Ryder Hesjedal Wins Giro d’Italia 2012

→ Photo from CBC Sports

Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal has become the first Canadian, and only the second non-European, to win the Giro d’Italia. He did so in dramatic fashion, taking over the pink jersey from Spain’s Joaquim Rodríguez in the final stage, a 30-km time trial through the streets of Milan.

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Yes, You Can Have It All!

Love the exercise but hate the fresh air?

Want to break a sweat but think that moving under your own power is passé?

Love riding recumbents but have a butler who can’t keep up to you while he reads you the news?

Want to arrive at work feeling refreshed but not if it means people think you are one of them?

This is the product for you!

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The Bike Score

UBC Cycling in Cities

Today, researchers from UBC and SFU, in collaboration with Seattle-based WalkScore, released BikeScore for 10 Canadian and 10 US cities.

BikeScore shows a “heat map” of bikeability in each city, based on the presence and type of bike lanes, hills, amenities and lane connectivity, and bike commute mode share.

The results show that Victoria, Vancouver, and Montreal are Canada’s most bikeable cities.

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Calgary’s First Cycling Coordinator

Tom Thivener and his daughter enjoy a bike ride. Photo from Tucson Velo

The City of Calgary has hired Tom Thivener from Tucson, Arizona to be its first cycling coordinator. His first day on the job will be June 4.

Thivener has spent the past five years in Tucson, working to improve conditions for active transportation in that city. While he was there, Tucson hit several cycling milestones:

  • Bicycle ridership increased 58% from 2009 to 2010. That increase moved Tucson from being #12 in the country for bicycle commuting to #6.
  • The number of women commuting by bicycle rose to 35% from 26.5% from 2009 to 2010.
  • Tucson was named one of the top towns to move to by Outdoor Magazine in part because of the planning and development of a network of Bicycle Boulevards
  • Tucson was named the Best Town for Road Biking by Outdoor Magazine in 2010
  • Aviation Bikeway, a multi-use path, was installed in 2010, extending from the southeast side of town to downtown

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Bicycle Show ‘n’ Shine

Today was the 19th Annual Spring Nationals: Bicycle Ride and Show ‘n’ Shine, hosted by Toxik Design Lab in Richmond, BC. It was a beautiful day and there were heaps of beautiful bikes on show.

Thanks to Toxik for putting on a great day!
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Toronto Students Repair Stolen Bikes

A cool story from the CBC this week:

Students at a west Toronto high school are fixing up hundreds of broken-down bicycles seized from notorious bike thief Igor Kenk.

The bike repair class at Central Commerce Collegiate Institute located on Shaw Street south of Harbord started this September.

The class was started after the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, which had received the bulk of the almost 3,000 unclaimed bicycles confiscated from convicted bike thief Kenk, gave hundreds of damaged bikes to the Toronto District School Board.

Read more at the CBC web site.

Bicycles are ‘Preferred’ in Waterloo’s New Official Plan

On April 2, the City of Waterloo, Ontario, approved its new and improved official plan. Here’s a collection of excerpts that describe how the bicycle is a key part of the City’s vision for the future.

Achieving a healthy and livable City and a transportation system that is sustainable into the future will require placing increased emphasis on moving people – this means managing our travel in order to reduce reliance on the automobile in favour of transit and more active forms of movement such as walking and cycling.

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The Cyclist and the Dog

Only the cyclist knows why the dog rides with its head out the window.

– Dartanyon