Category Archives: Transportation

International | Lessons from Bogotá

“The least a democratic society should do is to offer people wonderful public spaces. Public spaces are not a frivolity. They are just as important as hospitals and schools. They create a sense of belonging. This creates a different type of society—a society where people of all income levels meet in public space is a more integrated, socially healthier one.” Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá

The video is a little long, but great to watch.

Monday | Transportation | Random & Mindless

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My everyday bike is a Maruishi road bike I bought in Madison, WI, about five years ago from a client who ran a bike shop.  I planned to buy something new, but as I was looking around the store I found this 20+ year old rebuilt,  with a name I never heard of.  I test rode it  and it was like putting on a pair of comfortable shoes. No new bike for me!  The only change I’ve made as a Portlander is adding the Pacific Northwest-requisite fenders.

Today, I finally got around to researching the company a little. I can’t find much except a site primarily in Japanese. Fortunately for me, there is enough English that I can check out their new product line:  http://www.maruishi-cycle.com/

The Slippery Slope of Cup Holders?

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When I was growing up cars did not have cup holders. Sure, you could buy the type that hung inside the car door, but they were flimsy and really didn’t work once the car was moving!

Fast forward thirty years. The number of holders are cited by your car salesperson along with cylinders and horsepower. Today – drinking, eating, texting, talking on the phone, make up application, shaving, reading, and even watching DVDs are common.  Did the introduction of the initial distraction make the rest easier?

That there is national conversation about what to ban while driving should be the most alarming.  Do we ban texting? Talking on hand-helds but allow hands-free? Ban all cell phone use? Make exceptions for officials conducting vital business?

In Oregon, laws were recently enacted that ignored the data but enable us to feel like we took action. Hand-held devices were outlawed (with some exceptions), while hands-free devices remain legal – despite the body of evidence that it’s the phone call itself that is most dangerous.

So, now we can expect legislation to be tweaked and enhanced when we all know the answer.

Only driving while driving should be legal.