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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 Light Your Bike

The Night RiderExcellent and timely lighting post from Stephen on Cycling50+ … a great rundown of the lights and reflectors you need to ensure drivers see you at night:

Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders

The basic trick to night riding is to see and be seen. Even on well-lit streets, darkness not only makes it more difficult to see, but also judge distances and direction, which means slower reaction times – for both drivers and riders.

Read the full post at Cycling50+

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On The Blogs: Cyclocross in Cedarvale Park

Bikeroo checked out the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Cedarvale Park (and previously shared with us a crash video):

For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a gritty cycling race in which riders race along an off road course. Technical skill is important as they have to ride in tight quarters with each other but navigate around or through obstacles like barriers, roots, and ruts. Some barriers such as low walls or even stairs force riders off the bike making running and jumping a key element in cyclocross racing as well.

Read more and see all his photos and a cool video on Bikeroo in TO

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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: The Real Price of Gasoline

Michael Holloway looks at the Real Price of Gasoline, factoring in more than just the price at the pump:

As an addict of the bicycle as much as the rest of the culture seems to be addicted to pumping gasoline, I couldn’t agree more with Mayor Ford. The subsidies on the price of gasoline I pay through my taxes add up to $2.00 per litre!

From a study by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) entitled, The Real Price of Gasoline (pdf):

“..costs [...] are passed on to both gasoline users and nonusers by way of higher taxes, insurances costs, and retail prices for items other than gasoline. Effectively, the cost of gasoline is substantially higher than the price consumers pay at the pump, even though the majority of this cost is hidden from the public.”

Read the full post on Michael Holloway’s Blog

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