What to do With the Double Bass on the LRT?

February 19, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

City staff last week recommended that no bicycle should be allowed on the new LRT during the peak transit hours. The rush hour has been defined as 6-9 am and 3-6 pm. I find that a pretty broad definition of rush hour. It boils down to 50% of the time people travel to and from work (6-6). Yes the public [Read more…]

First Home Owners Move in at Former Ottawa Rockcliffe Airbase

October 19, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

The first people have moved into their new home at the former Rockcliffe Airbase grounds, now known as “Wateridge Village at Rockcliffe”. Stumbling over superlatives, we read on the website: Celebrating both the legacy of the former Rockcliffe Lands and the brilliance of modern urban design. Visionary and masterful in scope, Wateridge Village will be home to design-forward residences, retail [Read more…]

Photo Essay: A Hike in Gatineau Park

October 12, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

I thought of it too late. I should have brought a camera to add a whole bunch of photos to Mapillary so that you can check out the paths in Gatineau Park from photos. This Thanksgiving weekend, Karen and I walked the Blanchet Trail, better known as the Wolf Trail in Gatineau Park, just north of Ottawa in Quebec Province. [Read more…]

woman, child dog and man in wheel chair

Berczy Park Toronto – Public Space Done Right

September 25, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

Take a close look at the picture below, and you probably think it is one of those slide show images of Jan Gehl, to show some place in Køpnhågn in the 1960’s as part of a successful place making “parking-lot-becomes-urban-park-you-Canadians-should-walk-more-enjoy-the-winter-stop-whining-about-the-cold-it-is-cold-in-Denmark-too-and-look-we-cycle-year-round” story. But it is not Copenhagen, it is downtown Toronto. Trip to TO Just two weeks ago, my wife and [Read more…]

Main Street Ottawa opens as (almost) Complete Street

June 19, 2017 Hansonthebike 5

Last Saturday, the renovated Main Street in Ottawa was officially opened. The opening of this brand new complete street was folded into the annual Main Street fest and part of the street was closed off for motorized traffic. There was a brass band playing, there was an artisan farmers market, there was the bouncy castle (no event in Ottawa is [Read more…]

Parks Canada staff Adonaelle, Elisha and Tara in front of 'their' Voyageur canoe.

Parks Canada Voyageur Canoe on the Rideau Canal

June 16, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

Since my semi retirement, I have more opportunities to bike around during the day instead of my daily commute to work and back. It allows me to see Ottawa during the week and I am learning there is so much happening in Ottawa I had no idea of. Like the Voyageur canoe, operated by Parks Canada. I am cycling home [Read more…]

Part of the Urban Forum poster for April 5, 2017

Urban Forum Ottawa – Pecha Kucha

April 5, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

Today, April 5, 2017, I am speaking at City Hall at the Urban Forum Ottawa (architects and planners) at a Pecha Kucha night. For their 20th anniversary, Urban Forum decided to team up with ‘Love Ottawa’,  a long running project by photographers Daye Brown and Anita Ruivo. The organisation invited a dozen speakers to talk about ‘why we love Ottawa’ (assuming [Read more…]