Monthly Archives: October 2009

Ten Ways To Transform Transportation — Part III

TweetPeople are free to choose the way they get around.  But the context shapes their likely choices.  This is Part III of a three-part series suggesting high-leverage actions that would shift the context from one that makes getting into a … Continue reading

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Ten Ways To Transform Transportation — Part II

TweetPeople are free to choose the way they get around.  But the context shapes their likely choices.  This is Part II of a three-part series suggesting high-leverage actions that would shift the context from one that makes getting into a … Continue reading

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Ten Ways To Transform Transportation — Part I

TweetPeople are free to choose the way they get around.  But the context shapes their likely choices.  This is Part I of a three-part series suggesting high-leverage actions that would shift the context from one that makes getting into a … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Behaving Badly on Bikes

TweetI know that, in general, bicyclists behave no worse than anyone else.  I know that, ultimately, the current rage at cyclists who run red lights, weave around lanes, and endanger pedestrians is just a car culture temper tantrum, like an … Continue reading

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The Magic Bullet of Road Design: Narrower Lane Widths

TweetIt isn’t often that a complex problem can be significantly solved by a single remedy.  But when it comes to finding ways to make car-dominated streets more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly, narrowing the lane widths is a game-changer.  Critics worry about … Continue reading

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If Bicycling Goes Mainstream, Does Bike Culture Just Go?

TweetMost groups that believe they both stand for important values and suffer the scorn of mainstream society, create an in-group culture.  Bicyclists are no exception.  One component of bike culture is an activist orientation that has placed cyclists in the … Continue reading

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Privacy On The Street: Fighting the Wrong Enemy

TweetWhy haven’t Massachusetts cities installed traffic light violation cameras, like New York and many other cities, that capture the license plate number of a vehicle running a red light and automatically send a traffic ticket?   Traffic-light violation cameras significantly reduce … Continue reading

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Broken Windows and Broken Streets – Livable Streets as a Strategy to Reduce Crime and Support Local Business

TweetPolice talk about the “broken window syndrome” when visible neglect creates a feeling that anti-social behavior is acceptable.  But maybe there is also a “broken street syndrome” when the noise, smell, and danger of speeding cars and unfriendly public spaces … Continue reading

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Why Health Care Reform Should Be a Transportation Issue (and visa versa)

TweetAmerican medicine is only peripherally about health; it is primarily about treating disease.   It is a sickness treatment system.  Even so-called preventive medicine is really about screening and early treatment.  What we need is pre-disease prevention:  ways to create a … Continue reading

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Quick Quotes — Land Use & Livability

Tweet“’Sometimes we have to use cars, but that doesn’t mean they have to dominate our lives.  Instead it should be dominated by human interactions…the level of car us in New York City is so inconsistent with what we want out … Continue reading

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Transforming Transportation: Four Challenges Facing Boston (and most other cities)

TweetMayor Menino, like politicians around the country, has been talking about the need to create a more energy-efficient, safe, health-promoting, and community-friendly transportation system that creates less noise, has lower costs, and releases fewer green-house gasses.  He has begun a … Continue reading

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Miller’s Laws of Motion — or What Newton Didn’t Tell Us

TweetForget your physics class.  Travel is another dimension, where things happen according to a different set of natural laws.  I’ve modestly labeled the following as Miller’s Laws of Motion, but readers of this blog are welcome to add their own … Continue reading

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Bikes Are Vehicles; But They’re Not Cars

TweetSome bicycle advocacy groups promote the slogan “Same Roads, Same Laws” to support cyclists’ right to use the roadway along with car traffic.  I think it’s a bad slogan; at best incomplete, at worst self-defeating.  Bikes and cars are radically … Continue reading

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