Via @GBCyclingEmbassy, here’s a chart [in Dutch] that shows the gender ratios of bicycling mode share separated out for different age cohorts in Holland: In my opinion, the issue of gender disparities while bicycling is often talked about problematically, with women being used as a too-convenient shorthand to talk about other ideas like safety or child […]
I don’t know about you, but when I think of childhood in America, one thing ...
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Mahtowa, Minnesota (near Barnum, in Carlton County) (map) is probably the smallest town profiled in this series. My visit was an accidental stop from up north to down south. Mahtowa is notable for TJ’s Country Corner, which is a thriving corner store and sausage purveyor on Old Highway 61. TJ’s claims to have the best […]
Here’s a chart from the recent Star Tribune economic trend piece about how “big houses are making a comeback:” As you can see, Midwest homes are smaller on average than the US as a whole, which surprises me given the straightness of our roads, but probably shouldn’t given how the Midwestern economy is generally lagging the […]
Minneapolis is one City Council vote away from enacting a major, nationally-heralded parking reform, authored by Council Member Lisa Bender. I’ve watched with great interest as the debate has unfolded on Channel 79. To summarize the back-and-forth as uncharitably as possible: utopians on bicycles deployed a slew of crowd-pleasing parking analogies* (1, 2), while some of […]
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 of a Roadkill Bill comic from years gone by with a message that resonates down the ages. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]
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, […]
Way back in 2011 the Minnesota Department of Transportation programed the LED lights shining on the newly erected I-35W bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis to shine in a rainbow pattern in honor of Pride Weekend. I made a short timelapse film of the scene which is embedded above. This week in 2015, the […]
Yesterday I strapped a GoPro to my forehead and put Minnesota statute 169.21 subd. 2 to the test. Here’s the video: First of all, this went a lot better than I expected. I really thought I would get honked at and yelled at a lot more than I did. Crossing Lake street at least […]
Over at MinnPost, Peter Callaghan writes of the proposed River Balcony in Downtown St. Paul. This is a planning effort to connect Downtown St. Paul to its riverfront alongside large-scale redevelopment from the old West Publishing and County Jail sites to the west to the old Downtown Post Office being redeveloped as the Custom House […]
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 […]