Things Are Good: Oslo Improves its City Centre by Banning Car Parking

The Norwegian capital of Oslo dealt with an interesting proposition of banning all cars in the city centre by compromising. At first business and some residents (only 30% of urban dwellers own cars in Norway) didn’t like the proposal at all claiming it would ruin neighbourhoods and business. To address their concerns the city rolled ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transportation Not Meeting Demand

It’s been kind of a bad year for transportation in Saskatchewan. Aside from the potential Supercharger for Swift Current, there haven’t been many tangible bright spots for Saskatchewan. Premier Wall rejects the carbon tax plan to reduce emissions SGI says they’re not considering a rebate on Zero Emission Vehicles, as they once had 5 years ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Disruption of Used Car Market And Transportation Norms

All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil & big autos, says Stanford study https://t.co/uFcSdLAbFq — Tzeporah Berman (@Tzeporah) May 16, 2017 By 2025 we’ll see: “Cities will ban human drivers once the data confirms how dangerous they can be behind a wheel. This will spread to suburbs, ...

Things Are Good: Stopping Free Parking from Strangling Society

Urban planners spend the last hundred years modifying cities and policies to cater to the car – and that’s been harming us ever since. We’ve looked at how changing parking culture can save America’s economy, cities, increase transportation efficiency, and removing spaces can even make parking easier. Slowly, we are seeing change happening around the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Still More Hawaiian Sights

The 3rd day of driving, we headed toward the old Dole Plantation. After climbing a hill on the freeway, the Leaf’s battery was a little depleted especially since we started off at 66% since we couldn’t charge it overnight. We aimed for a free charger at a decidedly not-free health care clinic. @CdnARS_VE4PER @astevensward3 @JoelMurrayWard6 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The SaskParty’s Deaf Ears & Dumb Cuts

It’s staggering that the province is willing to spend multitudes more money on redundant highway so people can avoid going to Regina, than they are to improve literacy. Don Morgan is out of touch, and wrong. The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association said in a news release after the budget that Morgan has said the province ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Sights In Hawaii

After a couple nights at the first place we stayed, we dropped off our keys and picked up the ones for the next place. The timeshare employees moved our bags for us once the rooms were cleaned, which was convenient. On Monday, President’s Day, we hopped on the bus to the other side of Honolulu, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How Safe Will the Model 3 Be?

The Tesla Model 3 could be the safest car on the road — and that’s bad news for every other automaker Matthew DeBord Mar. 23, 2017, 10:42 AM MORGAN STANLEY: Tesla’s Model 3 may be 10x safer than any car on the road today Frank Chaparro Mar. 23, 2017, 11:08 AM   It’s expected to ...

Things Are Good: Improve Transportation by Ending Subsidies for Automobiles

Many drivers think that gas tax (or their car-related taxes in general) more than cover the costs of infrastructure of cars. The reality is quite the opposite. People who don’t drive subsidize those who do. In terms of infrastructure itself we have spent more money on roads than on other forms of transit. This combination ...

Things Are Good: Public Transit Makes Cities Safer

Obviously public transit is great for getting people around cities and is a very scalable traffic solution. One spinoff of a good public transit system is that the streets get safer. In Canada he number of collisions increases every year with the vast majority of these collisions the result of driver error. With public transit ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paved Paradise Because Parking Was Already There

July 5th, 2016, after years of a mud pit following the rip-out of the previous playground: Now it looks like this again: Reasoning given:  A project of this scale requires a large site and staging area directly adjacent to the building. The site, the courtyard immediately west of the building and south of Wascana Daycare, ...

Things Are Good: Bicycling is the Safest Form of Transportation

In Toronto, the car rules the road so much so that the city is fine with non-driver (that’s everyone) deaths, and the city won’t do much to stop drivers from killing. Sadly, Toronto isn’t a unique case. In far too many places bicycling infrastructure is an afterthought that plays second fiddle to cars. Despite this ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: On Time and On Budget

There’s a cliche around the City of Regina the last while. Politicians will say a project is “on time and on budget”, but fail to point out that the initial estimates for the budget and time it’s expected to be completed, are amended as the project goes along. Get support for the project by low-balling ...

Things Are Good: Cities Designed for Walking Attract Smart People

The human population of the world is urbanizing, but some places are performing better than others. The key to making a good modern and productive city is to make it walkable. Design for people, not cars. Over at BBC autos they took a look at what attracts smart people to the smartest cities and it ...

Things Are Good: Drivers Need to Learn to Share

Bicycles are an amazingly fast way to get around cities and countries, as a cyclist I often roll past cars idling in bumper to bumper traffic. The cars (and their single occupants) aren’t getting anywhere anytime soon yet drivers as a group demand more and more infrastructure when really they should learn to share. In ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Lament For Toyota

My first drivable car was a 1972 Toyota Celica.  I was all of sixteen or so when I bought it, and it was near the end of its useful life.  Was it the best car ever made?  No, but it had something that I haven’t seen in a car from Toyota in decades.  It was ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Lament For Toyota

My first drivable car was a 1972 Toyota Celica.  I was all of sixteen or so when I bought it, and it was near the end of its useful life.  Was it the best car ever made?  No, but it had something that I haven’t seen in a car from Toyota in decades.  It was ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Lament For Toyota

My first drivable car was a 1972 Toyota Celica.  I was all of sixteen or so when I bought it, and it was near the end of its useful life.  Was it the best car ever made?  No, but it had something that I haven’t seen in a car from Toyota in decades.  It was ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

A warning against drunk driving. 6 Sept. 1949. Netherlands.@trouw #OldNews pic.twitter.com/yIFzzXo516 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 23, 2016 Roughly, it says: “Alcohol makes lumps. Whoever is not satisfied, can see it in this photo, which was acquired last night after a driver who was under the influence of liquor, first drove to the gate of ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real costs of fossil fuel-powered vehicles – and the alternatives to them

  There is some rising concern, and at times vitriol, about electric car drivers not paying their fair share, because they buy no gas, and therefore do not pay gas taxes, which go to maintaining roads. While this is true, it is only a sliver of the bigger picture. The more salient fact is that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

“Showing leadership matters, signals matter, examples matter, but the numbers are the numbers,” Wall said. Essentially, Wall appears to be suggesting that because no single action by itself will solve the problem, we shouldn’t take that single action. Applying this logic to other situations reveals just how faulty it is. When China surpasses the amount & proportion ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Goodbye, Old Car!

So I finally pulled the plug on my ’97 Cavalier yesterday afternoon.   I feel OK about it.  I’d put a new engine in last February and hoped this would squeeze a few more years out of the thing.  But it was like sewing a shiny fresh metal heart to a bunch of rusty old ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Buy a VW

This is awful. Holy crap. VW had software in cars to detect official emissions tests & cheat them. Real world emissions 40x higher http://t.co/j8u9Uw7Pcr — Real Gaz of Trumpton (@gazza_d) September 19, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

On our Amtrak trip through southern and central California, I watched the dry and irrigated fields fly by me at 133km/h. We stopped for the night in Bakersfield (the most conservative city in America, some figures show), and it was 41 degrees even with the sun down. The cement around the pool at night warmed ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Insane! Ludicrous! Plaid!

I knew this was a Spaceballs movie reference when I heard “ludicrous mode”. “Ludicrous speed” is attained by a spaceship in the Spaceballs movie. #Tesla Roadster in my driveway on Canada Day. pic.twitter.com/x1TX0GpVhe — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 3, 2015 It leaves us wondering what comes next for Tesla. Bizarre Mode? Singularity Generator? A test ...