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Take a virtual bike ride around Winnipeg in this super-fun video!

Kaid Benfield

Posted October 11, 2012

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  cycling in Winnipeg (courtesy of Hazel Borys)

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:


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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in the national media.  For more posts, see his blog's home page.  Please also visit NRDC’s sustainable communities video channels.

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Hazel BorysOct 11 2012 03:29 PM

Thanks, Kaid, for the fun review! You should come to Winnipeg next summer and ride with me.

Steve MouzonOct 11 2012 04:24 PM

Great video, Hazel! Especially for your first production! Only one caveat... you terrified me several times. I was cringing every time you rode so near to a parked car... ever been doored? I haven't, but Wanda has, and she has scars to prove it. So please be careful!

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