Toronto Cyclist's Handbook
Posted on 28 April 2011
Did you know that the Toronto Cyclist's Union has created a wonderful resource for all new cyclists? IT'S TRUE!
I will devote another post to the many wonders that the Toronto Cyclist's Union bring to the lives of cycling and non cycling Torontonians, but today I want to focus on just this one wonder: a handbook for cycling available for FREE download on their site in 17 different languages!
I think this is an invaluable resource, especially considering the high number in Toronto of both cyclists and new-comers from around the world. Cycling is such an egalitarian way to make the city accessible to those of limited means (students, families, immigrants), that a guide to making people more comfortable riding Toronto streets seems to me like not only a public service but a humanitarian action.
The book itself is not an in-depth or intimidating tone, but a light, illustrated guide to the basics: helmet fitting, basic bike parts, the safest ways to ride with traffic, road rules, etc. There is more to be said on a lot of points, but it's a great starter kit and certainly enough to get a newbie on the road safely without scaring them off.
Download it now in your language of choice: Toronto Cyclist's Handbook