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June 18, 2012



Unfortunately this really only matters to one 'group'...cyclists.

The media will report on it for now only because they have to. It might be cynical of me to think, but the media seems to only like playing up the "bike vs. car" stories.

It's up to cyclists to collectively push the government(s) to making improvements.

As for the "what about tomorrow"?
Local radio host said he'll be talking about bike safety tomorrow...What will his solution be (he already stated it). Helmets and that's it.
It should be noted that he is anti-bike. He won't even allow his young kids ride them.

Graham Roe

So Bill is this cycling report just another way to sell the news today and tomorrow?

Frank Xavier

Like the report or not, it is a step in the right direction. Media spin or not, it is on the headlines for a couple of days, better than not. Like it or not, with the wheels very shortly to fall off the Euro, there will soon be a lot more bicycles on the road by necessity rather than choice. Next topic when the bicycle number jacks up will be riding competence..and competency testing :) A motto that I recently came across is: "Always ride like there is an X on your back which you want everyone to see". Happy riding folks !

Peter Parker

I don't think you're right, Ryan.

I think many planners want to increase cycling because they see it's a WAY more efficient form of transportation for most trips. They can see how many bikes can fit into one block, versus cars.

I think many health promoters want to increase cycling, even if they don't do it themselves, because it incorporates physical activity into everyday life every day.

I think some (though maybe few) tourism promoters are seeing the benefits of cycling infrastructure in their cities and regions.

Given the research done in Toronto a couple years ago, I think some urban shop owners have realized that cycling is good for business. Community activists know that cycling builds community & sense of place better than multi-lane roads and parking lots.

And of course environmentalists are all in favour of cycling.

I think pedestrians, bike cops, and a variety of others groups all have an interest in increasing cycling versus cars.

We can also put pressure on *these* groups to put pressure on government.


Most of the establishment is pro-automobile so of course they'll try and spin the mandatory helmet thing as being a cure-all. Reality is that it just decreases the number of riders while not really doing much for head injury rates.

It's a great way for a politician to look like they are doing something and it's a feel-good thing for many riders and busy-body types that haven't really examined the issue from a statistical rather than "gut feeling" perspective.

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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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