Murder Over a Speed Hump, Mapping Road-Kill, A Mother’s Rant: The Weekly Chatter
It’s been a week since Traverse City’s on street bicycle rack was installed in front of Cali’s Cottons; please use it and let others know about it. It’s an experiment and there are many of us who want to see more of these installed, as early as next year. There are even city staffers who want to see it continue–good people who need our support.
Many cities are realizing that bike parking is just as important as bike lanes and doing it really well, like this on-street rack in Chattanooga– That one is even in a back-in parking slot.
- New cycling route from Michigan’s southwest to the UP will pass Traverse City. Input still sought for Route 35
- Suttons Bay is rolling out some improved designs for M-22. Fancy.
- Asking drivers to learn a new thing is good: Mt. Pleasant gets “back-in” Parking.
- Mobilize for a Walkable America needs signatories. MyWHaT endorsed.
- An engineer asks: How and who should set speed limits? Can it be changed?
- Cambridge, MA is getting serious about Car Share!
- With about 3000 people expected next weekend for the Tour de Troit some are considering a name change for the Big-D: Motor City to Cycle City.
- USA Today graphic about road infrastructure and gas taxes/tolls misses the underlying message: we are just not into the way our transportation system has been built…build it right, or let it fail.
- Bike Momma Rant: “These ideas that people need to get the F*** out of the way of cars so cars can get through faster just makes my blood boil.“
- Building cities for people is gaining attention. Diane Rehm’s interview with Jan Gahl and others almost summed up an entire year of MyWHaT material.
- Meanwhile, some people are literally dying over traffic calming…and it’s not from the traffic: R-E-D-R-U-M! Good news elsewhere though, emergency response vehicles are seeing improved response times where traffic calming exists. Get out-of-the-way, get it done.
- “Most transit users, before they are on transit, are pedestrians or cyclists. Have to find ways to integrate them into transit design.” (@STLTransit)
- Enlightening perspective from Montreal on automobility and class. (@pauldorn)
- Portland built entire 300-mile network of bike ways for cost of 1 mi of urban freeway. (@transportdata)
- Bike lanes reduce crashes by 30-40%. However, bike lanes are only available for 5% of bike trips. #bikewalk (@Maddz4planning) (Less than 4% in Traverse City)
To wrap, two films about bicycle commuters. One, from the acclaimed StreetFilms series how the increase in bicycle infrastructure and the institutional commitment of the bicycle as a solution has encouraged the indicator species, women, to ride more. The second, a similar short produced by a graduate student for his master’s thesis.
Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling
Pedal Power Video
Have a Weekend!