The Successful Push for Safer Infrastructure

How many of these factors exist in North America today? Outrageous number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities – Check. Absurd amounts of public space dedicated to the movement and storage of private vehicles – Check. Oil and financial crises – Double Check. Public outcry – Check. Political will to change – Very Little.

We’re seeing major changes in cities like New York, Chicago and in Canada Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa. The addition of cycling infrastructure isn’t just to make cycling more attractive or easier. This is people-friendly infrastructure. These are changes that promote shorter commutes and allow citizens to spend less money on day-to-day transportation costs.

For more, read David Hembrow’s blog.

Dutch Cycling Embassy

Perfecting ‘The Hop’ and Sidesaddle Cycling

The law in Ontario is a little iffy on this… or not.

Bicycle passengers

(2) No person riding on a bicycle designed for carrying one person only shall carry any other person thereon. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 178 (2).

So then, you can only have two people on a bicycle that is intended for two passengers. Does that only mean tandems or bicycles with child seats? One of my bikes has a large rear rack that can comfortably seat an adult, but does it have to be plastic with a seat belt to be considered a seat? If the passenger is an adult must my bicycle accommodate them with pedals and a saddle?

Either way, turns out Cathryn and I need to practice “the hop” on our shared rides on my bicycle. We’re pretty good at starting from a standstill, but this will seriously up our game.

Via Amsterdamize

Complex Intersections Made Easy

Look at that mess of road paint and lanes and street signs… yet traffic (all traffic) flows seamlessly in this short clip.

Lots of visitors stare in wonder at the ‘organized chaos’, as in: “How come they don’t crash into each other?”, I answer accordingly: “They don’t because they grow up biking and never stop. They’re skilled and the key thing to their effortlessness is that they’re good at anticipating traffic, specially other people on bicycles.” Add to that that car drivers also cycle, and you have a situation where people on bicycles are taken seriously.

Read the full story of a UK lawyer’s experience in Amsterdam at Amsterdamize

The Bicycle Lifestyle; An American in Amsterdam

How do you promote products that are designed for active, everyday life? Well, why not just show them in use.

Based in San Francisco, Mission Workshop, makes bags and clothes for the lifestyle cyclist. (I don’t know if this is an actual term, but it’s what my girlfriend has been using to describe people who use bikes like others use their car, just for everyday living)

The two products featured in the above video are the Orion jacket (made in Canada) and the merino Bosun jacket, layered together for chillier winter riding.

For us Canuks, the only shop in our vast country carrying Mission Workshop gear is On the Rivet in Vancouver, BC. So far at least.

Via Amsterdamize

“This is Amsterdam and this is my bike”

This is Amsterdam Screen Shot

Notice the theme throughout this video. Cycling is easy. This is something we forget in North America.

Via Bakfiets en Meer

Someone at Amsterdam Brewery Sure Loves Bikes

Maybe you’ve enjoyed the Big Wheel Deluxe Amber from Amsterdam Brewery, but did you know they also make another bicycle-themed beer?

Via Greg Clow’s review on Taste T.O.:

amsterdam boneshaker Greg Clow photo from Tasteto.com

Boneshaker is labelled an “Unfiltered India Pale Ale”, and this is proven to be true by the pour, which brings a hazy reddish-orange body with a thick and persistent head of not-quite-white foam. The aroma has a hard time cutting through the head, but what does make it through is pleasant and fruity, with nice hints of pineapple and grapefruit, and not even a hint of nail polish remover. The body is medium full, and the flavour is chock full of hoppy goodness, with loads of citrus and tropical fruit, a bit of pine, and a long finish of grapefruit and orange zest. The malt definitely plays second fiddle, but offers enough caramel sweetness to be noticed.

Boneshaker IPA is available now in 500 ml bottles at the Amsterdam retail store, and on draught at select bars around town. In either format, it’s worth having a full one – just act fast, as it’s a limited release and won’t be around for long.

Read the full article here, photo via Taste T.O.

City of Cyclists

City of Cyclists:

Don’t worry Toronto, we’ll get there.