bikes + bicycles + cycle commuting + freedom

Today I speak of the love of bikes. In Toronto it’s bike month, even though every day should be bike day. Everywhere. What an absolutely amazing invention in terms of fun, use, and exercise.

Bikes make us better people and the world a better place.

A little history of bikes. Originally it was believed they were invented in France in 1860 by pappa Pierre and son Ernest Michaux who made horse carriages. Ernest is credited with pedals and cranks since it’s known that bikes are older including a German push-bike shown in Paris in 1818. And ever before that, in 1790, something similar.

Of course I’d by lying if I didn’t also say that my love of bikes is linked to my major crush on the AMAZING Danny MacAskill, who my beloved bloggees already know. But if you are new here, I give you the beautiful, poetic, skill of this adorable and immensely talented scottish dude and a half!

A year ago when I first saw this, it had 7 million hits. It’s since had ten million more! (I am responsible for about 10,000 of them, haha!!!)

And so you can spread the bike love, I found this awesome link to bike charities.

earth day + environmental + social justice

As a prelude to EARTH DAY, I’d like to say that EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY!!!!
We are just visitors here and stewards of the lovely planet so we have to be good guests and clean up after ourselves.

A few earthy ideas…..
Ride yer bike more. Good for your body, good for Gaia!
Trade, share, barter!
Always carry a string bag.
And a reusable water bottle.
Shop local. Buy less. BE MORE!!!

Also – this Friday the City of Toronto is doing a 20-minute make over again. I have to confess mixed feelings for this. It’s great that we clean up and take responsibility for keeping our city clean, but it should not be made dirty in the first place. So while we should do our part and pick up bits of trash we spot, where ever you live, and let’s try not to HAVE to do this next year!

Bike Innovation

A super shoutout to my new uber-earth-gal Abby in Minnisota. She sent me some hilarious little inventions and this was my fave. A DIY cycle-rickshaw. Now you can double your friends in cozy comfy style! robinatrike

Bikes Rule

This is soooooo awesome. I’m in luv with Danny Macaskill. Swoon. Sorry Emile and Ali G. but Danny’s my new crush (thx altalake for finding him for me!!!!). And the song is gorgeous too. Plus the tag is HOPE. wow.

Go Danny Boi

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