Bell Media needed overflow parking, and the City of Toronto offered them one of the few bike lanes in the downtown core. But did they even follow their own rules?
Do you wear regular clothes? Yes, I know: That’s a meaningless question. You’d expect a person’s wardrobe to vary based on their job, their leisure activities, and their personal style. But this sort of question seems to be a thing among certain cycling circles these days. There is, understandably, and attempt to normalize urban cycling, […]
A bicycle, some argue, is merely a tool for getting from Point A to Point B, and anything else - equipment, type of bike, clothing - is entirely beside the point. We shouldn't call people cyclists, because no one should be identified by their mode of transportation. I can appreciate idea of this utilitarianism, but I am nagged by this thought: Have these people never seen a car commercial?
With a provincial election in the fall, Ontario politicians are starting to line up their platforms. Yesterday, NDP leader Andrea Horwath unveiled her party's environmental policies, and most of the attention seems to have gone to a proposal that would require drivers to give cyclists at least one meter when passing.
Making Shit Up is the new standard for getting things done in Toronto. If you've got an issue, there's no need for things like research or facts. You can just make up claims, and apparently many media outlets will print them, regardless of any actual connections to reality.
Helmets credited for drop in cycling head injuries. That seems like an obvious story, right? As Greg Webster, director of primary healthcare information for the Canadian Institute for Health Information says, “it intuitively makes sense.”
In my experience, cyclists have three approaches to the rules of the road: Fully obey all laws all the time. These people are very rare. Cautious rule breakers: They may not follow the exact letter of the law, but still remain considerate and aware. This is where things like the Idaho Stop comes in: They […]
In the wake of a serious cyclist-pedestrian collision, concerned and non-wheeled citizens across Toronto are wondering how they can protect themselves from aggressive, negligent, and careless cyclists. Many of them are coming up with very stupid ideas. Sun Columnist Michele Mandel had this to say about the power of bicycle licenses: Maybe then they would take […]
If you look around Toronto, you’ll see a wide variety of people on bikes. Many ride whatever was cheapest and available, be it a hand-me-down, used bike, or Canadian Tire junker. Others have more specific tastes that run into the thousands of dollars. There’s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach to cycling, so let me get […]