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STUFF: 5 Panniers for Everyday Cycling

Designed by bikers in the rainy Northwest, the Roll Top Panniers with roll and adjustable flaps are built to be water-resistant and very roomy. Swift Industries welcomes customers to customize their panniers by choosing their preferred color combinations and selecting from features like Arkel Cam-Lock mounting hardware, backpack conversion, a shoulder strap, or classic Waxed Canvas Fabric. Capacity is 46 Litres a set, plus roll.

See Them All: 5 Panniers for Everyday Cycling – Momentum Mag.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bike to work? These property owners want you

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From Vancouver.  Let’s get this going in Toronto.

In the past six years, Vancouver’s Pacific Centre has added secure storage spaces for nearly 150 bikes. When 725 Granville, the latest addition to the three-block-long downtown office-shopping complex, is completed next year, another 88 secure spots will become available.

Safe bike parking, alongside lockers, showers and other “end-of-trip” amenities, is “a key feature for us to attract clients to the buildings,” says Ultan Kampff, general manager of the Pacific Centre, which is owned and managed by Cadillac Fairview.

via Bike to work? These property owners want you – The Globe and Mail.

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HOW TO: How to Bike to Work

Have you discovered the sheer joy of riding your bike to work? Not only will you beat congestion and save time and money on parking, but you will also arrive feeling happier, healthier, and ready to tackle your day. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.

WHAT BIKE DO I NEED?

You will want to find a bike that is outfitted with fenders, racks or baskets, lights, and make sure you have a secure lock so that your bike is waiting for you where you left it.

HOW DO I CARRY STUFF?

Choose a pannier if you want your bike to carry your load or opt for a backpack if you want to carry things on your back.

Full Article: How to Bike to Work – Momentum Mag.

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ELSEWHERE: France experiments with paying people to cycle to work

France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost bicycle use to boost people’s health, reduce air pollution and cut fossil fuel consumption.

Several countries including the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Britain have bike-to-work schemes, with different kinds of incentives such as tax breaks, payments per kilometer and financial support for buying bicycles.

Read More: France experiments with paying people to cycle to work | Reuters.

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Douglas Yardley’s Excellent Don Valley Adventure

 

A bicycle is a great way to see more of the world around you. You can pause to watch wildlife, admire historic buildings, and make new friends. We have a little tour of historic sites and relics along the Don Valley bike trail for you this issue. Some of the sites I describe here can only be reached by bike, or on foot. This can be an enjoyable detour on your way home from work, or an afternoon excursion with a friend and a picnic lunch. The starting point is at the west side of the Brickworks on Bayview Avenue and the distance is about 7 km.

Read the full post: “Douglas Yardley’s Excellent Don Valley Adventure” on dandyhorse magazine.

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