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

Municipal Candidates endorse cycling and active transportation in Waterloo Region

It’s exciting to see our Municipal leaders lining up to sign the Active Communities pledge support active transportation. It’ll be even more interesting to see how this pledge translates when it comes to approval of the Uptown King St protected bicycle lanes. Both voters and candidates can take the active communities pledge. Full text of the press release by TriTAG and Share the Road below!   WATERLOO REGION LEADS IN ACTIVE COMMUNITIES PLEDGE Campaign invites municipal candidates to endorse cycling and active transportation before Waterloo Region residents go to the polls on October 27th. WATERLOO REGION – September 2, 2014. … Continue reading Municipal Candidates endorse cycling and active transportation in Waterloo Region

New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail

Early Saturday morning, I stepped out of my house and began my run starting with a 5 minute warm up walk. We made it down Queen street, crossed the street, and was surprised to be greeted by this new fixture! I thought back to Thursday morning and was pretty sure we would have seen this up as we did push ups and step ups on the bench right beside it (and trust me, I don’t think we could have missed this vibrant green thing had we tried!) Here are all the tools available, all tied up so hopefully no one … Continue reading New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail

Protected Bike Lanes on King Street – May 29th Public Consultation

Today, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard in support of protected bike lanes on King Street. We have an unique opportunity to create a community that’s bikable for cyclists age 8-80. Since December 2013 over 1000 of us signed a petition asking for protected bike lanes, now we need to continue to show our support to ensure the city and region approves plans for these protected bike lanes on King Street. Join us on a bike ride to the public consultation. We are leaving Kitchener City Hall at 5.30pm to cycle up King Street thru Uptown Waterloo, to remind ourselves how … Continue reading Protected Bike Lanes on King Street – May 29th Public Consultation

Ontario’s $25M for Cycling Infrastructure

A drop in the bucket or a step in the right direction? Today at Share the Road’s Ontario Bike Summit, our Liberal Minister of Transportation announced $25m for bicycle infrastructure improvements for municipalities over 3 years. At first glance it seems good, but when I started to think about it I couldn’t help but be cynical. For sure it’s a step in the right direction but it’s also a drop in the bucket, a very empty bucket to citizens (voters) who are apparently hungry for cycling infrastructure. [This announcement kind of over shadowed Share the Road’s silver award handed to … Continue reading Ontario’s $25M for Cycling Infrastructure