Monday, February 05, 2007

And you thought that roads were for cars

Designing Streets for Bicyclists
Designing Streets for Pedestrians

This course is designed for persons responsible for planning, designing, operating, or integrating bicycle facilities in the transportation network. Taught by Michael Ronkin, the former manager of ODOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Important Planning & Design Considerations
- Land Use
- Street Connectivity
- Urban Form

Multi-Use Paths: Planning & Design

I know that when you were driving home today, driving approximately 35mph past the 55mph sign, you were very concerned about the "urban form" that maybe wasn't allowing a bicyclist to do his grocery shopping.

And I for one am delighted that more thought will be put into multi-use paths so that when I go to get my new furniture it will be easier to bring home.

And the land use, or as I call it "don't EVER use land anywhere", rules clearly need to be designed to pack us in like sardines. We aren't too crowded yet.

Thank you ODOT.

Oh, and by the way, why are you considered a "corporate sponsor" for several events put on by a racist organization? Did you become a corporation like State Farm insurance or BlueCross/BlueShield? I'd love to look at your quarterly earning...


Chris Pieschel said...

Let me be not the first to recommend that all bicyclists over 18 years old be charged a licensing fee to pay for the roads they use.

These people don't get it... if they take away all the cars, which is obviously their goal, who will pay for the roads then??? I mean, they're already there, but they'll just deteriorate to an even worse condition than they already are.

Daniel said...

I (being an eternal fan of "please please please no more government") am not going to ask for licensing for bikes. I would however ask that ODOT spend the money of the transportation method that is used by most Oregonians: cars and trucks.

It is how our economy runs.

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bjdorr said...

"Roads? We don't need roads."

--"Dr. Emmett Brown", played by Christopehr Lloyd in "Back To the Future"

-- The Portland transportation planning for federal highway grants.

Amy the Razor said...

I think we should go back to horses. At least then transportation would take character and talent.

the dictionary said...

TRANSPORT: 1. To carry from one place to another; convey.

TRANSPORTATION: 1a. The act or an instance of transporting. b. The state of being transported. 2. A means of conveyance. 3. The business of conveying passengers or goods.

Transportation includes bicycles, asshole. Get over it.

bjdorr said...

Think about the Sunset Highway, or I-5 loaded with horses. That's a ton of horse poop to clean up after. Speaking of which, having to haul off your "dead" ride too. Unlike a flat tire on a car, if it breaks a leg, it's pretty much dead too.

BEAR said...

HEY, amy the razor, I LOVE your endorsement of horses. The possibilities are endless! P.E.T.A. will claim slavehood for equines. The global warming kooks will claim greenhouse flatulance. The 'save the salmon' nutcakes will demand HUGE pooper scoopers!! Yee-haw!

Scottiebill said...

Amy: Your idea of going back to using horses is a great one. Then the bike riders can clean up after them. And maybe they can recruit Tommy and the Toadies to help. But don't hold your breath.

Dictionary: Bikes are a form of transportation, as are the light rail trains. But I would like to see someone who will buy a large piece of knockdown furniture at the Ikea, when it is finished near the airport, carry it home on either the light rail OR a bike. That ought to be a real hoot.

Anonymous said...

Somebody explain to me why the fact that you can’t lug a sofa around town on a 10-speed somehow negates the need for spending ANY public money on bicycle facilities. The hysterical animosity toward bicyclists on this blog is inexplicable, and I’m not even a bike nut. I don’t understand it. What the fuck is everyone’s problem? Was Daniel left emotionally scarred by a childhood accident when the training wheels came off?

bjdorr said...

Speaking of transportation, please explain the "skate routes" in Portland.

Skateboards and roller blades are a form of transportation too. That's Portland for you!

Scottiebill said...

bjdorr: Go to and the first thing on their long list of liberal shenanigans is an article showing that Portland is #4 of the most overpriced places in the U.S.

Then in today's fishwrap is the story that Portland wants to build a very expensive upscale hotel across MLK from the Conventions Center. And it also says that the City wants to build it, meaning that it will be city owned and off the tax rolls. This, of course will give Tommy and the Toadies, as well as Teddy, just another excuse to whine for increased and/or more taxes laid on the public.