- A Town in Germany has decided to handle its traffic problems by removing all the traffic signals. The plan is to remove all signals in the city center to make life easier for pedestrians, evening the playing field and forcing traffic to no longer dominate the roads.
Meanwhile Columbia, Missouri Business owners and a local developer are upset that the federally funded PedNet program will hamper vehicular traffic in favor of friendlier pedestrian and bicycle options. Who knew?
“The concern for the business owners and anyone who lives in the area is that the intersection will be less friendly,” Lindner said. “And vehicular traffic is always going to be the major mode of transportation in Columbia, so you can’t ignore the impact on it. We should be trying to alleviate congestion, not do things to make it worse.”
- Discussions are underway about possibly merging the metropolises Hong Kong and Shenzhen into one Mega-City. The plan is being considered to make the region more competitive in the global market and to better link the existing cities.
- Burj Dubai has officially surpassed Toronto’s CN tower, making it the tallest free standing structure in the world at 555 meters and 150 stories. Like most things in Dubai, the buildings’ final height is a closely kept secret, but it is expected to rise between 750 and 800 meters…
- They say everything is bigger in Texas, but Arlington’s Public Transit system is the smallest for cities with 350,000+ inhabitants. Actually, Arlington doesn’t even have a Public Transit System, garnering it the distinction of the largest American city without one.
“Arlington residents have voted down a public bus system three times in the last 27 years, worried about big buses lumbering down their quiet suburban streets, as well as the cost of a service that many believe would benefit only a few. But advocates say the city’s growing population, coupled with the pain of higher gasoline prices, make buses an easier sell now.”
Sell? You shouldn’t have to sell anyone a public transit system. If they want to choke in their own congestion and sprawl then so be it. Let them degrade their own quality of life rather than spend money on a transit system in a city where people clearly don’t get “it.”
- The D.C. Council is working on some legislation which would make Bicycle parking a requirement at all apartment buildings with more than 8 units and 10% of automotive parking capacity at commercial establishments.
- This excerpt speaks for itself:
“The Minneapolis bridge collapse on Aug. 1 led Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters to publicly reflect on federal transportation spending priorities and conclude that those greedy bicyclists and pedestrians, not to mention museumgoers and historic preservationists, hog too much of the billions of federal dollars raised by the gas tax, money that should go to pave highways and bridges. Better still, Peters, a 2006 Bush appointee, apparently doesn’t see biking and walking paths as part of transportation infrastructure at all.”
- How about this for some adaptive reuse, a house made from the abandoned fuselage of a Boeing 747, designed by David Hertz:
- The Streetcar Debate…
- FAU trustees approved plans to build a 30,000 seat, $62 Million stadium for the Owls’ football team on the Boca Raton campus. Construction is set to begin in 2009.
- More reasons why converting every neighborhood into its own municipality is such a bad idea: identity crisis. The suburban bedroom community of Davie has been struggling to find itself for the past few years amid all the other South Florida “cities.”
- What do you do with 39 acres on the western fringes of development? Build a 600,000+ square foot warehouse facility! Just another reason why we need to adopt a county-wide comprehensive land use action plan.
- Here go the latest rounds in Transit Cuts…
“With all of the cuts, Transit will be down to 34 million annual miles of service. That’s seven million more miles, a 26 percent increase, that have been delivered since late 2002 when Miami-Dade County voters approved a half-cent sales-tax increase for transportation.
But it’s a whopping 10 million miles short of the 44 million miles that former Mayor Alex Penelas promised by 2008 during the campaign. The agency never got close, peaking at 38 million miles in December 2005 and paring back in three subsequent lineups.
In Transit’s defense, ridership has remained steady as the miles have been cut — an indicator that the planning and scheduling gurus aren’t sacrificing riders.”
- BoB’s 3rd Quarter Construction tour hits Miami Beach.
- 26th Parallel offers up some kind words on our efforts.
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- Appreciating The Legacy Of Planning Pioneer Charles Haar March 5, 2012Comprehensive planning is customary in a great many American cities these days, but it wasn't long ago that the concept was foreign to most planners. Attorney and scholar Charles M. Haar was one of the figures who revolutionized the field. read more […]
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- Greenway Bike Festival February 22, 2012This fully-supported ride promotes the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, which will loop through the historic city of Homestead. There'll be routes of 62 miles, 42 miles, and 25 miles -- with darned good food at the finish. You can register at Active.com. You'll certainly want to be at Losner Park for the demonstration parachute jump by the Army's […]
- Many call for safer streets February 19, 2012Board member Suzanne Kores captured the scene at yesterday's rally on the Rickenbacker Causeway for greater street safety. Tom Evental made available this stirring video. The voice you hear at the beginning is our co-founder Hank Sanchez-Resnik, who played a big role with allied groups in organizing the event. We appreciate the chance to share this wit […]
- Climb the bridge for safer streets February 17, 2012All road users are invited to the tall bridge on the Rickenbacker Causeway this Saturday at 9 a.m. to call for safer streets and recognize cyclist Aaron Cohen, who died Thursday of a hit-and-run driver's injuries. The bicycling community put this event together, working in parallel efforts from varying points of view. We have one message, though: Everyo […]
- Greenway Bike Festival February 22, 2012