Quelle différence!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Eighty percent of people are apparently afraid for change. In Ottawa it sometimes appears that 95% is nervous. The management of the condos on Laurier, afraid for a bike lane in front of their building, put a sign out expressing anger their worries. But what a difference in Montreal: condo management uses the bike lane on Maisonneuve to their advantage. They printed four banners with bicycles on it to use the bike lane as a unique selling point (in the world of marketing: a USP). Le2100.com Latter photo by Eric Darwin.

Canadian cyclist in winterstorm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Walking outside during a snow storm, trying to spot a cyclist. And yes, there is one. A courier. And some people claim it is too cold for cycling in winter. It is not really too cold (with some exceptions), it is the condition of the road. And even on this picture, it doesn’t look so bad.

Why bikes and buses don’t mix

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is a perfect example why buses and bicycles don’t mix. A picture on bike friendly Bank Street, taken last week, shows that if a bus and a bike travel down a road, it is a pain for both. Better to let the bus go for a few blocks first, you think, but eventually you catch up with the bus again as it is so much slower. A case for a bike lane…….(albeit not on Bank – too narrow).

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Cars in bike lanes at Dow’s Lake

Reading Time: < 1 minute . 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 on sidewalks. In autumn and spring, when traffic is busy, it happens all the time. Just before I took this picture I actually saw a girl sandwiched between two cars on the bike lane, as car-cyclist-car. Truly unbelievable.

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Where is the train?

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 long way from a train station. In fact it should point straight ahead, and turn left on Riverside. It is like that tiny “Hull” sign that was sitting somewhere at Bronson, half hidden behind a tree branch…….

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Experimental Farm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Only 5 (as in: five) km from Parliament Hill, you can cycle through the country side. It is not that Ottawa is that small, but it is called the Experimental Farm. Established a long time ago, the city has developed around the Farm, and now the Farm has heritage designation. Some excellent roads, very little in use by cars, allow me to avoid Baseline and/or Fisher/Carling/Prince of Wales. About 25% of my commute goes through the Farm. In winter, we used to take this road by car to bypass the awful traffic on Baseline, but it is now partly closed [Read more…]