We’re obsessed with safety. We make big orange road barrels to mark an upcoming danger to make sure no accidents happen. However, if someone calls in for a large dangerous pothole, you’d think road crews just go to Tim Hortons, have a smoke, stare to the pothole and eventually fill the hole. No such thing: the city or the NCC [Read more…]
The NCC commissoned a study on the usage of their pathways in wintertime. Although some claim that the winters in Ottawa are ‘cold and dark’ the numbers might stun you. Here are some results: Close to four in ten (36%) Canada’s Capital Region residents aged 16 and older (some 196,000 individuals) have used a recreational pathway during the winter months. [Read more…]
Last week I visited Halifax for a series of talks about cycling. Halifax cycling enthousiasts are working hard on developing a cycling culture. Obviously, without an NCC to build paths, budgets are somewhat tighter. However, Nova Scotia (and Halifax) are slowly becoming a better cycling place. Cyclists are pretty united in their effort to move forward. Support of City Councillor [Read more…]
Last week, I happened to be in Montreal. Between appointments I took a 30 minutes walk along the bike lane on Maisonneuve to see how it would look like the morning after a massive snow dump on February 2nd. Even half a day after the snow fall, Montreal is a great walking city. Enjoy the nine image slide show:
. A few weeks ago, during the Tulip Festival or so, lots of cars where leaving the parking at Dow’s Lake. Rather than waiting, many of them used the bike lane to pass the left turning lane. When I pulled out my camera, they stopped doing it but I bet these are the same people who complain that bikes cycle [Read more…]
This is how downtown Ottawa could look like if Light Rail is implemented in for example Albert Street, or Wellington. This image is from the Ring in Vienna.
You really, really, really don’t want to lose your bike lock keys here (Laurier St, Ottawa). Why someone doesn’t move the rack is beyond me. The hole below is very deep.
On a sunny day in May I am cycling north bound on Bay Street, where this couple is moving stuff into their car. She is sitting in her car, blank stare on her face, he is loading the car. As if no bike lane exists…….
Cycling across Hog’s Back Falls direction Ottawa from Nepean, I noticed this sign for the first time. It is one of those silly signs that points to nowhere. In fact, it tells you to turn on to Colonel By drive, and I bet there won’t be any other sign following. So you’d end up at Rideau-Wellington-Sussex Intersection downtown eventually, a [Read more…]
So I am cycling home this week. Turned from Preston into Prince of Wales and all of a sudden there is this sign in the middle of the road. No alternative, no temporary bike lane. I often see the same for pedestrians:”please use other side” it would say. But sometimes there is no other side, or you have to jay [Read more…]