Blogger Needs Break
After posting 725 posts since January 2010, I’m taking an approximately 2 week break from maintaining an almost daily posting on MyWHaT. It’s a vacation, but a vacation full of work, some of it related and some of it that pays the mortgage. (A few guest posts may squeak in.)
I also need more hammock time.
I’ve created a responsibility to myself to publish on a very regular, if not hyper-active rate, and it is difficult to shut-it-down. If you hear me utter the phrase, “I really need to write about…” quickly cut me off and shove a grissini in my mouth and buy me a beer. Or, scold me and send me to the nearest hammock to contemplate what I’ve done.
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I do. I enjoy putting MyWHaT together. I like the writing, the editing and the aggregating of resources. There is also related work away from the blog that I enjoy, like connecting people, supporting cool ideas and leading discussions on community issues. But, it does take time; a lot more time than I want to admit to…I’ll only admit to 20 hours a week.
It helps that I have a core of underwriters and the generous support of a few readers. To be honest, I could use more. If you find MyWHaT entertaining or valuable, a donation of any amount is appreciated. Donations in the past have ranged from $5-$500 and the average is around $100. More importantly than the amount, a donation validates the effort behind MyWHaT and its value to the community; it makes me relax a little, smile more and feel like I’m at the least, doing more good than harm (Thanks for boost, RS).
MyWHaT: More Good Than Harm. :)
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Elk Rapids: Sharrows
Sharrow in Elk Rapids via The MyWHaT Roaming Reporter
This is the first year of the sharrow program and the village has placed them on all streets leading into downtown, including the main drag River St. There are a total of 12 of them put in to meet the goal of a more welcoming community to people on bicycles. As far as we know, these are the first sharrows in Northern Michigan.
Where could Traverse City put them?
Through July 31st, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is inviting the community to participate in an online survey that is being conducted to determine what citizens name as priorities for recreation, parks, leisure needs, as well as opportunities in Grand Traverse County, TCAPS’ attendance area, and adjacent townships.
Grand Traverse County parks and recreation director, Jason Jones in an email introduced the following survey’s goal with:
“Ovid said, “In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.”… The survey, and the work of our committee is to ask the questions about what kind of people we are, and to hopefully get the answers that will either tell us we are building a strong community through recreation, or what we can do better to reveal the best traits within our community most efficiently. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns related to this issue.“
(GT Parks and Recreation Department at (231) 922-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The committee he refers to consists of representatives from the Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Traverse City, townships, TCAPS, YMCA, and other recreational providers have come together to form the Grand Traverse Athletic Collaborative Committee. The purpose of the Collaborative is to explore opportunities for organizing health, wellness, recreation, and leisure resources in more coordinated ways. The Committee is looking to better understand the recreational needs and interests of families, couples, and single persons who are residents of Grand Traverse County and TCAPS’ attendance area.
How you define recreation will inform your responses. I take a very inclusive and broad approach to recreation. A walk to work is both transportation and recreational. I don’t just recreate in parks. I tried to put that in my responses.
Help out… take the survey at the following link:www.tcaps.net/RecreationSurvey.
Multilevel roundabout in Houten, Netherlands by markenlei
Raise the road a little and lower the separated trail a little to provide a well-lit, welcoming “underpass”. Then, provide some delineation and separate people on foot from people on wheels with a wide underpass that includes a sidewalk and you have an intersection most of us would enjoy using.
Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.”
~ Dieter Rams, renowned industrial designer
I’m not a designer; I’m a consumer and I appreciate design that is intuitive, informative, sharp. Dieter Rams has inspired clean design that fits this idea for decades.
“Design should not dominate things, should not dominate people. It should help people. That’s its role.” This applies to tiny gadgets as well as public spaces; entire cities.
Treat yourself for 7 minutes. This video will help you think today.
via BrainPickings (Thank you)
Ram’s Ten Principles of Good Design
- Good design is innovative
- Good design makes a product useful
- Good design is aesthetic
- Good design helps us to understand a product
- Good design is unobtrusive
- Good design is honest
- Good design is durable
- Good design is consequent to the last detail
- Good design is concerned with the environment
- Good design is as little design as possible
Suburban Ponzi Scheme, People In Conflict, Want Less Traffic Then Build Sidewalks (The Weekly Chatter)
Unfortunate title: Cycles vs. Cars (N. Express). Unfortunate because it perpetuates the notion, however subtle, that people aren’t involved. It is the human animal that is moving about on a bicycle or in an automobile; we have limitations and breaking points. Missing from the article is reference to the role of infrastructure design. These conflicts are not happening in a vacuum and, as it is quickly becoming a mantra, infrastructure is not neutral.
The issue also includes a story of an asinine harassment of someone on a bike by no other than officer Joseph Soffredine who ticketed the rider for impeding traffic (N.Express). Note: it is legal to ride two abreast (MVC) and it’s unclear what traffic was being impeded (MVC) other than the officer stalking them. How silly.
But, not quite as silly as the national news about the cyclist too sexy to ride a bike…back to the 19th century with this one (TreeHugger) –>
- Against my better judgement, here’s a reminder for some: the beach debate (MyWHaT) is not between the Watershed Center and Slabtown Neighborhood (Ticker), in fact, it isn’t even a debate. We are a community working together.
- Want a safe community? Build it for people (StreetsBlog)
- Handicapped parking for bicycles…Shanghai is light years ahead (Urban Country) –> –>
- Your habit of driving’s relationship to obesity rates (The Economist) and it’s leaving your grandparents all alone (T4America) or leading to some grave daughter-father crashes (The Star)
- The ultimate retrofit of suburbia (Grist) and the Great American Ponzi scheme: Our commitment to sprawl. It’s time to pay up and admit that we can’t all live like European royalty, nor should we expect to Part I, Part II, Part III Part IV, Part V (Strong Towns)
The first generation of suburbia we built on savings and investment, but we built the second — and maintained the first — using debt. Unprecedented levels of debt. “
- Agreeing with the above and in light of the following link, I might be a conservative (The Daily Dish) and that is still inline with the age of sharing (Shareable) extra: Share or Die
- Research continues to show: More Roads = More Motorized Traffic (Infrustructists) More Sidewalks = Less Motorized Traffic (WSDOT (PDF))
From the latter: Increasing sidewalk coverage on both sides of 30 percent of all streets to coverage on both sides of 70 percent of all streets was estimated to result in a 3.4 percent decrease in VMT and a 4.9 percent decrease in CO2.
- duncanpaisley • “If your biggest goals don’t scare you a little, they’re not big enough.”
- SillyGirlCarla • i ride my bicycle without a helmet #THUGLIFE
SarahKSilverman • Had my first long bike ride – wow!- It was like flying! Like flying while getting punched in the vagina!
- BicycleFixation • Odd Grand Rapids MI road diet with wider car lanes and unmarked “shared lanes” for bikes?
- CycleAdagio • “Bike to work? Just bike, period.” I agree. Bike to work campaigns great but how about widening the scope?
highergroundstc • Steppin’ In It this Friday on the front lawn! Tickets at 6, and the Rockin’ starts at 7!