Tag Archives: complete streets

On Participation

I re-asserted yesterday that my primary goal as a bicycle advocate is not increasing participation. My primary goals are to educate people how to use the streets we have and to return us to the idea that our streets are a public commons. I think participation is a quality of culture. If a culture understands utility […]

Behavior Given The System

As promised in the comments of this post, Steve, at DFW Point-to-Point, ruminates on role that street design plays in “bad” behavior on the streets. Interesting and well worth your time. A taste: The roads really ARE optimized to accommodate a uniquely dangerous major use – four-wheeled motor vehicle operation. Because these motorists mostly kill and delay […]

Tour of Columbia

Five members of the STAR Team of Ozarks Greenways toured the bicycle/pedestrian facilities in Columbia, Mo. on June 23-24. Columbia has earned a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. GetAbout Columbia is the city program primarily responsible for the infrastructure. From its website: In 2006, Columbia, Missouri was selected […]

Sharrows Appearing On The Link

The first sharrow has been placed on The Link — a first step toward a comprehensive, livable-streets project. That’s Hammons Pkwy. just north of the 4-way stop at Elm. Notice the placement in this wide lane — just inches from the very center. This does not suggest a gutter lane (which would be an error […]

STAR Team Items for July

Just a few news items from the STAR Team meeting yesterday: If you like to race bicycles, or watch people race bicycles, you’ll enjoy the St. John’s Powerful Medicine Criterium on Sunday 25 July at 101 E. Commercial St. For more information, see StJohnsCycling.com. The third iteration of the Bicycle Friendly Springfield petition is available for your signature now. This year’s […]

Our Urban Challenge: Build It First

I swear I’m not making this up. The following is a snippet of conversation I heard at the Mudshouse. The interlocutors were high school kids: Kid 1: “There’s just too much sprawl here.” Kid 2: “Yeah, not enough density.” Kid 3: “It doesn’t matter. We’re not going to live here anyway.” How do we make […]

Complete Streets Passes House

MoBikeFed reports that the HCR 67 Complete Streets Resolution passed in the Missouri House an hour before the end of the legislative session: The resolution is a comprehensive outline of the reasons for pursuing complete streets policies and urges all levels of government–from the city level up to the federal government–to use complete streets principles […]

Today’s Press Conference

STAR Team Press Conference from acline on Vimeo. Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy, bicycle culture, bicycle politics, bicycle video, complete streets, cycling

Our Vision

Yesterday’s transportation committee meeting for the new city/OTO strategic plan focused on writing a vision statement. I’ve done this kind of work before, and it is usually painful (partly because I’ve usually done vision writing stuff with fellow academics). But yesterday’s exercise was remarkably invigorating and productive. We enjoy a great deal of consensus on […]

Our Urban Challenge: First in a Series

“What is striking about biking is not that it solves any particular problem but, instead, that is it part of the solution to several.” —  J. Harry Wray We have several problems in Springfield. You can begin to survey our problems — or challenges — by reading Springfield’s Competitive Assessment. Another snapshot of our community […]

CIP at the Council Meeting

The City Council last night heard public comment on Council Bill 2010-073 — calling for a special election in June to renew the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax. STAR Team Chairman Bruce Adib-Yazdi was one of three citizens who spoke in favor of the tax. No one spoke against it. Bruce’s remarks were confined to […]

What MO Citizens Want

The Missouri Transportation Alliance has been studying what sorts of MoDOT policies citizens will support. Click here for a report on the findings by Brent Hugh of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation: The good points from our point of view: MoTA is recognizing that people want to be able to have the choice to bicycle, […]

Slow(ing) Traffic

Slow ain’t in the American vocabulary, baby! And that plays a role in why about 35,ooo to 40,000 Americans die in traffic every year. This figure shocks no one because, frankly, we 1) don’t give a shit, and 2) think that it won’t happen to us because “I’m a better driver than others” (read this […]

It’s A Beauty

Do people drive slower when the streetscape is beautiful? Are “complete streets” beautiful? Or can they be? Or should they be? I’m wondering because I’m chairing a sub-committee of the STAR Team that will, if successful, help encourage the City of Springfield to adopt a complete streets policy. More on this as our work progresses. […]

STAR Team Meets Next Week

The STAR Team of Ozark Greenways meets on 18 November at 5:30 p.m. at 319 N. Main Street in the offices of Butler Rosenbury & Partners. It’s “bring a guest night,” which is our not-so-subtle way of acknowledging that to remain an effective committee we need new meat from time to time. Hmmmmm… Who should […]