2016-08-09 Tue

Construction Sites

I have collected my catalogue of Contruction Sites

You can find an animated GIF file of the maps here .


If you Walk or Bicycle around Toronto, especially downtown, you have a measured chance of being Killed or Seriously Injured by impact with a Motorized Vehicle.

Another clipping, this one for cyclists, but wait ... there’s something in it for us pedestrians too.

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Cycling on the sidewalk is bad because – a bicycle is a device for storing energy. Kinetic Energy is given by the formula E = ½ mv2, which is to say, the energy is proportional to the square of your velocity. If I am walking at 3 kilometres per hour and you are pedaling at 21 kilometres per hour, then your velocity is seven times mine, so your energy is 49 times mine. You have pumped that energy into your bicycle system.

No fair! Get away from me.

(Alternatively, should I, engrossed in my podcasts, swing my arm or umbrella out, you will do yourself a serious injury as you collide with all that energy into my near-stationary object)

For pedestrians it is ever true that was we walk on the sidewalk to the right of a right-turning car, we are liable to being creamed by a left-looking driver.

But most important of all is the writer’s misuse of the word “accident”.

An Accident is an unforeseen event. (Check your local dictionary).

That we can write about a specific case of a future event means, again by definition, that it is NOT unforeseen.

If in doubt: Think of how many times you have uttered the phrase “There’s an accident waiting to happen!”


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I so love baking my own bread, he typed, proudly.

Regional GO Transit

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The Globe And Mail on Saturday provided a cute little chart with varying lengths of GO trains to indicate transit times.

Kitchener at 2 hours and 7 minutes wins the prize. On a good day Kitchener is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto. A mini-bus would do better and still allow all but the driver to read papers, work on laptops etc.

In the interest of sowing dissent I’d like to point out that the Transilien and RER networks in the Ilê de France operate in a different manner.

Leaving aside that trains run in both directions 18 hours a day and that intervals between trains are generally 15 minutes or less, they have a clever way of getting you to work, or home, in a hurry.

Here is a general outline of how it works.

For some line, two different trains leave Paris to service the line. Take the RER line from Paris to Saint Rèmy Lés Chevreuse Via Massy-Palaiseau, abbreviated here to Paris-Massy-Rèmy.

At, say, 9am, a train leaves Paris and stops at every station to the half-way point, Massy, at which point the train goes out of service (in fact, is ready for a return trip to Paris). The trip from Paris to Massy takes about 60 minutes, so if you live in any town between Paris and Massy, you are no more than an hour from work.

At, say, 9:30 am, a train leaves Paris and runs non-stop to the half-way point, Massy, arriving about 60 seconds after you have descended from the earlier train. The train proceeds to Rèmy stopping at every station along the way. The trip from Paris to Rèmy takes about 60 minutes, so if you live in any town between Massy and Rèmy, you are no more than an hour from work.

Likewise, for the trip home, no matter where you live along the line, you are never more than 60 minutes from your home railway station.

Of course, if you arrive at random you may have an extra while to wait until YOUR train is ready to depart, but I suspect that regular commuters factor this into their work-day. You spend an extra fifteen minutes at the office, or you have time to pick up a bouquet of flowers on the way home ...

The Transilien system works; it really works. And it works very well.

Unlike some other half-baked schemes I could mention.