The TTC strike reminded Toronto Star jounalist Jim Coyle how wonderful the bicycle is for getting around:
The learning began long years ago, a six-year-old aboard a red-and-white model from CCM, training wheels removed, the father running laps on a patch of asphalt at Greenwood Park to steady him, until the rider, finally feeling the absence of that hand on his back, looked around and realized he was on his own.
Amy Lavender Harris waxes poetically about the escape velocity of cycling at Reading Toronto:
At escape velocity it is possible to rise above the earth, to leave its orbit, to be propelled into space and the unsilent reaches of the expanding cosmos. But escape velocity is not known only to astronauts. One may feel it at other moments when the pull of the earth’s gravity is overcome, or when the forces of gravity, wind resistance, and momentum are perfectly balanced. This feeling is something more than inertia: it is something akin to flying. It is something one may experience on a bike.
Even Automobile Associations are getting excited about cycling. For Bike Month the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is offering free roadside assistance for cyclists – member or not – who have broken down, and need help getting to work, school or home.
This offer of goodwill (perhaps a bit patronizing) made me wonder why we don’t have a CBA (Canadian Bicycle Association) that would work like the CAA (Canadian Automobile Association). Members of the CBA would get emergency roadside assistance, bicycle repairs, emergency rides, discounts at supporting merchants, and support facilities like bike lockers and stations. The CBA would also act as a lobby group and advocate for cylists.