Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Bulletproofcourier Happy New Year


Vancouver BC Canada is a great place to live, chock full of natural beauty and human liberties and freedom. Here's a few highlights from my past year here, things that wouldn't be possible had I lived somewhere else:











Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Burrard Bridge Bike Lane OK So Far


In today's Province newspaper:
"The Burrard Bridge dedicated-bike lane trial is finding support, says a new survey..."
That's great to hear. It's certainly much safer than crossing the bridge like this:



Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine is Safe and Wise, Get it




I'll be getting the H1N1 flu shot soon (stay tuned for video) and will be feeling very superior to those who avoid the shot and later contract the illness.

It's understandable that people are skeptical about the government wanting to inject them with the secret sauce of science.

But a high school education and five minutes of proper research on the internet will assure any reasonable person that vaccines in Canada - including this one - are a safe and tested bet. Our scientists are honest and very competent, especially when they're re-using a proven technology that already spares many thousands of people and families the pain, suffering and death of diseases past and present.

For anyone in the real cheap seats, VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM.

I think it's very interesting that people who are against vaccines are also very likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

Was 9/11 an inside job?

Is it possible that free energy technology is being suppressed by industry or government?

Did someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald participate in the JFK assassination?

Any chance that NASA faked the moon landing?

Is the world being influenced by a secret cabal of powerful super-rich elites acting behind the scenes?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, congratulations - you're a conspiracy theorist! You are cherry-picking some facts and ignoring others to confirm what you already believe about the world. Which could easily include a government conspiracy to push an unsafe vaccine on it's population.

I invite everyone to join me in getting vaccinated for H1N1, and let reason overcome the irresponsible media coverage and pseudo-science confusion that has dogged this issue from day one.

I'll see you in health!



Friday, October 16, 2009

MEC Bikes on Sale Now


Mountain Equipment Co-op is now selling bikes! After 20 years as a MEC member, I was thrilled to see rows and rows of shiny new two-wheelers on display at the Vancouver store today. Several other members were snapping photos, and the staff didn't seem to mind, so I took a few too:



A close inspection tells me the MEC force runs strong in these bikes: designed thoughtfully they are, manufactured to high quality, and value priced. Soon they'll have up to 15 different models for sale; I captured two on film today (click pics to enlarge):






Stay tuned for more soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dealing with Road Rage


Last summer, I filmed a strange and crazy road rage ruckus between two cyclists:



This summer, Bob Mionske wrote a great article about driver/cyclist road rage for Bicycle.com:
"The first rule is: don't engage with rage."

When road rage erupts, a disparity exists between the impact of the encounter on a driver, and the impact on a cyclist; the driver’s life hasn’t been threatened, while the cyclist’s life has, and thus, it’s the cyclist whose emotions are showing when law enforcement arrives on the scene.
This concept should be included in our criminal code, so judges can consider it when ruling on driver/cyclist court matters. Like when a driver has used his/her car as a deadly weapon, e.g. purposefully swerving at a cyclist or otherwise trying to crowd them off the road by threatening use of a motor vehicle.

For instance, how would a reasonable person react if they were walking down the sidewalk one day when suddenly someone screamed at them "Get the fuck out of my way!" and swung a baseball bat past their face? What is the reasonable response to such an assault?

Running away is a good idea, as is calling 911. But a person also has the right to react and defend themselves (and others) by tackling and disarming the baseball batter without being blamed for damaging the attacker or their weapon.

In the future, hopefully, driver/cyclist incidents like those in Mionske's article will be viewed in the same light: a cyclist shall not be held liable for damaging a vehicle that is used as a weapon by it's driver.

Until then, cyclists who bang and dent cars in self-defense or bash off rear view mirrors in post-traumatic rage are behooved to ride away and escape the injustice that authorities might bring to the situation.

Road-raging drivers who use their vehicle as a weapon deserve to be put in jail. In lieu of this, they should feel lucky when their actions result only in a dented hood, smashed rear view mirror, cracked window, or a mouthful of broken teeth in the eastbound lane of 800-block Georgia street.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Marshmallow Experiment Tests Kids' Mettle


Although off-topic, I'm a big fan of science and so felt compelled to share this gem.

The experiment gives children an opportunity to double their sugar bounty if they can exert self-control for 20 minutes without supervision. Cuteness is the overriding data point, as you'll see:



Studies like this have a long pedigree, as recounted recently in The New Yorker online.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fixed Gear Fahrrad Fräuleins sind Fabulös!


Here's a bike video from Germany, earlier this summer - truly wunderbar! It gets better as it goes, so keep watching till the end. The balance and focus demonstrated here is truly astonishing.



Imagine, the thousands of practice hours it takes to learn these skills and get the routine down pat. While it's generally believed that 10,000 hours of experience qualifies one as an expert at something, these two agile athletes probably have 30,000 hours or more in the saddle. Doing what they do requires a lifetime of dedication and daily practice, starting at a very early age.

Like this young lad here, preparing for his career in the Russian circus:



Thursday, September 10, 2009

Remove Unwanted Car Passengers Safely


Drive through a car wash!



When Mythbusters' Adam Savage talked about "removing unwanted pests from the outside of your car" I was unfortunately reminded of the Michael Bryant case.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bike Trailer Homes for Vancouver Homeless


Yesterday I proposed a sarcastic solution to Vancouver's homeless problem. Today I bring you a real possibility, the bike trailer home:



This rent-free roadster was built by Paul Elkins from Washington USA - check out his blog for more photos and info about this and his other beatnik build projects.

A program to give these bike homes to the homeless would pay for itself in reduced medical costs. Even at $1000 a pop, that's less than one night spent in the ER by someone sick from sleeping on the ground without protection from the elements or disease-carrying pests.

Also, imagine the fun of traveling across Canada in one of these! If anyone's interested, I'll bet a major bank or mortgage broker would gladly sponsor some type of "Rent-Free Ride across Canada" promotion, extolling the values of owning your own home or condo (regardless of size indeed!). The bank could donate a bike trailer home to a homeless person for every X number of kilometres travelled...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tokyo is Bicycle Parking Heaven


In the future, every Skytrain station will have one of these! Well, maybe...



...Instead, this technology could be used to hide warehouse Vancouver's thousands of homeless people during the 2010 Olympics!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Who Causes Bike-Car Collisions?


While motorists often accuse cyclists of being the cause of bike-car accidents, a Toronto analysis of 2572 police collision reports demonstrates that
motorists are at fault more than 90% of the time.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

LOLcoons


Ever heard of LOLcats? Well here's LOLcoons, fresh from my recent visit to Stanley Park:



"Bravo bravo, encore encore! Excellent!"

Direct link to this post is located here

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bike Dancing, Part One


The year was 1986. Vancouver hosted the World Expo, the Montreal Canadiens took home the Stanley Cup, and Kevin Bacon starred in Quicksliver, a film about bike messengers in New City, featuring this famous compilation of tricks dubbed "the Bike Dancing Scene":



This gives me an idea - Coming this summer, Bike Dancing Part Two: bike dancing with Bulletproofcourier!

Direct link to this post is located here

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Latest Cool New Socks!


I just added another great pair to my collection:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bulletproofcourier for Mayor!


Participating in a Canadian (or any) democratic election is a great feeling, isn't it? But I think it would be better if write-in candidates were allowed...


Click to embiggen

Of course the above photo is a paper & paste parody created by me in the voting booth - it's a provincial election, not a municipal one - but one day a blogger will indeed be voted into public office: perhaps Mayor of Vancouver, Premiere of BC, or even Prime Minister of Canada!

Direct link to this post is located here

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Burrard Street Bridge Bike Lane


When the Burrard Street Bridge bike lane is congested, can cyclists jump off the sidewalk and ride between cars? In this helmet cam video I give it a try:



Please don't try this yourself - I have years of experience which keeps me safe.

Direct link to this post is located here

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pacific Spirit Run 2009


Today I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and rode 60km before 12 o'clock to help raise money for the Tapestry Foundation. Check out this video, see what a blast it was!



If this looks like fun to you, please shoot me an e-mail - we'll need more people next year.


click photo to embiggen

Direct link to this post is located here

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Follow Me, Lioudmila Kortchaguina!


Volunteering for the Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team this year was absolutely thrilling.


nice legs LK!

Lioudmila Kortchaguina took the early lead and won the woman's half marathon as I led her through the course on my bike, doing my part for the Cycle Escort Team. Watching her strong performance from up close was amazing. From the start, she maintained a powerful pace and finished with a time of 1:17:11, averaging about 16km/h. I had to ride hard to stay ahead of her on the hill up to Prospect Point!

Being part of the Marathon Cycle Escort Team was an awesome experience. I met some great new friends; we had tons of fun together. On race day we were treated to an insider's view of the marathon and the awe-inspiring runners who push the limits of human power and endurance. I am left with many fond memories that will last a lifetime, and plan to do it again next year!

Direct link to this post is located here

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tweenbots Demonstrate Social Navigation


In my old job as a bike messenger, my purpose was to get from one place to another. In a social experiment conducted by Kacie Kinzer, cute human-like robots successfully achieved the same goal with a little help from passersby.
Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.



Surprisingly, no one kicked or stomped the robots, or squashed them with their bikes. In fact, people seemed eager to shepherd them along, perhaps - as a recent study suggests - because they were adorable and human-like. After all, what's more human than struggling to find your way in the world?

Direct link to this post is located here

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Doggie Basket


This cute little guy is ready for a cruise around the Seawall:


Click photo to embiggen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team - Update


We've had lots of fun lately, training together on our bikes to form a cohesive work unit that will help make race day a great success. Last Sunday we rode the full 2009 BMO Vancouver Marathon 26mi/42.2km course, posed for our official photo, and enjoyed a group breakfast downtown. Fellow blogger and lead team member Dennis covered the event wonderfully on his "Dennis' Much Ado About Nothing" blog while I captured some film to make this video:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Greenheart Canopy Walkway Helmet Cam


Thanks to the folks at the Greenheart Canopy Walkway for giving me a free tour to create this video for you:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bikes in Bloom (or, Long-Term Parking)


Here's a fitting follow-up to yesterday's Earth Day post:



Click photos to embiggen

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009


Happy Earth Day everyone! Greetings from Stanley Park, a wonderful place where nature's bare beauty is exposed in all it's glory...


Click photo to remove blanket

...and speaking of taking it off for Mother Nature, have you seen my 30-second video of Earth Hour Lights Out 2009?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Raccoon Circus in Stanley Park


"Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys! Come one, come all! We now present the Raccoon Circus, performing daily in Stanley Park for your enjoyment! These cute little critters are guaranteed to entertain!"



*Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vancouver Sun Run 2009 Helmet Cam


Fun and excitement filled the air in downtown Vancouver this morning as 55,000 people assembled on Georgia street for the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run. If you missed it, despair not - I ran the race wearing my helmet cam and filmed some great runner's POV footage of the first few kilometres. It feels like you're actually there! And if you were there, it's like you're running it again... :) My favorite part is at about 2:40 where my hand moves into the frame for the high-five with two big birds:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Friday, April 10, 2009

Riding Down Stairs


In this video, I go to scenic Vancouver locations to demonstrate how riding a bicycle down stairs without crashing takes calm nerves, good balance/body positioning and a deft hand on both brakes:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stalked by Fearless Squirrels


While jogging in Stanley Park this morning to get in shape for the Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team - volunteers still needed! - I had a strange feeling I was being watched, and I was right - squirrels were tailing me! The stalking Sciuridae were undeterred by my camera, and I had no choice but to share my healthy morning snacks with the running rodents. I guess I can remove my ad for a jogging partner from Craigslist now.



Direct link to this post is located here

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team




Almost 20 riders showed up for our first practice last night, riding 10km in a leisurely 90 minutes to generalize ourselves with the race course. At 7:30pm we finished at Something Good Italian Bistro in Yaletown for some slices and soda, compliments of race sponsors. This is my first time volunteering for the team; it was a pleasure to meet a friendly group for an easy ride and have my questions answered:

A marathon is a footrace. Why are cyclists needed?

A 26 mile footrace winding through city streets and parks requires a ton of logistics and support. The cycle escort team helps with this, leading the runners from the start line and sweeping up the rear of the pack. They also act as eyes & ears for race officials and the course technical team.

Am I expected to cycle 26 miles (42.2 km)?

Not necessarily. The cycle team welcomes volunteer riders of all ability, and there are other events we support, such as the half marathon and an 8k race. The riding is spread out over several hours; with all the crowds, noise and excitement on race day, you may hardly notice the effort.

What kind of commitment is involved?

The cycle team practices Tuesday & Thursday nights during April, meeting 5:45pm at the Plaza of Nations taxi stand at 750 Pacific Boulevard, across the street from BC Place. We do a full-course practice Sunday April 26 at 7am, race day is May 3 from 6am to 3pm. It's not mandatory to attend every practice ride - we're all volunteers, so things are flexible.

How do I sign up?

Register online at the Vancouver Marathon website, email team captain Brian at the above address and come enjoy the next practice!



The main website for the 2009 Vancouver Marathon is bmovanmaration.ca.

Direct link to this post is located here

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Remembering Harry Jerome


Scene in Stanley Park: travesty! Someone turned famed Olympic runner Harry Jerome into a Conehead! (click photo to embiggen)



Mr. Jerome was a North Vancouverite who set a total of seven world records in the 1960's, received the Order of Canada in 1970 and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001.

He has a track and field meet and a sports centre named after him - where some claim to have seen his ghost running around the track. True or not, he might be rolling over in his grave at the defacement of his statue. But probably not. Decades of seagull poop have no doubt hardened his spirit by now.

Speaking of being pooped, shine up your shoes for the BMO Vancouver Marathon coming Sunday May 3 to Concorde Pacific Place. I've registered to volunteer on the cycle escort team for the event, so stay tuned for more bulletproof coverage of this fun and spectacular adventure.

Direct link to this post is located here

I'm Ready for my Close-Up, Human


Are cameras food? Apparently not, as this curious critter near Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park finds out upon closer inspection. Or maybe he just liked my aftershave.



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour Lights Out 2009


While I was out for a stroll tonight during the Earth Hour's lights-out event, I observed participation in my neighborhood was well below 50% this year. However, certain buildings did very well so I snapped a few long exposure pics in the dark and "animated" them with music to make this brief, 30-second montage:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Bubble Bunnies Blowing in the Breeze


Free chocolate and "flogo" helium bubble easter bunnies make a trip to Costco in Vancouver BC even more fun than usual:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Has Sprung Helmetcam


Great spring weather for a Seawall ride in Stanley Park! Started in Coal Harbour and rode counter-clockwise to English Bay. Sped the film up to 2X speed and removed some plain parts to make the playing time under 4 mins. Watch for a few classic bike messenger moves at the beginning, and some beautiful seaside shots in the second half when I reach the south side of Stanley Park:



Ensure High Quality video: during playback, HQ button in video player should be RED. If not, click it.

Direct link to this post is located here

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Google Pavement View


Google Maps street view recently captured this exact moment of cyclists colliding: (click to embiggen)



Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Not Bumperproofcourier, Unfortunately


Woops! Ouch! My friend Dave sent me this x-ray from his recent trip to the ER after a bike accident. Get well soon, Dave!



Monday, March 2, 2009

Spin Cycle


Now I know what to do with all my spare bike parts!



Monday, February 23, 2009

Prison Possible for Rogue Patrick Pogan


If you follow my blog, you'll recognize the footage below; the NYPD officer "featured" in this clip is now facing four years in prison:



The video recently surpassed two million views on Youtube; if Pogue does the full four years, that works out to one minute in jail for every internet viewing of the actual offense that placed him there.

Interesting!

Holistay Meanderings


While enjoying a staycation (holistay?) I've had lots of extra internet time, which explains my recent forays into internet cartoon productions like David the Office Creep and Julie and Jimmy. I'll soon be back on message, after meandering by these gems:





(Olive oil is expensive. Miss Clara looks like she pulled hers out of a safe.)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sorry, gifted students! We blew it all on a new sports field.


I've been dabbling again with xtranormal.com, a new text-to-movie website where creative types can animate scripts with template characters, settings and animations:


Friday, February 20, 2009

Freestyle BMXer at the Vancouver Art Gallery


This guy is pretty good! I don't know the specific name for what he does, but I guess I'd call these moves "rear tire rollin'" or maybe "back tire hashin'":


David the Office Creep - Nude Internet Photoshop


I found a great new site claiming "If you can type, you can make movies."

I can type, so I made a movie. Nude Internet Photoshop was inspired by true events that took place several years ago at a call centre in Metrotown, Burnaby:


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fair and Balanced


My friend Neil has some serious trackstanding skills!



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Curious Case of Elevator Button


I've been injured several times while using elevators, so I know from personal experience they're not perfect.

Take the curious case of Nicholas White. He spent 41 hours caged in a stalled elevator car, as reported by The New Yorker:



If you were trapped in an elevator for 41 hours, what cash settlement do you think would be fair?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chopper, Chopper, Helicopter


Down low on the waterfront today...



Friday, January 23, 2009

Dreamy Winter Sunset in English Bay Today


Vancouver am schönsten at sunset tonight (Willkommen, Wanderfalke!):



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Healthy and Gloving It


While taking stock of my health in the new year, I realized I haven't suffered a cold or flu in over two years! I credit this excellent good-fortune to my policy of wearing full-fingered cycling gloves everywhere I go in public.



While gloves don't always repel germs, they discourage the wearer from touching their face and eyes with their (cloth-covered) hands, preventing the most common route of cold and flu infection.

Sometimes, staying healthy can be as simple as wearing gloves.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Not Crazy, Just Two Tents


I made a video today to help sell my MEC Gothic Arch Tent online, and 2.5 hours later, I had cash in hand! (Thank you Peter, I wish you & family enjoyment camping with this really great tent!)



Going forward, my outdoor adventure plan is ultra-light backpacking - maybe something like the Hennessy Expedition Hammock: