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riding a bike is healthy until it kills you

October 4, 2012

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Do yourself a favor and watch this video from Casey Neistat. What starts out as a clip of him getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, morphs into a hilarious discovery of bike lane obstacles. You won’t regret watching this short video! Could have been worse…NYPD could have confiscated the camera… Advertisements

When design manuals trump engineering judgment

October 2, 2012

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I recently drove past this example of conforming to road design manuals. Who needs common sense and engineering judgment when these manuals have all the answers?!

discussing contested streets, #JaneJacobs and more with planning students @VCU

October 2, 2012

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A friend teaches “Introduction to the City and Urban Development” at VCU. The bad news is that he’ll be out of town for the next class that focuses on city transportation. The good news is that I get to substitute for him. We’re going to watch and discuss Contested Streets, an excellent documentary freely available online. […]

bad streets for bicycling

August 20, 2012

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The photo contest hosted by @EllyBlue at Taking the Lane has wrapped. Should I be thrilled or embarrassed that I won? I’m not going to waste my time with introspection. I’m going to give my award reception speech. Ahem… Thank you, thank you. I would first like to thank the bicycling academy. I now graciously […]

West Palm Walkability

June 3, 2012

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The streets of West Palm Beach, FL took a beating recently. Physically, by hundreds of urbanists walking around during CNU20 and verbally, by many of the same urbanists reacting to what they encountered. The conversation is still going strong. The picture below is not unique to West Palm Beach. Despite the high volume of foot […]

forget how you move! what moves you?

May 14, 2012

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Here is my first experiment with Prezi. What better place to roll out a new presentation tool than the 20th anniversary of the Congress for New Urbanism? For more on CNU20, visit here and here. Special thanks to Eliza Harris for making the Innovation Track at CNU20 possible.

flexible design is still not mainstream

April 28, 2012

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Thanks in part to FHWA releasing this document, roadway design flexibility has become a popular catch phrase in professional transportation circles. The basic idea is that engineers are smart people who should use good judgment and common sense when designing streets and highways. At the philosophical level, the message has successfully spread. At the practical level, not so […]

crossing a free right-turn lane

April 28, 2012

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The free right-turn is a traffic engineering tool that every driver has almost certainly passed through at some point. It is a tool designed to “improve” operations on a corridor (see also: biased language). Looks harmless enough. The two videos below put you into the shoes of a pedestrian attempting to cross the street where […]

redefine your street capacity

February 11, 2012

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“Street capacity” is usually defined as the amount of moving vehicles that can be pumped through in a given period of time. Here’s another definition for street capacity: the performance of a street; a measurement of a street’s ability to maximize economic development and livability consistent with its context. In other words, what is a […]

sidewalk patrol

February 11, 2012

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As a general rule, I walk to the opposite side of the street before photographing a police officer texting from his motorcycle parked on the sidewalk. But that’s just me.