A Place to Ride

Bike are a popular present for Christmas. And no doubt many kids are jumping with excitement about their new bicycles right now. However, very soon they will get wise to the nature of the world.

Someplace to Ride

Someplace to Ride

Someplace to Ride

Yep, within a few months they’ll know what they want next Christmas.

Someplace to Ride

So let’s help deliver it to them this year.

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37 Responses to “A Place to Ride”

  • Colin

    In Toronto, we have our answer. Every day of the year (almost), until 10 PM. It is AMAZING.

  • Colin

    Oops, I forgot to say the name of the place: Joyride 150. A seriously cool place.

  • Ana Stingel

    I have lost two wonderful mature and productive colleagues in mental health, in different circunstances, who were exercising on their bycicles in new bikelanes, created by authorities in main streets in both capitals in Rio and in São Paulo, and were killed by buses, along one year.

    Traffic and drivers must be better stuidied and adapted to ciclists, here! at least, before risks are taken. To say the least.

  • Your cartoon ends on an optimistic note, but sadly what most children in this situation really feel is that next year they want a car.

  • Dearth Vader

    Most pedestrians are unconscious when on pathwaya. They don’t see the yellow line they are supposed to stay to the right of. They don’t hear bicycle bells, air horns or shouts. They push wheel chairs like a wandering dog through a park while cutting off cyclists and pedestrians.
    Even had a runner stop on the edge of the pathway and walk into me as I passed on a bicycle. You don’t think this was deliberate?
    Good thing I know how to fall on pedestrians to absorb the impact!

  • CC

    I seriously thought the kid was going to ask Santa for a car, LOL!!

    The vehicle traffic around school zones is SO bad at the start and end of the day, I don’t blame parents for not allowing their children to ride their bikes to school. At the same time, if it was safe enough for children to ride their bikes to school, there would be less traffic and parents would save the time driving their kids to and from school.

  • There are a few nice places to ride here in nyc, the hudson bike path for example, but for the most part it’s pretty much a war zone. I kind of relate to the poor guy in the bike lane from the comic. Wrote a blog with some safety tips for urban riders if anyone is interested: http://blog.nycewheels.com/folding-bike-safety/ – Jack

  • Sandra

    I find this sad. In Ottawa (Canada), we have miles of beautiful shared paths. They are marked for cyclists with speed limits (although very few people seem to know them) and are shared by cyclists, walkers and runners. On Sunday afternoons during the summer, several streets are also closed to expand the network. Generally I don’t use these routes, as I want to ride more than 20 k/h and I would rather deal with vehicular traffic than wandering pedestrians (since I travel through the touristy, downtown parts of the capital), but I see a lot of parents with children riding on these paths. These spaces let people who aren’t comfortable dealing with vehicular traffic get around in a safe, pleasant way. It’s true that I occasionally get yelled at by drivers that think I should either be on the sidewalk (which is illegal) or on the bike paths (also illegal at the speeds I’m going), but most accept that I’m not in their way and we get along, I just try to stay out of the way of the people trying to get of the arterial routes to the suburbs.

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