A Vancouver city councillor is questioning why he saw bike routes in the city getting cleared of snow during Wednesday’s snowstorm while nearby major bus routes seemed to be ignored. Coun. George Affleck says he saw the bike route on Ontario Street cleared several times while nearby Broadway was virtually ignored.
The federal government is setting aside $250-million for car companies and their suppliers, its first auto-subsidy program since the industry bailout in 2009. $7.14 is each Canadian’s share of the $250m New Year’s present we are giving automakers. We have been unable to find the amount Ottawa is giving bicycle makers this year, but we’re sure it’s a pretty penny . . .
The National Post features one of our staff writers in a piece on winter cycling. It’s nice to see a big-circulation journalist take time to understand the cyclists eye-view. And it’s getting more common as the bike boom continues across the land. However, we hope the average reader won’t come away thinking that falling down 5 times per winter is normal – it must be a Winnipeg thing…
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Saskatoon has chosen a firm to re-design the North downtown, the same firm which re-designed Edmonton’s Airport area. The Edmonton concept and drawings look interesting including an idea for saving $50,000 to $75,000 on the price of a $350,000 condo: let car-free buyers purchase a condo with no dedicated car-parking. We don’t know if that idea would fly with Saskatoon Council. But can you spot the oddity in this rendering:
Full points if you said “Railway, motorway, walkway… where’s the bikeway?” One day, every stock architectural plan will include bikeways.
The City of Saskatoon has announced some open houses to collect your thoughts about the plan 25th Jan at Montgomery School, and 26th at the Farmer’s Market.