Recent Changes for "Platinum meets pavement" - Davis Wikihttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavementRecent Changes of the page "Platinum meets pavement" on Davis Wiki.en-us Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2008-04-11 19:07:42PhilipNeustromlinking bike lanes <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 16: </td> <td> Line 16: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few major streets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through ["greenbelts"]. Bicycle under- and ["Bike Overpasses" over-crossings] connected neighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gated off the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into wide car-free bikeways. </td> <td> <span>+</span> The city striped <span>["</span>bike lanes<span>"]</span> — the nation’s first — not just on a few major streets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through ["greenbelts"]. Bicycle under- and ["Bike Overpasses" over-crossings] connected neighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gated off the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into wide car-free bikeways. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 15:43:30EdWinsRelevance? I thought after MikeGiardina, no posting articles. <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 39: </td> <td> Line 39: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ </span> </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 08:07:24JasonAllerlinks <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 in ["The Davis Enterprise"]: </td> <td> <span>+</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, <span>["</span>2006<span>"]</span> in ["The Davis Enterprise"]: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 8: </td> <td> Line 8: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> -<span>&nbsp;It’s been almost a year since Davis received the first-</span>ever platinum level Bicycle-Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists.This singular achievement is one of which all Davis residents, and <span>city</span> and university officials, can be very proud. It says that our city is unmatched by any other in the nation in its support of bicycling. </td> <td> <span>+ It’s been almost a year since Davis received the first</span>-ever platinum level <span>["</span>Bicycle-Friendly Community Award<span>"]</span> from the League of American Bicyclists.<span>&nbsp;</span>This singular achievement is one of which all Davis residents, and <span>["City of Davis" city]</span> and university officials, can be very proud. It says that our city is unmatched by any other in the nation in its support of <span>["</span>bicycling<span>"]</span>. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 10: </td> <td> Line 10: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> The Bicycle-Friendly Community award is not a permanent honor. Once earned,it can only be retained if the city maintains its commitment year after year to the same high standards that merited the platinum designation in the first place. In other words, the community cannot rest on its laurels. </td> <td> <span>+</span> The Bicycle-Friendly Community award is not a permanent honor. Once earned,<span>&nbsp;</span>it can only be retained if the city maintains its commitment year after year to the same high standards that merited the platinum designation in the first place. In other words, the community cannot rest on its laurels. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 12: </td> <td> Line 12: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> To some extent, our platinum level award was a tribute to Davis’ pioneering efforts to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment for pedalers.For more than 40 years, Davis has been planning, building and maintaining a cityscape that encourages the beneficial use of human-powered vehicles. </td> <td> <span>+</span> To some extent, our platinum level award was a tribute to Davis’ pioneering efforts to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment for pedalers.<span>&nbsp;</span>For more than 40 years, Davis has been planning, building and maintaining a cityscape that encourages the beneficial use of human-powered vehicles. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 16: </td> <td> Line 16: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few major streets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through greenbelts. Bicycle under- and over-crossings connected neighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gated off the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into wide car-free bikeways.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few major streets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through ["greenbelts"]. Bicycle under- and ["Bike Overpasses" over-crossings] connected neighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gated off the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into wide car-free bikeways.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 25: </td> <td> Line 25: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- It may take a few weeks or months, but many newcomers eventually succumb to the obvious attractions of bicycling. Most don’t go car-free or start picketing our auto mall, but they do become comfortable with the idea ofhopping on the saddle and pedaling for pleasure, business, fitness or various utility trips.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ It may take a few weeks or months, but many newcomers eventually succumb to the obvious attractions of bicycling. Most don’t go car-free or start picketing our auto mall, but they do become comfortable with the idea of hopping on the saddle and pedaling for pleasure, business, fitness or various utility trips.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 27: </td> <td> Line 27: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Most of these people would never do the same in other communities around the country. Not only do other cities lack Davis’ friendly infrastructure,but more importantly they lack the highly visible and compelling numbers of cyclists on their streets and paths. In Davis, bicycling is ordinary,routine and accepted by most everyone, including our motorists. There may not be “safety in numbers,” but there is certainly security and comfort. </td> <td> <span>+</span> Most of these people would never do the same in other communities around the country. Not only do other cities lack Davis’ friendly infrastructure,<span>&nbsp;</span>but more importantly they lack the highly visible and compelling numbers of cyclists on their streets and paths. In Davis, bicycling is ordinary,routine and accepted by most everyone, including our motorists. There may not be “safety in numbers,” but there is certainly security and comfort. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 29: </td> <td> Line 29: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> But Davis can and must do more. According to the 2000 census, bike-to-work<span>t </span>rips in Davis declined from 22 percent to 17 percent since 1990. We can reverse that trend, even though a smaller percentage of Davis residents work locally. </td> <td> <span>+</span> But Davis can and must do more. According to the 2000 census, bike-to-work<span>&nbsp;t</span>rips in Davis declined from 22 percent to 17 percent since 1990. We can reverse that trend, even though a smaller percentage of Davis residents work locally. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 31: </td> <td> Line 31: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> And, despite a General Plan that mandates all arterial streets shall have bike lanes, Fifth Street remains a challenge for cyclists. Too many of our children and adults are either woefully ignorant of traffic rules and riding skills or choose to <span>ignore them</span>. Education and enforcement is the key. A bicycle museum and resource center would be nice, too. </td> <td> <span>+</span> And, despite a General Plan that mandates all arterial streets shall have bike lanes, <span>["5th Street" </span>Fifth Street<span>]</span> remains a challenge for cyclists. Too many of our children and adults are either woefully ignorant of traffic rules and riding skills or choose to <span>["Running Stop Signs" ignore them]</span>. Education and enforcement is the key. A bicycle museum and resource center would be nice, too. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 35: </td> <td> Line 35: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> However, we stand alone in our love affair with “this slender, whippet thing of steel and rubber that carries a man far and fast, by his own glad effort,on the open road and takes him away from his cares … as nothing can,” as Twells Brex wrote. </td> <td> <span>+</span> However, we stand alone in our love affair with “this slender, whippet thing of steel and rubber that carries a man far and fast, by his own glad effort,<span>&nbsp;</span>on the open road and takes him away from his cares … as nothing can,” as Twells Brex wrote. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 37: </td> <td> Line 37: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> As a metaphor, the bicycle represents health, a clean environment, efficiency,sustainability, egalitarianism, appropriate human-scale technology and even functional beauty. We are indeed the “City of Bicycles” and we should proclaim so with pride and a pledge to keep it so. </td> <td> <span>+</span> As a metaphor, the bicycle represents health, a clean environment, efficiency,<span>&nbsp;["</span>sustainability<span>"]</span>, egalitarianism, appropriate human-scale technology and even functional beauty. We are indeed the “City of Bicycles” and we should proclaim so with pride and a pledge to keep it so. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 07:31:25JasonAller(quick edit) <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 in The Davis Enterprise: </td> <td> <span>+</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 in <span>["</span>The Davis Enterprise<span>"]</span>: </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 06:52:13TedBuehler <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, in The Davis Enterprise: </td> <td> <span>+</span> Published Sunday, Sept. 24, <span>2006 </span>in The Davis Enterprise: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 3: </td> <td> Line 3: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> <span>=</span>== Davis: where platinum meets the pavement ==<span>=</span> </td> <td> <span>+</span> == Davis: where platinum meets the pavement == </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 06:51:42TedBuehler <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 8: </td> <td> Line 8: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> -<span>&nbsp;It’s been almost a year since Davis received the first-</span>ever platinum levelBicycle-Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists.This singular achievement is one of which all Davis residents, and city anduniversity officials, can be very proud. It says that our city is unmatchedby any other in the nation in its support of bicycling. </td> <td> <span>+ It’s been almost a year since Davis received the first</span>-ever platinum level<span>&nbsp;</span>Bicycle-Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists.This singular achievement is one of which all Davis residents, and city and<span>&nbsp;</span>university officials, can be very proud. It says that our city is unmatched<span>&nbsp;</span>by any other in the nation in its support of bicycling. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 10: </td> <td> Line 10: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> The Bicycle-Friendly Community award is not a permanent honor. Once earned,it can only be retained if the city maintains its commitment year after yearto the same high standards that merited the platinum designation in the firstplace. In other words, the community cannot rest on its laurels. </td> <td> <span>+</span> The Bicycle-Friendly Community award is not a permanent honor. Once earned,it can only be retained if the city maintains its commitment year after year<span>&nbsp;</span>to the same high standards that merited the platinum designation in the first<span>&nbsp;</span>place. In other words, the community cannot rest on its laurels. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 12: </td> <td> Line 12: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> To some extent, our platinum level award was a tribute to Davis’ pioneeringefforts to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment for pedalers.For more than 40 years, Davis has been planning, building and maintaininga cityscape that encourages the beneficial use of human-powered vehicles. </td> <td> <span>+</span> To some extent, our platinum level award was a tribute to Davis’ pioneering<span>&nbsp;</span>efforts to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment for pedalers.For more than 40 years, Davis has been planning, building and maintaining<span>&nbsp;</span>a cityscape that encourages the beneficial use of human-powered vehicles. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 14: </td> <td> Line 14: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> The mistakes made early on can be forgiven because planners, politiciansand engineers were breaking new ground, either adapting features observedin Europe or devising their own unique solutions to accommodate the alreadylarge numbers of cyclists and to encourage even more citizens to mount upand ride. </td> <td> <span>+</span> The mistakes made early on can be forgiven because planners, politicians<span>&nbsp;</span>and engineers were breaking new ground, either adapting features observed<span>&nbsp;</span>in Europe or devising their own unique solutions to accommodate the already<span>&nbsp;</span>large numbers of cyclists and to encourage even more citizens to mount up<span>&nbsp;</span>and ride. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 16: </td> <td> Line 16: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few majorstreets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through greenbelts. Bicycle under- and over-crossings connectedneighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gatedoff the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into widecar-free bikeways.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few major streets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through greenbelts. Bicycle under- and over-crossings connected neighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gated off the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into wide car-free bikeways.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 18: </td> <td> Line 18: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Bike racks bloomed in town and especially on campus, where visionary plannersrealized that to promote bike use, secure bike parking facilities had tobe provided at all destinations and be sited near building entrances, nothidden from view — a design philosophy grudgingly accepted and later embracedby campus architects. </td> <td> <span>+</span> Bike racks bloomed in town and especially on campus, where visionary planners<span>&nbsp;</span>realized that to promote bike use, secure bike parking facilities had to<span>&nbsp;</span>be provided at all destinations and be sited near building entrances, not<span>&nbsp;</span>hidden from view — a design philosophy grudgingly accepted and later embraced<span>&nbsp;</span>by campus architects. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 20: </td> <td> Line 20: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> More recently, bicycle traffic signals, another Davis innovation, providedadditional controls at problematic intersections and are now spreading toother forward-thinking California communities.<br> <span>-</span> In time, something else blossomed in town: a true “bike culture.” Bicyclingwas not just practiced by impoverished students, eccentric professors orlycra-clad racers. Bicycling reached a true “critical mass” that most othercities could only dream about. </td> <td> <span>+</span> More recently, bicycle traffic signals, another Davis innovation, provided<span>&nbsp;</span>additional controls at problematic intersections and are now spreading to<span>&nbsp;</span>other forward-thinking California communities.<br> <span>+</span> In time, something else blossomed in town: a true “bike culture.” Bicycling<span>&nbsp;</span>was not just practiced by impoverished students, eccentric professors or<span>&nbsp;</span>lycra-clad racers. Bicycling reached a true “critical mass” that most other<span>&nbsp;</span>cities could only dream about. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 23: </td> <td> Line 23: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Our critical mass is not the once-monthly mobile anarchic assembly of rag-tagpedal pushers that take to the streets in San Francisco, New York and scoresof other cities with the hope of convincing drivers to forsake their carsand join them. Ours is a daily phenomenon that’s no longer phenomenal — exceptto visitors and new arrivals to this cycling capital. </td> <td> <span>+</span> Our critical mass is not the once-monthly mobile anarchic assembly of rag-tag<span>&nbsp;</span>pedal pushers that take to the streets in San Francisco, New York and scores<span>&nbsp;</span>of other cities with the hope of convincing drivers to forsake their cars<span>&nbsp;</span>and join them. Ours is a daily phenomenon that’s no longer phenomenal — except<span>&nbsp;</span>to visitors and new arrivals to this cycling capital. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 25: </td> <td> Line 25: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- It may take a few weeks or months, but many newcomers eventually succumbto the obvious attractions of bicycling. Most don’t go car-free or startpicketing our auto mall, but they do become comfortable with the idea ofhopping on the saddle and pedaling for pleasure, business, fitness or variousutility trips.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ It may take a few weeks or months, but many newcomers eventually succumb to the obvious attractions of bicycling. Most don’t go car-free or start picketing our auto mall, but they do become comfortable with the idea ofhopping on the saddle and pedaling for pleasure, business, fitness or various utility trips.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 27: </td> <td> Line 27: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> Most of these people would never do the same in other communities aroundthe country. Not only do other cities lack Davis’ friendly infrastructure,but more importantly they lack the highly visible and compelling numbersof cyclists on their streets and paths. In Davis, bicycling is ordinary,routine and accepted by most everyone, including our motorists. There maynot be “safety in numbers,” but there is certainly security and comfort. </td> <td> <span>+</span> Most of these people would never do the same in other communities around<span>&nbsp;</span>the country. Not only do other cities lack Davis’ friendly infrastructure,but more importantly they lack the highly visible and compelling numbers<span>&nbsp;</span>of cyclists on their streets and paths. In Davis, bicycling is ordinary,routine and accepted by most everyone, including our motorists. There may<span>&nbsp;</span>not be “safety in numbers,” but there is certainly security and comfort. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 29: </td> <td> Line 29: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> But Davis can and must do more. According to the 2000 census, bike-to-worktrips in Davis declined from 22 percent to 17 percent since 1990. We canreverse that trend, even though a smaller percentage of Davis residents worklocally. </td> <td> <span>+</span> But Davis can and must do more. According to the 2000 census, bike-to-workt<span>&nbsp;</span>rips in Davis declined from 22 percent to 17 percent since 1990. We can<span>&nbsp;</span>reverse that trend, even though a smaller percentage of Davis residents work<span>&nbsp;</span>locally. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 31: </td> <td> Line 31: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> And, despite a General Plan that mandates all arterial streets shall havebike lanes, Fifth Street remains a challenge for cyclists. Too many of ourchildren and adults are either woefully ignorant of traffic rules and ridingskills or choose to ignore them. Education and enforcement is the key. Abicycle museum and resource center would be nice, too. </td> <td> <span>+</span> And, despite a General Plan that mandates all arterial streets shall have<span>&nbsp;</span>bike lanes, Fifth Street remains a challenge for cyclists. Too many of our<span>&nbsp;</span>children and adults are either woefully ignorant of traffic rules and riding<span>&nbsp;</span>skills or choose to ignore them. Education and enforcement is the key. A<span>&nbsp;</span>bicycle museum and resource center would be nice, too. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 33: </td> <td> Line 33: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- Finally, our city officials need to realize that the one aspect of our faircommunity that distinguishes us from every other city in the country is ourbicycle culture. We are known for many things — the university, progressivepolitics, earth-friendly programs, vibrant downtown and much more. But otherplaces have some or all of those attractive features.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ Finally, our city officials need to realize that the one aspect of our fair community that distinguishes us from every other city in the country is our bicycle culture. We are known for many things — the university, progressive politics, earth-friendly programs, vibrant downtown and much more. But other places have some or all of those attractive features.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 35: </td> <td> Line 35: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> However, we stand alone in our love affair with “this slender, whippet thingof steel and rubber that carries a man far and fast, by his own glad effort,on the open road and takes him away from his cares … as nothing can,” asTwells Brex wrote. </td> <td> <span>+</span> However, we stand alone in our love affair with “this slender, whippet thing<span>&nbsp;</span>of steel and rubber that carries a man far and fast, by his own glad effort,on the open road and takes him away from his cares … as nothing can,” as<span>&nbsp;</span>Twells Brex wrote. </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 37: </td> <td> Line 37: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>- As a metaphor, the bicycle represents health, a clean environment, efficiency,sustainability, egalitarianism, appropriate human-scale technology and evenfunctional beauty. We are indeed the “City of Bicycles” and we should proclaimso with pride and a pledge to keep it so.</span> </td> <td> <span>+ As a metaphor, the bicycle represents health, a clean environment, efficiency,sustainability, egalitarianism, appropriate human-scale technology and even functional beauty. We are indeed the “City of Bicycles” and we should proclaim so with pride and a pledge to keep it so.</span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 39: </td> <td> Line 39: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <span>-</span> — David Takemoto-Weerts has been pedaling the streets of Davis for morethan 25 years. He is the UC Davis bicycle coordinator and wishes more peoplewould recognize that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated asdrivers of vehicles. </td> <td> <span>+</span> — David Takemoto-Weerts has been pedaling the streets of Davis for more<span>&nbsp;</span>than 25 years. He is the UC Davis bicycle coordinator and wishes more people<span>&nbsp;</span>would recognize that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as<span>&nbsp;</span>drivers of vehicles. </td> </tr> </table> </div> Platinum meets pavementhttp://daviswiki.org/Platinum_meets_pavement2007-07-29 06:49:16TedBuehler <div id="content" class="wikipage content"> Differences for Platinum meets pavement<p><strong></strong></p><table> <tr> <td> <span> Deletions are marked with - . </span> </td> <td> <span> Additions are marked with +. </span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Line 1: </td> <td> Line 1: </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> <span>+ Published Sunday, Sept. 24, in The Davis Enterprise:<br> + <br> + === Davis: where platinum meets the pavement ===<br> + <br> + By David Takemoto-Weerts<br> + Special to The Enterprise<br> + <br> + It’s been almost a year since Davis received the first-ever platinum levelBicycle-Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists.This singular achievement is one of which all Davis residents, and city anduniversity officials, can be very proud. It says that our city is unmatchedby any other in the nation in its support of bicycling.<br> + <br> + The Bicycle-Friendly Community award is not a permanent honor. Once earned,it can only be retained if the city maintains its commitment year after yearto the same high standards that merited the platinum designation in the firstplace. In other words, the community cannot rest on its laurels.<br> + <br> + To some extent, our platinum level award was a tribute to Davis’ pioneeringefforts to create a safe, efficient and welcoming environment for pedalers.For more than 40 years, Davis has been planning, building and maintaininga cityscape that encourages the beneficial use of human-powered vehicles.<br> + <br> + The mistakes made early on can be forgiven because planners, politiciansand engineers were breaking new ground, either adapting features observedin Europe or devising their own unique solutions to accommodate the alreadylarge numbers of cyclists and to encourage even more citizens to mount upand ride.<br> + <br> + The city striped bike lanes — the nation’s first — not just on a few majorstreets, but on almost every arterial and collector street in town. Bikepaths wound through greenbelts. Bicycle under- and over-crossings connectedneighborhoods separated by freeways or busy streets. The university gatedoff the campus core, turning formerly heavily trafficked streets into widecar-free bikeways.<br> + <br> + Bike racks bloomed in town and especially on campus, where visionary plannersrealized that to promote bike use, secure bike parking facilities had tobe provided at all destinations and be sited near building entrances, nothidden from view — a design philosophy grudgingly accepted and later embracedby campus architects.<br> + <br> + More recently, bicycle traffic signals, another Davis innovation, providedadditional controls at problematic intersections and are now spreading toother forward-thinking California communities.<br> + In time, something else blossomed in town: a true “bike culture.” Bicyclingwas not just practiced by impoverished students, eccentric professors orlycra-clad racers. Bicycling reached a true “critical mass” that most othercities could only dream about.<br> + <br> + Our critical mass is not the once-monthly mobile anarchic assembly of rag-tagpedal pushers that take to the streets in San Francisco, New York and scoresof other cities with the hope of convincing drivers to forsake their carsand join them. Ours is a daily phenomenon that’s no longer phenomenal — exceptto visitors and new arrivals to this cycling capital.<br> + <br> + It may take a few weeks or months, but many newcomers eventually succumbto the obvious attractions of bicycling. Most don’t go car-free or startpicketing our auto mall, but they do become comfortable with the idea ofhopping on the saddle and pedaling for pleasure, business, fitness or variousutility trips.<br> + <br> + Most of these people would never do the same in other communities aroundthe country. Not only do other cities lack Davis’ friendly infrastructure,but more importantly they lack the highly visible and compelling numbersof cyclists on their streets and paths. In Davis, bicycling is ordinary,routine and accepted by most everyone, including our motorists. There maynot be “safety in numbers,” but there is certainly security and comfort.<br> + <br> + But Davis can and must do more. According to the 2000 census, bike-to-worktrips in Davis declined from 22 percent to 17 percent since 1990. We canreverse that trend, even though a smaller percentage of Davis residents worklocally.<br> + <br> + And, despite a General Plan that mandates all arterial streets shall havebike lanes, Fifth Street remains a challenge for cyclists. Too many of ourchildren and adults are either woefully ignorant of traffic rules and ridingskills or choose to ignore them. Education and enforcement is the key. Abicycle museum and resource center would be nice, too.<br> + <br> + Finally, our city officials need to realize that the one aspect of our faircommunity that distinguishes us from every other city in the country is ourbicycle culture. We are known for many things — the university, progressivepolitics, earth-friendly programs, vibrant downtown and much more. But otherplaces have some or all of those attractive features.<br> + <br> + However, we stand alone in our love affair with “this slender, whippet thingof steel and rubber that carries a man far and fast, by his own glad effort,on the open road and takes him away from his cares … as nothing can,” asTwells Brex wrote.<br> + <br> + As a metaphor, the bicycle represents health, a clean environment, efficiency,sustainability, egalitarianism, appropriate human-scale technology and evenfunctional beauty. We are indeed the “City of Bicycles” and we should proclaimso with pride and a pledge to keep it so.<br> + <br> + — David Takemoto-Weerts has been pedaling the streets of Davis for morethan 25 years. He is the UC Davis bicycle coordinator and wishes more peoplewould recognize that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated asdrivers of vehicles.</span> </td> </tr> </table> </div>