I discovered a new danger of riding a bike. BEES! A bee stung my lip while riding. I was lucky I didn’t crash or swallow the little fucker.
Archive for July, 2011
Dear Councillor Mary-Margaret,As my councillor and someone I voted for, I am incredibly disappointed by your decision to vote in favour of removing the bike lanes on Jarvis. Toronto as a city needs to be increasing the bike network, not decreasing it. And increasing it means increasing it to places people want and need to go. Rob Ford and his ilk are catering to their constituent bases in the suburbs so it makes sense that they would want to scrap anything that impedes their SUVs, but you represent people who live in the city. Many of us don’t even own cars.Bike lanes need to be on smooth roads, not ones that the city has stopped repairing. They need to be straight and connected. Having to constantly ride blocks out of my way to get to the next bike lane is a waste of time and effort. And a bike lane that is only a few blocks is useless, it would be the equivalent of having a 200 meter highway. And lastly a cyclist, bike lanes need to be clearly marked, policed, and respected. My safety shouldn’t be compromised so people can drive faster.I hope in the future you will consider the needs of all of your constituents.RegardsDave Hamel
The CBC reported that the TTC has sold the advertising rights, including the naming rights for the subway stations to Pattison advertising for 324 million dollars for the next 12 years.
This reflects very poor judgement on the part of the TTC who have grossly undervalued the advertising properties of our transit system. The TTC itself reports it’s ridership to be approaching 500 million per year.
With the $324 million being divided over the next 12 years that averages to only $27 million per year. This means Pattison advertising is only paying about $0.06 per rider/per year to bombard a captive audience with ads. Google can’t even beat that rate!
To put this into a little perspective; the operating budget for the TTC is 1.4 billion a year. Twenty seven million dollars is a drop in the bucket and means the advertising sales will contribute less than 2% of the over-all operating budget not including the expenses they incur.
The naming of stations by corporations not withstanding, this would suggest either very poor judgement or some form of corruption.