Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Traffic Before the Automobile (High Res B&W Photos)

Detroit Traffic 1907
"The very first fatalities caused by automobiles were protested in the streets as the tragedies they were. Mayors issued proclamations for public mourning. Contrast this to today, where Americans tolerate over 40,000 deaths per year from motor vehicles as an acceptable loss to be grieved in private."

For a tour of early US cities before the automobile visit Rebel Metropolis' Exploring Life Before the Automobile.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

San Clemente Adopting Bicycle Master Plan

  • OCTA acknowledges by 2035 the demand on our transportation system will outstrip the capacity to pay for improvements.

  • The key to success will be moving people around by non-motorized means.
  • In Long Beach businesses resisted some bicycle innovations in the business districts, in the end motorists adjusted, business improved. Innovation prevailed.