Bike commuting is a great way to keep fit year round – but to succeed you have to be organized and have a great game plan. Here are my top 11 tips for successful bike commuting. These are the 11 most important things I have learned about bike commuting during decades of experience.
Many people set out to do bike commuting – and give up because it just does not work out. That’s not because they can’t do it – it’s just because they make some beginner mistakes. Here are the top 7 most common mistakes that people make when they try to become bike commuters.
Reelight Rl721 bike lights are a set of front and rear bike lights. They are always on because they are powered by your bike’s movement. Put them on your bike and never be without bike lights again
A great bike light is essential for cycling – both for seeing, and for being seen. But with so many great bike lights on the market, how do you choose the best one? Read this post to find out exactly how to choose the best bike light for bike commuting.
How to use bike reflectors to be more visible to other road users at night. This is a cheap and easy way to make cycling in the dark safer – just invest in a little reflective tape! You could save your life for ten dollars.
In my experience being a woman bike commuter has some extra challenges. I’ve figured out some ways to deal with them – here are my top 9 tips for women bike commuters!
This post compares 3 of the best bike lights: Light & Motion Urban 350 vs. CatEye Volt 700 vs. NiteRider Lumina 750. All 3 of these bike lights used to cost a lot more, but their prices have come down recently. All 3 are now excellent bike lights for very reasonable prices. Use our comparative table of 3 the best bike lights to compare these bike lights for commuter cyclists, and decide which one is right for you.
Here are quick links to our Best Posts on How to Lose Weight Cycling. Check them out – you may find something that is just right for you on your journey right now.
I am a Vancouverite, born and raised in the city. I believe Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as confirmed by recent livability reports. I also believe that Vancouver is populated by educated, eco-conscious and health conscious people who are committed to preserving this treasure for future generations. So, why […]
In Victoria on Vancouver Island, design of its first protected two-way bike lane is taking shape. The design calls for the loss of 32 parking spots. In reaction, local merchants have submitted a petition opposing any protected bike lanes that compromise parking. I am sick of selfish interests compromising cyclist safety – BOYCOTT these businesses!
Foul weather cyclists cycle all year round, regardless of the weather (within reason). After a few years of year-round cycling, I am here to tell you that fair weather cyclists are missing out on the kaleidoscope of experiences that foul weather cyclists enjoy.
Vision Vancouver is moving forwards towards a Vancouver bike share program. But can a bike share program succeed in Vancouver if the program doesn’t get an exemption from the mandatory bike helmet law?
Melbourne Bike Share is one of the only three bike share programs in the world that requires users to wear bike helmets (the others being Brisbane, where the program is also failing, and Vancouver as of July 2016 – where it is still too soon to tell). Many people allege that the bike helmet law is causing the Melbourne Bike Share to fail. However, in our experience there is a lot more to it than that.
Brisbane’s bike share program, CityCycle, is not a success – and the law requiring that users wear helmets is just part of the problem. Brisbane’s bike share system is failing mainly because the system is designed so as to totally exclude tourists and casual cyclists.
The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously approved a plan to widen the sidewalks along both sides of the Stanley Park Causeway to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. This ambitious plan was partly in response to the death of a 61-year-old woman cyclist in 2013. It was also in response to all of the activism that followed. It is a long overdue move – but on the plus side, it is a giant step forward in providing safe cycling infrastructure to Vancouver residents.
BC Parkway (also known as the 7-Eleven Trail) could be a great trail, but it really isn’t. It has three main problems: The paving is ruined by tree roots, making the trail so bumpy you have to be careful of doing yourself an injury. It is atrociously badly sign-posted – the first time I used […]
At Week 3 of my bike commuting I was feeling pretty cocky. I was still tired on the evening rides, especially the last one of the week, but I was feeling stronger and even a little bit faster. This was going to be easy and I was going to be in the best shape of […]
I have finally achieved my dream of becoming a bike commuter! Here’s an account of what my first week of being a bike commuter was like – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am so proud of myself!
When I first immigrated to Canada I was blown away by many things – not least of which was its free press. I had spent more than three decades living under a regime that tolerated no press freedom whatsoever, so I was extremely impressed by what seemed to be an unfettered press. After watching Global […]
On Commercial Drive I recently came across this dog, waiting very patiently for its owner to finish refreshing him/herself in JJ Bean Coffee Shop. I found this very inspiring. I know it’s a bit late for New Year’s resolutions, but what the heck. I came up with a new resolution: I am going to spend the year seeking out creative, enterprising ways to overcome the many obstacles that currently prevent me from becoming car-free.