being a long time cyclist, I've used my 'cycle as a student and as a university employee. Every cycle was bought for fun and for commuting. However, as traffic increased on the shared streets, (I've been hit 3 times, forced off the road twice) I felt that cycling was a very dangerous way to travel. I also found that as I got closer to the "old boy's club", cycling required a greater effort on Halifax streets - especially going uphill. My $900 chainless 'cycle was converted to an electric 'cycle for a cost of $400 dollars. Still couldn't avoid the insane motorists but at least I was able to get up the hills. Retire now - still ride my 'cycle and still dislike the bonehead motorist. good luck to the 'cycle factory guys - happy cycling! jc
People, people, people, let's not lose our cool. this is for Profit, taxes and expansionism. oh wait - Profit or neighbourhood? Profit of course, who cares about what the silly public wants! Taxes? let's not forget most corporations have very very good accountants. Besides we can always raise the neighbourhood taxes to support silly ideas. Expansionism? Of course we must expand and keep expanding even if there is no real purpose behind the expansion. who cares about bike riders (most people who drive don't), who cares about auto drivers (insurance companies? we can charge more after an accident). Build more. build more!!! Spring Garden Road needs all the silly competition it can get. lynne
Regretfully, I must point out that Mr. Marston's view of discrimination is not quite right. The correct phrase is "environmental discrimination." This process used to be referred to as "environmental racism" since in it was originally based on discrimination against people of colour. The principle was that one could use environmental processes against people to contain, displace or compress a community until it is destroyed. We needed a prison, two hospitals, a railway for economic purposes. Where did we locate them? On the edge of the village of Africville. Let us run the railway through the heart of Africville. Let's not forget we needed a bridge as well - best location on top of africville. We did the same to the Natives of Turtle Grove. A collision between to ships and the resulting explosion devastated Turtle Grove. What did our government do? Move the surviving people out and build a power generation station. Let us not forget Jarvis Street. present location of this street is under Scotia Square. Today one only needs to look at Gottingen Street to see how environmental discrimination is applied against a community. It is so much easier for businesses to apply environmental discrimination (the city is to old, too hilly, it's to costly) against the need to accommodate eight people who wish to go out on the town, they don't understand the economics of scale. The more people I can get in my shop the more money I can make. Eight or ten or fifteen people are not going to really increase my profits enough. Oh by the way, let us build another mall in the burbs - Dartmouth Crossing. Everybody has a car or can take a bus and if they don't want to do that - tough. Margins of profit are everything for businesses and for city hall. lynne Carey Gottingen Street Halifax
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