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The road ate my neighborhood!

Absolutely spot-on example of the bass ackwards thinking from old school Traffic Engineers. Sadly, we have a serious overpopulation of them living and working here in Michigan. The video created by Strong Towns would be hilarious if it weren’t so … Continue reading

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Austria’s tallest building completed

At an impressive 820 feet high and 60 stories, the recently completed Tower 1 in Vienna’s Danube (Donau) City is the tallest building in Austria. Above and below are two images of the new building along the Danube.

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The flaws of vehicular cycling (VC) theory

One of the first comments often heard from fellow cyclists when starting to bicycle commute was not to ride on the community’s bike pathway system because it is less safe than riding in street traffic. A whole litany of perceived … Continue reading

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Miami to join the super-skyscraper club x 2

Just ten days ago I wrote about Philadelphia’s foray into the elite 1,000 foot skyscraper club. Well, Miami is about to join this illustrious group as well, but not with just one sky-high tower, but two. As a result, the … Continue reading

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A bicyclist’s wildest dream come true

“Oh my goodness,” is the best term I can come up with for describing this marvelous feat of sustainable engineering and design. Located in metropolitan Eindhoven, Netherlands –  this 237 foot diameter cable-stayed bicycle roundabout is literally suspended in mid-air from a … Continue reading

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Magnifico puente de Mexico!

Words can hardly describe the majestic beauty of this magnificent new cable-stayed bridge in Mexico. Completed in 2012 and formally opened to traffic in late 2013, the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge can boast a number of superlatives, including: The second highest bridge … Continue reading

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Feck the straight-line mindset!

Please excuse me for utilizing the Irish version of a well-known four-letter profanity. It was picked up while visiting that lovely island last month. The milder term “feck” seemed to be the most appropriate word for titling this post with … Continue reading

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Maintain the paved shoulders too!

As a bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist, one of the more frustrating things about riding is the lack maintenance and care given to paved shoulders along roadways. If these are meant to provide some margin of safety and security for … Continue reading

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America’s finest airport – Sacramento’s Terminal B

Okay. I will admit I have not been in every airport in the land. I would have to live an “Up in the Air” life to do that. But, I have been in, through, or to enough airports, both new and old, … Continue reading

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Why must we play crosswalk roulette?

I don’t know about other parts of the country, but here in Greater Lansing, crossing (or crosswalk) signals seem to be timed based on Olympic sprinters. Personally, I cannot even make it across while riding my bike before the dumb signal starts blinking (please note … Continue reading

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