Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: News Summary

Belgium attacked, Rob Ford dies, Budget release, and atmosphere pollutants at dangerous levels. What's the biggest story? #climatechange — Saskboy (@saskboy) March 22, 2016 Goodbye Rob Ford. You left a mark on Canada’s reputation, and now you’re free to go swim with the sharks in the sky. Here’s my favourite Ford video, which sums up ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Build The Change #skpoli #YXE

This is awesome. The 3 competing projects are all so great, it’s honestly hard to choose. I was just talking about being able to invest in solar power though, so I may go with the SES option. $1000 gets a future co-op membership too! BCBC GFJ

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: An Unstealable Bike

Coming soon, in six to ten months, in Spanish first. A bike made with a frame that comes apart and becomes the lock for the bike. If the lock is broken, the bike probably won’t work, or will be less desirable for a thief. – Hat tip to Adam.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Alberta P3 News #skpoli

Here’s some news hot out of Alberta. Only one of them is satirical. The other satirical bit is that Saskatchewan’s Sask Party recently announced they’d be saving taxpayers millions of dollars by starting a P3 Bike Share like Stettler had. No wait, they said they were going to build P3 schools, after the Alberta model, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: T-Rex Doesn’t Taste Like Bacon

I couldn’t keep a straight face over this one. The T-Rex Burger is offensive, but the Baconator isn’t? “She said the fast-food restaurant “strives to deliver a positive dining experience for our customers. Our goal is to provide options to our customers so they can make options that meet their needs.” Reddit ruins the fun, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bike Derangement Syndrome at Wall Street Journal

If you’re suffering from low blood pressure, I have the treatment: WSJ hack interviews an editorial board nutcase Dorothy who says among other things: “Look, I represent the majority of citizens.” She’s “appalled” that bike sharing has happened in NYC. “Best neighbourhoods are begrimed by these blazing blue CitiBank bikes.” “It is shocking to walk ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cycling In Regina Isn’t Always Easy

What’s it like for a Regina cyclist to go see a movie? Besides homicidal/comical drivers (from Alberta), there are flooded Multi Use Pathways, and underpasses that are creeks. Persist past those hazards, and there are gravelly “Shared” bike lanes with parked cars ready to give you the “door-prize”. Can you see drivers being as patient ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transportation: Where to go, and how to get there in #YQR

– Most of my speech as heard in the video above, and posted to my Regina politics blog: I’m very pleased to have been asked to speak at Campion College about transportation issues. I got my Computer Science – co-op degree from here a decade ago, and I never imagined at the time that I’d ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Not A Lot

Not much to say tonight, except it was a busy and fulfilling weekend, with lots of community gathering, and plenty of optimism for the Spring, gardens, cycling, busing, and all sorts of improvements ahead. How very much I look forward to being able to catch buses more easily on Sundays, or just skip them by ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Thinking Is Not Hard

Thinking is not hard to do, but some people treat it like others should do it for them. Clicking that link may be painful, as it has details of a state representative saying cyclists pollute worse than car drivers because they are exercising and breathing out more CO(2) in doing so. I guess the worst ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SGI Bike Uprising

Doesn’t SGI know it’s not cool to cause an uprising amongst those most likely to ride motorcycles up and down the streets of SGI brass? The increase in motorcycle insurance rates cannot be to just break even, since the value of the insurance is past the value of the object it is insuring in some ...

Things Are Good: Companies Reward Cyclists For Choosing Bikes Instead of Cars

Despite the fact that Toronto’s politicians want to make the city more dangerous for cyclists (by encouraging more car use and removing bike-focused infrastructure) the people of Toronto are loving bike riding more and more every year. Companies have caught on to this and some are now giving employee some rewards for opting to ride ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Stolen Bike Alert

My Giant Boulder SE, men’s frame, silver colour bike was stolen from 15th Ave and McTavish St. (Regina) at 2:45pm Saturday; please watch for it. It had a yellow round reflector hanging loosely from back of seat, rear black plastic fender (but not front fender), and a black headlight, and silver computer/odometer. Says GIANT in ...

Things Are Good: More Women Riding Bikes in Southern California

Regular readers probably know that bicycles are the best form of transportation imaginable (I may be biased). It’s always good to read of efforts to get more people in North America riding bicycles, and to make things even better there’s a group of women in southern California that encourages other women to ride. Balmer founded ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RoboCon: Adversaries and Enemies

Robocalls critics: At least Tories aren't calling us Nazis or chld pornographrs huff.to/KeEbpt via @HuffPostCanada #cdnpoli #elxnfraud— Reclaim Democracy (@Colettestweeter) May 25, 2012 The Conservative Party’s latest salvo in response accuses the council of having “an improper motive” to “damage the Conservative brand through unfounded assertions.” “The applications have been brought solely to provide the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bye Bye Bixi

What a disgrace. Quebec has ordered Bixi to sell off its British bike share spinoff because Montreal didn’t have the authority to send money to a business that created a product and service that is marketable outside of Canada! How strange, and counterproductive. If Bixi had failed, everything would have been fine, according to the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Improve Your Mood

Biking to work improves your mood. It also gives you a better perspective on life, and helps you get enough daily exercise to avoid some of life’s more terrible ailments. You could also skateboard to work, since the mood improving properties are directly attributable to physical activity, and travel at a more human pace. If ...

Things Are Good: Haikus in NYC for Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

City of New York Makes streets safe with poety Haikus may save lives!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Design Regina – Adapt Early

Our competitive advantage is that we’ve not yet adapted to large urban growth, but we have that opportunity now. Or we can be “a mid-size city with big city problems.” Traffic congestion is about to explode in Regina. We are only 11km from top to bottom, or west to east. Sprawl will make commute times ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Parking at UofR

In 15 minutes, at 1:30, be at the Ad Hum Pit to hear concerns and solutions to the limited parking available at the UofR. Many people are displeased by the amount of parking sold at the main campus. People who must drive, and those who want to drive, are saying they can’t easily find a ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Excitement of Parking

Not much is more thrilling that finding a parking spot. The only thing that is better is not having to look for one at all. I’m looking forward to the UofR’s parking forum next Friday in the Pit. There are many options available to those who must drive and the vast majority who can get ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bike Sharing in Canada

This Summer I had the pleasure of using bike sharing in Ottawa. Had I know how easy it was, I’d have used it in Toronto too, and possibly Montreal while I was there. One thing I’m unclear about is if the Bixi Bikes in different cities are compatible, and billed as if they are one ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Montreal

April and I showed up in Montreal yesterday afternoon, after a few nights in Ottawa. While in the capital, we toured Parliament, and I saw Elizabeth May’s desk, tucked away in the back corner away from the Speaker’s chair. I also used Bixi bikes at $5/24hours to get over to Hull quickly, and took a ...

openalex: Bixi Responds to Flurry of Financial Coverage

Montreal news has been awash with coverage of BIXI’s financial situation. After some delay, the city has approved $108million in loans and loan guarantees for the non-profit that operates BIXI. Those numbers, as well as BIXI management’s confrontational tone when dealing with the city has and angered some and raised questions about the system’s financial ...

openalex: Bixi Rolling Out for 3rd Season In MTL

If you are in Montreal right now you’ve seen it:  the Bixi docking stations are popping up all over the city. Sitting empty they have a strange sci-fi ghost town look.  But the bikes are supposed to be back on the streets by April 15th. Ottawa has also added itself to the  constantly growing number ...