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The News Cycle for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

‘I saw nothing but bike helmets for blocks’ [The Star]

She was 38. I am 38. She had a five-year-old. So do I. She was killed on an average day, pedalling down the same two-lane street she always did by a truck that didn’t have a metal fence under its hulking belly because it would cost more. (How much could it possibly cost, compared to the price of a truck? That’s fodder for another column.)

A Failure to Address the Intersection Problem [Duncan's City Ride]

 There are no words to describe my disappointment and disgust with a recently installed “major multi-use path” along the Bayview extension, but I’ll try.

Wheels of Misfortune [Toronto Standard]

I’m aware this is going to be a busy ride. And by the restaurant district in Little Italy, where bike lanes have not yet materialized, it’s tight single-file riding, as there are well over a dozen of us. By Spadina, it’s 20, then 25, then 30. Slow riders, fast riders, impatient riders. It’s busy, but not the kind of busy I had in mind. While I was away, Toronto seems to have developed a passion for bike transit.

 

 

[photo from Lloyd Alter / TreeHugger]

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Jan. 13 – New on the Blogs

Just a quick wrap-up of some of the cool content being posted on member blogs since New Years:

Duncan’s City Ride:

Michael Holloway

Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki

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On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns

Why I Signal Right Turns With My Left ArmNot only is it a great post about signaling right turns with your left arm (instead of your right), but Duncan’s post on why he signals with his left has also spurred a great little discussion in the comments about the reasons why each method can be useful:

It can be easy to forget or simply not use hand signals when cycling. Streetcar tracks, potholes, bike lanes in door zones and other obstacles can have you focusing on keeping both hands on your handlebars. Yet, when it comes to communicating with other road users there is no better way than with hand signals.

Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of debate about how to signal a right turn. In North America, both extending your left arm then angling your forearm up and simply extending your right arm to point in the direction you’re about to go are acceptable. I’ve used both styles, but my default is to use my left arm.

Read the blog post and the comments on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: Getting an Internal Gear Hub

Recent Upgrade to Nexus Redline 8-Speed HubDuncan has switched up his gear set-up on his Marin Hamilton 29er, moving from a single speed to an internal gear hub, and tells us about it… from why he decided to do it to how he went about choosing what hub to go with, with help from Hoopdriver:

After one week and a couple hundred kilometres I’m really enjoying the gearing options of the 8-speed hub. Being so used to a singlespeed I find myself sticking to just a few of the gearings, often forgetting that I can switch to higher or lower gears. However, when I do remember the options make the few hills on my daily rides far more enjoyable, both riding up and down.

Read the full post on Duncan’s City Ride

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On The Blogs: The Joy of Night Cycling

See More Blogs | Start A Blog Duncan's City Ride A BikingToronto Blog      * About/Contact Duncan  Main BikingToronto Page The Joy of Night CyclingDuncan has posted the “Put The Days Away” music video by Sun Airway.  It’s a nice portrayal of night cycling through a city… cruising through a vibrant urban landscape when it’s “on pause” at night:

One million thanks to Ricardo Rivera at Klip Collective, who in addition to being an excellent dude and creating all of our live projection videos, made this BEAUTIFUL video for Put the Days Away. He is a gentleman and a genius. – SunAirway.com

See the video on Duncan’s City Ride

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