More car hate… April 13, 2010Posted by bibliosk8 in transportation.
Tags: cars suck
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A few brief thoughts on more ways cars steal your money, this time like boiling a live frog by gradually increasing the water temp.
New Richardson, TX trails and Bond Election March 11, 2010Posted by bibliosk8 in transportation, urban/suburban life.
Tags: bike commuting, bike paths, richardson texas bond election 2010
I wrote this on Bike Friendly Richardson this morning, after seeing trail construction on my morning bike ride to work.
As I just read what I’ve written below, I realized it somewhat, errrrr…, well, it’s kind of like a rant. So please just cut me some slack.
Richardson is holding a bond election for some improvements to city infrastructure and amenities on May 8. The entire package will raise the property taxes on a home of about $180,000 valuation by about $110 a year. Amazingly, some nutcases are against this. C’mon people, that is NOTHING. It isn’t like they’re gonna flush that money down the toilet. They are maintaining and improving our city — doing things to try to attract talented, educated, good people to live here, to get excellent companies to locate in Richardson. Good grief, if we left things up to these teabaggers, we’d have no public life at all.
Seriously – do we want to end up like Garland? I don’t think so.
And before some teabagger brings this up — YES – I am a homeowner. In fact, I actually own my home, rather than renting it from the bank. I don’t mind paying an extra $110 per year to keep our city moving in the right direction. It’s all part of living in a good civilization.
Highway projects in DFW — so depressing… February 24, 2010Posted by bibliosk8 in politics, transportation, urban/suburban life.
Tags: cost of freeways, DFW Connector, DFW transporation
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Saw these two stories today in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Highways are really, really expensive. I hear people complain sometimes that not everyone on the DART train buys a ticket — that there are cheaters. Compare that relatively small loss to the massive investment in freeways…it just doesn’t compare.
The money involved in just these two projects totals to over three billion dollars. That would finance a lot of light rail and bike lanes and street cars. I’m glad my friends who have to drive in these parts are perhaps looking at less misery, but there’s got to be a better way of doing things….
Multi-Modal awesomeness February 9, 2010Posted by bibliosk8 in skateboarding, sustainability, transportation.
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This morning my car needed to be taken to the dealership for some maintenance. I drive a 2003 Mazda Protege-5. It is a fairly efficient little hatchback. Not quite the mileage of my old Sentra, as it is designed to get up an go fast, which it does. Gets about 24 in the city, 30 on the highway. Truth is I don’t drive that much, as I don’t have much of a commute. And during most of the year I ride my bike to work 2 or 3 times a week.
Anyway, I drove to the dealership, rode a longboard to the train station, rode the train up to downtown Plano, and then longboarded up the street to work. Though it isn’t great for any really long distances (the ride from the dealership to the train station is only about 1/2 mile), the longboard is nice because it is easier than a bike to get on an off the train.