Word on the Street: 2/14/12

February 14, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • Dense Freezing Fog Envelops Northeastern Oklahoma
    Bike Walk Tulsa took the bus today to avoid the motorists pictured in this story.
  • LaHood Heaps More Criticism on “Lousy” House Transpo Bill
    “When I served on the transportation committee, we passed two transportation bills with more than 400 votes in the House and more than 80 in the Senate.”
  • US House Wrongly Eliminated Safe Routes Funding
    Safe Routes to School programs get kids on their feet and their bikes. By installing safe paths and street crossings, and training parents on how to organize walking and biking programs at their schools, Safe Routes initiatives change social norms and the built environment, making it easier and safer for physical activity to be part of kids’ everyday routines.
  • Not Every City Can Be the ‘Most Bicycle-Friendly’
    A couple of weeks ago, Chicago transportation commissioner Gabe Klein mentioned to us that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had set a goal for his hometown to become the bike-friendliest city in America. This was right around the time Nate Berg reported on Long Beach, California, which is awkwardly planning to do the same.
  • Real Estate Agent Highlights New Technologies by Bicycling 700 Miles to Mid-Winter Conference
    On Monday at 10 a.m., Dyer, 58, set out from his Knoxville, Tennessee, office on his bicycle, pedaling some 40 pounds of gear and clothing 13 days on a mid-winter ride to the New Orleans Convention Center.
  • Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities
    There is a reason that romantic movies and novels are set in cities such as Paris, Rome, Prague and New York. Or perhaps in picturesque historic towns and villages. And why they are seldom set in, say, sprawling Tysons Corner, Virginia, or on Interstate Highway 610 during a Houston rush hour.
  • Changing Demographics Prompting New Attitudes Toward Cities, Suburbs
    Virtually every place around the country forms a concentric circle. Moving out, values have been dropping. You see center areas and walkable areas holding values best, and large-lot, drive-only places are losing value.
  • The Rise of Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing
    Proponents of peer-to-peer car sharing say it could easily outstrip traditional car-sharing services like Zipcar over time. Whereas Zipcar either owns or leases the 9,500 vehicles in its fleet, peer-to-peer car-sharing companies like RelayRides, Getaround and newcomer JustShareIt (which launched this January in San Francisco) let people rent out their own autos to others at rates set by the car owners themselves.
  • Aspirational, Lifestyle Marketing Could Increase Bicycling
    The motor industry spends about £830m a year on advertising, much of which can been seen as emotional marketing. They are selling a lifestyle: making driving seem ordinary and aspirational at the same time. However, the advertising rarely, if ever shows congestion, the roads are always empty, suggesting this should be the default way to travel. The reality, as we all know, is often very different, but the marketing makes people forget these downsides, and believe there is no other way.