Public-note-to-self: sometime next week MyWHaT will begin a leave of absence. We’ve been going strong for two-years and it’s time for an assessment. When the break comes, the plan is to post a survey to elicit feedback from readers. Your responses will help plan the direction, possibly the discontinuation, of this blog. Wide participation in that survey will certainly be appreciated.
To be sure there is plenty of reading opportunity, here is an extra packed Weekly Chatter, complete with a few links to archived posts. And, yesterday’s post discussing some of the City’s upcoming issues is highly recommended…many of those issues will need your holistic, well-reasoned input.
- “Walkability”, get used to it. Simply put, it’s what your neighbors want (NYTimes) and, are Christmas lights part of walkability? (Godin) Diverging Diamonds certainly aren’t (Switchboard)
- For safety purposes, the best places are main streets like downtown or, along freeways…it’s the in-between-roads that kill (DiscoveringUrbanism)
- Last year’s safety numbers: Crashes down, pedestrians struck increases (USA Today) Apparently, “experts aren’t sure why“–um, really? See above and Dangerous by Design (MyWHaT) –> –>
- +1 Bike fix-stations…great idea (Yes!)
- Community+Health+Economy=Bicycling! (BTA-OR)
- Road trip needed to check out Chicago’s new sexy protected bike lane (FastCo) and to see up-close the so-called war on cars (StreetsBlog)
- Useful article for the upcoming discussion around The Blah (MyWHaT), is the dilemma LOS (Level of Service) creates in our cities (Atlantic Cities) *Really, this is a must read, specifically for our commissioners.
There are several quirks about LOS that give it what Henderson calls a “veneer of objectivity.” For starters, LOS delay is measured at the peak traffic rush. That reflects the belief that a street’s design should be based on its most congested hour or so, rather than configured to handle a wide range of travel modes throughout the day.”
- +1 This is how you attract people to go underground (FastCo)
- Un-fund this! The myth that Complete Streets are too expensive (StreetsBlog) The alternative is certainly not financially sustainable (placeshakers) and even asking the question reminds of reactionary responses to gas prices (AtlanticCities)
We typically associate high automobile use in the U.S. with Americans’ need to drive and love to drive. But ultimately there’s a pricing and policy structure that enforces that. If we fully costed out some of the impacts on driving [...] and gave an alternative in the form of public transit or denser neighborhoods or shorter multimodal trips, then you could really see a pretty large change.”
- Is the Federal government is going the other direction–bribing us to drive to work? (SBlog) and glad to see Carjacked (MyWHaT) discovered by another–thank you for pulling out the utterly Tweetable (UrbanCountry) * I have any extra copy if anyone wants a copy.
- Staying warm while biking in the winter? Not as big of an issue as you might think, but tips by Downtown Ann Arbor are nice to see (GetDowntown) TC DDA?
- You’ve likely seen them by now (NBC), but NYC’s curbside Haikus are worth another look (PDF) and if you’re feeling it, the NYTimes is taking reader haikus to add to the mix (NYTimes)
A dream, in a box / Encouraged by form, to drive / at excessive speeds.
Have your own street Haikus?
@katherineloflin: @MMLeague recognized that #placemaking has become “prime driver” of economic development #econdev
- RT paulonabike: parking is a little like black magic. It’s a mix of LU, time, occupancy, off-site, modes, and fairy dust…
- RT StreetsblogNet: Shoup: “in a midsize Midwestern county; they found that parking spaces outnumbered resident drivers 3-to-1 and resident families 11-to-1.”
- RT @Ecology_Center: At what price for gasoline would you leave your car at home?
- RT DPGilmartin: If
#city #design requires every trip by car then you will never be able to “zip around” anywhere. #urbanized
- RT BikeWalkTC: Cities and town centers are destinations, not raceways, and commerce needs traffic — foot traffic.
- RT max0wolf: Full cherriot rt 2. Love it
- RT charliemuss: A reason transport is in such a state in this country has been an over reliance on modeling +numbers. Need a more human approach
Now, this is a slide. Of course, it is Japan. Hat tip to It’s Nice That.
Have a weekend (and then some).