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If I Could Put One Road In Edmonton On A Diet

Edgewater Dr in Orlando, FL - AfterFor me, the best part of walking to work every day is that it gives me time to myself to just think. I use the time to listen to some music – this morning I went with a fantastic Grateful Dead show from October 1976 – and for twenty minutes I’m in my own world. Sometimes I think about work. Far too often I think about the Oilers. Sometimes I think about the drivers in this city and I wonder why they all seem to be so terrible. And other times I think about the street I’m walking beside and how I might improve it.

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Traffic Congestion and the Price of Parking

By Saskjon (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week a story showed up in my Twitter timeline about traffic congestion in downtown Regina, and the mayor’s thoughts on how to alleviate the problem. That’s a story right up my alley, so being the curious fellow that I am I clicked that link right away to see what it was all about.┬áThe story itself was a little light on details, and was really only some off-the-cuff ideas to solve the problem, but nonetheless there were a couple of things I found interesting in the article.

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Ideas From Rush Hour Traffic: A Pedestrian Scramble

By Shadowlink1014 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

I, like everyone I know, do not like being stuck in traffic. Not having to deal with rush hour is one of the things I like most about walking to work. If it’s sunny out my walk takes 20 minutes. If it’s snowing, still 20 minutes. And if two drivers get in an accident, still just 20 minutes. When my wife and I moved downtown the ability to walk was a factor in our decision, but it wasn’t something I expected to enjoy as much as I do. From time to time though I do have to drive during rush hour, and every time I really feel for all the people who do to it day in and day out.

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