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how much does your commute cost you (and others)?


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science says: cost-benefits of bicycle commuting


science of bike commuting

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) comes a report regarding the costs and benefits of bicycle commuting on society and the individuals who reside in societies.

If you don’t have time to read it, you can always admire the colorful chart above.

cyclists are the happiest of all



Despite getting run over, doored, harassed, and generally being treated as second-class citizens of the road, bicyclists are the happiest of all commuters. Go figure!

The finding comes via an Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium study released this month. Those who walk to work, the study found, are nearly as happy as cyclists, who are about three times happier than solo car-drivers.

(more at grist)

bicycle highways



What are they?

According to Lars Gaardhøj at Euractiv:

“This means the bike paths are as straight as possible, making them faster. Normal bike lanes usually meander where there is space available for them, which may prove cumbersome to cyclists. The paths are also broader and during winter, snow will be removed from them, as with regular roads.

“Everyone said there has to be better bike lanes, better lightning next to the bike paths, it has to go fast and the snow must be removed quickly…”

These could change the lives of many suburbanites.

sharing the path


In the Netherlands – as in Montreal – wheelchairs and other low-weight vehicles can also enjoy the use of bike paths.

the running bike


This is the Fliz bike. Unlike traditional bikes, it doesn’t have pedals. You hang suspended from the frame above and run. Or walk. Or speed down steep hills pretending you’re Superman. I’m a bird, I’m a plane, I’m going to die. I have no clue if the bike is even practical, but I ride a skateboard with monster truck tires so I’m probably not the person to ask.

text from Geekologie

the green car is finally a reality!


Denial gets lampooned by The Onion.

runny nose commuting and office culture


One of the challenges of winter biking is arriving at destinations such as work or social events in a way that is presentable and comfortable. Layering clothes is important, of course. But there are other considerations as well.

This winter, I had contract work traveling around the city between classes on my bike. I was a teacher, so I would arrive in class in a formal wool coat, galoshes and dress pants – dress shoes tucked inside.

But one thing I hadn’t thought of was my nose. See, in the winter, you are outside biking and breathing in -10 degree air before arriving in a warm office building. This causes your nose to run each time you enter a warm place from your bike. So working on hourly contracts, I kept arriving to class with a runny nose and sneezing – perfectly normal after cycling in sub-zero weather, but a bit uncomfortable on a daily/hourly basis.

Still, this isn’t exactly life threatening. If you read the wiki article, the suggested remedy is to blow your nose or use saline solutions for a few days. It usually goes away on its own.

Though the sting felt from the confused stares of drivers remains long after.

CTV maps where cars most often crash into bicycles


source: CTV

Not surprising that those two busy corners along the Berri bike artery are popular sites for crashes. But what’s more surprising is that the DeMaisonneuve bike path doesn’t contain any of the top five. I guess motorists along that route have learned to yield.


dollarama rainbike fashions


Whenever I go for a ride on a rainy day,  I pass a few soggy people wearing bike helmets. I realize it’s important to protect your head. But even if it’s not as deadly as an SUV collision, rain also requires wardrobe adjustments.

In this photograph, our handsome model wears only the most practical rainwear made up of inexpensive items that can be found at Dollarama or a hardware store.

On top, he sports an elastic hair band to keep his poncho hood from slipping off his head as he rides. The poncho itself is sleeveless so our model wears a long-sleeve vinyl coat underneath it. The splash of orange says citrus together with the lemony pants and poncho. Bright colors make you both visible and sunny.

Covering  his athletic legs, rain pants go all the way down to cover the tops of his insulated galoshes. The reflective vest serves two functions: night/wet windshield visibility, and improved poncho aerodynamics.

Our modeling hunk’s glamorous hands are protected by two layers of gloves: fleece undergloves and neoprene outergloves. Neoprene gloves alone will make your hands sweat and create mildew, so always wear a pair of fleece or knit gloves underneath.

Once you’ve got the fashion basics that make your look work, you’ll be ready to splash with pinache.

Rainbike fashion checklist

Headband elastics (5/$1 Dollarama)
Disposable poncho ($2 Dollarama)
Vinyl Coat ($10, Urban Behavior)

Reflective Vest ($10, Canadian TIre)

Rain Pants ($12, Canadian Tire)
Fleece or knit gloves ($2, Dollarama)
Neoprene gloves ($10, Canadian Tire)
Insulated Galoshes ($40, Yellow Shoes)

Insulated galoshes with zipper front $20 - $50

Neoprene gloves keep hands dry and warm

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