For risk of getting caught up in the 'green' car debate in the other 'green' thread, I thought I'd start another one.
Do those of you that do or do not exercise their 'green'ness ever participate in such community events as "Bike Week"? I'm not sure if Bike Week exists in every city/municipality, but I know that there is a Bike to work week, or bike to work day in a large number of cities across Canada and the US.
Personally, I don't own a motor vehicle, and therefore ride either my bike or public transport - I'm pretty passionate about cycling, though, and try to ride as much as I can (this included riding in Winter!). I do have a daughter, and I transport her around in a bike trailer - this gives me a great deal more of a workout (which I definitely need, as I don't go to a gym and my only other exercise is walking/climbing stairs in the transit system). It also exposes my daughter to the city in a different way, as we're able to ride the many city trails/paths and stop wherever and have an impromptu picnic. Now that the weather is turning around, this is becoming a frequent highlight of my weekends.
This all being said, riding on the city streets is not for the faint hearted at times, and there are often times being scared, incredibly angry (at people who so easily disregard my life when I'm riding on my bike) but mostly pleasurable and relaxing. I also wouldn't expect most people to cycle in the winter or adverse weather, it's not for everyone and can sometimes get pretty hair-raising in itself :) I'm not sure if anyone is aware, but there are bike courses called "CAN-BIKE" which offer people the chance to become familiar with bikes/riding and riding on city streets all in different levels/grades.
The City of Toronto has information about their Bike Week program here:
With North America being so car-centric (as mentioned in the other thread, neighbourhoods are designed with this in mind), it's often seen as an anti-establishment type action to ride a bike everywhere, and though there are the activists in that community, I am a cyclist simply because I love to ride my bike, it's good for me, and love the experience of riding and the often unique perspective of the city I get doing so - I'm sure there'll be a time where I need to get a car or vehicle for the sake of convenience and my daughters' activities, but she's only 2 and a half, so right now this isn't such an important issue for me.
Does anyone else actively cycle, or take part in these events? Are there alternatives or other such events that you take part in as well/instead of?