….bridges, let there be bridges

Nothing gets kingstonians more excited than bridges, mythic or otherwise. Recent news should have pulses raised, what with the teasing of federal funding for the long mooted but rarely seen third crossing, coupled with today’s announcement that work will begin again on the rail crossing on JCB.

What with all the love being shown to big bridge projects, what news of the Front Road bridge repairs?  Perhaps it could be extended a little longer to encourage residents to practice their zipper merges?

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dream big, execute frugally

In a previous post I was less than complimentary about the lukewarm efforts Kingston has implemented to become a bicycle friendly community.  Full disclosure:  I am ambivalent about the whole idea, as for the most part policy seems to have been outsourced to car hating activist led single issue groups, but given that the city has embraced the spirit, if not the practice, perhaps they might consider a few easily implemented ideas to further the vision.

Covered bicycle shelters.   Assuming the city means to increase the number of cyclists, bicycleshelterought it to prioritize covered bicycle shelters?   Failure to consider, let alone implement, such an easy and relatively cheap* piece of infrastructure does bring their commitment under suspicion.    Nearly every European city of similar size to Kingston prioritizes multi-modal transit, and includes  covered bicycle racks proximate to bus and regional rail lines. Continue reading