The NCC commissoned a study on the usage of their pathways in wintertime. Although some claim that the winters in Ottawa are ‘cold and dark’ the numbers might stun you. Here are some results: Close to four in ten (36%) Canada’s Capital Region residents aged 16 and older (some 196,000 individuals) have used a recreational pathway during the winter months. [Read more…]
Last week I visited Halifax for a series of talks about cycling. Halifax cycling enthousiasts are working hard on developing a cycling culture. Obviously, without an NCC to build paths, budgets are somewhat tighter. However, Nova Scotia (and Halifax) are slowly becoming a better cycling place. Cyclists are pretty united in their effort to move forward. Support of City Councillor [Read more…]
It is common wisdom among organisers of events: without volunteers you wouldn’t get anything done. Roxanne was patiently standing at a quiet intersection to make sure cars would drive the temporary one direction, so they wouldn’t interfere with the cyclists who were raising money for CHEO. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, albeit a wee cool at the [Read more…]
This is kind of the ultimate Dutch bike picture. Lady who lives in the town of Bergschenhoek, a 10 minute bike ride from Rotterdam, carries her dog around in a basket on her bike. But not only that, she also has two panniers, a bag hanging off her bars and a seat cover (that is supposed to keep her seat [Read more…]
Eighty percent of people are apparently afraid for change. In Ottawa it sometimes appears that 95% is nervous. The management of the condos on Laurier, afraid for a bike lane in front of their building, put a sign out expressing anger their worries. But what a difference in Montreal: condo management uses the bike lane on Maisonneuve to their advantage. [Read more…]
Last week, I happened to be in Montreal. Between appointments I took a 30 minutes walk along the bike lane on Maisonneuve to see how it would look like the morning after a massive snow dump on February 2nd. Even half a day after the snow fall, Montreal is a great walking city. Enjoy the nine image slide show:
Walking outside during a snow storm, trying to spot a cyclist. And yes, there is one. A courier. And some people claim it is too cold for cycling in winter. It is not really too cold (with some exceptions), it is the condition of the road. And even on this picture, it doesn’t look so bad.
Here is a perfect example why buses and bicycles don’t mix. A picture on bike friendly Bank Street, taken last week, shows that if a bus and a bike travel down a road, it is a pain for both. Better to let the bus go for a few blocks first, you think, but eventually you catch up with the bus [Read more…]
Living 8 km from work means you don’t need to sit in traffic jams.
. A few weeks ago, during the Tulip Festival or so, lots of cars where leaving the parking at Dow’s Lake. Rather than waiting, many of them used the bike lane to pass the left turning lane. When I pulled out my camera, they stopped doing it but I bet these are the same people who complain that bikes cycle [Read more…]