Seasons Come and Go

This weekend I took my sister for a walk along the lovely Waldie Island Trail on the Brilliant side of the Columbia River in Castlegar. This time of year, the colours are stunning along the trail if you can get a sunny day. Although a beautiful trail, it also represents an historical site for the […]

Reclaiming the Roads

City streets have been hijacked by fast cars and trucks, as though these vehicles and their speeds were the only reason the roads were created in the first place. It is interesting to note that the road widths we see today are a legacy from a period before motor vehicles, when pedestrians and horses ruled […]

Car-stlegar

The automobile is king in this town, I was reminded of this, as, for the second time in a month a local paper features a large spread about the local car dealers. This time it refers to the opening of a new Hyundai dealership by Craig and Keith Kalawsky. The last big article was about […]

Castlegar and the Art of Happy Motoring

With a very long landform, Castlegar is drawn out from a rural downtown in the North, through semi-commercial zones and strip malls, past seniors housing complexes, standalone restaurants isolated from the street front by parking lagoons, more strip malls, tire centers, car parts, car yards, gas stations, car washes, more strip malls, fast food outlets complete with drivethroughs, railway crossings,  highway interchanges, complete with overpasses and a UFO-like cloverleaf which just complicates traffic patterns to the point of madness for visitors.

Vehicle Choices

I’m in the process of dissecting the Community Energy and Emissions Data for Rossland, and from a short three page summary, it is clear that there are a lot of learning experiences available for public information. The first one that is important is the choice of vehicle. Around the Kootenays, more than half of the vehicles on the road or trucks, vans or SUVs. People cite the snow, the need to carry heavy goods, safety, or comfort as important reasons for their choice of vehicle.But as with most places, these vehicles rarely get used to their capacity, or more ridiculously, in winter, are used to haul snowmobiles around on the back for days on end.

The Infrastructure Equation

Image via Wikipedia I’ve spent a lot of time over the past week considering the role of senior levels of government in providing funding to municipalities for infrastructure projects, and how these funds are distributed. It has been acknowledged across North America that the infrastructure deficit is one of the most pressing limitations to the […]

Speed Bumps Smooth Out the Ride

Image via Wikipedia Technologies in transportation to keep driving speeds down on low speed roads… They make a speed bump that’s based on retractors that open if the impact with them is small enough. These speed bumps can be configured so that if a car is going below 30km/h, the speed bump flattens; over 30km/h, […]