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Huell Howser passed away earlier this month.  His entire library of “California’s Gold” episodes are now online because he donated his complete film catalog to Chapman University.

This episode talks about the first bikes in CA… long before cars. from 2004

Huell Howser on Bikes

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thanks to Copenhagenize for sending the link!

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walkablecity

“Walkable City” is a fantastic new book by Jeff Speck on creating great cities and overcoming dated planning ideas.  For anyone interested in making more pedestrian, bicycle and transit oriented spaces it is a must read.  It is also a must read for anyone interested in what it takes to make your city “feel” better… or making places a better place to live.  Jeff Speck was a co-author of “suburban Nation” a few years back… also a great book.  I recommend this book to city council’s, bike/ped advocates, and city planners.

For more info:  http://jeffspeck.com

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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

http://youtu.be/pX8zZdLw7cs

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UPDATE… My wife and I ended up buying one of these parcels on our own… and placing an easement for the Anza trail over it… which we gave to the SLO county Land Conservancy.   We then resold the parcel with the easement over it at our cost to a neighboring landowner late in 2012.  So the following post is sort of a non issue.  Feel free to ignore it as no money from the county needed to be spent… we got the trail right of way effectively for free.

Today the San Luis Obispo County supervisors voted 4-1 (Supervisor Mechum opposed) to allocate funds for appraisals, title searches, phase 1 environmental assessments, and other data related to the possibility of purchasing the bike path parcels in Edna along the Juan Batista de Anza Trail route.  This is great news.  HOWEVER… they also stated that they would only pay a minority share of the cost of these parcels rather than the full amount as recommended by the Parks Commission.  So this means that parties interested in seeing this bike path come to fruition… like me… will need to fundraise to the tune of approx 225k. (a bit more than half of the property cost.)  They have the right to do this… times are tough at the county… so I understand… but I don’t have to be happy about it.

So we have our work to do… and the various advocacy groups are proceeding now with the options available for obtaining the funds we didn’t know we were going to have to raise until today.  We have approx 4 months to do it so it will be a real push.

I guess I should try and remember… this is California… soon the state will be telling drivers that if they want roads without potholes… then get some asphalt and a shovel and go fix them yourself.

We somehow seem to have plenty of state funds around for more prisons though…  end of rant.

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Saw this cool poster recently on Copenhagenize.com as regards the way Rio de Janeiro Brazil feels about transportation Infrastructure.  I’m in sort of a big bike advocacy mood as of late… so I thought I would repost it here.  The City of Sao Paulo Brazil is reworking their complete infrastructure with the help of Copenhagenize.  Rio is along for the ride too.  Anyone interested in bike infrastructure around the world ought to be tuned into Copenhagenize.com

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Opposite land.

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.

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I found this link on www.copenhagenize.com this am…  SO COOL!  These kids formed their own bike club… and as a group they ride to school even though the city where they live has no infrastructure for bikes.  I imagine that over time… movements like this will convince the powers that be to include more pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.  Notice how the teenagers are saying… why buy a car?!

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