Taking care of young trees

It is an obvious knowledge, but you need trees to have a decent park. And you cannot plant them without a certain protection – parks are swarming with people, cyclists and animals and every single person can damage a young tree. That’s why tree protectors were invented. They serve a couple of purposes – first of all of course, they secure the tree in such a way that people and animals cannot break it. Secondly, due to their construction, they keep the tree straight and help it recover even from the strongest gushes of wind. Until the tree is strong enough to withstand the environmental damage and people’s activity, tree protector is necessary – without it, you will have a large patch of grass without any shade.

So, when you consider a park redesign or are submitting your ideas about park additions to the government, aside from obvious amenities like lavatories, water supply, bike stands and picnic areas do not forget about tree protectors if you wish to have more trees in the park nearby.


Lack of bike stands means horror!

bicycle racks

As far as city planner is concerned, bike has no place on the sidewalk, on the road, in the park or literally anywhere in the city. Any cyclist who wants to get to work without breaking some rules would have to ride around the whole agglomeration and probably use wings in some spots.

The most appalling thing of all is lack of bike routes and bicycle stands that could accommodate growing number of cyclists. Especially the latter issue is not clear to me – a bike rack does not require rebuilding of a whole block, you don’t even have to paint lines on the pavement or a road to put one in the corner. The same goes for huge office buildings – vast, empty lobbies are a standard design, but there is no place to leave your bike or even chain it to something. We could surely use some change in this matter, although some employers understand the importance of employee’s comfort and provide bicycle sheds or bike racks, but it is not enough!