he decision was made yesterday to match San Jose’s four-year $14 million offer sheet to Niklas Hjalmarsson. That will be a $3.5 million cap hit. I still think it’s a little much for the 23-year old Swede, but the Blackhawks do have a couple over valued contracts on the books that overshadow this one. If you do compare it to other deals signed by free agent defensemen this summer, Hjalmarsson’s contract doesn’t look so bad.
As expected, the Hawks are in a tough spot (again) in regards to the salary cap. With fifteen players under contract next season, the organization has only $113,410 (source: cap geek) to spend on five to seven more players to fill out the roster. Teams do have the luxury to go up to 10% over the cap ceiling in the off-season. Antti Niemi’s arbitration hearing is July 29, and it appears as though the Hawks will need to use the extra space this summer until Cristobal Huet’s contract is removed from the mix. If that were done today, the Blackhawks would have $5,738,410 salary-cap space to work with.
Signing Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet, and forcing Bowman’s hand was a tactic that is Machiavellian in nature. The Blackhawks’ cap issues are well known around the league, and San Jose general manager Doug Wilson did all he could to screw the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the best he could within the parameters of the collective bargaining agreement. It’s an evil, yet brilliant strategy. Wilson was able to set Hjalmarsson’s price tag, and now Bowman and company will find it hard to keep Niemi around as a result.
If the Blackhawks opted not to match San Jose’s offer, the Sharks would have added a solid, smart and young defenseman to their roster for relatively little. It was a win-win situation for Wilson.
Coaching staff set
The void left by John Torchetti was filled yesterday by Mike Kitchen, and Mike Haviland signed a contract extension to remain with the Blackhawks as an assistant coach. Kitchen was on Joel Quenneville’s coaching staff when he was in St. Louis years ago.
How does this impact cycling?
Well the behaviour of all sports people across the world impacts the way people look at sportsmen and women in general, and so it isn’t fair to say this is simply related to hocky, as it also impacts us as cyclists in London.
In 2016, Londoners made 730,000 bicycle journeys daily, equal to 10 percent of all bus journeys, and 20 per cent of all tube journeys. Which number keeps climbing? This year, the City of London Firm found that during the early morning enter the City of London, one of the most prominent automobile is now the bicycle, having actually grown 300 percent considering that 1999. But it appears that this uphill climb is beginning to squash out.
The same City of London report also shows that the price of growth has reduced over the last five years, and that total figures for bicyclists are a little less than a year ago. London needs to act if it intends to proceed the growth of its cycling population past the two decades of increases it has already taken pleasure in.
Is it really a cyclist problem?
It’s not a problem of lacking possible motorcyclists. TfL’s 2017 Analysis of Cycling Possible record indicates that another 8.17 million journeys which are currently made in London could be cycled from beginning to end, with 6.47 million rideable in under 20 minutes. Furthermore, an additional 1.55 million journeys could utilize bikes for a part of them, rather than taking the bus or Underground.
This room to grow could also be seen in the low diversity of bike riders. According to TfL’s 2017 analysis, just 27 percent of current cycle journeys are made by women and 15 percent by BAME individuals. It additionally encompasses the variety of people taking a trip with each other, as many bike journeys are made solo, instead of in a group. Lots of bikers are commuting on their bikes, and while one in six of the 8.17 million un-cycled trips are commutes, over fifty percent of them are for buying and recreation.
The bottom line number is that 2.54 million uncycled journeys are similar to existing ones. The remainder require a greater modification than just more of the same, as the existing technique is plainly not helping in this regard.
Could TFL Help?
Just how could TfL proceed to grow bike usage? For one, add more facilities outside of the city centre. TfL’s own reporting shows that 55 per cent of possibly recyclable journeys beyond central London are made using other types of transport, as well as it is therefore looking to link up the edges to the well supported centre with more cycleways.
But you can not press cars and trucks from the city entirely. “Undoubtedly the extra facilities you place, theoretically the more people could cycle,” states Tom Colthorpe, transport scientist at the Centre for London brain trust. “However similarly you can’t just maintain doing that until there’s simply no road area.”
This would be twice as problematic anyway, as cycling is just one of the ‘peakiest’ kinds of transport. The City of London record shows that while motor web traffic is about constant between 07:00 and 11:00, biking peaks around the heavy traffic of 08:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 19:00, with small amounts of task during the remainder of the day. For much of the day, that enhanced capability would certainly go extra.
Conflict within senior transport for London staff?
The opposite of the infrastructure is the bikes themselves. TfL’s very own bike employing system, in operation since 2010, has actually been a strong force in popularising cycling. In recent months, the scheme has actually been signed up with by dockless bike rental given by Ofo. Both increase arrangement, but having a lot of bikes implies nothing without individuals ready to ride them. It is uncertain if having more bikes available suffices on its own to acquire new cyclists, or if it will instead be utilized by existing bikers that exchange their own bike for a shared one.
Rather than considering the equipment, one could take into consideration modifying the software. Transforming the population’s travel behaviors is hard, Colthorpe explains. “People are extremely ingrained in their travel practices, it’s a tricky one. Individuals are really unwilling to transform their regular even if the choice is marginally far better.”
Behaviours of London Commuters
Traveling behaviors may be in part dictated by safety problems. The use of segregated framework on London’s roads – seeing to it that bikes and autos are kept apart as high as feasible makes cyclists feel more secure as well as bringing much more riders – but the concept still has a bad credibility. “There are places in other places in London, where there are extra serious cases each kilometre travelled than in the City or Central London,” says Colthorpe. “The centre appears extra harmful due to the high quantity of web traffic, so there’s a public understanding obstacle.
However also reasonably easy changes in behaviour could have a major effect: altering exactly what times individuals start and leave work would maximize ability and let existing infrastructure carry more cyclists over a longer peak duration. Motivating people to exchange out a tube or bus link for a bike flight instead will minimize the requirement for more contaminating types of transportation. Getting people to ride with each other or use bikes for uneven journeys, will certainly transform TfL’s potential journeys into real ones, and is something that plan, through creating more cycleways and docking terminals or personal bike hire firms, can assist with.
If the trend shown by the City of London’s information works out as currently expected, it shows that biking development needs treatment to make it take place. Prior boosts have actually been available in fits as well as starts, stimulated on by presenting bike hire schemes, the congestion fee, or events such as the worldwide economic crisis. Obtaining even more individuals cycling is a worthwhile objective, yet much like the bikes themselves, the method doesn’t stay upright unless it’s in motion.
Today is feeling good so far, I have a few things on my plate that need immediate action
and I’m going to tackle them head on. One being my photo for the upcoming BUST ad in the Dec/Jan issue. It’s due tomorrow and with my current camera that seems to give me one good picture out of forty it’s going to be a bit of an uphill battle I suspect. Hmmm.
But I’m creating something new for the ad. Thinking of composition and color, something that will “pop” more and therefore bring my shop more traffic. I’m going with a brooch for the ad, seems the best choice for holiday shopping and the price is quite right on. The photos of a more square or round object seem to photograph better for the gallery sized horizontal photo format, so I’m making one with that in mind.
On a more inspirational note, here is my dream studio below –
Oh Martha Stewart, you’ve got my brain all in a tizzy over this studio. I want, I need, I must have this someday. Check out Martha’s blog here, it’s a good read.
My sewing room (I need a more encompassing name for it, other than “craft room”, help me please) overlooks my backyard. This can be a good thing, though right now it’s not so pretty actually. If I look to my right I only see a giant green tarp which is covering all the scrap that belongs to my landlords, we moved in with the promise it’d be gone by now. Hopefully soon, as it blocks my light and is a huge eye sore. If I look straight ahead and ignore my peripheral vision it get much nicer looking, though it’s a bit overgrown. I’ve been so busy with indoor creative creations that i’ve totally neglected going outside much. I’m already in Fall/Winter mode I suppose, it’s time to break out the winter clothes and put the heavier duvet on the bed. Hot Cocoa I can feel you getting closer by the day…
Here are two new creations that are already in the shop. Meet Penelope and the Little Village Pillow…
Studio Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University
This Richmond, VA residency includes a hothouse environment
of concentrated studio practice along with fourteen other
Each week includes two seminars with Andrew Kozlowski and
Paul and Dinah Ryan, group and individual studio critiques with
Sally Bowring and Michael Jones McKean and visiting artists thus far including:
Richard Roth, Amy Hauft, Rob Matthews, Carlton Newton, and Nigel Rolfe.
The residency will conclude with exit reviews and exhibition July 24th – Aug 1st
Opening reception will be at 7pm, 1000 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA on July 26th.
Gallery 128 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Juried Exhibition 2008, April 4th – 25th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th 5-7pm.
Hours: 10-6 Monday through Saturday and 11-6 Sunday.
Admission is Free. It is located at 128 N. Broad Street
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building.
Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition: Choice Abstractions 2008 Juried Exhibition, February 15th – March 18th
The Main Line Art Center presents the fourth annual
juried exhibition in memory of teacher and artist,
Betsy Meyer. This exhibition promotes the ideals of
experimentation and of pushing boundaries and
expectation, both personal and artistic.
Juror: Sueyun Locks, Director and Owner, Locks Gallery
Two of my largest paintings were chosen for exhibition.
Opening Reception: First Friday, March 7, 6-9pm
The Main Line Art Center’s Gallery & Office hours are
Mon – Thur: 9 – 9, Fri – Sat: 9 – 5, Sun: 9:30 – 4.
Also, visit the
to my good
‘One Night Stand’ 2008 January 4th
You may have missed seeing this short exhibit on the 4th of this
month at the Main Line Art Center where many young artists came together to
sell their work, co-mingle, and preview Flashpoint Theater Company’s upcoming productions.
Absolutely Abstract 2007 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club
November 9th – 25th
‘What’s coming in is pushing out’, a 9×12 pastel work,
was selected by Bill Scott and Barbra Zucker, both well-known
artists in and outside of the city.
The Philadelphia Sketch Club is America’s oldest Artist’s Club (c.1860)
Only 108 out of the 250-plus submissions were shown.
Held at its historic location in center city (235 S. Camac St.) the
gallery will be open from Sunday, November 9th through November 25th,
on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-5pm.
For more information, visit SketchClub.org.