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
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
This is my new commuting bike. It is a Canadian made Sekine from the mid to late 1970s. I have been looking for a vintage road bike to use as a commuter. I thought I had one back in the spring. I found a great Peugeot at Recycle Cycle in June. I rushed home and talked my wife into getting it for me, for Father’s Day. Unfortunately, when she got down to Recycle Cycle, it had been sold. I kept checking Recycle Cycle and Kijiji over the summer, but didn’t find anything that interested me. I have many reasons for … Continue reading My New Sekine!
I won’t often use this forum to rant about rude drivers, but today is an exception! I was riding along Lancaster Street, on my way to work yesterday morning. I was just past Union Street and going south. There is a single lane going in each direction. A bus had pulled over to pick up some passengers. Before I pulled out to go around him, I checked my mirror. The closest vehicle was over 100 metres back. When I was abut halfway passed the bus, a driver in a beat-up muscle car roared passed me, driving south in the north-bound … Continue reading Road Rage Rant!
My thoughts on Ontario’s Cycling Strategy can be summed up pretty easily –> It sucks. Anthony from ibiketo.ca who got me on this topic was a little nicer … “If someone were to ask me how I would describe Ontario’s new Cycling Strategy in a word I would have to choose one of these: “vague,” “wishy-washy,” or “same-old, same-old” ….” As cyclists our opportunity to provide feedback lasts until the end of January 2013. Take a read of the strategy and provide your feedback to the Province. Links: Link to Government website providing more info and a submit comments button Link to … Continue reading A response to Ontario’s Cycling Strategy