This is what our city crosswalk elephant feet look like as they don’t look like “elephant feet” at all… or for that matter like any other type of toe – err pachyderm animal..


Over our Family Day Losses weekend my wife and I had the pleasure in socializing with a number of good friends at a local restaurant.  Though our conversation’s did not dwell very long on elephant crosswalk markings no one at our table of four except myself knew what these city elephant crosswalk markings looked like.  Though my wife thought they must be those squirrely whirly pedestrian crosswalk designs at the foot of Lonsdale Quay/Seabus area.

We have to Twilight Zone back to the infamous December 2017 city council meeting agenda when this issue was debated, ending with the mayor’s inappropriate ignominious wisecrack .  Both city councillors Bookham and Bell raised issues over these elephant markings, one being not readily identified as pedestrian/cyclists crosswalks by tourists… as well as by most non-cycling motorists.  After all they look like solid rectangular blocks and nothing more.  So my good interpretive graphic deed of the week is to assist in the unraveling of what city elephant feet markings look like… you’re welcome mayor.

*pachyderm: a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.


The mayor and his HUBies with the aid of our city engineers will continue to coerce cycling-psychosis down our throats, realizing they are running out of time.  As in just a little over 35 weeks we will be electing hopefully an untainted new mayor & city council.  At which time hopefully giving serious consideration to the registration and licensing of cyclists to help pay for these daunting crosswalks and to be correctly renamed “Black Necklace bike lanes” meant for cyclists ONLY.  i.e. not for vehicles or pedestrians who are paying city taxes for cyclists to have the exclusive right to these $20K+ bike lanes.  Unlike these same resident cyclists being able to WTF: cycle on any and all city streets… and at times riding precariously on our “pedestrian only sidewalks.”

And hopefully our city’s diminishing cycling community (having lost many due to the unaffordability of our city) won’t feel radically inclined like this recently caught violent NYC bicycle mob smashing and terrorizing drivers in one of our mayor’s fav city’s Manhattan NY NY…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5350111/Manhattan-bicycle-mob-smashes-cars-terrorizes-drivers.html

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We can ALL count on one hand the number of cyclists using our costly Black Necklace bike lanes during most of our cold, snowy at times and very rainy winter months. Cyclists choosing to get back into their vehicles further congesting our traffic lanes or further overcrowding our buses!


We may not have a winter storm bomb overhead but we will be experiencing many bombastic interventions not only from developers getting their last density projects across the finish line further exceeding our already over capacity transportation modes before our next civic election.  But also from minimalist special interest groups whom have a chokehold on our complacent city council like HUB.

A cycling organization who are seemingly defiant and determined to give cyclists reign over our motoring congested traffic flows.  Unwilling to compromise, unwilling to accept the overwhelming stats from other cities across our country and in Europe witnessing a reduction in cycling or the negative impact of bike lanes in front of businesses, declaring them falsehoods – fake news like:  The Province’s columnist Lawrence Solomon http://theprovince.com/opinion/op-ed/lawrence-solomon-rip-out-the-bike-lanes-before-more-people-get-hurt

I am for cycling but not ever at the $20+ million expense of our dire gridlocked roadways.  And with ONLY 2.5% of city residents willing to cycle to work further reinforces the argument  that yes, in our city cycling is simply and ONLY a great summery recreation sport weather permitting – period!  And even through the rumour mill I am hearing NSMBA membership is on the decline… cyclists confronted with an inconvenient (gentrified) reality as more and more young families can no longer afford our North Shore.