Photo Greetings From an Outraged Canada


(Editor’s Note: BB readers, if you’d prefer not hearing/seeing about Montreal, there should be plenty of Burque content in coming days, thanks to the help of others not currently inhabiting French Canadian cities. If you’d like to be included in the group “others,” drop a guest column to Better Burque. Operators are standing by.)  


Montreal –

Better Burque is like that “News For Wombats” skit on Monty Python, we pretty much avoid the generally political unless it specifically applies to non-motorized transportation issues. Hence, I’ll keep it brief and just report that, yes, Canadian disdain for the United States ratcheted up over the weekend.

Mental illness takes such a toll on families. Even international ones.

And to keep our minds off all that, and to introduce the concept that Scot will be up in what is very much the Texas of Canada, right down to the near-universally loathed Quebecois-accented French, for the next few weeks, here are some photos I took yesterday while on Day 1 of what should be 28 consecutive days of Bixi bike share.

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That Montreal has gone ga-ga for bicycles since my last trip here in 2014 is an understatement. Bixi trips last year were 4.8 million, up from 3.2 million in 2014. And that’s in a three-season system (baby, it’s cold up here in January). Outside Jean Talon public market we see the cycling craze extends beyond bike share.
mural artist
Montreal is a city of festivals, and its currently in the middle of its Mural Festival. Here’s a mural in the making along St. Laurent Boulevard.
mural 4
And once you start thinking of murals, you notice they are everywhere. Try this in Burque, too; you’ll see what I mean. Here we’re just off Saint Domonique St. near Parc Jeanne-Mance.
mural 3
And another is just a stone’s throw away…
mural garage door 2
Montreal is also a city of alleys. And interestingly painted garage doors for very small cars, the kind we don’t have in the U.S.
mural garage door
My favorite from yesterday’s ride.

More to come later from the alleys of the second largest city of French speakers in the world. Fortunately, I can’t understand what these French speakers are saying about the good ‘ol U.S.A. Probably something about mental illness, I suppose. I can report that the French is accented in a manner that makes one think the speaker is perpetually pissed off about something, the U.S.A. included.

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