Archive | March 2012

Robertson on Handling Insults

If you’re like me and the federal budget this week has you a bit down, here’s some comic relief courtesy of Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson.

Enjoy your rides this weekend!

Universe: “Seriously, Don’t Drive Downtown”

I should have known better, and I’ve been kicking myself about it. Why did I drive downtown instead of taking my bike? I can’t really explain it but I know I won’t anymore.

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Early Winter Night Biking Gloves

Early Winter Night Biking Gloves

Preserving the look and feel of normal gloves, LEDs showing a turn signal light up when the hand is stretched out and a fist is formed are a strong signal for following cars.

More at the fashioningtech blog.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Cycling in the woods

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Review #2 cont’d: Shanghai Bike Lanes


Location French Concession, Shanghai

It was only a couple of decades ago that the bicycle was ubiquitous in China – to the extent that North American school books included photos of hundreds of Chinese people on bikes in their introduction to the country. Now the bicycle has fallen behind as Chinese people turn to vehicles to show off their new-found wealth. In terms of status, it’s understood that luxury car > regular car > moped > bicycle. It’s an unfortunate turn, given all the problems that private auto use brings to a city, but luckily for the Shanghainese, bicycle and moped use had such inertia that they are still very common, especially by North American standards.

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