Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bell Malfunction

The bicycle bell. What a great invention....helps to warn others pedestrians and other cyclists of your position to ward off potential collisions. Often times people pleasantly thank me for ringing my bell. This is all great, except when that dreaded day comes AND the bell malfunctions. I was on the road, tried to ring my two tone bell and ....nothing happened. :( The ringer was stuck. I had to resort to yelling at the top of my lungs which isn't always pleasant.

Thankfully the good boys at Curbside Cycle got me back in the 'ring' of things with a new bell. :)

Monday, October 25, 2010


Across the province of Ontario today citizens will be out in numbers to cast their ballot and be part of the democratic process. It is my hope that many will choose to ride their bicycle to travel to the destination point to cast that all important election ballot. The secret ballot and the right for people to choose their leaders is one of the corner stones of western society. Make your voice count and cast that ballot today...and, do it by bike :)

I rode my bicycle to the near by school to cast my ballot, and (sadly) since there were no bicycle racks I walked my bike right into the school and many who were there couldn't help but look at my Pashley and comment on how beautiful she was. It is always a nice feeling to receive comments on our bikes. I even received compliments by the crossing guards and from people at the local bank branch too :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Questions questions and more questions

My bicycle bell. How little use we think of the bell...and how so important it is when we cycle. I will write more about the usefulness of a bell another time. But for now, I have something else to discuss. I found out first hand the other night as I cycled out on the town that my bell was stuck!!!! I was annoyed and confused. How does a perfectly functioning bell just get stuck? More importantly, was it something I did to it? Or was it violated by a passerby as it sat locked up and unattended? And why would someone want to damage someone else's property? I know these are questions that I will never get an answer for but one can't help but ask. Human nature I guess. Anyhow one quick phone call to curbside cycle and I was told more bells were on order. On a brighter side I guess I can consider this a reason to visit curbside, a great bicycle shop and of course where I purchased the Pashley :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Public Spaces

Well Last week Toronto hosted the awe inspiring Jan Gehl from Gehl architects to host a free lecture at the Toronto Architecture Society at the University of Toronto. I've seen him before but only on youtube. This was the first time to appreciate him in person...well..sorta. I arrived just at 6pm when the lecture was going to start but I had no idea that hundreds of others also were planning to arrive at the same time. So Alas, I had to be happy with watching him over the live video feed.

I wish planners, engineers and city staff from Toronto and the suburbs were there to appreciate what he had to say, otherwise, his message may have fallen on deaf ears. He truly is a visionary - planning cities for people AT walking speed. If you are interested in Jan's message then search for him on youtube.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Long Road Ahead!

The Long Road Ahead!

It looks like the city’s bicycle infrastructure is coming along nicely. It is by far not perfect and a WHOLE heck of a lot of work is needed in the coming years, but I think the city is finally taking bicycles seriously. I site the new Queensway trail as a great addition to Mississauga’s bicycle network. This is a roughly 13km bran new trail which was already getting use even before it was complete. The trail also incorporates a new bridge which crosses the Cooksville creek. Of course no picture or experience of the trail would be complete without a glimpse of my Pashley Sovereign :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mississauga Cycling Master Plan

Well the City of Mississauga released its long awaited Cycling Master Plan the other day. It was attended by roughly 40 people or so at Central Library. The plan is extensive and has a 20 year completion date. The cycling committee of course is hoping to get the plan completed in half that time.

I find the City talks a lot but shows very little action. Sometimes it seems as if the city's left hand doesn't know what its right hand is doing.

I guess the only thing to do is wait and see if they truly start to implement some of the proposed changes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Milestone Achieved

As a cyclist commuter I achieved a milestone yesterday and snapped a photo for posterity. A grand total of 1000km reached on my Marin Fairfax.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Two Bikes - One Dog I am, back at my regular Starbucks hang out this cool Sunday night. Sadly it has that title as it is the ONLY coffee shop in town, within biking distance. Now that I have anything against is a really nice place. Its just nice to have some variety.

Anyhow, I locked up on the usual spot and moments later, another bike pulled up. Two bikes locked up against the Dog Leash holder. I don't understand why Starbucks can't 'get it' and provide some decent bicycle parking. It is not like they don't have the space. Heaven forbid another bike shows up..oh oh..where will it be parked? Anyhow the photo was snatched from my iphone, hence why it is a bit blurry. Maybe it's time for an SLR? Time will tell.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bicycle Parking

I don't know what it will take for business in the suburbs to bring more bicycle parking, such as the local starbucks that I frequent. Even today as I sat inside enjoying my caramal machiato, a couple of cyclists had to leave their bikes leaning on an umbrella on the 'patio'.

Com'mon Starbucks....bring us some proper bicycle parking!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring is here

Spring is here and in the air. Today we reached a balmy high of 18 degrees. The girls are out wearing less, the sports cars are out....but most importantly...there are more cyclists getting out there and enjoying the warm air. Myself I rode to my local Starbucks to enjoy a nice cool drink while I got some work done. I really wish they could instal proper bike racks. Currently im relegated to locking my bike up to the dog post :( To my surprise my new bike seems to be generating a lot of interest as random people are coming up to me to inquire into this beast. I am still working out how I want to finally equip her, but you can see a pic of the bike in its current condition. I must admit, I do like the attention.

Keep riding Mississauga. It is as someone in the Mississauga News wrote, "The better way". As more of us get onto the roads we are living examples to drivers that there really is a better way.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter biker :)

Just another guy braving the cold weather and a shinning example to the rest of us that Winter Biking IS Possible

Winter is upon us!!!

Well, I will make no apologies for not writing in a while. I've been busy and well lazy. Hopefully now that im biking again in the dead of winter, I can re-energize the blog.

Looks like things are looking good in the city. Cooksville for example is getting a much needed bike lane on the Queensway, which looks fantastic. Totally separated from traffic, very wide and quite long. Hopefully once it is complete the city will make a point of plowing it. For now it remains snow covered. The only issue with it, is that it does not have a north south connecting lane to it on the eastern side (between Cawthra and Dixie). Hopefully one day that will be addressed soon.