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Sep 16, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on A Message from Citizens Against Increasing Car Tabs.
P.S. John, I'm really resisting posting a full critique of your argument -- but I want to say that think it's a bit unfair that you keep using the argument that it won't fund additional bus service hours. Surely you realize that speeding up a few key bus routes by up to 20% would substantially reduce the cost of running those bus routes, and enable further service hours or avoid future cuts through the increased efficiency?

Plus, a general rule of thumb is that ridership increases about 1% for every by which 1% you speed up the trip.

-- Eli
Sep 16, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on A Message from Citizens Against Increasing Car Tabs.
Dear John,

Personally, I donated $250 to the pro-Proposition 1 (Build Streets for all Seattle) campaign yesterday night. That's about a third of my monthly rent.

Watching your angry rhetoric at the CTAC hearing -- followed by nearly every subsequent low-income person or advocate saying "John Fox doesn't speak for me" -- was one of my biggest inspirations to make a real personal sacrifice to support the campaign.

Personally, I'd love to see you really take some tangible steps to make Seattle be a place where people can walk and bike, rather than find ways to shoot down the ones being proposed without working for viable alternatives. I'll take a very good measure over a non-existent one any day.

Best,

Eli Goldberg
University District
Sep 15, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on "It's got to stop. I don't want another family to bury a son, a father, or a grandmother because of a traffic death.".
@1: I suspect you're really here to troll, but I'll take the bait. Try starting with http://www.visionzeroinitiative.com and see what they're doing with M.J.'s vision in Sweden. Holland, BTW, has cut their traffic fatalities by about 80-90% since their peak.
Sep 14, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on How to Prioritize Bikers and Walkers on City Streets.
@8: Parenthetically, I recall seeing a video from an SFU lecture where Portland Mayor Sam Adams acknowledges that, even in Portland, the underlying concern that led to the push for Greenways was the need by drivers to "please put bicylists somewhere where I can expect them, because I don't want to kill one of them." (paraphrased)
Sep 14, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on How to Prioritize Bikers and Walkers on City Streets.
@4: We're having a public event next Thursday with the two key folks behind Portland's Greenways network. You are absolutely invited to come and ask questions like those!

In short, though, the streets aren't closed off from cars any more than today's streets are closed off to bikes. They're just modified to be really easy to bike and walk on, and totally possible for residents to drive on (but not for other people to use as cut-through speedways).

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid…
Sep 12, 2011 UniversityGreenways joined My Stranger Face
Sep 12, 2011 UniversityGreenways commented on The Cyclist Who Was Killed in a Car Collision on Saturday Evening.
For anyone interested in getting involved in safer streets for cycling in the U-District, and no more senseless deaths like this one, please visit www (dot) ugreenways (dot) org.
 

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