The absurdity of the “school crossing guard” is a striking admission. We’ve built transportation systems that are unsafe for routine non-motorized use. But we’ve decided that one particular group of non-motorized users – our children – are worthy of special protection from this hazard we routinely accept, during a few narrow windows of time in… Read More The absurdity of the “school crossing guard”
Tuesday morning, I was riding my bicycle up Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., past Broadway toward the University of New Mexico, in the bicycle lane, when I felt the whoosh of a bus pass me. Its side mirror nearly bonked me, and looking down I could see its wheels well over in the bike lane.… Read More SeeClickKafka – that time I tried to report almost being hit by a bus, a saga in N acts
On its morning ride yesterday, the Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team’s UNM Neighborhood Squad noted this, at the corner of Monroe and Central: That blocked sidewalk doesn’t seem to meet MUTCD! See. Click. Fixed! Big thanks to the City of Albuquerque staff (and contractors?) who responded so quickly to make this sidewalk accessible anew.
One of the key tools for approaching “vision zero” – reducing transportation fatalities to zero – is the separation of vulnerable transportation system users from big wheeled machines that can cause their death. This is using engineering – in this case transportation system design – to add layers of safety, rather than depending solely on… Read More What is the opposite of “Vision Zero”? “Vision Infinity”?
Albuquerque is not alone in its long, painful wait for federal transit dollars, according to Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt: The Trump administration has slowed the release of federal transit grants to such a crawl that expansion projects in the works for years are now in jeopardy. Under U.S. DOT Commissioner Elaine Chao, the Federal Transit Administration… Read More A.R.T. funding: It’s not just Albuquerque
For bicyclists traveling in a conventional bike lane … the approach to an intersection with vehicular turn lanes can present a significant challenge. For this reason it is vital that bicyclists are provided with an opportunity to correctly position themselves to avoid conflicts with turning vehicles. – National Association of City Transportation Officials The Better Burque… Read More “Bike lane meets MUTCD standards”