City of Waterloo offering CAN-BIKE 2 course – spots available

I just signed up for the City of Waterloo sponsored CAN-Bike 2 course that starts April 24th. It’s 18 hours of utilitarian (commuter, recreational) cycling instruction. Sources indicate it’ll turn a nervous side-walk cyclist into a confident commuter (check out Bill Beans recent post). [update April 3 2014 5pm – 2 spots left in the course] At first glance it seems like a lot of time (and money) just to ride on the road where I feel confident to begin with. So why did I sign up: It’s a pre-requisite course for CAN-Bike‘s instructor course / certification which I’d like to … Continue reading City of Waterloo offering CAN-BIKE 2 course – spots available

2013 in review – WaterlooBikes

2013 will be a true springboard year for the WaterlooBikes community. We welcomed a few new writers giving all of us a spark. This year saw a first as WaterlooBikes stepped out of the realm of the internets and into the physical world, setting up a booth celebrating lifestyle cycling at NightShift. It was a blast, and this Baboe cargo bike was a definite hit. The springboard is the King Street redesign petition for protected bike lanes. It’s been our most engaging topic ever. It’s given us a taste for working ahead of the curve to impact change within our region. A shout … Continue reading 2013 in review – WaterlooBikes

Update: Petition for protected bicycle lanes for King Street’s redesign

The petition for protected bicycle lanes on King Street’s redesign has just under 900 signatures as we begin 2014.  We’ve kept the petition open but are not actively seeking signatures as we believe our voice has been heard. The King Street redesign team indicates they’ve created additional options. The encouraging tone of correspondence leads us to believe protected bicycle lanes will be put forward as an option.  There are also plans underway for either another public information night or a formal presentation and open community discussion with City Council. Both Barb Magee Turner and Melissa Durell have indicated they are … Continue reading Update: Petition for protected bicycle lanes for King Street’s redesign

David vs Goliath – Specialized takes on a bicycle shop / cafe

Last week, like many cycling enthusiasts I switched up my twitter name to be ‘Graham Roe / Roubaix‘. Earlier in 2013 Specialized sent a small bike shop owner, Dan Richter a  cease and desist letter over his its use of the city name Roubaix in its shop name Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio. Over the past few weeks word got out among the cycling crowd about these bullying tactics and an overwhelming amount of support exploded in favour of small bike shop. The outpouring of support forced Specialized to ‘work out a deal’ where it looks like the cafe will continue … Continue reading David vs Goliath – Specialized takes on a bicycle shop / cafe

Lexington Street Improvements – Davenport to University Ave – Dec 11th 6pm

I’m planning to attend this public consult, but towards the end around 7.30pm. If you able to attend great, if not email the project representatives and let them know what you think of the proposal (christopher.hodgson@waterloo.ca and john.perks@ibigroup.com) So what do you think is needed in this section? What are you pain points? What do you like about the proposal? The follow is taken from Lexington Road improvement pages from the City of Waterloo site (link to open house invitation) When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Where: Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church , 245 Lexington Road, Waterloo The City of … Continue reading Lexington Street Improvements – Davenport to University Ave – Dec 11th 6pm