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Introducing #1923streetcar

Today, CityLab published one of those articles that makes any transportation nerd say, “Well, duh,” but almost everyone else say, “What’s CityLab?”

In it, author Linda Poon promotes the #straighterisgreater hashtag, highlighting circuitious, meandering bus routes bad enough to keep people from using public transportation.

This connects to a project I’ve been working on for most of the summer. I’m calling it #1923streetcar.

Each week, I’ll be bicycling and photographing a different route from Spokane’s 1923 Streetcar system. The first route is Route 4: Northwest Boulevard to Altamont (orange in the map above), a 7 mile route that took about 45 minutes to casually bicycle.

Part of this project will be focusing on how thoughtful many of these routes are, especially when compared to the STA’s service today. Transportation needs are always changing and will vary for every user, but if you wanted to travel Route 4 on Spokane’s current bus service, the trip would take over an hour via either 29th or Market and Wellesely along with walking over a mile. For a simple, nearly-straight line full of arterials traveling through Downtown, using STA seems to lack the straight-ness and greatness Poon and #straighterisgreater is advocating.

Be on the lookout for #1923streetcar and related ephemera every Sunday starting September 4th!

Want to ride along? Keep an eye out here and on Instagram for announcements!

 

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Bike Share, Do Care

I was pretty proud that there has been a bit of to-and-fro on the viability of a bike share program in The Spokesman-Review’s Letters to the Editor lately.

The “failure” of “bike share” the second letter refers to was a community driven effort to spray paint a bunch of down-on-their-luck bicycles lilac and leave them around town for folks to ride and leave where they pleased. Predictably, most ended up in garages or the river. Perhaps you may be able to imagine a subtle difference or two to the bike share programs that Paris, London, and New York currently enjoy. Sorry, Cheryl.

Despite the success of bike sharing elsewhere, perhaps Spokane should eschew the idea of a Bike Share simply because  20 years ago the rag-tag version of modern bike sharing didn’t become a permanent part of our modern landscape. Very similar to the way we have eschewed:

Netflix (because Blockbuster isn’t around anymore)

Mobile phones (they were so inconvenient when they were tied to the console of one’s Lincoln)

Downloading music (because 28.8k modems are way too slow for that sort of thing)

Consistency is key, after all.

 

 

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Stage Three

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Ronde van Spokane Stage 3: Spokane ➡ Spokane, 20k.
Race report: Ceremonial appreciation for this mean machine’s 7th birthday.

Love you, bro.

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Planning is already underway for next year’s #secondannual #rondevanspokane !

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Stage Two

Ronde van Spokane Stage 2: City ➡ River ➡ City, approx 30k; many beers.
Race report:
Calm conditions until some nervousness overtook the peleton.

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Beers and tacos calmed everything right down.

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Today’s Stage 3 preview: a ceremonial finish along Spokane’s chillest roads.

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Stage One

Ronde van Spokane Stage 1: Felts Field ➡ GEG, 53k.
Race report:

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Rough roads and large trucks on the way to SFF.

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Fifteen minute race neutralization at Coeur.

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Smooth roads, heavy headwinds to GEG; smooth roads, heavy tailwinds back from GEG.

Tomorrow’s stage 2 preview: beer, burritos, river, chance of BBQ.

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City Manifesto

I can’t recommend Arte’s City Manifesto series enough.

I found episode 3 via Steel Magazine.

What can we learn from Episode 3? That everyday we are in the city we interact intimately with dangerous, amoral objects.
In that way, everyday we are in the city, we are Frogger.

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Placed and Found

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Sticker Pack #1 is behind the guardrail at the corner of Rosamond and West Dr.

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Sticker Pack #2 is behind the exit sign at the bottom of Madison.

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Sticker Pack #3 is north of Gonzaga’s Campus Security Building.

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Sticker Pack #4 is directly above I-90.

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Sticker Pack #5 is on Sprague Way headed to Second Ave.

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Sticker Packs

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be distributing Nitehawks Cycling Club sticker packs around town.image

Each envelope has a collection of Nitehawks Cycling Club, Don’t Be Prey, and other random stickers inside.  They will be placed along my favorite stretches of road in Spokane.  Want to snag one?  I’ll be posting a picture of each location here on the blog.  Additional hints will be posted on my Instagram page.

Happy Spring, Spokane!

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Spring Awakening

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#sproanddough!

This Friday!

Meet at Coeur Coffeehouse at 8; we roll to Donut Parade at 8:30; we’ll be back downtown in time for work!

I’ll have some chain lube and some basic tools for bicycles that have been in a garage for the winter.

 

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Allison

Nitehawks Cycling Club is proud to promote its members by creating stickers that capture our riders’ essence.

Nitehawks Rider 001: Allison (3″ white circle sticker)

Cop a pack!  Email dontbeprey@gmail.com!

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Perfect size for trimming to cover that pesky head badge branding!

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