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June 20, 2011



That's nice for Ms Beightler but I want to get where I am going sometime within the next decade or so and I sweat like crazy on the bike anyways. So the Armani will have to stay in the closet to save on dry cleaning bills. Nor does her form of cycle chic work out all that well trying to survive on suburban streets dodging potholes and ignorant drivers, neither does it work on one of my 35 km each way commutes. And I want a bike that is more costly than the clothes I'm wearing as I want to make sure I actually get to my destination without a breakdown. My bike isn't a fashion accessory, it's transportation.

Frankly I am a little irritated at her cheap shots at "activists" and the fashion faux pas "spandex superheroes." Guess who has campaigned in the last couple of decades for the infrastructure that you are riding on?

Michael D

35 km each way?! Most people's commutes are less than 7km, so there is a large chunk of the population which isn't currently cycling which this kind of cycling culture can attract out of their cars.


The 35 km was done only twice a week, the commute the rest of the time was about 12 km. But even 12 km is too far dressed to the nines even in fair weather having to fight traffic on Courtland and the bugs on the Iron Horse trail. I don't see that many people dropping a wad of cash on a decent wardrobe then pedalling about on their bikes round here any time soon.

Michael D

I don't expect people to want to bike 12 km dressed up. But there is no reason why a large proportion of trips under 5 km couldn't be done by bike, and in regular clothing.

Peter Parker

Congratulations. You're both right.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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