Wednesday, June 8, 2016
An eBike will also encourage you to ride further, with cyclists on eBikes covering on average 6.3 kilometres compared to 3.6 kilometres when riding conventional bikes according to a report by Credit Suisse. Read more.
It contains the sections of the main code which are relevant for cyclists as well as offering advice on the purchase and maintenance of bikes and the full syllabus for the national Bikeability cycle training programme. Read more.
As a 12-year-old boy, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was furious when his red Schwinn bicycle was stolen. When he returned, it was gone. Furious he stormed off to find a police officer he was told was training at a nearby gym. Read more.
Despite the wonderful utility of two wheels, bikes have been completely overlooked in traditional North American urban planning, leaving them to straddle their existence between pedestrian and car, of which they are neither. Read more.
For some parents in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, a pleasant stroll around town is the furthest thing from reality. They just don't feel safe walking — and want changes. Read more.
Monday, June 6, 2016
When it comes to bicycle safety however, progress slows when the center of attention becomes the bicycle helmet. Much like whether or not a motorist in an accident was wearing a seatbelt, one of the first questions we ask when a bicyclist is involved in a crash is, “Were they wearing a helmet?” The media and police reflect the public’s pro-helmet sentiment by implying that its role in any major crash is highly significant. Read more.
So what could have been an angry social media confrontation ended in a $100 donation to Citizens for Safe Cycling to continue their work advocating for more and safer cycling infrastructure in Ottawa. Read more.
By the end of the day Friday, it's expected that more than 3,500 Kelowna residents will have checked in to one of the many celebration stations along their bicycle commute to either work or school this week, surpassing last year's total of 2,700 visits. Read more.
On Thursday, the Essex resident was honoured with the naming of the Frank Matthys Way, a bike path along Fairview Avenue. Matthys’ name was picked after council asked the community to assist with the name of the multi-use trail. Read more.
Nova Scotia will soon have a 3,000-kilometre, cross-province bicycle trail system officials hope will make the province a premiere cycling destination. Read more.
Active Transportation Week in Cobourg kicks off on Saturday June 4, 2016 in conjunction with the Safe Communities Northumberland County, Community Connections Expo hosted at the Cobourg Community Centre from June 3 to 4. The Town of Cobourg is offering free transit all day on Saturday June 4th. Read more.
Again, that’s a ONE-BILLION-DOLLAR plan to make the city safer for human-powered transport. That would be great news anywhere, but in Atlanta it could go a long way toward securing the capital a coveted new reputation as a city that bikes. Read more.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
The region has confirmed a vote to allow two-abreast cycling on roads, despite public outcry against the move following a committee meeting in May. Read more.
County Warden Tom Bain said councils and politicians are “beginning to respond” to pressure from a growing number of residents keen on cycling and other forms of “active transportation” who want local roads made safer to pursue such a lifestyle. Read more.
There is so much fetishizing of exercise. What with the gadgets and gear and just-right outfits – the Lycra! The Lululemon! – at times fitness is more like maintaining membership at an exclusive club. But the beautiful, gentle act of walking, that’s different. Read more.
For 2016, the plan was passed several months after the budget was approved, but for 2017 it’s slated to be debated along with road spending and the rest of council’s priorities during budget deliberations. Read more.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ontario passed legislation that will sustain and improve the province's trails system, helping to build a healthier and more prosperous Ontario. The Supporting Ontario's Trails Act, 2016 will strengthen Ontario's extensive trails system. It will protect and enhance thousands of kilometres of the province's urban, suburban, rural and remote land and water trails while also encouraging its expansion. Read more.
Mayor Tory defended that decision Monday, and rejected the suggestion that council would be voting on a diluted proposal, telling reporters: "I just think it's prudent to learn what we learn from the Bloor Street bike lane project before we go spending all kinds of money on similar streets." Read more.
Toronto police are launching “Right 2 Bike” -- a week-long campaign aimed at the enforcement of bicycle lanes in the city. The enforcement campaign, which is scheduled to run from May 30 to June 5, will involve parking enforcement officers, members from traffic services and officers from division units. Read more.
Before the eager young New York traffic department employee who would eventually become known as Gridlock Sam had begun his long war against cars in earnest in the early 1970s, he got a dull assignment: standing out in the cold weather, timing car traffic as it crossed into Midtown. Read more.
The murals – bicycles through the ages – were created using an unusual technique. Augustine carved the bicycles into the painting and set them against several well-known Brampton landmarks such as the St. Andrew’s Church, Alderlea, the gazebo in Gage Park, City Hall, and Historic Bovaird House. Read more.
The board backed the proposed inclusion of baseball-softball, surfing, karate, sport climbing and skateboarding for Tokyo. Read more.
CWATS is a proposed network of on-road and off-road trails, bike lanes, paved shoulders, and signed routes to create connections between tourist sites, built-up areas, City of Windsor, Chatham-Kent and Point Pelee National Park. The CWATS system is to be built over a 25-year period and is a partnership between the County of Essex, local municipalities and the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Read more.
Greater Sudbury Deputy Mayor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann has proclaimed June as Active Transportation Month. Events for the month include the national Commuter Challenge, a competition between cities and workplaces that encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home for one week, from June 5 to 11. Read more.
The city says it will install up to 60 crossovers each year for the next three years with a focus in 2016 on single-lane roundabouts, retrofitting existing crossings and on places where no crossing existed previously. Read more.
I’ve seen many bad drivers over the years, but I’ve seen more bad cyclists. I have come to the conclusion that cyclists are consistently the most impatient, unpredictable, self-entitled and dangerous people in Toronto’s traffic. It doesn’t have to be that way. Safe cycling is pretty easy, for the most part. Here are a few takeaways I’ve picked up from the front lines. Read more.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The City of Gatineau has shifted into high gear in its quest to be known as the go-to place for cycling in Quebec. After months of searching, the city has hired a bike route co-ordinator, as it seeks to increase the amount of cyclists in the city. Read more.
Unsafe pedestrian behavior is a major factor in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. In a recent study of 7,000 pedestrian-vehicle crashes in Florida, researchers discovered that pedestrians were at fault in 80 percent of these incidents. Similarly, in a U.K. study, pedestrian behavior accounted for 90 percent of crashes where vehicle struck a pedestrian. Read more.
“Cities investing in bike infrastructure are seeing explosions in bike use” and urban growth, said Roswell “RJ” Eldridge, chief operating officer of Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, which specializes in walking and biking infrastructure planning, engineering, and landscape architecture. “Cities are competing regionally for young intelligent people who are very mobile and can move to any community depending on the package of high-quality places with transportation options.” Read more.
“The Kamloops Museum and Archives has a new exhibition on display.” That’s a phrase which would usually put young folks to sleep; this show is different, though. Ground Control is about skateboard culture, and the skateboarding community in Kamloops. Read more.
Whether you enjoy strolling along the beachfront or sauntering up La Rambla, if on foot is your favourite way to explore Barcelona then you're in luck as the city is set to become even more walkable. Barcelona plans to turn 50 per cent of the roads used by cars into pedestrian-friendly zones by 2018 in a bid to make the city more green. Read more.
City council adopted a new strategy Tuesday aimed at making Calgary safer and more convenient for pedestrians but rejected a major plank of the proposal — a study of lower speed limits in residential areas. Read more.
You’re probably also aware that cycling and walking are good for you. But are they still good for you if you live in a major – and majorly polluted – city? The answer, according to a new study, is yes. Read more.
That extra walk you fit in after dinner, or gym session before work, aren’t just good for maintaining a healthy weight — they also play a role in protecting your brain as it ages. Read more.
According to recently released data from Toronto Public Health, the city performs better than the rest of the province in a number of key health areas, including obesity, incidences of cancer and life expectancy. Read more.
“Cycling has sort of been perceived as something that only spandex-clad weekend warriors can do,” says Polcer, who works as a freelance photographer and as the director of communication for the educational nonprofit Bike New York. “I have no problems with those folks, but they aren't the only ones riding.” Read more.
An over 197-km long 'bicycle highway' will be developed from Taj Mahal in Agra to the lion safari in Etawah to encourage eco-tourism in the vicinity of historical and tourist places. Read more.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Opinion is divided among elected officials in both Lanark and Renfrew counties over whether a planned 296-kilometre trail should be open to snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. Read more.
Cyclists in Portage la Prairie will have a hub to fix their bikes soon. The Community Bicycle Repair Shop is a partnership between the Portage Active Transportation Committee and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) Central Region. Read more.
A pedestrian crosswalk filled with cracks and uneven edges is a recipe for a face-first disaster. Read more.
First, Calgary officially endorsed road hockey, erasing a rule restricting nets from residential streets, and now, in a move certain to have the neighbourhood anti-fun cranks frothing once again, city council is preparing to allow backyard skateboard ramps for the first time in 30 years. Read more.
Streets that, during winter months, you had to yourself are suddenly bursting with biped meanderers; now, instead of simply going to the shops, you must first complete a complex obstacle course. It’s my belief that you can tell much about a person by the way they walk down a sidewalk. Read more.
Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon says it’s time for parents in the Beach neighbourhood to kick the “bad habit” of driving their kids to school. “I get calls from constituents about all the crazy driving and parking around schools,” she said, noting schools in her ward have becomes sites of “unnecessary and unsafe” congestion. Read more.
Students and teachers from more than 30 schools across Burlington have taken up the call to active to use active transportation during Bike to School Week. Read more.
Instead of a Gore-Tex jacket and Lycra bike shorts, he wears a suit jacket, a tie, long pants and shoes. He dresses in work clothes to remind himself not to cycle too fast. By cycling slow but steady, he doesn’t have to change clothes or take a shower before he’s ready to start work. Read more.
The Town of Oakville recently installed bike corrals in the Downtown as well as Bronte and Kerr villages in an effort to encourage residents to enjoy these areas via cycling. Read more.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
After eight years of consecutive declines, road deaths increased last year, according to the latest figures released by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec. Read more.
Pedestrians feeling overwhelmed by an increase in traffic on Lees Avenue due to LRT construction will get some relief thanks to a new crosswalk, but it won't be up and running until September. Read more.
Portland has long been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%), and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows that in 2015, 10% of Vancouver B.C.’s population pedaled to work, and 7% of all daily trips were by bicycle. Read more.
In 1986, about 63 percent people pedalled in the streets of Beijing. The number plummeted to 11 percent in 2015, thanks to China's galloping economy which is conspicuous on its roads where cars of every description from Hummer to Lamborghini jostle for space every day. Read more.
Outside of the downtown, it’s the busiest pedestrian intersection in Calgary. But within a few years, pedestrians will no longer have to make the mad dash across the multiple lanes of Macleod Trail at 61 Avenue SW to get to Chinook Centre. Read more.
As part of the City of Saskatoon protected bike lane pilot project, city crews installed two new dedicated cycling lanes along Fourth Avenue from 19th to 24th Streets. The additions are an extension of the 23rd Street protected bike lanes which the city installed last year. Read more.
In Toronto, the City’s Transportation Services Division is responsible for sidewalk bike parking as well as other short- and long-term bike parking facilities. Although Toronto is not yet home to automated underground bike storage, Transportation Services manages several other solutions that allow for a higher volume of bike parking and a greater level of security. Read more.
Councillors Russ Wyatt (Transcona) and Jason Schreyer (Elmwood) passed a motion making it mandatory for all cyclists, regardless of age, to wear helmets and to have bells and both front and rear lights on their bicycles. The front lights would be a headlight-style light while the rear ones could either be headlights or reflectors. Read more.
For decades, highway engineers have had a universally accepted means of measuring the effectiveness of new or improved roads, and that metric, known as “level of service,” has also profoundly reshaped the way our cities and towns look and function. Read more.
When a demolition project began between Queen and Brunswick streets, some were worried pedestrians had to either jaywalk or walk in traffic along the construction fence. Initially the city said it wasn’t planning crosswalks to deal with the problem. A crosswalk appeared about a month after a story was published about the problem. Read more.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Something is glaringly missing in the city’s thinking … As typical bureaucrats, they are clearly looking at this upside-down and as usual, blame drivers for everything. Read more.
Prompted by provincial legislation, the city is bringing in new designs for pedestrian crosswalks, ones aimed at improving safety and preventing tragedies on roadways. Read more.
The city must take a more “holistic” approach to a cycling network plan that has Laurier Boulevard residents up in arms, says Brockville’s cycling advisory committee. But it was unclear Monday whether that means delaying or even diverting the proposed Laurier lanes. Read more.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has decided to section off one metre of Meloche Street in its northern sector for a new pedestrian-only path instead of opting to construct a sidewalk on the side of the roadway to increase safety. Read more.
Like many modern urban areas, the Spanish city has consistently failed to meet air quality standards set by the World Health Organization, and studies attribute more than 3,500 deaths per year in Barcelona to the city’s polluted air. High noise levels from traffic and tourists, as well as scores of pedestrian injuries and deaths, have pushed city officials to create a bold plan they hope will set an example for the rest of the world. Read more.
Winnipeg city councillors unanimously passed the a $6-million pedestrian and cycling action plan on Wednesday. The plan green-lights the city to construct more paths, sidewalks and corridors as part of its grander 20-year, $330-million active transportation plan. Read more.
A Facebook post encouraging people to visit southern Ontario region’s wineries by bicycle has prompted a regional public transit service to apologize for the “misunderstanding.” In a May 10 Facebook posting, GO Transit said “Niagara’s wineries are best enjoyed responsibly and on two wheels.” Read more.
The advancement for safety and signage along 330 kilometres of cycling routes has been accomplished. The official markings will help cyclers navigate the paths and offer extra security with safety signage now available. Read more.
Starting in spring 2017, the Bethune Street roadway will be removed from curb-to-curb to accommodate an underground flood mitigation plan. This provides an opportunity for the streetscape to be rebuilt in a way that is innovative and supportive of diverse uses, such as walking, biking, socializing, playing, and traveling with assisted mobility devices. Read more.
The second phase of construction on a $3-million multi-use trail from Sydney to Reserve Mines is underway. The trail is designed to promote non-motorized activity such as walking and biking, and to support healthy lifestyles. Read more.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Trans Canada Trail needs a lot more work before it can be called a fully useable, safe, country-wide experience, says a cycling advocate from Alberta. Read more.
By 2013, the city reported that 83,000 trips were taken on a bike. The following year, this rose to 99,000, and by 2015 the number shot up to 131,000. That’s a 32-percent hike in cycling in a single year. Read more.
Photos of a car parked on a pedestrian bridge spanning over Cabana Road in south Windsor are a stark reminder of why people should stay off the Herb Gray Parkway walking and biking trails, officials say. Read more.
The plan will link up more than 3,800 kilometres of trails throughout the county including the newly acquired former Canadian Pacific Rail corridor and the existing Kingston and Pembroke Trail (K&P) as well as other trails that could come into the county’s sphere in the future, such as the former CN rail line. Read more.
And while the city’s Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) calls for a multi-use path in Oshawa’s north end, there are no plans for implementation until 2032 – another 16 years away. McRae says it would be logical and cost-effective to install the bike lanes now while there is work already underway. Read more.
only about a quarter of the people who bike up to five kilometres are women. And the further the distance cycled, the fewer the number of women on bikes. Of those who cycle between five and 10kms, women comprise just 15 per cent of the total. Read more.
The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix. Read more.
Police rarely stop cyclists from breaking the law, in my experience. Often that is because there is no way to identify them. Cyclists don't have to have a licence or any identification with them. If we're going to bring cyclists from the side of the road into the thick of traffic, is it too much to ask for a numbered plate on the bike and some evidence of competence on the part of the operator? Read more.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Keough’s work on the Active Neighbourhoods Calgary Project, designed to promote active lifestyles and transportation options in target communities, “is evidence of the sustained work and credibility that is so important in community-based scholarship,” says Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, dean of EVDS at the University of Calgary. Read more.
Charlottetown Police Services would like to remind the public to complete the Operation Bicycle Theft form located on the department's main webpage, in the media and publications section located under Crime Prevention. Read more.
One e-bike startup from Estonia, Ampler, is taking aim at these over-the-top electric bikes by offering its own interpretations of the e-bike, with one of the most notable features of the company's bikes being that they just look like a bicycle. There's no dashboard, no extra controls or levers or throttles, no obvious battery or control system, and (hardly) any extra weight when compared with other electric bikes. Read more.
The program, which is called Mobi (pronounced moe-bee), will feature a total of 1,500 bikes at 150 stations across Vancouver. Set to be available by the end of summer the initial service area will include the Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue and Main Street. Read more.
The book, penned alongside researchers from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, examines nine Complete Street transformations—that is, roadways that are upgraded to better accommodate all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and public transit commuters—in southern Ontario, including two in downtown Toronto at Queens Quay and Richmond and Adelaide. Read more.
The front region of the vehicle may be coated with a specialized adhesive that adheres to a pedestrian, and thus holds the pedestrian on the vehicle in the unfortunate event that the front of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian. The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off. Read more.
As construction projects in Ottawa shift into high gear for the summer in preparation for Canada's 150th birthday party in 2017, the city needs to be more consistent with its signage, says the vice-president of Citizens for Safe Cycling, a group that advocates for people who travel on two wheels. Read more.
New Canadians are getting a new way to travel in Fredericton. Dozens of rescued, abandoned, seized or donated bicycles are being handed out to Syrian refugee teenagers as a part of a program designed to get young people where they need to go. Read more.
With the addition of the new bike lanes, there are now over 700 kilometers of accessible bike routes working their way through the city after which Gadoury said that if everything goes according to the city’s plan, there should be over 1000 kilometers of bike lanes within the next five years. Read more.
Friday, May 6, 2016
A new report presented to Vancouver city council this morning shows that 10 percent of Vancouverites ride their bicycle to work—pointing to the fact that Vancouver may soon overtake Portland for the highest cycling commuting rate in North America. Read more.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Due to be selected on June 24th, Amsterdam’s chief cyclist will promote and protect cycling in the city, acting as a go-between connecting city hall, cyclists, community groups, and anyone who might be affected by new measures designed to improve citizens’ cycling experience. Read more.
The chances of getting caught for not wearing a bike helmet on P.E.I. this summer have increased, thanks to the return of Operation Headway. Read more.
Projects in Belgium, China and the U.S. have tried to bring order to the sidewalk in an age where smartphone users are more likely to be looking at their screens than the traffic – human and vehicular – around them. Read more.
In the increasingly dense and busy centre of Canada’s biggest city, it’s absurd to expect such a Corner Gas way of life. Yet many of us do. Merchants howled when transit authorities took out a few parking spots on Dundas Street West a few years ago to help the streetcars flow more smoothly. They howled when city hall proposed to put in a bike lane on Annette Street, too. Read more.
After a major overhaul, Calgary’s Pedestrian Strategy is going back before council Monday. The report first went to council in late January but was sent back to city administration with concerns. Read more.
It’s part of a new “active transportation” policy adopted Wednesday by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) that promotes transportation methods involving physical activity and is a first of its kind for Ontario. Read more.
Dog walking is linked to improved physical health in seniors, and older adults who form strong bonds with their canine pets tend to exercise longer and more often, says University of Missouri researchers, who report their findings in The Gerontologist journal. Read more.
The Commonwealth Walkway will be created in Banff National Park in honour of the monarch reaching the milestone and will feature bilingual bronze plaques along existing trails. Read more.
A total of 37 Ontario municipalities are getting provincial funding for improving cycling infrastructure this year, but Toronto is not one of them. Read more.
It was only six years ago that an entire election was fought over bicycles, after over-reaching cycling advocates managed to convince council to paint bike lanes on Jarvis Street. That was it: the ‘war on the car,’ and everybody was in. Read more.
Charlottetown's parks and recreation department announced the park's cycling lane will open on May 2 at noon. It will stay open until the end of October for bicycles and rollerbladers. Read more.
Ernst Gerhardt says he's spoken to some councillors about the report he says has discrepancies in the numbers. Plus, he said, some of the findings aren't backed up by evidence presented in the report. Read more.
Organisers of the event are calling for 10% of the Scottish Government’s transport budget to be invested in active travel, and they also want to see improved safety and access for cyclists. Read more.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Drivers who "door" cyclists — that is, who open vehicle doors and hit a passing cyclist — should expect stiffer fines. Transport Minister Jacques Daoust did not say how stiff these fines would be, but said the change would be "significant". Read more.
Cycling and active transportation projects are expected to be among the city's first request for federal infrastructure money. Read more.
In other business, council passed a motion to adopt the Active Transportation Plan that was recently commissioned by the municipality. The plan’s goal is to make it easier for people to move around the core area of Sherbrooke in a physically active manner. Read more.
It has four wheels, headlights, a steering wheel, a trunk and a windshield wiper. But it’s a bike. Swedish design engineer Mikael Kjellman has created this amazing new bicycle that looks suspiciously like a tiny car.
The one-way eastbound street forces cyclists wishing to travel west along the trail to head north on Green, then west back on to Queen Street to reconnect with the trail — though in reality, they often don't bother and just take their chances against the traffic flow for that short distance. Read more.
The pedestrian safety blitz, which started on Sunday, runs until this Saturday. Police say they’ll be talking to pedestrians about ways to stay safe. (Why do they always "target" the pedestrians?) Read more.
Many places in Europe allow walking wherever one’s feet takes them, regardless of private property. In the US (and Canada)? Not so much. Read more.
On Monday (past), the city’s public works and infrastructure committee will debate whether to install separated cycle tracks on Bloor between Shaw Street and Avenue Road as part of a one-year, $595,000 pilot project. Read more.
Coun. Brian Quiring for one wanted to permit skateboarding on sidewalks with a five kilometre per hour speed limit, which is what the City of Kelowna does. Safety concerns were raised by Coun. Catherine Lord who noted there could be conflicts with seniors and the potential for collisions. Read more.
Students from University of Toronto’s urban planning program have teamed up with area residents and youth to come up with improvement proposals for a community that’s been identified as a “priority neighbourhood.” Read more.
Jessica Learmond Criqui, a specialist employment lawyer who lives and works around Hampstead, has repeatedly raised concerns the introduction of Cycle Superhighway 11, which is proposed to run from Swiss Cottage to the West End, will “act as a cork” to traffic and force cars onto narrow residential roads, worsening air pollution. Read more.
Maybe you are visiting New York City, and that rack of Citi Bikes looks fun yet daunting. Or perhaps there is a bicycle leaning against a wall in your apartment, waiting, but the idea of joining those fixed-gear daredevils on city streets makes your stomach drop. And besides, the honking vehicles, jaywalking pedestrians and idling trucks are enough to drive anyone to call a cab. Read more.
Two cyclists were hit and killed by cars around Perth on the same day last month and there have been calls to force motorists to maintain a one-metre distance from cyclists. Read more.
Whenever bike infrastructure is debated, it’s never very long before someone objects by saying: “But what happens to people with disabilities if you build cycle lanes?” They have forgotten one very important thing: a lot of disabled people cycle, and benefit even more than most from quick, safe cycle routes. Read more.
Students at W.H.Day Elementary School and St. Angela Merici Catholic School will take part in the town’s Active Transportation Committee initiative to use human-powered transportation on May 4. Read more.
In today’s fast paced society, our transportation decisions are often based on habit – and while our lives can feel hectic and many of us have become quite conditioned to choosing driving as our default mode, this challenge gives us pause to reflect on whether walking, biking, busing or ride-sharing might get us from A to B in a healthier and more enjoyable way. Read more.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Basically, she is saying that like jaywalking rules, created to get pedestrians out of the way of cars, texting while walking is slowing drivers down and creating a burden for them that has to be legislated out. Because when someone is walking and texting they are not giving their undivided attention to the cars and to getting across the street as fast as possible. Read more.
Before you can invest, you need to save. With that in mind, today I’m going to discuss a simple strategy that will help you save thousands of dollars a year. What is this miracle money-saving strategy? Getting rid of your car. Read more.
City staff is recommending that building owners in downtown Guelph be required to provide bicycle parking for employees, customers and residents. Read more.
Cycling: The Craze of the Hour, which is published next week by Pushkin Press, collects together two other pamphlets with Spencer’s 1877 guide: George Herschell’s 1896 Cycling as a Cause of Heart Disease, discussing the alarming implications of the “craze of the hour”, and Barry Pain’s 1905 His Last Pupil, about a cycling instructor who can’t ride a bike. Read more.
“We’re encouraging everyone in the province of British Columbia to enable everyone in the province to cycle and walk for their daily trips by investing $1 billion over 10 years in high-quality cycling and walking facilities,” says Richard Campbell with the BC Cycling Coalition. Read more.
I notice that about one in three riders are helmetless. I’ve never even cycled on a main road and, if I had to, I’d do it with strips of mattress duct taped to my limbs. A friend of mine recently joked about how her bike brakes are knackered, but she’s still cycling to work every day. Read more.
Capital-area cyclists are being asked to use their smartphones and other GPS devices to track their travels, creating a map of where people cycle most (and least) in the city. Read more.
Glenn Fawcett, who operates Fawcett's Fine Jewellery at 1447 South Park, called the possibility of barricades along bike lanes, one of the options being considered, “completely ludicrous.” He said local streets are already too narrow for the traffic flow, forcing motorists to sometimes veer into the bike lanes. Barricades would create more problems than they'd solve. Read more.
The $6.6-million Argyle Streetscaping Project would include the section of Argyle between Blowers and Prince streets, and Grafton Street between Prince and Carmichael. The design proposes removing barrier curbs and installing decorative pavers across the entire right-of-way, adding decorative lighting, street furniture, trees, public art, planters, and possibly overhead canopies. Tactile warning strips for the visually impaired would help everyone use the street safely. Read more.
The corridor is planned to include a two-way cycle track separated by a concrete median. Existing parking on the south side of will be retained. Construction is planned in several phases with completion anticipated by 2020. Read more.
We asked long-time cycling enthusiast Cynthia King, who's just started a business offering guided cycling tours on P.E.I., her top picks for both family-friendly outings and for off-road enthusiasts. Mike Connolly of Cycling PEI also weighed in. Read more.
Montreal police are asking for amendments to Quebec's Highway Safety Code in order to crack down on impaired cyclists. Right now, it's illegal for a cyclist to drink while riding but there's no specific offence for riding while impaired. Read more.
Monday, May 2, 2016
You may have read of a recent case in which a hillwalker was compensated €40,000 after a fall while out walking on the mountains along the Wicklow Way. This case may become the biggest barrier to Ireland's health that we have ever seen. Read more.
The southern German city of Augsburg has installed traffic lights on the pavement so that pedestrians looking down at a smartphone won't miss the indication that it's unsafe to cross. Read more.
There’s no doubt the safety of pedestrians is important, but the city’s convoluted efforts to prevent injuries and death is an accident waiting to happen. Read more.
The GVCC is a volunteer organization in Victoria, BC, Canada dedicated to getting more people cycling more places, more often. Are you interested in cycling? Would you like to make a difference in your local community? Then volunteer with the GVCC! You could help us… Read more.
Markham will be receiving two new cycling paths thanks to investments made by the provincial government. However, some advocates say that's a far cry from what's needed to encourage cycling and calls are being made to do even more to boost the number of bicycle pathways. Read more.
In this fascinating and thoughtful article, Elly Blue investigates how our roads are funded, identifies the different perceptions about entitlement to road space between cyclists and drivers, and argues why the concept that cyclists are ‘freeloading road users’ is so problematic. Read more.
The approach of the Health Economic Assessment Tool and life table calculations were used to quantify the population level health benefits due to Dutch cycling levels. The results show that, due to cycling, about 6,500 deaths are prevented each year. Read more.
High school students are receiving a little extra attention this spring as Shifting Gears focuses on encouraging Peterborough’s young people to choose more active methods of transportation. Read more.
According to a recent press release by the company, the “SKID” bicycle was awarded a “Red Dot Design Award,” the highest honor in the Red Dot Design Competition. SKID, a unisex vehicle designed with the urban cyclist in mind, will see chains replaced with a “rust and oil-free belt drive.” Read more.
The City of Gatineau has shifted into high gear in its quest to be known as the go-to place for cycling in Quebec. Read more.
When the University of Windsor’s new Faculty of Law dean has a downtown appointment with a judge, he straps on his helmet and cycles to the courts from his west-side campus office. Read more.
Huron County Planning Director Scott Tousaw explains in order to be eligible, the application has to have the support of a municipality, so Huron County was asked to partner with the Goderich to Guelph Trail group, which they did. The application however was not successful. Read more.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
“The waterfront trail is not a project that begins and ends,” Crombie told his audience, which included Liberal MP Adam Vaughan and Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin. “It is a never-ending event, it is a story of the people of the Great Lakes.” Read more.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
A program to make the most of walking and running for physical exercise is being offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS) in partnership with Southridge YMCA. Read more.
The way we walk has a much bigger impact on our overall health than many of us realise. Believe it or not, there is a specific walking technique that helps to maintain healthy joints, muscles and ligaments, and getting it wrong can cause long-term damage. Read more.
The City of Hamilton will receive $295,000 to build a new 2.3 kilometre cycling route that includes painted bike lanes, physically separated bike lanes and a bike path alongside the road. This combination of infrastructure will create a safe cycling route. Read more.
In recent years, Marathon has been working with neighbouring communities to expand the trail system in the region. Their goal is to attract visitors by leading them to the spectacular scenery along the coast of Lake Superior, said Hancherow. Read more.
When it comes to living a long, healthy life, every step counts. A 2014 study by Saarland University in Germany, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, suggests that a 25-minute brisk walk every day can add up to seven years to your life. Read more.
A heavily-used pedestrian and cyclist tunnel at the University of Ottawa will shut down in early May for nearly four months as the city continues work on the Confederation light rail line. Read more.
"These are multi-use trails and they're single track so they'd be very suitable for mountain biking and cross country runners. In the winter time they could be used for snow shoeing and if we had the snow you could use them for cross country skiing. You can also them for hiking and walking your dog as long as your dog is on a leash." Read more.
Cycling and active transportation projects are expected to be among the city's first request for federal infrastructure money. Read more.
Sudbury pedestrian safety advocate Matt Alexander says a pair of staff reports to the Greater Sudbury operations committee will do little to make streets safer. Roads director David Shelsted is expected to present a report on pedestrian collisions and another on pedestrian safety initiatives to city councillors on Monday. Read more.
“We’re not adjusted to multitasking at higher speeds — cycling speed, or driving speed. That’s when distraction becomes a problem, because we can only pay attention to a limited number of things at a time.” Read more.
Vancouver's Barbara Alink was in the Netherlands a few years ago when her mother, who she was visiting, commented on all the elderly people they had seen on scooters and using walkers. Read more.
The need to bump up safety at an affordable price led city Roads director Troy McLeod and colleagues to develop a simple fluorescent green reflective sleeve that’s fitted over sign posts at pedestrian crossings thought to be far more visible than the more dull-coloured oversized signage. Read more.
If you’re a winter cyclist, you likely feel pretty strongly about Ottawa’s bike lane network during the dreariest months. And now you can formalize that opinion through a new winter cycling survey. Read more.
If we think we have a health and obesity crises now, this report shows we're likely only seeing the beginning. Since 1986, levels of active transportation (defined as walking or cycling) to and from school have dropped 19 percent for 11- to 13-year-olds and 11 percent for 14- to 17-year-olds. Read more.
The students had to fill out an application, listing why they needed the bike and how they could use the bike to do good in the community and pay it forward. Read more.
Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province invest in cycling infrastructure and improve cycling safety. Ontario is now allocating the funding that is being used by municipalities to install or improve on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks. Read more.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Selinger also noted he has committed $100 million to active transportation, including “proper shoulders” on roads, active-transportation plans drafted “in partnership with our major cities,” and “charging stations for electric vehicles.” Read more.
Working in groups facilitated by specialists from Interior Health, Active Transportation committee members and city planner Chris Hutton, participants outlined on maps their favourite walking and wheeling routes and identified hot spots where walking and wheeling access could be improved. Read more.
Using the bicycle as alternative transportation takes effort. I think nothing about getting into my cycling gear for a 35-mile fitness ride but find it a challenge to use my bike for a short trip to the drugstore. Read more.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea is set to release a lightweight bicycle tailored for city environments, designed with a rust-free belt to replace the traditional bike chain. According to the company, the aluminium bike will require little maintenance, and has been designed to "make life as easy as possible for the user". Read more.
A pedestrian has been ticketed by police after a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Halifax Wednesday morning. A cube truck was legally in the crossing and waiting to make a right hand turn when a man in an electric wheelchair entered the crosswalk, striking the back of the truck. Read more.
A major pedestrian tunnel linking the Champ-de-Mars métro station to Old Montreal was closed on Monday, but the suggested detour was unsafe for the thousands of Montrealers and tourists who would have used the route over the next year, an opposition city councillor claims. Read more.
About 30 adults and kids braved the cold, wet weather Sunday afternoon to hold a protest to save Ojibway Park and preserve other green spaces in Windsor. Read more.
After dark, some of us become wary of leaving the safety of our homes, or workplaces. A lack of street lights, a fear of crime and how capable we believe we are at handling unknown threats can all be factors in how safe we feel walking outside at night. Read more.
Concerns about anti-social behaviour are often cited by those opposing skateboarding in public places, but empirical evidence is sparse. In fact, a greater weight of evidence suggests that it is the lack of things for young people to do that is more likely to fuel undesirable activity. Read more.
From novelty lights and electric testicles to banana holders and 'invisible helmets', take a look through the most ridiculous cycling accessories out there... Read more.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Cycling has come a long way since the early 1980s, when Moses tried, unsuccessfully, to part the St. Lawrence River so cyclists could travel between Montreal and the South Shore. Read more.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Many business owners in the Parkdale neighbourhood might believe that cars bring in the most customers to the area, but a study conducted by Cycle Toronto’s Ward 14 Advocacy Group this past fall seems to shatter those beliefs. Read more.
In early May, the tunnel underneath Nicholas Street and the Transitway, which is used heavily by those travelling between the campus, Sandy Hill and the west side of the Rideau Canal, will close for at least 12 weeks as crews tear down the Transitway bridge and reconfigure an adjacent plaza as part of construction of the new uOttawa LRT station. Read more.
A study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can be drastically improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Participants in this study went backpacking through nature for about 4 days, during which time they were not allowed to use any technology whatsoever. They were asked to perform tasks which required creative thinking and complex problem solving, and researchers found that performance on problem solving tasks improved by 50% for those who took part in this tech-free hiking excursion. Read more.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
To figure out why bike-share users have stayed safer than cyclists manning personal bikes on American roads, the MTI researchers consulted industry experts and held focus groups in the regions studied. They emerged with two explanations. Read more.
We live in a city where parents twist themselves into pretzels trying to get their children into soccer, swimming or other recreational programs, kick up a fuss when sports services are cut back, and pay through the nose for summer camps. And yet when it comes to the simplest form of exercise — a brisk walk to school — a new study shows that far too many parents toss all that concern for healthy living right out the window. Read more.
Bambulkar and Velankar are part of a small but growing group of women in Mumbai for whom cycling is not a childhood memory but an adult obsession. Despite the inhospitable climate and road conditions, these women have made cycling part of their daily routine. They cycle to work, they cycle for fun and they cycle to take a much-needed break from the relentless demands of the office, housework and child-rearing. Read more.
For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity. Charles Dickens routinely walked for 30 miles a day, while the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Read more.
Recently a Toronto councillor jokingly tweeted about the idea for designated cell phone sidewalk lanes, in light of all the distracted walkers on city streets, and the risk of colliding with poles or other pedestrians. Read more.
Monday, April 11, 2016
New e-bike entrant Flux Bike recently released an admittedly hilarious video mocking pedal bike riders in the voice of Donald Trump. In the video “Trump” tells viewers, “your pedal bike doesn’t win anymore, I’m sorry it doesn’t, it just doesn’t win” as an e-bike rider breezes past a tired-looking pedal bike cyclist on a steep climb. Read more.
What is Victoria's most neglected form of transport yet the most accessible and common? I'll give you a clue: look down. While debate rages around public transport, roads and cycling safety, little attention is given to walking. Read more.
My intercontinental ramble, called the Out of Eden Walk, is a storytelling project that aims to retrace the footsteps of the first anatomically modern humans who migrated out of Africa back in the Stone Age. I am plodding toward Tierra del Fuego, the last cranny of the continents to be colonized by our species. Along the way I am writing stories and recording images of the people I meet. And one small perk of this 21,000-mile-long stroll is to offhandedly tell a café owner in, say, Central Asia, that I’ve just ambled in from Ethiopia. Read more.
In the wake of a driver who blamed pedestrians in his “non-pology” for hitting a girl disembarking from a streetcar, the TTC’s recent pedestrian safety campaign struck many as similarly tone-deaf. Walk Toronto‘s Dylan Reid described it as “pedestrian blaming”. Read more.
“A lot of people, when they get older, will say, ‘My arthritis keeps me from riding’ or, ‘I can’t ride hard, it will hurt to much,’” said Brewer. “The interesting thing from others I have spoken to, and this includes a fair number of local doctors, is that you ride through a little bit of the pain and it goes away.” Read more.
The School Travel in the City of Hamilton report found that the use of automobiles for trips to and from school has shot up to 20 per cent in 2011 from seven per cent in 1986 for 11-13 year olds, and to 21 per cent in 2011 from 11 per cent in 1986 for 14-17 years olds. Read more.
Durham Region politicians and cyclists say the province needs to lay a little more asphalt in the name of safe cycling around its $1.2-billion Highway 407 East expansion. Queen’s Park talks a good line about encouraging cycling in Ontario, but it isn’t spending the money to put bike lanes on the side of roads approaching the bridges and interchanges on the new highway. Read more.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The biggest barrier to getting on two wheels for everyday journeys is fear of traffic. This is an issue that disproportionately affects women. Transport academic Dr Rachel Aldred’s Near Miss project shows women tend to experience more near misses than men, while according to a recent YouGov poll, commissioned by British Cycling, support among women for protected infrastructure is greater than among men: 74% vs 68.2%, despite the fact fewer women cycle. Read more.
“Today was about coming up with a plan for active transportation (walking and cycling),” said South Frontenac Coun. Ross Sutherland after a day of consultations, workshops and brainstorming both with the Kingston-Frontenac Health Unit and then later that evening in Sydenham Library with some other local cycling enthusiasts. Read more.
Other jurisdictions across Ontario are already implementing aggressive programs to get students to move, and the Active & Safe Routes to School program is part of the green movement in Canada. When students leave footprints while walking, they’re also lessening the carbon footprint driven by car usage. Read more.
The report argues forcefully that the solution to this crisis is not to tell people to be more careful but rather to combine education and policy to create an environment in which a healthy lifestyle becomes the default rather than a defiant act of will. Read more.
Friday, April 8, 2016
The city of Coquitlam has a message for whoever is clearing paths and building bridges in the forest around Coquitlam River Park: Leave trail building to the professionals. Urban forestry and park services manager Lanny Englund told The Tri-City News the problems started last year and could have a negative impact on fish-bearing streams and environmentally sensitive areas in the park. Read more.
The Bike Club at Parkdale Collegiate Institute is the School Cycling Champion of the Year for 2015, presented at the Toronto Bike Awards hosted by Cycle Toronto. Read more.
From 1986 to 2011, the number of 11- to 17-year-olds who walked or rode a bike to school declined by 12.9 per cent, while the percentage who rode in a car jumped from 14 to 33 per cent, according to the study, based on the Transportation Tomorrow Survey that looks at regional travel patterns every five years. Read more.
The number of elementary-school students being driven to school has more than doubled, a new study shows, adding to concerns about the declining levels of physical activity among Canadian schoolchildren. Read more.
Dutch young people are accustomed to riding their bicycles home drunk at the end of the night. That’s the warning from a new report by The Netherlands’ SWOV Institute for Road Safety, currently receiving coverage in Dutch media outlets. Read more.
A Montreal DJ who's cycling across Canada on a fixed-gear bike says he thinks Nova Scotia would be a beautiful part of the country — if he could stop paying attention to the poor quality of its roads long enough to see it. Read more.
City officials estimate the financial effect of life-altering pedestrian collisions and fatalities could be $120 million annually. The department recently adopted a societal cost formula from a 2010 Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership that factors costs associated with emergency services and medical treatment, legal fees and funerals, travel delay and productivity lost at work. It also measured the monetary cost of pain, suffering and lost quality of life. Read more.
The video, captioned “Have fun with my Baby”, was large received positively, with most commenters impressed. Many found the video adorable. In addition to the hundreds of “awwws”, one viewer commented, “Family on wheels. Love it!” Read more.
Hiking and trails writer Michael Haynes will be in Victoria County for three presentations on trails and hiking Wednesday and Thursday hosted by Naturally Active Victoria County. Read more.
Cycling groups in Quebec say they're worried the province has relegated to the back burner "badly needed" legislative changes to improve the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Read more.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Cycling in Ottawa has reached a “tipping point” and needs more infrastructure to keep up, a local advocacy group says. Citizens for Safe Cycling’s annual report, released Saturday, shows cycling trips have jumped 44 per cent between 2010 and 2015. Read more.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Spending on advocacy is an investment, not an expense. And advocacy can build up a market sustainably over the long-term. Cycle advocates tend to be highly-intelligent, energetic and laser-focussed individuals. It’s madness not to partner with them, to harness their energy, their drive and benefit from their gimlet-eyed obsession with detail. Read more.
All of the plans propose one or more measures to reduce community-wide emissions in the transportation sector. The majority of actions target increases in active transportation such as walking and cycling, which is cited in 77 per cent of plans. Read more.
Some crosswalks in Calgary are being outfitted with neon sleeves to help show where crosswalks are located in Calgary. The elementary school Our Lady Of The Assumption had one of their crosswalks outfitted with the new signage. Read more.
That’s a lot of statistics to consider, but they all point to the same thing: Calgary is seeing fewer pedestrian crashes, even as the amount of social media hand-ringing per collision increases exponentially, helping to fuel hyperbole and hysteria about a system in desperate need of repair. Read more.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Construction on a bike highway - hoped to connect communities to make high-speed, emissions-free commuting possible - is underway in Germany. But with funding in question, will this bikers' dream still come true? Read more.
Among the world’s bicycle-friendly cities, Buenos Aires ranks in the top 20. In fact, it is the highest rated among non-European cities and the only South American urban area to make the annual list published by Wired magazine. In the past three years, more than 150 kilometres of bicycle infrastructure, much of it dedicated, has been added to Buenos Aires’s burgeoning network, making a ride on wheels an ideal way to become acquainted with what is justifiably known as the Paris of South America. Read more.
Drivers actually have bicycles to thank for the fact that most roads are paved at all. Much more than that, bicycles influenced the design of cars and their mass-manufacturing. Bikes also were a vehicle of first-wave feminism, helped underpin the development of cities in the 20th century, and informed the invention of the airplane. Read more.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
A free collection of Vision Zero material from the recent conference, courtesy of Transportation Alternatives in New York. Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety Innovation.
Ontario is providing $1.3 million to York Region over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Read more.
Jasper National Park could soon be home to a walking and biking trail possibly linking Jasper townsite with Lake Louise along the Icefield Parkway. Federal budget documents indicate the Trudeau government is proposing $65.9 million for the trail. Read more.
Elderly pedestrians are dying on Toronto streets at an “alarming” rate, data compiled by Metro shows. Of the 12 pedestrians killed thus far in 2016, eight were seniors. The average age of all pedestrian fatalities this year is 70. Read more.
Jim Kenzie, Chief Auto Reviewer and Carte Blanche columnist, wrote one of his not-infrequent columns bemoaning what he considers to be the excessive attention being paid to cycling and cyclists by local governments. Read more.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Montreal puts the sizzle on its status as a cycling and cultural beehive with a bike festival May 29-June 5. It’s anchored by a bicycle tour of the city-island that rivals New York’s Five Boro cycling extravaganza in size and adds a distinctive French twist. Read more.
Demolishing the bridge and replacing it with a new structure for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic would cost between $31 million and $35 million. Replacing the bridge with a pedestrian/cyclist crossing would cost $11.8 million. Read more.
Have you ever been walking to class, and suddenly you're watching someone zip past you on a skateboard? Do you ever find yourself wishing that you knew how to do that? Read more.
Taylor launched a petition on the web site Change.org, addressed to ward councillor Brian McKinnon and councillors Aldo Ruberto and Rebecca Johnson, asking the city to create painted crossings at the intersections of High and Beresford Streets and High and Bay Streets. Read more.
Around the globe, developers are seizing competitive advantage by leveraging residents’ and tenants’ growing interest in biking and walking. Municipalities are promoting health, equity, and sustainability by investing in active transportation infrastructure projects, such as trails and greenways. The Urban Land Institute’s new report Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier explores interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate development. Read more.
“Through supporting bike infrastructure, real estate professionals can play a significant role in creating healthier, more sustainable communities," the report notes. "They can also help position their projects and communities in a marketplace that increasingly values active transportation.” Read more.
Kingston - Council explores 'innovative' new way to increase pedestrian safety on lower Princess Street
In an attempt to deal with an increasing number of pedestrian collisions and near misses on downtown sidewalks, Kingston City Council has quietly been exploring the implementation of a new bylaw that would make sidewalks on lower Princess Street between Division and Ontario Streets one-way only. Read more.
Globally, the number of men and women with obesity rose from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014, a British led team reported in this week's issue of The Lancet medical journal. Obesity is determined by Body Mass Index, which is based on height and weight. A score over 30 is considered obese. Read more.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Montreal officials are expressing confidence there could be skating on the Lachine Canal and year-long cycling along its bike paths as soon as next winter due to a newly supportive federal government. Read more.
“Several different kinds of cycling infrastructure will be installed or improved, including on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling specific signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi at a public announcement Tuesday. Read more.
Gridlock is happening on our sidewalks, and in Toronto, Bay and Yonge Streets are full of offenders. We’re talking about text-walkers – people who insist on keeping their eyes glued to their phones as they blindly navigate through busy city sidewalks. Read more.
The sentiment has not been uncommon in the long absence of any significant rail activity on the E&N line: “Just rip up the tracks and turn it into the best trail on Vancouver Island.” The thing is, according to Island Corridor Foundation executive director Graham Bruce one does not have to happen without the other. Read more.
In former West Perth deputy mayor Gerry Kehl's mind, ATV use on the West Perth Woodlands trails has gotten to the point where it's not only ruining the experiences of hikers and joggers who wish to use the trails, but it's also threatening the very trees that make up the woodlands. Read more.
The snowmobile season on Manitoulin has ended on a low note with the news that three major sections of trail across Manitoulin—Honora Bay, Sandfield and Billings (Fraser Road)—have closed for the foreseeable future. Read more.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Real estate developers are building more “trail-oriented” communities to meet a growing demand for bike-friendly and walkable places to live and work, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more.
Getting to Lakehead University, Rotary Place and the future Costco development in Orillia's west end, by bike or foot, will soon be a lot easier and safer. Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was in Orillia Tuesday to announce $450,000 in funding for three area municipalities, including $325,000 for a bicycle and pedestrian trail over Highway 11, connecting Highway 12 and Old Barrie Road, in Orillia. Read more.
While the study results are unsurprising to say the least, it is interesting to note that the lower levels of fat linked to active commuting were independent of other social factors such as socioeconomic status, alcohol consumption, smoking, or whether the person lives in a rural or urban area. Read more.
Police in Australia are searching for a hit and run driver who appears to have deliberately swerved in order to mow down a father of two - just for being on a bike. Read more.
The government’s cycling and walking investment strategy “won’t be worth the paper it’s written on” unless backed by sustained funding, cycling campaigners claim. The British Cycling policy adviser and 1992 individual pursuit Olympic champion Chris Boardman believes far more ambition is needed if Britain is to create a cycling and walking culture to rival countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands. Read more.
Bicycle lanes and plazas that take up space previously used by cars are controversial at first, but once people see that "carmageddon" doesn't result — and there are actual benefits for people and businesses — they get on board with the change. Read more.