Money Is Good, Winter Round-up, Ah-ha Moments and Other Chatter
A lot in the news this week. Most of it good for public spaces: Traverse City granted $1 million to remove the Brown Bridge Dam, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund granted over $3 million for parkland improvements in northern Michigan, including nearly $.5 million for phase I of the Bayfront Plan, and the City parks and recreation commission last night approved the 5-year plan that has, if I say so myself, a list of goals & objectives to be proud of (I serve on the p&r commission).
Also, some news to celebrate, police caught the Bike Thief.
I’ll leave it at that. Do you have any other good news?
- Winter Riding: The Cycle Chic Guide, in Eugene foul weather riders get attention (“The bus is my backup”) and in nippy Chicago, Samantha breaks down winter riding for the family.
- Tootling? To walk or drive in a leisurely manner
- The Mount Pleasant Bike Cooperative’s connection to Complete Streets.
- Dangers of driving: driving drowsy.
- Earth Messaging ___ –>___–> ___ –>
- Why we need a design movement to progress with livability and how to include health goals into planning.
- Found in this profile of 2 successful designers: the key to ah-ha moments. Hint: involves your feet.
- NPR covers the commute by bike boom: “People see other people cycling and they say, ‘Wow!’ Lycra clad photos are a bit unfortunate.
- In the trenches of parking agents: follow along with the Philadelphia and Detroit parking departments as they bust some egos of motorists exhibiting high levels of entitlement.
- Bicycle transportation seen as a priority in Lima, Peru to elevate women out of poverty comes with a learning curve. Embedded in the article: a study of the differences in men’s and women’s use of bikes and buses (PDF). Needless to say, priorities were different.
- The fact that most roads are free and most public transit costs money seems to me exactly backwards #unoriginalmondaymorningthoughts (@sgsinclair)
- Special thanks to the guys in the beat-up Saturn who were kind enough to call me a “retarded f–k” for riding my bike; #brilliant #morans (@rhammer)
- “Facebook feels like a mall. Twitter feels like the street.” William Gibson (@Richard_Florida)
- One-third of #Michigan residents are too old, too young, or physically or financially unable to drive #transit (@jimbruckb)
- If driving in slick conditions doesn’t appeal to you, check out MDOT’s Alternatives to Driving Web page (@MichiganDOT) This is a very useful MDOT resource, kudos.
Street scenes to envy: musicians. This one form Melbourne, Australia’s Bourke Street. They’ve made grand strides to bring life to its downtown scene. This is a rocking performance of “Shake Your Moneymaker“, captured by Matt Lowe, for your weekend movement. Thanks Matt!
Have a weekend.