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Things Are Good: Walkable Streets Solve Nearly Every Problem

Anybody who lives in a city knows that walkability of neighbourhoods is a key reason they live where they do. The attraction to mobility options, safe places, cultural and economic diversity is what keeps cities growing. Walkable spaces makes all of that happen and more! What smoking was to the 20th century car driving is […]

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Things Are Good: Drivers Need to Learn to Share

Bicycles are an amazingly fast way to get around cities and countries, as a cyclist I often roll past cars idling in bumper to bumper traffic. The cars (and their single occupants) aren’t getting anywhere anytime soon yet drivers as a group demand more and more infrastructure when really they should learn to share. In […]

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Things Are Good: Pedestrians In Paris To Get 50% Of Street Space

Paris has had decades of extremely bad traffic and there’s no obvious solution: other than get rid the traffic. Infrastructure that encourages car use makes traffic worse while also debilitating cities as a whole. So Paris is doing what most places are afraid to try: giving the streets back to people. “Parisians are finding out […]

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Things Are Good: In Stockholm You May Get Paid To Ride A Bike

Stockholm was plagued with horrible traffic congestion that limited the ability of anything to really happen in the city. Cities designed for cars tend to have these traffic problems. As a result, Stockholm instituted a congestion charge which has been a huge success. Even with the charge to drive in the city, traffic is still […]

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Things Are Good: 6 Cities Where Highway Removal Made the City Better

Car culture has ruined cities with never ending traffic problems and made the streetscape untenable for modern living. Smog from cars kills too many people every year. Yet, we still see places looking backward and ensuring that this regressive car-focussed planning continues. Toronto is one such place with it’s obsession on keeping a decaying highway […]

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Things Are Good: A Delivery Service Which Improves Traffic Flow in Gothenburg

Gothenburg has a delivery service that pools together deliveries for businesses and it’s making a huge difference on the streets. The streets of Gothenburg used to be clogged with vehicle traffic and thanks to this delivery service people in Gothenburg are better able to get around. This makes for more efficient transfer of goods in . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Delivery Service Which Improves Traffic Flow in Gothenburg

Things Are Good: Paris to Spend €100m on Bike Lanes While Reducing Car Traffic

Paris has had a tough time with traffic and pollution in the city due to the number of cars. They have launched many environmentally friendly intitaves to curb the use of cars while making alternative transit solutions to cars more appealing. It’s working and is already inspiring other cities to follow suit. Still, traffic in . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Paris to Spend €100m on Bike Lanes While Reducing Car Traffic

Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

The Ion LRT is going to take three long years to build, three years of construction and traffic jams, three years of mud, three years of inconvenience and unpleasantness. The process started a few weeks ago, and I live in the epicenter of it. The Regio… . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

Yappa Ding Ding: Horrible Regional Signage is Causing Construction Chaos

The Ion LRT is going to take three long years to build, three years of construction and traffic jams, three years of mud, three years of inconvenience and unpleasantness. The process started a few weeks ago, and I live in the epicenter of it. The Region has got to improve their signage.

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Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: a traffic problem?

Taxi drivers are saying that they are risking their lives to pick up and drop off passengers outside the new high rises on King Street north of University Ave. The problem is that the buildings have no pull-in area so cabs have to stop on busy King Str… . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: a traffic problem?

Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: a traffic problem?

Taxi drivers are saying that they are risking their lives to pick up and drop off passengers outside the new high rises on King Street north of University Ave. The problem is that the buildings have no pull-in area so cabs have to stop on busy King Street. I have noticed private cars stopping . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: a traffic problem?

Things Are Good: Reducing Highway Size Doesn’t Negatively Impact Congestion

Nobody likes being stuck in traffic and in the recent past the solution was to build more roads (or add more lanes). Ironically this makes traffic worse as an increase in traffic capacity means more people will drive places. These narrow-minded solutions are still applied in some places like Toronto where Crack-Mayor removed bike lanes. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Reducing Highway Size Doesn’t Negatively Impact Congestion

Yappa Ding Ding: Waterloo needs a west-side expressway

Rush hour traffic in uptown Waterloo is a mess. Some of the busiest intersections – William/Caroline, Erb/Caroline – are going to get even worse when the LRT goes through them.

What we need to relieve the congestion in uptown is an expressway, or at least a rapid road, on the west side of town. Currently . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Waterloo needs a west-side expressway

Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: Density node? Neighborhood? Mess?

The density at King & University has been a long time coming. When I was a teenager in the 70s, there were already large apartment buildings on Regina Street North. University Avenue in the King-Regina area has been steadily growing with apartments and strip malls. WLU is building more and more student residences in the . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: Density node? Neighborhood? Mess?

Yappa Ding Ding: In praise of bus bays

A lot of rush hour traffic jams are at least partially preventable. If we had bus bays that let GRT buses get off the road when they stop to pick up passengers, cars wouldn’t have to queue up behind them.

The reason we don’t have bus bays, according to local councillors and staff, is that . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: In praise of bus bays

Yappa Ding Ding: In praise of speed bumps

The reason we have roundabouts is that they let traffic flow without stopping through intersections. The problem with roundabouts is that having traffic flow without stopping is extremely hazardous to pedestrians. Roundabouts seemed like a great idea when when we were building them on roads that don’t have pedestrians, but then we started putting roundabouts . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: In praise of speed bumps

Things Are Good: Car-Addicted LA is Getting on the Bike-Train

Los Angeles is known to be a car-addled and car-addicted place but not for much longer. They have consciously set out to make their city more pedestrian and bike friendly. LA as also put efforts to make their transit better. The results are clear: people love to ride bicycles rather than put up with car . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Car-Addicted LA is Getting on the Bike-Train

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How do you deal with bad drivers?

The first thing you have to realize is that I’ve only been subject to the idiocy of my fellow car-jockeys since my arrival on Earth. (Car-jockey is the right term, isn’t it?) Anyway. Back on my home world, we über-chimps … Continue reading →

Dead Wild Roses: Don’t Be *THAT* Person On the Freeway

We see you, and just look what you did!

Filed under: Education Tagged: Driving, Helpful Hints, Traffic

Yappa Ding Ding: A little respect for downtown residents – please!

I needed to go to Toronto today, and had to cross King Street in Waterloo at the start of my trip. But there was a run of some sort going down King, and cars weren’t allowed to cross. I tried two intersections before I found one that even had a possibility of crossing, but even . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: A little respect for downtown residents – please!

Yappa Ding Ding: [Not] Solving Traffic Problems in Uptown Waterloo

I attended the Uptown Traffic summit last week. It was a success – over 120 people, lots of careful consideration of the problems that were posed.

In the promo for the summit, Ward 1 Councillor Melissa Durrell said, “When I was going door to door campaigning during the election, traffic was the Number One concern.” . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: [Not] Solving Traffic Problems in Uptown Waterloo

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Mayor Rob Ford caught reading while driving

Mayor Rob Ford caught reading while driving

Listen (click the link) to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admit to reading while driving. This morning, a photo was taken of him reading while he was driving (at a speed of about 70km/hr) on the Gardener Expressway (see photo at bottom of this post).

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Things Are Good: Copenhagen Gets Bike Superhighway

Copenhagen is known as the most bicycle friendly city on the planet and they keep getting better. Recently, the capital of Denmark has created a bicycle superhighway that is separated from car-dominated roads. The network of highways is designed to get people in the suburbs to get out of their pollution producers and commute more . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Copenhagen Gets Bike Superhighway

Canadians spend at least 10% of their lifetimes stuck in traffic, and it pisses me off

The breath and expanse of Canada, as the world’s second largest country, is both a curse and a blessing for Canadians. The country is beautiful, its scenery breathtaking and of course the people are probably the most cultured, caring and grounded people I have ever met in my travels. However, due to the fact that . . . → Read More: Canadians spend at least 10% of their lifetimes stuck in traffic, and it pisses me off