Monthly Archives: June 2015

Chart of the Day: International Road Fatality Rates vs MN

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 […]

All About Traffic Signal Controllers, Part Two

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 […]

We Read the Pedal Pub Comments, So You Don’t Have To

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 […]

The Hennepin Avenue Bridge Isn’t Just For Cars

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 […]

Pedal Pubs, Drunk Drivers, and Road Design

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 […]

Chart of the Day: Metro Transit Ridership vs. Seats

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 […]

A Blink of an Eye on Hennepin Avenue East

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 […]

Chart of the Day: US Fertility Rate

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 […]

What Is the Capacity of I-94?

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 […]

Yeah, We Should Rename Lake Calhoun

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 […]