Columbus, Ohio, has big bike plans

Does Fort Wayne have any plans similar to this? In the Columbus Dispatch: Add 31 miles of off-street trails and 58 miles of on-street bike lanes and routes. Make N. High Street friendlier to bicyclists. Build a Downtown bike station where two-wheel commuters would be able to change clothes and park their bikes. Those are […]

Eight reasons to rejoice over $8-a-gallon gasoline

Chris Pummer on MarketWatch gives us a contrarian notion — more expensive gasoline might be just what we need. And no, not because we’re an evil American people, but simply because we have suffered an economic drag because of our dependency on oil: Americans should be celebrating rather than shuddering over the arrival of $4-a-gallon […]

Is highway spending “conservative”?

(Jon) And is public transit spending “liberal”? I’ve been working my way through “Suburban Nation,” and although I consider myself politically conservative, I find this pro-city, anti-sprawl book conversational and convincing. But I might be in the minority among my conservative brethren. Critical reviews of “Suburban Nation” at Amazon.com call the authors “socialists,” “elitist” and […]

One-way vs. two-way streets

(Jon) The citizens of Richmond, Va., last year had a vigorous discussion about converting downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. The Urban Richmond blog took some time to break down some of the arguments for and against such a conversion. The arguments are nowhere near cut-and-dried either way. The blog divides up the arguments like […]

Walkable urbanism

(Jon) Can walkability save a downtown? Christopher Leinberger in his new book, “The Option of Urbanism,” makes just such a case. This column by author Neil Peirce begins with a little suburban history lesson: (A)fter World War II, with Americans’ rush to thousands of new suburban locations, a never-before-seen norm appeared. Leinberger calls it “drivable […]

Tribute to a ‘radical’ traffic engineer

(Jon) I’d never before heard of Hans Monderman, who died yesterday, but according to Streetsblog, he was “a rare and radical traffic engineer who believed that the art and science of his profession could be used not just to facilitate the movement of motor vehicles but to build community and enhance human relationships.” Raise the […]

Car trouble

If you want to feel how desperately dependent on the automobile you are, simply arrange for your only vehicle to break down. This happened to me and my family recently, and suddenly, getting a daughter to a distant doctor, getting a dog to the vet, and getting groceries became either difficult or impossible. At least […]