I can’t decide if this is dorky or cool…

Transit bracelets from designhype.

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What do you call a group of doves?

I don’t know either.  The internet had a whole of bunch of answers to this question including “dule” and “dole”, both of which sound fishy.  I’m asking because there seems to be a lot of doves in Geneva.  There is everyone’s favourite restaurant, the Red Dove.  There is a building downtown that says “Dove Block”.  And there is a local brewery called Naked Dove (which is located halfway between here and Canandaigua.  If you’re Canadian and you’ve never seen the word Canandaigua before, trust me, I’m not making it up!).

 

Once upon a time, there was an artist named Arthur Garfield Dove (1880 – 1946), whose father was a building contractor and brick manufacturer in Geneva.  Dove grew up in Geneva and attended HWS before moving on to NYC.  He eventually moved back to Geneva with his wife, whose nickname was “Reds”.  Dove wasn’t a big fan of Geneva so they only stayed in town for a couple of years.  I learned all of this on the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art  (phew – good thing it wasn’t censored today!  This joke has to do with an American bill proposal that would censor the internet.  This joke actually isn’t very funny and hardly worth the long explanation.  Anyway.).

Saving lives through curbside haiku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the New York Times city blog, NYC has introduced new roadside signs altering pedestrians and cyclists to some of the dangers of these modes of transportation.  The signs are bright and graphic and include little haiku poems.

On the face of it, the signs help to make a grim message slightly more palatable.  Yes, peds and cyclists should watch what they’re doing.  But more importantly, shouldn’t cars be paying more attention?  I’m curious about what strategies (if any) the city is taking to educate drivers.  For example, in BC, the Victoria Cycling Coalition was involved in revising the driver’s education manual to include information about cycling (e.g. share the road).

Then again, in Ontario, the Chief Coroner is investigating pedestrian and cycling deaths in Toronto.  And federal MP Olivia Chow has introduced a new Bill that attempts to provide greater protections for cyclists.  Clearly this is an important issue right now….and maybe the education of peds and cyclists (through poetry!)  is as good a strategy as any!