerful, the message is simple: “It can wait”. No text message is more important than the lives of the people we put at risk when we make the decision ...