Posted in bicycles, city planning, tagged bicycle, bicycle commuting, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle lane, bicycle path, bike, bike advocacy, bike boulevards, bike lane, Bike Path, bike route, bikes, complete streets, street design on August 27, 2013|
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My friend Leslie Bloom from the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition just sent me this link to http://streetmix.net. On this site you can design your own street. it is a pretty fun and easy tool for visualizing street design. Wow. You can adjust the building height… the lane widths… the bike path width… etc etc. A great tool for bicycle advocacy and city planners or anyone interested in creating better public places and streets.
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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|
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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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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|
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This Sears 3 speed bike, circa 1966 or so, is one I used to own. I sold it to a friend about 3 years ago. 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.
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