On my way from here to there, and heard this guy playing the summer public piano at Spyglass Dock. It’s one of Vancouver’s unique places.
From Dianna, along the Arbutus Greenway:
How to make a sign look awesome: plant a bunch of wildflowers.
Even the portapotties are landscaped. Portapoppies?
Also, work at Marine Drive: reconfiguring the bike lane and adding a signal. I had my own personal escort across the busy street.
Thank you, Vancouver, for making the awesome Arbutus Greenway even more awesome.
Under perfect skies, Metro Vancouver is celebrating the growing number of people who choose to ride their bike to work. Many, I’m sure, are creating their free BTWW accounts, creating routes, logging their trips, and hoping to win a bike or the big prize — a trip for 2 to Portugal.
The following pix are from Burrard and Pacific on Monday, May 28, one of over 80 Celebration Stations in a dozen municipalities in the region.
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Three photos of people riding bikes on Vancouver’s very popular and busy Seaside Greenway. Shamefully, the section at Kits Beach Park is nasty and dangerous, but nothing gets done.
Click here for a PDF of the full-size poster by HUB Cycling.
Despite seeing over half a million bike trips annually, and being subject to many years of calls for change from users and residents alike, the Vancouver Park Board continues to operate under the assumption that routing people on bikes through a busy parking lot — including tourists, children and older folks — is A-OK.
Happy Bike to Work Week…
Recently, I participated in a CBC Radio “On The Coast” dialogue with CBC’s Michelle Eliot. Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, joined me in addressing motor vehicle speeds, and the question of why convenience is sometimes viewed as more important than reducing crashes, injury and death on our roads.
There are some organizations promoting the idea that vehicular speed has no impact on safe road use. For example, Sense BC ran a campaign against photo radar in British Columbia, which was implemented on highways in the 1990s to save lives. The program was disbanded, and as we reported in late 2016 deaths and injuries of vulnerable road users have increased in this province over much of the past decade.
Dr. Perry Kendall, recently retired as BC’s Provincial Medical Health Officer, has detailed the 280 annual deaths and injuries from vehicular crashes in his report Where the Rubber Meets the Road.
Meanwhile, Sense BC is running a campaign today odiously entitled, “Speed Kills…Your Pocketbook.” Read on >>
I’m here waiting for the train on the Adanac bike route in Vancouver, and my Mobi bike share time is creeping towards the 30-minute limit for this ride.
Mild anxiety ensues. But as the graffiti says on one of the signal housings — “relax”.
As of last week, this is what Vancouver’s upgraded 10th Avenue Bikeway looked like in the hospital precinct near Oak Street — still incomplete, but already being used.
This is the one that prospective NPA mayoral candidate Glen Chernen promised to take out with heavy equipment if elected.
Whether 10th Ave, Point Grey Road, Hornby Street, or any other piece of the network, it’s not going to happen — for at least four reasons. Read on >>
Historian John Atkin and former planner Andy Coupland have been publishing a blog called Changing Vancouver for the past 15 years, on which they document Vancouver’s startling changes and growth over the past century or so.
Changing Vancouver was previously documented by Price Tags, and others have taken note; John and Andy have created an extraordinary resource. Changing Vancouver features historical photos of Vancouver buildings and streets, which are compared against contemporary images of the same location, and sometimes the very same building. Read on >>
If you’ve ever been in the western part of France, you may have visited Renne. And if you’re a foodie traveler or coffee lover, you might very well have had coffee at the Joyeux Cafe, a highly rated stop on Trip Advisor. (A second Joyeux Cafe recently opened in central Paris.)
The food and the service are lauded, but there’s something else that makes this cafe special — most of the waitstaff and kitchen staff have some form of cognitive disability, Down syndrome, or autism. Read on >>