Power of Poop, Narrow Streets, Community Reslience and Taking the Bus: The Weekly Chatter
Park chatter: The ideas were flowing and the city’s future parkland and recreational opportunities never seemed better when a committed group of public space aficionados turned out for last night’s parks & recreation workshop. Thank you to everyone who came out!
Some quick results. People want to: walk/bike to all the parks (on trails & on streets); know where parks are located; see parks & recreation funded; see more multigenerational facilities, designs & programs; use a waste reduction program, which includes recycling; use & love the Boardman Lake & River more; and they liked the idea that publicly supported recreation begins the moment we step out the front door and that parks & recreation investment is an economic development tool.
These are certainly not the only ideas; there are plenty more. Come back next week for the online survey to submit your own comments.
- Poop Power for lights! Does Traverse City’s dog park need lights? Oh, wait…
- Building community resilience without even changing your clothes.
- Reflecting on PARK(ing) Day, Reinventing Parking asks what would happen if cars had to compete for the spaces with other uses. Would it be easier to raise prices?
- Talk about traffic calming: narrow streets are key to slowing traffic. To what degree? A 36 ft wide street has 487% more accidents than a 24 ft wide street. Also, an easy way to implementing a traffic calming program is to build a system that increases bicycle use.
- A report in London about sharing the road vs. separated infrastructure offers a chance to use this quote:” ‘road safety’ is an ideological construction invented by the motor lobby to resist effective action against their weapons of mass destruction.“
- World Car-free Day was this past Wednesday and it has some car activists worried. Their response? To “Protest Car-Free Day.” How? By taking a drive. Another thing to worry them is the decline in interest in automobiles among the millenials who are “likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol.” And the even younger generation? –> –> –>
- The “whose at fault” debate surfaces again, BikingInLa weighs in with how being courteous won’t save anybody riding a bike “and pretending it does will only mean more deaths until we stop blaming the victims and address the real problems.“
- Stress Test: taking the bus or driving? Findings lead to this final question: “how long are we going to hold on to this car-obsession before we realize it’s lowering our quality of life?” Maybe we should ask a frequent BATA rider, Jim?
- The five things most likely to cause injury to children ARE NOT the five things parents mostly worry about. The list is worth pulling out.
- The Five Risks: car crashes, homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide, drowning (CDC).
- The Five Worries: kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers, drugs (Mayo Clinic).
- Absolutely LOVE riding my bike to/from work. One of my favorite parts of the day. (@joelga)
- Cyclist takes rare drive yesterday, horrified at how traffic looks from inside the car (@BicycleFixation)
To wrap, an image of Black Rock City from space during the Burning Man festival that ended Sept. 6th. The event transforms an otherwise non-built landscape in the desert into a city for 50,000 participants. As is obvious from the image (notice that wonderful network), there is extensive city planning going on and perhaps a lot to learn from for more permanent cities. To boot, the city’s “leave no footprint” ethic is something all events should incorporate; by now, two weeks after the end, you wouldn’t be able to notice it ever occurred.
Have a weekend.