- How bike lanes, bike sharing and a living social deal turned one man into a regular bike commuter.
- More on the Maryland Ave SW Plan. It has three options of which the third "proposes a smaller, pedestrian- and bike-friendly center roadway with an adjacent public square." They're accepting comments until February 3rd.
- An app that helps cities figure out where bike lanes are needed comes in 2nd Place in a Chicago areas app contest. "The app anonymously records the paths taken by the users (who can review the routes they've taken), giving Chicago city planners the data needed to decide where to construct the new trails. The app also features a handy dashboard that allows users to see their speed, distance traveled, and location."
- 2 time Oscar winner Gene Hackman was bumped from behind by a driver as he rode his bicycle in the Florida Keys. He was treated and released with a few bumps and bruises, so can we have a moment of muffled conversation for him.
Excellent piece on the value of public involvement. People really do support trails.
So why did the commissioners who ordered a stop to the design and engineering work last month change their minds?
Because the supporters of the Three Notch Trail organized. They wrote letters, and most tellingly, they showed up in force at an open forum the commissioners held last week. Many of the more than 80 people who showed up at the forum traveled from the north county down to Valley Lee to push the commissioners to restart work on the trail.