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thank you so much, speeding F450, for making me aware that the road i was running on narrows dangerously around that blind corner precisely after the sidewalk ends.

i trust that when you yelled ‘DUMB BITCH’ out of your window, you were directing it either to one of three other parties involved in the near-fatal accident.

1. the OTHER speeding pickup truck, going so fast he crossed the double yellow line on the curve, leaving you no room to give me adequate space.

2. you may have been cursing yourself as to the shocking lack of foresight that there might be a pedestrian near a very popular park.

3. the Department of Transportation, i.e. the rich, white, old men who travel mostly by fancy car service with a personal driver, who gave their signatures on the plans for the infrastructure there, with not a care in the world on how it turns out, unless of course someone dies and the family sues.

in the event of the third option being the intended target of your anger, i will forward your eloquent response, as it most DEFINITELY couldn’t have been directed at the low-hanging vulnerable fruit in the form of a pedestrian with the audacity to utilize the streets in her own neighborhood which she pays to maintain just as much as you do.

thank you for your passion on transportation infrastructure and the shockingly shortsightedness of car-centric design.

yours, luckily alive to type this,


» Protest> Driving Toward Bankruptcy

Decades of development and sprawl are rightfully blamed for the degradation of our quality of life, and for our near unbearable congestion. This has turned many Angelenos against development and into NIMBY activists ready to object anytime to anything. But contrary to NIMBY creed, we cannot do nothing. The path we are on is really an economic fiasco in waiting.

In greater Los Angeles, we are using more than 60 percent of our land for our automobiles (roads, parking lots, landscaped buffers, traffic islands, etc.). According to Christopher Alexander’s book Pattern Language, the ideal percentage of land given over to automobiles in a city with balanced transit options (that also include cars) is 19 to 20 percent of the land area…

Imagine our city with bustling pedestrian zones, coffee shops, and corner stores, markets, plazas, and lots of housing options surrounding our public transit hubs. Then imagine those hubs separated by low-density areas filled with picturesque narrow residential streets, bicycle networks, community gardens, and parks. All could be connected with public transit, and all of this in our near-perfect climate, and you could still drive, if you chose to.

read more: Architect and urban designer, Gerhard W. Mayer, calls for a revolution in California’s car country. archpaper, 28.08.13.

How to make right-turns across a bike lane in California

by prinzrob on vine.

can’t use a vine video for a tumblr video post..

Parking for Places of graphing parking
via thisbigcity via secretrepublic via imaginingcities
what they must have said: let’s build an altar for god cars! 
» Britain's bike friendly cars of the 1950s

read more: Dave Moulton’s blog, 28.05.13.

the title led me to think those cars were able to fit a bike in the trunk, or there were designed-in bike racks or something of the sort. but still, an interesting personal/historical account.


5:00 P.M., September 3rd, 1967Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right — this was the result.
» Bay Area drivers who kill pedestrians rarely face punishment, analysis finds

East Palo Alto officials added signs and flashing lights in this crosswalk after 6-year-old Sioreli Torres was killed in 2011. photo by Noah Berger

Joseph Molinaro was not jaywalking when he was hit and knocked 30 feet on Sept. 26, 2009. The 85-year-old was in a crosswalk. Investigators found that the driver’s failure to observe the pedestrian’s right of way was the primary cause of the fatal collision.

But Pittsburg police did not give the woman driving a ticket, and the Contra Costa County district attorney did not file criminal charges.

Sixty percent of the 238 motorists found to be at fault or suspected of a crime faced no criminal charges during the five-year period, CIR found in its analysis of thousands of pages of police and court records from Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

When drivers did face criminal charges, punishment often was light. Licenses rarely were taken away. Of those charged, less than 60 percent had their driving privileges suspended or revoked for even one day, an automatic penalty in drunk driving arrests.

Forty percent of those convicted faced no more than a day in jail; 13 drivers were jailed for more than a year. By contrast, those charged in accidental shootings often serve lengthy jail terms, according to media reports.

Walkers are perhaps the most unprotected users of the transportation system. The human body is no match for 3,000 pounds of speeding steel. Autopsy reports routinely describe blood-soaked clothing, fractured skulls, cracked ribs and broken limbs. In the Bay Area, minorities make up a majority of the dead, and the elderly are more likely to die walking than people from other age groups.

Families of the victims and advocates say that until there are more serious consequences for drivers who kill pedestrians, the deaths will continue.

If there isn’t a penalty, the message is that it’s all right to run people over and kill them,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director and the sole paid employee of nonprofit advocacy group Walk San Francisco. “There’s a joke from New York that maybe isn’t very funny: If you want to kill someone and get away with it, use a car – and that’s true here as well.”

read more: center of investigative reporting, 29.04.13.

today’s commute (08.05.13):

on way to work, northbound on Milvia at Kittredge (Berkeley High), the car (new model black corolla) in front of my stopped at the stop sign and then was about to go, but the car coming the other direction decided stupidly to turn left onto Kittredge, but a person was crossing the street on Milvia so the driver had to block us.

Finally that driver starts to get across and i veer left to go around that car close to the black corolla. was crossing the intersection super close to that black corolla because yeah, i’m not riding a fixie—can’t trackstand, and it’s not the best place to put foot down and stop, and then try to get going from zero mph. 

the black corolla lady driver honked. at me??? because i was cycling a couple inches away from the back of her car?? then a little ahead when i was totally obvious behind her, and no cars in front of her, she honked again. ???! 

very unclear of your intention with the honking…

(though if she honked at me because i was so close to the back of her car… well wtf, do i ever ring my bell [if i had one] at all the cars who squeeze past me only three inches away??!)

Then on the ride back home, i’m on a residential street i take leading up to Telegraph Ave in north oakland, like 61th or somewhere before Alcatraz Ave..

a car is going hella slowly. maybe looking for a parking spot. then it stops and probably about to pull into one (on the right). so i bike around it on the left since i’m going faster, and then right as i’m going around it, the driver starts turning left (into a driveway). WTF??! I yell “WATCH OUT!!” as i’m two inches from the car’s left headlight. 

when i’m ahead i look back and yell “SIGNAL!!”

gyahh! people, use your goddamn turn signals!

i’m gotten used to anticipating that people will do stupid things on the road, but sometimes, the action that people take will be stupider and more unexpected.

drivers not using turn signals annoy other drivers as well!

like some drivers will very suddenly stop to claim a parking stop, or drive so friggin slowly, or just stop right there—all without tapping a turn signal or double-parking hazards. dude, if i was driving a car, I COULD HAVE REAR-ENDED YOU AND IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MY FAULT. plus, drivers who do the above without using turn signals BACK UP TRAFFIC. if you had used turn signals to indicate that you were about to turn or try to get into a parking spot or used hazards to show that you were about to double-park, i (and subsequently the cars behind me) could have switched to the other lane earlier to avoid your ass.

the turn-signals are a FLICK OF THE WRIST away. USE THEM.

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