The City of Northfield’s Nonmotorized Transportation Task Force sunsets this month. Some of the members started a new blog about a month ago titled Northfield Nonmotorized, with the tagline: “Northfield and Dundas Trails and Bikeways | Safe Routes to School | Mill Towns Trail.”
Bill Ostrem, pedestrian/bike advocate, blogger, and chair of the Northfield Area Task Force on Nonmotorized Transportation, alerted me to the new white stripes (no, not The White Stripes) on Lincoln St./Lincoln Parkway. He learned from City Administrator Joel Walinski at the 3rd Ward meeting on Saturday that the striping is for traffic calming. Bill wrote, “As long as there are few cars parked on the street, I see them as being quasi bike lanes. Now we’ll see if they actually slow traffic.” As a chronic speeder, I’m all for more white stripes.
Last August the Rice County Board of Commissioners made a change in their transportation policy that goes against the interests of people who walk, bike, or use wheelchairs in our community. It’s a change that’s detrimental to many of the most vulnerable users of our transportation system, including children, seniors, the poor, and the handicapped. (continued) Continue reading Guest blogger Bill Ostrem: Rice County leaves its sidewalk and path policy unchanged
I wimped out when I got up at 5:30 and saw that it was 44 degrees with winds gusting to 25 mph, but Nonmotorized Transportation Task Force Chair Bill Ostrem (3rd from left) and a group of guys were on Bridge Square with hot coffee, treats, and lots of info. See Tracy’s post from earlier this week for more.
In a February 6 post Tracy Davis referred to a short essay by the Project for Public Spaces titled “A Revolution in Transportation Planning.” It’s an excellent piece that discusses the history of transportation planning in the United States – how planners and leaders focused almost solely on the automobile for most of the twentieth century, often to the detriment of our cities and neighborhoods and our own health, and how they have recently begun to consider all modes of transportation, including transit, walking, and biking. (continued)
Continue reading Guest blogger Bill Ostrem: The American streets renaissance