Photo courtesy of TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o
Glow-in-the-dark bike paths
The future is now!
Interview by Tammy Thorne
With the sun setting earlier every day we're cycling a lot more in the dark, as winter descends. It's one thing to traverse the city on relatively well-lit arterial roads, but in the darker corners of the city's recreational trails wouldn't it wonderful to be able to have an eco-friendly alternative to spotty streetlights? (*Cough* Martin Goodman Trail *cough.*)
About a month ago we heard tell of a glow in the dark bike path in Poland. Intrigued by the innovative infrastructure we contacted the folks behind it to get a bit of insight into the project. It's the brainchild of TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o - a Vienna based lab that falls under the umbrella corporation of STRABAG SE, one of Europe's largest construction companies. They specialize in asphalt, concrete, earthworks and geotechnical engineering. Two of their engineers, Kamil Otkallo and Marianne Jaki, were kind enough to fill us in on the details of the project.
Follow Peter Harte as he commutes from one end of the city to the other through all seasons and shares his recommendations on the safest, smoothest, and fastest routes in this dandy series. You can read this first installment here, the second post here and the rest are linked below. Safe rides everyone!
Peter's Commute Part 6: Yorkville to Classic Coin Carwash
Four Season Hotel Yorkville (Bay St. and Yorkville Ave.) to Classic Coin Carwash (College St and Lansdowne Ave.)
Photos and Story by Peter Harte
I have pride in the way my bike looks. I spent a decent chunk of change on it and so I want it to last and look the best it can. And since it is going between my legs on a daily basis, I better keep it looking sexy. So I clean it at the nearest self-serve carwash and power blast out the grime and salt that builds up in the winter.
Bike Spotting: Why is fall cycling so great? Do you have any tips?
By Tammy Thorne and Cayley James
It's amazing because the weather is perfect … don’t want to get too personal here, but, no sweating. I do my best to light myself up like a Christmas tree. I’ve got front and back reflectors and lights, and little lights on my wheels.
Now that we have had some time to process the bad dream that was the American election results we can get back to fighting the good fight. The one about making cities more accessible and welcoming to cyclists. Earlier this week we spoke to urban planner and bike enthusiast James Thoem about his work at leading design firm Copehagenize.
When James Thoem moved to Toronto in 2008 he realized his passion for exploring and understanding urban landscapes. He studied urban planning at the University of Toronto, and worked for a city councillor. After a stint in Stockholm during which he got his masters in urban planning he moved to his all time favourite city; Copenhagen, for an internship at Copenhagenize.
Now a full-time urban planner at Copenhagenize
, he's collaborating with fellow professionals and community leaders alike. When he's not in the office or on the road (riding his bike, naturally), he's likely to be found skateboarding with friends in one of Copenhagen
’s world renowned public spaces.
dandyhorse caught up with this globe trotting planner to get some insight into Copheagenize and the global movement to make cities more bike friendly.
Six Things We Learned from Ryerson’s Cycling Report
Here's what you need to know about cycling patterns in the GTA.
Ryerson University recently released a report that is the first of its kind in Canada. Cycling Behaviour and Potential in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area [PDF] is a nearly 100-page document that analyzes current cycling patterns, with an eye towards how Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) can increase cycling.
Written by Raktim Mitra, Ian Cantello, and Greggory Hanson, three researchers from Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, as well as Nancy Smith Lea from the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), it received funding from Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
There are 14 million trips made on a daily basis in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Anyone can tell you that Toronto has a travel problem. The roads are clogged with cars, there is a dearth of hard-rail transit that Metrolinx is trying to remedy slowly but surely, and those who could be cycling aren’t. For me, a commuter, a cyclist, and someone who can’t drive, a lot of the problems brought up in the report were common knowledge. What was enlightening was the breadth of these problems across the region and the surprising areas that potential is hidden.
Here’s what we learned from the report.
Read the rest of Six Things We Learned.... here.