I have two requests of you this week. They’re simple, really.
- Do you remember my Roadside Manners post from last week? Of course, you do. The “challenge” is for you all to pick up just one piece of trash along the road, trail or path as you’re out and about this week. Preferably, spot a piece of trash you suspect one of our fellow bikers or runners left behind (e.g., Gu packs, snack wrappers, banana peels or tire repair parts), and help us keep our good standing as upstanding citizens!
- Read “Combating the Myth That Complete Streets Are Too Expensive” on D.C. Streetsblog. Spot on!
Did you know that Minnesota is part of the National Complete Streets Coalition? Indeed, you can read all about it here: http://www.mncompletestreets.org/
Additionally, Minnesota is cited not once but twice in the D.C. Streetsblog:
“In Richfield, Minnesota, when 76th Street needed to be rebuilt following work on the sewer lines, the city decided to implement a “road diet.” Narrowing the street shaved $2 million off the estimated $6 million cost of the sewer work – while at the same time improving mobility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists and making for a more enjoyable community.”
“Complete streets can open up new transportation funding opportunities. This is the least common argument, but it can be a potent one. In the rural town of Pipestone, Minnesota, for example, the process of developing a complete streets policy inspired the town to apply for funding from the Safe Routes to School program – which they received.”
Got young kids? Thinking of having kids someday? Wouldn’t it be great if you knew they could bike to school safely? Minnesota Safe Routes to School State Network yo!