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?

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

COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL

Joint release by WaterlooBikes.ca and TriTag.ca: COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL Recommended Uptown streetscape design includes wider sidewalks and protected bike lanes on King Street from Erb to Central. WATERLOO, ON – May 7, 2015. Residents are celebrating a staff recommendation for protected bike lanes on King Street in Uptown Waterloo. The recommended design, if approved by Waterloo City Council, would see the installation of wider sidewalks and raised bicycle lanes, some protected from traffic by parked cars, along King Street from Erb to Central. “These are the types of lanes you find in places like the Netherlands, … Continue reading COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPLAUD UPTOWN PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROPOSAL

Uptown Streetscape Update – Vote going to Council May 25 2015

Just got word that on May 25th Waterloo City Council will be presented with the Environmental Study Report (ESR), recommending that Council approve the preferred option for segregated bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks etc!! The report will be available on the City’s website the week of May 11th. This has been a long time coming since our first post and start of our petition back in November of 2013! If you can, mark May 25th in your calendar to show support for the proposal, a better option for all people who use King Street!   Continue reading Uptown Streetscape Update – Vote going to Council May 25 2015

Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Got this in my inbox this morning, luckily my Trek which has a front disc brake, doesn’t have a quick release. Back before I had email my second mountain bike was a Trek 850 Antelope, it had a quick release, but that was before disc brakes became mainstream.  That reminds me, I put this awful one piece barends / aerobars on it — horrible. “According to the CPSC recall notice, one incident resulted in quadriplegia, one in facial injuries, and the third in a fractured wrist.” via Bicycle Retailer Safety Recall Trek issues voluntary nationwide consumer quick release safety notices Thank you for … Continue reading Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Advice to a new cyclist?

Every now and then a new cyclists stumbles across this site looking for advice on how to get started commuting by bicycle. I think the best advice is to just start, but with cycling its often a bit more complicated cause you first need a bicycle. Here’s our correspondence….. I stumbled on this website through Facebook and the winter cycling booth.  I’m a young student who would like to start biking, but I don’t know where to start! I have a brother in Toronto that is encouraging me to start but I would like some help in understanding what the … Continue reading Advice to a new cyclist?