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Cycling Safety

-Editorial

Last month a friend was riding his bicycle on one of Lanark County’s quiet country roads and got hit by a car from behind. The driver didn’t even stop to help him. He was left in the ditch with a broken tibia and fractured back. The driver, after turning herself in to

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3rd Annual Ontario Bike Summit Ottawa, Ontario

“Moving Ontario Forward – Building Bicycle Friendly Communities”

Are you looking to develop a cycling master plan in your community but don’t know where to start?

Are you looking for tips and ideas on how to work more effectively with local

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Bike Train Expands Service

New Bike Train pilot showcases green travel option to Muskoka and Ontario’s Near North

The award-winning Bike Train Initiative is once again expanding service in Ontario, this time to Muskoka and Ontario’s Near North. On three pilot weekends cyclists will be able to board the Ontario Northlander train

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Sleek, Secure Bikestation Leads the Way

Washington, D.C.’s Union Station is leading the way in secure parking for bicycle commuters. The beautifully designed bikestation can securely park up to 100 bicycles, and offers rentals, bike repairs, lockers, and change rooms.

SANYO Installs Solar Parking Lots

Promoting Smart Energy Systems by combining solar panels, rechargeable batteries, & electric hybrid bicycles

This week SANYO announced that it has completed the installation of two “Solar Parking Lots,” incorporating solar panels and lithium-ion battery systems that will charge 100 electric hybrid bicycles in Tokyo Japan. The “Solar Parking Lot” is a

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People For Bikes

Uniting a Million Voices to Improve the Future of Cycling

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Imagine a world where bikes rule. Where every road includes a bike lane. Where highways and bridges, trails and underpasses lead safely to where you want to go—whether it’s across town, across your state or province, or across your big,

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Bike Train Offers Cyclists Easy Access on Trains

Last year we told you all about the Bike Train Initiative in Bicycle Choo Choo. Each year the folks at the Bike Train Initiative work with VIA Rail to expand the number of train routes that allow cyclists to travel with their bikes.

I was reminded of the

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The First Annual Ontario Bike Summit

Dear Friends:

I am writing to invite you to the first annual Ontario Bike Summit hosted by The Share the Road Cycling Coalition and the City of Waterloo.

Are you looking for:

Great ideas to create a cycling master plan in your community? Tips and ideas on how

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Eco-friendly Perth Maps Out Bike Routes For Cyclists

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

For the eco-friendly visitor, the Perth district has it all — rolling hills, dense forest and pristine waterways. Now “the prettiest town in Ontario” is putting out the welcome mat for a group of visitors well-known for their tiny carbon footprint: cyclists.

“The area has so much to offer. Why not explore

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Greg’s Law, Bill 126 “Ontario Road Safety Act” Passes Third Reading in Ontario Legislature

Greg’s Law, named for Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Greg Stobbart, who was tragically killed while riding his bike training for a triathalon, passed third reading in the Ontario Legislature in April. The bill targets suspended drivers and will introduce stricter sentencing, including a seven-day vehicle impoundment.

Since Greg’s death in 2006, his widow, Eleanor McMahon,

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RoadGuardian — Protecting Cyclists and Saving Lives

By Laurel-Lea Shannon Cycling can be dangerous no matter how safety conscious you are. You can do everything right—obey all the rules of the road, be mindful of other traffic, keep your bike well maintained, and wear bright colours—and still be the victim of a tragic accident.

That’s because some cycling routes have intrinsic problems—dangerous

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Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike

The Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike event goes national with bike rides in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Caledonia, Toronto and Ottawa.

Started in 2007 by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike promotes the use of the bicycle as an everyday mode of transportantion.

Cycling is very popular in the

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Are Cyclists A Lower Priority Than Turtles?

[In our February issue I encouraged people to advocate to make our roads safer for cyclists. This is the letter I wrote to the Ontario Government in support of Bill 118 and Bill 126.]

Trevor Day (Committee Clerk) Room 1405, Whitney Block/Bureau 1405, édifice Whitney Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A

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Get Involved—Be a Cycling Advocate

What would you be willing to do to make cycling safer for everyone? Each week, a handful of men and women volunteer hours of their time to write letters, make phone calls, attend meetings, and talk to government representatives to advance the cause of cycling.

Some do it because they love cycling. Others are environmentalists

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3 Feet Please! — Wear Your Protest For The 3-Foot Safe Passing Law

Are you tired of close calls with drivers who pass at top speed mere inches away from your bike? One concerned cyclist, Joe Mizereck, decided to wear his protest. This fall he launched his cycling advocacy campaign, “3 feet please.” “ I started the campaign to build awareness of the need for

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Speak Up For Cycling: Your Voice Is Urgently Needed!

If you’re a cyclist anywhere in North America, chances are your province, or state, is not looking out for your safety. In the province of Ontario, where I live, cycling is so unsafe that it’s gaining a reputation as the province that “ hates cyclists”.

Consider this:

A 64-year-old cyclist killed when hit by a

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Send Your Old Bike On A New Journey – Bicycles For Humanity

I wondered why somebody didn’t doing something. Then I realized, I am somebody. – Source Unknown

Have you got an old bike that’s become a fixture in your already too crammed garage? Maybe it’s time to give it a chance for a new life in Africa. There, your discarded bike can be a vehicle for

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Is It Time For A “Slow Ride” In Your Community?

This April, about 200 cyclists from Squamish BC took part in a community-organized 7 km “slow ride” to remind motorists of the dangers of speeding. A protest movement that started in Europe ten years ago, “slow rides” are gaining popularity across Canada and the US.

A “really bad commute” one day last year convinced Paul

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Bicycle Choo Choo – Toronto Bike Train

For Toronto cyclists who want to escape the city to enjoy the beautiful Niagara Peninsula, there’s no better way to go than by Bike Train. It leaves from Union Station and drops you and your bike at the Niagara Falls Station. From there you can choose from over 140 km of off-road, paved trails, known

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