Interview Prep – Mandatory Helmets won’t change the fact we’re still cycling in society’s gutters

I’m pretty pumped about a live interview I have coming up on the local Rogers community station tonight (June 25) between 7 and 8pm. It’s on the coroner’s report on cycling deaths with a focus on the proposed mandatory helmet legislation. My previous interview on the 570’s Jeff Allan Show, I was nervous I was going to get roasted and so I took a conservative approach. The interview was cordial and I thought I came across quite boring. My first reaction this time round was that I wanted to come across more edgy akin to: ‘I’m only going to wear … Continue reading Interview Prep – Mandatory Helmets won’t change the fact we’re still cycling in society’s gutters

Ontario Coroner releases Report on Cyclist Deaths with series of recommendations

Today the cycling blogosphere was all a buzz with the release of the ontario coroner’s report on Cycling Deaths in Ontario in 2011.  And apparently as reported by Bill Bean it wasn’t just the cycling bloggers who were sniffing out a story, the press was there as well: CBC The Record The Star CTV Globe and Mail The Sun I love how the press is trying to sell news papers with this issue. I expect most will make this as divisive as possible, whatever sells advertising!  Most of them pick up on the reports statement of preventable deaths and then … Continue reading Ontario Coroner releases Report on Cyclist Deaths with series of recommendations

Question – Any free bike safety courses in K-W?

Received a question from one of our readers. Anyone have any suggestions? I want to start cycling in the City with the UW bike share program, but the last time I rode a bike I lived in the country, and the most dangerous thing I could hit was a wandering cow. Are there any free bike safety courses I can take in the K-W that can help me? I’m terrified of being hit by a car. I have bad enough experiences as a pedestrian. -V Continue reading Question – Any free bike safety courses in K-W?

Memorial Ride – Silently taking a stand for our roadways

Last weekend Alex P and I rode the Barrie Conrad memorial ride. We met in Uptown Waterloo and then rode up the iron horse trail to Park St, then Weber and then Lobslinger Line. I’ve got to thank Alex cause if he didn’t nudge me about going there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have made it. And  Alex there was no way I was going to drive on such a nice day. For me it was a therapeutic ride. Last fall I switched jobs and cycling to work was no longer practical. I now live too close, less then 300 meters. I … Continue reading Memorial Ride – Silently taking a stand for our roadways

New Blogger

Hey all, My name is Chris Harrison.  Graham invited me to contribute to this blog.  Here’s a little bit about me. I ride several times a week.  I commute by bike and also squeeze in a couple of longer rides a week during good weather. My wife and I have 3 teenage sons, who keep us fairly busy.  I’m a teacher.  I love the outdoors.  Aside from cycling, I also run, canoe and cross-country ski. I currently have three bikes, but that changes periodically.  My road bike is a Surly Pacer. I also have a Trek mountain bike and an old winter … Continue reading New Blogger

Has a Waterloo Region bike path ever been sabotaged?

Has a Waterloo Region bike path ever been sabotaged? I just read a story from Adelaide SA where a cyclist was badly injured by a wire that was strung across a bike path. I’ve wondered more than a few times while riding the Iron Horse near Victoria park if some deviant would ever commit such a crime (treed section of the trail).   Then I came across the train crossing and realized there are other forces at play. A few times I’ve seen boulders left out on the Iron Horse trail in Waterloo park that had me thinking that if it … Continue reading Has a Waterloo Region bike path ever been sabotaged?