By Yokota Fritz
To my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day to you. When the Tour de France begins this weekend, I believe Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin Slipstream will be the only Canadian at this race. This will be his second time racing the Tour de France.
Canada’s National Vehicle Recycling Program announced a new initiative this week that gives participants up to $490 off the purchase of a new, high-end commuter bicycle through a national partnership with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada. Read more at BR&IN. Canada Retire Your Ride website.
By Yokota Fritz
Beginning December 1, bicycles and bike helmets will be exempted from the 8% provincial retail sales tax in Ontario, Canada. "We want to encourage more Ontarians - young and young-at-heart - to get outdoors, spend time riding bikes as a family and with friends, or to try riding to work if possible, leaving the car at home," said Ontario Premier McGuinty.
The full details are at the Ontario Ministry of Revenue website. Bicycles purchased for under $1000 are exempt, as well as bike safety equipment such as helmets, reflectors, lights, bells, horns, and mirrors. Bike rental, bike parts, non-safety bike accessories and labor for repairs and assembly remain taxable.
The first time the group struck was on May 30. The gang spray-painted an illegal bike lane in the Annex, between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St., along Bloor. To make the paths appear legitimate, painters stencilled the city's bike lane logo – a bicycle and large diamond – along the road as well.
The lines may have been sloppy, but that didn't stop cyclists from using the lane for two weeks until the city cleaned it up last Monday.
"The shop owners on Bloor said they thought it was the city staff painting," said Rick Helary, manager of road operations in Toronto.
By Yokota Fritz
Remember that road rage incident that was caught on video? The assailant, Darius Tierman, was identified and arrested. It turns out Constable Darius Tierman is a 21-year veteran on the Toronto Police Force. He's been charged with assault causing bodily harm and has been released on $5000 bail, along with an order to -- get this -- continue psychiatric care.
The cyclist, Andre Sokol, seems pretty mellow about the whole thing: "Tell [Tierman] this from my heart. I'm telling you this from my heart. I feel sorry for him and ... tell him I said God bless him.
You've noticed by now a couple of posts from my long-time friend John Ardelli. We've known each other in the online realm for a few years now, mostly through the ICEBIKE mailing list. John lives, works, and cycles in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He's very enthusiastic and positive about everything he's involved in. He actually filled in for me a few times on Cyclelicious previously, and I'm glad to see him back. John also blogs at The Pedaling Prince.
Why "The Pedaling Prince?" The name originated with an article for The Atlantic Pedaler. They profiled John as "Commuter of the Month" for March/April 2006. They called him "The Pedaling Prince of Sydney." Shortly after, Rides Captain Jaques Cote of Velo Cape Breton started calling him that. The name stuck. :)
By Yokota Fritz
Cyclist Andre Sokol in Toronto stopped at a yellow light. The motorist behind Sokol was so enraged at this cyclist's safe riding that he got out of his car, knocked Sokol off of the bike and pummeled him, knocking a tooth out.
Some high school students across the street on a class project had their camcorders running, caught the whole thing on tape and called police. They provided the motorist's license plate number and turned the video over to the police as evidence.
Happy Canada Day
I guess it goes without saying: Please feel free to add your own Canadian cycling resources and blogs and news and fansites.
...gladly lived here in beautiful califoria for 42 years now but still proudly wave the canadian standard rep-ing the land i was born in...
Everything I know about Canadian culture I learned from Bob & Doug MacKenzie.
...mildstallion...see, it's good to learn from the best cultural icons the country offers...
Ontario exempts bicycles from sales tax
This is sort of lame by Canadian standards. British Columbia, for instance, has no provincial sales tax on bikes at all. For smaller Ontario bike shops, this means that they'll have to reprogram their point of sales systems to just charge taxes *sometimes*. This will be a pain for them. I fear that it will benefit the big bike sellers - Canadian Tire and Walmart - more than it will stimulate business for the small guys. Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but McGinty really should have gone a little further with this one.
Thanks for the additional info, Anon. I didn't know that about BC.
...born & raised as a kid on a red raleigh during the '50's & '60's in ontario, my first thought was "oh, cool, those sensible canucks, what a great idea"...
...but the second paragraph & the light shed on it by the first response reveals a different picture...
...kinda like the old dope dealer adage: the first one's for free, kid, then yer gonna pay...ya ride the cheapy 'til ya get interested & when ya wanna upgrade, yer gonna pay the full price...
...hopefully mc guinty will take the plunge & fully commit...
"Young and young-at-heart"? So the USA isn't the only country where bikes carry the stigma of being children's playthings? Weird, considering they say they're trying to encourage commuting. Oh well.
Guerrilla bicycle facilities
That sounds like a great idea. They should actually dress up like city blue collars and they wouldn't be bothered. It was up for 2 weeks? Hummm, that's an idea I will bring up to the next critical mass here. Great blog by the way.
That's an idea I've often had. Interesting that they *didn't* want to be confused for the real thing - seems they still actually hope to hold the Real Thing accountable for their delays and inefficiencies.
Toronto cyclist assault: It was a cop
Hey, I was just going to give you the heads up on this one but as usual you're on top of it. As you may know, I'm from Toronto and I instantly recognized that corner as Queen and Bay which is across from Toronto's City Hall/ Nathan Philips Square. Just goes to show that not all Canadians are not as civlized as you may think ;)
I figure the whole citizen video journalism angle probably interested you, Steve.
Thanks for the welcome, Fritz! Also, thanks for promoting my blog! I was wondering how I was going to slip that in... :P
You mean the very person who is suppose to protect cyclists-pedestrians is the guilty one? Unfortunately, this attack is indicative of an attittude that pervades law enfocement. Cyclists are those x-hippies, social outcasts, etc. and should be harassed and not protected. Otherwise, all those drivers of motorized vehicles will get angry and not support the status quo.
Until leadership rides to work, this problem with its numerous and ugly ramifications will continue underneath the surface of perception.
whaddya mean, ex-hippies?
I missed the previous post about this. I'm just stunned and horrified by the whole thing. I hope that "cop" loses his badge.
All I want to do is ride my bike and not be assaulted. Aparently that's too much to ask. The silly thing is that we're doing them a favor by riding: one less car for them to negotiate, less pollution, etc.
Dr. Logan, I think "negotiation" is the problem. I think these idiots would rather negotiate with another car because the car goes fast, so getting stuck behind one doesn't slow them down...
These people need to be reminded that these are roads, not race tracks. :(
that's simply not true. when i drive I wait behind cars far more often than I wait behind bikes. plus, I've never had to wait behind a cyclist for more than a few seconds, and often find myself stuck behind cars going under the speed limit on the highway for a long time. they just need to pull their heads out of their asses.
Toronto: Assault on cyclist caught on tape