Am I paranormal? Do I see opportunities where others (for eg, the City) see nothing? Are the skeptics about government right when they charge it cannot miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity? In the three short weeks since I … Continue reading When Opportunity knocks …
Apparently, DIY Decks aren’t the only infrastructures that can be disasters. At the corner of Preston and Laurel a little apartment building infill is almost complete. Landscaping is underway. And soon, I suspect, to be torn up and redone at … Continue reading DIY Sidewalk Disaster
Bureaucracies are wonderful machines for obfuscating responsibility. Even the simplest, most mundane task is endlessly parsed into hundreds of discrete tasks and assigned to a variety of people … staff, consultants, and “public opinion” and politicians. When something goes wrong, … Continue reading Who is responsible for bad street design?
So I gather Vancouver has built a few centre-draining streets, and is considering them to be a regular feature of some future streets. Amongst other features, pedestrians don’t get splashed or perpetually soaked in salt spray all winter. If the … Continue reading Revolutionary street design avoids splashing people
What is invading downtown sidewalks and snatching away space, replacing it with stainless steel boxes? Are any pedestrians safe? Are pedestrians and street beggars (err, sidewalk entrepreneurs) safe or will they be captured by some unknown power and put into a stainless … Continue reading Invasion of the Sidewalk Snatchers
It is hard to persuade some parts of the city bureaucracy that there are people other than motorists, and that non-automobile transportation is real. I’ve ranted here before that people on cycle paths or multi-user paths (MUPs) are expected to … Continue reading Almost knowing where we are
Safer Roads Ottawa has used city collision data and Bikemaps.org collision and near miss reports for a multi-year period to identify the bike incident hotspots. At first, I was surprised how many of them are clustered along Somerset Street. Recall … Continue reading Ottawa’s top bike incident hotspots