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The Link Detroit project would connect the the Midtown Loop to an extended Dequindre Cut, and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges.
DETROIT, MI -- Construction on a major recreation/transportation infrastructure upgrade is set to begin along and in between a series of greenways in Detroit and Hamtramck.
Bicyclists and administrators at Eastern Market are preparing a celebration of the start of construction on Link Detroit, a project that will extend the Dequindre Cut, link it to the Midtown Loop and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges.
A $10 million federal transportation grant announced last year will help pay for the project.
The Dequindre Cut, is a popular bike and pedestrian trail built over an abandoned rail line.
Posted by Raymond George at 1:30 PM
There are few things more satisfying in the backpacking experience than finding yourself miles from the nearest trailhead and realizing that your comfort and safety comes from gear created by your own hands.
In the early years of the ultralight hiking, being good with a sewing machine was as much a necessary skill as knowing where to pitch a tarp or finding shelter above treeline. With the introduction of a lot ultralight gear on to the market, that need has diminished.
If you're someone who finds making their own gear almost as enjoyable as using it, we want to help support your efforts. From time to time, we'll publish plans for items of gear that we think are relatively easy to build while providing a good addition to your ultralight gear inventory. These plans may include products that have or are planning on producing commercially.
We hope you respect the time we've invested into these plans and treat them accordingly. We do hope you feel free to take these plans, modify them as need be and make gear for yourself or your family. If you find an innovated addition or change, please feel free to let us know.
The publication of these plans does not give you license to use them to produce gear that can sold.
Posted by Raymond George at 12:30 PM
Over three days in court, musician Carlos Bertonatti tried everything to persuade a judge to go easy on him.
His sister and a pal told the court how Bertonatti saved their lives. A top Latin music executive testified that the Key Biscayne man had the makings of a bona fide pop star — earnings that could help pay restitution to the widow and daughter of the man Bertonatti killed.
His brother even admitted to using Bertonatti’s identity to rack up dozens of traffic tickets, an effort to soften the effect of the musician’s awful traffic history.
But in the end, the facts of the crime were too damning: Drunk after a night of partying, Bertonatti, 32, plowed his car into cyclist Christophe LeCanne on the Rickenbacker Causeway, dragging the man’s crumpled bicycle for more than two miles before the police caught up with him.
So Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bronwyn Miller — following the state’s sentencing guidelines — sent Bertonatti to prison for 12 years.
“You are a very young man. You have a future,” Miller told him. “I truly hope you will keep your commitment to the LeCanne family.”
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Image: Tom Payne
Jane Jacobs was revolutionary. By critiquing the modernist approach of twentieth century urban thinking, she taught us that traditional planning policies oppressed and rejected the single most important element of cities: people. Her ideas sparked decades of urban social movements, resulting in the preservation of inner city neighbourhoods across the globe. In the age of rationalism, she reminded us that cities are complex and chaotic. She reminded us that cities are human. Jane Jacobs (aka “The Crazy Dame”) inspired a generation of urbanists.
She reminded us that cities are human.
While Jacobs’ words continue to reverberate through history, this century we are faced with a new set of challenges. One in particular, dictates the way we govern, design and build urban spaces; it burdens our health care and kills our planet. Today’s greatest urban challenge is the car.
Our addiction to the car has made us crazy. We teach our children to fear the street and we fight wars to ensure we have reliable access to oil. Our obsession with the car controls just about every aspect of our urban lives. Like a drug however, it is destroying us from the inside out, not only is our atmosphere polluted and our streets congested, but every new road, car park and set of traffic lights makes our cities a little less livable. We have once again forgotten that cities are human.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
City retailers tend to overestimate the importance of parking to their business. They fail to see the many downsides of free parking (congestion and low shopper turnover, among them). They believe more people arrive at the store by car than actually do. They may not even realize that while driving customers spend more per visit, non-drivers spend as much or more in the long term.
And yet whenever a city considers installing a bike lane, rest assured some retailers will protest the perceived loss of automobile access. Take the bike lane that stole a dozen parking spaces from 65th Street in Seattle a couple years back (for reasons that will seem far less arbitrary in a moment). The typical comment from a bike lane opponent to the city's department of transportation went something like this:
Please do not take away the 65th St. traffic lanes for bicycle lanes. Traffic is congested already and eliminating street parking for cars will [be] detrimental for all small businesses located on 65th.
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I’ve had a crappy summer on the roads. Don’t get me wrong - the weather’s been great, and I’ve had some lovely rides, and I’ve got some amazing memories.
No. It’s the idiots I have to share the road with who are the problem.
I’ve lost count of the number of deliberately intimidatory close passes I’ve suffered, blasts of horns, times I’ve been tailgated, and had incomprehensible (yet plainly vitriol-laced) yells from passing drivers. I’ve had drivers try overtaking me when I’ve been stationary in a queue of traffic (really: just what imaginary piece of unoccupied road were you trying to get into?), another brake-test me, and one drive his car at me and Daughter before getting out to tell me that he’d be waiting round the corner out of CCTV view to give me a good kicking. That’s him, below - charming fellow. Rather than take him up on his offer, I called the police.
It’s been really, really shit.
It got so bad in fact that I even had a colleague who’s a cycle instructor take me out on the road to assess my riding - if I was the common factor in these acts of aggression, then maybe I was the one at fault?
Posted by Raymond George at 12:08 PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Salsa Stainless Water Bottle Cages mounted on fork/downtube
Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15"setup tubeless
Garmin 800 GPS
PDW clip-on fenders
PDW clip-on fenders
2 Big Bottles/1 small bottle under downtube
PDW Blinkie Light
Light & Motion Urban 550 headlight (failed)
SalsaWanderlust Rack –
Ortlieb BikePacker Plus Panniers
- Bathroom stuff – bike sized
- First aid kit
- Sunscreen / Bug spray / Off Clip-On
- Camp towel/2 packs of unscented waterless bath wipes
- Unscented castile soap
- Aleve/Imodium/Pills/Ear plugs
- Eyeglass case
- Long Sleeve Ibex wool t-shirt
- Hiking Pants
- Ibex Wool Jersey/Endura shorts liner/ two pair wool socks
- Mountain Hardware sleeping bag
iPhone charger&cable/garmin cable/camera cable&charger/Mophie battery/headphones (In a Bag)
- Clif bars/Honey stinger waffles/gels
- 2 bags trail mix
- 3 bags of jerky
- Scratch labs mix
- 4 Dehydrated food packs
- 4 breakfast meals
- Coffee packs
- Odor Free Bag
Soto Windmaster stove
2 Gas canisters
2 GSI H20 Lite collapsible water bottles
Stainless steel bottle of whiskey
Top of rack – hook dry bag to rack with bungie
- Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker 24oz tent
- 5 Stakes / 2 Poles / Center pole
- Tyvek to protect against rocks
- Food bag hanging rope
Revelate Designs Frame Bag
- Wallet/Cash/ID/Med card/Debit Card
- Tools / Tire levers / bigger Allen key for pedals
- 2 Tubes
- Hand wipes
- Day food
- Black Diamond camp light
Revelate Designs Gas Tank
Outdoor Research handlebar Bag
- Sea to Summit sleeping bag liner
- Klymit pad
- Helinox camp chair
- Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow
- Keen sandals
- Bike shoes
- Dew rag
- Showers Pass Jacket
Posted by Raymond George at 12:17 PM
Monday, September 9, 2013
Posted by Raymond George at 10:00 AM