Better not have a bike accident in Quebec

Eric | May 17, 2008

imageDooring” is a popular sport in Quebec and involves sitting and waiting in your car until an innocent biker rides by and then opening the door just at the right second so to cause maximal damage to the biker and his bike, probably even at risk of damaging your own car.

Happened to me right today in Montreal. The result: I injured my knee and my bike is partially damaged. The car’s door now has a huge dent, so at least this moron gets to suffer a bit too. The “funny” thing is that Quebecers apparently like dooring so much that they have decided that it’s not necessary to provide the poor biker with any kind of compensation! Both the car driver and the police that I called made it almost look like it was my own fault to drive close to a parked car!!! How can I dare to drive not in the middle of the road but on the right-hand side? Excuuuuuse me!??

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A visitor from Germany who came all the way by bike!

Eric | May 17, 2008

IMG_1761 (Medium) This week I got a visitor from Germany, Markus Schorn, an old friend of my sister. Markus is on a tour around the world, by bike! He started on February first and has already had quite some interesting experiences touring through western Europe.

During his time in Montreal I introduced him to the customs of eating Poutine and Smoked Meat. However, for some reason I think Markus was most impressed of Montreal’s underground city. But he’s right – it’s truly something special about Montreal, too. Markus left yesterday and should be on his way to Toronto right now. He better make sure to stop at White Mountain for an ice cream in Kingston – they are the best!

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