Summer is always the time to get away, travel the countryside and to see what is happening in other parts of your world. This summer if you have the opportunity to visit the city of Sudbury located in northeastern Ontario you will be pleasantly surprised. Sudbury’s history began in the late 1800’s with the development of the Canadian Pacific railway. Initially planned as only a temporary work camp for the railway workers, Sudbury has grown into a diversified regional urban centre with strengths in technology, education, health and government. The focus of Sudbury in the last many years has been its ‘transformation’ with land reclamation and municipal amalgamation. But Sudbury’s present ‘transformation’ is about focusing on its people. With a population of more than 160,000, the city of Sudbury is ‘tapping’ into the power of local institutions, businesses, community groups and citizens. One of the items that the people spoke about and were heard was new bike racks along the downtown streets. And I must say these are the coolest bike racks I have ever seen. They are bike-shaped bike racks! I am loving them. Truly the ‘transformation’ of the utilitarian into art! Bravo Sudbury.
Image via Jenny Jelen