I am often passing by Torggata, so I was pleased to see that they are making the street more pedestrian and bike-friendly! Sort of like what they did with New York’s Time Square, they’ve started painting the road itself–but in this case with green spots:
the funnier sight may have been me trying to take a picture of this guy while cycling myself.
I like how bike repair dudes put a manual bike pump on the side of the road to advertise their services–though such a pump is never actually used. this guy, for example, clearly had a line coming from an electric compressor somewhere.
tube patch + re-inflation: 5000 dong.
in oslo on holiday before heading to hanoi. the city is quite walkable (small, with a population of about half a million), pretty, and yes, cold (ok, maybe I’m just complaining, but it’s about 15 degrees here).
can you imagine actually having civilized public transportation? get this: stops for both trams and buses have signs indicating how many minutes until the next one arrives. amazing! and unfathomable in canada.
…and the city bike idea is great. buy a yearly pass and pick up/drop off bikes around the city as you please.
I’ve finally gotten my act together and have started biking to work.
but let me explain a special characteristic of where I live: it appears that no matter where I go, it’s an uphill bike ride there AND back. for example, it’s about a 40 min ride to work, the first 25 being uphill. and exactly the same on the way back. eerie. and painful.
I guess I should mention I take the paths through the cemetery and the mountain park (i.e., going through the “mountain” instead of around it), which is much more pleasant than, say, riding over the potholed and speeding-bus-veering hill of côte-des-neiges.
(pleasant in a scenery sort of way, not in the easy-on-the-legs sort of way. although you have to kind of love the feeling of ignoring the burn and pushing on instead)
admittingly this is probably the first time I’ve seen a map of côte-des-neiges cemetery–otherwise it is freaking confusing going through there, and I have spent many a day last year figuring out how to get from the decelles entrance to the exit that takes me to parc mont-royal–the fruits of which were evidently forgotten as the other day I found myself back where I started after about 10 minutes of biking (uphill of course).
just got my bike fixed! had to have the rear derailleur replaced and went to VB cycle on victoria. ended up with a shimano alivio to replace the shimano deore lx that I had. no idea how different they are though. I wish I knew more about bike parts…
off to test it out! wheeeeeeeee(l)