bike friday

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. I am currently in Copenhagen, the most bicycle friendly city in the world. This edition is dedicated to one of my favourite activities.

Math myth-busting some of our worst urban planning misconceptions,  via @mobi_bikes

“A common political argument is that bike and transit riders should ‘pay their own way’. A study in Vancouver however suggested that for every dollar we individually spend on walking, society pays just 1 cent. For biking, it’s eight cents, and for bus-riding, $1.50. But for every personal dollar spent driving, society pays a whopping $9.20! Such math makes clear where the big subsidies are, without even starting to count the broader environmental, economic, spatial and quality-of-life consequences of our movement choices. The less people need to drive in our cities, the less we all pay, in more ways than one.”

@AnnaMcNuff: “Some days it’s good to take the most direct route from A to B. Not today kids! Wooo-eeee! Paso de Iglesia, Chile”

Photo: Paso de Iglesia by Anna McNuff

Remembering Ellen Watters by @PedalMagazine

“January 06, 2017 – An emotional memorial was held for Ellen Watters at The Cyclery in Ottawa on Jan. 2 as a large crowd of family, friends and supporters paid tribute to the rising Canadian star who passed away in a tragic car accident during a training ride on Dec. 23 near her home in Sussex, New Brunswick. Watters, 28, had just finished her best season ever with The Cyclery-Opus team and signed her first pro contract with Colavita-Bianchi. The future looked bright for Watters who’s unique style, engaging smile and amazing persona touched so many. Her tragic loss has sparked a cry across the country for #Ellenslaw, a 1-metre minimum passing distance between motorists and cyclists in New Brunswick and other provinces. Chris Reid, The Cyclery Racing’s Director Sportif, pays tribute to Watters who gave so much to the world around her and will be sorely missed … That energy was extinguished when she was run down from behind on a rural road. It is inconceivably cruel that it would happen to a life with such promise on the cusp of a huge adventure. A professional contract and international travel, a spot on the National NextGen Track Team and a blossoming new relationship were all ahead of her.”

[Ellen Watters was hit and killed by a car driving in the same direction on a road with no paved shoulder. This is the same type of road I ride almost every day. The Canadian province of New Brunswick has no specific law governing the overtaking of cyclists. As of 29 December 2016, no charges have been laid against the driver. No further public communication has been made by the RCMP.] (Update: No charges were laid in relation to Ellen’s death. New Brunswick now (2017) has a 1 metre passing requirement for overtaking cyclists. In my view, it is not enough: see last image.)

Harold’s Note: My morning commute this week was along dedicated bicycle & pedestrian freeways.

Walking to Carlsberg

@TweetyMike: “While we’re on the subject of Not Being A Twat Behind The Wheel, this should be part of the driving test. And on every fuel pump in the land.”

One Response to “bike friday”

  1. Shaun Browne


    I have pretty much given up cycling except for bicycle paths, because the risk of being maimed or worse are too high for me. I was run over once , with injuries that took me a long time to overcome, and once was enough.

    Thanks for posting this article! It is fodder for politicians to get moving on bicycle and walking infrastructure, and start charging drivers for these criminal incidents like the one you related here.


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