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This Is Your Brain on Cars
Telling that it takes a walk around the planet to get this out there.
And, will Google cars beget Google police cars?
2 weeks ago on Link roundup: November 26
Funny how when one drills down through ad hominem (such as yours re: Red Star) one finds -- surprise, surprise circular reasoning...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement
NB: page five, you may have to zoom in to see the draft thinking on 3rd and Treat.
This draft plan was composed more than two years ago by COT DOT and though it was only a draft, one would think that professional planners would, at some point, give some thought to the devilish nitty-gritty of implementation. Apparently that point has finally been reached. After two and a half years.
There are many worthy projects (red dots, etc.) on that map, Randy Garmon. Do you long for Red Star to attend each inevitable meeting?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement
Wow! A meeting to correct a "clerical error." The whole "clerical error" thing is specious, if not absurd.
One can only hope that someone at the meeting actually understands relevant City ordinance and how it can be used by a few to stymy needed progress for the community. 3rd and Treat isn't the only stupid City of Tucson intersection...there are implications for all.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement
A few things on this...
You may be wondering who is Jesse Soto and why should we email him--according to his Linked-In page he is a Transportation Project Manager at City of Tucson. Apparently this (3rd and Treat) improvement is his baby.
City of Tucson employee email addresses never have a period between the last name and the @. In general, the only period prior to the @ is the one between the employee's first and last name. You don't put a punctuation mark immediately before @. That's been email protocol for decades.
The "huge" project simply involves removing a couple of silly stop signs and installing some sensible and modern traffic-calming infrastructure. The neurotic hobbyists' outrage would perhaps be even more exponential if current 3rd Street were to be demolished and replaced with proper pavement and proper drainage.
umm ... a rather strange op piece from the weekend's NYT:
Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?
It's that closing sentence of his...
1 month ago on Link roundup: November 8
OK. Is there Federal funding (seed money) for quality bike lockers that are safe, properly surveilled (transitive verb, sorry) in busy hinterland places such as along Sun Tran's express routes...Harrison/Speedway, Rita Ranch, etc.?
1 month ago on Tucson bike share could roll by end of 2015
"I'd love to see it succeed, but does Tucson have the population density for it?"
Overall, nope, Tucson being a classic Southwestern sprawl city. The best chance for bike share in the Old Pueblo seems to be in the 85719 and 85701 zip codes for their population density, demographics, and destination density.But even that seems iffy.
The solution to the problem reported by Tucson Velo seems straightforward and simple: prohibit car parking in such areas and aggressively enforce, very aggressively.
Failure to do so means that common engineering standards haven't been met and streetcar-frenzied COT can finally sit back, play the odds and wait for costly lawsuits to roll in. As they did at Broadway and Country Club years ago.
1 month ago on Photo: Fifth Avenue too narrow for parked cars and tracks
Well, yes 3rd Street through Sam Hughes is deplorable as is, to a somewhat lesser extent, 3rd through Miramonte. And Treat. And so many ancient others. So, repave them?
Perhaps a proper root-cause analysis would reveal that rainwater drainage issues cause many of the potholes and fissures. Those underlying issues lie outside the scope and funding of Prop 409 as it may relate to cyclist-friendly infrastructure. For example, consider 3rd Street between Dodge and Richey. Though most of the potholes in that segment of the bikeway were filled earlier this year, it is starting to revert to moonscape. Drainage is the fundamental issue as 3rd Street, Dodge, and Richey each dump runoff there and the pavement is undermined as the years go by. And 3rd Street is important not only because it leads to the Great Big U, but also because it lies between Speedway, 5th, and Broadway.
1 month, 1 week ago on $15 million available for residential street fixes
@arsolot @Red Star It could be a while if the red spray paint markings are cave drawings...
1 month, 1 week ago on Third Street cyclists will soon be able to roll through Treat Avenue
There were red spray paint markings Saturday (10/26/13) on 3rd. If they wait too much longer they'll have to set the tables all over again?
Flashing barricade signs (you know, like the ones they obsessively put out when their washes flood into their streets) could have been placed. They weren't. For whatever reason. It's anyone's guess what huge emergency, what big surprise, took up costly and valuable cyclist and ped infrastructure for *three months* as you point out.
1 month, 1 week ago on Photos: Construction on bike route still a problem after two months
Bicycles Are Outselling Cars in Europe
Several observations about Lily Kuo's piece. First, trends and charts for European car leases are not presented. Second, trends and charts for Europe's used car market are not presented. Third, the piece doesn't indicate where in the world the increased bike production is going -- developing countries, or Europe? (in many developing countries a bike is huge step up)
In other words, be careful out there in the land of trends and charts...
1 month, 1 week ago on Link roundup: October 28
All fixed now. Apparently various COT departments can "look the other way" for only so long...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Photos: Construction on bike route still a problem after two months
What are they, helpless little girls on big motorcycles? If the best Deputy Ryan Roher of PCSO can do is rationalize this extreme public safety hazard on The Loop, perhaps he should do the right thing for public safety and exit his position at Tucson/Pima BAC. Or find another way to train the girls...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Motorcycle officers conduct training on Loop
What's a speed table?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Third Street cyclists will soon be able to roll through Treat Avenue
Actually it's October 23 over here and it doesn't matter, somehow!
A Tour of a Whole Country That Has 'Transformed Itself for Cycling'
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: October 22
(nice "asphlat" in the photo there, btw)
The signs seem to be exceptionally stupidly-placed temporary (as in construction zone) signs. Who did this? UA? COT?
When permanent signs are installed, where will they be placed? Same stupid and dangerous placement? What will the permanent signs be like?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Photos: Sign placement on UA campus leaves much to be desired