This is a map of the average daily time spent commuting to and from work here in San Luis Obispo County published by Trulia. SLO is in the center… San Miguel at the top… and Santa Maria is at the bottom. Click on it to focus and enlarge it. (bright green is 5 minutes… darker red is 1 hour) I’m not certain how accurate it is… I just like maps.
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Last week we had a new sidewalk poured out front of our house… and in it we spontaneously placed a little “love note”. It almost didn’t happen though… as the concrete was setting pretty fast. I expect this little gesture will last a few decades or more. They city guys said it would be ok if we wanted to put our initials in the concrete… but we thought this might be more fun. Cynthia had a cookie cutter laying around… and I had the extra chain ring from bike I’d taken apart. After this photo was taken we dyed the heart red…
What is it that gives a place charm? Why are some cities memorable and others forgettable? I think it has something to do with the tiniest of details. This little art project would have never happened in a condominium development. The CCandR’s would never allow it. I would only happen in a place where the city officials and workers are allowed a bit of freedom to make a random decision. The city guys in our case… made sure it was below the sidewalk such that folks won’t trip on it… and the bolts in it are sunk in about 4 inches… so it won’t come out.
I believe cities need policies written… to allow their workers to be creative like this every now and then. To allow the citizens to make their own tiny little secret spontaneous art projects. These things won’t happen if we involve the city leaders in every single one… that would only homogenize the end results. It needs to be random… perhaps slightly controversial every now and then.
Posted in bicycles, city planning, trend forecasting, Uncategorized, tagged bicycle trends, bike trends, future of transportation, multi modal trends, transit trends, transportation trends on February 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
This is a link to a long govt. report on transportation trends moving forward… Lots of demographic info and population projections… interesting to planning nerds like me…
Posted in city planning, san luis obispo, trend forecasting, tagged best place to live, California population, housing price trends, real estate trends, western migration on April 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
This is an interesting map I just found on Zillow, via Tableau Software. It shows the status of home selling in the USA. Darker blue means houses are sitting longer and selling for less than asking… darker red means houses are selling faster and closer to asking price or over asking price. Sure looks like there is a migration going on. Is it just boomers retiring? I don’t know. All I can say is here they come… whoever they are.
Posted in bicycles, city planning, happiness, tagged active living, Bike Path, bike route, bikes, city of the future, city planning, cycle track, cycling, healthy living, new urbanism, riverwalk, south carolina, urban planning on April 2, 2014 | 1 Comment »
My friend John Cutter, a bicycle designer and builder here in San Luis Obispo, sent me this link this am… about a new city being built in South Carolina… called Riverwalk. It includes a huge outdoor velodrome, a very large BMX area, permanent criterium track, and all sorts of other outdoor activity related areas for the citizens to enjoy…
here is the blog post John sent…. from a blog called redkiteprayer.com
It is a community built around outdoor activities… specifically cycling… but not exclusively.
Interesting stuff… dig in a bit.
Posted in bicycles, city planning, san luis obispo, tagged Bike Path, bike route, Broad Street Bicycle Blvd., Chorro st. bike path, safe routes to school, san luis obispo on February 20, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Check out the attached video that shows the issues of a San Luis Obispo Parent riding with his son to School.
We as a city need to consider and create solutions for this. City staff are aware of this stretch and the issues I believe… and are already working to create small changes for greater safety as quickly as possible… but the real change will come only when enough parents and other cyclists show up at City Council meetings to convince Council of the need and the priority.
Posted in architecture, bicycles, city planning, san luis obispo, tagged bike blvd., bob jones trail, Class one bike path, railroad safety trail, san luis obispo bike path, SLO bike route on February 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I have a crazy bike bridge idea…. one that I pitched to some Cal Poly architecture students (and also some planning students) a few years ago. I have recently suggested it to the City of SLO.
THE BACKSTORY: SLO has been planning and building a long class one (off street) bike path that is known as the Railroad Safety Trail for many years now. It extends from Orcutt road in the south up to the Railroad station… and from Cal Poly in the north down to the 101 freeway along California Blvd. The section that is missing is between the 101 freeway and the Railroad station. The City has been attempting to negotiate with the Railroad for an easement… but the Railroad has basically just said NO.
So the City of SLO public works dept has been working on various solutions that would make a safe connecting route for bikes across this middle section of town to each of the already completed sections of the RR safety trail. So far it looks pretty good… except that a portion of the route will be on Pepper st… which includes a relatively steep section between Monterey street and Mill St. Too steep for kids and anyone on a single speed or cruiser type bike.
The idea… is to span the small valley of Monterey st with a 1000 foot long bike bridge… which spans from Higuera st. all the way up to Mill St…. most of which is actually just the roof of two skinny buildings built on half of what is now the east side of Pepper street. Only a short section of this 1000 foot length would be an actual bike bridge…directly over Monterey st… the rest would be built on the roof of commercial space combined with maybe a small apartment or two… whatever. It is a tad difficult to grasp at first… you have to imagine two buildings… one on either side of Monterey st… built on half the width of Pepper street… the roofs of which are at the level of the green line in the photo above… and then the bike path on top of those roofs. The remainder of Pepper becomes an alley of sorts. It is really low traffic usage now. The new bridge would turn the steep hill… into a manageable 4% grade. The new buildings would not block any views that the current railroad track already blocks.
The City would have to either partner up, sell or lease the land to a developer that would then build the buildings and the bike path. There would be an easement for the bike path across the buildings… and some sort of long term maintenance agreement. It would be a tricky negotiation… but in the end it would eliminate the steep section of this portion of the RR safety trail across town.
From the south end of this bridge… the path would continue as per the existing bicycle master plan which I don’t have space enough to go into here as it is fairly complicated… but it is already a plan and it will work. Same goes for the northerly connection… but that section is quicker to describe. Basically to the north.. Pepper continues as a bicycle blvd for two blocks… where there would be a new bike bridge over the RR tracks and the path then continues over to the south corner of the Highway Patrol building property on California… and then northerly between that Highway Patrol building and the RR tracks but on Highway Patrol Property. From the Highway patrol property… the path becomes a “protected two way bike lane actually built on the west side of California blvd. This section is protected by a barrier from the automobile traffic… and it continues across the existing wide automobile bridge over the 101 and connects with the existing RR safety trail just beyond the 101.
Interesting, yes… is it feasible… I dunno… but it would sure be fun to explore.