Reader Question: What are the most problematic issues facing Waterloo Region’s cyclists?

A reader, Miss ON, is doing some research for a class project and wants to hear from us Waterloo Region cyclists: What are the biggest, most controversial issues facing Waterloo Region Cyclists. And being one not to dwell on the negative, cause it’s too easy for me, I’ll ask another: What’s the best part of being a cyclist in Waterloo Region. Thanks in advance for your answer! Continue reading Reader Question: What are the most problematic issues facing Waterloo Region’s cyclists?

The Medieval Bike versus my Trail-a-bike

A couple of days ago I posted a picture I took at Waterloo Park’s Medieval Faire. My first thought was, OMG I hope a kid’s not riding on the back of that thing! Now to be fair at the time I was pushing my 4 and 2 year old in a jogging stroller. So my thought was, I’d never put my 2 year old in that thing and ride around. I posted the picture on a number of social media sites and the varied reaction was kind of a surprise: Where I grew up that’s how I got to Grandma’s house. Hey, … Continue reading The Medieval Bike versus my Trail-a-bike

Repost: [LOABkw] Tools of the Trade via Waterloons

This summer I’ve enjoyed Chris Klein’s series called Life on a Bike (LOABkw) from Waterloons. One of the earlier ones is a classic how-to, which I’m reposting with permission follows. Thanks Chris! [LOABkw] Tools of the trade Posted by Chris Klein Life On A Bike in KW is a series of posts about Chris’ attempt to get as much done as possible on two wheels, while Erin takes the car out of town to observe birds. How cycle-friendly is KW? Erin is now at Rock Point, banding birds. I am officially car-less. More or less. For instance, I booked a car rental for the weekend after … Continue reading Repost: [LOABkw] Tools of the Trade via Waterloons

I’m in Love: Extra Cycled Electra Amsterdam Review

The Waterloo Jazz Festival was this weekend, it’s all about sultry soul felt improvisation that’s straight from the heart. That’s exactly how I’d describe my good friend’s bike the Electra Amsterdam complete with an extra cycle that’s accessorized with a custom deck. As soon as I started riding this bicycle I realized this was a special moment: it was the first time I’ve ridden a comfort bicycle since my all-things-bicycle awakening two years ago. I know I borrowed many a comfort bicycle while living in Badhoevedorp and Hoofddorp in the late ’80s but I didn’t have an appreciation of them, in fact … Continue reading I’m in Love: Extra Cycled Electra Amsterdam Review

When is the City of Waterloo going to paint our Bike Box Green? (like Ottawa’s)

Ottawa just announced the completion of Ontario’s first bike box! Well I was quick to correct, proudly announcing that Waterloo’s Bike Box is just celebrating it’s first birthday. But maybe not so fast. As I was re-reading the WaterlooBikes article, Rob stated that city of Waterloo officials promised that the bike box would be painted ‘soon’. So when is soon? City of Waterloo, when are you going to finish our Bike Box? Perhaps Ottawa’s right. They do have Ontario’s first <finished> bike box! Articles on the Bike Box: Ottawa Citizen – Bike Box makes it safer, Ottawa Sun (refers to the bike … Continue reading When is the City of Waterloo going to paint our Bike Box Green? (like Ottawa’s)

REVIEW Magtenlight

This review takes a look at the Magtenlight, a bicycle lighting system that does not need batteries. Their website is http://www.magtenlight.com/ The lights were mounted on a Trek Allant A background I started commuting by bike in September 2010 as the days were getting shorter and darker. I realized that I will need some sort of lighting system to be seen by motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists. I decided to purchase a set of lights from Blackburn called the Flea. They are small, powerful enough, and charge using the USB port on your computer. They were useful and I liked … Continue reading REVIEW Magtenlight