A Call for Sales Tax on Cars and Gasoline

No, I’m not joking. David Levinson wrote about an often overlooked but important subsidy* given to drivers: the lack of sales tax on gasoline and auto/truck purchases. I’m surprised this hasn’t received more attention given the other distortions that see press. Yes, we pay a motor vehicle sales tax when buying a car, but that is supposed […]

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Teamsters Local HQ, University Avenue, Minneapolis

Territ Downs

Territ Downs is, sadly, a fictional community. This post is looking for the buildings in Minnesota that belong in Territ Downs. Buildings for which a surface parking lot compares favorably. Not simply buildings which are minimal but functional, but buildings which are hostile to the rest of the world. Buildings you wonder how got approved. […]

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Sunday Summary – November 23, 2014

Here’s all the content from streets.mn last week carefully seasoned and stuffed into one post: Regional differences More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion and Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate continue discussion about regional transportation (and the costs of urban and suburban development patterns) which kicked off with a recent Chart of the Day. This should be […]

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Metro Transit A to B.

Metro Transit – A to B

A nice Metro Transit Nextrip/GoTo Card ad for television broadcast. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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The City of Oulu.

The Winter Cycling Capital of the World

Thanks to Bill Dooley for sharing (on Facebook) this great short video on winter maintenance for bicycle facilities. The City of Oulu is the cycling capital of Finland and the winter cycling capital of the world. It has one of the most extensive bicycling networks (613 km, 4.3 m/inhab.) in the world, a cycling modal […]

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Parking meter in Uptown

Holy Parking Meters, Batman

  R: No policeman’s going to give the Batmobile a ticket.   B: No matter Robin, this money goes toward building better roads. We must all do our part.   R: Holy taxation, you are right again, Batman. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers […]

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Chart of the Day: Parking Subsidies

Here’s a chart from a piece up at Streetsblog that shows which income groups get access to subsidized parking from their workplace via the “parking commuter tax benefit.”   There are two main problems with the kind of parking subsidies that are common in many workplaces. First, they go mostly to the wealthiest groups of people, as this […]

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Chart of the Day: Biking (Ethnicity) in Memphis

[Note: this post is best read while listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DFu7oWit0.] An interesting chart from the Strong Towns blog showing biking rates in Memphis, Tennessee classified by ethnicity. Race and bicycling is an interesting topic of conversation that happens too rarely, and brings into focus all kinds of often hidden assumptions about transportation, equity, geography, visibility, […]

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Bikeyface could have been in Northfield!

Bike-cation in Northfield

Bikeyface took a bike-cation somewhere near Boston, but could have been visiting Northfield instead.  Doesn’t that look like MN Trunk Highway 3 through downtown Northfield? What would a bike-cation in Northfield look like? There’s a surprising amount to do on a bicycle in Northfield, but navigating through the center of town on a bicycle to reach […]

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A Bike Matters

In discussions of bicycling for transportation we don’t often give much thought to the bicycle. We talk a lot about laws, facilities to ride bicycles on, and and all of the benefits of bicycling but the lowly bicycle itself gets pretty short shrift. And it shouldn’t. It’s important. If we want to increase transportation bicycling […]

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Podcast #76 – Bus Stop Spacing with Alex Cecchini

The podcast this week is a conversation with Alex Cecchini, an engineer and regular contributor to streets.mn. Alex recently wrote a well-researched post entitled The Case for Quarter Mile Bus Stop Spacing, all about transit design and the tradeoff between frequent stops and bus speeds. We sat down at the Amsterdam Bar in downtown Saint […]

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