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…]
Today is Halloween so I wrote up 13 scary cycling scenarios for you. Some of them are infrastructure related, others are law related and yet others are behaviour related. I hope it doesn’t scare you away from cycling. Storm sewers Storm sewers are usually placed within about 60 cm of the curb. This is also where cyclists ride. Some storm [Read more…]
As you read in the previous post earlier today, the Mackenzie bike lane was opened today. The stretch in front of the embassy was an eye sore after a lane was blocked off by concrete barriers. Mayor Watson called it something else, but I forgot what he called the barriers. (Update, Mathieu Fleury wrote they are called Jersey barriers) The [Read more…]
Ottawa based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) might not be well known, but they are doing a lot of good work for traffic safety. For example, since May 2016 they are (co-) developing and promoting BikeMaps.org, a tool for safe and accessible bicycling. Now they are looking for participants in a focus group.
The Dutch try to use as few traffic signs as possible. The City of Leeuwarden found another 1000 to throw out.
The city got a lot of flak for the Booth Bridge Boondoggle and rightly so, as the design goes against all the modern road design principles. Big intersections, 4 lanes, no bike infrastructure, despite the connection to Quebec, the Zibi developments, the future Senators stadium and the Ottawa river pathways, even though there have been dire warnings from different sides years [Read more…]
The Netherlands is behind in meeting climate change goals, but wind parks are being built and road and waterways will operate energy neutral by 2030.
Since 2011, when Laurier Ave got segregated bike lanes, many other infrastructure projects were built in Ottawa. You may have seen a few of my images in Janette Sadik-Khan’s presentation last night (I couldn’t be there myself, but I heard there were about over 1000 people). If she didn’t use them or if you weren’t able to go, here are a [Read more…]
In a province that advertises itself as hi-tech, photo radar is not on the radar. The province needs to see the light. Automate the process please.
Laurier Bike Lane now has four full years and five fall seasons of data. We are taking a look at some of the bike counter data and try to find a trend.