Monday, September 1, 2014

Toronto's new streetcars hit the streets

Some of the shiny new streetcars that will be taking TTC passengers across the city for years to come have finally hit the streets of Toronto. Read more.

When it comes to cyclists vs. drivers, Vancouver is in ‘infant stages,’ says avid rider Trevor Linden

 In Amsterdam, the drivers are so used to bikes that the drivers just mesh with the bikes. To get to that point you have to have the infrastructure to allow that to happen. I think we’ve created that, we’re miles away, but it’s a good start. Read more.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Take the Ontario Active Communities Pledge

The Active Communities Pledge is an initiative of Share the Road Cycling Coalition to encourage voters and candidates to be champions for cycling and active transportation in the upcoming October 27th Municipal election. - See more at

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Forget bike helmets

Go to New York City and you’ll see the inconceivable: Thousands of people riding bikes in the thickest of traffic, without helmets. In the Land Of The Free, they have the right to bare heads. Read more.

China scoffs at our puny bikeshare programs

But there’s another smog fighting tool hitting the streets now, too: The humble, and once common bicycle. Now, according to the Atlantic, bikes are making a comeback, in part because of ubiquitous bikeshare programs. In fact, of the top 30 cities worldwide with more than 5,000 bikes in their systems, 24 of them are in China. Read more.

Vancouver bike lanes boast record summer cycling traffic

A record number of 195,000 bike trips were made across the Burrard Bridge in July 2014, an increase from 161,000 trips in July 2013, according to numbers collected by automatic bike counters – black electrical cords across the pavement. Since it was built five years ago, the separated bike lane on the bridge has been cycled across more than five million times. Read more.

Northern Ireland plans cycling revolution

Northern Ireland is aiming to replicate the cycling infrastructure and policies of over European countries in the next 25 years. The Northern Irish are being encouraged to take part in a consultation that will develop a cycling culture in the country.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Because I Must: Induced Demand - An Excerpt from Walkable City by Jeff Speck

I am asking that it be better understood by those who build and rebuild our communities, so that we can stop making stupid decisions that placate angry citizens while only hurting them in the long run. There is a simple answer to congestion—and it’s the only answer—which is to bring the costs of driving on crowded streets closer in line with its value. Read more.

Ride like a girl

Cycling is awfully similar to being a woman. Read more.

What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. And one experience I have had firsthand, which has helped me to understand privilege and listen to privilege talk without feeling defensive, is riding my bike. Read more.