Ontario Tourism – Sidewalk cycling? Or imaginary cycletrack?

Come - bike on our sidewalks! Last night, we were relaxing in front of the computer watching an episode of the Office. A new ad came on for Ontario tourism and the song was pretty catchy, so we found ourselves watching along. Near the end of the ad, there's a shot of a couple of cyclists biking in front of Parliament Hill. "Hey, were they biking on the sidewalk?" I couldn't be sure. Luckily, the ad came on three more times during the episode. Sure enough, there they were, two happy-go-lucky tourists biking past Parliament…

Montreal on two wheels

No need to go to Copenhagen to experience better biking infrastructure – just go two hours east to Montreal. I lived in Montreal ten years ago as a student and never biked a single day in the city. It was partly because I lived within walking distance of the campus and partly because it seemed crazy. But now? Times have changed and bike paths and Bixi bikes are everywhere. It feels like a complete culture shift. Traffic calming is everywhere downtown. Narrowed streets, cyclepaths, speed humps, bulb-outs and reduced speed limits. Here’s a brief tour…