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Action

Taken from Gordon Price's blog @ Price Tags
Marc Jaccard's talk at the Playhouse. He wrote a great book called Sustainable Fossil Fuels.

(The Sam he is referring to is Sam Sullivan, former mayor of Vancouver)


Sam asked us to “describe something we are involved with that could change the lives of others.” My guess is that Sam was looking for uplifting, inspiring stories. If so, I’m afraid I’m going to disappoint. You see, I spend my time trying to prevent climate change. And I have increasingly come to the dismal conclusion that humans lack the cognitive ability to deal with the climate risk before it causes great harm to our planet. But in this sad way, my topic meets Sam’s criteria – because climate change will indeed change the lives of everyone!
I hope I am wrong, but the evidence of our incapacity to take action against this grave risk gets stronger every day. I will use my 7 minutes to give you a small taste of the evidence showing that humans are quite clever a…

We all pay for Free Parking

Everyone knows that in Monopoly 'Free Parking' is a good thing. Remember how much cash that gave you? And no matter how pretty you are, the beauty contest isn't going to give you anywhere near as much green as Free Parking.

Well, consider this picture of Langley where free parking is too bountiful. I've taken the liberty to create a google map of the Willowbrook area in Langley that indicates parking spaces. The red areas are open, free parking spaces. As you can see, they take up a lot of room.

One of the books I intend to read soon is Donald Shoup'sThe High Cost of Free Parking. According to Shoup, "the cost of all parking spaces in the U.S. exceeds the value of all cars and may even exceed the value of all roads." Free parking costs billions with a capital 'B'.

Free parking encourages people to drive since they do not have to worry about a cost at the destination of their trip. Even under-priced parking encourages people to circle the block wit…

Reading

Cyclists in Vancouver have 99 problems but street cars ain't one

Article in the Globe and Mail, "Cyclists: In Vancouver, beware of cars; Toronto, watch for street car tracks", highlights the main reasons for cyclist injuries/deaths in each city. Interesting to look at the differences.