Heroes galore in this week’s chatter
Bits of news, perspective, and what-not from the wider world
- Hero in West Branch, Michigan: “We don’t have 5 to 6 years to wait” for a road diet on Main St. (Placemaking)
“We want to make sure we’re ahead of the game in going to MDOT with a plan saying this is how we’d like our downtown–now help us build it. We realize this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we want to be sure we do it wisely and we do it right.”
~ Tom Youatt, City Manager
* Emphasis added…What a refreshing approach from leadership. Recently drove through W. Branch and it was obviously needed.
- Hipster hero: Prove that this bike corral doesn’t work (NYDaily) –>
- How much land per resident committed to parking cars has a direct relation to community health (AtlanticCities)
- Minneapolis is becoming more mature in how it looks at streets; the City considers lowering speed limits and creating 20-mph slow zones (Minn)
- Why slow traffic down? Well, there’s safety in narrow, slower streets (MW) That might require us getting past “it’s an accident” axiom (PPS) and reminding ourselves, most of our streets are dangerous by design (MW)
- Policy Hero: The work of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood continues…his next goal for U.S. DOT is to transform AASHTO guidelines to better serve people on foot and bike (StreetsBlog)
We know that people are cycling more and walking more, and that pedestrian and cycling safety has to be a priority…We must ensure that our streets, bridges and highways are safe whether we’re in a car or on a bike.”
- More snow talk—Would shovel your sidewalk if it was a $50, $100, or $200 fine not to? (Boston)
- There’s no snow in Mexico City, but there is a pedestrian super hero…Enter, Peatónito: The defender of pedestrians (AC)
The Pedestrian Super-Hero
In place of a hero…a sign
Sidewalk Closure at corner of Boardman Ave. and E. Front St.
February 25 to May 1, 2013
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