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An Extreme Sport For Elders? Crossing America’s Streets. (Weekly Chatter)


photo by Bill Palladino

Lot’s of press this week connecting complete streets and America’s aging population (AARP). The 2011 version of the national report Dangerous by Design (T4America) was released and NPR covered the need for safer streets for an aging population(NPR).

Transportation for America found that nationally, people older than 65 are 96% more likely to be killed while walking and it’s no better in Michigan (MyWHaT).

You can listen to the NPR’s segment here or read the transcript at: As Senior Population Grows, A Push To Make Streets Safer (NPR)

Weekly Chatter


Smart common sense riding? Hell yeah- but what they wear on their heads means less to me.” 

~ Suburban Bike Mama

“If you are an angry urbanist, you may need to change where you live, where you work, or who you work for. There is simply not enough time for you to waste your talents in a place that does not value you.” (The verdict is still out on NW L Michigan)



  • RT (T4America) Comment: “Pay attention & watch where you are walking always works” Sure, like these places? http://flic.kr/p/7dyafM  http://flic.kr/p/7dyahv
  • RT (BenjaminAddy) You cannot nurture the concept of social justice to a group without simultaneously developing a sense of community.
  • RT (leahgolby) It’s been almost 4 years since I went #carfree. The more time passes, the more resolved I am to use cars when needed, but not own one.
  • RT (lutzfernandez) “I would not, could not in a car.” – Dr. Seuss

To Wrap

This StreetFilms video made the email rounds this week around northern Michigan. Minneapolis is fast becoming the premier commuter cycling city in the U.S. and last I checked, their motorized traffic and winters are much worse than Traverse City.  The lesson? It’s not the weather that stops active transportation, it’s the infrastructure…or, the lack thereof.  Build it and they will come.

  1. Mike Grant
    May 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Cool video. Inspiring to know there’s a city in the U.S. with similar climate of TC’s that’s so bike-centric. Would like to have seen/heard more about what efforts they make and how they keep alot of those trails open in the winter. I know that there are these things called “plows” and “snowblowers” but I wonder to what extent they use them.

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