Bike-Man, Car-Bike, A Zen Fisherman, Street $$ and All That’s Fit For The Weekly Chatter
I’ve enjoyed the back-and-forth generated from this week’s post about the Grand Vision. The activity has helped illuminate different issues and ideas for moving forward--its certainly a subject worth picking up next week. I wish more would contribute, and to make it easier, you can send me an email and remain anonymous–no reason needed. The people most passionate about the process are often those who hold positions that don’t allow them to comment freely.
If you do post or send comments, I’ll read them on Monday. This weekend I’m unplugging and heading to divinity…yes, grabbing the beagles and heading to the U.P. Enjoy!
- Mixed emotions about the proposed pedestrian tunnel—does the Grand Vision include burying people & letting cars reign? More soon…
- Who is Grand Rapid’s Bike Man?
- The car bike…give me some space, bro’.
- Royal Oak orders an active transportation plan…(TC gets questionable mention).
- America Walks is looking for signatures: the Vision Statement. Appreciated: the connection to health: “Transportation and development design decisions will explicitly consider public health outcomes.” One reason why that’s important.
- The importance of the Obama administration’s infrastructure policy to complete streets and locally, Grand Traverse County & the City awarded $$$ from HUD’s Sustainable Community Challenge Grants to “”integrate affordable housing, good jobs and public transportation.” TC’s mayor gives it some context.
- Grand Traverse Road Commission makes its pitch for road mileage. Personally, I’m not seeing any improvement in their priorities to warrant it; the recent salary increases are also not weighing in their favor. Livable wage or not, for fun let’s consider the $100,000+/- a year salary that many of our local officials receive, including the GT road commission manager. That amount places them in the top 5% in the U.S. and in the top .66% of the world. Not bad…
- How to attract & keep innovative talent in a company? Charles Landry argues that companies need to focus less on the internals and work more on improving their communities. The same conclusion is drawn from the WorkPlace Study by Grand Valley Metro Council in Grand Rapids. The council’s motto for the project: “Design for Dignity, Delight, and Worth” (PDF)
- YOU GUYS I’m FINE. Really. Just my inaugural crash on my new bike. (@sleepypasture)
- Drivers, look out! GT County had 581 vehicle-deer crashes in 2009, and it’s that time of year again. (@RecordEagle)
- Cyclist at fault in crash, former cop says…not sure the cyclist would agree if he could defend himself. (@MIBicyclists)
- The subsidized McAmerican Dream is in need of revision (@IBIKEDALLAS)
- One necessary key here is reduced speed. RT @TheCityFix: “Naked Streets” Without Traffic Lights Improve Flow and Safety (@tomvanderbilt)
- “We are bloated with information and starved for wisdom.”-Elizabeth K Lindsay @ #bioneers (@AmandaKovattana)
The separated bike lane project of Vancouver explains the need well. The difference between separated lanes and trails, is that the priority is transportation, not recreational mixed use. The goal is helping people feel comfortable enough to ride their bikes wherever they need to go. The acceptance of experimentation in the introductory video below is refreshing. And, having used them before, I really appreciate the bike boxes used to ease left turns. Dreaming of places for these in TC…8th street anyone? State St.? E. Front? Garfield?…
Have a weekend!