10 posts tagged Infrastructure

Why I bailed on Portland

After only 18 months, I bailed on Portland – why? I had my reasons, but may I start with why I moved to Portland in the first place? I had family there and I would move into the same high-rise apartment building downtown. That was a big plus. The MAX line, Portland's light rail service, could take me wherever I needed to go. I could bring my bike onboard, for a meeting across the river or to a bike-overnight. Portland is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community, as rated by the ... Continue Reading

Martha Roskowski, the Green Lane Project

Are you creating new bike infrastructure for the one percent? That's what most cities do as they begin to move from planning to implementation. To get more people out of their cars and riding bikes, you've gotta build the right infrastructure. If Memphis can do it, certainly it can be done in your home town. That's the goal of the Green Lane Project which Martha Roskowski runs — showing the world how to build safer bike infrastructure. The Green Lane Project is part of People ... Continue Reading

Wayfinding Webinar: Try Finding Your Way Out Of This Mess

I got an invitation to attend a webinar at OCTA. The subject interested me — pedestrian wayfinding signs and the cities that have undertaken big projects to make visitors more comfortable as they navigate tourist sites. Maybe 2 years ago I organized a webinar for Angel Capital Association, so I was familiar with the format. Unless someone, like I did, insists on something other than the typical format — show a slide and read the bullets to the audience — these webinar ... Continue Reading

Overheard Last Night

Pizza and beer combined with an almost full moon — that was the setting as a dozen bike advocates from as far south as San Clemente gathered at my house to kick around bike safety priorities that hopefully Newport Beach will consider. Although we met 2 weeks ago, Monday night will be the first working meeting of the Bike Safety Committee since the death of 2 women cyclists. Everyone has ideas, so Orange County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Pete Van Nuys proposed getting concer... Continue Reading

This Latest Fatality

A Facebook friend wrote this on my timeline; I've been pondering a response... I am pretty sure the Bicycle Safety Committee has failed. A 22 year old girl killed on her bike at an intersection already identified by the committee as being dangerous. I know you guys have been trying but this is so tragic words can't describe. What can we do to change this? I've been on the Bike Safety Committee 2 out of the past 3 years; my friend for one. He asks a good question: What good does it do to ... Continue Reading

John Luton, Cycle Vancouver Island

I first learned of John through his bike rack guide, Bicycles at Rest, but I couldn't remember how I got a copy, after all it was printed in Victoria, British Columbia. It took some while before I realized the connection to my bikeNewportBeach riding buddy, Matt O'Toole, who has spent many an idle moment sailing the waters in and around Vancouver Island. Recently I had a more personal reason to reach out to John: I began planning a family bike vacation, in part to celebrate my 60th ... Continue Reading

A Bicycle Master Plan for Huntington Beach

"Huntington Beach is flat," and that's a big advantage when it comes to optimizing city streets for efficient bicycle riding according to John Holloway, Senior Associate at KTU+A in San Diego. The firm was recently awarded the project to develop a Bicycle Master Plan for Huntington Beach. Come to the Wednesday Workshop, 6-8pm June 20, to get involved in the Huntington Beach Bicycle Master Plan. Show #37 Listen to Catrine, Joe and John. Continue Reading

The Case for Sharrows in CdM [UPDATED]

Tonight the Newport Beach Bike Safety Committee voted 6-1 for Sharrows on Coast Hwy through Corona del Mar. More details at bikeNewportbeach. The Newport Beach Bike Safety Committee takes up the case for Sharrows again — join us in the Friends Room at the Main Library on Avocado at 4:30pm Monday May 7th. This video shows a common occurrence; cyclists, even skilled ones, tend to fear being overtaken from behind, so they ride far to the right — they discount what's equally ... Continue Reading

Rethinking the Automobile

StreetFilms just published a new film by Mark Gorton: Rethinking the Automobile. I've watched it several times over the past few days; it's loaded with great commentary. I especially like the quotes from Enrique Penalosa, a former mayor of Bogota. It was Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal who first quoted Penalosa, so to hear this in the video caused me to pay very close attention: You can have a city that's friendly to cars, or friendly to people; you cannot have both. That got ... Continue Reading

A Walkability Audit with Dan Burden

Ever been on a Walkability Audit? Neither had I, but when it was suggested that would be a good time to meet Dan Burden, I couldn't resist. And San Diego is a lot closer than Port Townsend, WA — his home base. You may recognize Dan from his prominent role in Road Diet, the Streetfilms short. "A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road," Dan explains. This clip was featured at last month's Bike Safety Committee meeting; it was a big hit. That's when I knew I had to ... Continue Reading