Tidbits and links rounded up about transportation in the past week. These are fun. I promise.
- The video above is a very cool photo montage of a train journey in England. Watch it, you’ll see what I mean! Full details on how the video was shot here
- You can now get bike directions on Google maps for six Canadian cities, including Vancouver! However, just one caveat: Google used our printed maps to get their base data and it still seems like it needs a bit of fine tuning: it suggested I ride on Kingsway to get to Metrotown, which is of course a road you can ride on, but isn’t necessarily everyone’s first choice when choosing a bike route, especially with Vanness running parallel. Give it a try and see how it works for you though—I’d love to hear your thoughts on the tool.
- The New York Times did a story on the lady who does the voice of the New York subway. (Check out my past podcast on the voice of the SkyTrain, too!
- Another New York Times article: all about travelling in L.A. on a bicycle.
- A video primer on Portland’s cycling network and how research helps inform it, with well-known researcher Jennifer Dill.
- Jason Vanderhill passed along several funny transit posters: here is a drunk Santa Tokyo subway poster, and one declaring that nun shall pass! Also, here is a lovely drawing of our older trolleys, from Jason’s wonderful blog Illustrated Vancouver!
- Boy, I have a lot of assorted New York links this week. Here’s the replacement of the stars in the ceiling of Grand Central Station in New York. Here’s the NYC train yard emptying out in the morning. Here’s why Penn Station doesn’t actually suck. Here’s a story about the kerfuffle over bike lanes in New York. And here’s service to Hogwarts!
- Toronto transit seems to have hit a snag: Mayor Rob Ford has declared an end to the Transit City light rail project.
- David Lam sent along some new collections of photos: here’s pictures of the Trans-Expo from CUTA two weeks ago, with so many shiny buses on display; here’s Xcelsior bus being carted around the Vancouver streets, and here’s the Reindeer Bus!
- From Human Transit: WMATA seeks feedback on its frequent transit network map.
- Finally, here’s a crazy set of photos taken at the 2010 Grey Cup: they are hi-res photos of the entire stadium, and you can zoom in and see people’s faces! Nuts!
If you have any items to suggest, or a photo to showcase on these posts, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! (Seriously: good photos. These posts need them. Send them along!)