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End Of Week Wrap-Up & Quote Of The Week 1

Traffic Jam – Photo courtesy of Nic Sedlock  Although bicycle transportation is often the most reliable and efficient mode of transportation in a city, it doesn’t mean it is perfect 100% of the time. Musician Dave Matthews highlighted this when his bike broke down while out on a ride prior to his concert last Saturday. ...

Guerrilla Bike Infrastructure In Seattle Leads To Permanent Installation 2

Photo courtesy of SDOT / Seattle Bike Blog Back in April, a group of anonymous “guerrilla activists” in Seattle installed plastic bollards on a bike lane that traverses underneath an interstate highway. The group who dubs themselves the “Reasonably Polite Seattleites” wanted to show Seattle’s Department of Transportation how easy it is to improve safety ...

Teens On Bicycles Save Kidnapped 5-Year-Old Girl 1

Screenshot from CNN video – Courtesy of CNN  Two teenage boys used their bicycles to chase a car that was carrying a kidnapped 5-year-old girl. From CNN: “Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl — on their bicycles. Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her ...

Dave Matthews’ Bike Breaks Down, Picked Up By Fan

Screen grab from CNN video – Courtesy of CNN Musician Dave Matthews was out for a bike ride on Saturday shortly before his concert in Hershey Pennsylvania, when his back tire popped, leaving him stranded on the side of the road without a cell phone. Emily Kraus had been a Dave Matthews fan since she ...

Citi Bike: A Game Changer For New York City 3

Citi Bike station – Photo by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country In what seemed to happen almost overnight, New York City changed its transportation system as we know it, adding another mode of transportation for citizens and visitors alike to traverse that great city. New York’s bike share system – known as Citi ...

Toronto Flood: Just Another Ordinary Day On A Bicycle 7

Toronto storm photo courtesy of Ann Darby (deftonia11)  On Monday evening, Toronto was hit by a massive storm that resulted in a record 126mm of rainfall. The city experienced massive flooding as a result, causing cars to become submerged, and train passengers forced to swim to safety. The city’s underground subway system was shut down ...

The Slothful Cyclist 3

  Our “Urban Bicycling Is For Lazy People” recently garnered the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Below is the 3-minute “Slothful Cyclist” radio segment that I recorded in the CBC studios in Toronto for “The 180 with Jim Brown” show on CBC Radio One. * For the record, I have never worn spandex. ...

Quote Of The Week: Bicyclists Are People 7

Toronto City Councillor Gord Perks, who was previously thought to be an ally of Toronto bicyclists, isolated most of them by publicly calling them “idiots”: Our quote of the week comes from our friend Duncan Hurd, who responded to Councillor Perk’s comment: We strongly urge Councillor Perks to read our post on bicycle helmets and ...

“Cars Kill So Many People It Staggers The Imagination” 4

Car crash carnage – Photo courtesy of Atomic Hot Links  Yesterday we discussed how bicyclists are encouraged to break the law because of bad road design. Coincidentally, on the same day the Toronto Star wrote an article entitled “Lawbreaking cyclists putting everyone in danger”. The author cites a middle age woman who was riding the ...

Bad Design Leads To Bad (Scofflaw) Behaviour 8

Red bicycle light in Amsterdam – Photo courtesy of Stefan Kuschnigg  In Copenhagen, traffic signals along “green wave” routes are timed to provide a constant flow of green lights to bicycles traveling at 20km/hour. Bicyclists who ride at this speed will never hit a red light all the way to the city centre. In the ...