Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Parking reform bill passes California Senate

SB 518, the California parking reform legislation that Sen. Alan Lowenthal introduced in 2009, was approved by the Senate on Thursday. I had no idea it was even up for a vote on Thursday. Here's the webcast of Thursday's Senate session. The passage occurs around the 2:30:00 mark.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Bike-sharing: A questionable investment

At a time when bike theft is epidemic, and bus service is being slashed left and right, is it wise to be spending a half million dollars to buy and operate a free shared-bicycle program in the Bay Area? The MTC program Safe Routes to Transit thinks so, and has the $500,000 courtesy of bridge tolls. But these programs have a troubled history. The bikes get vandalized or stolen. A highly-touted program in Paris has been especially hard hit. I predict a similar outcome, or worse, in Silicon Valley, where once I even spotted someone trying to steal my bike even as I watched him! Put this money instead into more bike lockers, or even shared bike cages like the innovative one now operating at Embarcadero BART.