Monthly Archives: March 2013

One dandy TOD presentation


This morning, I had the privilege of hearing an excellent presentation by Ms. Dena Belzer, President of Strategic Economics entitled, An Introduction to TOD and the Relationship Between Transit and Economic Development.  During her presentation Ms. Belzer made the following … Continue reading

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Maintain the paved shoulders too!


As a bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist, one of the more frustrating things about riding is the lack maintenance and care given to paved shoulders along roadways. If these are meant to provide some margin of safety and security for … Continue reading

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Refuge along highways from hell


In an excellent and succinct brochure, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) notes the following ten benefits of raised medians and pedestrian safety refuge areas in the center of roadways. According to the document; “on average, a pedestrian is killed in a … Continue reading

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Five + five reasons why business should provide bicycle parking


The following paraphrased reasons for business to include bicycle parking were first summarized in a pamphlet entitled Bike Parking for Your Business, by the Chicago Department of Transportation in 1998. They are as true, if not more so, today in … Continue reading

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Eclectic downtown placemaking at its best


Here are some photographs I took of historic and charming downtown Cocoa Village in the heart of Cocoa, Florida. Cocoa Village is a terrific example of eclectic smaller city downtown placemaking at its very best, including: Streetscaping Pedestrian and bicycle … Continue reading

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Cool surfing shops of Cocoa


While carvin’ a course in the Space Coast of Florida last week, which also happens to be home to the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, I stumbled upon a radical line of footgear whose genesis was in the … Continue reading

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Implementing your “Complete Streets” policy


Last night I had the opportunity to attend a regional transportation forum in Greater Lansing which dealt with how you go about implementing “Complete Streets” once your community has adopted a resolution, policy, and/or ordinance.  Since eight communities in Mid-Michigan … Continue reading

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Excellence in small city planning


I had the honor last week to vacation in Brevard County, Florida. Of all the communities of this dynamic county, the City of Cape Canaveral immediately stood out as exemplary in its community planning efforts, particularly in regards to land … Continue reading

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