Monday, December 30, 2013

Nels Borlund

December 30, 2013
8:11 Am
Minus 24C

With his hands warmly wrapped in his bar mitts and two powerful lamps on his helmet, Nels is having a comfortable and safe commute in to the office.  He has only to work a half day and is already thinking of his ride home in the glow of the northern winter sunshine.

Nels tells me that he knows when he gets home that his wife Susan will have chili bubbling in the slow cooker and they will eat by the fire that he will make while she serves dinner.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Darren Strongquill

December 25, 2013
5:07 Pm
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

It was while driving around "Toon Town" with my family that my daughter-in-law spotted a lone cyclist pedaling away on a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.  Through some very deft handling of her vehicle and an illegal U-Turn, she managed to position the car in such a way that I could fly out of the back of the car and intercept Darren before he could ride away.

After pulling out his earbuds, he posed with a sidelong glance at the car and its occupants and proudly suggested that I take a photo of the decoration on his handlebars.  It was a special day after all.  Merry Christmas Darren.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Monday, December 23, 2013
11:23 Pm

While waiting for the Century Park subway, who should I see pedaling a bike down the subway platform but Dustin.  After dragging his bike down the stairs at the other end of the platform, he's wanting to catch the Clareview subway home.  He's been at a house party and he's too liquored up to ride his bike all the way home.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ferdinand of Lisbon

June 6, 2013
11:14 Am
Near the Alfama District, Lisbon

While my wife shopped in a whole street that sells only buttons, I amused myself by hanging around the area taking photos.  I bumped into this fellow later on and found out that his name was Ferdinand.  It turns out that he was on his way to a bike shop to have the wheel on his back straightened.  At least that is what I understood from a conversation where neither of us spoke a common language.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Jerome Keane

Friday, December 20, 2013
3:55 Pm

A regular bicycle commuter, I captured Jerome before he stopped at a red light at 121 Street.  The last day of work for two weeks, Jerome was eager to get home and relax before finishing some last minute Christmas shopping.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mr. Grumpy Pants

Thursday, December 19, 2013
5:26 Pm

When I asked, as he pushed his bike along 102 Avenue, he neither agreed or disagreed to let me take his picture.  He just kept on walking.  It was then that I discovered the possible source of his displeasure - he had a flat and that was why he was pushing his bike instead of riding it. At 20 below, he had every reason to be grumpy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Wednesday, December 18,2013
12:07 Pm

With a bike light enough, Dakota is able to easily lift his bike in a "Victory" pose.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


December 17, 2013
7:47 Am

After a 10 kilometer commute, Stephen is ready to head up to his office in Scotia Place.  After work:  "I'll go home and change bikes and do another 120!"

The guy is a machine.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Monday, December 16, 2013
12:26 Pm

Dwayne Romaniuk

"You should see me with 90 pounds of bottles on my bike!" says Dwayne, a west end resident making his bottle-collecting rounds.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Off he goes
Sunday, December 15, 2013
3:43 Pm

Adam didn't want to have a frontal shot taken, but trusted me enough to let me get a shot of him as he rode past the High Level Diner on his way back to his apartment near the university.  Seems he'd been out partying last night and only woke up later this afternoon.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Walter Timchuk

Walter on the High Level
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time:  7:23 Am

Walter is on his way to work (on a Saturday no less) where he is employed as an engineer.  His company is working on a large construction project and he knows that if he starts early today, he can go snowboarding at Rabbit Hill later this afternoon.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ricky Galveston

December 13, 2013
2:12 Pm
Ricky Galveston

Sitting astride his Specialized, Ricky is waiting for the light to change at 82 Street.  He's on his way over to Safeway to pick up something for a party he's been invited to by his neighbour Paul.
Ricky is especially pleased that the weather is so fine (minus 17) and there is only a little rime of frozen breath clinging to the wool of his balaclava. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013


December 12, 2013
7:43 Am

Just finishing his probation, Rodney Wilson rides to Tim Horton's on Jasper Avenue to meet a friend who is going to help him find employment.  After his meeting, Rodney will ride his bike to the north side to shovel walks to earn some cash.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Johnny Jones

December 11, 2013 - 8:53 Am

Johnny's done at the "Y" and heading off to visit his mother Thelma at the General Hospital.

Monday, December 9, 2013

August 14, 2009

Armin Swartz
Riding along the paved cycling path - is he stealing a bike?