Uptown Protected Bike Lanes – June 12 deadline

June 12 is the last day to submit comments on the ‘new’ street plan for King Street, Waterloo. Make sure the city recognizes that we’re asking for protected bike lanes, not deathrows or painted gutters! To be sure the city / regional team’s preference is against protected bike lanes (refer to Appendix D: Evaluation of Final Alternatives). Make you voice heard! Let’s build the community we want to live in for the next 20 years. Your voice is important! (Check out TriTAG’s bike uptown slide deck asking where you’d rather bike.) New option – May 29 2013 (via City of Waterloo pdf) Comments … Continue reading Uptown Protected Bike Lanes – June 12 deadline

New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail

Early Saturday morning, I stepped out of my house and began my run starting with a 5 minute warm up walk. We made it down Queen street, crossed the street, and was surprised to be greeted by this new fixture! I thought back to Thursday morning and was pretty sure we would have seen this up as we did push ups and step ups on the bench right beside it (and trust me, I don’t think we could have missed this vibrant green thing had we tried!) Here are all the tools available, all tied up so hopefully no one … Continue reading New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail

CAB Community Access Bikeshare Membership Giveaway – How would you use a full year subscription

In support of CAB’s crowd-raising campaign May 1-15, WaterlooBikes is giving away a one year membership to the reader who provides the most compelling use-case of how they would use a CAB (Community Access Bikeshare) membership. Either respond to the comments in this post, on our facebook page or directly via waterloobicycles@gmail.com. The winner will be chosen by the CAB team by the end of the week. For a detailed review of how the bikeshare works refer to our post from Sept 2013.  If you’re interested in a Bikeshare membership sign up here. The fleet is ready to be used with stations at … Continue reading CAB Community Access Bikeshare Membership Giveaway – How would you use a full year subscription

Lessons from the Winter of 2014 – Screw fashion

Although I’ve been winter cycling since 2004, the winter of 2014 taught me some new lessons. Screw fashion and the discerning cyclist (at least when it’s below -15C) New Lessons Exposed skin sucks, especially below -15C My general purpose blundstones are not warm enough even with 2 pairs of socks. When it gets cold my body seems to cut off circulation much faster these days, I’m getting older. Need a better winter bike cleaning routine (setup, tools, approach), unless you want to buy a new chain, freewheel and derailleur every winter. Facial hair, if you can grow it, rocks for … Continue reading Lessons from the Winter of 2014 – Screw fashion

Jane’s Walk – Walking and cycling challenges and opportunities in Uptown Waterloo

Join members of the Waterloo Advisory Committee on Active Transportation (WACAT) as they follow the Laurel Trail through Uptown Waterloo to Weber St and back, looking for opportunities to improve cycling and pedestrian connectivity in the city.  What challenges stand in the way of improvements?  How can we improve wayfinding and signage?  How can we encourage more people to walk and bike in Waterloo? Meet Sunday May 4th at 2pm at the clock tower at Erb and Caroline. Councillor Angela Vieth will be leading the walk.  For details refer to the Jane’s Walk website here. Another interesting Jane’s Walk with a … Continue reading Jane’s Walk – Walking and cycling challenges and opportunities in Uptown Waterloo

Ontario’s $25M for Cycling Infrastructure

A drop in the bucket or a step in the right direction? Today at Share the Road’s Ontario Bike Summit, our Liberal Minister of Transportation announced $25m for bicycle infrastructure improvements for municipalities over 3 years. At first glance it seems good, but when I started to think about it I couldn’t help but be cynical. For sure it’s a step in the right direction but it’s also a drop in the bucket, a very empty bucket to citizens (voters) who are apparently hungry for cycling infrastructure. [This announcement kind of over shadowed Share the Road’s silver award handed to … Continue reading Ontario’s $25M for Cycling Infrastructure