- Gordon Price has started posting “Shame of the Day” pictures (also here) of motor vehicles parked in bike lanes, and recommends reporting offenders in Vancouver at My Bike Lane. Price Tags (June 18 & 20). The equivalent site for Victoria only has postings for 2008. Is My Bike Lane a tool that local cyclists (and pedestrians or motorists) should be using more often?
- The Federal Government has sold or is in the process of selling several parcels of land along the harbour. Should there be a duty to consult the public before selling public land? Times Colonist: Harbour shore land sold (June 20, 2012). Oak Bay News: Transport Canada land up for grabs on Victoria’s harbour (June 24, 2012).
- Should City Council have discussions and make decisions in public? Paul Brown and Lisa Helps think so. Times Colonist: Former mayoral candidate chides council on secrecy (June 21, 2012).
- “[C]ycling is just another form of transportation, no different from the car or the bus,” claims a Vancouver blogger. That was my reaction a few weeks ago, when somebody told me that she hoped that Ryder Hesjedal’s victory in the Giro d’Italia and his sponsorship of the Tour de Victoria would increase local cycling. I couldn’t (and still can’t) understand the link she was trying to make between a high end, competitive cyclist’s victory and increasing use of a transportation tool. Vancouver Sun: Nix the spandex, urges Vancouver’s Cycle Chic Society (June 22, 2012). Also see: Vancouver Cycle Chic (blog) and Vancouver Cycle Chic (Facebook).
- “We are living in a time of unprecedented visuality,” says Martin Hand, the author of Ubiquitous Photography. Globe & Mail: Photo-overload: Everyone’s taking pics, but is anyone really looking? (June 23, 2012).
- Given my recent book reviews and musings on photographic topics, Hand’s article is a good warning about the danger of becoming immersed in photographing rather than experiencing events. Vincent’s Victoria: Review of Urban Books: “The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada” (June 24, 2012). Also see “American Modern” and Camera Lucida.
- “[I]t turns out that Downtown Vancouver traffic volumes in 2010 are equal to those in about 1965,” writes Gordon Price. “But you can bet that the traffic projections done when the original graph was drawn in 1976 would have projected a massive increase in traffic by now. How would traffic planners done that?” Find out at Price Tags: Extraordinary Facts from the Past: How traffic projections were done (June 26, 2012).
- “[Dr. Colin] Bennett’s goal is to stir people to think more critically about security and privacy issues and the effects of ‘creeping surveillance’ on society.” What are the risks and benefits of surveillance in Victoria? UVic Communications: Security games: Mega-events like the Olympics leave behind much more than fond memories (June 26, 2012).
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