Via CityLab, Here’s a map that, if I hadn’t told you, you probably wouldn’t be able to figure out. It’s the US mapped according to the percentage of curved roads: Here’s the description from the creator, who readily admits his data is flawed in that OpenStreetMap is not yet complete: The Mid-west USA and Canadian […]
The mill & overlay continues on Bicyclopolis Book 2 . In the meantime, here’s a retread ...
Way back in 2011 the Minnesota Department of Transportation programed the LED lights shining on ...
Yesterday I strapped a GoPro to my forehead and put Minnesota statute 169.21 subd. 2 ...
Over at MinnPost, Peter Callaghan writes of the proposed River Balcony in Downtown St. Paul. ...
While your Sunday Summarizer is traveling streets far from Minnesota, the miracles of technology mean I can keep you up to speed on what’s happening on streets.mn so you can get back to summer and Independence Day celebration planning more quickly and better informed. In the news Hennepin Avenue Bridge: On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, […]
This chart shows the land area required to provide 100 percent of US electricity requirements in 2050, compared with other land uses in our great nation. Read this for a longer discussion of the land use impacts of low-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear. Some local land use conflicts have arisen in Minnesota recently […]
The Twin Cities pizza chain Davanni’s is celebrating its 40th birthday with a facelift. It wants to be young again and recapture its original glory as the neighborhood pizza joint. In a recent article, the Star Tribune reported that many young millennials do not associate Davanni’s with their local neighborhood businesses, but rather think of it as a chain. And I know why. The […]
We are (or should be) saddened to hear of today’s news of a motorist, suspected of being intoxicated, ramming their vehicle into the back of a Pedal Pub — without regard to our opinions of Pedal Pubs themselves. (See other posts) Bicyclists, slow-moving vehicles, and other street users are allowed on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, […]
We talk about safety quite a bit on streets.mn. Rightfully so, it’s one of the biggest threats to public health, a leading cause of injury deaths in many age groups. It’s sometimes helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture, even if we see charts like this all the time. Below […]
This is Part Two in a series about Traffic Signal Controllers. Part One showed various types of controllers and cabinets, here we continue with a closer look at a 1980s-2000s vintage controller: the Eagle EPAC 300, a 16 phase NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) TS-1 controller. There’s not much to it on the outside: a membrane keypad […]
Last night, a pedal pub loaded with passengers was hit by a vehicle driven by a person on the Hennepin Bridge. There is a lot that can be said of the bridge itself and of pedal pubs. Not surprisingly, commenters on many sites are saying a number of things. We decided to read the comments […]
In an unavoidable tragedy last night, an autonomous motor vehicle “accidentally” smashed itself into a slow-moving traffic obstruction, causing damage both to itself and to the obstruction. Or, more accurately, the driver of a car crashed his vehicle into a pedal pub full of patrons and the police suspect alcohol was involved. 12 people went […]
It seems that the Pedal Pub fiascos can’t catch a break in 2015. Update: 12 riders hurt in pedal pub crash; car's driver arrested, Minneapolis police said http://t.co/42dEBAXYdc pic.twitter.com/cHKXQRWxDa — Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 25, 2015 On Wednesday night, several unfortunate souls were caught in one of those “car accidents” on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge while […]
Via Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper’s twitter feed, here’s a chart showing ridership vs. seats on Metro Transit buses, sorted according to express and local routes: Roper quipped: Eric Roper @StribRoper Jun 22 Interesting MT graphic shows express transit services have more seats than riders during peak hrs. Local is opposite You don’t have […]
On Tuesday evening around 6 o’clock, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip from our home in Stevens Square to the first-ever Northeast Night Market at 13th and Tyler St NE. We chose to bike; the sun was shining, the air was hot (but not too hot yet), and we knew that with […]
Via Todd Graham on Twitter, this interesting chart of US fertility rates and total live births in the US: Todd was reacting to an article in Urban Wire about the “baby recession,” or the fact that people are having fewer children and thus spending less money on things like car seats and day care. The […]
I recently wrote about the Capacity of the Green Line, demonstrating a huge amount of underutilization under both reasonable and unreasonable assumptions. I thought I should do the same for I-94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Of course a freeway and an LRT are different things, so the kinds of assumptions and the available data […]
Like previous mass shootings, last week’s terrorist attack in Charleston, SC left me–and the rest of the country–heartbroken. What was even worse in my mind is that in the year 2015, even with the apparent progress that this country has made on the race relations front, there are individuals out there that still hate fellow humans […]
Via Yonah Freemark (via Councilmember Lisa Bender’s Facebook page), here’s a map of what Chicago’s minimum parking requirements would look like if they adopted the recently proposed “Minneapolis minimums” along transit lines. As Freemark explains, It is important to note that a zoning change eliminating parking requirements is not the same as a parking maximum, which is a […]
Progress has resumed on Bicyclopolis Book 2 after a brief hiatus in which Roberta and I visited Sioux Falls, South Dakota via Jefferson Lines and Brompton bikes. Here again is a vintage Roadkill Bill comic. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your […]
When cities and counties in Minnesota propose to redesign a street in order to calm traffic, improve accessibility to biking, or create more inviting environments for walking, a gaggle of angry opponents often shows up to voice its objections. “We’re not like Portland! We’re not like Amsterdam!” they say. Well, neither was Amsterdam not too many […]
It is the Summer Solstice today (or will be at 11:39 am in streets.mn’s Central time zone) and Father’s Day, too. Before you gather firewood for your Solstice bonfire to ward off your particular urbanist demons or start your Father’s Day celebrations, take a look at the week on streets.mn: Beneficial bikelash A few weeks ago, […]
Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. For example, right now, there is a robot the size of a small truck driving around Mars shooting lasers at rocks. One other thing humans have figured out is the so-called “1st & Ten” line. In American football–a […]