AND DON'T SCRATCH THE FENDERS
LONG BEACH. CALIFORNIA: The new Long Beach Commuter Bike Station will make it
easy for cyclists to connect with Blue Line trolleys into Los Angeles. Bikers
will be able to leave their bikes with valet parking attendants, who will take
care of the rest. The $230,000 station will also boast 150 sheltered bike
parking spaces, available for a fee of $1 a day, which will also include a
trolley token. For those who want to spend more time at the station, they will
find changing rooms, bike repair, and maybe even a cappuccino bar.
-Bike Network News
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WASHINGTON, DC: Ever since a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Ave was closed
off for security reasons last summer, people on wheels have flooded the new
car-free space in front of the White House. Even President Clinton noticed:
"On weekends now, the whole Pennsylvania Avenue lie is just flooded with
people. They're riding bikes. They're skating. They're skateboarding."
-Wall Street Journal
THIS WOULD BUILD A LOT OF
BOSTON: The newly opened Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston, connecting the
Southeast Expressway to Logan Airport, cost eight billion dollars to build. It
does not include a sorely-needed rail link.
-Civil Engineering News
CITY OF LIGHTS TO CITY OF
PARIS: Paris became more bicycle-friendly recently when it created bike lanes
across the city. Pressure has been building to improve access for cyclists
since a wave of strikes shut down the area's bus and rail services for more
than three weeks in November and December, clogging streets with cars,
bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.
Two out of three Parisians say they want exclusive cycle lanes and 90 percent
say they want some roads closed to traffic on weekends and reserved for
bicycles and pedestrians.
SIMON WOLFF, 1957-1995
LONDON: Simon Wolff, a noted toxicologist and foe of traffic and pollution,
died suddenly late November. A pioneering scientist, he told Parliament that
"the switch to diesel now taking place may well be a large-scale
experiment in lung cancer." He was chair of Archway Alert, a citizens
group that fought road building and expansion schemes in north London.
Ominously, his death appears to have been caused by complications from a
respiratory tract infection. He will be missed by campaigners for sane
transportation policies everywhere.
-Tri-State Transportation Campaign
THE HIDDEN COST OF SPRAWL
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: The noted community designer and builder Peter
Calthorpe compared the daily activities of ten year-olds in a small Vermont
town to those of kids living in the suburban sprawl of Orange County. The
Vermont kids spent much more time playing outside, while the California
children watched four times as much television.
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NORTHERN ITALY: At least eleven people were killed on February 12 when 300
cars smashed in a chain reaction after a fogbank descended quickly on the main
highway between Milan and Trieste. Trucks jackknifed and cars burned in
gasoline-fed flames after the fog enveloped the road, on which most vehicles
had been moving at about 80 mph.
HOV LANE RETREAT
LONG ISLAND: New York State decided recently to allow all drivers to use
carpool lanes On the long Island Expressway during the middle of the day.
Pressure from motorhead State Senator Norman Levy of Merrick led State DOT
Commissioner John Daly to open it the lanes to all drivers, despite their
design for use by cars with more than one occupant. This retreat is part of a
national trend of returning carpool lanes to general use, thereby expanding
highway capacity and increasing congestion.
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