A couple weeks ago I met up with Jessica to help her utilize a bike of hers that had been sitting around. She moved to Portland a few years back from the midwest, and has realized that riding a bike around here could be a pretty handy way to commute to and from school.
After getting Jessica and her bike equipped with all the necessary items from the local bike shop, it was time to ride. The main problem is that she lives in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown. However, by taking things slowly and informing her of what to expect down the road, both of us made our way down the street with ease.
Before we attempted the route to her school, we took a detour towards the beautiful waterfront. Not only is it wonderful to see people enjoying the park at all hours, but it provides a casual atmosphere to work out the kinks on a first ride! It is amazing how much less stress we encounter when cars are not zipping by.We took a breather at water level along the Eastbank Esplanade. It is always a beautiful view. After mastering the off-street paths, we decided it was time to master her commute. by Kirk with no comments yet
Recent news shows that younger people are driving much less than they were just a handful of years ago, however, older Americans are not changing their habits much at all. In a world where the time to change is quickly ticking by, we need to wise up as a community (of old AND young people) and start driving less. I thought to be older meant you were wiser, but I am questioning that logic with the following graph that I observed recently on Publicola:
For the older generation, prove to us that you are indeed wiser, change your ways so that your kids and grandkids will be left a cleaner world – isn’t that what you really want? It will take everybody to win this good fight. I know you can do it.
So, who continues to drive as much as they used to? For a few of ‘em, take a look at this video:
Alright, let’s get down to business and analyze West Burnside in downtown Portland, focusing on the intersections of 10th Avenue through 12th Avenue – and the related network.
To check out the report, just download this PDF, and be amazed!
It’s about time for a few more pictures……….by Kirk with no comments yet
(This post is a ‘chapter’ of a larger project – Bicycling Facilities in Holland)
A ‘bike boulevard’, also known as a ‘neighborhood greenway’ is a designated route on a residential street that serves the needs of cyclists but also improves neighborhood streets. For bikes, the neighborhood greenway is a designated route on a street with features that make bike travel more pleasant and direct. For local residents, neighborhood greenways limit through traffic and at the same time they are direct paths to arterial streets.
In the Netherlands, neighborhood greenways are referred to as cycle streets. These definitions are not rigid. Some neighborhood greenways in the Netherlands use more than one type of street configuration to complete a route. Part of a neighborhood greenway may incorporate roads with bike lanes or a solitary bike path. An important feature of a cycle street is the transition from one type of street configuration to another. To get a sense of the variety of different types of cycle streets in a given town or city in the Netherlands see Topic 1 about the frequency of different bike facilities.
With the purpose to improve and expand effective neighborhood greenways in the United States, we evaluated existing configurations and transition points of cycle streets found in the Den Haag region of the Netherlands. Our goal is to provide ideas for how to implement neighborhood greenways and greater connectivity between them in the United States.by Kirk with 2 comments
Having previously read Mia Birk’s book Joyride, I anticipated that I would enjoy her TEDx presentation. Her book provided a feeling that anyone could get involved at the local level and help their city become a bike friendly city in just years – which is a pretty short amount of time. It told the story directly through her eyes – all the way from being a young chubby kid, to today as a healthy adult excited to provide the ability for many other people to experience the joy of bicycling through the improvement of our infrastructure and our underlying bike culture.by Kirk with no comments yet
Recently, we made a trip over to Houten, which is a suburb of Utrecht. The planners of Houten laid out the city in such a way that it made travel by bike extremely enticing and safe. Their goal was to create a family friendly city for the suburban folk.
They achieved this through the work of creating a ‘Ring Road’ surrounding the city so cars can get places, all while having the inner roads only acting as neighborhood roads, with very few connections between neighborhoods. However, for bicycles, they have MANY bike highways throughout the city, creating a superb network. Many of the trails had parks alongside them. It was beautiful.
Was it impressive? Oh, yeah!
Is this something we can do to our big cities back home? No…not really.by Kirk with no comments yet
A couple days back we biked off to see the new development of Pijnacker. It was a beautiful sunny day, with lots of new discoveries. And pancakes at the end!
The days are flying by! So, let’s jump to the pictures.This is a bike highway going underneath one of the main highways for the region. by Kirk with 6 comments
In regards to the life (or death) of a city, Jane Jacobs says it like it is, providing great real life examples. She originally shared her ideas in 1961 with The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Her thoughts were extremely visionary, and may even apply more so to today’s cities and current problems associated with them. Many lessons can be learned from this read. However, the most important thing to take away is that we need to act NOW, what are we waiting for? It isn’t rocket science, this technology has been around since at least when she wrote her book in 1961 – and we are STILL making the mistakes she happens to point out. Now, on to the highlights:by Kirk with no comments yet
The weekend arrived, and a trip was planned to bike an area just north of Amsterdam. Via train, we arrived nearby Amsterdam and found the free ferries to get to North Amsterdam.The one on the left is just taking off, and the one on the right is just getting in. by Kirk with 6 comments
The 7 of us PSU folks joined forces with 20 Northeastern students the other day. From there we made our way over to Delft, where we would be based for the next 2 weeks. We have learned so much in such a short amount of time. Let’s get to the pictures!
Imagine that this could be your life, as long as we begin planning our cities in a direction similar to this. Here is a day in the life of the typical Holland university student.This is where I live. The architecture makes me happy to be living in a unique environment, even if it was the cube. Notice the door on the left side of the building, that is the bike parking garage. Also, take note of the sidewalk on the right – we’ll be zooming in on those! by Kirk with 4 comments