bike ped

Robert W. Coburn :: The press snipe (on back) reads, “Before the days of the bicycle built for two – was the ped-cycle, and here are two young ladies about due for a fall from their high saddle. They’re Radio Pictures featured beauties, Roberta Gale and Rochelle Hudson, and they rode the thing – after a fashion – in a comedy.”, 1931 / source: Grapefruit Moon Gallery

I hate “serious” bike riders. Wannabe Tour Du France losing ass muthafuckas. I know you fucking see me, I see you soo go the fuck around me. I wish one of yall would run into me. I’m just waiting for the day. Ima seriously kick somebody shit down the levee. Rude ass bikers like I hope yall pop tires & have to walk & all the other bike bitches almost run you over. Shit be a two way for peds & bikes & these assholes always gotta take up more space than they need. Wanna yell shit at me as if I wasn’t walking here first & yall came up outta nowhere going like 15 on a 5. Like fuck yall I hope yall fall off ya bikes & skin ya knees, chins, & ya elbows.

Reducing car ownership brings big rewards for local economy

Via Urbandata: According to data from AAA, if you reduce car ownership by 15,000 cars, over $127 million will stay in your local economy – per year.

So how is it that this goal not on the radar of every local politician everywhere?

For most large US cities (ones that aren’t already paragons of compact walkability), successfully reducing car ownership to this degree would probably require a significant increase in affordable urban infill housing in attractive environments, connected with ped/bike/transit infrastructure. Basically: good urbanism.

It’s a big, complex task with many hurdles in place, but it has been done and can be done again. Luckily, urban planners have documented the processes. I’ve enjoyed attending the APA Conference in Atlanta this week and finding out what strategies exist for making more ‘good urbanism’ happen in cities like Atlanta.

I’m hoping to post some highlights from the conference this week.