The Los Angeles County Bicycle Master Plan has been updated and approved today, and includes plans for 832 miles of new bikeways, as well as over $330 million in funding to be spent over 20 years on improving access to and the safety of bicycle transit in L.A.
SF’s got 34 coming, but I forget the timeline for that. In how many years? and Seattle’s trying to add 11 miles of Neighborhood Greenways each year.
but congrats on approving the 2010 BMP. Haven’t looked at it but I hope it’s good? I remember there being a post by Hembrow criticizing it for not being enough. But his blog is now invitiation only?? At least I’ve quoted some of it. Anyone know why he made his blog invite-only??
But “it’s not all about transit,” says CNT’s transportation and community development program director, María Choca Urban. In fact, of the key characteristics that correlate with low transportation costs, transit is the least important. More important than access to mass transit, are densely developed, compact neighborhoods with lots of amenities like grocery stores, schools, and jobs, Urban says — in other words, communities where residents don’t have to travel long distances to meet their basic needs.
Jobs, you say? Dense neighborhoods? We’ve been subsidizing sprawl for decades, and the recession has made jobs few and (literally) far between.
This week we’ll be finishing off the month with somewhat of a treat.
Local artist/business, Sykkelspruce/Brake Free Clothing is having a show. Seared Ahi, Salmon, veggie, and vegan tacos are just some of the options available.
So here’s the deal. In order to get over to EmpireHouse in time for them not to hate us, we’re keeping the ride local, as in Mission Hills. The route may slightly change if the little dirt section isn’t dirt, due to rain. It has a couple good climbs, so you won’t feel guilty consuming all the carbs, and you’ll get to see some of the nicest addresses in Mission Hills.
Whether through an increase in cycle helmet use or other methods, a desire for improved cyclist safety is this debate’s uniting point. The main issues are a lack of clarity over what generates improved safety and insufficient reliable data to draw a conclusion. Understanding risk compensation theory has been stunted due to ‘a shortage of reliable data’, and many studies on the benefits of cycle helmets are considered questionable. Merallo Grande successfully concludes that this lack of reliable data ‘hinders the understanding of the phenomenon and the discovery of possible solutions’.
This is an area future studies should consider. The various factors that contribute to cycling accidents need to be addressed, as do potential educational, legal and infrastructural changes that can improve cyclist safety. It can be hoped that future research will bring more satisfactory and practical assistance to cyclists by considering not only the role of cycle helmets, but also the broader changes that can be introduced to improve cyclist safety.
a very comprehensive literature review on cycling safety, with focus on helmets. by joe peach from thisbigcity, 07.02.12.
The think tank found that over the past decade consumption of goods and services had risen by 28 per cent to $30.5 trillion (£19bn) - with the world digging up the equivalent of 112 Empire State Buildings of material every day.
The average American consumes more than his or her weight in products each day, many US two year-olds can recognise the McDonald’s “Golden Archers” sign, although they cannot read the letter, and an average western family spends more on their pet than by someone trying to live in Bangladesh.
A cultural shift from consumption to valuing sustainable living was needed because government targets and new technology were not enough to rescue humanity from ecological and social threats…
Consumerism it said had “taken root in culture upon culture over the past half-century … (and) become a powerful driver of the inexorable increase in demand for resources and production of waste that marks our age”.
Erik Assadourian, the institute’s project director, said it was “no longer enough to change our light bulbs, we must change our very cultures”.
At current consumption rates, 200 square metres of solar panels a second and 24 wind turbines every hour were needed to be built to satisfy energy levels.
The public spaces that accompany new downtown buildings can be easy to miss, but they’ve caught the eye of San Francisco supervisors who say more must be done to let the public know they are there.
Board President David Chiu will introduce legislation as early as Tuesday to require improved signage outside such spaces, an aide said Friday. Issues of maintenance and programming might also be added as the legislation moves through the board.
The 11th floor skygarden in the San Francisco Federal Building has a remarkable view of South of Market, but there’s no sign announcing it on 7th Street and there’s a security checkpoint at the building’s entrance. Photo: Liz Hafalia
Here's the map of “John King's guide to some of the publicly accessible spaces created since 1980 as part of private commercial projects in downtown San Francisco.”
The world’s third-largest toy manufacturer is going to be putting “made with wind power” labels on all those boxes of LEGOs, and not just because they bought their power from utilities with wind turbines. Kirkbi A/S, the family holding company that owns LEGO, will be buying actual wind turbines representing fully a third of an offshore wind farm, reports Reuters.
LEGO’s share of the 277-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, which will be finished in 2015, should provide all the energy the company needs through 2020. Considering that LEGO produces 19 billion bricks every year, that’s a surprisingly efficient use of wind power.
The service notification created for: start of bike lane STREET Concrete Street Maintenance
We have investigated your request for service and have taken all appropriate and warranted actions to address your concerns - If you would like more details on the results of our investigation please contact Street Division Customer Service at (619) 527-7500.
We appreciate your active interest in your community and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to serve you.
HOLYWTFBBQ, SAN DIEGO! You seriously processed my street service request and got the job done???!! Within a month??!!
I’ll try not to take this as false hope for the future of this city.
Park Blvd. by Meade (University Heights/Hillcrest), g.maps streetview screenshot, before there was even the little stretch of painted bike lane. Before the concrete in the gutter/storm drain area got so crumbingly dangerous it rendered the start of the bike lane useless.
Photos I took with my cell phone today. !
Socal/California/US-style “band-aid” repair.. but oh well! It’s still way safer, right??!
Send a service request to the City of San Diego Street Division if you spot crumbling sidewalk, faded or missing crosswalks, etc. DO IT! Gotta tell the city we need pedestrian and bike infrastructure improved! Not just smooth asphalt for cars.
After huddling around that area of accident in Mission Beach for a while, we start getting going, albeit a bit slowly. There was an officer who HIT a cyclist, trying to get him out of the intersection. He was coming towards my area, too (I just got into the intersection), and I was like WTF he’s actually trying to HIT/slap us???!! and I rode away quickly.
“Cyclist gets hit by car. Cyclist gets arrested. Driver gets VIP escort away from scene. Witnesses were told to shut up & leave…took me about 2 hours to pick up my jaw off of the ground.”—Timur N. What happened in Mission Beach last night (24.02.12) at San Diego Critical Mass.
The hybrid design makes a lot of sense, but we wonder if having a name-brand designer simply invites thievery.
Following the wild success of custom-designed public bicycles in Paris and Copenhagen, Bordeaux will be the latest metropolis to unveil its very own city bike, by French design dynamo Philippe Starck. A twist: It’s a bike and a scooter rolled into one.
Bike the Boulevard returns Three miles, seven hours, lots of drinking and eating
That helix of wheels whirling and pausing on El Cajon Boulevard this Saturday? Well that’s Bike the Boulevard.
Billed as a chance for moderate drinking, responsible pedaling and eating (bring your night lights), all types of bikes participate in this support-a-single-street series (think cash mob meets taste of event meets friendly Critical Mass ride). It will cover just three miles in seven hours.
The ride takes off at noon from the Live Wire (which made the Superdiners’ list of favorite dive bars), collects dollar-pizza slices from Pizzeria Luigi, rallies to watch short films about bicycles at the Media Arts Center, guzzles $4 Green Flash specials at Tiger! Tiger! — a bike rider hangout posing as a popular North Park gastropub.
Then it’s off to other ride-related drink, food and entertainment specials at…
but in reality, El Cajon Blvd is a typical crappy socal “boulevard”—speeding cars, below-average streetlife, not very safe to cycle—far from the grand boulevards of Paris. but hey! make do with what you can in SD, right? as long as there’re drinks, food, and fellow cyclists..!
In one such situation, a group of guys in their early twenties laughed when we were leaving a bar on our bicycles, and made a comment in Chinese which roughly translates to:
“haha, those foreigners have to rely on their bicycles to get to the bar”.
..the part that bothers me is the fact that people’s first instinct here when they see someone on a bicycle is to presume that they are too poor to afford any other mode of transportation.
If the perception that “people who use bicycles are poor” prevails in China, bicycling will become extinct as a mode of transportation as China’s wealth increases.
There are two things that can save bicycles as a viable mode of transportation in China. The first, ironically, is car culture itself. Increased traffic congestion — in a country with more than 160 cities with populations exceeding 1 million people — will give people a reason to start using bicycles again (or electric scooters as is the case here in Haikou).
The second thing that can save bicycles is changing the perception that bicycles are just a mode of transportation for the poor. This is much harder to do, as I have found…
and not just Chinese in China, but Chinese people everywhere who are still deep in Chinese culture. There’s this big preoccupation about wealth and status.
ex. I have relatives who’ve immigrated here not too long ago (not so americanized or willing to be). and they and their friends are living out the American dream. big house in the suburbs. multiple cars. Mercedes, Porche. … x____x;;;
while my mom (and I) live in a small apartment right in the city, ride bikes, etc. we’ve got different (and I would say better) values!
It takes time to get back up on the J-curve. (the environmental Kuznets curve, but for people and not a whole country err.. but it’s a bell curve.. never mind. You know what I mean.) Hopefully it won’t peak—get so bad and cause very costly damage soon—at a high point and start going down sooner.
You just gotta make bikes cool again. EXPENSIVE and cool.
Bring on the european imports to China. Those fancy Dutch bikes, those super slick Danish bikes, the FIXIES. Make Chinese bike culture cool. Maybe have the FGGT (fixed gear girl taiwan) girls tour China.
James D. Schwartz of The Urban Country recently calculated that Americans work on average two hours out of every day to pay for their cars. Now he’s figured out that a bicycle costs only 3.84 minutes. And that’s being conservative, assuming you’ll drop $1,500 on a new commuter bike every five years, after which it will have zero value.
“As the first regional government in California to develop a land use plan under the State’s strict new climate change laws, SANDAG has a responsibility to set a path toward a sustainable future,” said Tony L. Hale, Chair of the Environmental Caucus of the California Democratic Party. “Instead, SANDAG’s plan calls for more of the same: sprawl, air pollution, and an increase in dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.”
The major issue in the lawsuit is is that while the SANDAG plan does outline a major growth in the region’s transit network, most of the transit planning is in the last years of the project. The early years call for a rapid increase in the area’s highway network through a new high occupancy/toll lane system (HOT Lanes). SANDAG spokespeople claim that because the lanes can be used free by transit, they should be considered transit projects. Not everyone agrees.
Some quick facts about meat consumption and the environment:
18% of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming.
Transport only contributes to 13% of emissions.
Methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 emissions.
While a cow is eating it regurgitates often. Each time this occurs more methane is released.
A cow produces 8-10 thousand liters of milk will produce 5-700 liters of methane every day.
An average cow will produce 700 liters of methane each day. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions produced by a 4x4 vehicle traveling around 35 miles each day.
40-50% of all cereals are eaten not by humans but by livestock. 75% of soy is fed to livestock.
China is the biggest meat increaser. China’s meat consumption is doubling every ten years.
In one year a cow in the Netherlands will produce just as many emissions as a car that drives seventy thousand kilometers. This is equivalent to driving around the earth 1.5 times.
Scientists say that it takes up far more land and energy to produce animal protein than it does to produce plant based protein.
To produce animal products you need up to 10 times as much land that is needed to produce vegetable products.
In the U.S. the meat industry uses 1/3 of fossil fuels that we generate.
If every American replaced chicken with vegetarian food for just one meal a week it’d be the equivalent in CO2 of taking about 500,000 cars off U.S. roads.
Since 1950 over 2 million small family farms have disappeared. If they continue at this rate no family farms will remain.
10 billion animals are raised for food each year in the U.S. the average European will consume 80-85 animals per year.
The FAO calculated that between 1950 and the year 2000 that then world population grew from 2.6 billion to 6 billion people, yet meat production increased from 45 to 233 billion kilos of meat each year.
It’s predicted that there will be 9 billion people living by the year 2050. During this time meat production will double to 450 billion kilos (Or 990 pounds) of meat.
The average person consumes 18,000 animals in their lifetime.
Going vegetarian for 7 days a week is the same as taking all cars off the U.S. roads.
Going vegetarian for 6 days is the same as the total electricity use off all households in the U.S.
Going vegetarian for 5 days a week is the same as planting 13 billion trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
Going vegetarian for 4 days is the same as halving the domestic use of all electricity, gas, oil, petrol and kerosene in the U.S.
Going vegetarian for 3 days a week is the same as saving 300 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a greater reduction than if all U.S. cars were replaced with Toyota Prius’s.
Going vegetarian for 2 days a week is the same as replacing all household appliances with energy efficient appliances.
Going vegetarian for just one day a week is the equivalent as saving 90 million plane tickets from New York to Los Angeles.
Source: Global Warming: MEAT THE TRUTH. watch full-length documentary on youtube.
*Just to note, these are facts from the source I linked. You might have different information/statistics. Don’t blame me for the differences. I am only taking what I got out of the documentary.
bookmarked the documentary. though I am for the most part veg already—inspired by Food. Inc.—another documentary on food can’t be bad.
The mayor’s resolution to create better bike lanes was exciting — until he broke it
…With the public process complete and the calendar turning to nearly one year since Lee called for the MTA to “move quickly” to create separated bike lanes on Fell and Oak, the MTA handed down a jarring announcement. The Fell and Oak Bikeways were being delayed because the agency needed to take extra time to do all that could be done to find nearby replacements for the 80 parking spots set to be removed for the bike lanes.
How does this happen? In a word: fear. The mayor and MTA are afraid of ruffling a few feathers to do what they know is right.
Cities like New York, Portland, and Minneapolis are leapfrogging us in building the cities of tomorrow. Chicago is creating 100 miles of separated bike lanes in the next four years. Don’t call us America’s Greenest City — you’re thinking of the San Francisco of 40 years ago.
There were two presentations on the project. One was a summary of the Draft EIR focussing mainly on Jacobs’ plan (the main plan), the other was on an alternative to slow car traffic.
I spoke up during the public comments period. All the 13 alternatives for this project default auto traffic as the main, only way for people to go to Balboa Park. I questioned why not have a streetcar line / trolley extension along Sixth Ave (or Park Blvd), with frequent service dropping people off on Laurel/El Prado. and improved bicycle infrastructure along with that. That way we get more people into (and out of) the park, without cars, without traffic — without needing to build a costly bypass bridge (aka “Centennial Bridge”), without needing to build a costly parking structure at the end of the bypass bridge.
I’m in favor of closing Cabrillo Bridge and pedestrianizing that whole path into the park.
This main plan, aka Jacobs’ Plan, would have cars turn right—stopping right before these arches—onto the bypass bridge and to a dropoff zone / surface parking and enter the underground-ish multi-story car park.
The carpark would have a rooftop garden, and so adds to reclaimed parkland to the park. The carpark would also add 124 or so parking spaces.