When I first immigrated to Canada I was blown away by many things – not least of which was its free press. I had spent more than three decades living under a regime that tolerated no press freedom whatsoever, so I was extremely impressed by what seemed to be an unfettered press. After watching Global […]
Vancouver is voted one of the best cities in the world to live in, year after year. In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, the Vancouver Sun’s Steve Whysall had an article in the Sun called What Makes Vancouver Special? Whysall revealed his pick of the ten brightest lights in Vancouver. As with all such lists, most […]
Vancouver has been accused of having a dull, grey cycling monoculture. Nothing could be further from the truth! In Vancouver the cyclists are as diverse as the population. Vancouver cycling culture is vibrant and colorful.
Montreal’s great cycling infrastructure has led to impressive progress towards the city’s aims: decreasing pollution by increasing cycling in Montreal, while decreasing motor vehicle use.
Apparently, if money is spent on roads, no one gives a damn – but if money is spent on a bike lane, then it could suddenly become the most personal and important $3,2 million ever spent in the history of Vancouver. Am I the only one who finds this odd?
OK, that’s not exactly what he said. But that was the gist of it, in a story called “Traffic Confusion” that Global News BC ran tonight. It was (yet another) story on the woeful state of downtown Vancouver now that one little bike lane has been added – the Hornby Bike Lane. It seems that […]
The very controversial Hornby Bike Lane is now open in Vancouver!
Last week BC Premier Gordon Campbell resigned with his approval ratings at around 9% – lower than Nixon’s during Watergate! By contrast, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s approval ratings have soared to the giddy heights of 43%. According to the pollsters, that’s astonishingly high. Apparently it’s rare for a Canadian politician to score over 40%, so […]
Recently Vancouver and the lower Mainland have made three giant strides towards safe cycling for all: The Central Valley Greenway (June 2009) The Burrard Bridge separated cycling lane (July, 2009) The separate lane on Dunsmuir Street (March 2010) Also, there is finally a traffic light on the 10th Avenue bike route at Fraser – what […]
Two bits of happy news for Canadian cyclists today! Vancouver to Host the 2012 Velo-city Global conference The City has just announced that Vancouver will be hosting the prestigious Velo-city Global conference in June, 2012. This will be the first time since 1996 that the conference has been held outside of Europe. Despite yet more […]
Listen to Gordon Price’s speech on the Hornby Street bike lane!
Boldly going where no Vancouver City Council has gone before, Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver party took their green vision of a bicycle-friendly downtown Vancouver a step further yesterday (5th October). After a full day of debate, and only a short while before midnight (11.38 p.m.), they unanimously approved a new $3.2 million separated […]
Cycling on Hornby Street, Vancouver, is extremely dangerous, as you can see from this photo. As a result, you will never see children biking on Hornby Street, and you will seldom see women and children, or men and children. Canada is a kind and caring nation, so you would think that people would want to […]
San Francisco study finds merchants benefit from bike lanes, traffic calming — Geoff Meggs. Counsellor Meggs discusses an interesting study that shows that bikes lanes are not necessarily such a terrible thing as local businesses fear – on the contrary, four years on, most businesses benefitted by having a bike lane put in front of […]