Friday, November 21, 2008
As you come off of Connaught Drive just before Queensway Street in Prince George British Columbia, there is paved access to travel to the downtown core by foot or mobility device. In the area lays the Memorial that honors all people who will never come home from work again.The access trail is in a severe state of disrepair. It does nothing to attract citizens to the area to pay homage.
Early photos of the area that City Hall is built on showed a beautiful, relaxed area that had a gondola and always had people relaxing in a park like setting, perhaps a resting point as early wanderers came into the community from the west. The white lines in the photos are the crosswalks to areas north where the first stores and entertainment were situated in our early days.These areas are in disrepair too.
Back when the city first developed they planned an access route between Connaught Drive (Miller Addition west) and George Street.The route is historic and valuable as community walk areas.A separate route continues east across Queensway Street down Patricia Blvd past the houses of Miller Addition west. It ends with a good view at Bedford Place above the Fraser River. You are inside a closed off Cul-de-sac.You see Highway 16 east on it’s way to the rest of Canada the Yellowhead Bridge can be seen here, as well as the historic CN Train Bridge Prince George Crossing.There is a “Welcome to Prince George” sign across the highway, placed there when the road was altered slightly to the south in the mid 1980’s.More on that area here.
Heritage Trail also intersects at this point and continues its’ journey to the Cameron Street Bridge along the Nechako River.The confluence is just a few hundred meters north along the Fraser River from this point.I’ll write on the state of that trail in future text, I have an older blog at *URL*
As you turn left off of Connaught Drive towards City Hall you notice a pile of dirt on the left of the trail.It is the result of the hillside eroding and loose material rolling down. It is also a runoff point for rains and spring melt. The trail is quite close to the base of Connaught hill at this point.
Seasonal maintenance operations have chewed up the soil on this entrance.As you travel further down the trail, you notice many places where 3 to 4 inch “cracks” exist in the asphalt.There are places of pavement missing. In the spring and during rain, runoff erodes the trail even more. As you cross Patricia Blvd and travel down George Street alongside of City Hall, you try to avoid the worst of the potholes.On a mobility aid, you must avoid the sidewalk due to erosion around the “Enterprise Rent A Car” location at the corner of Patricia, Queensway and George St.
City Hall must be accessed by going around to the rear of the building (From Patricia) to access the sidewalk in order to enter the structure to do town business.All doors are electric, the building is completely accessible in all areas and the Municipal center is geared to accept everyone.Outside is a different story.
City Hall has four paths (those white lines radiating out from city hall) to access the cenotaph grounds, business entrances (up a flight of cement stairs or grassy knoll) or relax in the shade of a glade of exotic trees.It is a historic area, chosen in the mid 1960’s to host the Municipal HQ. Only 2 of these cement paths, the North West and North (center) access paths are mobility accessible.There is one directly across George Street and another a few meters further around the grounds with a 4” curb preventing access for so many.
The streets here are in a severe state of disrepair.Deep potholes encircle the lands’ business end.The pavement is eroding rapidly right next to the grounds due to extreme heavy traffic and low maintenance.The land was once fertile and peaceful; the developing community’s resting ground.Connaught Hill had a Ski Jump in the 1950’s; any events were visible from this point and close to the entertainment of the community.
Prince George has a mandate to become 100% accessible.It is destined to become the model for the larger community of British Columbia.BC has a mandate as well, to set the bar when it comes to National Accessibility.The city should take some pride and improve this high profile area.Municipal pride starts at home and this area should radiate that pride in it’s outward hospitality to all persons, no mater what the ability!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Anyway, while you ponder all that, take a look at this report I came across concerning a UFO shaped car... Silly RCMP and Alaska State authorities lol http://gas2.org/2008/09/09/alaska-police-pull-over-solar-powered-car-think-its-a-ufo/#comment-23008
Further along that link, a surprise by Lotus: http://gas2.org/2008/07/30/grow-your-own-the-solar-powered-lotus-made-from-hemp/
it's main power is traditional gasoline, however it does have electric assist with solar panels on the roof. Well, welcome to the future my buds. Try not to disturb the locals on your way through, they are disturbed enough already.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I ride a mobility scooter through the streets of
I was involved with a lady the last time I drove a conventional vehicle and only used a cane part time. Partly due to a rocky relationship not based in total reality and mostly due to a poverty situation as I waited for “disability pay” combined with the powerful thought “I can do this while I still can”, I had let my driver’s license expire in October 2005. Not being able to afford fuel and repairs, I had not driven for a couple of years before that. Checking, I realized that the provincial government of
For quite a long time now, I have ridden various electric Personal Electric Transport devices (or “PET’s”, Mobility Scooters and Power Chairs). Many times I am forced to ride alongside the traffic in a special lane created for bicycles. Summer is a blast; the PET can go many kilometers no matter what the weather. I put a Harley Davidson sticker on a big green 3 wheeled PET I named “Scoot”. “Scoot” and I made a positive reputation for ourselves and everyone noticed us.
The sidewalks around
The city had set this up in 2003 when it presented a mandate to the province concerning
Over the winter of 2007/08 the
To that end I contacted
In the spring when the snow cleared I saw that several large communities in Canada had started an event of colossal importance. Electric Day was held and will be held annually, some hold hopes that it will become another day of celebration; yet another “Stat” with a purpose directed towards the environment. A day to celebrate all things related to electric transport. Buses, Cars, Bicycles, Scooters, Wheel chairs, Electric generating treadmills, and solar panels (to name a few of the items I saw featured) were presented to thousands. “Why can
We decided to put it to a few more mobility riders who showed up to our first meeting. We first held a general vote in early June 2008 to select officers for PGPMC. John was named as President and me as Vice-President. Nancy (John’s wife) would be the treasurer and an administration person collected notes and created minutes from the meetings. We discussed the idea of “PG Electric Day” after that business.
It went over well. A week after, John,
It is now August 2008, 10 months till we launch the E-Day. The PGPSC has taken a summer vacation to plan a strategy for developing the beginning of this new club in
Once the idea catches on, the potential for all communities to start such a club is great as well.
PGPSC is set up to provide riders in
Right here in PG (right in your back yard), we have over 100 Km of accessible nature trails and street routes. For example, the Heritage Trail system, which is over 8 KM of paved trail with about 3 Km of packed and compacted gravel in environmentally sensitive areas. Forests for the world on Cranbrook Hill, a UNBC project comprises over 15 KM of compacted gravel trail which is fully accessible; a wonderfully relaxing tour whether riding on electric or human powered mobility.
Out of the 3500+ electric mobility devices that exist here in
Till next time, fellow planet saviors: Ride free, Ride far and screw the gasoline companies; save your coin for your favorite sidewalk market!!! We don’t need no stinking licenses, helmets and do not ask to check my oil!
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Monday, August 4, 2008
Another partner of PGWalknroll and AAMD Productions, "Grampa Ganja's Happy Man's Hemp Shop" is interested in talking to PGPMC about a combined Electric Day / HempFest in Prince George before the Olympics in 2010. Flavored and fueled by 420 legalization, it will be focused on serious environmental and medical issues. This would attract a huge market world wide (who will be in the area anyway) for a full weekend. Music, Good times and serious talk mixed throughout. Time, place and focused event details to follow. HMHS needs to work out a few details: In Brieif;
How would an "Electric Hemp" theme go over in Prince George British Columbia Canada?
Where in the huge area of wide open areas in the Prince George City area could an event of this scale be held?
Stay tuned for the answers (or comment below and help us plan)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
In 2007 several large centers across
While riding around the city on one of these, a certain rider was dreaming of a day when everyone would be using electric in some form or other.
“Why could we not do this E-Day in
Ken is a long time rider due to mobility problems caused by Multiple Sclerosis and was noticing an increase in the number of mobility devices being used every year. He is also the Facilitator for the MS Support Group and Assistive Technology Consultant for Employment Action. John is involved in many activities that the city manages on the issues of disability; he also rides due to a mobility problem. Ken and John agreed to re-form the scooter club to show people that this alternate form of transport is not something to be hidden. The club was renamed the “Prince George Power Mobility Club” (PGPMC) and is planning to implement an annual event of the future of personal electric transport as a way of introducing themselves to you. Their vision is “To assist and support people with Power Mobility Devices”. They don’t focus on “Why” we ride, just that there are fun, safe ways to ride.
Ken and John are supported by Nancy, John’s wife and fellow mobility rider. The 3 of them met unofficially a few times in the board room of 490
After the meeting Ken, John and Nancy sat with a very receptive Pat Bell, MP and discussed the concept of “Electric Day” and how it could be held in
Electric Day #1 is being planed for the Multiplex in June of 2009. All forms of electric transport will be featured. Tricked out Mobility aids, electric bicycles, Electric motorbikes, cars, trucks, forklifts, busses and all sorts of other environmentally friendly electric travel modes will be featured. Chevy and
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As well, this event was featured in the Prince George Citizen on the 3rd of July, local downtown printed news source. http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080703139144/local/news/mobility-club-planning-electric-day.html Thank you Prince George Citizen & Scott Stanfield; I am sure we will talking to you again someday