At streets.mn, I have the following post: Eyeing two unintended outcomes of the bicycle facilities arms race.
“In less than a decade, the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway (Minnesota) has quickly risen to one of America’s most beloved darlings of a bike path. Similarly, the short stretch of the Cedar Lake Trail to the Twins Stadium provides much needed closure over an important stretch for cyclists in downtown Minneapolis. Both are critical assets for […]“
Who would have ever thought that a 7 foot structure that did nothing more than count the number of vehicles passing by could create such a buzz?
We know that select cities in Europe have these counting devices. But that is Europe. I have often wondered what US city would be the first to the start line. It looks like Seattle wins the cake.
The counter is is made by Eco Counter, and the model is the Eco Totem. Here is some information from the manufacturer. The good news is that we tested the Eco Counter and it was pretty reliable.
Coming soon to a TV near you: a PBS special on healthy communities with academics from Boulder prattling about bike paths
Popular press pieces that promote a certain ideology or urban planning mission often come across as “duh.” Kool-aid consumers are already aware of the central arguments. Most academics get queasy with the oversimplifications. Opponents of the arguments find it to too easy to roll their eyes.
But, most of these popular press things still play a role. They at least get people talking.
I appear in Episode 1 times a few times prattling about bike paths and Boulder’s situation. Is there anything new here? It is fun to see Dr. Richard Jackson speaking so authoritatively, confidently, and conclusively about so many diverse matters. It is fun to see how the producers wove so many different threads together. And, it is fun to see my sun tea brewing in my own backyard.
Professor, Environmental Design and Transport, University of Colorado