Keith Hallgren of RBF Cycles is a longtime four-season cyclist. He builds and fixes bikes, teaches courses on winter cycling and, full disclosure, he also built the winter bike of Green Energy Futures editor Duncan Kinney. According to Hallgren there are three keys to being a successful winter cyclist.
This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.
As fewer daylight hours are available many of us are forced to get our runs in before dawn or after dusk. Running in the dark has its challenges, the most important of which is staying visible in low-light conditions. Fortunately, there is a plethora of choices when it comes to reflective gear and apparel.
With the recent launch of Citibike, the world's largest bicycle share program in New York City, cycling as a viable option for city commuting is literally gaining traction. A means of transport around long before the automobile, the bicycle has been in and out of vogue since its 19th century invention as a human-propelled alternative to the horse. This time, however, the attention seems different.
If you've been driving along the country roads of Canada this summer, you've surely noticed the growing popularity of cycling. Another growing trend is cycling for a good cause with more and more charity cycling events popping up across the country. The Ride for Karen, which is an annual cycling event that my brother and I started as a tribute to the life and legacy of our mother Karen, is just one example.
I returned to Montréal 20 pounds heavier, determined to ignore the siren's song of squeaky cheese, mustard slathered rye bread and Métro trains. Seeing Montréal in the spring, summer or fall by bus, train or even foot is a travesty. To explore the city like a local, a bicycle is the only way to roll.