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5 modes
August 22, 2016, 2:58 pm
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September 13, 2014, 11:28 pm
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One-Mile Walk in a Compact Neighborhood

A one-mile walk in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge takes you through a grid-like street network with a mix of residences and businesses.

One-Mile Walk in a Sprawling Suburb

A one-mile walk in Bellevue, WA with cul-de-sacs and winding streets has few shops and services within walking distance.

Maps courtesy of Lawrence Frank & Co. and the Sightline Institute



the world’s safest roads
February 27, 2014, 2:13 pm
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From the Economist:

With only three of every 100,000 Swedes dying on the roads each year, compared with 5.5 per 100,000 across the European Union, 11.4 in America and 40 in the Dominican Republic, which has the world’s deadliest traffic, Sweden’s roads have become the world’s safest. Other places such as New York City are now trying to copy its success. How has Sweden done it? http://econ.st/N7HzHA



best cities for transit
January 29, 2014, 5:34 pm
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from walkscore.com



market stall Cedric Price
January 29, 2014, 2:52 pm
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Market stall, Cedric Price, 1987



bicycle super highway
January 7, 2014, 4:01 pm
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I want to ride my bicycle: The SkyCycle, as proposed new network of cycle paths built above London's railways

Foster and Partners scheme to make a bicycle superhighway up in the sky above London.

Isn’t this that 1950s idea that everything in the city should be segregated: residential from commercial from industrial; cars from trains from pedestrians from bikes? I thought segregation had been discredited and that now planners and designers were committed to the idea of hybridity. Aren’t planners trying to mix traffic now – bikes, cars, lorries, so that vehicles slow down and the streets become safer? Doesn’t removing the bikes speed things up again and make things more dangerous? Also, isn’t biking in the European sense a slow but steady viable means of getting through the city? This shows a veritable velo in the spirit of the post war American interstate super highway. For me too many questions.

What if you put the cars up there and let the pedestrians and bikes use the old original streets?



Oh, well, accidents happen
November 12, 2013, 1:04 pm
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Here is the incredibly passive Daniel Duane who describes how drivers are literally getting away with murder and then concludes that we must all abide by the law and recommends staying safe by riding on stationary bikes in our basements. What crap. When are we going to take on the dangerous drivers and abetting police for taking away our roads?

From the New York Times opinion pages:

But studies performed in Arizona, Minnesota and Hawaii suggest that drivers are at fault in more than half of cycling fatalities. And there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene. When two cars crash, everybody agrees that one of the two drivers may well be to blame; cops consider it their job to gather evidence toward that determination. But when a car hits a bike, it’s like there’s a collective cultural impulse to say, “Oh, well, accidents happen.”

[…]

“We do not know of a single case of a cyclist fatality in which the driver was prosecuted, except for D.U.I. or hit-and-run,” Leah Shahum, the executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, told me.

Duane’s pathetic solution:

So here’s my proposal: Every time you get on a bike, from this moment forward, obey the letter of the law … I’m sticking to the basement and maybe the occasional country road.

Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? Daniel Duane, The New York Times