Mar
31
2017

City Council 2017 Candidates: Lou Braatz III

Do you support the Complete Streets initiative for Lincoln? If so, to what degree do you prioritize the development of Complete Streets and the improvement of Lincoln’s bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure? The City of Lincoln’s Complete Streets Initiative is one that I support. We can see that more residents are moving away from automobiles as their primary transport, so we should be planning for/ implementing the changes necessary to facilitate all travelers in our town. […]

Mar
31
2017

City Council 2017 Candidates: Deb Andrews

Do you support the Complete Streets initiative for Lincoln? If so, to what degree do you prioritize the development of Complete Streets and the improvement of Lincoln’s bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure? I think it is a great idea but should come after prioritizing Lincoln citizen services as described below. I have been advised there is not enough available funding for: StarTran to operate on Sundays or holidays Plowing residential areas when main streets are plowed Park […]

Mar
30
2017

City Council 2017 Candidates: Brayden McLaughlin

Brayden McLaughlin

Hi Sydney, thanks for reaching out! I’m a cyclist too and while I like the idea of complete streets, the way that the city has implemented it in the past is what I have to second guess. And sometimes the way the city (and the federal funds mandates) does things makes it way more expensive to the point where we could be doing more for cyclists with the same amount of funds. I’ll give you […]

Mar
30
2017

City Council 2017 Candidates: Where do they stand on Complete Streets?

Because the Complete Streets initiative prioritizes multi-modal transportation it is generally considered an important step towards improving city infrastructure for bicycling and walking.  Consequently, on March 30, we posed a question to each of the candidates running for the three-at-large City Council positions. Do you support the Complete Streets initiative for Lincoln? If so, to what degree do you prioritize the development of Complete Streets and the improvement of Lincoln’s bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure? Candidates advancing to […]

Mar
27
2017

Rambling Different Trails: At The Bike Shop.

It’s aggravating not speaking Chinese, and needing to go to the bike shop while not speaking Chinese is even worse. I can say a few phrases and get us home in a taxi, but explaining my need for a new chain and cassette and probably the bottom bracket? It’s rough. I know there must be better translation apps out there than what I’ve found but when you get into specialized vocabulary like this, it comes […]

Mar
20
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Get To Know Your Own Backyard.

Recently we we were invited out to dinner by a “well-placed civil servant.” We never found out what he actually does, but he speaks English. Eventually the conversation came around to riding bikes because, well, what could be better? I had to talk about my recent discoveries along the Shahe and Yinghe rivers, and that I’d just gone the day before to Xiaolaozhen via the Shahe. He just stared at me and said he’d grown […]

Mar
13
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Putting The Puzzle Together.

This past week I’ve been exploring the levee roads upstream from Zhoukou. The Yinghe and the Shahe rivers meet on the western edge of the city but I’d never found the entrance to a levee road west of the beltway. It turns out that tributaries and topography shift them but I finally found some of the thin gray lines on the map and figured it out. There’s nothing quite like having new territory to explore […]

Mar
7
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Fast Forward To The Present

I was reminded a few days ago just how quickly things are changing here in Zhoukou. I was commenting on the small village roads I’d been riding lately. Another oral English teacher, one who has been here for more than ten years laughed and said that when she arrived all the roads were like that. There were no big roads. What traffic there was consisted of buses, trucks, taxis, black government cars, and three-wheelers. And […]

Feb
27
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Thin Gray Lines.

First an update from last week. In Shanghai a task force has been rounding up bike shares off the sidewalks. Apparently there are so many that people were complaining that they were taking up the space needed to park their own bicycles and scooters. Are they a victim of their own success? They will still be available, but there will be fewer. http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=police-sweep-share-bikes-removed-streets&utm_medium=social Now on to this week. I am not a roadie. If given […]

Feb
20
2017

Rambling Different Trails: An Adventure In Bike Shares.

We are back from a week in Nanjing, Suzhou, and Shanghai, and are excited to see that bike shares are so common there. Nanjing is a modern city, heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation but today re-built and full of interesting places to visit by public transit and bicycle. I immediately noticed that the municipal Public Bicycle bikeshare of Nanjing which uses docking posts sometimes lining a whole city block, was not the only option. […]