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Re: “The inconvenient truth about Ebikes

Electric Bicycles are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for folks who are discovering the health benefits of bicycling while helping to reduce the environmental impact of our existing transportation system.

Electric bicycles are as safe, stable and sturdy as traditional bicycles and move at bike-like speeds. As a new, innovative and clean-technology transportation option, their use in the U.S. and other countries has brought the pleasure and freedom of bicycling to millions with no compromise in consumer safety.

Communities across the country face transportation challenges related to traffic congestion, local air quality, climate change, obesity and lack of physical inactivity. Encouraging alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycling, can help address these challenges.

Increases to quality of life: Electric bicycles make riding a bicycle for commuting and transportation easier and faster, allow current bicycle users to bike more often and farther and promote alternative transportation for people who cant afford the high cost of car ownership.

Increases to bicycle ridership: Electric bicycles provide a new option for people who want to bicycle but would otherwise not because of physical fitness, age, disability or convenience, especially at high altitude and for those whose work commutes are within the 5-20 mile range and who traditionally drive.

Environmental benefits: Electric bicycles reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption, improve air quality and support alternative modes of transportation.

Everyday utility: Electric bicycles can carry up to 400 lbs. of cargo and can be equipped with built-in hauling features, specialty baskets, versatile racks, carrying bags and other accessories to accomplish many daily commuting activities.

Benefits to public infrastructure and safety: Electric bicycles decrease traffic congestion, increase road safety with more cyclists on the road and reduce demand for parking spaces.

Economic benefits: Electric bicycles benefit small business owners by providing a cost-effective alternative to cars and trucks when used for equipment transport and deliveries.

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Posted by Don DiCostanzo on 05/17/2018 at 6:54 AM

Re: “My complicated relationship with snowmobiling

I can relate

Posted by Chris Elliott on 05/05/2018 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Looking for answers

Left Whistler in our first year of marriage when reality set in due to lack of affordability of real estate given the difficulty of getting full time year round work that a bank would qualify a mortgage on. Whistler has always been expensive. Now our family's second generation has been trying to live there for 6 years. Housing is so expensive you can't rent and save realistic money for a place of your own. Jobs are not paying living wages. Moving up is very difficult beyond the first level of seasonal employment where international visiting employees subsidize the companies with money they save and bring with them from countries with higher wages. Now the prices are such that you can't afford to enjoy the reason you moved there in the first place. The mountains. Add to that the fact that Canadians who live nearby have to pay american prices to ski in their own country, and it's becoming very difficult to see how a company can just choose to shut out a whole lot of customers. These are customers that mountain ownership might need given the first international downturn, financial or social shift overseas that results in visitors from other countries deciding to holiday closer to home. No matter how large you are in a corporate sense, you cannot afford to turn your back on a single potential customer. One day just when you need that customer most because others have taken their dollars elsewhere, you might just find they are no longer interested in what you offer. They have moved on. In an industry as cyclical as the ski industry and the vacation real estate market it's not a prudent strategy to be too cavalier about coming into a market and ruling a large portion of support unnecessary to one's business. Monica B Whistler Skier 1968- 1984. Resident 1979 - 1984

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Posted by Monica B on 04/26/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

An effective strategy would have been to come in with observation and research; to gain an understanding of what is working and what isn't, and target changes towards necessary improvements.

What WAS done was much more typically American. 'We don't care how things were done before, we're doing it OUR way now.' So many changes were implemented that made things worse than they were (a software that took us almost a decade backwards, malfunctioning systems, loss of several pass options that enabled locals to ride, etc)

I'm happy to see that Vail is giving back to the community in several ways (with money) but there are some things money can't buy. Give this town it's soul back; show the locals that you know how important they are. Gear your business model towards the people that make up the sea to sky; the people who man the lifts and make the coffees, and not just the deep pockets of the foreign elite.

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Posted by Shannon Heather on 04/26/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “The power of protest

No tar sands tankers for Vancouver harbour. Google and read, "Vancouver Oil Sands Tanker Spill Could Cause Evacuation Nightmare". Dump KM, to save beautiful Vancouver.

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Posted by Earl Richards on 04/26/2018 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Looking for answers

This was my first year not skiing Whistler since 1980. I will not be back until Vail is gone. I will enjoy my local mountain pass and my Mountain Collective pass for the foreseeable future. I used to sing the praises of Whistler despite is limitations in the weather department. No more. Alienating local skiers who can pick their days in notoriously fickle weather (weather that has always made the destination business a crapshoot) is a poor business strategy ... Vail Resorts will see.

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Posted by D Lawson on 04/24/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of April 19

I was shocked to read Randy Jones statements regarding a potential conflict of interest on the part of the Mayor of Pemberton with regard to additional parking that might benefit the new resteraunt that will replace the Centennial Cafe.

First, given the relatuvely small seating area in this cafe, there are already more than enough parking spaces on Frontier.

Secondly, the Village had identified the land in question as park land with possible overflow parking for events at the Barn long before this mayor's election.

Finally, if this additional parking is ever approved and built (unknown at this time as the Village just obtained the land quite recently) the likely parking area will be located almost two blocks north of the existing cafe.

Not sure why this objection was even brought forward as it is my understanding that the author has recently sold his resteraunt in Pemberton in order to go ranching in the Cariboo.

The Centenial Cafe only recently became available and my understsnding is that the mayor and and a group of associates decided it was a good business opportunity. To infer that they did this because a parking lot may or may not be built sometime in the future seems ludicrous.

Pemberton is inevitably on a path of growth and, as always in such situations some developments will benefit by this growth and others will not. Fortunately, Pemberton has been actively engaged in a zoning process for many years and that actually makes a level playing field where all developers have access to the same information.

I for one welcome this new resteraunt and, fortunately, will be able to walk as will an increasing number of Pemberton residents.

Sincerely

Bill Reynolds

Posted by Wm S Reynolds on 04/24/2018 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

I just dont think Sonntag and Vail get it. You wonder if the message really got to the top how much they screwed up their first year. It isnt rocket science. You expect a basic ski resort to be able to issue ski passes, you expect that the passes work, that the linked credit card is linked, that the scanners work at the gates...that the call centre answers the phone to take lesson booking and the queues to customer service dont snake around the building. Fix the basics, the mountain will look after the rest. Oh, and listen and find out whats really going on...

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Posted by GFBO on 04/23/2018 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Gary Fisher: An afternoon with one of mountain biking's founding fathers

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 04/19/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

The analogies Sonntag chose and stating that his company was 'the enemy' from the beginning is curious. As an ex-longtime local and frequent visitor it pains me to see how aggressive Vail has been to push their Epic pass and complicate or altogether eliminate traditional pass options while unreasonably increasing costs to access the mountains. This is a sure fire strategy to start a relationship with a fiercely passionate community, off on the wrong foot, if this was Vail's goal the strategy has succeeded.

Rob Reed - Toronto.
Whistler Resident (1991-2004).

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Posted by Robert Reed on 04/19/2018 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of March 22

Tom Harris promotes the Heartland Institute's "Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change Report," in the article without disclosing he is "Policy Advisor, Energy and Environment for the Heartland Institute.

Shill - \shil\
noun

1) A person who publicly gives credibility to a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.
2) An accomplice of a confidence trickster or swindler who poses as a genuine customer to entice or encourage others.

Posted by Dave James on 04/18/2018 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of March 22

If Tom Harris were credible, then he would disclose his close association with the Heartland Institute each time in endorses panel, reports and statements by the Heartland Institute.

Mr. Harris repeatedly fails to disclose his conflict of interest.

Posted by Dave James on 04/18/2018 at 12:07 AM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

I feel dumber having read this spring doepsychos comments, is your life that boring that you you feel you need to analyse every movement or mistake your server makes whenever you eat out, as much as youd like it to be this isnt some military operation, sit back enjoy a drink and some food (dont worry itll come out when its ready) and maybe even have a chat with your poor husband (about something other then what your servers doing) and most importantly just seriously chill out! Cause it sounds like youre about to burst a blood vessel. In all honesty if I were your server and you spoke to me like I was a slave and not a person I would happily forfeit my tip to pay out of my own pocket so you would have a bad experience because I cant stand rude negative people like you that are never happy with anything in life and feel like they need to come onto public forums like this and write ridiculously long responses just to complain and whinge abit more to achieve absolutely nothing except fulfilling your own weird self satisfaction, you say that youre just telling the truth, maybe so but its a truth that is so minor that no one(except you obviously) would even recognise it as a mistake by the server. would you like the server to apologise that your soup is 30 seconds later because they dropped off someones salad first? Seriously? Get a life.. P.s take it easy on the capital letters, we can already grasp your anger easy enough through the length of your essay. #saynotodoe

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Posted by spring derp on 04/13/2018 at 1:55 PM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

Not sure if Springs Doe is trolling or crazy. Probably crazy.

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Posted by The Spangler on 04/12/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

The Spangler
"How to be a good restaurant guest : Do not be a person like Springs Doe"

Being HONEST YOU SHOULD BE LIKE ME! WHY would you want to ****LIE*****, HUH?

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Posted by Springs Doe on 04/10/2018 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Big data is dumb and dangerous

Great article Braden.

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Posted by Nikki Best on 04/09/2018 at 10:46 PM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

How to be a good restaurant guest : Do not be a person like Springs Doe

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Posted by The Spangler on 04/09/2018 at 8:43 AM

Re: “High time for a discussion on pot retail

Dude, way to much
over thinking!

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Posted by Jeff Spicoli on 04/07/2018 at 9:21 PM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

chill_outdoe
"Wow....CANNOT imagine dealing with someone as negative as springs doe on the daily, shoutout to her husband! #youtherealmvp"

Because I told the truth, it's somehow "NEGATIVE", WHY do you feel that way, huh STUPID IDIOT?

"Seems like all the article is asking for is basic manners, should be pretty easy :)"

NO, it seems like this person that wrote the article is A LIAR and SELFISH, because THEY ARE LYING! WHY can't you accept HONESTY, HUH?

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Posted by Springs Doe on 04/06/2018 at 3:50 PM

Re: “How to be a good restaurant guest

Wow....CANNOT imagine dealing with someone as negative as springs doe on the daily, shoutout to her husband! #youtherealmvp

Seems like all the article is asking for is basic manners, should be pretty easy :)

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Posted by chillout_doe on 04/06/2018 at 12:35 PM

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