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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Not sidewalks...walkways




Photo by Bryson Gilbert from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
I'd like to propose that Toronto retires the term "sidewalk" and replaces it with the more intentional "walkway."

"Side" has too many negative connotations that stigmatize people who walk, and it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth (I must tip my hat to my virtual pal, Dr. Harbeck, the great word-taster - check out his site and you'll get it).

When I hear "side" I think of the sidekick who is not the hero and isn't even in every installment or episode. I think of the side dish, that afterthought, getting little thought and so often put off to the side of the plate before being scrapped, scraped away (the side is for refuse)...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Toronto falling on Global Cities Index - transit is a part of it



The Global Index


First, check out this chart:


http://www.atkearney.com/gbpc/global-cities-index/full-report/-/asset_publisher/yAl1OgZpc1DO/content/2012-global-cities-index/10192

Follow the link above, check out the entire report - notice that there is not a single mention of Toronto in the report, at all. It's utterly un-noteworthy. It's been said "love me or hate me, but don't be indifferent" and that's exactly what Toronto is here - reflective of its tepid, insipid mediocrity. That's sad enough...but it gets worse...

Toronto's trend over the last five years?
  • 10th in 2008
  • 14th in 2010
  • 16th in 2012
We are entrenched in the wrong direction.

Better scheduling to help people get to work would be appreciated (and good for the economy, too)



Heading into the downtown core to work and participate as a productive member of society? 

Below is GO Transit's morning rush schedule for the westbound Lakeshore East GO Train, with my scribbles highlighting what I think is an issue.




6x less service to 416 commuters than to 905ers? (and it's actually more than 6x less, because 5 of those 6 rides available from Pickering are express).

C'mon, GO Transit, you can't do better than that?


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Modal split across GTA



There's plenty of data showing that urban living can be healthier for very non-mysterious reasons. Recently I saw this image:


While the numbers are hard to see on this image, what does jump out quite clearly is the balanced use of transportation modes in downtown Toronto, and the gross imbalance outside downtown.

If subways are not going to lace across the entire GTA (as a real transit system should), then the bus and light rail system and service, in lieu of subways, must be competitively good at moving lots of people quickly, in order to reduce dependence on cars - and the problems created by that dependence (pollution, poorer health, etc.) - outside the downtown area.

The graph above illustrates clearly that there’s no fooling people – buses and light rail in Toronto have thus far failed to provide an equivalent degree of service beyond subways, beyond downtown, which is a primary contributor to Toronto having the longest average commute (yes, longer than Los Angeles, longer than New York City) and choking gridlock that costs the region upwards of $5 billion each year in lost productivity.



Friday, January 25, 2013

Ford Countdown Clock retired



Well, Rob Ford's appeal was upheld, he's still mayor :-(

Thus, what was once a proud page displayed prominently across the top menu is relegated to a post, retained for posterity.