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June 06, 2011

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David Hendry

You just don't get it do you. If you look into the debates during confederation you'll see that the founding fathers were already totally in favour of cars. This can be proven because there is not one single mention of bicycles in the whole shebang. Therefore it stands to reason there should be no government support for cycling no matter how much better it might be for the environment, personal fitness, livability of cities, or anything else.

Ryan

It's just as sad that he wants bike races in parks as well!

Perhaps Ford can explain how a few hundred cyclists are going to fit on a 2 metre wide path going at high speeds!

I don't think the people of Toronto realize just how laughable that city has become in such a short time.

Alan M

What's needed is for 13,000 participants, plus all their friends and families, plus all the benficiaries of the fundraising, plus all their friends and families, to start calling in and voicing their support for this event and others like it.

He can be reached at email: [email protected]
or by phone at 416-397-9255.

At the same time, might as well copy the mayor on that email. His Fordness is at [email protected]

Bill

Actually, David, the early commitment of the Fathers of Confederation to cycling was well-known, although over-shadowed perhaps, in their nation-building. Alexander Galt was first to see the potential of the Tour de Grand. George-Etienne Cartier had his eye on the eastern townships for La Route Vert. Sir John A. was forced to use his bicycle when he lost his licence due to a DWI conviction. And Sir John Hamilton Gray (P.E.I.) and Sir John Hamilton Gray (N.B.) were the country's first known tandem riders. If you look closely at George P. Roberts' portrait of the FoC gathered on the steps of the government house in P.E.I., Sept. 11, 1864, it's clear that a number of them have their right pant legs turned up. Yes, cycling has a long glorious, if somewhat under-celebrated place in our nation's history. It's time to rediscover that history. Consider the Ontario petroglyphs of a man holding a wheel over his head. Is it a tubular or a clincher? And the so-called "medicine wheels" of the west: road or mountain. There is much to evidence to evaluate as we explore our cycling past.

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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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