Monthly Archives: November 2015

Planned Light Rail Extensions Dodge Car-Free Workers

We’re planning extensions to our light rail transit system in the Twin Cities! The Southwest Extension will bring the Green Line down to Eden Prairie, and the Bottineau Extension will send Blue Line service up to a Target corporate headquarters and a greenfield in Brooklyn Park. The price of the two projects was projected to be $2.5 billion last […]

London bus bikeshare

Geeking Out on London Infrastructure

One of the best ways to see London is from the front row of the upper level of a bus. It is quite exhilarating to feel like you are floating above the street, above the chaos and congestion, and you are better able to get your bearings as you travel through the city. You start […]

Learn Some Healthy Stuff

You may not have noticed, but I’m generally not among the more data-driven of the contributors to streets.mn. I do that on purpose; I think I can provide better value from content that’s a bit more personal or anecdotal. Also, it allows me to lazily avoid the maths. So I usually leave the data crunching […]

Chart of the Day: Distraction Rates for Hands-Free Tech

We now live in the age of automobile gadgetry, with new cars just brimming with tech. Also, more and more people use their smart phones while driving, which is very dangerous. Studies have even shown that just talking on the phone while driving is very dangerous, even if it is “hands-free”. Here’s a recent chart […]

A Red Tesla

Riding in a Tesla with AutoPilot (2015)

In the Fall of 2015, the electric vehicle maker Tesla remotely upgraded its most recent model year cars (about 50,000 vehicles) with “Auto-Pilot”, making them semi-autonomous (according the NHTSA scale, late Level 2, early Level 3). Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, says he expects fully autonomous vehicles within 3 years (i.e. by 2018). I got to […]

Riding With Tornadoes

A friend asked me: why everybody can’t simply learn to drive their bikes on the roads? Why do we need all these special bikeways on any roads except the busiest? Why do riders need to be physically protected, why not just a painted bike lane? For perspective, he and I are typical lycra-clad MAMILs doing training […]

Chart of the Day: Lane Width vs. Speed on Suburban Streets

Arterial lane width is a topic that comes up a lot lately as cities are moving toward shrinking car lanes and adding bike lanes, sidewalks, or bumpouts on dangerous arterial roads. As that’s been happening in Saint Paul, I’ve encountered many people questioning whether 11′  lanes are safe. “How can buses pass each other?” or “I […]

Group Outing to the History Center’s Suburbia Exhibit

Do you like thinking and talking about land use and history? What a silly question, of course you do. Well, we’re having a Streets.mn outing and you should come. The Minnesota History Center recently opened a new exhibit called Suburbia. Through an exploration of building, living, and shopping in the suburbs, “guests are invited to look back […]

Map Monday: HOLC Redlining Map of Minneapolis

Via Historyapolis, here’s one of the most important Minneapolis maps you’ll ever see, a section of the original Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) map of Minneapolis from the 1930s. This is from  the great Historyapolis post, which talks about attempts to change the racially-segregated housing structure: The system demanded that realtors serve as the border […]