Bike to work, school and fun 2014! The slogan doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it expresses a good idea. Seriously, the weather this week is going to be about as good as it gets with lows in the 40s-50s and highs in the 70s-80s. It’s just warm enough in the morning to not need any cold weather gear and warm enough in the evening to make you break a little accomplishment-sweat by the time you get home.
The Reno Bike Project‘s annual art show and sale We HeArt Bikes is this Saturday, April 19th, 2014. This is always an interesting event with a unique and fascinating variety of bike-related art. Check out my 2013 and 2012 posts for the types of art on display.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 6:00pm (5:00pm for Reno Bike Project members)
The Holland Project
140 Vesta St
The answer isn’t tricky at all. It’s the most obvious and least surprising. From the source article (emphasis mine):
“Cycling fatalities are inversely proportional to the amount of money spent on bike infrastructure,” he says. “This is well documented. There is a number of what a state spends–and that number correlates almost exactly with its ranking on fatalities.” If you want to know why South Carolina is unsafe, he says, look at how it doesn’t spend its money.
The annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit will be held this Tuesday, March 11th and Wednesday, March 12 at the Atlantis in Reno. One of these days, I’d love an explanation as to why it’s always on two weekdays when normal people are working, but if you’re going, you can see Bikenomics author Elly Blue deliver the keynote address on Tuesday. Elly has been to Reno a couple times before and has always delivered a good talk.
There will also be a Walking/Transit Workshop and Bicycle Facilities Tour as well as the usual talks.
The Fly6 is a Kickstarter project which aims to build a tail-light camera for bikes. The device is a fairly common-looking tail-light with an HD (720p with audio) camera built in. The claimed runtime is 5 hours and it is USB rechargable.
One of the stated goals of the project is to increase safety by making drivers aware they are being recorded.
See the promo video:
It’s an interesting idea, but I can think of a few issues off the top of my head.
- While it may be true that drivers might be more courteous if they knew they were being recorded, they would have to know they were being recorded in the first place.
- It only records the drivers who are behind you.
- I have general concerns about creating an even more surveilled society, but for an application like this, I doubt anyone would bother to watch the video unless they were involved in some sort of incident.
All that being said, the video quality looks really good (watch the Kickstarter video) and with me being somewhat of a gadget nerd, I like the gadget-y nature of it.
Ever been frustrated because it seems like transportation planners have ignored many of the roads you ride, or want to ride on? Now, thanks to an effort that began at the 2013 Hack4Reno, an iPhone app (Android in the works) called RenoTracks can record your path using the GPS receiver on your phone. As the collection of trips grows, transportation planners will be able to see which roads are used for cycling (and which roads are not), and therefore, can tell which bike infrastructure changes will provide the most benefit.
The app is based on the San Francisco CycleTracks app which was used successfully to study cyclist behavior related to usage of bike lanes, sharrows, and hills.
I don’t have an iPhone, so I’ll have to wait for the Android version, but if you have an iPhone, try it out and see how it works.
I went to the RTC’s Virginia Corridor Study open house tonight to get a look at what they’ve come up with. From the cyclist perspective, the changes aren’t very drastic. Midtown is still going to be car-oriented; on-street parking will be preserved and bike lanes or paths will not be created. The far southern part of Virginia (south of Patriot) has seen a decrease in traffic since the I580 extension opened, and is slated to be changed to two lanes in both directions (instead of three) with a “multimodal” lane (bike and bus) on either side.
The main focus of the meeting was connecting UNR with Midtown. There seems to be a lot of energy around the idea of “opening up” the univeristy to the rest of the city. The current traffic patterns and architectural decisions keep UNR in a sort of “walled garden” separate from the rest of the community. I was a little surprised to hear strong opinions on getting rid of the blighted motels that sit between UNR and downtown. Everyone seems to know they’re a problem.
The time frame for any changes to Virginia is still several years away; probably in the 2017-2018 range. At the end of the meeting, a long-time resident showed some photos of what Midtown looked like in the 1960s and before. It had wide sidewalks, greenscaping, and a bunch of small shops that were the core of a vibrant neighborhood. With the proposed changes, it is hoped that it can be that way again. The businesses are there, but the rest of the infrastructure needs to catch up. It’s unfortunate that bikes aren’t be included in the new Midtown plan, but the wider sidewalks should help a little.
Throughout the meeting, I kept thinking that many of the problems that were discussed had been around for decades. Those scuzzy motels next to UNR have been there since I was a student, and have obviously been there much longer. Why hasn’t anything been done? The poor street design on Virginia (and Kietzke, and so many others) has been around for decades. Why are we only getting around to thinking about this now? Why wasn’t something done about this 20 years ago?
The RTC is hosting an open house to present the results of the Virginia Street Corridor Study (scroll down to Corridor Studies).
The RTC is asking that you RSVP to this event which you are asked to do by January 13th. RSVPs should be sent to Patrice Echola at 775-335-1904 or pechola at rtcwashoe.com (substitute “@” for “at“).
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum
490 S Center St, Reno, NV 89501
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Formal Presentation at 5:30pm
The RTC is hosting an open house to introduce a new study of the Keystone Ave corridor. From the flyer, the study will evaluate “pedestrian and ADA enhancements, safety improvements, traffic operations and efficiencies, transit, and bicycle.”
There’s no doubt that Keystone is as bad as it gets for non-car transportation. Something needs to be done, but I’m not sure cutting lanes out will be the ideal solution for this problem. I hope they do something about the ridiculous freeway-like intersection at California, though. That thing is an abomination.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Reno High School Cafeteria
395 Booth St, Reno, NV 89509
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Formal Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
On Thursday morning, cycling pros Andy and Frank Schleck and Jens Voigt will be doing a “ride with pros” event in support of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. It’s on a school-day, but dang, I gotta figure out how to get down there. And I so wish someone made a “I’m mother-f***ing Jens Voigt” (NSFW) jersey that I could wear down there, too.
When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 8:00 AM (ride starts at 9:00)
Where: Siena Hotel Casino parking lot (ride leaves from under the Lake St arch)
Cost: $25-$100 donation
See this press release for more details.