I’ve been trying to cycle to work every other day, weather permitting, and really enjoying it. I’d always been an early riser and my son really is so I am definitely up and ready in good time. The weather has been cooperating, too. It hasn’t always been sunny, but it has been obviously poor or obviously great in the morning so I haven’t been caught in miserable conditions.
One fly in the ointment is my weekend work. This weekend are two rides I’d like to be involved in but I am scheduled to lead some cub scout activities at my workplace. On Saturday, in Nobel, a village near Parry Sound is a 7.6km ride.
October 05th (Saturday) Parry Sound Area Active Transportation presents a “Fall Fun Ride” starting at the Parry Sound Mall and wrapping up at the McDougall Recreation Centre (7.6kms). It’s a free event with registration from 09:00 am to 10:00 am, with the ride starting at 10:00 am. Register and ride for an entry into a bike draw. The Rotary Club of Parry Sound will have a BBQ at the finishing point. For information call 705 746 5801. www.psactivetrans.org
This would be a great event for my son and I, again, if I were not working. While searching for online info about the Nobel ride, I found the Sudbury Cycling Union page, which has information about work to create bike trails around Georgian Bay.
On Sunday, the United Way is running a series of rides from 25 to 100km in Simcoe County near Barrie.
On Facebook, friends shared two videos that fit with today’s topic. One is about a man who was fined for not riding in the bike lane in New York and so wen tout of his way to show how dangerous the bike lanes were The video is interesting but his method - crashing into obstacles left in the bike lanes - seems a little too personally costly to me.
The second video was made by a Dutch visitor to the US and compares the cycling culture in the two countries. Briefly, he feels that the way cyclists locally (Canadian bike culture is nearly identical to American) dress up and prepare for riding shows it is not yet normative or entirely accepted. I get this: one doesn’t really need spandex and lycra to ride. The situation reminded me of hiking in Korea. Korean hikers often dress in brand name hiking clothes and boots, and with poles and packs suitable for Nepal when shorts and running shoes are entirely sufficient. Perhaps Thorstein Veblen’s views on conspicuous consumption are still relevant.
Back to the video. The Dutch rider also compares infra(structure) in the two countries and this is fair although I think geography is at least equally relevant. I don’t know much about the Netherlands but my impression is that it (they?) are pool-table flat and so more bike-friendly from the get-go.
Two pictures from recent rides I have taken. The first can be found in a previous post but is worth showing again. It is a Dekay snake or Northern Brown snake that I shooed off the bike trail.
The colors are just turning around Midland and the views are only going to get better in the next two weeks. I predict an incredible Thanksgiving next weekend. The bike trails around Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny Townships will be the places to go!