Monday, February 28, 2011

Sao Paulo: Die-In For Bike Safety

Photo source: Folha and UOL

More Amor, Less Motor

Porto Alegre, Brasil

Cycling Solidarity in Brasil

Update: Cyclists in Sao Paulo rode in solidarity with cyclists in Porto Alegre and calling for justice. They handed flowers to motorists and chanting 'more love, less motors'.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Three Speed

P1030093, originally uploaded by Martinho.

No Accident!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Porto Alegre CM violently attacked by Motorist

Cars Are Weapons.

Update: Police in Brasil have located the badly damaged car. The driver has gone into hiding. 20 cyclists were injured in the attack. Cyclists in Sao Paulo ride in solidarity Monday Feb 28. More on Treehugger

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Top Ten Excuses for not Commuting by Bike

(via New Zealand)
10. I need my car for work.
Many transportation tasks could be handled equally well if not better on a bike. Meet with
your employer and see if your company might not benefit from a more environmentally
friendly image if you conducted your business by bike. Consider that many traditional tasks
adapt well to cycling, whether it's police work, meter reading, postal delivery, etc.
9. I'd have to get up much earlier if I rode my bicycle.
You'd be surprised! Because of traffic in urban areas, cycling generally takes less time than
driving for distances of three miles or less, and about the same time for trips of three to five
miles. But even if your commute is longer, 30 minutes of extra sleep won't be nearly as
invigorating as an early morning ride. You'll arrive at work alert and refreshed. Likewise, your
evening ride home should leave you more relaxed since you won't face the aggravation of
sitting in rush hour traffic. And you won't have to rush off to an evening work-out to unwind.
You'll already have accomplished that! Also, don't forget your savings of time, money (and the
environment benefit) when you eliminate visits to the gas pump.
8. I'm out of shape.
If you leave yourself plenty of time and go at an easy pace, you'll find cycling no more
difficult than walking. As you ride more, you'll ease your way into better shape, building
fitness that is an integral part of your schedule. If you have health problems, consult your
family doctor for suggestions on getting started.
7. I can't afford a special commuting bicycle.
You don't need one. Your old beater bike gathering dust in the garage will suffice if properly
adjusted and maintained, and it's less attractive to thieves. If you have a recreational bicycle
you can outfit it with a lightweight rack and bag or use a fanny pack to carry necessary
commute items. With the fixed cost of operating an automobile at around 30 cents/mile, the
money you would save commuting by bicycle on an average 10 mile round trip would buy
you a $400 bicycle in six months time. (Not to mention the health benefits or the savings to
the environment.)
6. I have to dress nice for work.
Some bicycle commuters simply ride in their business attire – they seem to command more
respect from motorists. Most ride in casual or cycling clothes and change when they arrive.
You can carry your change of clothes in a pack or in panniers on the bike or even transport
them back and forth on days when you don't ride.5. There's no secure place for my bike.
There is probably a storage room or closet where your bike can be secured behind a locked
door. Maybe you can even take it to your office – what a status symbol! Or check and see if
parking is available in nearby buildings or garages. Otherwise, fasten it to an immovable object
with a U-bolt lock, preferably where you can see it.
4. I can't shower at work.
Depending on the weather, you may not need a shower if you ride at a leisurely pace. If you
do, take a washcloth, soap, towel and deodorant and clean up at the restroom sink. Or look
for a public facility or health club within walking distance of your workplace where you can
shower. Then encourage your employer to install showers where you work.
3. What if it's rainy or cold?
Start as a fair weather bicycle commuter – when the forecast is bad, don't bike. Some people
may conquer the elements and commute every day, but it doesn't mean you have to. If you
only ride when the weather report is favorable, it will still make a dramatic improvement. The
more you enjoy bicycle commuting, the more you'll look forward to your daily ride. You may
eventually decide to invest in rainwear and cold weather gear so you can commute year-round!
2. I'd have to ride in the dark.
Wear light colored reflective clothing, use a good lighting system and choose a route that
avoids major thoroughfares. There are a variety of bike mounted lights that can help you see
and be seen.
1. It's not safe to ride in traffic.
The fear of riding in traffic is often much greater than the actual danger. Minimize risk by
riding properly – visibly and predictably. In stop-and-go traffic, a fit cyclist can generally keep
up with the traffic flow, so it's acceptable to maintain your place in the roadway. Hugging the
curb invites danger as cars try to squeeze past you. To help prevent injury always wear a
helmet. You can also reduce the risk of riding in traffic by using less-congested secondary
roads. You may travel a few extra miles, but you'll be able to enjoy the ride, a worthwhile

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Classic

, originally uploaded by tocvo.
By Charles O'Hara

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Toronto Ice Race 2011 - Rubber Race

Friday, February 11, 2011

Critical Mass NYC January 2011

8 cyclists braving the cold to ride the Critical Mass. Even though they are stopping at every light and have all the required lights they are still followed by at least 3 NYPD vehicles the whole night.

photo by Barbara Ross

Ice Race Feb 12 - Dufferin Gove

It's that time of year again! ICE RACE TIME!!
Feb 12th at Dufferein Grove at 6pm-9pm. After Party at Pirates 1292 Bloor Street ($5 or P.W.Y.C.)
This year, to help offset the costs to the organizers there will be a small charge of
$5 to sit in the players boxes rinkside. Totally worth it for the best seats in the house! Everyone welcome so invite all your friends!

There will be an after fund raiser event at Bike Pirates, 1292 Bloor St West
All proceeds go to Peter McKenzie, cyclist who was hit on the Bloor Viaduct just
before Christmas.

Coeur de Pirate

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Onion Seat

_IGP5031, originally uploaded by Martinho.


Friday, February 04, 2011

Before and After

"Before", originally uploaded by Martinho.

"After", originally uploaded by Martinho.

Decided to shovel the Harbord Bike Lane today over 48 hours after the snow storm and still messy on the south side at Manning. Even worse on the north side. Made a nice parking spot for a driver ... (sigh)

Chaos Theory

_IGP4853 ' Chaos Theory', originally uploaded by Martinho.

Winter Courier

College Street, Snow Storm Feb. 2011