Archive | May, 2015

A Line Preview

The A Line: Snelling Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Preview

The A Line is a new kind of bus service for the Twin Cities’ busiest urban streets. Bus rapid transit – or BRT – is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience that includes frequent service, train-like features, enhanced stations, enhanced security and specialized vehicles.

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Sunday Summary – May 31, 2015

It’s the last day of May, students are graduating, kids at the school bus stop are wearing shorts and counting days…yes, it’s almost summer.  But after a little Memorial Day lull, we here at streets.mn are back at work bringing you perspective on the news of the day, some fun, and some big picture thinking; […]

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Roadkill Bill – Angerman

Warm and sunny weather has descended on Minnesota, complicating the artist’s effort to complete Bicyclopolis Book 2, instilling a desire to get out from behind the drawing table to bike in the sunshine. Luckily, Streets.mn will reprise a colorized Roadkill Bill comic strip every Sunday as the artist’s struggle continues. In this week’s comic strip from 2002, Angerman returns to […]

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Calhoun Path Etiquette

I live a block from Lake Calhoun, so I’m on the lake’s bike and walking paths almost every day. When the weather is nice, these have to be the most congested recreational bike and ped facilities in the state, and probably several states in any direction. People clearly love Calhoun, but small discourtesies and thoughtless behavior mar […]

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Chart of the Day: Types of Fire Calls over Time

Here’s a chart from Vox about the changing trends in fire department calls, showing the number and type of fire calls over time: One common objection when a bike lane, traffic circle, median, or road diet is proposed is that emergency vehicles won’t be able to get through the now-narrowed street. I’d never thought much about […]

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Map of The Day: Truckee Railyard

This is a zoning map from Truckee, California on the redevelopment of a rail yard. Near where the Donner Party resorted to eating each other in 22 feet of snow. The railway and a freeway restrain the city to a linear layout, as do the surrounding hills and mountains. This photo was taken in the town’s railway […]

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Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

Check this out: streets.mn reader Ben Somogyi can be seen trouncing through the gaping chasm left by students’ smart feet on the grassy grave of Wesbrook Hall at the University of Minnesota. As the picture was taken, an old man remarked to the photographer that “you think they’d know geometry at the University.”

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Chart of the Day: Per Capita Auto Fatalities vs. Per Capita Vehicle Miles Traveled

This is a great chart from the New York Times that puts a dizzying spin on the usual vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and fatality graphs by plotting them against each other. Auto fatalities per capita is on the Y-axis, and VMT per capita is on the X (moving to the right = larger): (Note: 1979 = the […]

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Car-Free Lifestyles Are The Secret To Transit

There are a lot of modes of transportation. Save for walking and (hopefully!) cycling, they’re all pretty expensive. You’ve got your $676 million dollar freeway interchanges and your $20,000 Toyota Camries, and your $957 million dollar Green Lines and your $76/month Metropasses. Because it would be a hassle for everyone to own their own road […]

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Chart of the Day: Lane Width vs. Crash Severity

Here’s a fascinating chart making the rounds today, from a meta-study looking at how lane width impacts speed and (thus) crashes, injuries, and safety on streets: The trough of the curve (the place with the least severe crashes) seems to be right between 10.5′ and 11′. That’s something that cities should keep in mind, because the default […]

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