Is Ottawa Building its own Sagrada Familia?

May 28, 2013 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you have ever been to Barcelona, you likely went to see the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s church known for being under construction since 1882. It is a matter of taste, but I really like that eclectic look. Park G├╝ell is another of his great designs. Construction of the church only passed its midway point in 2010, 131 years later. That is quite a timeline, but if you are born after 1950 you might actually be able to see the finished product: the plan is to finish the church in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. I can hear you thinking, [Read more…]

Advocacy at Work: Changing a Sign in Favour of Cyclists

May 14, 2013 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have been advocating for better access to the Experimental Farm. It took nearly two years before I finally got a chance to talk to some one. Initially, I just rang the door bell at one of the administrative buildings. You have to start somewhere and I am not a big fan of firing off emails. The lady who opened the door referred me to some internal call centre guy who never called me back, after several phone calls from me. It didn’t go anywhere, as expected in the bureaucracy. Central Experimental Farm Advisory Council Eventually, I had a chance [Read more…]

2013 Tulips on Two Wheels: a Bit of Holland in Ottawa

May 6, 2013 Hansonthebike 0

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of Citizens for Safe Cycling’s goals is to make the public more familiar with the many issues that arise around cycling. There are many ways to stay in touch through social media and meetings, but we often preach to the converted at our meetings and to our followers on Twitter and Facebook. Those are the people who put effort in finding us. But there is a whole demographic out there who cycles but doesn’t realise what it takes to build Ottawa’s bike infrastructure. And with infrastructure we don’t mean bike lanes only, but also bike parking for example. So [Read more…]