Einstein knew it - cycling is smart. It's an efficient use of energy. (In fact, it's likely more than 100% more energy-efficient than walking, according to one source. In the picture below, Einstein is celebrating this knowledge that bike commuting makes good sense!
Kudos to the pathway clearing contractors for doing a great job. I have to say, every time it snows those contractors are out there first thing. Today was no exception; when I headed off to work, the messiest part of my ride was before and after I got on the pathway. Not only was the pathway system clear from Edmonton Trail to 10 St NW (that's all I ride), but all of the little approach paths and connections were clear as well. First class! It sure makes winter commuting a pleasure.
Meanwhile, over on the city streets, the City's idea of snow clearing is to drive around with dump trucks dumping poison on the streets (a.k.a.
"A flat tire will always occur at the furthest point of your ride, particularly if you have no repair kit or pump".
I was out riding in Edgewater, BC, on the weekend. Keeping to my New Year's resolution to ride every single day of 2006, I grabbed an old clunker mountain bike that was at the house I was staying at, and headed out. I found a winding gravel road and eventually got down to the banks of the Columbia River. It was at this location that paddle-wheeler steamers used to stop around the turn of the century and unload supplies.
The rear tire was really low on the bike, so as I rode uphill I leaned heavily on the handlebars to shift my weight off it. I'd gone only a few hundred metres when suddenly, my front tire flatted. So it was a long walk back to the house!
On May 17 at 7 p.m., the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honour cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Find out how you can participate.
We've had our share of cycling fatalities in Calgary. Do we need to have one of these events here?