9 posts from month 03/2011

Tucson Bike Party

Cyclovia Tucson t-shirt There's no spell checking this post; it's a word to be spoken more so than printed. Ciclovia, CicLAvia, Cyclovia, take your pick; it started in Bogota, Columbia where on Sundays they close the streets to cars, leaving only kids and bikes, pedestrians and skateboarders and, well, wierdos. Then Los Angeles did one; now they have 3 planned for 2011. Today it's Cyclovia Tucson, for the 2nd year in a row. So here I am; as if I needed an excuse, there's a financial ... Continue Reading

Callous Bike Lane

Across the street from Newport Harbor High School A transportation engineer's dilemma turns into a bike lane compromise. You don't want to piss off nearby homeowners; they want to park their cars on the street, but you still have to accommodate bike riders. Inspiration meets innovation in this bike lane design opposite Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach. Continue Reading

Suja Lowenthal, Transforming a Built-Out City

It’s the difference between being a defeatist about how you see your city and being eternally optimistic about what your role can be Mark Bixby invited me to lunch, "I'm meeting Suja downtown at Congregation, come along?" We felt like celebrating; Mark and Allan Crawford had just wrapped up a conference call with CalTrans and the Port of Long Beach regarding the Desmond Bridge redesign. This was my first interaction with these once-adversaries to bike lanes, but the phone call seemed ... Continue Reading

Cycling Advocate Mark Bixby Dead in Plane Crash

The Los Angeles Times reports that cycling advocate Mark Bixby has died in a plane crash at Long Beach airport. Community leaders Tom Dean and Jeff Berger were also killed; also onboard, Mike Jensen is listed in critical condition. Mark was an avid cyclist and blogger. His blogging passion was related to the Desmond Bridge; a complete rebuild is planned. This billion dollar design originally did not include access for pedestrians and cyclists. Mark was tenacious in his efforts to ... Continue Reading

Cities for Cycling

Announced at the National Bike Summit, Cities for Cycling is a collaboration of 16 cities across the county to standardize roadway design guidelines that accommodate bicycles. See BostonBikes' Nicole Freedman host her colleagues from Portland, San Francisco and New York City as they standardize bicycle policy and improvements. Continue Reading

in DC at the Nat’l Bike Summit

Copenhagen cement mixer? No, I'm in front of the Swedish Embassy in Washington where InterBike is hosting a few manufacturers, but not this working two-wheeler. I'm here for the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit; my first time attending.Washington has an extensive bike share system. I could swipe my credit card and roll, but I only have a mile to walk back to my hotel. It's a little chilly for this California fair weather rider, but on a warmer day I'd be all over this red ... Continue Reading

Jeff Mapes, Pedaling Revolution

It's not till the end of the interview, when he reminds me that David Byrne of the band Talking Heads reviewed his book for the New York Times, that it even dawns on me: where did I first hear of Jeff Mapes' Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities? I read the review and ordered a copy, but I have to admit that I let it sit for a few months before I picked it up. Now I credit Jeff for turning me into the budding bike advocate I am today. Since then I've lent copies ... Continue Reading

Building Bridges: Mark Bixby

One of the things we tout about Long Beach is: We’re big enough to make a difference, yet small enough to make rapid change Build a new $1 Billion bridge and leave out bicycle and pedestrian access? That didn't make sense.Yes, there are a lot of trucks on the Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, but that didn't scare cycling advocates Mark Bixby and Allan Crawford; they went after Caltrans to press their point. The pressure was on today, too. I knew I only had 30 minutes before Mark ... Continue Reading

Caltrans Confirms Bike Lanes on Desmond Bridge

I sat in on a conference call today between Long Beach bike advocates Mark Bixby and Allan Crawford and, on the other end were Michael Miles, Director District 7 CalTrans and Eric Shen, Port of Long Beach, Director of Transportation Planning and others. The subject: would bike lanes and pedestrian access be built into the design of the new $1B Desmond Bridge?It had been a contentious issue, previous discussions had apparently resolved little, but today would be different. At the end of the 30 ... Continue Reading