I think this really helps to explain why we can't afford a car-oriented society anymore, in economic terms.
This is part of a multi-part reflection I've been doing following the death of my friend, Mark Baumer . There's nothing graphic i...
FYI: As we heard, there are no bike projects in the TIGER grant applications. Last night we heard that RIDOT is applying for a $20 million grant to widen I-95 North from about the Broadway exit to Route 146 as part of the Providence Viaduct replacement ([total] extra cost about $46 million),
[F]or a $1.5 million planning grant for the 2 new proposed RIPTA bus hubs (at the [RR] station and Garrahy Court House) though that will also require legislative and voter approval of bonds.
With cities like Kansas City, Missouri in the running, we'll have to work
extra hard to get into next year's competition.
|GCPVD's Parking Crisis Illustrated|
|The Garrahy Garage is proposed for the surface lot towards the top of the picture. (Image changed to reflect this fact. I had the lot on the other side of Garrahy highlighted).|
James Kennedy: “Do we have the opportunity to put loading zones in, because double parking is not something that they’re really supposed to do” [laughter from group}
Brodie: Of course not [i.e., that cars aren’t supposed to double park.].
James Kennedy: I understand, I definitely hear you, [double parking] is a very active use of [the street]. We need the loading, whatever is happening there needs to happen. But, isn’t there a way that we can manage the supply of parking that exists through metering and loading zones?
Brodie: Um, I don’t know the answer to that. I imagine that would have been the solution if there was that easy solution. I don’t think they’re doing it because they just don’t want to go around the corner. Um, some of these properties don’t have a back. It’s part and parcel of Northeastern, older cities that don’t have their current needs built into their development. I’ll try to think of some of the ones that utilize the double parking who are—um, it’s restaurants--
Jenn Steinfeld [another BPAC Commissioner]: The big truck deliveries.
Brodie: The big truck deliveries, and it’s usually early in the morning.
James Kennedy: What I mean though, is with the on-street parking that already exists, couldn’t we create loading zones within that on-street parking, so that there’s loading zones for the trucks.
Brodie: Parking is another option for people. I don’t want to take it away. There isn’t a ton. It’s probably in the right balance, because there are only so many streets, and the more dense we build, the tighter the ratio between street parking and a lot of square feet built. So, um, to take, to take the need for parking out of the street and put it in centralized parking garages leaves some on-street parking so that people can zip in and zip out. All, I think all of these make for an interesting urban fabric.
James Kennedy: You wouldn’t want to remove all the parking, I mean, but obviously if we had both of the travel lanes we wouldn’t have a protected bike lane, so balancing the—having some of the parking used as loading zones for trucks, which is a use that is needed, and having metering so that the zip in and zip out can happen more effectively, alongside the fact that we’re adding garages, I mean, would you balance that and say that the parking is more important than the protected bike lane?
Brodie: My sense is that a shared bike lanes is—in the city—is an appropriate way to get bikes to go through the city.
Kennedy: What do you mean by a “shared bike lane” though?Brodie: Uh, cars can go on it. A truck could pull over and do a delivery. It’s striped appropriately. And especially if it has some loading on it, it’s not going to be a through lane, people are not going to be going fast.
More Californians prefer climate-friendly transport
Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The percentage of California residents walking, biking or using public transportation on an average day has more than doubled since 2000, according to results from a survey by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
According to the "California Household Travel Survey," while only 11 percent of household trips were taken by walking, biking and public transportation in 2000, that figure has now increased to nearly 23 percent -- including a steep rise in walking trips, which almost doubled from 8.4 percent to 16.6 percent of trips.
"This increasing interest in many transportation choices is another reason why we are on the path to more sustainability in California," State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. "Caltrans will continue improving the state's transportation system to help ensure Californians have many viable choices for how to travel."
The survey participants recorded where, when and how they traveled on one random day. The average number of trips per household was 9.2, and the average number of trips per person was 3.6.
"Californians are increasingly choosing alternatives to driving a car for work and play. That's a shift with real benefits for public health that also cuts greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution," said California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. "California is committed to supporting this shift with better planning to support sustainable communities and healthier, low-carbon choices for travel" (Matt Brown, Santa Rosa [Calif.] Press Democrat, March 10).
|Some of even Robert Moses' dreams never came to pass.|
|Google finds us an example of a clusterfuck. Oh, and is it one!|
Public safety officials said they would like to see an end to the Midnight Marathon, an annual unofficial bike ride from Hopkinton to Boston on the Boston Marathon route the night before the race, and have nixed a special commuter rail train to ferry cyclists to the starting line.
But the turnabout is not a direct result of the Marathon bombings at the finish line last year, officials said.
“Because this has grown to be such a big event, it’s something that basically we’re trying to discourage — not from a Marathon bombing security perspective, but from a safety perspective,” said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “It’s an accident waiting to happen.”
“God forbid there is a major issue or accident — there are [responders] who will be dealing with all that through the night who were supposed to be somewhere at 5 in the morning,” Judge said.
At the request of local police, MBTA officials said that they will not provide a train for the cyclists, as they did last year.
The growing numbers led public safety officials to complain the bike riders were a noise disturbance and distracted police from focusing on preparation for the Marathon.
|Thanks RIDOT: Westminster into Olneyville during last storm. (Let's see if it improves).|