Locally Grown: show for week of 10.22.06

 Bill Ostrem was our guest this week, discussing Northfield’s bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure — both the problems and the opportunities. Click photo to enlarge.

Bill posted a detailed story on Northfield.org recently about bike transportation expert Steve Clark’s recent visit to Northfield. He’s also got a blog, Northern Letter, A voice from the Upper Midwest. And he’s one of the people behind the new Northfield Trails website, whose tagline is “Catalyzing Human-Powered Recreation and Transportation in the Northfield Area.”

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  1. Steve Clark’s 12 guidelines for bike-friendly communities (thanks to Bruce Anderson):

    1. Create short-cuts for bikes and pedestrians
    2. Assure access everywhere
    3. Wide lanes and paths for social interactions
    4. Lower speed limits for vehicular traffic
    5. Safe refuge islands on highways
    6. Ample bike parking
    7. Short signal cycles
    8. Advance boxes
    9. Mixed-use development
    10. No free right turns
    11. Good signage and marking
    12. Public awareness campaigns

    Video from Steve’s presentation will (hopefully) be available on http://www.northfieldtrails.org soon.

    October 24, 2006
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Much appreciated, Michael.

    And kudos on the Nfld Trails site/blog.

    October 24, 2006

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