Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Mitchell J. Howie for Congress Campaign
Thank you for the information. I have been a firm believer that bikers and pedestrians should have equal rights as other commuters; however, that information is new to me - thank you for providing it. I will look into the Complete Streets link and would be very interested in learning more about other potential solutions. Feel free to contact me again by email or at
Candidate, Huntsville City Council District 3
Thanks for the concern and sending this email. I as well use my bicycle quite a bit and have already been looking into ways to solve this issue.
I'm sometimes even afraid just to ride my bike around town and my college's campus. I see the main problem being awareness. People just do not pay enough attention to bicyclists and pedestrians. I have already looked into the Ride On national campaign to create a very comprehensive advertising campaign for pedestrian awareness. It has to be very "in your face" if we are to raise the awareness of citizens. While this will do much good, you have brought up another issue.
The streets themselves are an issue. If you have been downtown recently you will notice a lot of roadwork near the courthouse, but no bicycle lanes or expansion of sidewalks. This is the core problem. Complete streets makes sense to me, and I don't see why we couldn't expand our streets just a bit to allow room for bicyclists and pedestrians to safely get around. It would add a sense of community to the downtown area where as now it is just a feeling of commuting. Bicycle lanes shouldn't just be on green-ways, they should be on roadways as well!
At a council meeting I attended this issue was brought up and the council said that they all agree, but it wasn't worth the funding and we simply can't afford it. This offended me. As a city councilman, and a bicyclist, I would see it very much worth my time to have a presence in Montgomery, and make sure we get the funds we need to run this advertising campaign and fix our streets to accommodate pedestrians. Since this is a public safety and transportation issue, it is one that is worth taking to Montgomery for funds.
I hope I answered some of your concerns. Feel free to message back as I'd love to hear what you have to say. This is an issue that really gets me fired up as well!
Candidate, Huntsville City Council District 3
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
While at a conference in Buffalo last year,Dom Nozzi corrected me. Biking and walking are not alternative transportation. Alternative transportation is an auto-centric term which implies that only motor vehicles are mainstream transportation.
It’s a loaded term and one worth dropping, especially given the U.S. DOT’s recent policy statement that encourages government agencies to consider “walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.”
That said, the “alternative transportation” theme was commonly used in the recentLet’s Save Michigan poster contest. Many of the submitted posters highlighted cycling and transit as a positive part of Michigan’s future.
The critic’s choice poster by Jonathan Wilcox is shown. Wilcox included this explanation for his inspiration.
Posted by Bello Velo at 11:48 AM
Thursday, March 18, 2010
After the Bike Summit, Ray LaHood announces the US DOT's new Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations.
It is simply the strongest statement of support for prioritizing bicycling and walking ever to come from a sitting secretary of transportation.
Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.To set this approach in motion, we have formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:
- Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
- Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
- Go beyond minimum design standards.
- Collect data on walking and biking trips.
- Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
- Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
- Improve nonmotorized facilities during maintenance projects.
And our ongoing inter-agency DOT-EPA-HUD partnership on sustainable communities actively encourages planning for walkability and bikability. We think livability means giving folks the flexibility to choose their own mobility.Look, bike projects are relatively fast and inexpensive to build and are environmentally sustainable; they reduce travel costs, dramatically improve safety and public health, and reconnect citizens with their communities.
Posted by Bello Velo at 1:56 PM
Monday, March 15, 2010
UAHuntsville highlights the work of individuals and groups making positive local and global change. Come enjoy a unique experience of art, music, science and technology, cuisine, activism, athletics, dance, and all the other countless ways people in Huntsville make a difference.
The EXPO is March 31, 2010, 10 AM-2 PM in UAHuntsville’s University Center. The community change fair will last from 10-1, and a panel discussion will follow.
We will be there and there is also a ride meet @ 12:15 ride @ 12:30 UC Exhibit Hall
Posted by Bello Velo at 12:12 PM