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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
  Happy Canada Day
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.

Visit Raymond Parker's VeloWeb in Canada. I love the 1964/2006 photo!

Canada flag bicycle

From Guelph, Ontario: Why cycling laws fail so abysmally. Props to Bicycle Diaries where there's more good commentary on the freedom of cycling.

Toronto: Motorists irrational hate of bike lanes.

Cyclists are now 4% of traffic in Vancouver.

Bike Polo in Calgary?

Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

Arnold says to visit Cycle Vancouver Island and Capital Bike & Walk.

Winnipeg has its unique bike commuting challenges.

Montreal: A moving company using only bikes! More (in English) here. Via Gwadzilla.


Monday, November 12, 2007
  Ontario exempts bicycles from sales tax
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.

Mentioned at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (aka the BR&IN), Canadian Cyclist, Pedal Magazine.

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Monday, June 25, 2007
  Guerrilla bicycle facilities
By Yokota Fritz 
Not that I'm admitting to or condoning any illegal activity, but there's a possibility that I might have done something like this in the past.
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.
Via BikeDenver. Discussion also at Streetsblog.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007
  Toronto cyclist assault: It was a cop
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. :)

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  Toronto: Assault on cyclist caught on tape
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.

CityNews (video and text): Students catch cyclist assault on tape.

Raw video here.

Found via Bike Pirates.



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