Thursday, July 22, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Nice to see they included pedestrians as well. I also like the fact they are using this to celebrate=(encourage) walking and cycling not SAFETY FEVER. This may seem like harsh criticism, but the fact that Huntsville can not think or act outside the box might explain why we are so behind.
The bike ride and walk will start on the "hill" in Shelby Park (green star on map attached) next to the Cumberland River Bike/Ped bridge. The 2-mile walk will be lead by Anne Davis and the 6-mile bike ride will be lead by Mayor Dean. Participants are encouraged to walk or ride to the event and to the start location. All bike riders are encouraged to wear helmets. Vehicle parking is available at 2 locations: Shelby Bottoms-Forrest Green Trail Head (off of Forrest Green Drive) , and Wave Country in Two Rivers Park.
Posted by Bello Velo at 4:20 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yes, youngster – that’s what you’re doing. You’re not only getting your body from your home to your friend’s house, or to the store, or to work – you’re spewing filth into the air. You’re consuming 10.000 times the amount of calories you should be consuming to bring YOU there. Do I have this right? The idea is to get yourself somewhere, and the car being brought along is only a result of that action, right? Because it looks like the idea is to drive around every day.
Posted by Bello Velo at 1:54 PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Is Bicycle Mafia taking over Huntsville? We already have 158 miles of bike routes. How many do we need? How many bicycle, as opposed to auto, licenses have been issued?
Posted by Bello Velo at 1:18 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
In addition to Transportation and Recreational benefits, there are four major benefits of creating a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly Nashville.
- Attracts business to Nashville-vibrant communities
- Increases property values
- Provides improved transportation access – MTA, RTA, sidewalks and greenways
- More walking/biking foot traffic for businesses
- “Eyes on the street” - safety increases: commercial, office, and neighborhood areas
- Reduces health care costs
- Decreases future capital expense – with complete transportation options
- Improves air quality – asthma, lung disease
- Reduces obesity, overweight population (Nashville 56%)
- Reduces cardiovascular diseases and diabetes
- Fewer ER patients and associated costs
- Lowers general health care costs
- Improves air quality (CO2 reduction, CMAQ funding)
- Reduces carbon footprint – fossil fuel, heat electricity
- Reuse of existing infrastructure – infill development
- Less greenfield development – growing smart
Quality of life
- Neighborhood access to parks, greenways, sidewalks
- More Livable communities
- Eyes on street – decreases safety concerns
- Varied access to community services
- Improves vitality rate, decrease health concerns
Posted by Bello Velo at 11:29 AM
Friday, July 9, 2010
More Cities Share Bikes
Posted by Bello Velo at 4:37 PM
Thursday, July 8, 2010
A couple key points from the survey were that:
- Linking transportation tax to environmental benefits will increase support, specifically if the tax helps address global warming.
- Support for gas taxes can be significantly increased with good program design.The panelists portrayed the gas tax increase as a needed short-term fix, but a restructuring of transportation financing is necessary for long-term investment in the system. William Millar [of the American Public Transit Association] reminded the audience that we shouldn’t assume that the way things are can never change. We spent the last 60 years building the system we have, he said, and we can spend the next 60 building a better system.
Posted by Bello Velo at 8:33 AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:28 AM
What might interest you is that when you don't live in a "third world state" there seems to be funding available. I guess with being last you appreciate the crumbs that are fed to you more.
From WILSONVILLE – The city along with South Metro Area Regional Transit will host an informational meeting and kick-off off for the city's new Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force.
The group funded through a Regional Travel Options grant from Metro, will meet at 6 p.m. July 21 at the City Hall building, 29799 S.W. Town Center Loop E.
Jeff Owen, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator said the task force is designed to open lines of communication between SMART employees and local citizens interested in the topic.
In 2006, the city adopted a master plan that outlined projects and ideas about how to connect the two sides of Wilsonville since the city is split down the middle by Interstate 5.
"Overall the task force is designed to be a platform to get feedback and news about anything bicycle or pedestrian related and to provide residents with materials and knowledge," Owen said.
Thus far, SMART has received about 20 responses of interested participants for the task force and is expecting more in the coming weeks.
While the task force does not have any voting power to speak of, Owen said the idea is not to be a governing body but a way to get people talking about bikes and walking in Wilsonville.
"This idea is a little new to the city, we just want to set up an informal gathering ... we want people to see the future in this sort of thinking and sharing," he said.
The task force also hopes to involve citizens in projects around the city such as the Wilsonville Road project and designing a bike road map.
That project, funded by the city is part of an expansion near the Interstate 5 on ramp at Wilsonville Road. It will include a raised bike and pedestrian path with art along the sides of the overpass.
The group will also be posting information on the new city website that is expected to launch later this week.
Owen said all information from meetings and discussions will be updated on a regular basis to help include those who can not attend regularly.
He hopes regularly meeting with a group of people interested in bike and pedestrian information will lead to more projects and finding out what citizens of Wilsonville want from the city and how to make emission-free commuting a bigger part of everyday life.
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:23 AM
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:04 AM
Saturday, July 3, 2010
By MELENA RYZIK
Published: July 2, 2010
Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
Posted by Bello Velo at 4:05 PM