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The Single-Tracked World of American Railroading

Here’s a map I put together using the Federal Railroad Administration’s Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory database, focusing on the number of main tracks at public grade crossings across the country. The main thing to see is that the vast majority of our rail infrastructure is single-tracked, only allowing trains to travel in one direction at a […]

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Roadkill Bill: Second Class Citizens

Ken and Roberta Avidor are packing their art supplies for another multimodal  traveling and sketching journey up to Bemidji via Jefferson Lines and down the Paul Bunyan trail on their Bromptons which means work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 will cease for the moment.  Do not despair for here is another Roadkill Bill comic from the era when cell […]

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Roadkill Bill: Kritical Mass Kids

In the midst of a busy month of traveling and sketching, the work on Bicyclopolis Book 2 continues unabated. In the meantime, here’s an ancient Roadkill Bill comic that explores a subject that should be familiar to every streets.mn reader from age nine to ninety. Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a […]

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Roadkill Bill – Responsibility

After an awesome weekend of sketching at the Saint Paul Jazz Festival,  pencilling of  Bicyclopolis Book 2 has resumed and continues apace. While you are waiting, here’s a Roadkill Bill comic from many years ago about something that happened many years earlier (PDF). Click on the comic to make it bigger: Streets.mn is a non-profit and is […]

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Roadkill Bill – There Goes the Neighborhood

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 […]

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Keeping Right?

Some years ago a surgeon told me about a time when he rushed from his home to a hospital to perform an emergency surgery. On his way he encountered a driver blocking the left lane who would not move to the right to let him get by. The highway was completely clear as far ahead […]

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The Return of Roadkill Bill

Book I of Bicyclopolis ended last Sunday (archives here). While I complete Bicyclopolis Book II, there will be a brief intermission during which Streets.mn will present  Roadkill Bill, a comic strip about transportation, urban design and the environment from the perspective of a frequently squashed, talking squirrel. Roadkill Bill appeared every week in the now-defunct Pulse […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Ten, The Meat Axe

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, Dan and Archie were given a tour inside the city from their new guide Fred Schwinn. This is the last episode of Bicyclopolis Book One. The final book is in the works. Until Bicyclopolis Book Two is completed, there will […]

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Bicyclopolis: Episode Eight, The Gates of Bicyclopolis

Streets.mn presents Bicyclopolis, a graphic novel by Ken Avidor in serial form. In last week’s episode, The Monorail Cult, Dan and Archie learn about Dr. Leon Carlson and the subversive, neo-modernist rebellion against Bicyclopolis. In this week’s episode, our travelers arrive at the gates of Bicyclopolis and get their first glimpse of the city. If you missed […]

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