2015’s Coldest Ride of the Year was balmy compared to recent temperatures and yielded a pleasant, friendly ride through Waterloo and Kitchener taking note of new and future bicycle infrastructure projects. (Thanks and shout out to TriTAG for helping to host and organize.) Below is Sylvia Hook modeling the Canadian Winter Cyclist look. The key is no exposed skin, particularly the face using a balaclava and ski goggles. Lots of layers to ensure warmth but you’ll note she also has the ability to quickly shed layers to avoid over heating. Sweating is the quickest path to hypothermia here in the north. Sylvia … Continue reading 2015’s Coldest Ride of the Year – Trip Report
Make sure to cast your ballot on Monday, October 27 as our local communities in Waterloo Region gear up to elect new mayors, councilors and trustees. Our friends at TriTAG, have a summary of candidate positions on active transportation issues, ranging from the LRT to our bicycle network strategy. Be informed and encourage your friends and neighbours to vote :) Continue reading Waterloo Region Elections – Oct 27 2014
I am planning on doing a couple of posts on winter riding. Over the last few years, a lot more information about winter riding has been shared. A few short years ago, it was difficult to find advice on riding through the winter. These posts are based mostly on learning through experience and reflect what I do to get ready to ride through the chilly season. This first post is on the all important steed! All my winter bikes have been named Helga. She was tougher than Hagar, and a bike has to be pretty tough to make it through … Continue reading Introducing. . . Helga III
(Not All My Posts Will Be about the Police) This past Saturday I was involved in a charity ride called Ride for Refuge. Ride for Refuge raises money for the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. There were 864 people doing the ride in Waterloo. Catherine Fife was one of them. Route distances varied from 10 km to 100 km. There were a few different routes, so the riders were spread out over north Waterloo and Wilmot Township. I rode the 100 km route with 3 friends. As we were riding east along Hessen Strasse and approaching Moser Young Road, a middle-aged … Continue reading Special Constable ________, I Shake My Head at Your Ignorance
About three weeks ago, I was riding my bike and was joined by a bicycle cop. We had a nice chat as we biked along side-by-side. I wrote a blog post about it that focussed on pace-lines and riding two-abreast. Last week I had a different sort of ride with the police! I ride along Queen Street in Kitchener to and from work each day. Last Thursday, I was riding past St. Mary’s Hospital on the way home from work. I was riding in the middle of the right lane. A motorcycle and a couple of cars pulled up behind … Continue reading My Ride with the Police! (Take 2)
In the Waterloo Region, we have police officers that ride bicycles around town. I have seen them frequently in the downtown core, but never in out-lying areas. This morning, as I turned right onto Bridgeport Road from Lancaster Street, another cyclist turned left onto Bridgeport, from the other direction on Lancaster Street. The other cyclist rode behind me for a bit, and I didn’t think much about it, until I heard his radio squawk. I turned my head to see a police officer and started chatting with him. I normally ride out in the lane, on multi-lane roads, to increase … Continue reading My Ride with the Police!