Parenting with an Open Heart returns to East Vancouver!

Are looking to refine and enhance what you’ve been doing as a parent because you just “know” that you can and that both you and your child(ren) would benefit all the more from it?

Or are you a frustrated parent floating aimlessly in a sea of authoritarian how-tos that simply don’t work for you or your child(ren)?

Maybe you have even discovered your own parents in your words and actions and wondered how the heck that happened?!

Parenting with an Open Heart is returning to East Vancouver and is all about empowering the knowledge and wisdom that every human being comes with, passed down for millions of generations, but only recently doubted and suppressed.

(Read what other parents have thought about these seminars below)

Although these past 10,000 years have put many barriers between the civilized person’s intuitive knowledge and day-to-day life, thankfully our innate human heritage remains!

This seminar series is designed to help you reconnect with instinctive and heart-centred parenting…with its joy and success!  It will revolve around you and what you need and it’s designed for all parents, care-givers and parents-to-be, of any generation.  Sure, there’s lots of information to be gleaned, but we’ll work with your life and use our lives as examples so it will be as easy as possible to Parent with an Open Heart.

Our next sessions will focus on Authoritative Parenting and add a twist of trust.  It’s very different than Authoritarian Parenting and is one of many ways to break out of the Authoritarian/Permissive box that civilized parents often find ourselves in.

Alice Miller’s work will help us understand how we ended up in that little parenting box….

On March 10, 2013, we’ll start the session with a look and demonstration of at least 3 different ways to get around by bicycle.  We’ll have a tandem that anyone from 4 and up can ride, a front seat that I call the “best seat out of the house”, and a bike trailer for one.  And if you bring your bike, you can see if the bike seat or trailer will work with it.

Then we will focus on how we can have fun any moment we choose to, and how those behaviours we’ve learned to dread are really trying to help us discover more…about ourselves and our child(ren).

And all along the way, we’ll keep in mind what we and our children actually need.

In particular, we’ll create a toolbox of tips for compassionate parents to rely on when times get tough.

Other topics that invariably come up:

We’ll focus on the positives of all these, but we won’t ignore the problems of parenting with a closed heart.

Nonviolent communication is a technique that will be used during the course of this seminar; you need not know it or even want to learn it, but it will help you discover your feelings and needs and those of the rest of your family.  It is highly recommended!  And most importantly, it will help us keep the Parenting with an Open Heart seminar space a “No-fault Zone!”

The series continues through March on Saturday evenings.  These sessions will be held in a private residence at 2105 Parker (corner of Lakewood Drive; enter from Lakewood through a gate into the basement).

We’ll begin at 6:00pm for 2 hours.

You’ll receive Compassionate Communication hand-outs and for those that register for the whole set of 7 sessions, you’ll also receive an electronic version of Magical Parent, Magical Child (see below for package info).  Plus you’ll receive our excellent and inspiring bibliography and reading list.

Admission to the first session is by donation, and I don’t want anyone to use cost as a reason not to come.  Snacks and teas are provided.  My goal is simply to make life more wonderful for more people!    And yes, children are welcome and there are oodles of toys on site!

This time I’ll be offering package rates as well: 8 weeks of sessions for $150, which includes an electronic version of Magical Parent, Magical Child and have access to our full lending library.  Drop-in is $25 per session; for anyone who needs it, the scale can slide.

Pre-registration for Parenting with an Open Heart is advised and recommended.  Simply email me at bike at resist dot ca or call me at 604.216.6700 with your name and contact info.

Again, upcoming session dates in Vancouver are Saturday, February 2nd, and Saturday February 9th.  These will be held in a private residence at 2105 Parker (corner of Lakewood Drive; enter from Lakewood through a gate into the basement)…we’ll begin at 6:00pm for 2 hours.

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More Transit Fares for More People

TransLink has done it again: they’ve raised fares for the fourth time in less than 8 years. This time across the board (passes and tickets, too). Oh joy.

That’s a 40% increase at the farebox; the ever-helpful Bank of Canada tells me that inflation over this period has been less than 16%, meaning fares have gone up 2 and half times faster than everything else. Since the last fare increase in 2005, inflation has been less than 4%, but this latest fare increase is 10% (2 and half times more again). Not quite what TransLink wrote back in May: “transit fare revenue increase of six per cent is proposed, representing general inflation over the 2005-2007 period.”

But of course, it’s worth it, right? No pain, no gain. Wrong.

To justify the fare increase in 2000, we were promised 500 new buses.

To justify the fare increase in 2002, we were promised 400 new buses.

The only new buses that have come since any of the fare increases in 2000, 2002, and 2005 are replacement buses that were needed 10 years ago.

This time, TransLink heralds the largest bus expansion in 31 years (better sit down for this one): 90 buses. That’s not even 10% of what we have already and a far cry from those earlier promises.

It fits the trend though; each time they promise less and deliver the same: nothing.

That would all be bad enough, but now TransLink is trying to brainwash us into thinking that Transit Service equals Fares. Want more Service? Pay more Fares. Want Peace? Go to War. Want freedom? Give up your Rights. TransLink is spinning with the best.

Let’s look at a few of the details of their latest missive, titled: More Transit Service for More People.

Read: More Transit Lies for More People.

Let’s start with the obvious: “Since the last fare increase in 2005, TransLink has significantly expanded and modernized its bus fleet.” Hello? The only “bus” fleet that has expanded is the Community Shuttles, aka minibuses, whose drivers get less pay and benefits than regular bus operators. Aha.

The “modernized” part of that lie, I mean advertisement (same thing), above must refer to the new trolleys, which were supposed to go into service in 2001. These long awaited trolleys are so modern that they can’t take bikes in their racks after dark! But they do have signs that can say “Sorry, Bus Full.” Now that’s More Transit Service.

The specific new promises (34 new SpyTrain cars and a 3rd Seabus) won’t be fulfilled until 2009 (don’t hold your breath), but the fares go up now. Nice.

But wait! There’s more…we will get “continued expansion and modernization of the bus fleet” and “new routes and more frequent service.” Gee, how will that be measured? And why would we believe it?

The one promise made that you can bet on is that fares will go up again within 3 years. If the current TransLink management remains, they may break this one, too…in order to raise them sooner.

Too bad they didn’t use the money spent on this propaganda to buy the new buses that they keep promising and not delivering; I’d guess this latest bit of propaganda is worth at least one and maybe even 3 or 4 new buses more.

So what to do, what to do?

If you’re a parent in the ‘burbs, I bet you’re not going to bring your 3 kids with you into the City by bus. That would put you back at least $30; gas still doesn’t cost that much and there is lots of free parking to be had.

If you’re a commuter, or “regular customer” in TransLink-talk, maybe you have the resources to stock up on “FareSaver” tickets or you buy a FareCard. Or maybe it’s just cheaper and easier to drive. Only 10% of commuters before the fare increase would have disagreed. How many more will be driving in 2008?

Okay, before the doom and gloom sets in, let’s get to some action plans to lift our spirits…

1. write a letter, if you haven’t already. I’m sure this will make a big difference in the fares imposed by TransLink.
2. attend a TransLink Board meeting. Oops, sorry, these have been privatized by Kevin Falcon and TransLink’s CEO Pat Jacobson (you know, the woman who created Canada’s first private highway for Ontario’s version of BC’s Liberals). But hey, weren’t those old meetings fun! The Chair was always so friendly and encouraged everyone attending to share her/his thoughts with them.
3. write a blog entry. I recommend this especially for any parents reading this. Not only will this make you feel much better but it will make it look like you are doing something…so that when your child looks you in the eye just before the planet dies, you can say you…wrote a blog…
4. write a letter…oh wait, we did that already.
4. write a series about Fare-Free Transit to show how easy it can be and how evil fares are. That will show TransLink!

I guess that’s it for law abiding, good people like us. Oh wait, we can talk about the issue with all our friends and family…yeah, that’s number 5. And my personal favourite:

6. Vote next November for transit-friendly politicians. Unlike when they governed TransLink during the last 4 fare increase, they won’t have any influence over TransLink’s policy or staff. But you voted for a change! Well done.

Unfortunately, most that can, will probably opt for number 7: drive a car. And who could blame them if the planet wasn’t burning?

Of course, blogs like these aren’t read by only good and nice people like us. Which means, of course, there’s hope…so here’s a list for those “other” folks:

1. Stop paying fares. Why pay for something that we own and already paid for with taxes and rent and hydro bills and gas taxes. Of course, drivers gotta do their job, which is drive the bus and inform you of the fare. But remember, the driver is a working stiff like most of us, so do give a smile and a hello/thanks. It makes all the difference. In short: don’t just dream about it, be the Fare-Free Transit system you desire!
2. Share your transfers/tickets, if you have one. Despite TransLink’s propaganda that tries to scare people into unlearning decent, common behaviour, it is NOT a crime to share. Even with strangers.
3. Get a ticket from the only Transit Police in the country (with the only Police board that has cops) and challenge it in court. Hey, “those” folks are often rich and the rich write the rules. Besides, “Fare-Paid Zones” are public property paid for by you and me. Sharing is as human as breathing. Taking transit is good communal behaviour, not a crime! Or is it driving alone in a noisy, polluting, greenhouse gas emitting, one tonne killing machine? I can never remember…

Speaking of killing machines, all of the guns and tasers and cars and uniforms and salaries for the only Transit Police in the country, could have bought 40 new buses by now.

That’s new buses, as in an expanded fleet, not empty promises.

i Viva la farestrike !

Fare-Free Transit: is it finally time?

I’ve had the pleasure to research and write a series of articles about Fare-Free Transit around the world and how these systems compare to what exists in Vancouver and Nanaimo.

You can find these articles on the daily on-line newspaper, theTyee.ca. The folks at the Tyee were so supportive and helpful from start to finish and I can’t thank Dave Beers and Bryan Zandberg enough for the polish they put on every article. They also helped facilitate these resulting radio interviews about Fare-Free Transit.

Kathryn Gretsinger hosted the first of these, which you can find right on the Tyee’s site.

On Wednesday, July 11th, I was in the studio for CBC’s afternoon show; you can listen to the portion which featured a Q & A and call-in about Fare-Free Transit here.

That night, there was a short Q & A on CKNW, which you can listen to here.

Saturday afternoon, I was asked to be a guest on CKNW’s Sean Leslie show; I called in from the Folk Music Festival and you can listen to that here (alternatively, here is the link to their Audio Archive: select July 17th @ 4pm after logging in).

CiTR‘s Pedal Revolutionary show devoted the last half of their show to Fare-Free Transit on Thursday, July 19th. You can listen to the whole show or their previous shows by clicking on Podcasts and then their show name from citr.ca. You can listen live here.

KPFK Los Angeles, Pacifica Radio’s affliate for Southern California, ended their August 6th edition of Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman with a discussion on Fare-Free Transit. You can listen to their whole show here or listen to KPFK live here.

UPDATES SINCE THE TYEE SERIES WAS PUBLISHED

Alternet.org asked for an US-focused summary of the Tyee series and published it on 26 July 2007.  You can read it by clicking here.

Community Transportation Association edited the Tyee series (with permission) and published a short article in their magazine that you can also find on their website by clicking here.

Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) student paper, the NAV.ca, published an article written by Morgan Vanderree entitled, “Fare-Free Transit Equals Fair Transit.”  You can read it by clicking here and scrolling down to page 6.

Planetizen asked me to write a follow-up piece that was published on 23 Feb 09; it’s entitled, “Why Is Fare-Free Transit the Exception Rather than the Rule?” and you can read it by clicking here.

PHOTO MONTAGE OF THE TRIP TO WHIDBEY ISLAND

On 29 January 2007, I rode my bicycle and took transit all the way to Whidbey Island, Washington State, USA (from East Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory) to research and experience Fare-Free Transit:

The start of my pilgrimage to a Fare-Free MeccaThe start of my pilgrimage to a Fare-Free Mecca; the fare: $4.50

A beautiful Pedestrian and Bike BridgeA wonderful Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

The prettier side of the imaginary line…The prettier side of the imaginary line…

…and the ugly; only bikes were sent this way!…and the ugly; only bikes were sent this way!

Round two, Blaine to Bellingham; the fare: 75¢Rounds two and three, Blaine to Bellingham and Bellingham to Mt. Vernon; the fare: 75¢

The breath of fresh air that is Island Transit; the fare: 0!The breath of fresh air that is Island Transit; the fare, everywhere: 0!

Isn’t something missing?  Nope, the passenger counter is all you really need here…Isn’t something missing? Nope, the passenger counter is all you really need here…

Just the facts…and not one trace of propaganda or misinformation, inside or out!Just the facts…and not one trace of propaganda or misinformation, inside or out!

Otis and another happy Island Transit rider…Island Transit operator Odis D. Jenkins and another happy Island Transit rider…

Vancouver City Staff prioritize North Van car commuters over local residents who walk and bus…again!

Imagine yourself trying to catch a bus to work, to an appointment or to school. You can see the bus a block away. You run toward the intersection but you can’t cross safely. You have to wait for 3 different lights to change. By the time you get to the stop, well, the bus is long gone. If you’re lucky, you wait another 15 minutes; if not, 30 minutes or more!

This is the reality for many commuters living around Dundas and Nanaimo. The #4 and the #7 bus routes join together and stop near this corner on Dundas to take residents downtown and beyond. But bus riders as well as pedestrians have to cross 3 busy and very wide roads to get to this bus stop safely because the north crosswalk across Nanaimo remains closed. And despite an excellent opportunity to improve this, the City of Vancouver Transportation Staff continue to hinder East Van residents from taking transit.

About 10 days ago, the traffic light pattern at the intersection of Dundas and Nanaimo was changed. The City of Vancouver Transportation Staff who made this change were well aware of the problems faced by residents in the area trying to take transit. Here is their response to a request to reopen this crosswalk (note: bold has been added for emphasis):

“The change does make a north crosswalk fairly easy to open though. We may do so in the future if it can be accommodated without causing too much congestion. The north crosswalk would operate during the westbound green. But the westbound green must be kept short for this change to work, and pedestrians require a long time to cross. I am hoping that we can make the change, see if it has the desired effect (reduce the use of Dundas east of Nanaimo), and then consider opening the north crosswalk.”

Although this change greatly improves motorists’ safety, it was motivated by a group called SlowDownDundas.org which is trying to stop through traffic on Dundas between Nanaimo and Renfrew. Similar to the situation that previously occurred east of Victoria on Venables, suburban commuter traffic is making local residents’ lives louder, stinkier, and very dangerous because there are no physical limitations to their speed.

Meanwhile, pedestrians have not been able to safely cross Nanaimo at the north side of this intersection for years.

The significance of this missed opportunity for change is that it flies in the face of what we in the City have clearly prioritized.

First of all, our 1997 Transportation Plan clearly places pedestrians first, followed by cyclists, then transit users (remember this one), then goods and services (some of the freeway traffic) and finally, but lastly, private motorists (the vast majority of this freeway traffic).

On top of this, the City has had an active program to eliminate the kind of situations that occur at Nanaimo and Dundas. It was designed to removed the “No Crossing” signs that only pedestrians have to endure. And despite being reminded of this information, yet another opportunity was lost when this change was implemented.

So not only are our highest priority transportation users (walkers) completely ignored, so are our third highest (bus riders).

Perhaps it is because the majority of our City’s Staff commute to City Hall from the suburbs that the will of Vancouver residents continues to be ignored and car users are prioritized over pedestrians and bus riders.

If you’d like to let our City’s Transportation Staff know what you think about this (and other) transportation situation(s), call the Traffic Management Branch at 604-873-7910 or email:

mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca
tom.timm@vancouver.ca
peter.judd@vancouver.ca
ian.adam@vancouver.ca
jerry.dobrovolny@vancouver.ca
dave.coburn@vancouver.ca
scott.edwards@vancouver.ca
engineering@vancouver.ca

Another terrOrist atTacK thWarted…

Vancouver’s “Finest” have done the unthinking again.

On a bright, Thursday evening, Constable Chalmers was driving around the Eastside looking for trouble with his trusty computer-toting sidekick, when suddenly it appeared to appear in the guise of a masked man gingerly walking across Victoria Drive right behind their unmarked, pollution-spewing vehicle.

Wasting no time for thought, they quickly backed-up against the flow of traffic and turned down the brightly sunlit, wide alleyway in search of this potential threat to all of humanity.

Within seconds, the police car had not only caught up to this pedestrian, they pulled up right beside him since he had politely moved aside.  But wait!  The masked man was now…unmasked (the trusty sidekick would soon identify this trick as more suspicious than if the mask was left on…remember that folks).  In no time, Constable Chalmers was accosting this man with all the charm the VPD are famous for by grunting:  “what are you doing?”

The now dangerously unmasked man looked at him and blankly replied, ” what does it look like?”

Constable Chalmers quickly realized that he was at risk of being taken for just another human being (albeit, one with a well-fitting blue outfit, complete with iPod-capable earphone and chest-enhancers), so he sped up in order to skid to a halt (how much do their tires and gasoline cost us?), almost half-blocking this man’s path.

Although he neglected to answer the question “are you being a nice person?”, Constable Chalmers did not miss his target as he jumped out of his car, grabbed the unmasked man’s jacket, and threw him around.  “What’s your name?” was then yelled in the terrorist’s face.  “Am I under arrest?” retorted the terrorist.  Being the well-trained professional that he is, Constable Chalmers changed tact almost instantly with a slightly louder, “What’s your name!”

After another “am I under arrest,” his trusty sidekick was quick to intervene: “Shut your mouth!  Blah (nod), blah (nod), blah (nod)…you are under investigation” (note: if you haven’t heard of this term before it is because this is a very technical term that is used in only the most delicate and dangerous of situations, since the violation of tax-paying citizen’s Charter and other basic legal rights are the primary focus for members of the Vancouver Police Department).

After extracting the terrorist’s name and birth date, an answer of “I don’t need to tell you that” in response to “where do you live?” received another threat, this time of being charged with obstruction.  Strangely enough, the trusty sidekick went back to the computer and just asked for a middle name (umm…that would be “trouble” with a capital T).

Meanwhile, Constable Chalmers described the dangers of having masked men walking around his neighbourhood (would that be in a suburb, by chance?) and was predicting 911 to call at any moment with alerts of “balaclava-clad” terrorists in the neighbourhood.  Do you think he and his colleagues would act this way with a person wearing a burqa?

In perfect harmony, his trusty sidekick chimed in with a whining chorus of “do you know how dangerous this job is?”, all the while completely ignoring the feedback that was calmly given by the unmasked man.  You know, stuff like “you might try asking questions in a respectful manner” or “if you say you are paid to enforce the laws, why did you assault me?” and “have you ever taken an anger management course?”

Obviously asking if his shoe size was bigger than his IQ was not verbalized (or you wouldn’t be reading this yet:).

So yet another terrorist attack was averted by these professional (hit-)men who put their blood-pressure at risk to enforce their laws, all at our cost.

P.S. Here is the link to the VPD’s website where it is actually states “Our Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Respect.”

P.P.S. If you’d like to send their leader Jamie Graham (who, according to their website, lectures on “safe blowing techniques”) any questions or comments that you might have (e.g., their approach to ordinary citizens [who pay their salaries, etc.] seems to create more crime than it prevents), you can do so by emailing vpd_chief@city.vancouver.bc.ca.  Other organizations that will probably show more interest are:

* BC Civil Liberties Association:                                   info@bccla.org
* PIVOT Legal Society:                                                     info@pivotlegal.org
* Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner:  info@opcc.bc.ca

P.P.S.S. Custom-made mask orders (complete with filters for particulates and VOCs from motorized vehicles) can be made by me via email.

Afterword

Although many folks may have catered to these thugs’ need to have power over their prey (and thus prevented this assault or worse), I also know that the fact that I’m a white male with enough education and experience to be able to speak clearly and calmly in times of crisis kept these cops from further escalating this needless encounter to something even more serious.

So in the spirit of helping these cops (and most of the others) understand their claim that they are here to “Serve and Protect” (why do I get the impression they watch too much TV?), here’s a training scenario that is free of charge to any cop shop in the world…

Cop: “Good evening, sir.  We were just passing by and noticed [/fill in the scenario here; in this case…/] that you had something covering your nose and mouth back there.  I feel like I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t ask you why you had that on your face, although I see that you don’t have it on your face now.

Ornery jerk: “What, is it a crime to wear clothes now?  Why are you asking me this?”

Cop: “No, of course it is not against the law to wear any type of clothing, but when someone conceals their face, it makes us suspicious that they may be trying to hide themselves or about to commit a crime.”

Ornery jerk: “Am I hiding anything right now?  You can see my entire face, what’s the problem?”

Cop: “You are right, you aren’t hiding any part of your face from us.  But I still don’t understand why you were wearing the mask back there.”

Ornery jerk: “Have you ever walked near a car with its engine on?  Try it and see if you can smell roses or something slightly more toxic.”

Cop: “Oh!  You were protecting yourself from the toxic exhaust of the cars that were passing you by.  Now I understand.  I’m sorry to have taken your time.  Enjoy the rest of your evening.”

Oh, we can dream, can’t we?

This is a Truly Terrible Twin!

No one likes to sit in traffic. That’s one reason why I ride a bike. Unfortunately for those who didn’t look at the big picture when deciding where to live, this isn’t much help. Thousands of folks bought homes in the ‘burbs to try to save money while continuing to work in or near the City. And while they’re stuck in traffic and losing their financial gamble, they aren’t the only ones fuming.

Now the BC Fiberals have their very own solution for this (and yes, I mean their very own). It is a solution much like everything else they’ve done over the past five years (i.e., good for big business, bad for people). They want to double the capacity of Highway #1 from Langley to Vancouver by paving more of paradise and twinning the Port Mann bridge.

Obviously, this appeals to the short-sighted folk sitting in the Trans-Canada parking lot. They don’t want to move, despite being in gridlock.

But this definitely doesn’t work for most of the million living in and around Vancouver. East Vancouver in particular, is already choked full of commuter cars. This is despite (or more likely, because of) most of our transportation tax dollars being spent by the bureaucrats in City Hall to maximize traffic flow and make mini, urban freeways through the Eastside.

So what to do?

We may simply have to battle it out with a fascist regime that is due to crack at anytime…not easy nor particularly fun but perhaps inevitable. Especially given their maniacal desire to privatize everything they can get their hands on.

If these fascists somehow stopped to listen for just a moment, we could find a way for everyone to win (well, except for Big Business, but they take care of themselves).

Let’s start with the obvious need to increase capacity. The general assumption is that increasing capacity on the highway means accommodating more cars. But the reality is we need to move more people, more efficiently.

Despite being the most efficient vehicle known to humankind, bikes are not the answer. Hell, people can’t even walk over the Port Mann bridge, much less cycle over it.

Translink, on the other hand, has put all its eggs in one expensive, privatized basket (RAV, now known as the Canada or Worm Line). Even if RAV is stopped, TransLink clearly doesn’t possess the skills or creativity to make a significant contribution (aside from doing the proposed paving or bridge building) to resolving this issue with bus technology.

So let’s take a quick peek at what’s happening now. There’s an average of five (5) empty seats per vehicle idling on that highway. Most vehicles (80- 90%) are completely empty (the cars can’t drive themselves…yet). Maybe the solution is simply staring us in the face!

Crunch a few numbers, and it is easy to see how we can not only double the capacity of the bridge and highway, but quadruple it or more! If 8 cars are currently carrying (at most) 10 people, and those cars have an average of 5 empty seats, it’s easy to see how we could reduce the number of vehicles dramatically and not pave over even one more patch of greenspace.

Okay, the numbers work. How do we actually do it?

Right now, there are two lanes leading from Langley through Surrey to the bridge. There are no restrictions on use. Hence the preponderance of Single Occupant Vehicles (SOVs).

Converting one of those lanes into a DOV (Double – 2), LOV (Low – 3), or – gasp! – HOV (High, as in 5 or more) would quickly change habits.

Thinking this through, let’s start with one DOV that is ENFORCED and continues right over the bridge to the current “HOV” lane. By the time this lane starts to clog up (a few weeks or months), we’ll have increased the capacity of the highway by 50% without doing anything more than posting a few signs and enforcing them consistently. We’re halfway home.

When the time comes (imagine, if you can, appropriate planning, not just planning for planning’s sake!), we can then upgrade the DOV to a LOV (3 or more people per car) or we can convert the other lane to a DOV. Both options achieve the current goal of doubling the capacity of this commute. I like the double DOV designation because it is simply criminal, not to mention extinction-making, to allow folks to drive around with empty vehicles. But it is safer to assume that the LOV option will be chosen.

When the LOV option starts to fill up, then we can move to a true HOV (5 or more) designation for one lane of the highway. This provides an opportunity to move more people than even the terrible twinning option could ever hope for. And it costs about $4 billion less.

Don’t let folks tell you that they need a passing lane or that no one will use the DOV, LOV, or HOV lane. Putting a few cops to a rare good use will ensure that the lane is used appropriately. A very important side benefit from this change of use will be a safer highway. Right now, drivers believe they have a “right” to pass, no matter how fast the other driver is moving. Speed kills, and on a highway where cars are moving in an uniform stream, many less people will die or be seriously injured. The twinning-spinsters can’t make this claim with a straight face.

Let’s put to rest the myth that we can build our way out of traffic once and for all. The private automobile has cost us all more than we can ever imagine. The population of automobiles continues to grow faster than humans in the Lower Mainland; putting billions of our money into an already failed experiment will only make it worse…even the fascists admit this.

It is time to stop the madness. It is time to rethink our current infrastructure. And even better, it is time to get back on my bike! See you at the Car-Free Fest on Commercial Drive…