John Thomas 
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Re: “The Big Rift

I would like to say that, for myself, I am very impressed with the shuttle service Halifax Harbour Bridges has offered. They built large sheltered waiting areas and purchased 3 brand new shuttle busses complete with bike trailers that run continuously, free of charge.

As a cyclist, I am used to getting the scraps in this city, but this shuttle service is not like that at all. It feels great that a real effort was made to make the service pleasant and convenient.

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Posted by John Thomas on 07/07/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Why do people still hate cyclists?

People who drive cars pay a lot of money for their vehicles, the maintenance, gas and insurance. Modern roads are primarily designed as conduits for cars. Naturally, drivers feel like the roads are "their space" which they have earned the right to enjoy by virtue of their personal investments.

Cyclists make drivers feel nervous. They interfere with the easy flow of cars on their own territory. I don't think that "following the rules of the road" has as much to do with the animosity as some commenters believe.

As a cyclist, I find this incredibly unfortunate, to say the least. We need to let go of the idea of wanting to be liked by everyone.

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Posted by John Thomas on 06/10/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Too bad they tore that library down

I'm usually no fan of modernist architecture. Seeing another building go up with a "playful" design and a skin comprised entirely of glass should bum me out, but I sort of like the new library. Halifax has a shortage of nice public spaces and this corner (one of the more prominent ones in the city) had nothing but a parking lot on it for ages.

I'm surprised the OP favours the Dalhousie library. This brutalist monstrosity was ugly and unlovable from the moment it went up 40 years ago and its just as bad today. The decision to hollow out the centre and put the windows facing inward means it's always dark and cramped (the exposed concrete and cinderblocks enhance the dreariness). Ever wonder why Dalhousie never features the Killam on postcards and calendars?

If only we could still build like this:
http://pixels.com/featured/reading-room-of…

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Posted by John Thomas on 12/22/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Ghosts of Barrington

This was a good article. Thanks for reporting on the matter. I really hope that we will see the downtown core revived in the near future that makes it a rewarding place to spend time in. Good luck to everyone involved!

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Posted by John Thomas on 10/31/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a bike helmet.

We have an obesity crisis on our hands and people are worried about falling off bikes!

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Posted by John Thomas on 12/16/2013 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Saying farewell to Nova Scotia for a reason

Lack of jobs + crushing student debt is a tough combo, but here are two easy suggestions to give Halifax a better vibe:

1) scrap the NSLC (think of Montreal, all you scaredy-cats)

2) scrap the bike helmet law (umm also think of Montreal)

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Posted by John Thomas on 12/15/2013 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a bike helmet.

Does it not bother any of you sad sacks that you're all bigger sissies than that kid from E.T.?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZni1gomz8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLaWjBjr06o

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Posted by John Thomas on 12/14/2013 at 11:05 AM

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