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Quote Of The Week: Empty Bike Lane 1

Drivers sitting in gridlocked traffic stare at the “empty” bike lane, because I have already long passed them. Great quote by @pathlesspedaled.  (As long as the bike lane isn’t *too* empty of course.) James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com ...

No Impact Man & Shallow Distractions 2

“No Impact Man” movie Poster – Courtesy of No Impact Man doc There has been much discussion here in Canada lately about the latest National Hockey League lockout. This is a topic that would leave me without regret had it occupied not a single one of my brain cells. However, a recent “letter to the ...

Beach Cruisers and Grey-Haired Bicyclists 19

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country For many retirees, retirement is a time to stay healthy and enjoy the simple things in life. For some, this may involve a round of golf, a game of ping pong, or swimming in a pool. For others, it’s the joy of riding a bicycle. I returned ...

‘i share the road’ campaign launch 5

i share the road campaign photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country On Friday, the ‘i share the road’ campaign officially kicked off when a box of 15,000 ‘i share the road’ stickers arrived at my door. The purpose of the campaign is to use a positive message to promote sharing the road between ...

Thong Underwear Sign of Healthy Bicycle Culture? 22

Montreal bicyclist – Photo by James Schwartz / RateMyVelo.com While out for a morning jog with my dog yesterday, I noticed a lady with black thong underwear hiked up above her pant line while riding a bike along Toronto’s Queen West. Not more than 3 metres behind her was a man on a bike – ...