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

A note to the Danish tourists who are horrified by our car culture

Dear Horrified Danish Tourists, (i wish i had a photo of a horrified danish tourist) There are a number of Canadians (lots actually) who are likewise horrified and are working to change car culture, lessen the need for parking lots, refuse to be traffic, live active life styles and are working out meaningful community #waterloobikes #awesome via National Post – link An open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada, My girlfriend and I (Danish) were tourists in your country for 5 weeks this summer. We had the most incredible adventure and met the most wonderful … Continue reading A note to the Danish tourists who are horrified by our car culture

Would you rather be Right and Dead?

That was how an over-sized motorist ended our conversation. There was some truth to his statement, but there was also a morbid warning from a motorist who thinks they own the street to a cyclist who thought he had a teachable moment. Let me set the stage. (It’s not all pretty. I’ll admit in advance I could have handled myself better.) My daughter had a gymnastics class on the other side of King Street a short jaunt down the Iron Horse trail. So I asked her if she wanted to ride her bicycle or take the trailer. She choose her … Continue reading Would you rather be Right and Dead?

Special Constable ________, I Shake My Head at Your Ignorance

(Not All My Posts Will Be about the Police) This past Saturday I was involved in a charity ride called Ride for Refuge.  Ride for Refuge raises money for the displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  There were 864 people doing the ride in Waterloo. Catherine Fife was one of them.  Route distances varied from 10 km to 100 km.  There were a few different routes, so the riders were spread out over north Waterloo and Wilmot Township. I rode the 100 km route with 3 friends. As we were riding east along Hessen Strasse and approaching Moser Young Road, a middle-aged … Continue reading Special Constable ________, I Shake My Head at Your Ignorance

Finally they’re addressing the Iron Horse Death Trap

Just read over on ‘light and wheels‘ that the Iron Horse death trap will be fixed by the end of the year. Here’s what it’ll look like.   I hope they don’t screw it up. Or else we’ll have to go fix it ourselves. I’d love to know what the person was thinking who came up with this:       Continue reading Finally they’re addressing the Iron Horse Death Trap