Brain buckets, bike shares and other lessons from the Ambassador of Urban Cycling

There was a great episode of The Current yesterday on CBC radio.  They spoke with Mikael Corville-Anderson, the ‘Ambassador of Urban Cycling’.  Check it out on the CBC Radio’s player on-line:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/The+Current/ID/2250831056/

They discussed the success of various bike share programs, the lack of European bike helmet laws (for all-ages), car culture, cycling infrastructure and many more topics of interest for the urban cyclist.

I have been wearing a bicycle helmet for 24 years now so I was initially rather surprised by Mikael’s view of helmet laws.  I have always believed that helmet laws would improve rider safety, but how do you encourage the growth of bike share programs, and cycling in general, if mandatory helmet laws are in place as an obstacle?  Are individuals to carry a helmet around at all times just in case the opportunity to rent a bike presents itself?

Here’s my favorite quote from the interview regarding infrastructure”…we don’t consult smokers when we’re implementing smoking laws, so why are we consulting drivers when we’re trying to redevelop our liveable cities?”.  Here we go, I can hear Rob Ford shouting about the “War on cars” again…

Enjoy the interview, and ride safe.

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About eatpedalpaddle

I am an avid cyclist, canoeist, personal trainer, holistic lifestyle coach and certified nutritional practitioner in Toronto, Ontario.

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