|Posted by trikebum on March 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Left P'boro 7:15 a.m. Temps -10 with 17 km winds from the NNW. Overcast skies...
The paved roads are bare and dry. I feel my biggest challenge will be when I hit Boundary Rd. A dirt road that runs along the N sde of the Ganaraska forest. Unpredictable at ths time of year...
After leaving I find my rear left brake cable is frozen. I stop on Cty Rd 21 and try to free cable but to no avail. I have a steep downhill into Millbrook coming up... with a stop sign at the bottom. I've hit 50 km there before...
My fingers and toes are beginning to sting as the cold wind whips across the snowy fields...
At 26 kms I cautiously drag brake on the descent into the quaint village of Millbrook. This is where they filmed The Musicman with Mathew Broderick.
As I slowly climb out of the village the pain in my neck reminds me that I really must devise a neckrest for my recumbent seat. Old ski injury that only bothers me when climbing.
At the top the winds kick in again...just when my digits were starting to thaw...but the sun breaks out and lifts my spirits. I stop and shelter from the wind and take 5 for a puff and pee,,,,with the sun on mmy face....ahhh..
At 40 km I hit the Boundary Rd.......for the next 10 km...short vicious rollers ice glazed in areas...
|Posted by trikebum on February 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Went for a 10 km hike up to Jackson Pk and then downtown to pick up some real peanut butter from The Main Ingredient and a 6 pak at LCBO on Sherbrooke St and back home.
|Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM||comments (0)|
This needs to be read by every cyclist:
-A bike lane is a lane reserved for cyclists, and it's usually on the rightedge of the roadway. Bike lanes are separated from the rest of traffic by a solid or striped line.
If you ride regularly, you probably have somebody in your life who's just itching to tell you that the city ought to put a bike lane on every major street. "It will be safer," these folk proclaim. Are they right?
No. Bike lanes only do two things: they make life worse for cyclists, and they allow politicians and uninformed advocates to feel that they've "done something for cycling."
This page will outline some of the problems that bike lanes create. More
|Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM||comments (0)|
Rob Ford cuts $60 vehicle tax for motorists and makes up for it by taxing transit riders $60.
Finding money left over (as there are more transit riders) he uses the excess to pay for concrete to wall-out cyclists from the roads.
This is Rob Ford math. Does it work for you? BTW most transit riders are low income. They pay for the tax cuts.
He wants people underground and cyclists behind walls. Rob Ford loves cars and hates people.
|Posted by trikebum on January 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM||comments (0)|
It seems like the old year has gone out with a whimper for me. Too much good food and drink,and too little exercise. I know....join the club.
|Posted by trikebum on June 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM||comments (0)|
The Illusion of Safety
Critics argue that the safety claims made for bicycle lanes are unfounded. “There’s no scientificevidence that’s ever been found anywhere that bike lanes make cycling safe,” says John Forester, a cycling transportation engineer from LemonGrove, California. “It doesn’t do anything for the turning and crossing movements, which all have to continue.”
Forester and his followers—they call themselves“Foresterites”—advocate what they term “vehicular cycling.” In vehicular cycling, a cyclist operates a bicycle as if it were a car. Forester has created courses that teach cyclists how to break away from what they had been taught as youngsters. Instead of staying glued to the gutter at the right edge of the roadway, the vehicular method calls for cyclists to enter the flow of traffic when appropriate.
If Myslin had subscribed to this school of bicycling, so the argument goes, he would have entered the stream of traffic and stayed behind the truck as any car would have, instead of pulling along its right side. He would have followed the truck and crossed the intersection after its sweeping right turn, avoiding that vicious but all too common right hook.
|Posted by trikebum on May 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM||comments (0)|
A letter to the Peterborough Farmer's Market:
Dear farmers and produce retailers,
Many people today are very concerned about where their food comes from; for environmental, personal health, ethical and political reasons.
For instance, the buy local movement means supporting local farmers, crafts people and businesses.
And for environmental reasons do we eally want to eat food that comes from half way round the world?
Think of the emmisions created with all that travelling. And do other countries' health and environmental regulations toward the release of chemicals and toxins while growing food or manufacturing a product reflect our own?
To this end, myself and many friends support our local farmers' markets. We want to reward our farmers for their hard work and tenacity in the face of globalization to grow food for our table. In return we enjoy the healthful fruit of their labours, picked at the peak of taste and nutrition in an environmentally sustainable way. What we also get in return is assurance that they will prosper, and still be in business 10 or 20 years from now,
In the supermarket we read labels before buying. One of the things we look for is where it's from, and we make our decisions accordingly.
Besides ingredients and nutrition I have a local priority when I buy: (1) is it from Peterborough and area? (2) is it from Ontario? (3) is it from Canada?
If the origin of the product is not labelled I won't buy it. We the consumers have a right to choose where their food comes from and most supermarkets know that and label their produce accordingly.
What I and my friends are asking of our farmers and retailers is; please do the same for us. We want to see transperancy when purchasing from you. If you grew it yourself be proud and let us know. If you bought from another farmer give them credit. If you bought from the Ontaro Food Terminal or another wholesaler, please let us know the country of origin. We want to support you but we want to choose the origin of the food that goes into our belly.
For instance, if I knew where the green peppers were from in February, I would prefer to buy them from the farmers' market even if they were retailed and not grown themselves. Why? Because the peppers would have been handled a lot less and with more care than at a supermarket. Plus I'm supporting local business which helps us all. But if the peppers aren't labelled with province or country of origin I will by them from the supermarket. I know I can always ask where its' from, but retailers sometimes haven't taken the time or concern to find out. And besides, if we're buying 7 different kinds of vegetables, we don't want have to ask 7 different times at every booth to find out. To quote an old farmer's saying, we won't buy a pig in a poke. Would you?
In this spirit, please help us help you. Please label origin of all produce and give us a choice. We'd rather buy from you than a national supermarket chain. Please discuss this with each other.
Barry Davidson and other concerned friends of the market.
|Posted by trikebum on April 11, 2009 at 12:43 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by trikebum on March 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM||comments (0)|
So I'm going down Danforth Ave............this is like 2 lanes going one way with cars parked in the curb lane, leaving a good 1/2 a lane to ride in w/o worrying about the dor zone.( I'll post a pic later)
So I'm sitting in that 1/2 lane waiting for the light to change and just as it turns green, a cyclist brushes by me on my right yelling "are you nuts?" He then proceeds to ride in the door zone and weave in and out among the parked cars hugging th curb. THen he gets up on the s/w for 1/2 a block, then back to the gutter. BTW, I"m easil;y keeping up with him andn I watch him turn right on Main St., cross the road and onto the s/w, going down main against traffic! Is he nuts???
|Posted by trikebum on March 8, 2009 at 2:34 PM||comments (0)|