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I’ve been thinking about renovating a lot lately, so today I want to expand the way we think about our so-called “training environment” to introduce the fact that the majority of kilometres that many of us ride are done outdoor, and in the city.

In Montreal we are blessed with areas to train, such as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Mont Royal, the Cemetery and the Seaway. Want a quick 1-2h training session in the heart of the city? No problem.

We also have our infamous potholes, construction zones and their detours, and most of the car-friendly traffic issues of major cities.

Then there is the recent announcement that Bixi has serious cash flow problems and municipal taxpayers are involved in keeping Bixis moving… You can read about that by clicking here.

Cyclists have a stake in the development of bike commuting municipal policies/plans. Bike paths help commuters, but they also inflect the culture of the city by making it a place that is more bike-friendly. Communities that are more aware of cycling and the typical behaviour of cyclists on the road are safer. In fact when New York City put in a web of bike lanes, the number of cycling accidents and fatalities went down. That means that bixis/citi bikes have an effect on your training environment… and remember they are usually part of movements to “green” the city so you can breathe deeply in a safer environment while hammering towards the circuit because you’re late to meet your training partner because you had to walk the dog and left your phone in the car and the meeting with your business partner went on too long and the line up for coffee was outrageous you are never going back there again though the coffee is so good maybe you will and why am I only wearing one arm warmer…

Sounds to me like Bixi needs to be restructured. Some of you will know more about these things than me. I just want to introduce the topic and expand the notion of your training environment to include the commuters you weave through. Here are some related vids that might be of interest:

http://www.alternativechannel.tv/blog/en/index/2010/12/

About Scott Toguri McFarlane

Scott Toguri McFarlane is a former Elite racer, and the founder of Toguri Training Services. For more than a decade, his approach to training has helped aspiring professional racers, provincial team members, and recreational cyclists of all ages and ability achieve their goals, including gold medals at National and Provincial Championships.

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