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Archive for 'active transportation'

Ontario’s Coroner Reports on Cycling Deaths

It’s been about 7 months since Ontario’s coroner announced that it was going to review cycling deaths in Ontario, on October 24th, 2011 Chief Coroner Andrew McCallum announced that he be investigating cycling deaths over the last 4 years in Ontario. That report was released this week, Office for the Chief Coroner for Ontario: Cycling […]

Ontario Bike Summit 2012 – #OBS2012

  Last week I had the opportunity to attend the second day of the Ontario Bike Summit (#OBS2012) in downtown Toronto. I went as part of the Morning Glory Cycling Club’s Advocacy Committee, but I was thinking as a cycling commuter, recreational cyclist, driver, engineer and planner. It was a great event to promote cycling […]

I confess, I ride on the Sidewalk

Not always, just sometimes. Mostly at busy intersections where it feels like buses, cars and motorbikes are standing on top of each other. Sometimes on stretches where the road is so bad I’d rather bounce off every sidewalk joint. Sometimes in areas where drivers are so unaware I’d rather not take my life into my […]

BikeBeat

It’s finally that hot, sticky weather in the southern Ontario area. And to me it’s no better time than to be on my road bike exploring the back roads, raising my heart rate, testing my limits and enjoying the breathtaking views (I think I may even like it more running, and for those of you […]

Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity

“We are a society that drives to the gym to run on the treadmill” Yesterday a friend of mine at work ran a session on how the built environment influences our physical activity regimes, based on a Transportation Research Board Report from 2005. The premise of his presentation is that the world is becoming less […]

A Good Old Fashioned Walk to School

Last night while watching the news I was drawn in by a story about the Burlington Elementary school district. It was a walk to school program, encouraging parents and children to walk to school instead of driving. Like many of the surrounding suburbs of Toronto, Burlington has larger homes on bigger properties and streets that […]

Back To School Recommendations

Fall is definitely in the air here in Toronto – I had to use the defroster and the seat warmers this morning – but that also mean that back to school time is just around the corner. For most students day 1 is next Tuesday, September 8th. This back to school stuff got me thinking […]

Don't Bring Your Bike in Here

The angry environmentalist came out in me yesterday. I had ultimate frisbee last night at Sunnybrook Park (NOT transit friendly) so my bf and I decided to carpool – I would bike to work in the morning than bike over to his office to head over together. I was so caught off guard when I […]

My first city cycling accident

According to my bf yesterday I became a ‘real’ road rider. I had my first accident – It involved the streetcar tracks at Dundas and Ossington, my front wheel, which resulted in me lying on my back after being catapulted over the handle bars. Fortunately other than a few minor scrapes and bruises I walked […]

Toronto's Clean Air Commute Week 2009

That is the slogan for the 2009 Pollution Probe Clean Air Commute Week; contribute nothing to pollution. It is an attempt to get individuals to re-think how they travel to work everyday. Instead of driving, carpool, drive a hybrid, bike, walk, take transit or telecommute. I started my week off by riding my bike to […]