Simply the chatter this week. My brain is toast.
- Building a sense of place, in Harbor Springs. (Harbor Light)
- Here’s your unfunded mandate! If streets aren’t complete, there’s the option to sue. (Wash. Post)
- Totally free public transit? This guy will pay for it. (Surrey Beacon)
- Why do we beat ourselves up so much? N.American bicycle infrastructure pessimism. (Urban Country)
By far, the largest fuel-saver was a switch to calm driving. Compared to a fast, lane-changing, sharp-braking style, calm driving improved fuel economy by 35 percent.“
- RT (@LionsWhiskers) My wish for today: to take a walk and not find any ice I have to pick my way across. I want to look up!
The Virginia Transportation Research Council has found that using zig-zag pavement markings used as advanced warnings to cross-walks and multi-use trail crossings do increase awareness and slow speeds of motorists. Slow speeds save lives. The council is recommending that the Virginia DOT use the research to make a recommendation to the Federal Highway Administration to include this in the MUTCD. Cheap design solutions are everywhere…
Have a Weekend!
Statistics are from 2001, but the numbers have held up pretty closely over the last 10 years. The above graph was published in the 2008 Bikes Belong edition of Bicycling: Moving America Forward (PDF).
My daily trips frequently total no more than 6-10 miles, if not less, and represents these numbers almost perfectly. It is why I choose to live in a small town. It is easily walkable or bikable and almost inexcusable not to move under my own power. Still, I occasionally do; I’m ok with that. I don’t beat myself up over it and try to be aware of my choices and their impacts.
- How far are your daily trips? How could you decrease or shorten them?
- What is in the way of you walking or pedaling for more of your destinations? Would better infrastructure help? A better transit system?
- Do you just need a new bike?
- Did you take the transportation pledge? How’s it going?
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From the results, it looks like in 2011, we can expect many of you to bike more, walk more (even if it includes parking in between destinations) and in general driving-less. The numbers are in your favor–giddy-up!