Trashy's World: Let’s call this a Thursday rant…

(… well, technically I am writing this on Wednesday night but it won’t pop up till tomorrow..) Rant # 1 – People on social media who make a fulltime job of bitching and complaining about everything. Like, EVERYTHING! A sampling from a scan of my City of Ottawa feeds this evening: There aren’t enough bike ...

Things Are Good: In New York, Bikes Have Totally Victory Over the Car

NYC Streets Metamorphosis from STREETFILMS on Vimeo. New York City might be famous for its cabs, but in the future it might be famous for its bikes. The city has seen a big push for sustainable and fast transit in the last decade and everyone agrees: bike lanes are the solution. The city’s commitment to ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: What Are Cyclists Lives Worth

While I cannot answer that question I can tell you what our society and its governments have decided cyclists lives are not worth. Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of installing truck side guards on all large trucks. Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of developing and installing better mirror or camera monitoring ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: What Are Cyclists Lives Worth

While I cannot answer that question I can tell you what our society and its governments have decided cyclists lives are not worth. Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of installing truck side guards on all large trucks. Cyclists lives are not worth the cost of developing and installing better mirror or camera monitoring ...

Aaron Manton: Olivia Chow is the Best Choice for a Bike-Friendly Mayor of Toronto

On October 27th of this year, Toronto will have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor who will commit to improving transportation in our city. For those who want a bike-friendly mayor who understands the importance of all modes of transportation, Olivia Chow is the best choice.

Melissa Fong: Does public participation waste time and money?: A note on the value of participatory democracies

Francis Bula, Vancouver pundit, introduced a debate on wasting public resources to open up a debate that would have resulted in the same decision: Does public participation slow down cities’ […]

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thoughts on Taking The Lane

Updated 2013-11-11 As I am not an expert on cycling safety this post is not intended to be advice on how to safely take the lane but only my thoughts on the subject. While I am not one of those “vehicular cyclists”, that oppose cycling infrastructure because they think that the best place for all ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thoughts on Taking The Lane

As I am not an expert on cycling safety this post is not intended to be advice on how to safely take the lane but only my thoughts on the subject. While I am not one of those “vehicular cyclists”, that oppose cycling infrastructure because they think that the best place for all cyclists is ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Kanata’s Secret Segregated Bike Lane

Yes, Kanata has a secret, or at least unpublicized, segregated bike lane on Huntmar Drive from Maple Grove Road to the Canadian Tire Centre parking lot, even if, for some strange reason, it is only on one side of the road. This is not like the high profile (and more costly) Laurier Street Segregated Bike ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Kanata’s Secret Segregated Bike Lane

Yes, Kanata has a secret, or at least unpublicized, segregated bike lane on Huntmar Drive from Maple Grove Road to the Canadian Tire Centre parking lot, even if, for some strange reason, it is only on one side of the road. This is not like the high profile (and more costly) Laurier Street Segregated Bike ...

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes Save Lives and Lower Risk from Cars

It should come as no surprise that bike lanes are safer than merging bicycle traffic with heavy metal boxes on wheels. A new study from the University of British Columbia confirms this and goes one step further by analysing which type of bike lane is in the safest. Well designed infrastructure isn’t just good for ...

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes Help Local Economies

As a cyclist the fact that bicycle infrastructure helps business makes senses to me. Bike lanes encourage more cyclists which can bring more people to an area, drivers on the other hand seem to just keep driving though. I hope the backwards thinking politicians in Toronto see this study since they recently decided to waste ...

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes Makes Road Safer for Everyone

The worst mayor in Canada hates people who don’t drive automobiles and thinks cyclists deserve to die. The mayor of Toronto wants to remove bike lanes (while every smart city is installing more) despite the fact that the number of cyclists has increased. So where’s the good news you ask? It turns out (much to ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Playing with Team Ford

“It is clear that there is a program to eliminate the public from our great city.” – Kim Fry, the 11th deputant during the Core Service Review at Toronto’s City Hall on Thursday July 28 For a penny-pinching populist, Mayor Rob Ford’s policies are very expensive. Since his October 25th election, he has spent over ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Playing with Team Ford

“It is clear that there is a program to eliminate the public from our great city.” – Kim Fry, the 11th deputant during the Core Service Review at Toronto’s City Hall on Thursday July 28 For a penny-pinching populist, Mayor Rob Ford’s policies are very expensive. Since his October 25th election, he has spent over ...