Thursday, October 9, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Park(ing) Day Minneapolis 2008


Plug a meter, roll out some sod, set out some plants and chairs and a plastic shark, and you have made a park in a parking space.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Approve This Message while bicyling



This is my short take on the I Approve This Message project of the Unconvention. Now if there were less public subsidy for car transportation and we had a less biased transport system, you might even be able to hear what I was saying.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bike/Walk Ambassadors Project Lauch



Here is a video I shot with my tiny Flip camera at the Bike Walk Ambassadors Launch on Sunday, Auguat 17 at Saint Anthony Main. For more information, visit Bike Walk Twin Cities

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Charlton Heston Brought Back From the Dead!


I have been making short cartoons lately, rather than writing about why I don't drive.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

emergency parking

I moved to Minneapolis over 20 years ago after growing up in a couple small Montana cities. When I first came here I was somewhat amazed and confused by the very aggressive snow-plowing routine here. The towns in Montana I came from got as much or more snow than Minneapolis, and often it lingered thru the winter, but the plowing routine was pretty lackadaisical in comparison. They would plow the middle of streets to make sure they were safe for cars, but the edges of the streets often kept their drifts.

So it took me a while to figure out that the aggressive snowplowing here, the snow emergencies, had less to do with safety and almost everything to do with parking. Minneapolis plows from curve to curve to ensure that there will always be plenty of curbside parking.

A few years ago some friends of mine from Madison, Wisconsin drove up for a long weekend. Their comment when they left was how easy it always was to find parking here. And that was in comparison to tiny Madison. They didn't necessarily think that ease of parking was a good thing. It made it too easy to drive.

In Minneapolis, if you start a trip in a car you pretty much always know that you will find parking at your destination, and it will probably be easy to find parking at your destination. If you always know that you will be able to park at your destination, and you have a car, you will pretty much always take a car for that trip.

If you want to take a trip but don't know if you'll find parking at your destination, or if you think that finding parking will be a pain, you might decide to take transit or bike or walk for that trip. If you do decide to walk, you help make your city more pedestrian friendly for everybody else. If you decide to take transit, you help create demand to grow your transit system. Or you might decide to do something closer to home, and help make your own neighborhood a more vibrant place.

But if you know it will always be easy to drive because you know there will always be easy parking at your destination, you will drive, and you will then make sure that your city is less pedestrian friendly, and maintains its mediocre transit system, and you will leave your neighborhood, and that makes sure that there is less to do close to your home.

So I say that we should just save all those hundreds and thousands of dollars and just get rid of the snow emergencies. We should let the snow pile up on the edges of streets to make it harder for people to find a place to park. Everything we do that makes it a little less easy to drive makes it easier to walk, and makes our city a better place for people.