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Bicycling Benefits BC

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The British Columbia Government, on its website “ www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC "says:" cycling benefits the province's environment, its economy, the health of its people and society at large.”

To encourage this form of sport and transportation, a declaration of intent appears as follows (quote):

How should Jaywalking be controlled in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside?

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At around 4: 30 pm on Tuesday June 4, 2013 near Hastings and Carrall streets in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a 60-year-old man jaywalking across Hastings was struck and killed by a westbound car. Alcohol and speed reportedly are not considered to have been factors. That speed was not considered a factor is particularly noteworthy, the limit in the area having been reduced in 2011 to 30 kmh in an effort to enhance pedestrian safety.

Collapsing Bridges and Luminous Whirligigs

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When roadway infrastructure breaks down or fails altogether, the results can range from incidental to catastrophic. The May 23, 2013 collapse of the north section of the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, Washington about—100 km north of Seattle and 60 km south of the Canada-US border—fell short of catastrophic simply because the traffic at the time—7 pm—was relatively light.

Separating Bicycles and Buses

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We say, "it's like riding a bicycle-once learned you never forget," to overcome our hesitation about exercising a rusty motor skill. "No rust here!"and yet somewhere in the deep recesses of the brain that actually have engraved the code for this particular motor skill, are also the dark vague memories of the learning process—the scrapes and bruises—and the light-filled miraculous moment when balance, momentum and confidence click, ... and you are riding a bicycle.

The Future of the Car and the Car of the Future

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Recently, The Economist magazine published ‘Gloom and boom,’ a report on the challenges faced by car manufacturers from the largest—Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen—down to the small ‘niche’ companies like California's Tesla and the Chinese-Israeli joint venture, Qoros.

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