Click the YouTube link (see link just below) for a great TEDx talk on designing streets for all users. By Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize
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Posted in bicycles, city planning, san luis obispo, tagged Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, bicycle, bike infrastructure, bike lanes, Bike Path, bikes, bob jones trail, Cambria, Cayucos, de anza trail, Edna valley bike path, Grover Beach, morro bay, Oceano, Paso Robles, pismo beach, san luis obispo bike path, San Luis Obispo County bike path, Templeton on September 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Every so often the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG)looks at the unmet transit needs across the county. There is a comment section online where you can list what transit needs you feel are important. This includes Bicycle improvements you would like to see in the COUNTY. Regional trails are obviously big on my mind so I posted my comments on the the SLOCOG site.
Anyone’s comments are welcome… So I encourage you all to post your thoughts on unmet cycling needs (or any transit related needs) at: http://www.slocog.org/Join/Unmet_Needs.php
Please mention the ANZA trail… and any other improvements you are interested in… such as a trail from SLO to Morro Bay, SLO to Los Osos etc.Remember… this is for the COUNTY… and unincorporated cities… not so much for inside the incorporated city limits.
SLOCOG will be meeting in early 2013… so get your comments in now.
BTW…Thank You! to my friend Dallam Oliver-Lee for these links!
More info at: http://library.slocog.org/PDFs/Agency_Mtgs_Agendas/TTAC_CTAC/2012/September%202012%20TTAC%20CTAC%20Agendas/D-3%202013-2014%20Unmet%20Transit%20Needs%20Schedule,%20%20Methodology,%20Definitions,%20and%20Criteria.pdf
Posted in bicycles, city planning, san luis obispo, tagged ab 1358, bicycle, bicycle advocacy, bicycle commuter, bicycle commuting, bicycle infrastructure, bike, bike culture, bike lanes, bike paths, bike snob, Bike Snob NYC, bikes, circulation element, complete streets, cutter bicycles, cycling, cyclotouring, john cutter, multi modal, portland, road bike, san luis obispo, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, TF-LUCE on March 16, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In Opposite land the roles of bicycles and cars are reversed. Every street is a bike street. Every house has a bike garage and bicycles dominate the transportation environment. There are elevated commuter trains over grand central Bike stations with tons of bike parking and restaurants and showers and mechanics on staff. Roadies ride through towns on Bike Freeways with onramps and offramps. There are large beautiful country bike loops to wineries, cafes and b and b’s in the surrounding hills.
There is a Bikotel… or “bike hotel”. The first in the nation. There are arterial streets for faster riders… and local streets for slower riders. There are “bike up” windows at hamburger places. Tourists flock to the area from Europe and Japan… and Portland. Bike infrastructure receives 98% of transportation funding…
There are cars in opposite land too… and there is a growing automobile enthusiasts network that make this “alternative transportation” choice. There are some class one “Car-Paths” and a few decent class two “Car-paths”. But they usually end just when you need them most… before big intersections. There is also a plan for the City to Sea Car Path… but “CalBike” is being a stick in the mud by requiring a huge Car Bridge over the CALBike freeway that nobody has the funds for. Two of the most innovative Auto infrastructure items are the unique “Car traffic Signal” on Santa Barbara St. and the six block long “Car Blvd.” on Morro Street (which is closed to bikes in this area!) Both of these Car infrastructure improvements have been featured in automobile advocacy magazines. Indeed… Automobile usage has been widely promoted in many circles as greatly beneficial to the public at large
But in Opposite Land… the general public says that cars are just not useful for regular people who actually go to work and need to buy groceries. They are too difficult to get around in and too dangerous…. They just don’t make sense.
So the Opposite Land “Automobile Coalition” aims to change this. They visualize a multi modal transit infrastructure that serves all users equally. They have signs that say “share the road. They explain that with more Car paths and car routes car usage would go up… dramatically.
Yet even with advocacy… Opposite Land automobile infrastructure receives less than 2% of transportation funding.
What is it going to take to change this? How can we convince Opposite land government that Automobiles usage is up and climbing… and deserves more than 2%?
full disclosure: BikeSnob NYC already panned Opposite Land years ago in his blog as a “parody of itself” (the author here thinks it’s important to note that Bike Snob took 6 weeks off work to drive to Opposite Land on truckroutes though… with a group of other “dieseltourists” from NYC in a Peloton of Dodge Double cab dually pickups and as such dismisses BSNY’s earlier appraisal)
BTW… the bike in the photo up top was built by John Cutter in San Luis Obispo… for the 2011 Oregon Manifest. It received honorable mention… but probably should have won instead of that beachcruiser with a radio.
Posted in bicycles, tagged 3 speed, 3 speed bike, bicycle, bike, classic bicycle, classic bike, made in austria, made in switzerland, raleigh, sears, sears best, Sears bike, three speed, three speed bike, tweed ride, vintage bike on May 14, 2011 | 11 Comments »
This Sears 3 speed bike, circa 1966 or so, is one I have had for a long time. I sold it to a friend though about 3 years ago and today I bought it back as he wasn’t using it. It is from Austria. I doubt you can buy much made in Austria at Sears today. The Saddle is a “Lepper” brand and is from Switzerland… the front generator light is a Soubitez from France… the rack and kickstand are Pletscher from Switzerland… the pannier bags are also from Sears… black vinyl… with white contrast trim.
It is a very basic but beautiful black bike. I don’t know why I love bikes so much.
this the chassis of a 1940′s built monoposto race car from Germany… it was driven by a BMW 328 sport coupe engine in the back. It was built by Helmut Polensky who drove it to the German Championship in 1949. I really like how he drilled out the front of this VW front end he was using. I dunno… something about just drilling a whole boatload of holes in a machine that really intrigues me. Pretty much you can take anything… and drill a bunch of holes very carefully in it… and it begins to look cool for some reason.
Cyclists… in their quest for lightness… took this to the extreme with “drillium” parts in the 1960′s and 1970′s. Lovely… Kinda stupid… but lovely!