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Money Is Good, Winter Round-up, Ah-ha Moments and Other Chatter

A lot in the news this week. Most of it good for public spaces: Traverse City granted $1 million to remove the Brown Bridge Dam, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund granted over $3 million for parkland improvements in northern Michigan, including nearly $.5 million for phase I of the Bayfront Plan, and the City parks and recreation commission last night approved the 5-year plan that has, if I say so myself, a list of goals & objectives to be proud of (I serve on the p&r commission).

Also, some news to celebrate, police caught the Bike Thief.

I’ll leave it at that. Do you have any other good news?

Weekly Chatter

  • Tootling? To walk or drive in a leisurely manner
  • NPR covers the commute by bike boom: “People see other people cycling and they say, ‘Wow!’ Lycra clad photos are a bit unfortunate.
  • In the trenches of parking agents: follow along with the Philadelphia and Detroit parking departments as they bust some egos of motorists exhibiting high levels of entitlement.


  • The fact that most roads are free and most public transit costs money seems to me exactly backwards #unoriginalmondaymorningthoughts (@sgsinclair)
  • Special thanks to the guys in the beat-up Saturn who were kind enough to call me a “retarded f–k” for riding my bike; #brilliant #morans (@rhammer)
  • Facebook feels like a mall. Twitter feels like the street.” William Gibson (@Richard_Florida)
  • One-third of #Michigan residents are too old, too young, or physically or financially unable to drive #transit (@jimbruckb)
  • If driving in slick conditions doesn’t appeal to you, check out MDOT’s Alternatives to Driving Web page (@MichiganDOT) This is a very useful MDOT resource, kudos.

To Wrap

Street scenes to envy: musicians.  This one form Melbourne, Australia’s Bourke Street. They’ve made  grand strides to bring life to its downtown scene. This is a rocking performance of “Shake Your Moneymaker“, captured by Matt Lowe, for your weekend movement. Thanks Matt!

Have a weekend.

  1. December 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Loved the link to the site about the Mom (Samantha) in Chicago riding her bike year ’round and with kiddos in tow! I really have no good excuses now save for some questionable roads with no shoulders and a legitimate fear of dumb winter drivers…

    Wondering if she has any special tires?

    Thanks for the link, Gary!

  2. December 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks Ashlea…Give her a shout. From those happy images, I’m sure she’d be more than willing to engage.

    UPDATE: Hey, you did! And you received a comprehensive answer. Nice! and even a new BLOG to check out: Bike Bliss blog

  3. December 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    “Facebook feels like a mall. Twitter feels like the street.” William Gibson

    Reminds me of something a Certain Bike Blogger was saying last night.

  4. Bob Eichenlaub
    December 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Isn’t this a Grand Vision in action? I think the folks involved in Grand Vision credit for helping coordinate these initiatives and helping to bring these funds to Traverse City.

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