Do you have a bike to donate to a grade 5 kid in Waterloo Region?

I’ve been volunteering for the past 2 years with a group called Cycling into the Future. I’m really excited about this organization and its mission. They take the Recycling playbook and forget about the adults who are addicted to the automobile and instead focus on our next generation of leaders. They’ve created curriculum for grade 5 students where they learn how to bike on our roads. Anyways, this program needs more bicycles so all grade 5’s they teach can have a bicycle. I know they need at least 6 bicycles for next week’s program at Elizabeth Ziegler school and that’s … Continue reading Do you have a bike to donate to a grade 5 kid in Waterloo Region?

Over a MILLION rides #WaterlooBikes

John Griffin, City of Waterloo, Cycling Coordinator (among many hats) sent out the following email :) Yay a million rides, though not quite critical mass …. What number of counted rides would equate to critical mass in Kitchener/Waterloo? Good morning folks!    There’s something happening in #ActiveWaterloo!       1 Million ?  Are you sure ?   I remember a meeting last fall and Graham Roe said to me “We need to build a better bicycle culture in Waterloo” he was right – and we did it together!   Waterloo officially has an Active culture folks and all of you have helped to … Continue reading Over a MILLION rides #WaterlooBikes

Wrapping up the university-proof bike

When I started at the University of Waterloo five years ago, I bought a cheap Supercycle Tempo to use for daily commuting, given that I didn’t want to leave my expensive bicycle parked on campus all day.  I have extensively modified it over the years, aiming to create the perfect university bicycle.  I have now finished my studies, so here is a look back on the life of my primary vehicle over the last five years. Utility As my primary vehicle, this bike has endured all that Canadian weather has to offer, from scorching summers to icy blizzards.  And a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation … Continue reading Wrapping up the university-proof bike

Gaelen Merrit’s Open Letter to Waterloo Region Record

My <Gaelen Merrit> open letter to Waterloo Region Record: I am writing this letter in response to Paige Desmond’s article regarding the recent abolition of the “no cycling two abreast” bylaw in the Region (http://m.therecord.com/…/6688588-side-by-side-cycling-gets-…), and in general the majority of articles written by this newspaper on the topic. The article does not provide an opinion/quote from a) a qualified expert on the subject or b) the opinion of someone most affected by this change – a cyclist! In fact, the only quotes are doomsday reckoning “cyclists will be dead right” and “we already have it hard enough with cyclists … Continue reading Gaelen Merrit’s Open Letter to Waterloo Region Record

King Street Culture Shock – in the midst of LRT construction

I got my first taste of the new King Street between William and Union. It’s going to be culture shock for drivers, from 4  lanes to 2 narrow ones and multiple 4 way stop signs. Yet still zero cycling infrastructure. I’m guessing the final implementation will also have zero cycling infrastructure. Riding the narrow lanes last night, my impression was that there’s not enough room for a cyclist to ride a meter from the curb and be passed by a car with a metre of space. You know what that means? ‘Take the Lane’ baby. ‘Don’t design streets that make the … Continue reading King Street Culture Shock – in the midst of LRT construction

Unfortunate

It happens to many of us. It’s not just the monetary value that causes the hurt. Our bike no matter the style becomes part of us, we personify our ride. It shares our memories of grand adventures, and beautiful scenery and near death experiences (whether on the roads or in the hydro-cut). Whenever we get contacted by someone who’s had their bike stolen we’ll post a picture and description of their bike, in hopes that someone might see it before it’s chopped up and sent away for parts. All bikes are special. Hi, My bike was stolen yesterday at around noon … Continue reading Unfortunate