The K&P Trail in Kingston, Ontario

June 26, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Summary During a stay in Kingston, I explored the city’s waterfront and the K&P Trail. A lovely 30 km route that touches on many different aspects of Kingston. It needs a few improvements, such as crossing the VIA Rail tracks on Division Rd and access to the trail right after the overpass and the Sydenham Rd crossing. Wayfinding could be [Read more…]

One of the several walk and bike bridges in the ravines

A Cycling Visit to Toronto

June 14, 2018 Hansonthebike 2

“It is safe infrastructure that makes people bike, not more uniforms”. Last week we visited Toronto. Karen had meetings and I tagged along for a day and a half. Because we booked the train in time, our tickets were only $100 return each in economy class. On the way in I had to listen to Dora the Explorer on the [Read more…]

The proposed extension and paving of the Trillium pathway

Trillium Pathway Design Watered Down

June 5, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Probably about half a decade ago, Karen and I were driving in our car, turning on to Prince of Wales at Dow’s Lake Pavillion. We were about 50 meters on our way, when a car came screaming down the hill from the roundabout at the Arboretum, totally out of control, flying into the opposite direction, more or less towards us. [Read more…]

I asked and they were happy to pose for a photo in Bloemendaal, Netherlands

Tuesday May 29, 2018 Lunch talk: Cycling Holidays in the Netherlands – Ottawa Public Library

May 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Interested in cycling in the Netherlands? Next week Tuesday May 29, the Ottawa Public Library invited me to do a lunch talk at the downtown Main Library location about cycling holidays in the Netherlands. I will start at 12:15. You probably know how it is: you want to travel to another country and you do your research. There is tons [Read more…]

Sven Marx at Grand Canyon

World cyclist passes through Ottawa: join Sven Marx for a short ride

May 3, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Sven Marx, a German cycling “ambassador” and well-known advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, will be passing through Ottawa on Friday, May 4 on his 50,000 km bike trip around the world. Cycling around the world Sven, a 50-year-old survivor of two life-threatening illnesses that have physically impaired him for life (a tumor in his brain stem and skin [Read more…]

Virtually everyone cycles in the Netherlands is the impressions we have in North America. But why? We'll soon find out.

Mobycon presents: “Why We Cycle”- May 10, 2018 at Happy Goat in Hintonburg

April 25, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Mobycon presents: “Why we Cycle” Last year, filmmakers Gertjan Hulster (1972) and Arne Gielen (1978) put together a wonderful movie about cycling in the Netherlands. The filmmakers take us on a one hour tour through Dutch cities and the countryside, while interviewing a number of academics and regular citizens asking them why the Dutch cycle. Ottawa based Mobycon presents the [Read more…]

The Dutch railways conductor was waiting with my backpack in the back of the train

The incredible service of the Dutch railways to return my backpack within three hours

April 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 2

Last Saturday I took the train of the Dutch Railways (NS) from a small town north of Leiden to Aardenhout south of Haarlem. It is only a 13 minute ride, including a stop in Hillegom, centre of the Dutch flowerbulb industry. The flowers are currently in full bloom and the waft of Hyacints is all over, outside of the small [Read more…]

Drop the pin from the bottom left to the location you want a ring-and-post

Ring-and-Post to appear at Ottawa Bus Stops

April 10, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

It is still fairly new for Ottawa, but I see gradual changes coming: cycling to a bus stop or a transport hub. I have been a fan of this concept for a long time, naturally because I have been exposed to it in the Netherlands for many years. The large bike parking systems in the Netherlands you read about regularly [Read more…]

The downside of el cheapo free bike lights

March 20, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Bike Ottawa, Safer Roads Ottawa and others have been handing out free bike lights for many years now. As I often volunteer, somehow I always end up with yet another set of lights. I am using the lights myself, or hand them out to visitors who arrived by bike and forgot to bring a light. The lights last about a [Read more…]

A weekend in rural Quebec

March 15, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Last weekend we visited a friend’s cottage near Chèneville, roughly 60 km north of Montebello. We took the quiet back roads from Buckingham via Mayo to stop in a small ski area near Ripon, the Parc des Montagnes Noires. It is not a big area, but there are a few kilometers of cross country ski trails with a few small [Read more…]