Archive for March 12, 2010

Weekly Chatter: Google gets biking, mile-taxing, People for Bikes

March 12, 2010 3 comments

Google launches bike route maps. Mostly good. Geared towards recreation, but will improve over time.

News Chatter:

And, Traverse City is one of the first 150 cities to be included. My first attempt with Google bicycle routes was a little disappointing–it took me several blocks out of my way, similar to the cynical bicyclists perspective.Yet, improvements are coming, and in typical Google fashion they rolled it out in Beta (for more tweaking) and they launched it at the 2010 Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

But, let’s remember. It’s all for fun. Even when your trying to get somewhere. This week People for Bikes was launched in hopes to cover the full gamut of the experience as this PSA expresses…

“If I ride…I will grow a heart so strong, that hospitals will take Tuesdays off…”


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Want to have a say on Division St.’s future? The Bayfront?

March 12, 2010 Leave a comment

There was some interest expressed in yesterday’s comments for developing the Walk it, Bike it, Drive it-slow badge into a sticker and/or some other paraphernalia.

I’ve heard the call and will jump on it today. Details coming, stay tuned.

There is a lot of news chatter and other tidbits collecting on my desktop this week, so I’m going to break it up. This morning’s first post is just a list of public process opportunities on the calendar in the next few weeks. If there are more, please leave a comment:

  • First, there is an opening on the city planning commission. Anyone?
  • Next week, a 3 day stakeholder process begins to develop a redesign for Division Street. A public open house is planned for 5 p.m. March 17 at the Hagerty Center, however, there may be opportunity to have input on Monday or Tuesday if you show up.
  • The following week, a design charrette for the Bayfront implementation will be held in the Everygreen Gallery (next to the City Opera House). This involves taking the values expressed in the Your Bay, Your Say (PDF) for the bayfront, including Grandview Parkway, and putting some specifics behind the current ‘concept’. Times TBA.
  • And, who doesn’t want to learn about Decentralized waste water treatment? Might be a good way to free up some public space.
  • Traverse City has chickens, now it has a Tour de Coop! Come help plan…
  • And with that, not on the calendar, but why don’t we have Goats?

These are just are what on my radar. What else is going on?


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