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spent pretty much all day yesterday in front of a computer monitor adding points to a map.
so lame that psu didn’t let me waive gis, which i had already taken in undergrad. (maybe i just suck at negotiating and getting what i want.) at least now I could get hired by a bikeshare company??
you can still add your desired locations of future bikeshare stations in Portland here, or vote for locations.
Oakland and Berkeley are the best places to live in the US. There’s culture, and the weather’s great. All other places have aspects of American culture that I don’t like, or crappy weather.

bf on choosing where to live in america.

(ex. Portland is really bike-friendly and has excellent bike/beer/coffee/etc. scenes, but rains too often. Tampa has great weather, but is too auto-dominated/bike-unfriendly and the type of people there are generally not his type. **also near SF but don’t need to live in the cold fog!)

portland pedal power delivering bagels to OCOM on nw couch st., 14.03.14.
east bay bike party last night: berkeley—richmond. 14.03.14.
**see? ppl stop at red lights!
bikeyface: fair weather, 21.11.12.
had a good week with some sun and highs of 60°F (15C) in PDX. 
but it might rain a little today (though I hope it won’t). before another few days of sun. 
I think I’ve finally identified a general weather pattern in PDX:
few days (like at least 4) of rain. then one day sunshine. followed by another stretch of rain.
few days (max 6 or so) of sun, no rain. then rain again before a couple more sunny days.
or few days of rain for only some hours of the day, then like 20mins of sun. for a while.
» Why Sweden has so few road deaths

"With only three of every 100,000 Swedes dying on the roads each year, compared with 5.5 per 100,000 across the European Union, 11.4 in America and 40 in the Dominican Republic, which has the world’s deadliest traffic, Sweden’s roads have become the world’s safest.

In 1997, the Swedish parliament wrote into law a “Vision Zero” plan, promising to eliminate road fatalities and injuries altogether. “We simply do not accept any deaths or injuries on our roads,” says Hans Berg of the national transport agency. Swedes believe—and are now proving—that they can have mobility and safety at the same time.

Planning has played the biggest part in reducing accidents. Roads in Sweden are built with safety prioritised over speed or convenience. Low urban speed-limits, pedestrian zones and barriers that separate cars from bikes and oncoming traffic have helped. Building 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) of “2+1” roads—where each lane of traffic takes turns to use a middle lane for overtaking—is reckoned to have saved around 145 lives over the first decade of Vision Zero. And 12,600 safer crossings, including pedestrian bridges and zebra-stripes flanked by flashing lights and protected with speed-bumps, are estimated to have halved the number of pedestrian deaths over the past five years. Strict policing has also helped: now less than 0.25% of drivers tested are over the alcohol limit. Road deaths of children under seven have plummeted—in 2012 only one was killed, compared with 58 in 1970.”

theeconomist, 26.02.14.

NYC is now trying to put Vision Zero into action.

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