“A Peterborough Peddler” is a modest blog about cycling in Peterborough, Ontario. Here you’ll find news, reports and commentary on our local cycling scene as well as links to web resources on recreational and commuter cycling and the bicycle as personal transportation. Like the attitude to cycling it promotes, this blog is pretty casual.

While the emphasis is on cycling as everyday transportation and recreation, the site tries to link in the many types of cycling here in Peterborough. Featuring original commentary, Peterborough rider profiles, bike pictures from around town and #bikePTBO news, aPTBOpeddler also includes links to and commentary on items across the wider Internet that seem to apply particularly to Peterborough.

While the blog will sometimes agitate for an increased profile for bike culture, the intent is to promote cycling as a integral part of everyone’s lives, not to create any sort of “us vs them” attitude (be it “bikes vs cars”, “racers vs commuters”, “lycra vs wool” or “carbon vs bamboo”). In an increasingly bitter and partisan world, mutual respect and understanding is both welcome relief and a more effective path to cooperation, safety and, above all, fun cycling. We all need to share this planet, this city, the roads, the trails…the bike racks.

Input, ideas, comments and additions are always welcome. Crowdsource contributors even more so.

While the content here tends to be more static (and sporadic given this isn’t my day job), there is an accompanying and more active twitter feed @aptbopeddler.

And, yes, the website title is a play on words: selling the idea that bicycles should be an everyday part of living and add value to our lives in many, many ways.