good article on @kady and @wicary and @davidakin. I live in Ottawa, 4 blocks from Parliament Hill, but I’m completely outside “the bubble” I have one friend from high school in the PCO, but he tries as hard as he can to stay outside “the bubble” Following people like Kady O’Malley and Rosemarie Barton lets me know about what happens in “the other Ottawa”
“Most political leaders struggle to speak fluently in a foreign tongue. Only the exceptional manage to mangle their own.”—
Nicolas Sarkozy is adopting a more presidential tone after being accused of ‘mistreating’ the French language. In November he nailed the fiendishly difficult imperfect subjunctive. Triple axels are easier. (via theeconomist)
Sarkozy has nothing on Jean Chretien, he mangled both of Canada’s official languages with ease.
Randall Denley actually starts an interesting conversation about the Laurier St. bike lane, and brings up a lot of good points about why bike lanes might be bad.
What it boils down to is: As a policy implementation, bike lanes work. In city after city, the evidence shows that cities that install proper bike lanes have increased cycling. This is the goal, and bike lanes are a proven means to achieve that goal
The designer had seemingly no interest in the century of development behind the modern bicycle and no inclination to investigate why the status quo is as it is. He bumbled in and designed something cool-looking but useless, because he obviously has no interest in such trivia as the laws of physics. Personally, I think that these bicycle concepts embody the antithesis of good design - a useless, style-led attitude that rarely leads to anything but last year’s model wearing this year’s tailfins.