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Wintering Bikes

February 14, 2015

(This is an older post that got accidentally deleted – so, re-posting back up).

Here’s a slice of life in Montreal. The mournful sight of bikes rusting away in the snowbank.

There’s lots of reasons to bike in Montreal. The bike lanes pretty much go everywhere, and there’s nowhere to park a car anyway. Plus it’s greener and all that jazz. So lots of people bike. Some ride all winter – snow and sleet be dammed. We’re Quebeckers! Mon pays c’est l’hiver!

Here on the Plateau, people live in these 100 year old buildings with precarious external staircases. There’s no place in your tiny apartment for a bike even if you didn’t fall to your death trying to take it upstairs. So you’re always seeing them on the sidewalk, locked to a little iron railing, axle deep in the snowbank.

After the melt the streets are littered with these frozen bike-corpses chained to posts. Many have been crippled by the snow plows crushing their wheels in to pretzels. It’s like the Russian front for bikes. Dead soldiers frozen into the ground. If you’re a bike, you do not want to get sent to Montreal for the winter.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. anne permalink
    February 14, 2015 10:54 AM

    Hahaha, love your sketches and comments.

  2. February 14, 2015 11:03 AM

    Wow. Absolutely love this.

  3. Jenifer Cost permalink
    February 14, 2015 12:47 PM

    Wonderful picture and brilliant commentary!

  4. February 14, 2015 1:32 PM

    Great narrative.

  5. February 15, 2015 4:41 AM

    very nice.

  6. wjacobr permalink
    February 15, 2015 12:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Jacob Russell's Magic Names.

  7. February 16, 2015 12:21 PM

    Reblogged this on Little Deduction.

  8. February 17, 2015 7:06 AM

    I really, really love this image. Thanks for posting!

  9. Joyce C Steele permalink
    February 21, 2015 2:37 PM

    the painting and the commentary was so well done that I shared it with my friend so we could both enjoy it. Thank You! Oh yes, I just got you book and love it.

  10. March 18, 2015 5:48 AM

    Wow.

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