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San Francisco lays out $200 million in bike projects in next 5 years
Will Reisman. Jan 27, 2013
The City is proposing $200 million worth of changes to its cycling network in the next five years.
Building 12 new miles of bike lanes, upgrading 50 miles of existing paths and installing more than 20,000 new racks are all part of the plan.
Biking has increased by 71 percent since 2006, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages cycling policies in The City, is hoping to build out its network to meet the demand.
At the board of directors’ annual workshop meeting Tuesday, the agency is expected to discuss potential scenarios for bicycling expansion.
As part of its five-year strategic plan, the agency proposes to upgrade 50 intersections to accommodate bicycles and deploy and maintain 2,750 bikes as part of a grab-and-go bike-sharing network.”
Photo: Anna Latino/ Special to the S.F. Examiner
A city committed to bike infrastructure. I love it. I want more bikes!
“Why U.S. Transit Systems Are Still So Far Away From Converting to Driverless Trains
Stephen Smith. July 9, 2012
With Google priming Nevada to be the first state to allow driverless cars on its roads, transit fans could be forgiven for asking: Where are the driverless trains?
The technology is relatively simple and has been around for decades. Unlike cars, which are autonomous and proceed on sight alone, railways must be centrally controlled to prevent collisions. So while a driverless car is limited by how far its sensors can “see,” the central computer that directs driverless trains is fully aware of all trains on its tracks, removing much of the guesswork.
The United States doesn’t yet have any fully automated trains outside of a few airport shuttles and small-scale “people movers,” but Europe and Asia have adopted the technology quite readily. European firms like Italy’s AnsaldoBreda and France’s Matra (now owned by Siemens) pioneered the technology, and which operates on six continents. Africa’s first system, in Algiers, opened in November of last year.
The obvious advantage of driverless trains over their manned counterparts is that transit agencies don’t have to pay drivers. Upgrading to driverless requires a large upfront investment, and still requires humans to act as engineers, maintenance workers, janitors, and station managers. But after the investment is made, eliminating the driver position offers agencies flexibility and riders much more frequent service.
During rush hour, the main impediment to more service is the number of trains an agency owns, and in some cases tracks that simply can’t handle any more traffic. But during off-peak hours, it’s the cost of putting drivers on each train that determines how often the trains come.
Driverless service eliminates these costs, “break[ing] the connection between frequency and labor costs,” as transit consultant Jarrett Walker put it. Vancouver’s driverless SkyTrain network, for example, has off-peak headways that would make Americans drool with envy. Riders on the Expo and Millennium trunk line never have to wait more than 5 minutes for a train, even late at night – a frequency that would be prohibitively expensive without driverless trains.”
Via: The Atlantic
This is sort of a silly question because it assumes that the federal, state, and local governments are interested in investing in infrastructure improvements. While there certainly are a lot of people who understand that America’s failing infrastructure is holding us back, most lawmakers aren’t interested. From California and Wisconsin arguing about high speed rail to the people of Virginia barely consenting to build the Metro out to Dulles airport to Congress’ stripping down the transportation bill politicians have shown over and over that they a) have no interest in improving America and b) have no long-term vision.
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Urban sprawl from the sky
This morning I flew into Minneapolis. I love Minnesota, but it is definitely an example of a car-centric city. They’ve made some great progress in terms of adding bike-paths and light rail, but the main roads are so wide, devoid of character, and pedestrian unfriendly. And the surface parking lots smack in the middle of downtown. It makes me want to cry.
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Republicans know that urban areas are diverse. Millions of Americans use public transportation. Cars have to be parked. Cars require gas stations. Cars, with the cost of gasoline, are, in my opinion, making a huge and lasting dent in household budgets which has enriched oil companies at the expense of everyone else.
Without public transit, Americans, will be captured by the oil companies forever.
Without public transit, American commerce will disappear. Public parks, public lands, public schools, public libraries, public health, and all aspects of the pubic good will end forever. The oil companies win. Our country becomes unrecognizable; one nation under Exxon.
This is no dream for America. It is legalized larceny.
-purpledot, boston. comment on nytimes article, 09.02.12.
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from a parent survey re: walking and biking to school.
Lakeview Elementary in East San Diego County.
America is so backwards. It’s unbelievable that we don’t have one of the most integral parts of infrastructure. *Where’s our money going toward? Widening roads.*