Saturday, August 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Bicycle

The first day of each month is always a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for the first day of August, that theme has to do with bicycles. The theme comes this time out from VP (aka Giacomo and Gianna) at Livorno Daily Photo in Italy. You can find out what other bloggers are doing with the theme by clicking here.

I went with several choices. This first one is at a sporting goods store in the Glebe, where bikes are secured to a wall outside.


This penny-farthing bike on Plaza Bridge across from the Chateau Laurier advertises a bike rental location nearby. Another one is across the street, but I wanted the Chateau in this shot. These are the only two bikes I know of in the city in this style. I wouldn't want to try to ride one.


These green bikes are part of a membership bike share program called Velogo, available both in Ottawa and Gatineau. They can be found at locations all over both cities, including this spot very close to the bike above, at the National Arts Centre.


Another set can be found here at the headquarters for Library and Archives Canada.


And this last one was taken around sundown a couple of days ago on the Bank Street Bridge, with a cyclist on the road opposite. Bike markings are also painted onto the road surface, cautioning drivers that they are sharing the road with bicyclists. Ottawa and Gatineau have hundreds of kilometres of bike paths and routes throughout both cities.

50 comments:

  1. I wonder how it is like trying to ride the penny-farthing bike. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Many different ways to photograph a bicycle!

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  3. Wonderful variety of bikes. The only time I have seen a penny-farthing bike is in Tasmania when they celebrate a special event. Then I saw a host of them. The event involves a championship. http://www.evandalevillagefair.com/

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  4. Super photos on this theme. Love those bicycles on the wall.

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  5. Wow. So many perspectives on this tried and true form of transportation!

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. wow... so many bikes such great pictures!

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  7. Ottawa must be a very bike-friendly city.

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  8. At first take, I thought your first choice was a sculpture on a wall. Well, it could be.

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  9. I love the green bikes, that's a great initiative.
    About hte last photo: I prefer the separated paths for bicycles, like we have them a lot in the Netherlands.

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  10. really nice variety in these shots. :)

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  11. Looks like we have some similar rental green bikes in our two cities.

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  12. I'm so glad bike rentals have caught on. They just make so much sense.

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  13. @Whisk: thanks!

    @Nancy: I'd be wondering if I could keep my balance!

    @Marianne: definitely!

    @Gemma: they're such unusual bikes, but there was a time when they were quite usual.

    @Denise: I'd photographed bikes at another location, but they seemed too cluttered- this worked better for me.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Hilary: it was fun photographing this theme.

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  14. @Stuart: it certainly is.

    @Birdman: not quite in this case!

    @Jan: most of the bike routes in the city are specifically separated and along scenic routes, but there are initiatives like that photo about sharing the roads with bikes.

    @Tex: thank you!

    @Kate: I'll have to check out yours!

    @Marleen: they stand out very well, that colour.

    @Revrunner: they certainly do make sense.

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  15. Like the first photo the best .. it made me laugh and then reflect on depth of prespective it presents ... happy theme day.

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  16. Your rental bikes are the same color as ours only we call ours Grid.

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  17. Terrific images, William, beginning by the first one !

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  18. Some smart images and some funny, in todays posting:)
    Happy weekend!

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  19. Bicycles are becoming so popular as a mode of transportation, William. The green bikes are pretty cool! Our bike-share bikes are black as you probably know.

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  20. What a great choice of fine images for our theme day! I surely envy your bikers' paradise...

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  21. All good images...but I really love the second one!

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  22. This month the bicycle is king.

    Tomás.

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  23. I still think your header photo is the most inviting bike photo! Every time I see it, I'd like to be there!

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  24. @Denton: thanks!

    @Sharon: different cities, same purpose!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Gunn: thank you.

    @RedPat: they really are.

    @VP: thank you!

    @Norma: thanks!

    @Tomas: it is!

    @Loire: I hadn't thought of it!

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  25. Bikes climbing up walls just like in my garage. My favourite is the second one!!!

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  26. I like the bikes climbing the wall, great shot William..

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  27. I like the bike pix! Bikes are big on our little island, too!

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    1. Those penny farthing bikes are fascinating. I think I'd like to see how people got on and off them...not to mention, ride them.

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  28. I liked the first photograph. No way would I be on the same street on a bike as the one that autos and trucks use.

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  29. Muito interessante este dia temático e o tema escolhido são bicicletas que você ilustrou de maneira espetacular Willian. Gosto de ver as bikes mas nunca ousei pedalar este veículo. Tenho fobia
    Um feliz domingo para você
    Um abraço

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  30. Fabulous post.
    Really like the first photo.

    cheers, parsnip

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  31. These are fun shots, especially the bikes on the wall!

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  32. That is a good name, "Velo go". I like how the Canadians try to be inclusive of their major cultures.

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  33. When I see a penny farthings I can't help but think it's a long way to fall.

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  34. Bikes. And they have to be green, don't they? Nice pics and narration :)

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  35. Excellent selection William, of course my favourite is the hardest to ride, the penny-farthing :)

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  36. My fav is #2. I like decorative colored things but to ride it is another story. Hello down there. Your other choices are fine with me.

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  37. I saw someone in Berlin on a penny farthing recently. I also regularly see people on unicycles. Neither looks comfortable. Nice choices for this month's theme!

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  38. Well your City certainly is geared up for the cyclist. Wonderful! Wouldn't want to attempt climbing up on to that Penny Farthing either...that would spell disaster in my case :).

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  39. Great entry, I thought the bicycles in the first photo were bicycles parking on the wall...:)

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  40. You've managed to capture the essence of Ottawa's bikes! Well done.

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  41. Nice, I love the green bikes! :)

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  42. @Ciel: that one is popular!

    @Geoff: thanks!

    @Cheryl: they're a good way to get around.

    @Kay: I've never seen them ridden.

    @Mari: it usually works. Last week though, within sight of this image, just outside the library that's in that shot, a fellow had a near miss with a car. He took a spill on the road, and I saw it happen. He was lucky.

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Linda: I felt it worked better than my alternate retail shot.

    @Julie: French and English are in effect our founding languages, so it's good to reflect that in the national capital.

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  43. @Oakland: I think much the same.

    @Shantaram: there's also a bike share service that uses purple as its colour scheme.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Carolann: thank you!

    @Halcyon: I saw a couple of buskers this weekend on very high unicycles.

    @Lauren: I'd probably take a spill myself.

    @Wilf: that would be odd.

    @Jennifer: thank you!

    @Linda: they stand out so well!

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  44. Couldn't make up your mind, could you?

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