Photo by Sonya Allin from "Bike Bus or Bust."
How To Electrify Your Family Bike
by Derek Rayside
Electric assist bikes, or pedelecs, are becoming more and more popular. Electric assist can be particularly helpful on a family bike, where you are typically transporting children, groceries, and sports equipment. Electric assist can help with hills, distance, and acceleration. With electric assist on your family bike, you will not be going faster than regular cyclists: the motor just helps you compensate for the extra weight of your family and their stuff. Pedelecs make a wider variety of trips feasible by bike for a greater number of people, including young families and seniors.
Toronto Spring 2018 Bike Show
Photos and story by Jun Nogami
This weekend is the annual spring edition of the Toronto International Bike Show at the Better Living Centre on the CNE grounds. As per usual, much of the floor space is given over to dealers who are selling their current inventory of bikes and accessories.
In addition, there are always a range of smaller vendors promoting a wide variety of bike related items or events.
BIKE MINDS Storytelling Series Episode #2
Story by Robert Zaichkowski. Photos by David Keogh.
Fellow bike blogger Matt Pinder and transportation researcher Michelle Kearns kicked off the BIKE MINDS bicycle storytelling series last month with a discussion about bikes and belonging. Tickets for the February 21 episode sold out within an hour. Over 50 people packed Fix Coffee & Bikes to enjoy some stories and free beer courtesy of Amsterdam Brewery. Michelle Kearns started by asking, “How can bicycles have an impact on your life?” She noted the speakers brought perspectives on a variety of bike lifestyles - including families, bike sharing, and suburban - and how lucky she is that her job involves studying something she is passionate about.
Michelle Kearns welcoming the audience to Bike Minds (Photo via Robert Zaichkowski)
Photos by Clifton Li courtesy of Ryerson University.
New research on winter cycling from Ryerson
Raktim Mitra, Associate Professor School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University and Tamara Nahal, Masters of Urban Development program at Ryerson, recently published a research paper called Facilitators and Barriers to Winter Cycling: Case Study of a Downtown University in Toronto, Canada.
They presented the research paper to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) at its annual general meeting in January. The TRB annual meeting is one of the largest conferences on transportation issues in the world with more than 5,000 papers presented to nearly 15,000 attendees who come from across the world.
The Ryerson-based academics (and cyclists) found that an improved bicycle network could help overcome barriers to winter cycling.
dandyhorse caught up with the researchers to find out more about why they decided to research winter cycling in downtown Toronto, and what they found out.