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A New Vision Zero for St. Paul: Part 3 – Engineering

Part two of “A New Vision Zero for St. Paul” was about the first of the “Five E’s”: Evaluation, which very quickly led to rudimentary Engineering solutions simply to gather data and attain target goals for a transportation plan. Engineering is the second of the “Five E’s”, and often the most contentious, as it often controls […]

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A New Vision Zero for St. Paul: Part 2 – Evaluation

In part one of this Vision Zero advocacy piece, I outlined “five Es” of implementing the plan: Evaluation, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Encouragement. In this part, I will briefly touch on Evaluation, as well as how quickly it intersects with implementation and some of the other Es. Evaluation Saint Paul has taken important first steps in the […]

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A New Vision Zero for St. Paul: Part 1 – Introduction

The time has come for St. Paul to become, officially, a Vision Zero city. According to the Vision Zero city map, St. Paul is among the cities “considering”, though it is under consideration in the city’s draft 2040 Transportation Plan, which is open to comments at this time. Incidentally, the fact that any city in Florida […]

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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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