Thursday, 30 April 2009

A Neat Idea

From The Winnipeg Free Press
New GPS project, map for cyclists
Staff Writer
30/04/2009 8:27 AM
WINNIPEG made three announcements for cyc­lists on Wednesday: the publication of a new bike­route map, a second Bike To Work Day and a global positioning system project that will let hundreds of riders track their routes around the city.
The 2009 Winnipeg Cycling Map, which sells for $2 at bike shops, replaces a 1999 version commis­sioned for the Pan Am Games.
The GPS project, dubbed OttoCycle, will involve approximately 900 Winnipeg cyclists tracking their routes between May and October to help the city determine where new cycling infrastructure should be built in Winnipeg. Anyone who cycles more than once a week is eligible to participate in the Centre for Sustainable Transportation study. Interested cyclists are asked to sign up by emailing or calling 988-7182.
Bike to Work Day, meanwhile, falls on Friday, June 19.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A Mechanical Puzzle

When I dropped one pannier yesterday, I was initially relieved that the other one hooked it so it didn't hit the ground and crush the contents.Today tho', when I went to leave for work, I couldn't get them apart. The Brainy Geek just twisted them and they came apart. I'm not surprised; that is generally how these things work.

Either way, they can be used tomorrow.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

A Passel? A Posse? A Pod?

What would you call the group of children who ride these bikes?

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Spring Arrives on Velvet Toes

I have always loved pussywillows. To me, they always signalled the end of winter and meant that we could finally bring out our bicycles.
Here I am with my first and most favourite bike, with my sisters on the tricycle.
I don't know if this is my favourite bike because it was so nice to ride, or because it gave me a certain amount of independence that would have been previously unknown to a five year old.

Friday, 24 April 2009

My First Set of Wheels

This was a great tricycle.
Shortly after this picture was taken, I graduated to my first (and all time favourite) bicycle.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Changes to my Route

Most of Manitoba, including the city of Winnipeg, is under a flood alert. This sandbag dike at the Elm Park bridge is just a temporary inconvenience for people who use this route.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Earth Day. A Good Day to Start Blog

A recent trip to Germany and the Netherlands showed me how active transportation should be and I found myself insanely jealous by the public acceptance of bicycles in traffic.

I was hit by a truck a few years ago and this has left me slightly paranoid and very cautions.

I am hoping Winnipeg will become more progressive and add bicycle lanes to existing streets, include them in planning for new routes and add them in places where neither is possible.