COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL

Joint release by WaterlooBikes.ca and TriTag.ca: COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL Recommended Uptown streetscape design includes wider sidewalks and protected bike lanes on King Street from Erb to Central. WATERLOO, ON – May 7, 2015. Residents are celebrating a staff recommendation for protected bike lanes on King Street in Uptown Waterloo. The recommended design, if approved by Waterloo City Council, would see the installation of wider sidewalks and raised bicycle lanes, some protected from traffic by parked cars, along King Street from Erb to Central. “These are the types of lanes you find in places like the Netherlands, … Continue reading COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL

Uptown Streetscape Update – Vote going to Council May 25 2015

Just got word that on May 25th Waterloo City Council will be presented with the Environmental Study Report (ESR), recommending that Council approve the preferred option for segregated bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks etc!! The report will be available on the City’s website the week of May 11th. This has been a long time coming since our first post and start of our petition back in November of 2013! If you can, mark May 25th in your calendar to show support for the proposal, a better option for all people who use King Street!   Continue reading Uptown Streetscape Update – Vote going to Council May 25 2015

Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Got this in my inbox this morning, luckily my Trek which has a front disc brake, doesn’t have a quick release. Back before I had email my second mountain bike was a Trek 850 Antelope, it had a quick release, but that was before disc brakes became mainstream.  That reminds me, I put this awful one piece barends / aerobars on it — horrible. “According to the CPSC recall notice, one incident resulted in quadriplegia, one in facial injuries, and the third in a fractured wrist.” via Bicycle Retailer Safety Recall Trek issues voluntary nationwide consumer quick release safety notices Thank you for … Continue reading Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Review: A perfect bicycle route in Utrecht

The bicycle route between the inner city of Utrecht, the Netherlands and its outlying university is what I consider to be a perfect bicycle route.  As far as I can tell, it doesn’t have a specific name, but it consists of a bidirectional bicycle path along the east side of Waterlinieweg, Pythagoraslaan and Archimedeslaan.  I’ll call it the Archimedeslaan path, or Archimedespad for short.

For virtual ride along the route, check out the following video by Dutch cycling blogger Mark Wagenbuur.  He starts roughly in the middle of the line on the map above and heads toward point A, which he reaches about 2 minutes in.

This bicycle path is far from exceptional in The Netherlands, I chose it simply because it’s a route I have used several times.  There are countless other routes in the Netherlands that are just as good.

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Introducing the Bikeway Report Card

I am planning to start reviewing bicycle routes, which got me thinking – what makes a good bicycle route?

So after a bit of brainstorming, I came up with a series of categories that could be applied to any bicycle route to come up with an overall rating.  I calibrated the weightings on some routes I know such that the overall score generated is consistent with the overall score I would have given it.

So without further ado, the grading scheme:

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