- Google Maps is looking for new places to bring its Street View Tricycle. My suggestions: New York’s Hudson River Greenway, Rhode Island’s East Bay Bike Path, and Missouri’s 250-mile long Katy Trail.
- Phoenix’s METRO Light Rail continues to beat expectations – having its highest month for ridership yet in September. It’s amazing how large the fluctations in ridership are when Arizona State – whose campus is directly in the path of the line – is out of session.
- I like Biking in LA’s suggestion to encourage Bike Boulevards as a form of traffic calming – rather than the typical treatment of chicanes, roundabouts, and speed humps. On narrow residential streets, the mere presence of bikes can slow traffic down.
- In Ithaca, New York, the town of my alma mater, they’re closing the budget gap by getting rid of free parking downtown. This seems like a pro-livable streets initiative, but even this progressive city is still dependent on cars, and it’s hard enough for downtown businesses to compete with the acres of free parking offered by Wal-Mart and other big boxes on the outskirts of town.
Friday Link Dump
October 16, 2009 by Chris