Living a Car-less Lifestyle – Could you imagine live without a car?

I have a coworker that has recently totalled his car, sadly by bumping into a curb and releasing the airbags. The car was in fantastic shape with low mileage and kept indoors most of the time, but the deployment of the airbags is a $8000 cost. Anyway, he’s been trying to make a decision on whether or not to get a new car. They live inner city and hardly use their car except to go up to Edmonton or to the mountains. We gave him the idea on not getting a car and just renting whenever they wanted to go on their weekend trips. Yes, imagine living without a car.

The question: Could you live without owning at least one vehicle? Read more →

Where are the ethics? Swallowed up by corporate greed!

I went to an Eco-Living Fair this weekend and was quite excited about it. I knew there would be the worm composters, solar experts, bike enthusiasts, plumbing specialists selling their low flow everything and on demand hot water. But this year they had some cool workshops that my family signed up for. The first was how to build bat houses. Did you know that a little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitos in one hour?  And that these little guys can live up to 40 years? Well, as you’ve probably guessed, they are in decline and the best thing you can do for them is provide them a home. We learned how to make a simple bat house. We made two in the class and were given a third by a condo dweller, who wasn’t allowed to put it up. Read more →

City Chase Calgary

Calgary City Chase

Janna and I were in the City Chase for our second year running this past weekend. Last year the mighty wife and I placed a whopping 87th place. Not bad out of 550 teams. We had such a good time we decided to register again for 2011. Read more →

X-Walks and the confusion

Calgary has introduced these interesting new crosswalks. They are stated to be all go/all stop. Only when all cars have red lights are pedestrians allowed to cross. Cars aren’t “supposed” to turn right on red lights to speed up traffic flow when the other light is green and to increase safety for pedestrians. When the walk signal comes up, it’s a free for all for the walkers. You can even go kitty-corner.

In theory this should be perfect but everyday I go through them there are at least a couple pedestrians jumping the gun when one of the lights turn to red. This leads to cars being frustrated at the walkers. There are cars going ahead turning right on the red light. Is it just something that takes time? 

I’ve heard rumors that this idea came from New York. Not sure how true that is but you’d think they would have traffic figured out. Honestly, I don’t think people are smart enough to ever really get this idea. A very big generalization but I think it’s true.