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Jul 18, 2013 chrismealy commented on City Proposes Waterfront Highway on Top of Tunnel.
Who is coming up with this shit? Is this the city council's doing?
Jul 9, 2012 chrismealy commented on Please Be Careful Opening Your Car Door on Busy Streets.
In Holland people open their doors with their right hand. It forces you to look left when exiting.
Jun 21, 2011 chrismealy commented on The New Debt Distortion: Why American Debt Is Not the Same as Greek Debt.
Greece has a debt problem because they borrowed in a currency they don't control. The US doesn't do that. And the problem is really for Greece's creditors.
Jul 17, 2009 chrismealy commented on One Way to Avoid Building a New Jail.
This sounds like David Kennedy's Ceasefire strategy. Here's a summary of it from a few years ago:

The New Yorker had a great article on it in June:…

And Mark Kleiman has a new book on this approach in general, "When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment."

It's like a battle between economics and sociology. Incentives (prison) has failed, so maybe bolstering norms will work.
Jun 19, 2009 chrismealy commented on Willfully Obtuse & Gracelessly Rude.
The underlying error here is giving a shit about local tv news.

It's a goddam parade. Everybody is invited.
Jun 11, 2009 chrismealy commented on Now This Is A Bike Path.
More pictures of real-life cycle tracks (and lots of big two-way streets):… [pdf]

I know it's natural to fear change, but really, there are places where 30-40% trips are by bike instead of Seattle's 2%, and those places have lots of cycle tracks. It's not some hippie fantasy. It's been done already. We just have to copy it.
Jun 10, 2009 chrismealy commented on Now This Is A Bike Path.
Here's a great slideshow about cycle tracks (that's the term for full-on bike lanes):…

(It's a PDF)

Page 32 illustrates the Copenhagen left.
Jun 10, 2009 chrismealy commented on Now This Is A Bike Path.
The guy who rides five hundred miles a month illustrates the problem. If that's how cycling is going to be, riding in the "danger zone", constantly vigilant, stress hormones pumping, you're never going to get more than 1% of people cycling.

If you want cycling for everyone, look at places where absolutely everyone cycles (including seven-year-old kids, grandmothers, even disabled folks): Holland and Copenhagen. What do they have? Lots of segregated cycling. You've got to think about of the cyclists of the future and not the daredevils of today.

BTW, here's an example of a Dutch cycle path/local access road. Cars are allowed, but bikes take priority:…
Jun 10, 2009 chrismealy commented on Now This Is A Bike Path.
Let's try that link again:…
Jun 10, 2009 chrismealy commented on Now This Is A Bike Path.
You turn left from a cycle track by making a "Copenhagen left" -- you go straight across and then turn left from the corner. Yes, sometimes you have to wait for the next light. Google it and you'll see some videos.

The only way to get cycling numbers up is to make it safe enough and feel safe enough for regular people to bike. Holland and Denmark have lots of segregated biking facilitates. That's what people need. Lecturing them about sucking it up, getting macho, and riding in traffic isn't going to work.

There's a great bike blog written by an English guy who lives in the Netherlands. Here's his posts tagged "safety." You'll see lots of segregated biking:…