May 8, 2013
Bike Ped, Smart Growth
Bicycle, Bicycle commuting, bike score, cars, cycling, david whitaker, gen Y, Local bike shop, smart growth, sustainable communities, transportation
The Return of Neighborhood Bicycle Shops: A Sustainable Community Indicator
“The communities that embrace the bicycle and all that goes with it NOW will be the successful communities of the next generation.”
–Alex Obriecht, President Bike Maryland & Race Pace Bicycles
Did you buy that bicycle at the hardware store?
This was quite likely several decades ago. From the 1950’s through the 1970’s, you could often find a bicycle shop combined with a local hardware store in communities throughout the U.S. This was a unique 20th century retail combination that was often located on or near a main street or at a nearby neighborhood commercial center.
Retail operated differently decades ago and both bicycle shops and hardware stores often were located in the neighborhood. Sometimes that first paper-route bike or later the Schwinn Stingray, Varsity or Paramount 10-speed was purchased at one of these long gone local hardware & bicycle shops.
Several years thereafter there was a commercial transition More
March 28, 2013
Bike Ped, Bike trails, Transportation
adams morgan neighborhood, Bicycle sharing system, bicycles, cycling, mass transit, public private partnership, Segregated cycle facilities, transportation, Walkability
So I am one of “those” people.
Who am I you may ask. I am a completely car-free urban planner. No, I am not crazy and I am not a “tree hugger.” I do, however, believe in smart growth, walkable communities and mixed uses. In my line of work I am not alone in these beliefs but often when you dig a little deeper you find urban planners with these beliefs living the car dominated suburban “dream.” I like to practice what I preach so for the last three years I have been totally car-free living in northwest Washington, DC while working in Baltimore – approximately 40 miles from my home. More
March 20, 2013
Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick News-Post, gen Y, maryland department of planning, millenials, mixed-use development, Safe Routes to School, transportation
New sidewalk would protect Monocacy Middle, Frederick News-Post (March 19, 2013)
The article above describes a project near a Frederick County public school that exemplifies quality planning. In this instance, a local school facility planing director decided to make a difference in order to help middle school students safely travel to and from school.
- Monocacy Middle School
Over the past several years MDP has urged public school construction officials across Maryland take a more active role in Safe Routes to Schools projects. Ray Barnes, Executive Director for Facility Services with Frederick County Public Schools took it upon himself to apply for a grant to complete a sidewalk located along a road off of the school property. A sidewalk was clearly need on this segment of Opossumtown Pike More
December 7, 2012
Bike Ped, Smart Growth, Transportation
Brookings Institution, LOCUS, Real estate, smart growth, Walkability, WalkUP
“The market is flashing very large and very loud signals: ‘Build more walkable urban places,’” says Christopher B. Leinberger
For many decades urban and regional planners have chased the elusive “walkable community” much like the Holy Grail. From Radburn to Columbia to your local mixed use center, walkability has often been a planning goal, although rarely achieved. This is now changing. An emerging land use in the second decade of the 21st century are walkable urban places. More
August 3, 2012
Michael Phelps, North Baltimore Aquatic Club
In the winters of 2000 and 2001, after I had begun working at the Maryland Department of Planning in Baltimore, I would take a night Spinerval Training class each Wednesday at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Mount Washington. On winter nights, about 30 cyclists and triathletes would arrive and haul their bicycles and metal trainers up to the second floor of the old aquatic club building. We would set up our trainers, attach the rear wheel of our road bikes and then begin a 50-minute training session with the famed triathlon coach Troy Jacobsen. Most nights as we set our bikes onto our trainers, a teen-ager was swimming laps in the lanes of the pool below us. People spoke of him as ”the Kid.” More