Tuesday, November 30, 2004

from the 'burbs of the great city of St. Louis

"The City of O'Fallon has approved a measure requiring provision for bicycle parking in commercial areas, office buildings, and schools:
Aldermen last week approved a new off-street parking law that, among other things, requires builders to provide at least one four-space bicycle rack for every 15 required parking spaces.

The law covers commercial, office, institutional, educational and recreational uses.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission has required the bike-rack placements for a little over a year, said David Woods, the city's director of planning and development.

But the new law puts it in writing."

those four-space bicycle racks cost about $80 apiece and are popping up all over tremont....

Nov. 25, 1950. Euclid Ave. from E.79 St. to E. 71 St.

here's our fair city 3 years before the death of streetcars. the cars that would take over the streets in the next fifty years would eventually bleed the city dry of any life at all....

Monday, November 22, 2004

Good News for Cleveland and RTA!

Transit is Changing Look of the American Dream
"In Minneapolis and cities across the nation, public transit and the development it attracts are contributing to a growing appetite for housing in urban areas. Population groups that now have the deepest preference for housing very close to transit are precisely the populations that will grow exponentially in the next decades. They include older Americans, who will constitute 35 percent of our population by 2025; immigrant families, who will account for almost one-third of population growth; and the nearly 70 percent of households that will not include children."

Gee, we've already got the rail, running east and west across the city, woefully underused, largely because it doesn't go anywhere. Think about it, where can you go via the red, blue, or green lines? TowerCity, ShakerSquare, the southern edge of UniversityCircle, the inner harbor, and the Airport. All interesting places, sure, but what about the other 44 other stops?
Why is ridership low enough to justify only one car running during peak hours?
  1. Because parking is cheap?
  2. Because there is little residential density near most stops?
  3. Because Clevelanders love their cars and hate public transit?
I'm going with numero dos.
Take a ride heading east on the redline from TowerCity and let me know what you see between dwntwn and universitycircle.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

bike parking as infrastructure

law school covered bike parking
Originally uploaded by theguv.
if only we had this much bike use and bike parking at my beloved cleveland state university. following the logic of building roads (which increases auto use), perhaps CSU could build some bike infrastructure ...?


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