The city’s primary bike transportation guy, Sam Trebilcock, circulated this link regarding some discussion for the bike committee he facilitates.
I found it a comprehensive look at the different ways for people on bikes and people in cars to co-exist in an urban setting. If you every wanted to know more about all the different types of traffic flow, this is your chance.
Here’s an excerpt from the intro page….
The purpose of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (part of the Cities for Cycling initiative) is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide is based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world. The designs in this document were developed by cities for cities, since unique urban streets require innovative solutions. Most of these treatments are not directly referenced in the current version of the AASHTO Guide to Bikeway Facilities, although they are virtually all (with two exceptions) permitted under the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Federal Highway Administration has posted information regarding MUTCD approval status of all of the bicycle related treatments in this guide and in August 2013 issued a memorandum officially supporting use of the document. All of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide treatments are in use internationally and in many cities around the US.
To create the Guide, the authors have conducted an extensive worldwide literature search from design guidelines and real-life experience. They have worked closely with a panel of urban bikeway planning professionals from NACTO member cities, as well as traffic engineers, planners, and academics with deep experience in urban bikeway applications.
For reasons I’m not completely in touch with, I have an inordinate interest in how cities are planned and executed.
It’s not like I want to got to public planning school or anything. It’s not an obsession. I just think we can do a better, smarter job of controlling our growth.
My experience over the years is that the people who do this for a living, are pretty smart. They get it. However, they’re trying to get actual people to adapt their lifestyles a bit to make it work. That’s where it often goes wrong.
My guest on today’s show can shed some light on all these things.
Jeff Schmitt is the city’s top planning official. He’s a whip smart dude who has been guiding Sioux Falls growth for quite awhile now.
Our discussion at 3 today will start with a package of stories we ran on Sunday.
I want to talk about how we overcome the suburban mentality that says keep building houses further and further from the core and just drive in. How do we build a city that is more sustainable in the long term?
The old model of suburbanization that drove development for the better part of the 20th century has problems. First, all those roads cost a lot of money. At the same time, people are actually driving less because of the cost of the gas and because young people don’t see it as a necessity.
Mass transit is huge. It has to get better in Sioux Falls.
Other alternative forms — yes, bicycling — must be included in the formula, encouraged, and funded.
I’ll put all those topics to Jeff and see what he has to say about it.
Jump in the chat and let us know what you think.
Last year I took all of December off from training and then restarted on Jan. 1, 2013, with an eight-week block focused on swimming.
This year has been a little different. I didn’t really stop training after the Ironman but I quit adhering to a strict schedule. I did what I wanted. If it was nice out - I ran. I did a lot of cyclocross riding and racing. That was a lot of fun. Since the snow hit, I’ve been riding the trainer inside.
I’ve been lifting weights to build muscle around some key joints, build stamina and try and prevent injury.
I quit tracking every piece of nutrition I put in my body.
And I haven’t been in the pool for weeks and weeks. (That’s due in part to the fact that the Y is getting rid of its pool in the remodel. It just makes it harder.)
The results are fairly predictable.
As of today, I’m a full 10 pounds heavier than my racing weight in September. I had to pull out an old pair of jeans with an extra inch on the waist on Christmas Day.
That means Jan. 1 is again a significant date in my training life.
It all starts again. The planning. The nutrition logging. The early mornings. Long runs. Bike trainer. Hello pool. Goodbye beer.
It’s a state of mind more than anything, a focus on the goal.
This year the goal is sub-12 hour Ironman. This year’s race is in Boulder on Aug. 3.
The goal is reachable. I finished in roughly 12:30 at Madison. There’s a little bit to make up in the swim, but not more than a few minutes. I was 1:22 and I think I can hit 1:15.
The bike should be better just based on terrain. You wouldn’t think that Boulder could be less hill than Wisconsin but that route around Madison is pretty brutal in terms of climbing. Boulder will have climbs but in Wisconsin there are many shorter, steeper pulls that make it harder, particularly on a TT bike. So I’m hoping to get back a little there, maybe 15 minutes or so. I was 6:06 at IMWI.
But the real opportunity for improvement is on the run. I’m sure everybody says that but I cracked hard on the second half of the run with some serious abdominal distress. I’m working on that area in several ways. One is core strength but perhaps more important is nutrition. I’ve switched a liquid base for the majority of the nutrient on the bike so that I’m not pounding clif blocks all day. I think that was a big problem.
I ran/walked a 4:45. That’s a really long time. I know I can get a lot closer to 4 hours. How close? Hard to tell but my goal is at least 4:15. That would put me under the 12 hours with some room to spare.
So, that’s going to be my year.
Sure hope to be better at this the second time around.
I’ll see you out there.