The out-of-town news thread, vol. II
the 311 website is still bad. There are about 15 options in the first dropdown menu, and 95% of them take you to submenus with many more options. So probably about 200 options total. And you have to put something down before you can free text what the problem is.
Not to mention the back end problems — not every city department uses 311 directly. A lot of them still get faxes from 311. And there’s rarely if any feedback to 311 or to the person submitting the complaint.
And there’s still a lot of buck passing. If 311 determines it is in the city of pgh but not a city problem, they rarely if ever do anything to pass along the problem to the right agency (i.e., bridge sidewalks never getting cleaned here in pittsburgh)
Correlation doesn’t equal causation but food for thought.
This makes CTC look like a Sunday afternoon ride. https://www.npr.org/2018/10/19/658810804/jenny-graham-cycles-around-the-world-in-125-days-shattering-record
West side Cleveland metroparks now connected with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park tow path.
CBC satire shore This is That had a segment where they had the Vancouver Peds-Vehicle-Cyclists alliance members on the air and they promptly get into a fight.
Kids getting hit at school bus stops
How bikes have changed over the past 20 years
Police: Bicyclist injured from boobytrap placed on SE Portland path, three suspects arrested
More on the string-across-bikepath incident in Portland, Oregon:
If caught in a car traffic jam when you need to escape wildfire, a bicycle can be a good option:
In Santa Rosa, California, one year ago: “Ruiz went back to the house, grabbed a bicycle with a toddler trailer, and rode out through the fire with her daughters in back – all despite being due the next week.”
Podcast . First story is about a Swede who biked to Everewt, climbed it, and biked home .
Small town Alberta bikeshare still searching for only bike in the system.
(CBC Radio Comedy)
Escaping the Camp Fire in Northern California by bicycle:
“For a number of evacuees from Paradise, a normally 30-minute drive to Chico took hours on Thursday. Some took other modes of transportation and were able to get to safety faster. … Virgil Ritter, a Paradise resident who lives at a mobile home park near Kalico Kitchen, rode his bike down the Skyway with flames on both sides of the road to get to Chico. Ritter, 67, said he was hit by sparks and embers, and, at one point, had to lift his bike over a fallen power line. He does not have a car.”
Escaping the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California in 2017:
Natasha Wallace tried to drive out of town by car, but when the road became blocked with other cars, she went back home and got her bicycle: “Woman Flees Fire on Bike with 70-Pound Dog in Her Duffel Bag”
Bicyclist struck by Montgomery County police car was seriously injured
More people are cycling to the airport, around the country:
“Portland airport also has a separate bicycle assembly area for passengers who fly with their cycles, a repair station, free bicycle parking, a bike path, and a connection to TriMet, the area mass transit.”
Good to know I’m not the only person on the planet suggesting retesting drivers at every license renewal.
Citi bike angels. Behavioral economics used in getting people to rebalance citibikes in NYC.
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