Critical Manners Bike Ride Vancouver

Tonight: Is Vancouver the Next Great Cycling City?
September 3, 2009, 11:12 am
Filed under: Bikes in the News

Quick last-minute note that the VACC is putting on an event tonight at the Museum of Vancouver:

Vancouver: the next big hub for world cycling, or do we have a long way to go? Join the VACC at the Museum of Vancouver this Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7pm for an informal discussion on where Vancouver fits in to the world arena. Speakers include Sean McKibben, VACC Director of Programming and Amy Walker, Publisher of Momentum Magazine. Free event with cash bar. This is also a great last chance to check out the Museum’s Velo-City exhibit, which ends Sept. 7.

I can’t make it – but if you go, tell us how it was in the comments!

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Cycle Personalities
August 12, 2009, 9:27 am
Filed under: Bikes in the News

There was an article in the Tyee last week about Portland’s progress on developing bike routes. My favourite part was the section describing the different types of cyclists that inhabit a city:

On one end sits No Way No How, the one third of the population who has no interest in biking whatsoever. Maybe they’ll take a ride on a weekend through the park, but even in the best of conditions they probably won’t bike on a regular basis. They just don’t want to.

Then you have the Enthused and Confident, not quite kamakazis, but close. These are the roughly seven per cent of people who will bike in the city where it’s relatively safe, relatively comfortable, if not a little unnerving for the average person.

Above them, on the extreme end of the spectrum sit the Strong and Fearless, perched on their bikes in the pouring rain, in the middle of the street, ready to go. They represent almost nothing, maybe one per cent of the city’s population, the bike couriers and other kamakazis who will bike anywhere, anytime, now matter how dangerous or poor the conditions.

And everyone else? They’re the Interested but Concerned, the other 60 some-odd per cent of the population with a rational fear of cycling in the city. They like the idea of cycling, they know it’s good for their health, and for the environment, but they only want to do it if it’s as safe and comfortable as their ride in a car or bus. And these are the people that American cities, Portland and Vancouver included, need to aim their bike infrastructure at, Geller argues.

It seems like the people who’ve been most supportive of Critical Manners so far fall firmly into the Interested but Concerned camp (with a healthy dost of Enthused and Confident participants thrown in).

I really hope this ride inspires more of the Interested and Concerned cycling citizens of Vancouver to come out and try riding on Friday!