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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 ...

Stettler, Alberta Bike Share Program Suspended After Its One Bike Goes Missing 4

Stettler, Alberta’s bike share program has been suspended after the program’s single bicycle went missing in that town of about 5,700 people. Bike Share Program Director, Harold Bruce spoke to the CBC about the program he founded after returning from a visit to Toronto, where he had thoroughly enjoyed Toronto’s BIXI bike share program. He ...

Car Culture Indoctrination Through Nursery Rhymes 7

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 Art Of Carrying Things By Bike 19

The Art of Carrying Things by Bike – Screenshot from Vimeo video by Laura J. Lukitsch  Most readers here are aware that I have something of an obsession with carrying large amounts of cargo on my bike. The countless times I have heard people say “you need a car to live” perhaps induces my insatiable ...

Warning: Driving Kills, Maims, Suffocates & Ravages 1

Driving warning labels – courtesy of Chris Bruntlett / Hush Magazine  In a recent article in Hush magazine, our friend Chris Bruntlett argues that our addiction to driving can perhaps be overcome by treating driving as the new smoking, or viewing driving as “society’s cancer”. Chris created the above cigarette warning labels for drivers to ...

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 ...

Dear Vancouver: Riding A Bicycle In Normal Clothes Should Not Be A Defiant Act Of Rebellion 12

BIXI bike collage from Montreal, Canada – Photo courtesy of Chris Bruntlett via Instagram  Our friend Chris Bruntlett recently returned to Vancouver from a vacation that included stops in both Toronto and Montreal. In an article in Hush Magazine, Bruntlett elegantly summarizes his travel experiences while lamenting Vancouver’s sport/recreational bicycling culture and British Columbia’s unfortunate ...