My City Hates Me Because I Ride A Bike

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These days, politicians and city builders like to pay lip-service to the idea of bike-friendliness. But when you use a bike for transportation, you quickly realize there is a fundamental disconnect between those platitudes and the reality of the street.

So, in this video, I do two things:

First I ride a route devoid of any accommodations for bikes, and take not of all the things that make me, on a bike, feel unwelcome.

Then, I take a different route full of bike infrastructure and compare the difference.

The result, for me anyway, is a reminder about how good bike infrastructure completely changes the experience of riding a bike in a city.

Watch the video, “My City Hates Me Because I Ride A Bike”, for complete details:


  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 2:06 – Stop signs
  • 2:31 – Residential roads
  • 2:56 – On-street parking
  • 3:21 – Sidewalks
  • 3:46 – Speed limits
  • 4:12 – Who pays for roads?
  • 5:12 – Bicycle-only signs
  • 5:28 – Slow-speed signs
  • 5:34 – Painted bike lanes
  • 5:44 – Bike parking
  • 5:47 – Separated bike lanes
  • 6:26 – Conclusion

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Tom Babin
Tom is an award-winning author and journalist who has written about cycling for years. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling, a bestselling exploration of getting around on two wheels throughout the year. He has delivered speeches about cycling around the world, and is often in the media addressing issues related to cycling. For several years, he wrote the Pedal blog for the Calgary Herald. He lives in Calgary.

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