Tuesday, September 01, 2009

090901 – I Saw It On The Internets

Today’s Transport –
Bike: 16.5

Today’s extra miles come via a trip to the dentist and the bank.


I read a few interesting bits on the internets today.

First a vehicular cyclist perhaps rightly argues against more bicycle related facilities by pointing out that “if we work hard at it, we can probably increase the relative numbers of cyclists on our streets from practically none to hardly any."


A report titled Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions was released today.

Impetus for Study: "A key question of interest is to what extent developing more compactly would reduce VMT and make alternative modes of travel (e.g., transit, walking) more feasible. The study is focused on metropolitan areas and on personal travel, the primary vectors through which policy changes that encourage more compact development should have the greatest effect."

People who like reading this sort of thing will enjoy reading this sort of thing.


I read, enjoyed, commented and became intrigued by this post from the Twin City Sidewalks blog: Death by a Thousand Curb Cuts.


gad2357 said...

One day last summer, while riding on west on 8th Street preparing to turn left into the Schoneman's lot to get to the bike trail, I got yelled at by a steerer of an SUV to "get on the sidewalk!!!!!" Well, that steerer of the SUV had steered her SUV onto the curb cut and thus, blocking the sidewalk the I was supposed get on. Go figure? I was so confused by this disconnect between her well-meaning instruction and her positioning of her SUV that I just ignored her, made my turn (using an appropriate hand signal before turning) and continued on my way to the bike trail.

Snakebite said...

I like appropriate hand signals!

Practically none to hardly any? Vehicular person must be limiting his/her vehicular activity to the maul parking lot or the interstate highways.

My word verification is "ringle" - snicker, snicker!!!

gad2357 said...

"...blocking the sidewalk that I was..."

Marrock said...

Last time someone yelled at me to get on the sidewalk I just yelled back "Can't, clowns will eat me!" and kept pedaling.

I swear I could hear him blink as he tried to process that.

mytzpyk said...

Marrock - I will be using that.

Bill Lindeke said...

Thanks for the link! Your blog is great.