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…]

Book image Yellow bicycle

Children’s Book “The Yellow Bicycle” Looking for Crowdfunding

January 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Last November I went to the ACT Conference in Mississauga, Ontario. At one of the break-out sessions, I listened to a Pecha Kucha series (I did one too) and listened to Luis Patricio from London, ON. He gave a very entertaining talk about the installation of Ecocounter bike counters. Luis is originally from Brazil. Before Luis came to Canada, he [Read more…]

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Berczy Park Toronto – Public Space Done Right

September 25, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

Take a close look at the picture below, and you probably think it is one of those slide show images of Jan Gehl, to show some place in Køpnhågn in the 1960’s as part of a successful place making “parking-lot-becomes-urban-park-you-Canadians-should-walk-more-enjoy-the-winter-stop-whining-about-the-cold-it-is-cold-in-Denmark-too-and-look-we-cycle-year-round” story. But it is not Copenhagen, it is downtown Toronto. Trip to TO Just two weeks ago, my wife and [Read more…]

Main Street Ottawa opens as (almost) Complete Street

June 19, 2017 Hansonthebike 5

Last Saturday, the renovated Main Street in Ottawa was officially opened. The opening of this brand new complete street was folded into the annual Main Street fest and part of the street was closed off for motorized traffic. There was a brass band playing, there was an artisan farmers market, there was the bouncy castle (no event in Ottawa is [Read more…]

"Down the Merivale Road" ~ W.W. Campbell

March 7, 2016 Hansonthebike 0

Recently, I met Jennifer, who is the coordinator sustainable transportation at Envirocentre, at an Open House about the Nepean Trail, organised by Councillor Egli. You can not talk about the Nepean Trail without mentioning Merivale Road and all its shortcomings. Jennifer, who once collected data regarding clam stock, brought various exotic and domesticated animals to long-term care facilities, raised funds to [Read more…]

map of Ottawa, and indicating Greely on the map
Riocan artist impression

Ottawa Input for Minimum Parking Standards

December 17, 2015 Hansonthebike 0

In a previous post, I wrote about the eventual redevelopment of the South Keys mall. This week, there was a first meeting on the redevelopment of another mall, Westgate, which is much older than South Keys. I once had to pick up medication at Westgate around midnight. It is quite a desolate place. A woman jumped out of a car, kicking [Read more…]