Suburban Ponzi Scheme, People In Conflict, Want Less Traffic Then Build Sidewalks (The Weekly Chatter)
Unfortunate title: Cycles vs. Cars (N. Express). Unfortunate because it perpetuates the notion, however subtle, that people aren’t involved. It is the human animal that is moving about on a bicycle or in an automobile; we have limitations and breaking points. Missing from the article is reference to the role of infrastructure design. These conflicts are not happening in a vacuum and, as it is quickly becoming a mantra, infrastructure is not neutral.
The issue also includes a story of an asinine harassment of someone on a bike by no other than officer Joseph Soffredine who ticketed the rider for impeding traffic (N.Express). Note: it is legal to ride two abreast (MVC) and it’s unclear what traffic was being impeded (MVC) other than the officer stalking them. How silly.
But, not quite as silly as the national news about the cyclist too sexy to ride a bike…back to the 19th century with this one (TreeHugger) –>
- Against my better judgement, here’s a reminder for some: the beach debate (MyWHaT) is not between the Watershed Center and Slabtown Neighborhood (Ticker), in fact, it isn’t even a debate. We are a community working together.
- Want a safe community? Build it for people (StreetsBlog)
- Handicapped parking for bicycles…Shanghai is light years ahead (Urban Country) –> –>
- Your habit of driving’s relationship to obesity rates (The Economist) and it’s leaving your grandparents all alone (T4America) or leading to some grave daughter-father crashes (The Star)
- The ultimate retrofit of suburbia (Grist) and the Great American Ponzi scheme: Our commitment to sprawl. It’s time to pay up and admit that we can’t all live like European royalty, nor should we expect to Part I, Part II, Part III Part IV, Part V (Strong Towns)
The first generation of suburbia we built on savings and investment, but we built the second — and maintained the first — using debt. Unprecedented levels of debt. “
- Agreeing with the above and in light of the following link, I might be a conservative (The Daily Dish) and that is still inline with the age of sharing (Shareable) extra: Share or Die
- Research continues to show: More Roads = More Motorized Traffic (Infrustructists) More Sidewalks = Less Motorized Traffic (WSDOT (PDF))
From the latter: Increasing sidewalk coverage on both sides of 30 percent of all streets to coverage on both sides of 70 percent of all streets was estimated to result in a 3.4 percent decrease in VMT and a 4.9 percent decrease in CO2.
- duncanpaisley • “If your biggest goals don’t scare you a little, they’re not big enough.”
- SillyGirlCarla • i ride my bicycle without a helmet #THUGLIFE
SarahKSilverman • Had my first long bike ride – wow!- It was like flying! Like flying while getting punched in the vagina!
- BicycleFixation • Odd Grand Rapids MI road diet with wider car lanes and unmarked “shared lanes” for bikes?
- CycleAdagio • “Bike to work? Just bike, period.” I agree. Bike to work campaigns great but how about widening the scope?
highergroundstc • Steppin’ In It this Friday on the front lawn! Tickets at 6, and the Rockin’ starts at 7!