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The Weekly Chatter
Bits of news, perspective, and what-not from the wider or the local world.
- New local web resource: Grand Traverse Region Parks and Recreation Network.
- TC City Commission eyeing final vote on food trucks (Ticker) on April 15th. Signing TCStreetFood’s latest petition is encouraged–for the love of tacos, sign it! (Change)
- Biking social science: How to avoid harassment while biking (Tiny Fix) and in the applied physics category–What’s the steepest, bikable grade? (Wired) –>
- Traffic science: A few surprising numbers in NYCity pedestrian crash report (NYTimes) And, a Oregon study highly suggests that watch out for people making left turns (StreetsBLOG)
…when drivers are watching oncoming traffic for a chance to make their turn, they tend not to be as vigilant as they should to watch for pedestrians. In fact, 5 to 11 percent of drivers don’t look for pedestrians in the crosswalk at all.
- On cue, the World Health Organization announces Road Safety Week (May 6-12) is dedicated to people on foot (WHO) …. Anyone interested in a crosswalk action?
- Economics– IMF: The gas is too damn cheap! (NPR) and comparatively, yes America it’s very cheap to own and drive a car here (Economist) * Can you say externalized costs?
- The buried argument against highway expansions (WashPost) Can you imagine Grand Rapids without the U.S. 31 S-Curve (MiBiz) it wasn’t so long ago that it wasn’t there (FB)
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the urbanity of Grand Rapids and, by extension, strengthen our competitive advantage in the global race for new residents and economic opportunity.”
- What’s to be afraid of? Certainly not failure (StudioBeerhorst)
Who is throwing a block party on April 27…
Did the movie Wadjda-a movie about a girl dreaming to racing the boys-cause the Saudi Arabian government to lift the ban of women riding bicycles in public? (StreetsBLOG)
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