After our long-tail e-bike experiment, there was discussion about trying a front-loading trike, specifically the Taga 2.0. Well, we finally got our hands on one (thanks Shaun!). It was a typical Vancouver rainy day and a perfect day to try it out. We definitely need a bike that can hold up well under that use case.
We have gone from biking with baby to biking with baby and a toddler to now. Now looks like me, huffing with every ounce of power to push my bike, trailer connected with the two kids inside, up the hill. I can no longer bike them home (or to some destinations in the city) because the trailer plus the kids’ weight is more than my own. Plus, our eldest is starting to complain that the trailer is cramping her
style legs. A friend told me that she gave up at this stage and just used transit until her kids could ride with her on the streets. But, I desperately want to keep biking with them. (To be clear, our eldest is not ready to bike on her own on the streets.) So, how am I going to make this happen?
We are celebrating our 5th anniversary as car-sharers. Back in 2012, we had recently welcomed our first child into the family. Was it time for a larger, safer vehicle? A mini-van, perhaps? Naw, we decided to ditch our vehicle entirely and join Modo instead.
And so the experiment began. We decided to see how long we could last without a vehicle in our parking spot. Our big questions were:
- Will we save money?
- Will we reduce our carbon footprint?
- How inconvenient will car-sharing be?
Here are the results of our 5 year experiment.
Only a few days left in #NEGM2017. Next up …
Colin Chan is a professional engineer by training, a skilled communicator by experience, and a builder by nature. Colin uses his skills and talent in pursuit of environmental stewardship and community-building projects. Continue reading “Everyday engineers series: Colin Chan, P.Eng”
We are at the halfway point of #NEGM2017. For today’s interview, we visit the East Coast of Canada …
Andrew Kent is a professional engineer, urban planner and project manager. At Colliers Project Leaders, Andrew delivers expert advice and project management services to municipal, provincial and federal government ministries and departments. Continue reading “Everyday engineers series: Andrew Kent, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP”
This is week two of National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM) in Canada. To keep raising awareness of everyday engineers, next up …
Maureen O’Connell is a professional engineer and employed with Golder in their Contaminated Sites group at the Vancouver office. She received her engineering license in 2016. She is the mother of one inquisitive 4 year old and one charming yet cunning 2 year old. Continue reading “Everyday engineers series: Maureen O’Connell, P.Eng”
As previously mentioned, March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM) in Canada. To raise awareness of engineering, I have gathered stories from a few “everyday engineers” that I know. So, without further ado …
Jonathan Musser is a professional engineer and project manager with Associated Engineering (AE), currently on secondment to Metro Vancouver to oversee construction of a new drinking water reservoir in Surrey. He also cares about gender diversity in engineering and serves as a member of AE’s women in science & engineering retention committee. Continue reading “Everyday engineers series: Jonathan Musser, P.Eng”
Our series of board games for couples reviews continues with Quantum, a dice-based abstract strategy game. Despite being a 2-4 player game, and recommended for 4 players, it is often cited as a decent 2 player game.
The month that boasts Thanksgiving (in Canada) and Halloween is synonymous with pumpkins. They show up in pie on many Thanksgiving dinner tables and later as Jack-o-Lanterns decorating many houses, but there are other recipes and activities with which to enjoy this versatile vegetable.