Montreal’s Bixi bicycle network adds needed docking stations

To paraphrase the old saying, often attributed to Ogden Nash although many insist the author is unknown, Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, now I know where my bicycle is! With the snow melting away for another year things start to pop up. Not just daffodils and the odd crocus, but entire bicycle stands.Continue reading “Montreal’s Bixi bicycle network adds needed docking stations”

Montreal doubles available parking; but adds no new spots

With the number of  available parking spots already at a minimum, and many more to be lost with the installation of Bixi bike docking stations  for the summer months, the city of Montreal has launched a pilot project that would see more cars parked in the current spaces. With the simple creation of what engineers call aContinue reading “Montreal doubles available parking; but adds no new spots”

Montreal’s Tour de l’Île and some less positive cycling thoughts

The folks at the Tour de l’Île released the routes for this year’s events this week. This is for the most part a terrific event that helps kick-off summer in Montreal. It has been a few years since I’ve seen the Tour but I hope among the improvements is a means for the thousands of cyclistsContinue reading “Montreal’s Tour de l’Île and some less positive cycling thoughts”

Annoying problem with Bixi

The Bixi bike rental service has taken off not only in Montreal, but in many cities worldwide. For the most part I believe reviews are pretty good – except for one thing – redistribution issues. In the morning Bixis are taken from various locations as people make their way to work, school or appointments inContinue reading “Annoying problem with Bixi”

Montreal needs to enforce a “Don’t Block the Box” law

The last week of August signaling the end of the vacation season is clearly upon us if traffic tie-ups are any indication. As a fairly keen observer of irksome traffic situations as both a pedestrian and a motorist I can’t help but notice that Montreal’s urban traffic woes are very often caused by the sameContinue reading “Montreal needs to enforce a “Don’t Block the Box” law”

Interview with Montreal Ironman triathlete Rory Stubbs

On Saturday, August 10th while many people were enjoying a lazy summer weekend 37 year old Montrealer Rory Stubbs was grinding his way through the New York Ironman Triathlon – his second Ironman event. Unlike the Olympic Triathlon which comprises the same three events but different distances (a swim of 0.93  miles bike 24.8  miles and runContinue reading “Interview with Montreal Ironman triathlete Rory Stubbs”