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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 2:57pm | by blindeke
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 12:08pm | by amrosell
The city of 's-Hertogenbosch (also known as Den Bosch) was named "Bicycle City of 2011" by the Dutch Cyclists' Union. Want to see what that's like? Take a look at the video for a good summary of approaches and treatments. Via Hembrow >
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 8:14am | by nmhood
There is a tendency while blogging to dwell on the negative. I’ve done this in the past, but I’m going to attempt to concentrate on the positives for this post. Good things do happen, and I think they should be highlighted. Read more >
Wed, 11/16/2011 - 1:15pm | by blindeke
- 60 yr old cyclist killed while walking bike across street, on way to temple (StriB)
- Pedestrian killed by car while crossing Franklin Ave (Strib)
- Stillwater bridge summit (MPR); Oark Park mayor against the plan (MPR)
- Another nice aritcle on the Stillwater Bridge debate (MPR)
- Mpls City votes for $13.5M Downtown 35W Freeway onramp (Strib)
- Minneapolis Vikes stadium site amenities (Minnpost)
- Dakota Co finds $3M for the Cedar Ave BRT (PiPress)
- Mpls passes new fine for sidewalk shoveling scofflaws (SWJournal)
- Additional Northstar rail stop for Ramsey (Strib)
- Demolition plans for the StP Ford Plant site (TCBJ)
Wed, 11/16/2011 - 12:29pm | by blindeke
One of the debates in the historic preservation community is about whether or not post-war modernist architecture is deserves the kind of "preservation" attention given to our (far more scarce) pre-war architecture.
After all, the vast majority of buildings, homes, and public spaces in the US were built since 1950. Do all these periods of architecture deserve preservation?
The Peavey Plaza fountain is a good example of this. Read more >
Tue, 11/15/2011 - 5:45am | by amrosell
An overview of Bogotá, Colombia's Transmilenio BRT, and discussion of benefits relating to travel times and quality of life for transit-dependent residents of that city.
Thu, 11/10/2011 - 2:30pm | by blindeke
1) the Vikings stadium
As part of a new jumpstart of the TC Streets for People website, I'm going to try and start a semi-regular "podcast" feature where people get together and chat about Twin Cities' urban design happenings. Nate Hood fromThoughts on the Urban Environment, and Spencer Agnew from City of Lakes Urbanism and I are going to officially tape the first episode tomorrow at 5:00, and I'd really appreciate any feedback.
The list of topics so far:
1) the Vikings stadium
2) downtown casinos
3) cities and snow
Please send questions, comments, or any interesting topics you may have! Reply to this post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on twitter at @BillLindeke and we'll include your idea in our conversation. Read more >
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 12:08pm | by apbauman
Milwaukee has introduced the first raised cycle tracks in the Midwest on a short test segment on Bay Street. The increased separation provided by raised cycle tracks is "more attractive to a wider range of bicyclists at all levels and ages than less separated facilities" according to the Urban Bikeway Design Guide produced by NACTO (the National Association of City Transportation Officials).
The tracks are separated from the through lanes by a 3.5" tall and 31" wide curb (salaciously named a "mountable curb") - this provides a gentle slope to warn motorists that they're venturing into cyclists' territory but also easy for cyclists to cross at will. Milwaukee's Department of Public Works expects the gently-sloping curb to pose no problems for sweeping or plowing.
What do YOU think? Is this type of facility better or worse than a regular bike lane? Is it desirable to introduce raised cycle tracks to the Twin Cities? Is it possible?
Fri, 11/04/2011 - 4:43pm | by nmhood
The Star Tribune ran an article recently regarding the benefits of biking more (“More bikes, healthier cities“).
I do not doubt increased rates of bicycling will make us healthier, happier, safer, less congested and less polluted. In my mind, these are self-evident. What I don’t understand is why we always need to assign seemingly arbitrary numbers to these benefits? Will biking prevent 300 deaths per year? Will it save $57 million in medical costs? Will it save $7 billion annually? Read more >
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 1:01pm | by blindeke