Whenever I hear people talking about changing roads around to make this better for cyclists I like to ask them if they have heard of “Shared Space” in urban design? There are places in Europe who design their spaces where pedestrians, cars, and bikes all share the space. No lanes, no signs, just respect for one another. The Risk Compensation (see some work by Ian Walker studying how cars treat him when in different gear on his bike) that takes place when you impose further rules and restrictions is argued to not actually improve safety over all. Something to consider, if you haven’t already, as a cyclist.
Be Kind to One Another.
My wife and six-year-old son today rode in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Ride for Heart. My wife’s father passed from a heart attack a long time ago.
Overall the organizing had more than 13,000 riders and raised over $5.5 million today.
Jen raised $235, and my son raised $130. Thank you to our friends and family who supported them in this adventure (looks like the website is still taking pledges? hint hint)
My son had been looking forward to it for months and he exceeded our expectations in completing the trip in 2 hours 20 minutes (avg Speed 11km/h). Route mapping done via the MotionX-GPS app.
Toronto Cityline as seen from the Gardnier Expressway
Riding into downtown
Approaching the Bloor Viaduct
Taking jacket off and watching a TTC Subway Train travel under the Viaduct
Read, Set, Go!
Update for 2014: Here is their fundraising link for this year’s ride.