Weekly roundup February 12-18

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Legault should ‘celebrate French,’ not scold youth about English words, GND says Montreal Gazette

I was a stranger in Calgary, trapped in a bubble. Then I discovered the magic of a downtown library CBC

ArriveCAN should drive deeper reforms, not just contracting oversight Policy Options

Weekly roundup February 5-11

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How to Lose a Library Public Books

RAIC Journal: Why Raymond Moriyama Matters Canadian Architect

Toronto Symphony Orchestra returns to the composition that put it on the global map The Globe and Mail

Performance gap reality check: Why aren’t buildings operating the way they were designed to? Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Weekly roundup January 22 - February 4

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Cities can speed up climate action by slowing down traffic Policy Options

Heathrow Junction – London’s short-lived railway station

Devastating cyberattack on Toronto Public Library shows how much it still means to the city Toronto Star

Weekly roundup January 15-21

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Let’s make the indie web easier

A Reporter’s Journey Into How the U.S. Funded the Bomb The New York Times

I miss human curation

Weekly roundup January 8-14

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A love letter to the CSV format SciencesPo Médialab

Why open source matters Canadian Digital Service

Transit Use 2023

We biked a lot this summer so took transit much less. The tradition of reporting since 2014 continues. I counted “unofficial” transfers on the STM as two rides. I took 62 rides in 2023. My rides were paid for using: Presto (3), OPUS (41), and Oyster (18).

Agency Fare Media Total Rides Total Cost ($)
OC Transpo Presto 1 3.70
REM OPUS 2 0.00
STM OPUS 39 144.80
TTC Presto 2 6.60
TfL Oyster 18 91.32

Rides by Day of Week

I hardly had any work transit rides in 2023. We took a trip to London in March, I was in Toronto in May, and we had a weekend in Ottawa. We also took a ride on the REM during the preview weekend at the end of July.

Rides by Month

Year over year

Weekday riding stayed low, except in March when we were in London.

Year-over-year Rides by Day of Week and Month

Coming out of the pandemic slowly increased my transit use, but biking on my new cargo bike picked up more of the further away trips.

Agency Year Cost ($) Rides Work Rides
GO 2018 20.62 2 0
MBTA 2020 3.20 2 0
MiWay 2018 15.00 5 5
OC Transpo 2019 3.55 1 0
OC Transpo 2023 3.70 1 0
REM 2023 0.00 2 0
STL 2022 4.50 1 0
STM 2019 221.60 79 10
STM 2020 21.60 8 5
STM 2021 32.80 13 0
STM 2022 173.45 40 6
STM 2023 144.80 39 0
TTC 2014 379.70 206 3
TTC 2015 369.30 175 3
TTC 2016 349.68 161 2
TTC 2017 695.92 261 100
TTC 2018 628.50 234 31
TTC 2019 297.20 112 5
TTC 2020 3.10 2 0
TTC 2021 6.40 2 0
TTC 2022 12.80 4 0
TTC 2023 6.60 2 0
TfL 2023 91.32 18 0
UPX 2018 56.29 7 7
UPX 2019 18.50 2 1

Weekly roundup December 18 - January 7

The first weekly roundup of the year (and first since before Christmas). I think I’ll write a 2023 retrospective as a separate post. For now, I’ll say it was not always the best year, but the baby grew up to have many more opinions while also being fun to talk with.

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Why People Hate Maths, and Why You Should Love It **

It’s time to ban ‘right-on-red’ Fast Company

We must urgently reinvent public transit for the post-pandemic world The Globe and Mail

The Future of Public Parks The New Yorker