People in Public, Cuting Corners, Cars aren’t Green, Watch This; The Weekly Chatter
Gloria Veltman, in the Rose Street Ramblings series in the RE, recently wrote A connoisseur of parks and playgrounds where she describes her summer visiting playgrounds and parks in Traverse City with her grand-niece. It’s a expectantly nostalgic, but she ends with a great pitch: “When I start grumping about paying my taxes, most recently my summer property taxes, I remind myself how much I like good roads to drive on, someone to respond if I call 9-1-1, what a resource we have in our library system, and last but not least, our great parks and playgrounds in this beautiful part of the world that we get to call home.”
Indeed. More people in public is the goal. (Park Portraits)
- Living on Earth covers the bikable city movement: LA Style.
- Why we prefer lane widths as narrow as possible.
- We do it anyway, so why not design it that way. Clever arched crosswalk design out of South Korea by designer Jae Min Lim mimics human tendency to cut corners.—->
- The Money Pit: “In a lifetime of car ownership, an American family will likely “invest” almost $1 million in its vehicles.”
- Yeah, what they said: “Green Transportation Depends on Reining in Space for Cars.
- Professor & activist David Suzuki echos that theme in Our obsession with private automobiles is unsustainable, “Technological developments are welcome, but it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. The average car in North America carries 1.5 people, which means that most cars on the road only have a driver in them. Is it really efficient to use more than 1,000 kilograms of metal to transport 100 kilograms of human?” Can’t self-propel? Get an E-Bike.“
- I hate these types of articles! The burden of safety on the streets put all on the cyclist. Streets are public spaces and are everywhere. Those with the most dangerous toys need to be more responsible. Simple.
- Insulated from the outside world? Not this car-less family. And, they even do it with a pimped-out Xtracycle.
- This story sounds so familiar. The reclaiming of our streets movement is everywhere, the difference is he has money.
- Spending money on delicious food as fuel, instead of gas! #whyweride (@sleepypasture)
- Bike helmets simply aren’t warranted – (@jamesschwartz)
- Amazing! In Germany, the schools ACTIVELY beg parents not to drive their kids! (@FreeRangeKids)
- “A New Era in Urban Cycling“–with a lot of help from women riders (@BicycleFixation)
- an outstanding story of a mom making walking and biking safer in her Miss. town. (@freerangekids)
To wrap, a warning. Primarily, it’s a warning about driving. Driving two-ton transport pods is dangerous and the slightest distraction can lead to nasty consequences. The good news? Deaths related to traffic crashes was the lowest since 1950’s in 2009 .
Still, it’s dangerous by design out-there. The second warning is that the video below is disturbing, graphic and aimed to shock. Good luck with that.
Have a weekend
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