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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward | Co.Exist | ideas impact

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward | Co.Exist | ideas impact: ""Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.""


This is what some commenters had to say about the issue:


  • ONATHAN NORDLAND 
    The world is long on excuses and short on solutions. Do as I did, move closer to work. You make choices where you live and they shouldn't be dominated by how big the back yard is.
  •  
    Your point is well-taken. Our towns and cities have developed in a way that has increased distances between homes, and between homes and important places. It is why Walk Score was created, so people would have information on such distances when they decide to locate somewhere.
    We need to create better planning and zoning policies that bring mixed-use, compact development so you are never too far away.



Poverty and public transportation

Poverty and public transportation: “If you miss your bus,” Ferrell repeated, “well, there’s an hour out of your day at best. But what if that makes you an hour late to work, or causes you to miss a doctor’s appointment or a meeting? What if it costs you the opportunity for a job? Or what if you just miss your bus and have to sit in the hot sun or the freezing cold or the pouring rain and wait an hour for the next one?

“If you’re a person of low income, or limited income, and you depend on the bus, that’s the world you live in. That’s the real world.”

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Typical Day Riding On a MATA Bus: OMG - is it far worse than a public transit system in a third-world country?


This following can be a typical day while riding on a MATA bus for many others and me. Yesterday, I was at the bus stop to catch the 4 bus at Lauderdale and Mississippi at 7:55 AM. The bus came late at 8:15, should have been there by 8:10. The bus was late to the terminal and I also missed the transfer over to the 53 Summer/ Binghamton bus for 8:27 and the next 53 usually comes late or not at all or I have to catch the 19 Valentine out to where I wanted to go and then walk several blocks to my destination. The good, timely trip is four hours long including wait time. However, on my way back to the starting point at 10:15 AM, the 53-summer bus passed right by me and several other riders so fast that we could not even tell who was driving the bus. We had to wait another hour for the next bus, which was also late. I arrived at the terminal at Noon and we asked the driver to stop the 4 bus and they ignored us. The 4 took off without us and the next one did not come until 12:37. The 5 U of M bus came so I got on it. It got me close enough to home to walk two long blocks home by 1:10 PM --- this was a 6 hour day with MATA to go do one simple thing --- return a package of socks to Ross - Oh and to go to the Kroger since I was out that way. It is just as hard for many people finding a job or keeping one while depending on MATA’s system. Perhaps, we need to scrap MATA and privatize our transit system here in Memphis, TN. Now before you begin to think of me as a common vagabond walking around with a backpack like on that show Kung Fu trying to resolve all our problems, I am not like that person. What I am is a Car-Free Citizen. I have been for several years by choice. And yes, I do know it all - simply because - I actually live the lifestyle that so many of you are only talking about in various community meetings and so far, many of you do not have one clue about how to be Car-Free in Memphis, Tennessee, especially with systems in place that do not work very well. That is why I started this blog carfreememphis.blogspot.com, to provide many of you with valid support that matters the most. It will save you from having to attend a lot of needless community meetings. I mean, why have ongoing community meetings about bike lanes, when the law already allows bike riders to ride down any street without these lanes at all. The lanes are already there, at least in our own minds because it is also pointed out this way in our Tennessee Drivers Manual. So painting bike lanes on the street should not take an act of congress or even asking a community's permission. The law is already on the side of painting those bike lanes. By the way - a group of baboons is called a congress. Yes, that is true, and even funny! But, how long are people going to keep laughing at Memphians for acting just like those baboons. It has been 20 years since we first had the funding of the DOT to do all of this and the powers-that-be here in Memphis refused to do hardly anything for us pedestrians. Now, they want us to have more meetings and do more community outreach, when it has already been done to death. Now they want us to redo these meetings with our unsuspecting young adults - how sad. You, younger folks may also have to wait another 20 to 40 years for your city to work well for you. And of course, it never will work at the rate it is going now. That is, unless you learn from my wisdom. If you do not learn anything, then you will grow older while wearing depends undergarments and as you soil yourselves at bus stops wishing you had listened to me. Meanwhile, other cities around the world will look futuristic and beyond your wildest dreams and also behind gated walls, while Memphis becomes a third-world stench. Now the third- world is not all that bad necessarily, I was having a long discussion, on that very same day, at the MATA terminal, with several older men from South Africa, a third world country, with first world aspirations. These guys insisted that over there, the public transit system is far superior to that of Memphis, despite the third world problems. I decided to find that out for myself and came across the following document: 26th Annual Southern African Transport Conference 2007: http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/5868There were other documents that I found, but this one seemed to be the most favorable, lacking having been there myself, and trusting these guys at their word, as they were complaining about MATA also, but still truly happy to be living in America. Once you begin reading up on such things, you will also begin to have a well researched opinion on local issues and develop a world view. 

Anyway - I love America! God bless America! God bless you!  





Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bike Light: Number One In The World" METEM TECHNOLOGY Heider Super Torch

METEM TECHNOLOGY Heider Super Torch

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Passenger pushed from MATA bus dies - The Commercial Appeal

Passenger pushed from MATA bus dies - The Commercial Appeal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Utah Transit Authority Named Top Public Transportation System of the Year

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Utah Transit Authority Named Top Public Transportation System of the Year

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garrison Chosen to Lead Memphis Area Transit Authority - Memphis Daily News



Memphis Area Transit Authorities new president and general manager, Ron Garrison, recently worked for Proterra, Inc. And before that, he was executive director of StarMetro in Tallahassee Florida. After decades of the worst bus system in the USA, we will hopefully get change for the better under new leadership, such as new busses that do not rock and rattle the passengers, more buses that are run more often and on time, WI-FI on and busses and near bus stops, real time GPS tracking along each route, and high quality bike racks that can actually hold more than just two bikes --- how about five bikes; and can we please get some restrooms along each route. Now here is a true dreamers request for sure, let's have a shopping bus that runs every hour whereby there is plenty of leg room to move around, a place under the bus to roll shopping carts, and top racks on the inside for backpacks and coats, and last, but not least, a restroom on the bus.





Garrison Chosen to Lead Memphis Area Transit Authority - Memphis Daily News

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia - CityLab

There is a good idea in this article about a Car-Free zone that's worth looking into.



I believe you will like it!



What Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia - CityLab

The Rise of Private 'Luxury' Mass Transit Buses - CityLab

This is a great idea. We should have a mass transit option for shopping with the ability to roll bikes and grocery carts and baby strollers under the bus. We should have Wi-Fi and restrooms and the ability to lay back and relax until we actually get to our final destination and all without having to look up from a good book to keep an eye out for our final stop or else we might pass it up. This type of system could have massive shelters and facilities along the major drop off points with plenty of space to spread out and wait for the return ride.



The Rise of Private 'Luxury' Mass Transit Buses - CityLab