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More Vision, Trails, Positive Trends, Naked Streets And More…

UPDATED 11:30-am
$ Pitch: The 27-mile Iceman Cometh Challenge is around the corner & is the focal point for a purchase of land by the state to connect the Kalkaska to Traverse City trail.  The deal is that only $25-grand is needed, by end of the year, $8,000 is needed by the end of the week to seal the deal; still doable. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is the lead organization raising funds and they could use help. To give, visit the GRTLC website and select “Kalkaska Connector”. If you have questions, call 231-922-1245.


Weekly Chatter

  • Elsehwere, Bike-o-Meter shows live popularity data for city cycle hire schemes.


To Wrap

The Great Lakes Cyclone knocked out a lot of traffic lights and several people sent messages noting how it actually improved traffic behavior. I’m sure there is some engineering term for the phenomena. What people noticed though was that in intersections where back-ups were expected, there were none. In an emergency, drivers tend to naturally alternate; they use their brains and figure it out. It’s the basic premise behind roundabouts and naked streets. The video below shows how the latter works, and works well. Note: shared space streets aren’t fool proof and have criticisms.


  1. June Thaden
    October 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for the heads up on 7&4’s poll on rail as a good use of transportation funds. Rail is actually behind just now, though not by much. Vote! We need a rail resurgence so it offers affordable alternatives by the time petroleum prices and availability makes individual car travel prohibitive. And public opinion at this stage is important.

    When I was young the US made the wrong choices — for many of the reasons that are now unduly influencing the current election. In case that statement is clear enough: our capitalist system encourages corporations to spend money to influence popular support for their corporate gain. Tear out transit systems and sell more cars, tires and publicly build more roads to run them on.

  2. October 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I wouldn’t put too much weight behind the 7&4 poll and I typically don’t value the comments that are made…I couldn’t resist this week in trying to point out the hypocrisy. I turn it over to you, June!

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