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Cycling

Wine bottle

Tour de France bicycle August 16th, 2015 — This bicycle was photographed at Canada Place in Vancouver but I’m pretty sure it’s been to the Tour de France. Note the full corked wine bottle in the rear water bottle holder. If there’d been a baguette in the front water bottle holder I’d be absolutely positive.

Hit by a car

Bike hit by a car 1 June 4th, 2015 — This man was hit by a car while cycling along Pender Street in downtown Vancouver. It was a slight collision, the cyclist explaining to a pedestrian who witnessed the incident that he didn’t really think the car hit him, this despite the rear wheel being destroyed and the frame bent. He was more concerned with getting to a nearby bike shop where he hoped repairs could be made quickly as he had some people to meet up with in Richmond. Bike hit by a car 2

Bike lanes in Vancouver

Bicycles on Burrard Street Bridge December 7th, 2014 — Bike lanes are a contentious issue in Vancouver. All the more so when they appear almost unused on a sunny, reasonably warm, Sunday afternoon in December and there is a line up of cars restricted from using an entire lane over the Burrard Street Bridge that in the past was dedicated to automobiles. Bicycles on Burrard Street Bridge

Deja vu all over again

Cyclist in Revelstoke 1968
1968 — I have this theory that photographers keep taking the same picture over and over again with sometimes slight and other times large variations. Compare this picture I made in Revelstoke in 1968 of a woman riding a bicycle with other pictures I’ve taken of cyclists.

Wobbling Wally Watts

Wally Watts unicycle May 26th, 1973 — In the very old days newsrooms of newspapers were open to anyone who wanted to walk in with a story. Junior reporters had their desks closest to the door and had to deal with these people whose stories were usually tenuous at best. At the Edmonton Journal one of the regulars was Wobbling Wally Watts who was attempting to ride across Canada on a unicycle. Normally he rode his latest bike into the newsroom to attract attention. I say latest because the first versions of his unicycles, if I remember right, didn’t get much farther than Vegreville before breaking down. Wally’s arrival in the newsroom was also announced by junior reporters running from their desks to the bathroom to avoid doing another story on him. So imagine my surprise, being safely away from Wally in Vancouver, there he was in The Province newsroom, about to begin again another cross country attempt. Since I had experience photographing Wally and was at that time the junior photographer I got the assignment. I can’t remember if Wally made it to Halifax that year but between 1976 and 1978 he was credited with riding around the world, a journey of 12,000 miles.

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