Thursday, March 29, 2012
Posted by Ben at 12:18 PM
Folks, mark your calendars! Here are details on the SGA Spring Bike Auction. Check it out and maybe pick something up for yourself or your kids or anybody in need of some transportation.
SGA Bike Auction!
It's that time of year again! SGA is having it's semi-annual Bike Auction. Come to George Street between 11:00am - 2:00pm on April 3rd to bid on the bike of your choice! Also, we will have Salvation Army boxes available for you to donate your unwanted clothes. If you have questions, please contact LaQunya Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
Posted by Ben at 12:05 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
(..from a recent New York Times piece...
Ask a Dutch or Danish cyclist about the biking subculture back home, and she is liable to give you a quizzical look: "Subculture?" Bicycles are so entrenched in day-to-day life in the Netherlands and Denmark, the countries have official cycling embassies. It should therefore come as no surprise that Amsterdam and Copenhagen have each produced obsessives who, Tommy Ton<http://jakandjil.com/>-
to see the entire article, click here
Posted by Tom Bradford at 3:18 PM
Monday, March 26, 2012
I spent three days last week in Washington for the annual Bicycle Summit...
All in all: very worthwhile.
Here's an account from our friend and ally Rachael Bronson at Palmetto Cycling Coalition:
Posted by Tom Bradford at 4:18 PM
All, here is a convenient notice regarding street closures for the Bridge Run and Bridge Run Expo. Whether you plan to participate or not, make sure you don't contribute to gridlock this weekend! Thanks go to CofC PD's Captain Reese for distributing this notice. Bridge Run Street Closures details
Posted by Ben at 1:06 PM
The College of Charleston has adopted an official bicycle and moped policy related to parking, operation, registration, etc. Check it out here and let us know what you think! This looks like a great step in the right direction and addresses quite a lot of concerns. Will it help ensure the safety of all the members of our community? Is there anything missing? Thanks!
Posted by Ben at 12:54 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Mark Your Calendars for Monday, March 26 at 5pm. City Council Chambers
The two-way conversion of St. Phillip and Coming is to be addressed at a public hearing. Consultant engineer Rick Day recommended two-way conversion from the crosstown to Beaufain. City and neighborhoods favor it, but there has been some doubt expressed by C of C officials.
Charleston Moves generally favors two-way-ing streets because it almost inevitably calms traffic and makes for a safer, more pleasant environment.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 5:26 PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
We're taking the liberty of re-posting this from StreetFilms, which has been presenting sensationally good videos on how our streets should be used.
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The Netherlands is widely recognized for having the highest cycling rates in the world. What's not so well known is that the Dutch don't bike so much because cycling is in their DNA. They do it because after the country started down the path toward car dependence, they made a conscious decision to change course. After many decades of deliberate policy to invest in cycling as a mode of transportation, the Netherlands has the most advanced bike infrastructure you'll ever see. Recenty Streetfilms joined a group of city leaders from Chicago, Washington, DC and Miami on a study tour of the Netherlands, through the Bikes Belong Foundation's Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. The program shows American transportation professionals and policy makers real life examples of what it looks like to invest in cost-effective bicycle facilities. This video takes you on a tour of the incredibly well thought out street designs in the Netherlands. You'll see the infrastructure, hear from the experts on the ground, and watch the tour participants react and imagine how they might implement similar designs in American cities.
From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World's Best Bikeway Designs from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 5:37 PM
Monday, March 12, 2012
Last week, we celebrated "Walk to School" Day. It's impossible to know how many kids actually marked the date by walking to school. But one thing is clear: the trend is toward building ever-larger schools on a regional basis. While it may look cheaper to do so by some measurements, the long-term costs may actually be higher.
In the Lowcountry, there is a good example of this trend -- a new school on Sullivan's Island. We don't contend we know precisely how this debate should be concluded, but we think there are factors that should be considered.
This instructive video on the topic was prepared by Vince Graham, the developer of I'On, and a member of the Charleston Moves board.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 2:40 PM