I see a lot of e-bikes these days, folks who might not ride a bike but do now because there is a car free space & technology that helps them go further.

E-bikes so often get touted as the future of urban transpo but clearly they are the future of transportation everywhere.
There is now a 40km trail that runs through this rural area. Goes through three towns (four of you Consecon as a town which no one does), past several grocery stores, hardware stores, etc.

You could realistically live here with just a cargo bike for like 7 months of the year.
My friends have kids who will be able to bike to and from their summer jobs, even the late shifts, because of this one singular investment in active transportation.

It’s a remarkable change to the old trail, one politicians weren’t prepared to spend time & money on ten yrs ago.
It was fixed and built by local community members, signs put up because of local fundraising.

The politicians, of course, love it now.

But I cant help but think how much further ahead we’d be if the political will had been there from day one.

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3 May
Going to quickly explain why group riding like this is safe for the uninformed.

If you’re riding in a group with this many folks, single file inside the shoulder is super dangerous for everyone.
1) grouping allows you to been seen as a large, slightly slower moving member of traffic. You know, like tractors or those trucks delivering oversized trailers of stuff.

2) this means that a car is going to pass your group waiting for a clear spot and pass in the alternate lane
3) drivers often say these groups should go single file. Because they want to pass without crossing the line. So now you have to pass 15 bikes with a metre of distance before another car is in the oncoming lane because guess what you can’t pass with a metre & not cross the line.
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3 May
Right up there with them sending in a dozen or so cops with metal barricades to protect the fucking white supremacists while sending in undercover cops - maskless - to the BLM vigil last summer.
I don’t remember who the first person to explain to me that police are here to protect power structures, not communities or people, but it’s bang on and thanks to HRM police for giving us one more example of why this is true and why we need to defund the hell out of them.
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1 May
Knitters, have you ever heard about dominant vs non-dominant yarn when working with two colours and wondered if it really matters?

Behold these very frustrating to look at socks where the dominant and non-dominant colours were switched on each sock.

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If you hadn’t heard about, mini lesson for y’all right now.

When working with more than one colour, you often use both hands. You must keep the same colour the hand it starts in (it red yarn in the left hand, white in the right hand) for the *entire* pattern.
If you switch them up the tension on the colours changes a bit and you end up w/a slightly different colour balance resulting in work that looks just a bit off in a way you can’t quiet out you finger on but that subtle shift makes our eyes subconsciously mad when we look at it.
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