Last summer, at a friend’s cottage north of Kingston, my eye caught an interesting sounding book: “Vanished Kingdoms – the history of half-forgotten Europe” by Norman Davies. The writer describes a number of European kingdoms and countries that came and went. Europe’s past is littered with kingdoms, empires and republics which no longer exist but which were some of the [Read more…]
For the first time in my life, I visited a bike show. Here is an impression of the Montreal Bicycle show with a 90 second clip at the end of the blog
Canada’s passenger VIA trains might be older than your granddad. VIA is stepping into the 21ct Century though and ordered new train cars, to be built by Siemens in California. They will meet a long standing demand to add bike storage to the trains.
Hans and Karen visit Sudbury, Canada and bike to Ramsey Lake and Laurentian U and back.
Sudbury is a city in the near north of Ontario. The distance from Ottawa is around 500 km, similar to the distance Amsterdam – Paris. It is well known for its mining activities. We once spent one night there. Initially the plan was to stay at the campsite at that time, but once we figured out the campsite was sandwiched [Read more…]
Summary During a stay in Kingston, I explored the city’s waterfront and the K&P Trail. A lovely 30 km route that touches on many different aspects of Kingston. It needs a few improvements, such as crossing the VIA Rail tracks on Division Rd and access to the trail right after the overpass and the Sydenham Rd crossing. Wayfinding could be [Read more…]
“It is safe infrastructure that makes people bike, not more uniforms”. Last week we visited Toronto. Karen had meetings and I tagged along for a day and a half. Because we booked the train in time, our tickets were only $100 return each in economy class. On the way in I had to listen to Dora the Explorer on the [Read more…]
Nothing beats the winterblues than sunny summer pictures. After my last two posts on bike modal shares in Ottawa based on the Statscan census, we are going to take a look at a paved path near Gracefield in rural Quebec. This fall, we went out for a bike ride a bit further away from Ottawa at a place called Gracefield [Read more…]
Ottawa is working towards a new main library. The Halifax library is a nice example of what Ottawa should strive for. Taking advantage of location and sight lines.
Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a quaint old town on the St. John River. Frederictonions frequently refer to their home town as a small version of Ottawa. It is a green and spacious place. A river runs through it, it is hillier than Ottawa though. During a visit to Fredericton, Dutch ambassador Wim Geerts was approached by deputy major Chase for [Read more…]