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From Heather MacDonald at Torontoist:

I’ve been asked why I link my cycling advocacy to women’s issues—and at times I am hesitant to do so. But in the literature on safe streets, the number of women cycling is seen as an indicator of safety and convenience. Women take more short trips then men. They are more likely pick up children, run errands, or accompany elderly parents to appointments. In all these short trips women encounter the consequences of a transportation system that has been dominated by men for the past century. Every year 35 vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) die on our roads, many more are injured. Congestion and air quality are significant problems. Something is broken with our transportation system, and catering to the private automobile is not the solution. I think about this every time I hear females explain (more often than men) that they would love to be riding a bike if only the streets were safer. When the committee tasked with implementing cycling infrastructure is composed of six men who get to make decisions without public consultation, I can’t help but be struck by the injustice to these women riding on Jarvis.

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Urban Planning

A strange fit of nostalgia motivated me to look up my old neighbourhood in Singapore on Google maps*. It brought back a lot of memories. Namely, memories of being lost all the damn time. WTF Singapore, this is not okay.

*This is one of those sentences that simultaneously makes perfect sense and makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with our generation.

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