It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that we live in a society where there are powerful corporations. And where some of these corporations have powerful friends to help them get approvals for things like tar sands mining. Albert Koehl brings us some much needed perspective in his article Tar Sands are good, but bike lanes? Not so much.
Our car-loving new mayor has gotten noticed south of the border by the venerable bike blogger BikeSnobNYC:
Speaking of elections, a number of people have informed me that this bloated saddlebag was recently elected the mayor of Toronto:
TorontoCranks informed me of some anti-bike lane campaigning taking place in Scarborough, Ward 35 - Adrian Heaps' ward. There's no love lost on Heaps by hardcore cycling advocates (including TorontoCranks who considers Heaps an "arrogant jackass") but TC points out that Heaps has done a lot to improve his ward. And at least Heaps has voted for all the bikeway network projects before council in the last 4 years while he was also the chair of the Cycling Committee.
Thank you HiMYSYeD for your photos of Jarvis Street bike lanes. Thank you to whoever clarified what we're really fighting for in the posters: clean air, safe roads, a fair share of public funds; and recognition that cyclists give back much more than we cost. Why wouldn't you love us?
Streetfilms interviewed North American attendees at the Velo-City 2010 conference in Copenhagen to capture their view of Copenhagen and the differences with North American cities. Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union was also interviewed.