Sunday, December 9, 2012
After years of hard work by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, the first batch of 1000+ Share the Road License Plates are in the process of being distributed throughout the state. (Photograph courtesy of Jim Mead.) Some people have already received letters from their counties informing them about picking up their plate orders. A lucky few have already received their plates by now.
Reaching this point is quite a milestone in terms of cycling advocacy throughout the state. What are future milestones that we can aspire to? In the near future anyone will be able to get such a plate for his/her car (this initial batch of 1000 was by pre-registration only.)
Friday, December 7, 2012
(For the full article, click here: Bicycling update)
Development Group members are in the early stages of discussions internally and with the appropriate city representatives about both issues… Read more: Bicycling update
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Atlantic Cities has an excellent book review on the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. Numerous other outlets have also reviewed the book. In short, the 10 pieces of walkability are as follows (quoted from the review):
- Put cars in their place - design cities around people, not cars.
- Mix the uses - mixed use development shortens trip lengths, making them feasible.
- Get the parking right - we often have excessive parking requirements, as well as underpriced parking.
- Let transit work - have transit go to the busiest areas, and go to the mixed use areas. Aim for 10 minute headways.
- Protect the pedestrian - have streets (two-way over one way) that favor slower travel. Parallel parking can "shield" pedestrians from automobile traffic.
- Welcome bikes - bikes can calm traffic, benefitting pedestrians and cyclists themselves.
- Shape the spaces - make the environment comfortable for walking.
- Plant trees
- Make friendly and unique [building] faces - have buildings and storefronts that people want to look at.
- Pick your winners - with limited resources, it's important to spend such on what makes the greatest differences.
The review's author then goes into some more detail about areas of disagreement such as the pros and cons of pedestrian-only zones, the desirability of green space, and the like. Parking and congestion pricing is tricky, in that newly revitalized downtowns should seek to welcome people coming in and visiting. Regardless, the book promises to be an interesting read.