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Things Are Good: Public Transit Makes Cities Safer

Obviously public transit is great for getting people around cities and is a very scalable traffic solution. One spinoff of a good public transit system is that the streets get safer. In Canada he number of collisions increases every year with the vast majority of these collisions the result of driver error. With public . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Public Transit Makes Cities Safer

Things Are Good: Complaints About Police Drop 93% Thanks to Body Cameras

Policing has become a hot issue in recent years thanks to the efforts of groups like Black Lives Matter bringing discriminatory actions by the police to light. In many jurisdictions police forces are already using (or considering) body cameras that record what officers are seeing and doing. It turns out that using them can . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Complaints About Police Drop 93% Thanks to Body Cameras

cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

I am going to lose friends for saying this but I never ride the Laurier Bike Lane. I hate it. I want to see actual, safe cycling infrastructure in Ottawa, not just narrow channels designed to keep us from impeding the progress of car traffic.Read more . . . → Read More: cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

Things Are Good: Bicycling is the Safest Form of Transportation

In Toronto, the car rules the road so much so that the city is fine with non-driver (that’s everyone) deaths, and the city won’t do much to stop drivers from killing. Sadly, Toronto isn’t a unique case. In far too many places bicycling infrastructure is an afterthought that plays second fiddle to cars. Despite this […]

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Things Are Good: A Virtual Companion for a Safe Walk Home

At the schools I teach at they each have a volunteer run service to help people walk home who are worried for their safety. When one graduates from these schools they are on their own. Seeing that this how walk-safe programs work a bunch of students have created an app to help people feel . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Virtual Companion for a Safe Walk Home

cmkl: I was one of Matt Moore’s jerks the other day

Wherein I counter-rant about Matt Moore’s rant about cyclists on ottawacitizen.com

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 . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: What Are Cyclists Lives Worth

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… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: What Are Cyclists Lives Worth

Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Somewhere at the intersection of trans* and BDSM, this happened:

“Three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

“… NPSO received a report Saturday night from a Robeline assistant town marshal that he had come in contact with a female who had . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Somewhere at the intersection of trans* and BDSM, this happened:

“Three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

“… NPSO received a report Saturday night from a Robeline assistant town marshal that he had come in contact with a female who had . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

cmkl: Introducing the Idaho stop

Aka Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs and ride through red lights. It’s not totally nuts you know. I like the point tht it would put an end the odd dance that occurs when motorist and cyclist are watching each other at intersections, trying to figure out who’s going to commit . . . → Read More: cmkl: Introducing the Idaho stop

Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

I know we don’t agree often. We have a love/hate relationship dependent on my mood and whether or not it’s cold and rainy outside. To be fair, you are consistently late and often leave me standing out in the rain.

You have just been voted 3rd best public transit in Canada, which is not . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

The Canadian Progressive: Public sector unions legally challenge Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-4

Federal public sector unions are joining forces to legally challenge the Harper Conservatives’ latest assault on Canadian workers’ rights through Bill C-4.

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LeDaro: A drone in your neighbourhood soon.

Americans are going to issue drone driver licence for safety. That is what NRA says about guns too – that they are safe. Where are we headed?

Riley Morgan, 14, flies a home-built drone AfterDARC on Oct. 11. Morgan  has been working with drones for half a year. This drone took him two days to . . . → Read More: LeDaro: A drone in your neighbourhood soon.

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 9: Sidewalks, snow, public transit & Adlai Stevenson

A sidewalk snow removal machine in Ottawa. Below: Better a hole in the shoe than a hole in the head, as the slogan said. Adlai Stevenson in ’52, campaigning in a bow tie!

One of the joys of running for public office in St. Albert, win or lose, is the opportunity to talk . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 9: Sidewalks, snow, public transit & Adlai Stevenson

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 . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thoughts on Taking The Lane

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 infrastruc… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Thoughts on Taking The Lane

Trashy's World: Banning scooters from streets…

It’s about time that someone pushed this issue up a flagpole! I don’t always agree with Councillor Clark, but the issue of scooters on city streets should at the very least be studied by city staff and recommendations put forward. There is going to be a tragedy one of these days and it would be . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Banning scooters from streets…

LeDaro: Lightening: Hair raising experience

Michael McQuilken, right, was 18 when he and his brother, Sean, 12, climbed California’s Moro Rock in 1975. The photo was used for years to warn about the dangers of pending lightning strikes.

“We thought it was something funny.”

But now, nearly 38 years later, McQuilken says he recalls that deadly afternoon in the . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Lightening: Hair raising experience

cmkl: Profits, government cost cutting before safety equals disaster incubation

The author of this opinion piece in the Citizen was an expert witness at the inquiry into the deaths caused by contaminated drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario.

The incubation of the Lac-Mégantic disaster.

Things Are Good: Cameras Capture How Safely Cyclists Cruise

It’s clear that car drivers don’t comprehend cyclists, and often I hear drivers complain that bicyclists aren’t safe and tend to be “dangerous” on the road. It turns out that cyclists are safer than cars, cause way fewer collisions, and are amazingly great at avoiding a collision.

To reach this conclusion that bicyclists are . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Cameras Capture How Safely Cyclists Cruise

The Canadian Progressive: CUPE Day of Mourning reminder of fight for safer work places

By: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE): April 28 is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. CUPE will honour these workers who have lost their lives or been injured at work, in special ceremonies across the country. WHO: Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union […]

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Things Are Good: A Better Truck for Safer Driving

Trucks kill a lot a cyclists and that’s a problem. We’ve looked at ways we can make trucks more efficient, now London Cycling Campaign has found ways to make trucks safer. They have modified the layout of a truck to allow the driver to see more of the road – in particular cyclists.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Stop Signs as Yield Signs for Cyclists – Ontario Cycling Strategy and The Idaho Experience

The following, based on a previous blog post, was submitted to the Ontario Cycling Strategy public consultation process.

Stop Signs as Yield Signs For Cyclists – The Idaho Experience

I am proposing that as part of the Ontario Cycling Strategy the Highway Traffic Act be amended to adopt the policy that has worked successfully in . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Stop Signs as Yield Signs for Cyclists – Ontario Cycling Strategy and The Idaho Experience

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s Laws Fuel Migrant Worker Exploitation: Report

by Metcalf Foundation Canada’s reliance on low-wage migrant workers with temporary immigration status is growing but our laws make them vulnerable to abuse, says a new report published by the Metcalf Foundation. Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s Laws Fuel Migrant Worker Exploitation: Report