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Car-Centricity

Away from the major cities where parking is problematic and into cities built around urbanized sprawl exists a car-centric culture where cars are considered the only meaningful way to commute.  When car-centric people are asked if they foresee a day … Continue reading

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Cities where Cars are not Needed

Believe it or not there are a few cities in America where the majority of people do not routinely drive cars.  They are among the largest or most densely populated cities.  The problem people of these cities encounter is not … Continue reading

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The Debate over California’s Proposed Mandatory Helmet Law

“A bill introduced last week by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would extend California’s youth helmet requirement to adults, mandate reflective clothing while biking at night and fine cyclists $25 for not complying.” – Huff Post The debate … Continue reading

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Political Realities Can Change

Whenever Government is involved in deciding how to best spend tax dollars politics more often than not plays a huge and deciding role.  The needs of the citizens being served by elected officials are less served than the political interests … Continue reading

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Why Should We Tolerate Even One Bicycle-Car Accident?

Would you consider it tolerable if even one bicycle-car accident occurred a year if it were your child or family member riding that unfortunate bike?  So why should we tolerate such accidents for any other member of our community?  Why … Continue reading

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Cupertino General Plan – There is no Mobility Element!

The General Plan has as its foundation the Community Vision 2040 which is a guiding set of documents intended to assure that the General Plan remains balanced and contains the various key elements of this Vision.  Two of the elements … Continue reading

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Taking That First Step

The most import thing about doing anything new is deciding what first to do and taking that first step.  It doesn’t have to be large but it is a start that will lead to the next step and so on. … Continue reading

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Alleviating Fears that Cars will be Ban from Streets

It occurs to me that some people may be interpreting my intentions expressed in this website to start banning cars from the streets.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I know so well that it is unrealistic to ban … Continue reading

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Evolution into the Bicycle Community of the Future

In the community of the distant future people will primarily do most of their shopping in the community where they live or online.  Shopping centers that exist in our rural culture will be largely a thing of the past as … Continue reading

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Bicycle Subway of the Future

I have a vision of a Bicycle Subway of the distant future where subway tunnels run underground throughout the city with exist at convenient locations.  These subways will have mechanized ramps of the future which aid bicycles up to the … Continue reading

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Sustainable Growth

Sustainable Growth implies that the City can grow into the foreseeable future without suffering the previous Consequences of Growth which have been defined as: Traffic Congestion; Car accidents between bicyclists and pedestrians; Overcrowded schools. By removing cars from the equation … Continue reading

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Think BIG, Ask BIG, Be Convinced

So often we undersell ourselves by thinking too small and only asking for small amounts of resources or money giving those on the giving end the impression that what you ask is insignificant.  Management is generally stingy and will generally … Continue reading

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The Hardest People to Convince

History is full of examples of People with new ides running up against opposition.  Surprisingly it is the Experts of the time who are the most difficult to make a Paradigm shift to a new way of thinking.  Experts have … Continue reading

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Biking for All Seasons

Cupertino is located in an area of Mediterranean climate.  It has a short rainy season from November through February and our rain is comparatively light relative to much of the rest of the country.  It rarely snows, perhaps once every … Continue reading

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Bicycles of all Flavors

Bicycles come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations.  There are bicycles and tricycles which can carry several people.  Some of these utilitarian tricycles are referred to as cycle trucks or cargo bikes since they are designed to carry cargo.  … Continue reading

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Union Pacific Railroad Trail for Bicycling and Walking

There is an unofficial trail along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that is used by bikers and walkers daily.  People have been using this trail for more than 4 decades.  The Union Pacific has never band people from bike riding … Continue reading

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Why shouldn’t the City have a Road Map into the Future?

The City of Cupertino is embarking on two major projects, the Stevens Creek Corridor and a New Civic Center.  I know the New Civic Center will cost upwards of $52 million and from the size of the Stevens Creek Corridor … Continue reading

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