Vancouver Special on Keefer St. (photo from sillygwailo on Flickr)
If I remember correctly, I spent about 2 years of my childhood in a Vancouver Special. Most of my years in Vancouver were actually spent living in post-WWII bungalows built in the 1950’s. The Vancouver Special didn’t come to exist until the 1970’s.
I do know quite a few people that grew up in Vancouver Specials and who actually live in one now (a few of them are actually homes in Burnaby). I guess they are the quintessential Vancouver home. It was almost cliche in the 1980’s when you’d drive around town and see tons of Vancouver Specials. The 1980’s version that I grew up with had red Spanish roof tiles. I later realized that Vancouver Specials were not just the Spanish roof homes, but they included a variety of other 1970’s homes that dotted the east side of Vancouver.
The Globe and Mail featured an article talking about Mr. Money Mustache. I had never heard about him before, but apparently he is a Canadian-trained computer scientist who decided to do something different with his money – stash it away.
One of the key ways that he saves money is by driving as little as possible. The money he would have been spending on an extra car at home, he just socks away. Whenever he can, he rides his bike.
I am a bit of a Japanophile and love watching any videos with Japan as the focus. Here’s a cute Vimeo video by Takuya Hasogone to brighten up your Thursday before the Easter long weekend.
If you like the song, it’s available on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bo-en/miss-you
Won’t be posting until next Tuesday again. So enjoy the Easter weekend.
This was shared by one of my Facebook friends. It’s from a blog called Moving Forward. The question it poses is “What is the full cost of your commute?” Good question.
This handy infographic attempts to answer this question:
I will admit upfront that I am more of a fairweather cyclist. If it’s raining, I hate riding my bike. Especially since I wear glasses most of the time, my vision is inevitably obscured by raindrops on my lenses if I ride in the rain. The other time I tend not to ride is in the dark. That’s why I seldom ride my bike in the winter in Vancouver. My cycling commute is usually from April to September. Why? It’s too dark when I leave work at 6pm to feel like I can safely navigate the alleys and streets of Vancouver by bike.
Enter Volvo Life Paint.
Those who follow my blog know that I’m a transit traveller. What does that mean? That means I ride transit in whatever destination I arrive. I must admit Zurich was not high on my list of transit travels. However, I am impressed by what I saw on this Streetfilms video.
I first saw the video on my WordPress Reader feed thanks to Stephen Rees. He asks the question: why should transit be grade-separated as subways or elevated rails?
Peace Arch border crossing traffic
As we are in the middle of the plebiscite, I’m sure the dedicated No voters have already vigorously mailed in their ballots. The same can be said of us Yes voters who are equally dedicated to the Yes side. However, I think there’s still plenty of you out there who may still be thoughtfully percolating over the issues. Here’s some more readings related to the referendum and issues surrounding transportation in Vancouver.
Here’s a cute promotional video to support the Yes vote for the current transit plebiscite. It’s been featured on other blogs, but I thought it worth posting here. It’s a small group of UBC students singing “I Get Around” with a transit bent.
The new kid on the block in car sharing in Vancouver
There is a new car share in town and it’s name is Evo. It’s actually a car share owned by the BC Automobile Association (BCAA). What a brilliant move by an automobile association to partake in the growing car sharing market.