Today, the House releases its transportation bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Act. Please click here to contact your member of Congress.
Last week, we knew the bill would be bad news for biking and walking. But we didn’t think it would go so far as to completely cutevery reference to bicycling and walking out of the federal transportation policy.
House leadership is pressing to eliminate bicycling and walking in the Transportation bill:
Destroys Transportation Enhancements by making the program optional
Repeals the Safe Routes to School program, reversing years of progress in creating safe ways for kids to walk and ride bicycles to school
Allows states to build bridges without safe access for pedestrians and bicycles
Eliminates bicycle and pedestrian coordinators in state DOTs
Eliminates language that insures that rumble strips “do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists, pedestrians or the disabled”
But we can still save biking and walking in this bill. This week in the Transportation Committee, Representative Petri (R-WI) will stand up for bicycling and walking by offering an amendment that restores dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Mr. Petri can only be successful if everyone with a stake in safe sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways contacts their Representative on the Transportation Committee again today to urge them to vote YES on the Petri amendment! If your Representative is not on the committee, please ask them to urge their collegues to vote for the amendment.
This is as urgent as it gets. Even if we do win this amendment, there will be a long road ahead. But if we lose here, we risk losing decades of progress.
american politicians: getting us on our way to being the most backwards “first world” country.
so what, if the boutique hotel thing fell through? I’m sure there’s some group of creative architects out there that would love to make this place pretty. or upcoming entrepreneurs wanting to set up small shops. (but probably need $$$$)
I should’ve gotten into this stuff earlier and popped in to the Uptown Community meetings.
what I would like: 3-4 story apartment building — ground floor as retail, restaurant/bar, or community space; rooftop garden/park with solar panels.
no one’s got vision here!
Sippin’ on drinks at Urban Mo’s in San Diego’s happenin’ LGBT neighborhood, Hillcrest.. gonna be way more fun staring across at a Walgreens than this!
because we just can’t get enough of big-chain pharmacies! thanks for accessing the community demands and making the best decisions on our behalf! our urban environment can’t get any uglier!
On Atlantic Cities, Nate Berg reports that an analysis by Wendell Cox and Hugh Pavletich for Demographia on affordable housing is incomplete. I would go further and say that the analysis is flat-out wrong…
That connection between appeal and higher costs can be mitigated in at least two ways, aside from direct subsidies for affordable housing. One idea is to recognize that the most important barrier to new development is not regulations per se, but the speed at which the regulatory process moves. That crucial distinction is completely missed by Demographia. Most US municipalities rely on the same regulatory tools — but move through the process at greatly varied speeds. Some cities and towns allow endless delays and appeals — raising costs for development and keeping a lid on supply.
One strategy a city or town can employ to promote affordable, sustainable development is to align land use regulations with what citizens want, and then speed up the process for developers who meet those criteria.
A second strategy is to tie land-use with transportation, particularly public transit. Walkable, mixed-use development with access to public transit lowers household transportation costs, which are nearly as large a line item as mortgage payments or rent. Some development — sprawl in particular — tends to raise family transportation expenditures substantially. Other development — the mixed-use, transit-oriented kind — lowers these costs…
[…]in many Asian countries, waste management is struggling to keep pace with the rapid rise in consumption, and the resulting garbage, that has accompanied economic growth. Recycling has been a feature of everyday life in Europe for decades, but in many developing economies — or even in developed economies like Hong Kong’s — it has yet to gain real momentum.
To be fair, Hong Kong has improved its overall recycling rate for things like paper, plastics and metals to about 50 percent in 2010 from 40 percent in 2004. But the recycling rate for glass is a paltry 3 percent, reflecting the fact that most businesses, households and politicians do not see glass as a potential resource.
By contrast, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland recycle about 90 percent of their glass. The E.U. average was 67 percent in 2009, for a total of 11 million tons, or 25 billion glass bottles and jars collected that year, according to statistics compiled by FEVE , a glass container industry association in Europe. In the United States, about one-third of all glass containers are recycled.
In the 1990s, the Gingrich Congress tried to shut down the Department of Energy (DOE), slash all clean energy research, stop the joint government-industry effort to develop a super-efficient hybrid car, and zero out all programs aimed specifically at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating technology deployment…
Last year, Newt proposed replacing the EPA with an “Environmental Solutions Agency.” It’s no surprise that Newt is unaware we already have an Environmental Solutions Agency that develops innovative new technology — it’s called the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which I helped run in the mid-1990s. Gingrich tried to kill it when he became speaker in 1995. He probably thinks he succeeded…
Why is California’s air — and the country’s water — better than it was 30 years ago? Gingrich disingenuously implied the answer is “very advanced technological solutions that dramatically improve life,” but, in fact, the answer is very tough government regulations — indeed, California is allowed tougher air regulations than the rest of the country, as Newt must know since he is so damn smart.
:: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 :: » Townie Ride and Sour Sunday « Join us for a bike ride through Normal Heights on your fixie, 3-speed, touring bike, uni, tall bike or whatever. Meet up at BLAH at 10am ro an easy-going ride around town and back to BLAH in time for lunch and some beers.. » It’s also SOUR SUNDAY! Check this list out - Russian River Supplication, Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, the brand new The Bruery Be-Razzled, Firestone Walker’s three year aged sour Aggrestic and Craftsman’s El Prieto Black Sour. Starts at 11:30 am. » We’ll also give away any anniversary glassware we have left starting at 3pm. We’ll post more details about this in the morning.
got back at 10 (starts at 8pm). because I dropped out after they were heading to the airport AGAIN to get to OB (ocean beach).
I wasn’t about to go to Point Loma and OB. because you know as soon as you get there, people are gonna want to do the whole shebang: Mission Bay, Mission Beach, PB, next thing you’re all the way up in La Jolla. and then have to go through Old Town and UP WASHINGTON ST HILL (you know when you exit the 5 Freeway at Washington St to get to Hillcrest? Yeah, that hill) to get back to Balboa Park.
CM is so fun, no matter what the critics and haters say. (referring particularly to the San Diego edition. It’s quite different from SF, Chicago, etc.—SD CM is gonna feel like a race, almost).
Senses come alive riding at night a perfect san diego night (not too warm) going down 30th Ave, through the cold canyon blasting down and up Golden Hill into Downtown under the airport terminal signs the curving ramp out of the airport watching the rest of the mass swerve smoothly down into the circle and going back towards Downtown instead of Point Loma (thank god) some dude telling people to go to Horton Plaza (parking garage) not as crowded this time, and we stayed on the roof for a while, holding our bikes up for the sky and skyscrapers to see gliding along with the harbor breeze
Why am I always the only girl in the front
ok I guess I do bike decently fast. maybe it would be more difficult on a fixie. (but I know for sure you wouldn’t keep up on a beach cruiser)
alright. Hope you had a good evening. G’night and have a wonderful weekend.
**I forgot to buy AAA batteries—did not install my monkeylectric lights. :/ next time. My bike’s gonna be tight. ***saw my fixie buddy, the guy I met in Downtown the first day out on my citybike; and also met a neighbor. :)
I don’t know why you felt the need to pull up next to me at a light and ruin a rare warm afternoon by condescending to me. Maybe it was that I, riding a very girly single-speed basket bike in a circa-1965 outfit, continually passed you, riding a wide- and knobby-tired mountain bike with your knees flailing about and a helmet cam perched atop your head. It wasn’t personal, really; I was running late to the dentist. “You know, the way you ride,” you said as we waited for the light to change, “you should really be wearing a helmet.”
You were probably referring to the fact that I ride fast and appear not to be afraid of cars, which is a manner in which lots of people - many of whom choose not to wear helmets - enjoy getting around town. I tell all my friends they should wear helmets, but they’re my friends; I don’t tell strangers how to ride. Taken aback, I mumbled that I usually do wear one (but left out the reason I didn’t today, which is that I’d executed a perfect bouffant flip and dammit at least my hair would look great as I lay dying on the ground). “Well, I’ve been hit three times,” you countered, as if each crash makes a cyclist more qualified to dispense unwarranted sagely advice. Apparently my not wearing a helmet means I’ve never been hit? Which is wrong? Most cyclists do swear by them when they survive a collision, but humans are stupid, and that wind in my hair feels so damn nice once in a while. Before I could say anything else, though, you rode off. As I passed you for the third (fourth?) time, I wished I’d had a better reply.
But really, why did you feel motivated to tell me this? Do you say the same thing to every aggressive and helmetless urban rider you see? Since I live in the world and work in a male-dominated industry, I assume everyone is benevolently sexist - were you trying to correct my feminine stupidity? Do you hate Grant Petersen so much that you ignored his actually good advice about how male cyclists shouldn’t try to mentor every female cyclist they meet? Maybe it was my outfit; I guess high-waisted capris and a matching headband just screams “incompetent” to a lot of people. Even if it wasn’t any of these things, though, helmets aren’t the be-all-end-all of cycling safety. When you act like they are, you sound like you’re trying to convert experienced cyclists to a bizarre helmet-worshipping religion.
Wait, no. If I could do it over, I wouldn’t have asked you anything. I’d just pause, and then say:
Thanks, but I don’t take advice from people wearing helmet cams.
In the woods, it is about flowing over logs in the trail, cruising through seemingly lineless rock gardens, and dipping between tight trees. On the city streets, it’s about weaving past the guy on his cell phone who steps out from between parked cars, adapting to an aggressive lane change by a soccer mom in a minivan, or avoiding a car door swinging open into your lane. In so many ways, urban riding is just a series of close calls.
Peter Furth: [2:12] A lot of times in the U. S. when you’re riding your bike, you feel almost like an outlaw. You feel like, “Oh, can I just find a little tiny bit of space for myself?” Here (in Copenhagen), you feel like they’re just laying out the red carpet for you.
Yes, I advocate for cycle tracks (separated bike lanes) and complete streets so everyone at every age can feel safe walking or cycling.. but the current outdated streets, bad drivers, inattentive pedestrians, and the feeling of being an “outlaw” do make cycling in the city really, really fun. (dangerously fun and alluring)
I can’t comprehend this article no matter how many times I read it. I should start following San Diego news more often.
Board Approves Design of Fat City Lofts Project; Fails to Pass Recommendation on Land-Use Permits
The Board voted 6-0 with two abstentions (Chair Kilkenny and Secretary Relyea) to grant design review approval, based on architecture and urban design, for the Fat City Lofts project, a proposed mixed-use project development on the block bounded by Pacific Highway, California and Hawthorne streets, and a vacated portion of Ivy Street. The proposed project would include 232 apartments, 4,485 square feet of ground floor retail space and 294 parking spaces.
The project also requires approval of a Coastal Development Permit and Centre City Development Permit by CCDC Board Chairman Kim Kilkenny. Due to the residential project’s location in close proximity to the Solar Turbine’s industrial complex, CCDC staff recommended denial of the permits based on the project’s inconsistency with policies of 1992 Centre City Community Plan and the City of San Diego’s General Plan Economic Prosperity Element that seek to avoid land use incompatibility and protect base sector industrial uses..
“Hey Sally, my mom and I are going to bike to the park and we’ll be going right by your house in 10 minutes, want to come?
Oh that sounds great. I’ll bring my brother and his friend too. They have these awesome new skateboards and say skating on our new Neighborhood Greenway is great!
Oh, good! My mom loves the new Neighborhood Greenways too! Before, she used to never bike and didn’t feel safe letting me bike either. Only my older brother felt comfortable biking, but he always wears spandex and goes so fast. Now with the new Greenway, my mom got her old bike out of the garage, tuned it up and we bike together all the time!
My dad still drives to work but he says the Greenway hasn’t lengthened his commute at all. Although we live right on the Neighborhood Greenway, he just keeps his eyes out for others when he is on the Greenway, and then heads towards other neighborhood streets and connects to the arterial. Plus, he can’t stop talking about how nice it is that our neighborhood streets are once again being used as public space, with slower traffic on some streets and everyone feeling safer to play and commute on our new Neighborhood Greenways. Dad also says local businesses are doing better with more and more people feeling at ease traveling to our local shops.
Yep, even my grandmother now feels safe going to the library. Can you believe she used to have to wait for someone to drive her? Now, she practically goes there everyday and on Wednesdays she takes the Neighborhood Greenway to the Farmer’s Market and buys me peaches! But what she really likes most are the new raingardens! She says not only do they help calm traffic on the Greenways but our waterways are ultimately becoming a lot healthier too! And seeing all the greenery and butterflies on our streets really makes her smile. OK, mom’s calling, I’ve got to go get my helmet on. See you in 10 minutes!
Europe has a different take on helmets altogether. The European Cyclists’ Federation believes that, instead of making it compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets, the authorities should concentrate on preventing accidents. The Federation believes that promoting the wearing of helmets by cyclists is not an effective way to improve safety for cyclists and that road safety for cyclists can only be improved by calming traffic and removing the danger at its source. Some European leaders believe that requiring cyclists to wear helmets actually discourages cycling as a major form of transportation because helmet laws make riding inconvenient and communicates to the public that it is somehow unsafe. The clear policy direction under this framework would be to overturn the King County helmet law, although such a major change is viewed as highly unlikely.
get hit by a car one day, living and cycling in San Diego.
I take 2nd Avenue downtown. Downhill. There are stop signs on 2nd Ave. I blow through these (when I for sure don’t see any cars; and if I’m not sure, I do the “rolling” stop), because I’m going downhill. There are two cross streets that don’t have stop signs. This is dangerous for me.
But more importantly, a freeway exit ramp without a stop sign that has cars whizzing across 2nd Ave. This is nearing the bottom of the hill, and I’m pretty decent at braking and have made it safely across.. so far.
this freeway exit ramp on the right gently disposes of cars into downtown. yellow signs say “CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP”.
Option: go down First Avenue.
But: 1st Ave. is a one-way in the opposite direction I’d have to ride on the sidewalk. Which is kinda safer in this area. Except: There are two! freeway entrances on 1st. I’d have to somehow switch sidewalks or else encounter one or the other freeway entrance.
Other options: go down 4th or 6th Ave. I’ve done both before. It’s alright. Still downhill. There are more cars there going faster, but also more freeway entrances and exits, but because of more cars, traffic is a tiny bit slower in those areas. Also a little steeper, but with traffic lights. And stopping at a red light going downhill..
I’d have to cross 3rd and/or 5th Ave to get to 4th or 6th. Those are one-ways in the opposite direction and no stop signs..
All these one-way streets suck. And yes, San Diego has a good freeway system (of course). Except this means so many entrance and exit ramps everywhere, difficult to walk or bike across.
I only go downtown 2-3 times a week, though. So, no worries!
// man, you guys are lucky to not live in socal.
despite the sunny pictures I’ve posted of san diego, there’s nothing to be jealous about.
How cool would it be to bike across the Bay Bridge??
For more than 15 years, bicycle advocates in San Francisco and the East Bay have pushed for a west span path to connect bike commuters to the east span path expected to open between Oakland to Yerba Buena Island by 2014.
*conceptual photo is a cross-section! Hopefully we won’t be riding our bikes and then taking a dive
**This would make for such a great bike ride from the East Bay: south from Richmond or over the Berkeley Bike Bridge, along the shore (The Bayshore Trail, it’s called?) (Emeryville), and then across the Bay Bridge.
We need you to come out to help support $1 Billion in funding for bike and pedestrian projects over the next 30 years in Alameda County. What will this mean for you? This funding will help complete our regional trails like the Bay Trail, East Bay Greenway, and the Iron Horse. Come down to ACTC at noon tomorrow and voice your support.
Alameda CTC Steering Committee Mtg Janaury 26, 12noon-3:00pm or the Alameda CTC Board meeting January 26, 3:00-5:00pm Alameda CTC offices 1333 Broadway, Suite 300 Downtown Oakland
Please come, bring your friends, and voice your support for a strong Measure B with solid funding for bike/ped projects and better transit service. Can’t make the meeting? Send an email to the Alameda CTC Board with your vote to increase funding for better transit, stronger BART projects, and of course good bike/ped funding. Thanks for your help!
“I worry about my daughter crossing Los Coches without me! It’s a huge street, and there is so much speeding traffic not always watching for little ones. She is my precious cargo!”—from a parent survey re: walking and biking to school. Lakeview Elementary in East San Diego County.
“I often hear now-a-days, the automobile instigated good roads; that the automobile is the parent of good roads. Well, the truth is, the bicycle is the father of the good roads movement in this country.”—Horatio Earle, 1929. Father of the Good Roads Movement.
Mayor Ed Lee cut the ribbon to open the Powell Promenade on Wednesday, July 13th surrounded by government officials, the designer of the project, and Audi representatives.
The Powell Promenade is designed to widen one of the busiest street sections in San Francisco which often has 100,000 people walking up and down it on a busy weekend day. In the eight seperate sections, designer Walter Hood featured sturdy aluminum construction, benches, tables to stand at, planters, and solar panels to power the nighttime LED lighting. Techie pedestrians can even log on to the Promenade’s free WiFi on their laptops.
Already, the pedestrian traffic is flowing better as the pedestrians who just want to stand or sit can take a break on the Promenade while those walking continue to move up and down the sidewalk.
You have double-pane windows. They do not block out loud sounds entirely, however. (and you like to open them sometimes.)
Where would you rather live?
Under a flight path (planes landing)
Near an airport field (you can hear planes revving, taking off)
Next to a freeway
Near a railroad (freight trains and loud amtrak, not HSR)
Next to an elevated metro/subway track
Over underground metro/subway tracks (you can feel/hear the trains rumbling underneath, like BART)
Right on a transit thoroughfare (buses and/or lightrail right outside)
I have been living 1. for two weeks so far, but haven’t been able to assess how good or bad it is. Planes flying right outside my window less than 100m away. Not totally used to it yet, though people who live in the area say You won’t even notice it in a week! Umm..
So pick one, maybe explain, or even put them in order from best to worst or worst to best. ?
Valciente and Martin, who are in their 70s, tend to orange and other fruit trees and corn on their 6 1/2-acre farm. Chickens roam uncaged, pecking at the dirt around the pomegranate trees, pepper plants and cacti in the yard.
The AVE trains speed by the small farmstead several times an hour, “and it hasn’t affected us at all,” Valciente said.
"We don’t even feel them," added Martin. Even though their house is close to the tracks, she said, the trains create no wind turbulence and are less bothersome than slower-moving regional commuter trains because noise from the AVE trains passes so quickly…
That experience stands in contrast to the loud and growing objections to California’s plans by some farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, where faith in the state rail authority and the economy are in short supply. Growers and ranchers say they fear losing farmland and even their homes to the tracks, they worry that tracks across their land will keep them from moving easily across their fields, and they doubt they’ll be fairly compensated for their property or troubles.
sfgate, 22.01.12. and then washington post’s opinion that california shouldn’t be saddled with more costly projects: California’s high-speed rail to nowhere, 09.01.12.