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Bill Bean
Anywhere where people ride bicycles
I embrace the freedom of human-powered transportation
Interests: bicycle infrastructure, bicycle films, cycling culture, bicycle technology, Brooks saddles, commuter bikes, drop handlebars, Presta valves, wicker baskets with wine, Critical Mass, Share the Road, one-metre passing laws, Idaho stop, gearheads, tandem, recumbent, racks
Recent Activity
I was totally enthralled on Friday at the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound as the Austrian sessional group Studio Dan performed legendary counter-culture artist Frank Zappa's "Improvised Concerto for Bicycle, Pre-recorded Tape and Instrumental Ensemble." Here's the bike as played by percussionist Hubert Brundlmayer. It's a well-used Surly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Take The Lane
I love this "seven tips" that cyclist shouldn't believe, from Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Maybe because I do wear gloves, I do eat while riding, I do use the "granny gear", etc. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Take The Lane
A lot of my motoring friends think winter cycling is for crazy people. Well, yes. When you think about some of the road hazards facing cyclists, even ordinary cycling is for crazy people. But it's a NICE kind of crazy. But if you are also crazy enough to count a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Take The Lane
I thought it was amusing to read the Toronto Star story that ran earlier this year, about how Canada Post vehicles are the worst offender for those ticketed for parking in Toronto bicycle lanes. While my partner and I were in France this fall, I was delighted to see postal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Take The Lane
Are you a cycle commuter, a touring cyclist, a club rider, an off-road enthusiast or just someone who enjoys the sound of bicycle tires on pavement? Do you want to share that love of cycling? Do you want to earn some money doing it? If you think you would enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Take The Lane
I have in my hands — hot off the presses — a bundle of brochures for the Spring 2018 CAN-BIKE Course Offerings from the City of Waterloo. At the moment, the City of Waterloo (a Silver Level City under the national Bicycle Friendly Community program) is the only municipality in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Take The Lane
Here's a secret known largely only to people in competitive cycling: world-class athletes and Olympic medal holders will be in competition this weekend in Milton. The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 1-3) at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (aka, the Milton... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Take The Lane
As a CAN-BIKE instructor, there's no better feeling than the one you get when a student "gets it." Suddenly, the balance is there, they're pedalling in a straight line and they realize, "I can ride a bike!" So cool Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Take The Lane
I’m all “wow” about WoW. Women on Wheels is an initiative created in 2015 by Bicycle Nova Scotia, the province’s non-profit bicycle advocacy group. I saw a poster about the project while in Pictou, N.S. last month, and after some chats with Pictou people and an email connection with Lynne... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Take The Lane
Businesspeople in Belfast, North Ireland, are testing a program to encourage cyclists to shop in their area. With financial support from the EU and the U.K.-based cycling advocacy/support group Sustrans (Sustainable Transportation), businesses in the East Belfast area are joining Pedal Perks, a cyclist loyalty scheme that offers discounts and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Take The Lane
I was wondering why I was getting notices from Dirt Rag Mountain Bike Magazine, advising me that my sub was almost up and it was time to renew. I never was a Dirt Rag subscriber, so I thought it was just a marketing ploy. I was a subscriber to Bicycle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Take The Lane
There are four more accomplished adult cyclists on the streets of Kitchener and Waterloo, thanks to the City of Waterloo, which is hosting of an almost full suite of CAN-BIKE programs from now until the fall. CAN-BIKE is Cycling Canada's recreational cycling education program, delivered by certified instructors across Canada.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Take The Lane
The Iron Horse Trail is a cycling jewel in the Region. Occupying the route of a former rail line to connect Kitchener, near the Rockway Golf Course, to Waterloo, just outside the Bauer Lofts, the IHT offers a special space for cyclists and pedestrians, removed from traffic. But like many... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Take The Lane
I just finished a gig as a CAN-BIKE instructor with a group of municipal employees here in Waterloo Region, and learned as much as I taught. The CAN-BIKE program (Canada's recreational cycling education program) has been revised for 2017, with an online component, and a trimmed-down instructional component, reducing the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Take The Lane
Bicycle lanes in the springtime are a promise unfulfilled. Here's the sign that proclaims the existence of the bicycle lane, such as on Hagey Boulevard at Bearinger Road in Waterloo, and what is there on the right-hand side of the road is so much gravel that the white demarcation line... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Take The Lane
The Waterloo Regional Police Service investigation into the tragic cycling death of Robert Linsley continues. Linsley is the 64-year-old man who was struck from behind on King Street near Conestoga Mall on Thursday, Feb. 2 when a motorist was entering King Street from the Highway 85 off-ramp. The driver remained... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Take The Lane
I feel strongly about the role of business in helping support cycling culture, because businesses can be the destinations for cyclists. Shoppers, workers, browsers, patients, clients: we can all get to businesses on our bicycles. But a lot of businesses don't seem to see us as clients. Bike racks are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Take The Lane
It was a total surprise to find amidst all the Lycra and adrenalin-fuelled articles of the year-end edition of Canadian Cycling Magazine, a two-page article on Graham Roe and Kerri Krawec and their cultured and chic Berlin Bicycle Cafe adventure in Kitchener's Belmont Village. Those who wear Lycra and wraparound... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Take The Lane
I was putting on my shoes when my partner noted, "You forgot your socks." I was wearing my low-cut DeFeet Argyle socks, that just peek over the edge of my cycle shoes. Not the same footprint as regular bicycle socks. You might say that low-cuts are like the thongs of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Take The Lane
In case you ever need to know, Canadian Tire stocks left-hand bicycle bells. They aren't pretty, but they make a pretty sound. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Take The Lane
So sad to hear of the passing of Canadian cycling great Jocelyn Lovell. I watched him race at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978, and I interviewed him for Take The Lane in 2009. He was a person filled with passion, for whatever he did. It's a loss for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Take The Lane
I happened to be in Victoria last month for an MEC-sponsored bike fest, where I had some chat time with the people at It's a University of Victoria-supported project that uses rider input and GIS mapping tools to show cycling trouble spots in urban areas. Not surprisingly, there is... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Take The Lane
I was tossing out some old paperwork — my bicycle file is as thick as a brick — and I found a 2012 receipt from a bicycle purchase at Braun's Is Bicycles, indicating that I had purchased the lifetime service warranty for the bike. If memory serves, Braun's closed in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Take The Lane
When I was talking with a rep from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation this morning, I asked when Waterloo Region municipalities would hear how much money they would be getting from the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. "Very soon," she said. How soon, I asked. In a week? "Very soon,"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Take The Lane
2016 could be a boom year for cycling in Waterloo Region. This optimism could be an expression of my cabin fever. I know it hasn't been the coldest or longest of winters, but the rollercoaster teasing temperatures, sunny days and often-clear roads have me thinking about cycling, a lot. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Take The Lane