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Playing the Numbers Game, Part 3

For the final installment of this series, let’s take a look at manufactured right-turn conflicts in Portland, Oregon. Two of the three general rules of safe movement are drive on the right and pass on the left. These simple rules are designed to, among other things, keep your attention directed forward into a right hand turn. It also means nothing is […]

Playing the Numbers Game, Part 2

So, yeah, dangerous infrastructure gets built in places that have good reputations for bicycle friendliness. On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon — a platinum level bicycle friendly community, according to the League of American Bicyclists — I saw infrastructure that violates the rules of safe movement or otherwise creates hazards worse than the street […]

Playing the Numbers Game, Part 1

I was recently in Portland, Oregon on a vacation. I did not rent a bicycle and ride it around on the various types of infrastructure, but I did walk around and take pictures. This is the first in a short series examining what I saw. As I have discussed before, I believe there are generally […]

Happened In The Wild

I had a bunch of errands to run this morning around the urban core of Springfield and to the suburbs — namely the Battlefield Mall to buy veggies at the farmer’s market. So I drove my bicycle on downtown streets, residential streets, collector streets, 3-lane streets, and a 4-lane arterial. I covered about every type […]

Bicycling is Such a Hassle

So I’ve been living in a loft in downtown Springfield for a year now. Best. Move. Ever. But there is something odd going on. I don’t use my bicycle quite as much as I used to. Sometimes it seems like a hassle. I mean going to the garage, unlocking it, riding it a couple of blocks, locking […]

Urban Boom: A Documentary Film

From: Carbon Trace Productions and The Rhetorica Network The Baby Boomers were children of the post-war suburbs and raised their own children in the sprawling communities at the edges of American cities. Owning an individual home outside of a city has long been an essential part of the American Dream. That dream is changing. The […]

Solar Roadways Cannot Happen

Here’s the idea: These solar panels might find limited use in some specific types of projects. But roads? In anything but limited and isolated situations? Joel Anderson, writing for equities.com, offers a stinging take-down of this latest dumb and desperate idea to keep people driving automobiles. Technorati Tags: transportation, Transportation Planning

Surviving in the Urban Jungle

OMG! We’re number 5! Springfield, Missouri is ranked 5th most dangerous among mid-sized cities, according to some number-crunching by Movoto. This little bombshell dropped on 15 May. I’m only now getting around to mentioning it because … yawn. I feel safe living downtown. I do not feel threatened in this urban environment. The reason for […]

Pedestrian Fatality Map

Check out the map of pedestrian fatalities at Smart Growth America. Here’s a screen shot drilled down to Springfield:   There’s nothing surprising here. Pedestrians tend to take the hits on arterials with high volumes of traffic and higher speeds. The city has been building and improving sidewalks all over town. That’s a good thing. […]

Interesting

There is a new sign on the parking garage near the Heer’s Building: Are there many electric vehicles in Springfield? Do there need to be in order to start offering services such as this? Will this encourage anyone to buy an electric vehicle? Technorati Tags: electric cars

Video Just For Fun in Downtown SGF

Here’s a draft of a little thing I’m working on — entirely produced on the iPhone: The soundtrack is just something I found for free on YouTube. The final version of this will have something more noir Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban life, walking

Positive (local) Economic Benefits

Check out this infographic from the recent American Planning Association conference (via Planetizen): So, basically, in general, the fewer cars people own the better it is for local economies. Technorati Tags: economics, Urban Planning

Culture Studies and Disciplinarity

I earned my Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. When asked my discipline, I simply say “rhetoric” because that’s entirely true, and it’s a shorter answer than explaining I also took courses in communications, linguistics, and political science because, well, you know, rhetoric is a really big thing […]

Going Down Hard

It’s tough to be a pedestrian. But three cities are getting grants to make walking safer. From the USA Today article: Every two hours, on average, a pedestrian is killed. One is injured every seven minutes. “This is not something that just happens in some other place,” David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway […]

Spotted in the Wild 2

Something I saw this morning on my way to work (I was on my bicycle): Heading east into the rising sun on Elm this morning, I came upon a policeman starting his campus bicycle patrol. I was controlling the lane for an extra reason this morning: The shadows at the edge of the road can […]