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Experience Winnipeg on This Virtual Bike Tour

A very life-like view of the city, courtesy of a rider who knows it well.

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I don't know whether she used a helmet cam, handlebar cam or somehow juggled her own personal video-making machine while riding, but this is fun, especially when it looks like she isn't paying attention. Yikes. My friend Hazel Borys, who is managing director of the planning firm PlaceMakers, took some bike rides and walks around Winnipeg, where she lives, last month. And the fun results are below.

I'm an avid cyclist myself, though to tell the truth I'm mostly just old and in the way now, at least compared to my faster and more ambitious days. (I last wrote about my cycling experiences in a post about Climate Ride earlier this year.) Experiencing the bumps (virtually) as Hazel navigates some dirt trails reminds me of my old riding buddy and former cat-3 road racer Butch, who had this to say about mountain biking: "Might as well hurl myself down a flight of stairs and be done with it."

Fortunately Hazel, whom we never see in the video, stays upright. Enjoy:

This post originally appeared on the NRDC's Switchboard blog, an Atlantic partner site.

About the Author

  • Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. More
    Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America. He is the author or co-author of Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999), Solving Sprawl (Island Press 2001), Smart Growth In a Changing World (APA Planners Press 2007), and Green Community (APA Planners Press 2009). In 2009, Kaid was voted one of the "top urban thinkers" on Planetizen.com, and he was named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. He blogs at NRDC's Switchboard.