December 11, 2012
Another Year, Another Great Set of Class Presentations
Every fall I look forward to participating in the panel discussion during the Traffic and Transportation Class presentations of student projects (even more so this year because I had to miss last year due to a conflict).
Each year the standard gets higher and higher, and this year is no exception! Later in the week I'll feature one standout presentation. But here are some of the great efforts this year:
- Tara Gallagher, Sonia Stolfo and Randy Ward look at ways to make Waterfront Park safer and more comfortable for everyone (PDF, 1.8M).
- Rachel Hill looks at bicycle-oriented development opportunities on inner NE Broadway (PDF, 4.6M).
- Jeremy Grotbo looks at active transportation access challenges in the knotty transportation network of South Portland (PDF, 3.6M).
- Noel Mickelberry looks at issues and opportunities on some of the streets that could be part of a "20's bikeway" (PDF, 1.2M).
December 12, 2012 10:46 AM
Scott Cohen Says:
Learn more about the class and sign up for next year's on the website. Thanks for posting and participating Chris!
December 17, 2012 8:12 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
How's the bicycling going lately? If it's going to be the future of commerce here I guess we better all go on vacation from November to Nay.
December 17, 2012 8:19 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
Make that "May"
December 17, 2012 8:55 PM
Chris Smith Says:
Can't speak for other people, but 8 1/2 miles for me today :-)
December 17, 2012 9:41 PM
At 8:30 AM this morning there were 755 bicycle trips logged on the Hawthorne Bridge counter. The lowest total I've seen yet all year. Down from a typical 1000-1300 over the past few months.
Auto traffic was also very light, at about 75% of normal. I think folks were just not interested in getting out and about given the bad weather.
Who wants to be out and about in December weather if you can help it?? Everyone stays home if they can. For those who can't, I'm pretty impressed by the number who manage to brave the rain on bicycle. For those who chose to switch from bicycling to bus or car, why criticize?
December 18, 2012 11:48 AM
Bob R. Says:
If it's going to be the future of commerce here I guess we better all go on vacation from November to Nay.
I think Ron is operating from a false premise here. This statement assumes that those who advocate making cycling easier and safer on our roads are advocating a future in which 100% of all trips are by bicycle. Aside from a few advocates on the fringe (meant in a nice way of course) who don't have any real influence, such a situation is not being proposed.
It's easy to arrive at the false assumption that advocating for bicycle safety and convenience equals a future where most people MUST bicycle, because it has happened before: From the 1950's onward, much of our built environment was constructed so that use of an automobile to participate in modern economic life was essentially mandatory.
But nonetheless the premise is in error.