A protest of cyclists after the death of Wanderson Pereira dos Santos. The sign reads “We are all Wanderson,” in Portuguese.
Thor Batista, the 20-year-old son of Brazil’s richest man, was driving back one night in March from a meal at a steakhouse in the mountains above Rio. He was on a highway at the steering wheel of his father’s $1.3 million sports car, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
Wanderson Pereira dos Santos, 30, who lived in a shack at the highway’s edge and worked unloading trailer trucks, was on his bicycle, on an errand to buy flour. His wife was preparing to bake a cake. They were celebrating her birthday.
When Mr. Batista’s McLaren suddenly smashed into Mr. Pereira dos Santos, killing him instantly, it was clear that more than the two men collided on that stretch of highway…
Just on the highway where Mr. Pereira dos Santos was killed on March 17, at least 391 people were hit by cars in last five years, a police spokeswoman said.
But the crash that killed Mr. Pereira dos Santos has awakened a debate over wealth, influence and traffic deaths, similar to a Chinese case in 2010 in which the son of a powerful official struck a poor farm girl, stirring an outcry.
Brazil has made strides in reducing its income inequality, lifting 40 million people into its middle class in recent years, but it still ranks among the most unequal of nations.
“I don’t understand why rich parents encourage their young and inexperienced children to drive machines incompatible with our roads,” said Ruth de Aquino, a columnist at the magazine Época, in an essay about Thor Batista. “We’re not in Germany; we don’t have autobahns.”
You are invited to share your knowledge at a two-day regional strategic planning event where you will help guide the framework and future strategy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC). We need your input to help improve biking in the San Diego Region for generations to come. The San Diego County Bike Summit is your chance to strengthen your bicycle advocacy organization to better serve you.
Saturday: Dream up the future of riding in San Diego through group engagement. Gain and share an awareness of issues the SDCBC faces. By the end of day one we will build a new strategic plan for making riding better in our many communities.
Sunday: Work on the strategic plan continues as we create an action plan built on our shared and separate priorities, what needs to be accomplished and timelines.
Saturday, March 31, 2012: 9:00am to 5:30pm Sunday, April 1, 2012: 10am to 4pm
Omni San Diego Hotel 675 L St, San Diego, US, 92101
Breakfast and lunch will be served both days. Secure bicycle parking will be available on-site.
On both Fourth and Fifth Avenues, convert alternating blocks to angle parking. Convert west side of the block to angle parking for one-block, and then convert the east side of the adjacent block to angle parking. Repeat this process the length of Fourth and Fifth Avenues through Bankers Hill.
Along Sixth Avenue, add diagonal parking along the east side of the Avenue, and narrow the Avenue one-lane in each direction. Add center left turn lane. In the long-term, add parking meters.
Along Sixth Avenue, add stop signs and install painted cross walks. Reduce the legal speed limit on Sixth Avenueby five-miles per hour. Slow down the traffic in Bankers Hill.
Limit the number of Stop signs in Bankers Hill, and use roundabouts instead.
Add a Stop sign at the intersection of First Avenue and Ivy Street.
Add angle parking to one-side of First Avenue. Leave parallel parking on the other side. This will help calm traffic on First Avenue and will increase the parking supply.
Add painted bulb outs.
Add a sidewalk on the west side of Fourth Avenue between Palm and Spruce Streets.
Add painted crosswalks on Sixth Avenue that correspond with newly added curb cuts.
Upgrade crosswalks by adding painted “zebra stripe” pattern to increase visibility.
Add bicycle racks.
Add bicycle corrals.
Add bicycle lanes per the adopted Bicycle Plan for San Diego.
Make bus stops and bus shelters more inviting and user friendly.
Implement a tram or shuttle circulating system for Bankers Hill.
Support the San Diego Trolley / streetcar extension between Centre City and Hillcrest via Bankers Hill.
full list here, 21.03.12. (yep, I sent my ideas in. got included, except for my suggestion for cycle tracks on Sixth. ughh diagonal parking is a bitch to cycle past.)
good to know that my neighborhood is embracing “progressive” traffic calming measures to make streets safer. There are practically no crosswalks on Bankers Hill. everyone looks and feels like they’re jay-walking, even at legally defined “crossings”.
A bicyclist who may have been riding against traffic was run over and killed Thursday morning in Clairemont near Interstate 805.
The man was struck in the eastbound lanes of Balboa Avenue near the ramp to northbound I-805 just after 7 a.m., San Diego police said.
It appears that the man was first hit by a black Ford Expedition and thrown forward several yards, then struck by a black Toyota Camry and knocked forward several more yards before being hit by a gray Toyota Camry, San Diego police Lt. Jerry Hara said.
His body ended up lying on the roadway directly in front of the second Camry several yards away from his crushed and mangled bicycle.
“From witness statements and evidence it seems at this point that the bicyclist was possibly westbound in the eastbound lanes,“ Hara said.
The eastbound lanes of Balboa were shut down from Charger Boulevard to the freeway as was the southbound I-805 off-ramp to Balboa as authorities investigated.
Traffic rapidly backed up in the area. The California Highway Patrol issued a traffic alert that was expected to last until noon…
The new bike racks would be placed in the centre of Helsinki, close to the shops and routes which the cyclists favour.
"In places where there is no bike parking yet but where crowds of people move about”, describes Otso Kivekäs, Deputy Chairman of the Helsinki Cyclists, who has been the organiser of the project.
In Kivekäs’s opinion, suitable places for the bike racks would be for example in front of Restaurant Rytmi in the Kallio neighbourhood and in front of the Rikhardinkatu Library in downtown Helsinki.
A final decision on the acquisition of the bike racks has not been made yet. “It would be nice to hear about places where they would be needed”, Silfverberg says.
Four wheels bad, two wheels good: parking spaces to be turned into summertime bike racks in Helsinki. hs.fi. via copenhagenize.
“City planning is design, and how people move about in the city influences the city very much”, says Antti Kirjalainen, who is coordinating the cycling project of the design city year..
Martti Tulenheimo, a Helsinki cycling activist and a Green politician who works in Brussels at the European Cyclists’ Federation, says that the cyclists’ city will be set up with new riders in mind — that is those who do not yet ride bicycles.
“Above all we should encourage old women to cycle”, says Tulenheimo. An indication of the success of cycling in Denmark and The Netherlands is the large proportion of women involved. In Helsinki cycling is easily seen as a male activity.
The issues are physical — such as safe and appropriate bicycle paths — but it is also about impressions. Is cycling an extreme sport engaged in by daredevil men, or an everyday way of moving around?
Images can be altered and the best way to make alterations is to serve as an example. This is why Tulenheimo sees Helsinki’s urban bicycles as a big step in the direction of an age of cycling.
“They lower the threshold to try cycling in cities. And the more cyclists are seen in the centre, the more normal it will start to feel.”
Whatever political spin proponents or critics might want to put on the tariff decision, there is no question that solar panels from China now control about half of the American market, while panels from the United States control less than a third. American imports of Chinese solar panels have soared to $2.65 billion last year from $21.3 million in 2005.
While American manufacturers oppose the imports and filed the trade case against China, users of solar energy have benefited from low-cost Chinese solar panels. An American industry group composed of companies that sell and install solar panels said Tuesday that it was pleased with the relatively small size of the tariffs, having braced for higher ones.
Repairs like this resurfacing of 35th Street in City Heights should happen faster thanks to today’s Council action.
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 20, 2012) — The San Diego City Council today approved changes to streamline the approval and contracting processes for the City’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) program. Councilmember Todd Gloria, who represents older neighborhoods in need of infrastructure improvements, championed the modifications.
“Public improvements will now occur at a faster pace and with a more effective use of City resources,” said Councilmember Gloria.“While we have made the capital improvements process more efficient today, we will not sacrifice quality, transparency or equal opportunity.”
Today’s changes include…
The action taken by the City Council today followed five hearings on the topic at the Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by Councilmember Gloria, and extensive stakeholder outreach and input. These recommendations can trim an additional three to 12 months off the life cycle of each project, and time saved provides added capacity and mitigates some staffing needs to ensure quicker delivery of a growing CIP. Using the most conservative figures, staff estimates minimum 15% capacity increase from CIP streamlining.
Key portions of the Kyoto Protocol are set to expire at the end of 2012. But many of the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters have already set national targets to reduce emissions, and they’re forging their own initiatives to meet those goals.
Some are focusing on curbing deforestation and boosting renewable energy sources. Several nations are experimenting with cap-and-trade plans: Regulators set mandatory limits on industrial emissions, but companies that exceed those “caps” can buy permits to emit from companies that have allowances to spare. In some cases, it’s not clear that countries are doing much to meet their stated climate goals. What is clear is that the pledges currently on the table aren’t legally binding, and they fall far short of what would be required to stabilize the planet’s atmosphere.
There is no bus line that goes straight there via a street 3 blocks away that goes straight there, or another street 1 block away.
I could just walk down to Harbor Drive and take the airport bus 992. But then paying $2.25 for a ride of less than 2 miles?? lame as f—
And no, I’m not down to pay $9 or whatever ridiculous price to a taxi driver. For a measly 2.3 miles. f that s.
I got a reply via twitter the other day to my hate post on the SDMTS trolley being useless because it doesn’t take me (and many other people) places I (we) actually wanna go.
so f— taxi drivers in San Diego. don’t give them business!
I can hella bike to the airport, and have done so a few times in the company of critical mass.
Where are bicycle racks located at San Diego International Airport?
Bicycle racks are available free for public use in the following locations:
Commuter Terminal Lot (East End) - Located on the east side of the parking lot directly in front of the Commuter Terminal.
Terminal 1 Parking Lot - Under the Terminal 1 sky bridge in the area between the escalator and Transportation Island.
Terminal 2 Parking Lot (East End)
Terminal 2 Parking Lot (West End)
Bicycles may be parked for up to 30 days.
But I am hella afraid of getting my bike stolen.
Locking it up somewhere overnight (one night) makes me worried. If it’s my not-as-nice bike, locked up at the medical center where there’s a security camera, I’m not as worried, but still.
I lent that bike to a friend, so the bike that is my primary now I’m even more afraid of getting stolen. Yes, it’s not a fixie or fancy expensive new road bike, but it’s still nice and I hella love it. Plus I’ve installed a LED spoke light on the front wheel, so I’m even more afraid of it getting jacked.
And SAN sucksass. Those bike racks are just normal street inverted U racks. Outside. No secure indoor (or outdoor) bike parking, you know those big cage things, like a fenced room for bike parking. Yeah, none of that.
and I’d have it there for a over a week. That’s hella long. My shit’s gonna get stolen.
(also I’m from Oakland [Berkeley, but..]—reason why I am hella insecure of getting my bikes stolen. Hella cases of bike theft!! f’real, yo.)
(and I don’t have a rear rack on this bike. It’s possible that I will not get into an accident cycling with a messenger bag and a duffel bag on my shoulders, but..)
ughh… will someone give me a ride to the airport next week? I can give you $4.
With more than 20,000 people packed into just 30 blocks, Chinatown is the densest neighborhood in the United States west of Manhattan.
Eight bus lines run through the area. More than 9,000 people cross Stockton and Jackson streets within two hours on an average weekend, according to the Chinatown Community Development Center.
Supporters cite this high volume as justification for the Central Subway, the $1.6 billion, 1.7-mile subway that will connect Chinatown to the Caltrain station by December 2018.
But the workshops have focused on smaller solutions, like widening the sidewalks to allow people to walk more easily. A few stretches of sidewalk were extended about five years ago. Since the area predominantly draws foot traffic, however, some residents proposed replacing one of two southbound traffic lanes with sidewalk altogether.
Other ideas include removing light poles, trash cans, newspaper racks and parking meters to make more room on the sidewalk. Another suggestion was to consolidate the curbside arrivals of delivery trucks, which are crucial for grocery stores and restaurants but create headaches for car and bus drivers.
"The stores are small and part of what they’re selling is freshness, so the delivery needs of Stockton are much more intense than on typical commercial districts elsewhere in San Francisco," said Jeffrey Tumlin, principal at Nelson\Nygaard and a transportation consultant involved in the process.
Other possibilities include better lighting, more durable sidewalks and widened curbs at intersections that would give people more room as they wait to cross.
Apparel doesn’t sound like a dirty industry, but its manufacturing has huge global consequences. Tanning leather often involves toxic chemicals. Making synthetic fabrics such as polyester uses large amounts of crude oil and other materials that release volatile compounds. Cotton-growing is water-intensive—and cotton is often shipped from the U.S. and Europe to Asia to make thread and fabric, then shipped elsewhere for cutting and elsewhere again for sewing. Some of our clothes have circled the globe twice by the time they arrive in stores.
Increasingly, environmentalists believe we should also count the costs at the other end of clothing’s life: the garbage dump. Americans tossed out 12.4 million tons of textiles in 2008—a number that has risen far faster than other sources of trash, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Our consumption habits were a lot more sustainable back in 1960, when we tossed out only 1.8 million tons of textiles.
As part of its participation in the Eco Index, Levi’s did a separate internal study of its own practices. As a result, Levi’s changed its transportation routes last year to make them more efficient and reduced carbon emissions by 700 metric tons. In addition to the Goodwill agreement, Levi’s also cut back on packaging, allowing only three pieces of labeling with the jeans—a back-pocket tag, a size sticker, and a price tag.
…the Senate’s adoption of MAP-21, the authorization of the federal transportation program, by a strong bipartisan vote of 74-22.
MAP-21 makes several key reforms:
For the first time, establishes national policy goals and performance measures for the federal surface transportation program, such as addressing congestion, improving access to multiple travel options, supporting domestic manufacturing and reducing impacts on the environment and adjacent communities;
Consolidates programs and streamlines project delivery, while maintaining existing funding levels;
Holds states accountable for the safe upkeep of our roads and bridges;
Maintains local control over a share of funds and ensures access funding for safer walking and bicycling;
Includes emergency provisions to allow transit agencies to avoid service cuts and fare hikes;
Extends the commuter benefit for transit users, commensurate with parking benefits for drivers;
Helps communities make plans to meet the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods with access to jobs, services and public transportation;
Ensures that federal funds support streets that are safe and complete for everyone who uses them, whether motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users or transit riders.
Now the House must act in similar fashion to ensure that this critical federal program does not lapse, even as the spring construction season begins. By following the Senate’s lead, House leaders can craft a bill that serves all Americans and put the federal program on a solid footing once again.
Climate Central, of Princeton, N.J., was started in 2008 with foundation money to conduct original climate research and also to inform the public about the work of other scientists. For the sea level project, financed entirely by foundations, the group is using the Internet to publish an extensive package of material that goes beyond the scientific papers, specifying risks by community. People can search by ZIP code to get some idea of their own exposure..
The rise appears to have accelerated lately, to a rate of about a foot per century, and many scientists expect a further acceleration as the warming of the planet continues. One estimate that communities are starting to use for planning purposes suggests the ocean could rise a foot over the next 40 years, though that calculation is not universally accepted among climate scientists.
The handful of climate researchers who question the scientific consensus about global warming do not deny that the ocean is rising. But they often assert that the rise is a result of natural climate variability, they dispute that the pace is likely to accelerate, and they say that society will be able to adjust to a continuing slow rise.
Experts say a few inches of sea level rise can translate to a large incursion by the ocean onto shallow coastlines. Sea level rise has already cost governments and private landowners billions of dollars as they have pumped sand onto eroding beaches and repaired the damage from storm surges.
Why just yesterday a feller with a pick up truck was honking at me and yelling something #$×&* I caught him at the red light and noticed he had his name, phone number and GUNSMITHING on his truck. I told him I had a loaded banana, showed it to him, and said he better learn to share the road or I’ll use it on him. I am 210 lbs and not chubby, he was young, scared, and when I pulled my banana, a real banana, out of my jersey pocket he ran the light and probably thought I was crazy! LOL
I need a virtual hug. Was just riding along on a beautiful spring day on the very wide shoulder of a road in my small town. Someone shouted out the window of their truck, “SIDEWALK, dumb ass!” :( I know I need thicker skin. It just sucks when youʻre trying to do everything safely and legally and you get abuse. Just sharing here as I know you all will understand.
California’s state budget is a mess. For about a decade, it has been out of balance, a situation that cost one governor (Davis) his job, and left another (Schwarzenegger) with extraordinarily low public support as his second term expired—and that was before revelations about some of his personal indiscretions.
Now the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown are nearly midway through this year’s budgeting process. Economists refer to their discipline as the “dismal science”. Budgeting, where politics, policy, special interest and public interest collide, can rightly be called the “dismal art”.
The state budget process for spending to protect environmental health crosses into a range of agencies and departments, and draws out a range of interests, including those who would just like to see all that environmental talk go away. Tracking the wins and losses in the budget process is kind of like tracking lights in space. Is that Mars or a satellite?
My staff and I have identified some key budget issues that require Sierra Club California’s attention. Certain actions on these will be needed to ensure that California’s environmental quality doesn’t decline: state parks cuts; cap-and-trade revenue spending; high-speed rail bond appropriations; funding for Department of Fish and Game to protect California’s forest integrity through timber harvest plan analysis; and sufficient funding to implement robust “green chemistry” regulation…
I hope so. but until more cycle tracks / protected/separated bike lanes get built/painted, I don’t think there’re gonna be many (new) women cycling outside of the ones already copenhagenzied/amsterdamized/parisian/europeanized or who are guy-ish or roadies. (meaning probably not here in SD. but go ahead and surprise me.)