Without getting into too much detail, in June of 2019, I joined a work colleague Kelly and headed to Barrie to meet a larger group of cyclists from the GTA to ride the Simcoe County Loop Trail (SCLT). This 160 km loop includes rail trail, city trails and some paved roads and has been growing … Continue reading Bikepacking the Simcoe County Loop Trail and More!
Category: Cycling Advocacy
New Protected Bike Lanes in Waterloo – A First Look
My second outdoor bicycle ride of 2020 was a solo jaunt through the City of Waterloo on January 3. The weather was mild (for January in Ontario) and the roads and bike paths were clear so I decided to take out my gravel bike and ride around the city to explore the new protected bike … Continue reading New Protected Bike Lanes in Waterloo – A First Look
Vulnerable Humans and Victim-Blaming
If you scour the internet, you'll find a quote that is attributed to Gandhi. It goes something like this: The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members. Other websites will refute that Gandhi ever made this statement, but they will quote a speech he made in 1931, where he said: The … Continue reading Vulnerable Humans and Victim-Blaming
Building Cycling Infrastructure in a Car Culture. A Look at a Roundabout.
On my bike commute from Waterloo to Guelph, I drive through a roundabout at Bridge and Lancaster streets in Kitchener, just before crossing the Grand River towards Bridgeport. I try to ride my bike to work about once a week while the weather is "decent", but on days I drive my car, I also take … Continue reading Building Cycling Infrastructure in a Car Culture. A Look at a Roundabout.
KWCX – My first (and last?) cyclocross race
When I was re-introduced into cycling as an adult in the early 1990s, I bought a mountain bike and began to explore trails. In these early days, there weren't a lot of trails that were built exclusively for mountain bike, so my brothers and I would explore hiking trails around Dundas Valley, Oakville and anywhere … Continue reading KWCX – My first (and last?) cyclocross race
August 2018 – Cycling Update
The end of August has a different feel than other months. It marks the end of summer for many of us, particularly those with kids who head back to school after Labour Day. By this time of year, daylight hours are noticeably shorter and temperatures are typically starting to cool. With this decrease in daylight … Continue reading August 2018 – Cycling Update
Cycling in Toronto – Humber River and Waterfront Trails
The day after we got back from our vacation in Newfoundland, I found myself in Toronto for an afternoon. It made perfect sense for me to take a bike with me and explore the city a bit more. I didn't have a lot of time to plan because we got in late Monday evening and … Continue reading Cycling in Toronto – Humber River and Waterfront Trails
Bike Share in Toronto
Last week, I found myself in downtown Toronto on a beautiful mid-week summer afternoon. Rather than packing up bikes and gear to ride, J. and I decided to try out the Bike Share program downtown. After a bit of internet research, I learned that there are several options for this program. We'd take advantage of … Continue reading Bike Share in Toronto
Ride Don’t Hide – Cycling for Mental Health
This past Saturday, I rode my bike up the difficult Sydenham Road climb in Dundas, Ontario for the first time. In 2013, this hill became known as "Clara's Climb" after Winter and Summer Olympic medallist Clara Hughes, who used to live and train in the area. Clara's accomplishments as both a cyclist and speed skater are … Continue reading Ride Don’t Hide – Cycling for Mental Health
2017 Year in Cycling Photos
I know the year's not over yet, but 2017 has been a good year for me. I started slowly, since I was recovering from a concussion, but my mileage (kilometerage?) slowly increased as the year went on. I thought I'd post some of my favourite photos from the year: In January, I joined Team Colin … Continue reading 2017 Year in Cycling Photos