Monthly Archives: January 2012

BIke Winter 2012

Tall Bikes

It’s not generally well-known, but tall bikes have been around since the late 19th century. In the age of gas-lighting, it could be a slow and arduous task to move from lamp to lamp with a ladder and torch. In 2001, Sotheby’s sold this bike, constructed in 1898, for $US 24,000. It was used to light lamps, and probably made the entire process about 5 times quicker.

Giraffe Lamplighter’s Bicycle, 1898

Made of tubular steel with 28″ wooden rims.

Understandably enough, this is a favourite with bike bloggers. Thanks to tubulocity for the photo.

Lloyd's tall bike, march 2008

Tall bike, march 2008

Found on Flickr. The caption reads: Lloyd and his tall bike. Made with just a jig, a pipe bender, and a small MIG welder. Usually when people build tall bikes, they stack frames from smaller bikes and it looks retarded. Lloyd built this frame from scratch!


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City to Raise Fines for Blocking Bike Lanes

This just in from the city’s Cyclometer report. Now if only they start enforcing it!

Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommends $150 Fines for Motorists Illegally Stopping, Standing and Parking in Bicycle Lanes

On January 4, 2012, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee adopted a Transportation Services staff report which recommended that the fine for stopping, standing or parking in bicycle lanes be increased from $60 to $150.

The Transportation Services staff report responded to Council’s request to consider ways to alleviate traffic congestion caused by motorists and delivery vehicles obstructing traffic lanes and bicycle lanes during rush periods. The transportation report recommends that stopping, standing and parking fines be increased to $150 for motorists during rush periods and that the increased fines apply to bicycle lanes at all times of the day.

The report will be considered by City Council on February 6, 2012.