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How to Celebrate Earth Day

Live in a place like this… …and use 1/3 the energy of a suburban home. It’s like getting a raise Technorati Tags: Earth Day, loft living, Springfield Missouri, sustainability

On The Record

Just FYI: In the bicycle advocacy world, I am a traffic safety advocate as opposed to a participation advocate. Participation advocate: A person whose primary goal is increasing the number of people who ride bicycles (aka. mode share). A participation advocate’s primary measure of success in advocacy is increased mode share. Traffic safety advocate: A […]

Downtown Needs A Full-time Farmers’ Market

I spend my money downtown. If you want my money, then open your business downtown — or at least in Springfield’s urban core, an easy walk or bicycle ride from downtown. That’s not to say I do not spend money elsewhere. I do because I must in some cases. But I work hard to limit those […]

Perspective

One of these is illegal, considered an eye-sore, and will be removed asap. The other — not so much. Technorati Tags: graffiti, urban art, urban life

What Downtown SGF Needs

(The following is an edited and expanded version of something I wrote last year for another venue.) Next month we’ll mark one year of life in downtown Springfield living in the Union Biscuit Lofts on Market Ave. So my wife and I have had plenty of opportunity to walk the streets and observe the goings-on. We’ve […]

Danger and Difficulty

I gave a luncheon talk at the Midtown Library today about bicycling in traffic as traffic for basic transportation. The big sound-bite: If it were difficult or dangerous, I wouldn’t be doing it. That happens to be entirely true. I’m interested in neither difficulty nor danger. The talk consisted mostly of explaining the rules of […]

Participation Is Easy(er)

Nope. Not talking bicycle mode share here. Remember, today is the Carbon Trace re-launch. As I wrote earlier, the topics of this blog will now fit the broader context of urban life — especially in small to mid-sized cities. Today, I’m talking the SATO48 Film Challenge. I entered the contest — one of 110 teams this […]

Carbon Trace Re-Launch Begins 15 April

Several things have been keeping me busy this winter. I’m right in the middle of doing an academic case study examining a successful civic journalism project. I have also been re-working all of my classes — something that is regularly necessary, especially as I notice generational changes in students. Further, I have been busy re-thinking […]

Taking A Break, See You in the Spring

Rhetorica and Carbon Trace will be on an extended blogging hiatus until sometime in the spring. This is mostly a career-related break. I have several projects and matters to attend to that are going to require my full attention. Now, when I say full attention, that doesn’t mean I’m going dark. I’ll still be commenting […]

Happy New Year! Happy New Culture!

R E S P E C T If you have to get a song stuck in your head Respect is a good one I’m also declaring “respect” the the Carbon Trace word of the year for 2014. As in: By so declaring, I am making a pledge to work for cultural change to achieve the […]

Carbon Trace Update

I was very busy the second half of the semester at MSU, and it’s easy to see the result on Carbon Trace: not much published recently. Luckily, the semester is now over, and I’m on my way to Florida That means, among other things, that I’ll have time to write about some issues that I […]

Do Not Stop In The Blind Spot

Too many urban bicyclists die each year in entirely preventable right-hook crashes with trucks. How do you prevent it? Proper lane positioning. You should never position yourself to the right of right-turning traffic — even if a bicycle lane channels you into such a position (e.g. such as some lanes in Portland, Oregon do). Here’s […]

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday near the MSU campus. Here’s a report from KSMU, including an interview with me. Here a Google Earth look at the intersection (click for larger image). That’s a look from roughly the perspective of the west-bound bicyclist looking toward south-bound traffic. The sight lines are […]

The Heart of the Matter

Note: Nothing new to read here — just thinking out loud and boiling things down. The rules of safe movement are these: First come, first served. Drive on the right. Pass on the left. Everything should follow from these rules. Everything includes (but is not limited to): Traffic laws Traffic controls Engineering of streets and […]

Flip-side of the Amsterdam Coin

The damned thing is done. Sort of. It’s not what I had originally intended. Last year, when I published a tongue-n-cheek trailer for this video, I was planning a documentary about bicycling in Springfield, Missouri with comparisons to Amsterdam (realizing, obviously, that such comparisons are difficult at best given the radically different contexts). The comparison […]