Saturday, August 23, 2014

The New Habit Challenge: Take Daily Walking Breaks To Refocus

Research published in Diabetologia medical journal shows that the average adult spends 50% to 70% of his time sitting. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say that taking a walk in the park--or any green space you can find in your area--can lessen your brain fatigue and frustration. Read more.

Calls for more of the same failed policy after increase in cycling injuries

A recent increase in cycling injuries in Western Australia has resulted in the typical calls for “more helmets” as if it was the solution to cycling safety. Read more.

Louisville developers plan underground bike park

Once completed, it will be a 320,000-square-foot park and pump track that’s some 75 feet underground built inside a 4 million-square-foot limestone quarry directly underneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky. That’s equivalent to about 100 acres of land. Read more.

Trottibus - Walking School Bus

The Trottibus Walking School Bus is a pedestrian bus service that gives elementary school children the chance to walk to school every weekday morning safely under adult supervision and have fun at the same time. Read more.

Complete Streets in Toronto's Official Plan

The City of Toronto is currently undergoing its five year review of its Official Plan and has prepared draft amendments that includes a new policy to incorporate a Complete Streets approach when streets are constructed, reconstructed or otherwise improved, and for full consideration of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to be integrated into the design of all streets, neighbourhoods, major destinations, transit facilities and mobility hubs throughout the City. The full submission can be found here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Winnipeg school zone speed limits reduced to 30 km/h

Winnipeg drivers will be slowing down in school zones staring this fall or face hefty fines. A 30 kilometre-an-hour school zone speed limit will take effect Sept. 1 around 171 schools. Read more.

Thunder Bay - Ride your bike to Ribfest and get free valet parking

Cyclists heading to Ribfest in Thunder Bay this weekend will have a secure area to store their bikes, now that EcoSuperior is launching its new bike valet service at the event. Read more.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montréal - Viau St. gets reserved bike-bus-taxi lane in pilot project

The city is testing out a new reserved bike-bus-taxi lane on a stretch of Viau Street for a year to see if it can untangle some of Montreal’s biggest traffic snarls. STM chairman Philippe Schnobb said the city intentionally chose a wide artery for its pilot project, settling on a 1.7-kilometre stretch of Viau Street between Rosemont Boulevard and Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue. Read more.

Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

A group of researchers at McGill University in Montreal recently tried to establish a clear hierarchy among the main six work-trip modes: driving, riding (bus and metro and commuter rail), walking, and cycling. Read more.

How Montreal built a bike lane by debunking the autoparkolypse

Every city that's ever considered removing auto parking to make room for a protected bike lane has been, understandably, nervous. North America's best city for biking wasn't immune. But when it was planning its signature downtown bike project in 2005, Montreal got past those concerns with a very simple tactic. Read more.