Save federal bike funding

This just out from People for Bikes:

The Trump Administration just released the budget for fiscal year 2018 and it’s not good for bicycling. The budget proposes to cut overall funding for the Department of the Interior by 5.3 percent and the Department of Transportation by 16 percent. If approved, this budget will cut funding for bike trails and paths in our National Parks and National Recreation Areas.

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What Do We Do About the West Martin Luther King Jr. St. Bridge?

Recently, the City of Ithaca Engineering Office solicited public comment on a draft design report for the West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancements project. Written comments can be submitted to Tim Logue at TLogue@cityofithaca.org or mailed or hand delivered to the Engineering Office in City Hall, 108 East Green Street.  Comments will be accepted until April 30, 2017.The study area covers the portion of West Martin Luther King Jr. Street (also known as West State Street or Route 79), from Floral Avenue (Rt 13A) to Taughannock Boulevard.  The proposed goals are to improve pedestrian conditions along the street, to improve options for pedestrians to cross the street, to enhance conditions for bicyclists, and to improve safety along the corridor.

Patt Dutt’s Response (with which I concur!)

I think anyway that the City can reduce car traffic will benefit everyone, and in the present and future.  Thus, I support Alternative 1 or 2; it seems that 2 proposes bike lanes in each direction, and that proposal would encourage more bicycling into the City.  As I noted on the Westhill listserv, a study done many years ago indicated the average West Hiller makes an average of 3 trips into town a day; short distances would be more suitable to biking than driving in many circumstances.

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Bikes are for Everybody

Please join us in Press Bay Alley 10 to 4 on Saturday April 22nd for our second annual Climate Solutions Fair: We Can Fix This & It Will Be Fun. Like a science fair for climate solutions, the Climate Solutions Fair will bring together people who are passionate about solar power, wind power, bikes, tiny houses, personal and house batteries, local foods and other ways to save the planet and have fun doing it. There will be food, music, and kids activities!

What is a Bicycle-Friendly Community?

On November 16, Ithacans’ efforts at filling out the Bike Friendly City application were rewarded with the award of “Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community” certification. It’s hard to know what this actually does or means, since Ithaca is still a city where parking garages run empty while  — with the support of Svante Myrick and Gary Ferguson — on-street parking spaces were privileged over bike lanes. Where a car can kill a bicyclist and get off with a slap on the wrist. Whereas I want to thank the people who filled out the application and are cited in its text, I think it’s important to recognize those who are really on the front-lines of bike culture in Ithaca: Andrjes Ozolins, Dave Nutter, Laurence Clarkberg, and EbikeIthaca’s own Pat Dutt.

Rain!!!

I am so glad that I, as a biker, always have a bodily experience of the weather. It makes me more mindful of climate change and more in tune with nature.

I was only outside for a few hours this morning, but the rain today is steady, and by the end of the second hour, my snow pants were no longer impermeable. My son’s varsity soccer jacket was doing a good job of keeping the water off my core, but the pants pocket where I had my phone was under threat. Luckily we have an EMS in town and I was able to get

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The Non-Fossil Fuel Crowd and the News

There was some sloppy reporting in the Ithaca Journal this morning.

Let’s start with this one paragraph:

The third-floor conference room was overflowing out of the door with a crowd evenly mixed* with both Maguire Auto Dealership employees clad in company gear and urban planning advocates and concerned residents of the Northside neighborhood**, who were there largely to protest the traffic impacts*** the dealership would have on Fifth Street.

*The overwhelming preponderance of speakers at the meeting were against siting Maguire’s in the Carpenter Business Park

**Activists who do not live on the Northside were also plentiful and vocal.
***There were about a dozen other reasons people were against the project.

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More on Carpenter Business Park (and a Cry For Help)

Here are some links to writing about the Maguire Proposal:

On a most immediate level, can you imagine having a car dealership across the street — whose biggest day is Saturday — at the same time and place that the Farmer’s Market’s is also having their biggest day? Why wouldn’t we want a tenant for that spot that would fund shuttle buses to and from some existing parking structure rather than to try and cram all that traffic in? Maguire is offering, instead, to build out 5th street.

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