Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Unfortunately, Texas' most 'Bicycle Friendly' city, Austin, saw it's mode share go down 21%. The Lance Armstrong cycle track didn't seem to help.
What does it all mean? Not much, because this survey that the LAB likes to tout (the American Community Survey) is very unreliable and prone to wild year-to-year fluctuations. These numbers do confirm the trend showing Dallas doubling its mode-share over the last decade, although the 219% figure is only a correction from 2008's number being an outlier showing a drastic decline. Are these numbers great? No, but they are in keeping with benchmark cities devoid of a captive major university, such as Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and San Antonio.
But this we do know: population density always trumps paint application, and propaganda and honesty reside in two different spheres (hint: K-Street in Washington DC is well known as a propaganda source).
Friday, September 24, 2010
As approved by the City Manager, a current bicycle-inferiority advocate Councilmember and the rest of the City Council. But they're going to keep those bike lanes clear of trash and glass (and parked cars). Teaching and expecting personal responsibility is never popular, but magick always is.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This is a test of a $10 (airmail postage paid) "spy cam" from Hong Kong. The Square Heads on my dad's side of the family like technology, the Scots on my mother's side like cheap. The results of this mixed heritage can be interesting (and entertaining).
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Ignore almost everything you see and or hear in this video. But do notice the presence of parallel drain gates in the very gutters you are urged to ride in (with a demonstration of a dangerous swerve in front of potential passing traffic).
Thursday, September 02, 2010
This video shows the first span of the bridge for the Santa Fe Trail leg of the East Dallas Veloway being erected. The second span was supposed to have been erected last night (if the rain and lightening didn't prevent it). The Santa Fe Trail will soon be complete, linking Deep Ellum with White Rock Lake, and the White Rock Creek/Lake Trail. The Santa Fe Trail will also continue on as part of the East Dallas Veloway, extending north another five miles to tie into the Cottonwood Creek Trail and continue under the High Five interchange of Central Expressway/I-635.
I'm still pretty proud of it.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
THE SELZ CASE REVISITED – AN IMPORTANT DECISION FOR THE NATION’S BICYCLE OPERATORSRead the entire post here.
By, Steven M. Magas, Attorney at Law
In the summer of 1999 I was asked to become involved with a young man who had received a traffic ticket for “impeding traffic” in Trotwood, Ohio. Little did I know that the case would ultimately garner international intention, cause buckets of emails to be sent to the City of Trotwood, and generate an appellate court ruling that is extremely favorable to the nation’s cyclists!
The League of American Bicyclists and the Texas Bicycle Coalition (along with the aggressive commentary from an Austin Cycling Association board member and League Cycling Instructor), for some inexplicable reason, are all saying the Bates case is different from the Selz case, and it doesn't deserve our support. Really? And that would be... why?