November 7, 2012

2012 Presidential Election

As you may be aware, there was an election yesterday. While we mostly heard about abortion, employment, Libya, taxes, and Mr. Obama's terrible Denver debate performance, one thing we did not hear much about was transportation. I would love to discuss how either candidate would affect transportation, unfortunately, I am not that good of a blogger.

In lieu of that, I liked NBC's Chuck Todd saying "Obama's only one Ohio away from victory." #IOhioOhio

November 6, 2012

Bus Stop Removals Close To Home

Regular readers may be aware that I am a big fan of removing bus stops. Public transit is the ultimate example of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." But now, COTA has proposed to take away the stop I use for the #3. Is it defensible?

This is about a mile stretch with about 10 stops per side. In other words, every 0.1 miles there's a bus stop. The new proposal changes that to 6 stops which means that it's about every 0.17 miles there's a bus stop. Using the standard 0.25 mile radius around the bus stop, we're moving from this:

All graphics made using Free Map Tools

To this:

There's a lot less service duplication so it is largely defensible on its own. However, #6 runs nearby on Sullivant Avenue and it may be more appropriate at the service duplicated between the two lines.

What does this picture mean? I don't know. It could mean that the #3 could continue on Eakin Road to reduce service duplication. It could mean that the two services could be combined to provide more frequent service. Or at the very least, it could mean that both of these lines could have been evaluated during the bus stop removal program.

Regardless, it looks like I'll be walking a little bit farther to the bus stop starting January 1, 2013.

Cool I didn't know Barack Obama is White video of the day:

November 5, 2012

The Arab Spring

It is little known, but the Arab Spring had a giant effect on the City of Columbus (location: 1st Avenue near Neal Neil Avenue).

Tomorrow I'll have a post with more substance.

November 2, 2012

The life of a biker in darkness

Summer has passed and with it gone, we no longer have an abundance of daylight. Here's a graphic of Columbus:

Daylight throughout the year for Columbus - Source  University Lincoln-Nebraska
We max out at 14.8 hours of daylight in the summer and now we're down to 10.3 hours. The worst part is that we won't bottom out until a low of 9.2 hours!

This makes me SAD
What does all this mean for a biker? Well that's easy:

Lot's of USB light recharging goes on as it gets darker out there.

Cool my-parents-think-I-should-watch-PSY-to-be-hip-with-the-kids video of the day:

November 1, 2012

A Year Later

Hi Folks. I'm still alive and I'm still biking. I started this blog up in October 31, 2011, thinking that I would stop after a month. No sir-ee. I stopped after 9 months. Regardless, I'm up to almost 200 posts and I think it's time to start back up.

Sorry about the poor form.

In the meantime, maybe these pictures of Bane (of Batman) near the COTA bus shelter in front of the Statehouse will be the first step in making it up to you:

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