No, not stealing a bike, a bike sneak is a way to make sure bicyclists cross streetcar and train tracks at the correct angle. Of course, it’s being implemented in Seattle. As a bonus, a blog post ❤ of Seattle.
A recent article in the NY Times highlights the 30th anniversary of Denver’s Downtown pedestrian mall. Two years ago I was at a conference in Denver and enjoyed the variety of people on the mall, even in the evenings when it was a bit sketchy. the article highlights the diversity of the folks using the pedestrian mall with a negative slant.
Most cities have a diverse population. Denver is lucky to have the pedestrian mall where these diverse groups gather. Articles such as this one which highlight the negative aspects of public spaces make more people leery of creating such places in their own cities.
While the idea of networking cars would allow for fewer accidents, the data that your car will collect about you (and share? and with whom?) is still up in the air. Currently, your GPS unit does track where you are. And don’t think it’s only your GPS tracking you. “Inrix collects all its traffic data anonymously, and Ford and Microsoft’s philosophy is the customer owns the data. But exactly what that means is unclear.” And don’t forget Flo from Progressive Insurance who wants you to put a “black box” in your car to save you money on your insurance!
How this information is stored, how securely it is is stored, and who has access to the information is currently not regulated (or at least not regulated that I could find). There are huge privacy issues at stake here, and yet it seems that no one has raised the alarm. Well, except for the folks at Reddit.
From 2010, a post and slide-deck about under-appreciated transit opportunities.
Not in the U.S. yet, but in Copenhagen. The government has already altered the timing of traffic lights so that maintaining a steady pace through town, cyclists won’t be stopped by a red light. This article really made me miss the more bike-friendly Pacific Northwest!
The TPP is a treaty signed by countries in Asia, Oceana, and North America. The text of the trade agreement doesn’t appear to be made public, but the IP section has been leaked. Interesting info graphic from EFF is includedsin the link.