Montréal Cargo Bikes

Classic dépanneur delivery bike in Montreal

Story: – Bicycle Culture by Design: Montreal Cargo Bikes.

I lived in the ‘burbs, so there were no dépanneurs like these where I was, believe me.  But in the inner-ring suburbs and in residential areas of the city, they were legion.  And this is how the groceries got to your house.

From googling around, it appears that many of these have been bought out by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.  Who is that?  Just the same Montreal company that owns Circle K among others (mostly in Canada but growing).

Dépanneur in Ville-Émard

Pretty typical small, usually famiiy-owned dépanneur in  Montréal

Here is a fun map.  It barely covers 1 km² yet each red dot is a tiny grocery store.  And many of them deliver.  On bikes. In the winter.

Bullet Train Plan Sparks North Texas Turf War, by Aman Batheja

photo by: Norihiro Kataoka

Story: Bullet Train Plan Sparks North Texas Turf War, by Aman Batheja.

Another on the Texas passenger train idea.  I’ve had this in the buffer for a while and just noticed it again now.

Two quotes amuse me:

“[…] this latest plan to make passenger rail work in highway-loving Texas.”

“Highway-loving Texas.”  Let’s see what there is for them to love.

There are several thousand miles of expressway in Texas, most of which can be used at no direct cost to the user, 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

There are three intercity trains in Texas.  One of the trains runs from Chicago to San Antonio via Longview, Dallas, and Ft Worth once per day in each direction.  Three days a week, you can connect in San Antonio with a train that makes it’s way from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso.  There is another daily train that connects at Ft Worth for Norman and OKC.

So if a Texan wanted to love a train instead, they wouldn’t have much opportunity, would they?  I maintain that so many people drive in Texas because they have no other rational choice.  The same is true in most of the rest of the country, of course.

The other is this:

““It is, at the moment, considered to be a 100 percent privately financed venture, so in some respects, we may be limited to what our authority is,” [NTCOG senior program manager Tom] Shelton said.”

It’s a 100% privately financed venture as someone just said. What makes government officials think they have any authority? Yes, there are land-use regulations through which they can exercise some control, but if the company thinks it will make more sense to have a station in Waxahachie instead of Ft Worth, then that’s where they’re going to put their station.

The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan’s High-Speed Rail Success – CityLab

JR Central 700 Series Shinkansen on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Kakegawa Station and Shizuoka Station – via Wikimedia Commons.

Story: The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan’s High-Speed Rail Success – CityLab.

Not unlike All Aboard Florida, but not nearly as far along.  And this isn’t the first time that this has been floated.  Google around for “Texas TGV” from the early 1990s.

SFpark called a success, will expand throughout the city

All May Park, All Must Pay

Story: SFpark called a success, will expand throughout the city.

Adjust the rates to keep one or two parking stalls open on each block face.  That may be $5/h on some streets at some times and $0.25/h on other streets at other times.  But live experiments are showing that it works.  Mostly, it cuts traffic congestion since up to 40% of automobiles in cities are looking for parking.