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The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

In September of 2013, our family took a 1900-mile road trip up and down the East Coast to see an old friend get married and visit family.  Along the way, we decided to spend a few days in New York City.  I wanted to take a city vacation and see some of the public space, transit and bicycle improvements in NYC under Janette Sadik-Khan‘s management as Director of Transportation that I had become familiar with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brooklyn, Children, Culture, Parking, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro Open Streets a Fantastic Success, Also Highlights Work to Be Done

Carrboro Open Streets a Fantastic Success, Also Highlights Work to Be Done

Palm Sunday weekend was great.  The sun was shining, the allergy meds held the pollen in check, and Carrboro’s 2nd Open Streets event was about as picture perfect as it gets.  Before I go into details from Carrboro Open Streets, a quick definition: What Is An Open Streets Event? Originating in Colombia in South America, and first called Ciclovia, an “Open Streets” event is one that closes city street space normally allocated to cars and gives it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Public Transit, Safety, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro #Sneckdown Photos from Previous Storm

Carrboro #Sneckdown Photos from Previous Storm

As we wait for the latest winter weather event to roll in, with possibilities of more heavy snowfall, I wanted to put up some of the #sneckdown photos I took last time.  Here’s what I saw.  First, let’s look at an aerial photo of the intersection of Davie Rd at West Poplar Avenue.  Both roads are one car lane in each direction; Poplar Avenue also has a bike lane in each direction.  But look at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Street Design, Walking

Rare Opportunity Today: Carrboro and Chapel Hill #Sneckdown Photography!

Rare Opportunity Today: Carrboro and Chapel Hill #Sneckdown Photography!

It’s near midnight on January 28th as I write this.  As everyone wakes up on the 29th, we will have a rare opportunity in the Triangle to see how the snow reveals which parts of our intersections are not needed to allow cars to move freely.  Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms (see 3-minute video below) has pioneered the art of taking film of leftover snow and plowed roadways to show where intersection treatments for pedestrians could … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Street Design, Video, Walking

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Another Carrboro Music Festival (CMF) is in the books, and generally speaking, it was a great afternoon.  The timing of the event usually provides some of the best weather central North Carolina can offer, temperature/humidity-wise, and today delivered on that count in spades.  I biked all over the place, taking advantage of our new bicycle facilities on Main Street and the elevator to the roof of the parking deck. (more on that later) As usual, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Earlier in the month I covered some improvements to the local pedestrian grid on Davie Rd and at the intersection of James St and Hillsborough Rd.  However, the most high-profile change to the Carrboro street grid this summer is undoubtedly the Main St Road Diet. Definition: Road Diet First, what’s a “Road Diet?” Simply put, it’s the reconfiguration of a roadway to remove excess space for cars, and the reassigning of that space for the use of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Definitions, Portland, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 1

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 1

Summer is construction season, and as we approach the middle of August, there are several projects nearing completion in Carrboro that will make life better for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a few others that have made significant progress.  If you haven’t spotted some of this work going on around town, here’s a quick review of two of the notable projects. I will cover others in a subsequent post. James St / Hillsborough St Intersection Improvements Perhaps the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Five Great Reasons to Bulldoze the BCBSNC Building In Chapel Hill

Five Great Reasons to Bulldoze the BCBSNC Building In Chapel Hill

Today Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC announced they are consolidating their operations in Durham and vacating their dated, modernist solar-cooker-on-cinder-blocks digs in Chapel Hill, because the building is inflexible, expensive to operate, and bad for workers: Blue Cross officials said the insurer’s distinctive Chapel Hill headquarters – a rhomboid, glass structure designed by the architect A.G. Odell Jr.’s firm – had become more costly to operate than its other buildings and didn’t fit the way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Burlington (VT), Cesky Krumlov, Chapel Hill, Density, Economic Development, International Cities and Towns, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Vernazza