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…]
Recently, Statistics Canada released commuter data for 2016. Over the last 20 years, commuter trips grew considerably. That is not a surprise as the population grew, from 29.6 million in 1996 via 32.5 million in 2006 to 36.3 million in 2016. Yes, that is 7 million people extra in 20 years. This growth is about the equivalent of the entire [Read more…]
Last Thursday, September 28, 2017, was the first day that the public had access to the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The monument was opened the day before. I cycled out to check it out and took photos for those who can’t make it to the monument. Special Act of Parliament I learned that the project was started by 18 [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
Over the last year or so Karen and I talked on and off about how we want to live when we are reaching our 70’s. Do we still want to live in the inner suburbs in a house with a garden and be car dependent at times? Do we want to move into a condo closer to LRT and use [Read more…]
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…]
Last week, we started cycling to Amsterdam north and checked out some great places. This week we continue the trip along the waterfront.
A short primer in 1000 words on the New Urban Agenda for the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, October 17-20.
We start at train station Naarden-Bussum. After a loop via several towns and fields of heather we arrive in Hilversum to admire modernist architecture.