Holy Crap does the City of Ottawa ever get it right on this one

As one of the few remaining residents of Lebreton Flats, and one who is both an avid cyclist and the owner of 2 dogs, I have 2 big problems with my neighborhood.

1. There is no way to get from the Western Bike Path along Scott/Albert to the Laurier Bike Path. (Actually there are two, but the official one is to carry your bike 84 steps up a cliff, the other is to ride alongside trucks up a 10+% grade on Bronson)

2. There is no official fenced in dog park within walking distance. The OCDSB has done a fantastic job of creating a space in the field next to the old Ottawa Tech High school, but it doesn’t have a proper door, and I feel extremely nervous bringing my dogs knowing that they could easily escape.

In one fell swoop, the city is promising to fix both of them.

From East West Bikeway Connection – New Multi-use Pathway


To provide connectivity between the Laurier Avenue bike lane and the existing Multi-Use Pathway running along the north side of Albert Street, an off-road cycling and pedestrian facility will be provided as illustrated at links A and B on the map.

[…]

The new multi-use pathway will run alongside and through the existing pet-friendly field area on OCDSB grounds. Improvements will include a fence, southern access with spring-return gates. This area will be slightly reduced to 70 per cent of its current size.

I normally think of the City of Ottawa Planning Department as “A wretched hive of scum and villainy” but this is an absolutely brilliant Kudos to whoever came up with this plan, and may it be implemented as soon as possible.

This is a terribly geeky video, and only a few people I know will watch 5 minutes of it, let alone the full hour, but if you’re interested in the history of Solaris, or wondering what the origins of stuff like Illumos, OpenIndiana, and SmartOS, or if you really hate Oracle (There’s a section from about 34:00 to 39:00 that’s for you guys), this is definitely an interesting talk

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Mr. Cairo 5 hours ago
It's been awhile since I read such an interesting, thoughtful column in the Globe. It wouldn't do any harm if the Globe's great resident know-it-all on any given topic (Margaret Wente) were to read this piece and think about the value of sometimes admitting "The information just isn't all there yet: I'm still sorting things out in my mind."
Mark Shore 3 hours ago
Perhaps Wente will pass on her fresh and deeply original insights into risk, uncertainty and decision-making once she reads Gardner's books.
Just once instead of seeing “Beautiful with or without make-up!” I’d like to see “Smart no matter what I do or do not put on my face!”
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inrng:

cyclocosm:

If any non-cyclist friends ask me who Taylor Phinney is, I’m just going to send them this still of a pre-race interview from Dubai Tour.

I think he stole his Dad’s glasses, definitely good for #capsnothats

cyclocosm:

If any non-cyclist friends ask me who Taylor Phinney is, I’m just going to send them this still of a pre-race interview from Dubai Tour.

I think he stole his Dad’s glasses, definitely good for #capsnothats

His Dad's sunglasses

(via He was sorta asking for it… - The Meta Picture)
cyclocosm:

I suspect I will be getting quite a bit of use out of this gif.
[from the latest #twib]

cyclocosm:

I suspect I will be getting quite a bit of use out of this gif.

[from the latest #twib]