Random thoughts

More bike lanes are not a solution for cyclist safety

Over the last few years the City of Montreal has made a concerted effort to improve the number and quality of its bike lanes, including a couple of bike ‘highways’ that allow for safer cross-town trips. This effort is in keeping with the interesting research undertaken by Philippe Apparicio and his team: they have measuredContinue reading “More bike lanes are not a solution for cyclist safety”

Montreal’s light-rail saga: avoiding bad planning is not good planning

Latest developments Over the last few days it has been announced that the Eastern portion of Montreal’s light rail system, planned with no community, regional or urban planning input by Québec’s finance-driven pension fund, is being suspended. Responsibility for designing and planning has now been handed to elected officials and to the various transport agenciesContinue reading “Montreal’s light-rail saga: avoiding bad planning is not good planning”

K is for Kanada’s Kovid testing and Kafka

Describing Canada’s current COVID testing for international travelers as Kafkaesque is an overstatement, but only because the system smacks more of Monty Python. This is what happened when I returned to Canada on Thursday 21st April. Return to Canada: Thursday No Covid tests are currently required for fully vaccinated travelers, but a test may beContinue reading “K is for Kanada’s Kovid testing and Kafka”

The geopolitics of regional development: climate and commodities

Canada’s regions are global Local and regional development, to the extent urbanites thinks about them, are usually considered minor affairs, principally driven by forests, farmers, fish, free-range chickens, and the occasional oil-well or mine. Indeed, in an “urban era“, it is easy to forget that, in Canada, about 18% of the population still lives inContinue reading “The geopolitics of regional development: climate and commodities”

(Illustrated) changes in Québec’s migration patterns

In my previous blogs I rapidly analyzed the 2020-21 intra-Québec migration data, using straightfoward techniques. In this blog I look at the same numbers, using GEPHI network analysis software. In doing so I provide a series of pictures that illustrate these migration patterns: I hope you find them as fascinating as I do! As aContinue reading “(Illustrated) changes in Québec’s migration patterns”

Montreal’s light rail : don’t listen to science or research!

Montreal’s transport agency (Autorité régionale de transport) has just submitted a report to the Québec government which is critical of the light rail system planned for the east of the island. It’s critique mirrors that which has been levelled by many commentators – the light rail system is poorly planned, it will cannibalise ridership fromContinue reading “Montreal’s light rail : don’t listen to science or research!”

Chronique d’une mort annoncée: la sécurité (?) des cyclistes à Montréal

La Ville de Montréal vient de sortir son rapport sur la sécurité routière en 2020, que je remercie Blaise Rémillard d’avoir porté à mon/notre attention. En réponse à son partage, voici une réaction! On lit, sur le site web, la chose suivante: “Équipe post-collision mortelle: Lorsqu’une collision mortelle survient, des responsables de la Ville seContinue reading “Chronique d’une mort annoncée: la sécurité (?) des cyclistes à Montréal”

Remote(ish) work: a new lease of life for sprawl?

This is my third short piece discussing intra-provincial migration numbers published by the ISQ (Institut de la Statistique du Québec) on 13th January 2022. They are worth discussing because they reveal the impact of COVID and allow for some speculation about what the future may hold for Montreal. In the first I suggested (in FrenchContinue reading “Remote(ish) work: a new lease of life for sprawl?”


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