Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stratford - Active Transportation Advisory Committee

As part of the Stratford Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan – 2014, the City of Stratford established the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) to address the need for active transportation systems for residents, businesses and visitors. ATAC will serve as a forum for the public to raise their viewpoints on particular active transportation issues and/or findings, and to bring these interests to the attention of Council. Read more.

Active transportation bylaw delayed, again

Letting cyclists use sidewalks instead of roadways could pose liability risks for the City, Peterborough councillors heard Tuesday (April 22). Read more.

The best ever World Urban Forum – and cycling’s role in it

The World Urban Forum is  organized by UN-Habitat and focuses on urban issues. WUF7 took place in Medellin, Columbia, a city that has undergone vast transformation in the past decade. Bringing experts from around the world, WUF7′s core theme was Urban Equity in Development. And Medellin is a great example; it has prioritized accessible mobility and inclusive governance for vulnerable communities and has also established more public spaces and green areas. Read more.

The Easy Way to Fix Your City's Transportation System

The truth is there's no silver bullet. But cities can still do a better job providing mobility than they do now, and they can start by focusing on the "sticks" and "carrots" of transportation. That means improving alternative transportation options on one hand, and creating disincentives to driving alone on the other. Read more.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Walking to get fit is new again

With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you’re not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you’re not cutting it, right? Read more.

Outcry from cyclists puts brakes on bike bill

A bill filed by state Rep. Wendy Nanney of Greenville would have banned youths from riding bikes on many public roads and would have required all cyclists to obtain a $5 permit from the Department of Transportation in order to ride on many public roads. The bill also would have required cyclists to carry liability insurance on their bicycles. Read more.

Have cycling groups become too big to share the road?

In the often fraught relationship between cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, there are concerns groups of cyclists have become too large for the roads. Read more.

In the U.S., a Quick Walk to the Store Is a Rare Thing Indeed

You realize you’re missing a key ingredient – garlic for the pasta, let’s say, or lettuce for your salad. Something without which you can’t get the meal on the table. How long would it take you to walk to a store where you can buy it? Read more.

Is There Such a Thing as a 'Feminine' Way to Ride a Bike?

A couple of months ago, the writer and bike advocate Elly Blue started a conversation on Twitter with this seemingly simple question: “What does "feminine" mean? I'm serious. It keeps coming up in the context of things women can do to feel that way on a bike, + I'm confused.” Read more.

Do You Walk Enough?

The American Heart Association says "the simplest, positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to start walking." For starters, they suggest exercising 150 minutes a week. The problem is—how do you know if you're walking enough? What's your baseline? Read more.