More Vision, Trails, Positive Trends, Naked Streets And More…
$ Pitch: The 27-mile Iceman Cometh Challenge is around the corner & is the focal point for a purchase of land by the state to connect the Kalkaska to Traverse City trail. The deal is that only $25-grand is needed, by end of the year, $8,000 is needed by the end of the week to seal the deal; still doable. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is the lead organization raising funds and they could use help. To give, visit the GRTLC website and select “Kalkaska Connector”. If you have questions, call 231-922-1245.
- TC-TALUS finally approves Grand Vision transportation land use reports. Weekend winter reading for all.
- In other visioning news, MEC is launching a 50 year vision for Michigan and is looking for comment. —>
- Elsehwere, Bike-o-Meter shows live popularity data for city cycle hire schemes.
- Rouge, crazy, scofflaws on bikes are really just misunderstood people “responding to an environment that doesn’t always serve their needs.” Agreed.
- 3 car garages less popular, front porches on the rise…Latest Census Highlights. Studies show that these trends signal the next economic boom.
- Michigan gets excited about high-speed rail (slow down kids, 110-mph ain’t that fast) & TV 7&4 still asking “Should we?“related… NYTimes raises the question, will we ever really see “high speed”?
- Note to self: don’t prioritize the work. prioritize the outcomes. (@webb)
- America’s “bridge between past and future could be built in the #GreatLakes” (@GreatLakesGuy)
- Becoming a YIMBY for livable communities via Discovering Urbanism (@StreetsblogNet) we’ve made that point
- There’s always such a specific stab count –“MAN STABBED 18 TIMES IN CHEST”–Who’s counting stabs? (@SarahKSilverman) good point.
The Great Lakes Cyclone knocked out a lot of traffic lights and several people sent messages noting how it actually improved traffic behavior. I’m sure there is some engineering term for the phenomena. What people noticed though was that in intersections where back-ups were expected, there were none. In an emergency, drivers tend to naturally alternate; they use their brains and figure it out. It’s the basic premise behind roundabouts and naked streets. The video below shows how the latter works, and works well. Note: shared space streets aren’t fool proof and have criticisms.