Archive for the 'Our eternal quest for Platinum Status' Category
The most amazing (and foreign) thing to me about the above video is when the Netherlands’s Prime Minister goes on TV and tells the country that they are going to have to change the way they’ve been doing things and quit driving so much, but that it can be done without excessive pain. I [...]Read More..>>
Friends of mine somehow pried me out of my house yesterday to attend Grist columnist Elly Blue’s presentation at El Mercado last night. It was an old-fashioned road show, with a great presentation about bikes and economics followed by some short movies, mostly extolling and scrutinizing Portland’s biketopia. There was good food, too. [...]Read More..>>
Here we are getting outdone by Lithuania. Looks like a pretty nice place to live.
I read this New York Times article yesterday about First Lady Michelle Obama’s successful campaign to persuade Wal Mart, Walgreens, and other retailers to provide healthier food choices and reduce the prevalence of “food deserts” in our communities. A food desert is an area where more than 500 people live further than one mile [...]Read More..>>
On my way home from my trip up north I returned to Portland for a second look around.
And consider it confirmed: this place has been so thoroughly bike-ified that it is no longer recognizable as America. There are bikes, and people riding them, everywhere. Virtually all of the bikes are somewhat customized, [...]
I am on a pilgrimage this week to a special tucsonbikelawyer holy site: the Tillamook Cheese Factory. But Portland is on the way there so I spent a few days looking around. I’ll say this much: Portland really has us beat when it comes to the sheer numbers of people on bikes. [...]Read More..>>
Are local authorities deliberately not appearing in court after ticketing cyclists for non-existent violations?
I had yet another traffic case yesterday where the officer failed to show up. It was a case I most certainly planned to win, because the cyclist was ticketed for riding to the left of the fog line on the Mt. Lemmon Highway. This officer (Deputy Alvaro Arizpuru) apparently believes that cyclists must [...]Read More..>>
A friend of mine just called me to ask if there are any easy, safe, fun bike rides he can do with his young daughter. He was wondering if the TNBR might be a good option, but apparently he went to my blog and read the recent posts about it and thought he should [...]Read More..>>
Readers of this Website know that I have been very critical of TPD since I started it back in 2007. In fact, the whole reason I did start it was my frustration at TPD officers who were not citing motorists for collisions with cyclists that were demonstrably the fault of the motorist. Over [...]Read More..>>