In this second part, Tim Davis takes a look at how Amsterdam priorizes pedestrians.  (I’ve left the emphases intact to capture some of Davis Speak.) 


For those who think that Amsterdam prioritizes cyclists over pedestrians, the *opposite* is true. In fact, the very center of Amsterdam is so dense (especially in summer, when these were taken) that NO ONE bikes.

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It’s baby steps, or rather baby incursions by the ocean onto various parts of Vancouver. We begin our adaptation to climate changes.

We seem incapable of changing our habits, so we’ll just offload the whole thing onto adaptation by local governments. It’s all good.

Another King Tide will occur in late December, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  And the peak will be higher than this November King Tide.

My best interpretation of the tide tables puts the peaks as follows:

  • December 24 07:46 am
  • December 25 08:30 am
  • December 26 09:13 am
  • December 27 09:57 am
  • December 28 10:40 am
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There is a strange and oddly captivating drama taking place in Chinatown’s Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden where the tranquil peace and well thought out contemplative space has been invaded by a most unusual contemporary nemesis. A river otter has somehow braved several busy arterial roads to end up in the garden, enjoying the privacy and bounty of the garden~and unfortunately eating the koi, the very specialized and highly prized fish that are the centrepiece of the pond. Koi are colourful varieties of carp, and are bred for their size and colour. The longest living Koi  who was named Hanako lived 226 years. Koi  are a Big Deal and if you ask anyone that has a pond with koi they will tell you how special they are. Koi also recognize who feeds them and will follow that person around the pond and watch them. And they are not cheap~a six inch koi with red patches can cost $3,000.

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November 23, 2018

This sign is on a main motor vehicle thoroughfare on Granville Island.

It’s a bit ambiguous, but judging from recent pedestrian campaigns, the administrators are aiming the message at those oblivious waddlers among the duck population.

They’re probably colourful enough, what with the fancy feathers and all, so no earnest exhortations about wearing neon-lime-green vests.

But I am surprised that the ducks aren’t pictured waving little flags in their bills.

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