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graphing parking

Graphing Parking is a site dedicated to visualizing the wonkery laid out in Don Shoup’s tome The High Cost of Free Parking.  It maps out visually the requirements that different cities have for parking associated with various land uses all … Continue reading

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Unlocking Home

Alan Durning from Seattle’s Sightline Institute has put together a 50 page eBook polemic called Unlocking Home that explores and advocates for three simple code changes many North American cities could make, to almost instantly create hundreds of thousands if … Continue reading

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To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

The NY Times looks at the trade-offs between requiring or encouraging helmet use, and actually getting people to ride bikes.  American Bike Advocate Sacrilege, perhaps, but I agree: if we want cycling to be mainstream everyday transportation, the helmets and … Continue reading

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When shared cars kill

Peer to peer carshare cars are killing people, because cars of any kind kill people… not because they’re shared.  They’re big and heavy and fast, and they get operated in densely populated areas.  Anybody who thought this wouldn’t come up … Continue reading

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New bike and pedestrian ordinances in Boulder

A city-scale bike and pedestrian omnibus bill is coming before City Council.  Among other things, it creates a well-defined cross walk speed limit for bikes (8 mph), requires bikes and peds to activate the blinking lights at mid-block crossings, and … Continue reading

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Law and Order and Parking Lots

Sightline Daily explores the perversity of requiring bars and other drinking establishments to provide copious car parking.  Nearly every city does it, despite the fact that drunk driving kills 11,000 people in the US every year.  If there’s anywhere we … Continue reading

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Star CSP Hotline for Bicyclists

Bicyclists are encouraged to use the *CSP hotline to report aggressive drivers to the Colorado State Police (just dial *277 on your mobile).  You must obtain the license plate of the vehicle and describe the aggressive behavior.  Location, direction of … Continue reading

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Bike Helmets Not Warranted

A concise explanation from Urban Country on why bike helmets really aren’t warranted.  First, cycling just isn’t that dangerous, and we do most safe things without a helmet.  Second, strongly promoting or legally requiring them discourages cycling in general, and … Continue reading

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A bicycle reverie from Clever Cycles

Oregon’s plans to legislatively enable peer-to-peer car sharing have put cargo bike retailer Clever Cycles into some kind of (wonderful) bicycle trance, envisioning a world where the motorcars simply rust away.  They already sit 92% idle after all.

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Reckless Driving in the Netherlands

In the US we wouldn’t think twice about a young testosterone laden driver endangering the lives of four cyclists with his “monster truck”.  If anything, we’d probably blame the cyclists — especially if they weren’t wearing helmets.  But how is … Continue reading

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