“Riding the Roof of the Breeze” Dossier in The Vancouver Observer

I’ve started a new column at Vancouver Observer, a web-based, hyper-local news site. The Column is called “Uncle Weed’s Dossier” and I’ll mostly write about transportation, Vancouver secrets and history, public policy conundrums, Cascadian diplomacy and creative activism.

Enjoy this first installment from the $3 Harbour Cruise featuring my pal Rebecca Bollwitt with thanks to urban transit explorer JMV.


Photo of this reporter on the SeaBus Bridge by Rebecca Bollwitt.

Here’s an excerpt of Riding the Roof of the Breeze:

1977 was a stellar year for culture. The Ramones, The Clash and Bob Marley with classic albums, Elvis for a half-year, plus Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever and the launch of the SeaBus. Since that banner year, the intrepid lil catamarans have toiled across Burrard Inlet, unheralded and undaunted. Now the two vessels – the Beaver and Otter – are three as the Pacific Breeze set off from Waterfront station Wednesday Dec. 23rd with politicians on-board and me on the roof.

Transit’s Crown Jewel

I’m the guy who did a 4th grade science fair project about transit, rode the long way on buses downtown to punk rock shows and celebrated when the ALRT began (even when it ended in New West). But living in Whalley, the SeaBus was an exotic morsel in the transit offering – i have scant memories outings to the Quay or the free suspension bridge but mostly i remember skipping out of school and riding it just to ride it.

These days, the Seab is my daily ride and my nightly schedule revolves around the run down the gangway into the surreal confines of a hazy crossing in a humming shuttle. Unlike the sway of the bus, the Seab is pod of relaxation and creativity and (the best part) you always get a seat. Indeed, I extol the virtues of the perfect day out in Vancouver on my podcast which includes “the 3 dollar harbour cruise” complete with a falafel and a rainforest stroll – all on one transfer.

Bonus Round

Miss 604 photos from inaugural crossing

Miss 604 coverage
JMV’s sneak preview photos
This reporter on deck

Links

Rolling to the End of the Line – Choogle on #77
I Love Transit Week essay: Dave Olson

Transit science fair project circa 1980

via Riding the Roof of the Breeze | The Vancouver Observer – Vancouver Olympics News Blogs Events Reviews.

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