Word on the Street: 4/16/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Tulsa Shopping for New Parking Meter System
City officials will issue a request for proposals in May to have private companies supply new infrastructure, operations and maintenance for Tulsa’s broken parking meter system.
- Summit Seeks Tulsa Area Residents’ Ideas for Regional Improvements
Modeling the successful Vision 2025 process, regional residents are invited to participate in the enVision Summit, a free three-hour forum intended to gather public input on how to best improve the region.
- Claremore Juvenile Killed Crossing Railroad Tracks
Claremore Police say the incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. at a crossing at 7th and Missouri. Police are not releasing the juvenile’s name or age other than to say the victim was a boy.
- Wall Street Journal: American’s Don’t Want to Live in Ray Lahood’s Car-Free Utopia
The Journal ignores induced demand and calls for more highways to solve congestion.
- GOP Turns Focus on Gas Prices
Starting this week, the House GOP will try to push a temporary highway funding bill that includes mandatory approval of construction of the Keystone energy pipeline, setting up a negotiation showdown with the Senate.
- About 100,000 Cyclists and Pedestrians Participate in Ciclavia
This was Los Angeles’ fourth CicLAvia, which shut down numerous streets to traffic from East Los Angeles to East Hollywood and turned them into one big bike lane. The first event was held in 2010. The event is intended to inspire people to get out of their cars, explore the city and burn a few calories at the same time.
- Walking in America Series Part IV: How American Can Start Walking Again
“If you have fewer lanes, tighter curb returns, lower speeds, then it works for pedestrians.” Shorter blocks are key too. “We don’t build enough streets,” Lagerway says. Rather, we have superblocks. “The visual messaging is go fast. The blocks are really long, you pick up speed between them. The town may not allow street parking, which gives it a wider feel. They haven’t put in street trees because they put a sidewalk where the trees should go. The houses are set way back.”
- More Bike Lanes = More Cyclists, Regardless of Weather
Studying bike lanes in 90 or the 100 largest American cities, Pucher and collaborater Ralph Buehl used Pearson’s correlation, bivariate quartile analysis, and two different types of regressions to measure the relationship between more and longer bike lanes and quantity of cyclists.
- Bike Share is Coming to Los Angeles
Unlike systems in many other cities, L.A.’s bike sharing system will be implemented, operated and funded by a private company. It’ll be the largest privately funded bike sharing system in the country, according to Navin Narang, founder of Bike Nation, the L.A.-based company that will be running the system.
- Seeking Pedestrian Advocates in LA, Where People Actually Do Walk
“Everybody’s a pedestrian,” says Deborah Murphy. It might seem like semantics, but the clarification is important, says Murphy, an urban designer and long-time pedestrian advocate in Los Angeles. By thinking about pedestrianism as a natural act rather than a specific interest, it become clear that the idea of making the city a better place for walking really does serve the interests of all.