O Canada! edition – Fun Friday Five

Yes, Canadians, this one is all about you. We’ve noticed: you’re spectacular (also, you do let us know). So, here are a few more things for you to brag about, eh?

One.

Winnipeg is a city to watch.

All this and tilted trash cans, too. Winnipeg, you’re on my map.

If you’re going to do it, then do it right. As Winnipeg rolls out new bike infrastructure they’re doing more than most North American cities to follow established best practices, rather than just slapping some paint on the pavement and calling it a day.

Let’s be clear from the outset: Winnipeg hasn’t arrived. Like most North American cities, dangerous gaps remain in their bicycle infrastructure and they have many miles to go to go before they reach the gold.

But there are flickers of hope. Last winter, world-renowned bicycle consultant Mikael Colville-Andersen visited visited Winnipeg and saw promise.

A Winnipeg bike lane goes around a bus stop so the bike rider doesn’t need to veer into traffic to pass a stopped bus. Image courtesy of Copenhagenize.com.

In the example above, the bike lane is routed around the inside of the bus stop so the rider doesn’t need to veer into traffic to pass. Brilliant – and uncommon on these shores.

In Winnipeg? Try out this map (in beta) to get you where you need to go by bike.

Two.

Routes to Ride in Edmonton

I was working when I started riding my bike for transportation, and traveled exactly one route day in and day out. Now that I’m ranging a little more widely, I’m doing the sometimes-fun-exasperating-frightening route-finding task. Around here, a bike route might hop back and forth across a five-lane road, be washed out by a rain, disappear into an expressway, or wind through a beautiful park. You never know what you’re going to get! If you’re living in (or visiting) the fabulous metropolis of Edmonton, check out Miss Sarah’s start on a collection of great routes to ride. Taking the guesswork out of route-finding – a solid win.

Three.

Vancouver. Whoopdeedoo. No, really – Whoopdeedoo!

Bike commuting just got a little more fun in Vancouver, with the Whoopdeedoo. Image courtesy of the Atlantic Cities.

In places where bike infrastructure is taking off, there tends to be something of a sound and fury between people who drive cars to get around and people who ride bikes to get around. So this artist thought: let’s lighten up, eh?

Entering stage left: the Whoopteedoo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Creator Greg Papove says this:

The city of Vancouver is trying to develop more bike paths, but gets a lot of resistance from drivers. I thought the Whoopdeedoo project would be a good way to start a dialogue about transportation in the city. Cycling is fast, fun, easy, and healthy (and the list goes on). It is a great way to get around for a lot of people. I wanted to reward the cyclists with something fun, while also making the reward visible to drivers, to ideally encourage them to get out of their cars and onto a bike. The ramp has a smooth transition that is easier to ride over than most speed bumps in the city, making it easy for riders of all ages and comfort levels.

Read more about the Whoopteedoo in the Atlantic Cities article here or Greg Papove’s website here.

And have a Whoopteedoo weekend.

Killing time? Check out a couple popular Friday Fun day posts from the archives, including Doing What’s Easy and an eclectic early round-up.

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