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Sunday, October 7, 2007

One less car on the road

Another innovation in bike-friendly Portland:

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Are you sure that's Portland?

I don't think it is.

Wish there was a window reflection, we might see a Tram passing overhead.

Way to go!

Yeah that's Portland and inside that wooden thing is fiscal responsibility.
Everybody now,,,

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

That looks Dutch as all get-out: the bike, the clothes, the cobblestones...oh, and the bike. It's too blurry to tell, but my Netherlandic wife says the top line of the sign in the window is something like "UITVAARTDIENSTEN" (funeral services).

We've already got the "bakfietsen" cargo bikes coming in from Holland--how hard would it be for one of the CHUNK 666 tall-bike folks to mod one out for a coffin?

Stroll around the grounds -- Oregon or The Netherlands, if you can dig it -- until you feel at home.

Cycling Gains Ground in NYC, ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 7, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City, with its convoys of cabs, miles of subway track, fleets of fume-belching trucks and hordes of harried commuters, is a long way from Davis, Calif., with a University of California campus and not much else.

But the concrete jungle and the college town were both honored recently by the League of American Bicyclists for bike friendliness.

New York City's bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city's efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace.

''The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,'' said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city's transportation commissioner.

The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10 miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to ...

500 new bike racks a year is 1 new stantion for every murder victim ...

When I saw the picture it reminded me of a minimalist mobile home.

Then today, as I returned home from the IRS office after leaving them my early Christmas money, I saw a real live version of the concept of a minimalist mobile home. (Inner NE PDX.)

Seeing is believing.

I wonder how many of these could be built with Sten/Adams landlord subsidy affordable housing budget.

These pictures should help in Photoshopping/Visioning a fleet of them encircling City Hall -- just like the little models used to sell public officials on the big ideas of tall condos and high finance.

(And . . . yes . . . someone was inside.)

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