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Could Reno Become a (Bike Friendly) College Town?

March 02, 2013 By: Jeremy Tags: ,

Yesterday, six IBM “Smarter Cities” experts presented their recommendations for economic development in the Truckee Meadows. Aside from the fairly obvious “regional governments need to work together”, I was intrigued by the following recommendation:

The cities and Washoe County should brand a vision, not a slogan for Northern Nevada. Basically, the area is no longer known for gaming and divorce and should now promote the University of Nevada, Reno.

The team also recommended the Truckee Meadows push for a “university town” image…

This caught my attention not only because I am a UNR alumnus, but because I had just seen a list of the 10 most bikeable cities in the U.S. according to walkscore.com. Coming in at #5 is Madison, Wisconsin which is well known college town. Not on the list is Davis, California which is not only super bike-friendly, but it also something of a college town. There’s a natural connection between being a college town and cycling. It’s an economic and effective way of getting around. I wonder if Reno decides to become more of a college town, will it put more focus on bike infrastructure?

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Tons of Meetings. Tons.

May 23, 2012 By: Jeremy Tags: , ,

I guess it’s that time of year because there are a bazillion meetings coming up soon. Please go to the ones that you can, and that matter to you.

Plumas

Subject: Discuss and provide input for proposed safety improvements to Plumas Street. The improvements being considered include a three-lane configuration (travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane) which is expected to slow traffic, improve safety, reduce crashes, improve sight distances at driveways and intersections and add parking and bike lanes. Additionally, the improvements are expected to provide ADA and pedestrian space where sidewalks do not exist or are inadequate and improved bus stop location and amenities.
When: Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Anderson Elementary School
1055 Berrum Lane
Reno, NV
Presentation Time: 6:30pm
Link: Plumas Street Public Meeting

Plumb Lane

Subject: Preliminary design meeting. The RTC project team will present the design concept which includes a multi-use path, drainage improvements, paved shoulder and limited paved parking.
When: Monday, June 4, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Martin Hall
1070 West Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89509
Presentation Times: 4:30 and 6:00 pm
Link: Plumb Lane Preliminary Design Informational Meeting

Incline Village Trails

Subject: Public meeting to create a better trail network around Incline Village
When: May 31, 2012
Where: The Chateau-Incline Golf Course
955 Fairway Drive
Incline Village

Lake Tahoe State Park

Subject: Park General Management Plan. This is the second meeting, and this one is specifically about trails.
When: June 7, 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: The Chateau-Incline Golf Course
955 Fairway Drive
Incline Village

How Much Should be Spent on Bicycle Facilities?

August 17, 2008 By: Jeremy Tags: ,

If you were given $100 to invest on transportation, how would you divide your dollars?

According to this report by the rails-to-trails conservancy, that was the question used in a survey conducted by Harris Interactive. The results are shocking when compared to how federal transportation funds are actually spent.

How the survey respondents answered:
41% on public transit (trains and buses)
37% on roads
22% on bicycle/pedestrian facilities (bike paths and sidewalks)

How the federal government actually spends your transportation dollars:
78% on roads
20% on public transit
1.5% on bicycle/pedestrian facilities

The difference in funding shows a clear disconnect between the priorities of the government and the people. People can see that the era of depending solely on cars for transportation is over, and they want more options.