The “Stella” by Light & Motion – Gear Review

I got this light at the Adventure Guide members’ sale last week. It was regularly priced at $150 and marked down by 40%. I checked the price on MEC’s website. It was also listed at $150. The 40% discount means I paid about $89 for it. However, I had a gift card that my son gave me for Christmas and also had some Adventure Guide bucks saved up. The out of pocket cost to me was about $25. I’m not a fan of spending a lot of money on gear! The light straps to the handlebars and the battery easily … Continue reading The “Stella” by Light & Motion – Gear Review

Road Rage Rant!

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!

Building with Bikes in Mind

We all get very excited when our city or region builds something with bikes in mind.  It might be something as elaborate as the “complete street” Waterloo turned Davenport Road into, or it might be something simple like Kitchener painting bike lanes on Margaret Avenue.  Heck, some days, I even get excited if I can find a nice place to lock my bike! What about us, though?  Have you ever done any building with bikes in mind?  A few years ago, my wife and I built a sizeable addition on our house.  Outside of the foundation and the gas work, … Continue reading Building with Bikes in Mind

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?

A response to Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

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

Feedback for Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

I got a fantastic request from ibiketo.ca to encourage the Waterloo cycling community to provide their feedback directly to the Province of Ontario on their ‘Cycling Strategy‘ in addition to posting what I’d like Ontario to do for us cyclists. Ontario has opened up a dialogue with cyclists. But we only have a few weeks before the end of January to give our feedback to their “Cycling Strategy”. Let the province know what you would like to see Ontario do for cyclists. (When you post your comments to the government website post them here as well, broaden all our views.) … Continue reading Feedback for Ontario’s Cycling Strategy