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…]

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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…]

Bike Ottawa ‘Lights on Bikes 2017’ at Cork Town Bridge Ottawa

November 8, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

Since 2012 BikeOttawa organises once a year a quick campaign to draw attention to bike lights. We usually do that in the first week after daylight saving (not savings) time. I remember in the first few years that tons of cyclists were cycling without a light but I have this anecdotal feeling that it is getting a lot better. Of [Read more…]

Serviço Consular Holandesa com Bicicleta de carga

August 4, 2016 Hansonthebike 0

At large events such as the World Cup soccer and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there are always people getting in trouble. It can be drugs or alcohol related but also incidents such as loosing one’s passport, a serious collision or worse, a death. Holland Heineken House The Netherlands Embassy prepares for that by setting up a temporary office during [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…]

Impressions of 2015 Tulips on Two Wheels

May 11, 2015 Hansonthebike 0

  This year was already Citizens for Safe Cycling’s fourth Tulips on Two Wheels event in Ottawa. Every year around the time the 1 million tulips are blooming, we are out at the canal near Canal Ritz with our bike tune up station (managed by Cycle Salvation) and our information booth. Unfortunately, we get the muddiest spot along the entire canal. It is [Read more…]

Canadian books about cycling: FrostBike, Happy City and Every Day Cyclist's guide to Canadian law

Gift Card from Santa? Here Are Three Canadian Books

December 29, 2014 Hansonthebike 0

So now what? Your mother-in-law gave you a gift certificate (or even cash in an envelope) for Christmas and you really don’t know what to buy because you have everything already. Here are three books related to cycling (or to the broader theme of a better city) for winter reading. All three books are written by Canadians: Tom Babin, who [Read more…]

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Large Turnout for First Fisher Heights Bike Day

May 26, 2014 Hansonthebike 0

Wow, was that ever a fun afternoon. The whole week we had been watching the weather at Fisher Heights. The entire week, the weather forecasters predicted a gray and rainy Saturday. Until it was Saturday: wall to wall blue sky in the morning, clouds in the afternoon, but sun all day. Fisher Heights and Area Community Association Bob McCaw had [Read more…]

2014 Spring.Bike.Ottawa: "Understanding the Ottawa Cycling Budget" and much more.

March 19, 2014 Hansonthebike 0

On March 22 we are holding our third Spring.Bike.Ottawa event. The purpose is to get updates on local cycling. It turns out to be an event that is appreciated. We started the event because we felt no one had a good overview of all the bike initiatives going on in Ottawa. And there are a lot. There are many people [Read more…]