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Stuff: Glo Gloves: Gloves with Turn Signals!

This is a really cool product that I saw recently on BikeHugger: Glo gloves are simple, reflective over-gloves which will help you survive your night time rides. Here’s a good review by the Gadgeteer, but you won’t need too much convincing once you understand the value of the gloves. These are the same gloves you […]

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Not Wearing a Bike Helmet for a Religious Reason?

Interesting story last week about a Sikh man named Baljinder Badesha who can’t ride his motorcycle because according to his faith, he can’t wear a helmet (either instead of a turban or on top of a turban). Baljinder Badesha, above, who was charged by Peel police in September 2005 with failing to wear a helmet, […]

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The whole Adult Bike Helmet Issue… Again

This will be in the news forever. Today, it’s a Globe & Mail news item about mandatory helmet use by all cyclists. What these articles NEVER mention is that in accidents involving car occupants and/or pedestrians, the injured are NEVER wearing helmets. If it’s much more likely that someone will be hurt while in a […]

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Cyclist Assault Update – The Driver is a Cop

Yes, the driver in the road rage incident yesterday (the one in which a driver lost his bananas on a cyclist who didn’t bike through a yellow light) is a policeman. A suspended policeman. I’m tempted to give some “props” to the cop for turning himself in… but wonder if he would’ve if a video […]

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Students Accidentally Catch Cyclist Assault On Tape

Students Accidentally Catch Cyclist Assault On Tape: “It was supposed to be a class project on public spaces in Toronto. But it turned into an amazing education on the legal system for a group of Grade 12 students Tuesday. Their cameras were rolling when they caught a startling crime on tape – a road rage […]

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Torontoist Asks "Where Are Truck SideGuards?"

Marc Lostracco of Torontoist asks a great question: 9 years after the Coroner’s report recommending sideguards for trucks for cyclist and pedestrain safety, why won’t Transport Canada set requirements in the Highway Traffic Act that all new trucks be designed with side wheel guards to deflect cyclists in a collision? In the U.K. and Europe, […]

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My First Posts on MyBikeLane.com

You may remember me posting about a month ago about MyBikeLane.com, a site “conceived after repeated frustration at having to dodge cars illegally parked in the bike lanes. Several near crash experiences as a result of people too lazy to find valid parking motivated [the creation of] this site.” While my regular commute doesn’t take […]

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A Beautiful Thursday, and my Giant Melon Head.

After a bunch of winter riding last week on snowy and salty roads, my gears and chain were all gunked up with dirt and salt. I finally got around to cleaning them last night so that I could bike to work today without worrying too much about damaging them. I also bought a new bike […]

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More Helmet Hysteria

No doubt you’ve seen the recent news items about some politicians getting their panties in a twist about mandating helmets for kids going tobogganing. Akin to the whole “cyclists should wear helmets, to avoid a brain injury caused by a direct hit to the head” thing, because a few stupid kids (and we’re all stupid […]

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Honouring Killed Cyclists – The Pros and Cons

Whenever a cyclist is killed on Toronto’s streets, the cycling community bands together to remember them with a memorial ride and sometimes a ghostbike installation to bring attention to the fact that cyclists are vulnerable road users, and that all road users (but especially car drivers) should always be careful. NYC’s Streetsblog asks “Memorializing Killed […]

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The Dangerous Roads

All of us who bike Toronto know our roads are dangerous – and it’s because of cars. Drivers going too fast (on some streets, 40 kmh is way too fast for the neighbourhood), not thinking of others, taking unneccessary chances to save a few seconds. Cyclists are always aware of being almost killed all the […]

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Cycling Soldiers

A Korean newspaper reports: Nothing is more exhilarating, efficient and enjoyable than getting on a bicycle zipping through the crowded streets of New York City, provided the rider does not mind assuming the role of transit pioneer and cycling soldier… there is a daily battle taking place on the streets of New York City between […]

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8 Secrets To Cycling In Traffic (Complete Series)

As promised, here’s all 8 Secrets in one post (I have them linked individually down at the bottom, if that’s what floats your boat…). This is the easiest way to print out all of them into a poster you can hang in your bedroom, cubicle and on your grocery store bulletin board. Haha. One secret […]

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