Monthly Archives: March 2013

How a $9 piece of land goes for $500

It all comes down to leverage. Like the kind of leverage you get when a corner of your property is essential to a giant government project like a major highway expansion. That’s when your $9 piece of land can go for $500, and could have gone for $2,509 if you had been stubborn enough. Read […]

Narrow bike lane in Houston, TX

Keeping things in perspective

I recently read an article about bicycle infrastructure and how widening a standard bike lane from a standard five feet to a more generous eight feet increased rider safety. And then I did a double take. Five feet is a standard bike lane? In my neighborhood, the bike lanes (like the one above) are three […]

Right-sizing the bus system

How many times have you ridden a bus where you were the only passenger? Or watched a bus pass by nearly empty? While busses in dense urban areas are usually packed like the passengers are escaping a localized apocalypse, busses in more sprawling areas frequently operate at a fraction of their capacity. GOING SMALL IN […]

Debunking bicycle safety myths

Long-held wisdom suggested that dedicated bicycle infrastructure would make cyclists less safe by disallowing cars to get used to sharing the road with them. A new research study examined the bicycle safety of 14 types of routes. What did they find? Dedicated bike lanes can reduce bicycle injuries by 50 percent, and bike routes physically […]

Millennials choose tech over cars

According to a survey by Zipcar, millennials (which they define as 18-34 years old) would give up their cars before they give up their computers or cell phones. Read more about the survey and its implications on The Atlantic Cities.