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Should City Planners Let People Kill Themselves?

This question is implied or encroached upon in nearly every modern planning conversation, but is not as often discussed directly. I think we should acknowledge it and talk about it openly. I will discuss this question in the context of the model city planners refer to as “bottom-up” city planning, give an example and then briefly […]

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Are Minnesota Drivers Really as Good as They Say?

Last summer, I witnessed a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. I knew it was going to happen, but there was nothing I could do as it all happened in an instant. The driver immediately jumped out of his car and started yelling that he wasn’t on his cell phone. He repeated this over and […]

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I Love the Traveling Tap, and You Should Too

I rode the Traveling Tap and it was incredible. The Traveling Tap is one of those beer bikes that Minnesotans love to hate. I myself was a card carrying member of the “I hate the Pedal Pub” Facebook group for some time.  No longer. Never has a finer vehicle been created than the Bar Bicycle. […]

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Snelling Plan III: Comparison To Other Facility Types

This is Part III in a series about the planned protected bikeway on Snelling Avenue between Hewitt and Como Avenues. Part I: A Relatively Good Plan For Snelling From MnDOT & St Paul Part II: Snelling Plan II: Room For Improvement Where the bumper meets the soon to be dead or injured body, how does […]

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Snelling Plan II: A Lot Of Room For Improvement

Part I: A Relatively Good Plan For Snelling From MnDOT & St Paul. In Part I we looked at the many good bits of this plan for a protected bikeway on Snelling Avenue between Hewitt and Como Avenues. There is still much room for improvement though, especially compared to facilities built to CROW standards. There […]

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A Relatively Good Bicycle Plan For Snelling From MnDOT & St Paul

Part 1 of 3 MnDOT held an open house recently to discuss plans for Snelling Avenue between Hewitt and Como Avenues. First, thanks to MnDOT for their choice of local business location — great staff and cappuccinos at Gingko Coffee. The plan they presented is better than I expected and actually quite good compared to […]

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New Karaoke Favorite – Roundabouts Explained in a Song

Listen to this song about roundabouts from streets.mn writer, Joe Totten. If you ever needed to know: 1) How to drive through a roundabout 2) Why roundabouts are seen as safer 3) Why roundabouts are seen as more environmentally friendly and reduce driver delays, or 4) Roundabout (neighborhood traffic circle) use in traffic calming, this […]

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I’m Really Disliking Traffic Engineers Today

Last Thursday afternoon I was driving westbound on West 7th Street (Highway 5) in St Paul. As I approached the crossing in front of Mickey’s Diner, I saw someone crossing in the crosswalk from Mickey’s towards the bus stop on the north side. As I watched him cross, I was thinking what an awful crossing […]

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Do We Really Want Funding For Bicycle Projects?

We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone bike lanes, sharrows, protected bikeways, bicycle parking, giant motor traffic intersections for Trader Joe’s, programs to encourage people to ride and any number of things. We don’t need all of that special funding. We may specifically not want that special […]

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Signs and Symbols

August 12, 2015 12.2 Miles Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University (Rondo), Summit Hill This sign is a great summary of how I feel about Summer. Except for the fishing part. How I do love summer-the heat, the humidity, the long hours of sunlight and being outside. Just like a boy, I’m out the door as soon as […]

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