Silica gel is used as a desiccant, an odorless substance that naturally absorbs moisture to keep our purchases from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity.
Defogger Extraordinaire: Safety first! Place some silica gel packets on the dashboard of your car to help maintain a clear windshield in times of high humidity. This works just as well in the corners of your windowsills to dissipate condensation. You can also leave a packet in an eyeglass case.
in oakland, berkeley, and sf. (other cities i don’t know because i haven’t visited).
today i was on broadway in downtown/uptown oakland, going straight.. and there’s a prius second in line (one car in front of it at the red light) with right-turn signal on. green light but i continued slowing down anticipating that the prius would go ahead and turn right cutting in front of me, but no! the driver didn’t move and let me pass him or her going straight before he/she turned right.
compared to frequent near-hit “right-hook” cycling stories in san diego.
my friend called me today from san diego saying he was almost got hit today twice. once, he was going straight and a driver behind him sped up to turn right in front of him, and the driver yelled at him to Watch where you’re going! my friend shouted back the same.
yeeah… san diego drivers… not cool. gotta leave sd every few months to maintain sanity.
and also: prius drivers! you’d expect them to be nice to cyclists, right? but IRL: false. i recall 3 times in san diego where prius drivers got too close to me, or yelled at me (partiers in hillcrest) or some other same behaviour as other drivers. except one time in a parking lot there was a nice prius driver who had bike racks attached and let me turn before him.
but in berkeley and oakland, prius drivers are nice! (and then since berkeley is the city with the most priuses, you can extend this to “most drivers in berkeley are nice”.)
In the 1960s, cars were threatening to displace bicycles in the main Danish cities. But the oil crisis, the environmental movement and a couple of controversial road projects reversed the trend. This is however just part of the story behind why Danes still cycle so much.
Summer girls riding their bikes in the 1950s Copenhagen
Libertarians bash D.C.’s successful bikeshare for serving wealthy whites, and miss the point of public transport
Why should Washington, D.C., subsidize its bikeshare system if it’s mostly used by white people with college degrees? That’s the question ReasonTV posed yesterday, and it’s a good one to think about.
But let’s take the reporter at her word… By this logic, we shouldn’t be funding any parks in neighborhoods where most of the residents have money, white faces or college degrees. We should only have city-sponsored street fairs in the poorer parts of town. Public pools? Baseball fields? Waterfront esplanades? If the people using them are mostly white, moneyed or college-educated, then they don’t deserve government support.
It’s an argument that’s carefully calculated to befuddle people who are used to arguing against inequality, and who typically rage against the idea of government handouts for the well-off. Suddenly, bikeshare users are being asked to justify a publicly funded system that’s not used by everybody equally.
Except that we don’t have to justify it, because it’s public transportation.
Three years ago today, bicycling history was made in San Francisco. On June 26, 2009, the Bicycle Plan was at the top of the agenda at City Hall and the SF Bicycle Coalition members showed up in force to get the job done. SFMTA Board members listened to over three hours of testimony from more than 200 supporters, including mothers with children in tow, business owners, health workers, city department heads and students who packed the hearing room and an overflow room.
The outcome: the adoption of a new Bike Plan, and approval of 45 bike network improvement projects all in a single day. This victory was the result of the powerful testimony and more than three years of strong SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, including dozens of volunteers going door-to-door to collect more than 150 letters of support from businesses, thousands of individuals sending support letters and signing petitions, and countless hours of grassroots organizing by committed SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers and staff. Together, we did it! Browse some great photos from the victorious day.
Since then the City has implemented over 20 miles of new bike lanes, installed over a thousand bike racks (and more than twenty-five on-street bike parking corrals), set out green pavement in bike boxes, sharrows, and along Market Street separated bike lanes, and much more. Having trouble keeping up? Check out our One More Link page to review all the bike network projects that have been implemented so far, take a look at what’s coming up, and share your joy and appreciation with Mayor Lee and SFMTA chief Ed Reiskin. What’s your favorite new bike lane? How has better biking on better bikeways improved your life? Where do we go next? Anything is possible with active engaged members and a great city for bicycling! Thank you for all your work, and don’t forget to thank your city leaders.
from the SFbike newsletter.
SF and SFbike.. <3
Dashed green pavement treatment on Grove Street bicycle lanes approaching Polk Street.
Using a Boris bike in Montreal: Unlike London, you don’t need to be physically fit “like a runner or swimmer and be prepared for close calls”. North American media starts to pick holes in London’s ‘cycling revolution’
“This is how to do it. Underpass in the city centre. One car lane removed, protected bike lane added.” this reminds me of that tunnel through that hill in SF. wonder if they put in protected cycle lanes there or will. but this would also be nice on University Ave. at Park Blvd. in San Diego between Hillcrest and North Park.
I spent the weekend in Montreal last week. A lot of that time was spent on a bike. Montreal’s cycle network is fantastic. It consists of dozens of protected routes through the city, some of which stretch for tens of miles.
What’s fascinating about the Montreal bike network is that everyone uses it — serious road bikers, parents and children and lots of people using mobility scooters or wheelchairs. And it seems to work for everyone.
The routes are well sign-posted and they really do stretch for mile after mile after mile…
minimal signage and design that works. not even bicycle traffic lights at junctions!
i had a friend (originally from LA) who studied abroad in London and rode the “Boris” bikes or whatever you call ‘em. that was the first time she’d ridden a bike a years and she said it was great. but then yeah, comparing LA and SD infrastructure to London, and now London to Montreal. there’s always someplace better!
How NYC has become a city obsessed with innovation, numbers & design
But it’s not just government agencies taking the lead; citizens are activating new technology to achieve policy changes. In 2006, following Streetsblog’s breaking news story on rampant illegal parking by city employees with government placards allowing them to park for free, OpenPlans and Transportation alternatives launched UncivilServants.org. The site allowed individuals to submit pictures of cars using government placards to illegally park on sidewalks, in bike lanes and other unsafe places, attracting 100,000 visits and the media in its first week. OpenPlans has also helped to start recent trials of real time bus tracking and has developed open source tools to help citizens better analyze 311 data…
A 22-year-old Escondido woman who was trapped in a submerged car in a swimming pool for about 10 minutes last week has been declared brain dead.
Ashley Garcia never regained consciousness after the speeding car she was a passenger in went out of control along Calavo Drive near Nordahl Road in an unincorporated area west of Escondido Monday night…
Residents along Calavo Drive said the short road has been the scene of numerous accidents over the years. Locals refer to it as the “roller coaster road” because of the dips and hills which tempt drivers to speed for the thrill of briefly going airborne.
except that clusterfuck part of Market St. where instead of continuing the protected/separated green bike lane, they put in sharrows and arrows that keep crossing motor and bike traffic at every intersection.
lime green directional sharrows on the Wiggle!
took some pictures of JFK Drive’s separated bike lane (with floating parking) in Golden Gate Park, in addition to photos of the Wiggle and Market St. (practicing my one-handed cycling and taking pictures skills.) also checked out the extended sidewalk on Powell St. near Union Square.
Bike Music Fest was cool. pedal-powered stage. pedal-powered ice cream.
holy sh-t if you live in SF or plan on going there this weekend, read through this.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) advises San Francisco residents and visitors of the following event-related traffic and service impacts this weekend, Friday, June 22 through Monday, June 25.
a couple confident women taking the left turn lane on El Cajon Blvd.
So, is cycling on San Diego’s streets safe? Yes, it is. Without a doubt. Statistically, riding a bicycle is much, much safer than driving a car. The only thing safer than riding a bicycle is riding public transportation or flying…
But the real issue is not whether cycling is safe (it is) but whether riders feel safe riding on our streets. They don’t. While we live in an almost-ideal cycling climate, I am convinced that most San Diegians do not ride for transportation purposes primarily because they don’t feel safe.
Our transportation network has been designed to accommodate those who commute by vehicle, to the detriment of all other road users. The roads have been designed for driver safety, comfort, and convenience to the detriment of virtually everyone else. BikeSD firmly believes that most San Diegans desire a safer city, a quieter city, a more sustainable city, and a more vibrant city — something cyclists promote. But our leaders have failed in their duty to make San Diego a better city. And that is the real tragedy.
TRUTH. (also see study by a UCSD USP senior sequence alum about perception of cycling safety in San Diego)
but bring along at least one friend to ride along with you, and you’ll be invincible. what also works great is holding hands with friend cycling on a bike route—claiming that “bicycles may use full lane” sign and sharrow markings to max intent.
ride with friends and new friends! photos (my own) from Bike the Blvd, 19.05.12.
Helsinki’s new “Low Line” (as opposed to NYC’s High Line) opened on June 12, 2012, providing pedestrians and cyclists with a 1.3 km long connector between the Western Harbour area to Kamppi and Töölö Bay. It’s called the Baana.
It runs through the city centre, providing a safe bicycle route to many points in the city. There four ramps along the way to get back to surface level, as well as entry points at each end. On average, the Baana is 15 m wide, with 34 m the widest point. There are also facilities along the way like basketball, table tennis and petanque and lights and benches have also been placed there…
there’s a cycling counter, too! definitely copenhagenizing.
Baanasta tuli toiseksi vilkkain pyöräreitti The Baana becomes the second busiest cycling route
Viime viikon tiistaina avatusta, Ruoholahden ja Töölönlahden yhdistävästä Baanasta tuli jo ensimmäisen toimintaviikkonsa aikana Helsingin toiseksi vilkkain pyöräilyreitti. Kanjonin kautta on reitin avaamista seuranneina päivinä kulkenut noin 5 000 pyöräilijää vuorokaudessa.
Last week on tuesday opened, connecting Ruoholahti and Töölolahti the Baana already became in the first week Helsinki’s second busiest cycling route. The route through the canyon from start to following days had about 5000 cyclists passing through each day.
yeeah Finnish practice! too bad hs.fi now has a digital susbscription thing like nytimes, and I can’t read any more articles (after only one??!). :[
I remember walking through the areas and seeing construction going on, while I was staying in Ruoholahti this past winter around New Year’s. Ruoholahti is 1.5m (about a mile) west of Helsinki city center. It’s got the old port there, along with the ships departing to Tallinn. There’s a been a lot of new development there: nice apartment buildings, a little canal thing with a little bridge to make it feel a little like Amsterdam. And when I was there, the overpass designed to look like waves was just finished, with stone plates or whatever with a cyclist symbol imprinted on the ground. So I guess this new Baana goes from Töölö, north of city center, where the Olympiastadion and new music hall are, then southwest through city center to Ruoholahti.
The new overpass thing for cars and buses above, and ped-bike under. Ruoholahti, Helsinki. 12.2012.
My couchsurfing host was looking forward to this new route. I’ll have to ask him what his experience has been on the Baana. :]
The article ends saying that in 2013 more bicycle lanes and paths will be constructed.
More than 200 people gathered on 49th Street, just off of Telegraph Avenue, to sit down in the middle of the street and watch a documentary film screened on the side of the Bank of the West building. The weeklytradition in the summer, known as the Temescal Street Cinema, started its season last Thursday and has been a part of the community since 2008.
this thursday 21.06.12: Windows into Worlds Shorts program featuring: Bachelorette #34 by Kara Herold Music Man Murray by Richard Parks Victoria by Charles Sommer Scrapertown by Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper Why I Ride Slow and Low by Conscious Youth Media Crew
Luc Ferrandez, an ambitious Quebec mayor, shows how bike-friendly planning revitalized a historic Montreal borough.
“I accept that some people think I’m the devil!” Ferrandez shouted over his shoulder, making a right onto rue de Brébeuf. “For them, the Plateau doesn’t exist. It is just a place to be driven through. I don’t give a shit about these people. They’ve abandoned the idea that humans can live together.”
Some of the results are beyond obvious —such as the fact that 77% of Americans “agree that communities that plan for the future are stronger” — while others could, if heeded, foretell profound changes for the profession…
In case planners think that their job is to shape the built environment, they should think again. The public thinks that their number-one job priority should be to effect job creation. Seventy percent of respondents said so. The next four priorities are as follows:
Safety: 69 percent
Schools: 67 percent
Protecting neighborhoods: 64 percent
Water quality: 62 percent
In some sense, the public has a point. Ever since the publication of Jane Jacobs’ Cities and the Wealth of Nations, study after study has suggested that certain types of urban forms can create jobs. Those forms tend to center on density, diversity, transit, and interaction. In other words, Manhattan. But, time and again, social and political conservatives — the type who prefer the status quo — have rejected policies to make places more dense and vibrant. So even if planners were to accept this burden, it’s unlikely that the public would embrace the job-creating those urban strategies that are most likely to foster jobs.
Forget stadiums: Let’s build a pop-up park. Smart cities know the future is cooler, cheaper — and smaller
Last week, a press release from Chicago’s Office of the Mayor proclaimed something that would have sounded like a Yes Men prank just a few years ago: Rahm Emanuel, it said, has a plan to get rid of the city’s “excess asphalt.”
It wasn’t a proposal for a big new park or recreational facility, but a plan to take little bits of public space here and there — streets, parking spots, alleyways — and turn them into places for people. It was the latest example of a municipal government taking an active role in tactical urbanism, that low-cost, low-commitment, incremental approach to city building — the “let’s not build a stadium” strategy…
quote by Mikael Coville-Andersen (copenhagenize/cycle chic)
In San Diego:
I’m a careful and law-abiding cyclist, but in a city where I am clearly not welcome on the streets and illegal on the sidewalk, I can understand why some riders don’t see themselves as subject to the rules. On many of the streets in this city, there is no place for a bike and the system is clearly antagonistic to the rider. In an environment like this, is it any wonder that the rules don’t seem to apply?
Then today when I was cycling around Oakland, I felt way more obliged to follow the law and stop at red lights fully (instead of just stop and then go when traffic is clear, even though still on red).
Oakland is so bike-friendly! (bronze bike-friendly city acc. to League of American Bicyclists rating). Bike lanes around Lake Merritt, new bike lanes on Webster, Broadway…
Yellow light, but I thought I would cross in time so I kept going. Except two women stepped off the curb very promptly at their green to cross the street, so I swerved out to give them a lot of room, but still felt bad for making that yellow.
In San Diego, it’s like ‘fuck traffic lights. rules? rules don’t apply.’ Because yeah, as more eloquently put by Peter Schrock above, there’s no place for bicyclists in San Diego, so why should they follow any laws?
But here in Oakland, there are bike lanes, bike racks on street corners.. Bicyclists are recognized. And because of that, it’s like, ‘thank you, City of Oakland for making space for me on the streets. I will be a good law abiding citizen so as not to draw up a bad image of cyclists and stop bike lanes and other cycle infrastructure from further being built.’
Until San Diego steps up its game, I have no remorse for myself (except when i might cut off people walking) or my fixie friends who mash down the streets between lanes of cars and bomb through red lights.