Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gun Class

I took my gun class and now have a new outlook on life.

I will apply for my permit and in 60 days I will have a concealed permit in the state of Utah. Guns in this state are seen as a right and will die with a gun in their hands. I also believe in constitutional rights.

I don't even own a gun, but loved the training. Of course I may in 60 days go back and buy a gun. Utah is rather friendly when it comes to guns. Part of the main problem is I can't stow it in the car when I get someplace.

However in Utah, I only need to worry about the business or private property and federal places. Airports, buildings. I can even carry my gun to a National Park in Utah.

This is not advice for you to follow, but just something I learned. You would learn it also if you took the ccw class. Empower yourself, let the people be responsible rather than letting the laws be responsible. An armed society is a polite society.



Friday, February 22, 2013

Utah

This is from my commutes to the trax station.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Roadkill

Like many things in America this is only disturbing because I got out of the car (rode a bicycle) and saw this from the side of the road.  If your in a car you never will see that.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Commutes to Work




This is a view of my commutes over the last week. Same spot.  I am sure you will notice a trend. How many people would pull over and take a picture in their Car?  Bike its a no brainier, lets stop and rest before I spend 8 hours in a cube.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Closing Roads


Closing roads is rather simple we just need the guts to do it.
Motorist don't need a million ways to get around. 

This road dumps into a park. In one simple closure you just created one of the safest streets in America.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ski Bus

When people make accomidations for people who don't have a car. They use it.

Here its more of a tourist thing, but you get the notation that we are dominated by motorists.   We subsidize the majority of our cash to let motorists utilize an unsustainable transportation method as a sole means of getting around.

In return we get a half backed underused mass transit system. If they are so bent up on owning the roads then let's funnel all the costs to them. Think that truck is expensive now, just wait till we charge thousands dollars more a year to operate on it.

As a cyclist I would be more than happy to pay for the roads within proportion to the space, maintenance and expansion I need. Keep in mind my sales tax, property tax, and gas purchases already pay for the roads I use. Their is just no quantitative value yet.

Here in Salt Lake they have a unique showcase of mass transit. They have regular service during ski season to the ski resorts. What would seem an near impossible task, suddenly becomes $8.50 and only a .5 miles walk away to a choice of  4 ski resorts.

While it could be argued that private enterprise be had here. By making this mass transit it becomes affordable. Due to the tourism dollar millions that are poured into the local economy. So mass transit may seem like a subsidized adventure. Until you realize that bus generates tens of millions of dollars.

So sit back and look at the amazement of what mass transit could be if we offered this service in other places.

Solitude Ski Resort. 
 In the snowstorm at 8,000 xx skiing having a great time.

 Lots of snow
 Groomed trails and lots of uphill skiing.
 A panoramic of a trail in the woods.
 Going up to 8,600 feet.

 Inside ski bus.



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dry Creek

Every time I go to the Food store I get to cross this small little creek. This is the view coming home.


This is the view going to the Food store.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Take the bicycle seat

I normally take the bike seat with me for security. Today I had an added bonus.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rolling porta-potty

Saw this on the RR tracks as I was headed into work.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Delussional Sandy

When I read the master transportation plan from Sandy city Utah, I get a nice warm feeling. However you only need to look at the details to realize they want an autocentric city.

"Multi-Modal Streets – Design roadways to maximize use for all modes
of transportation including: personal vehicles, trucks, transit, bicycles,
and pedestrians. Encourage a practical balance between multiple
modes while realizing that private passenger vehicles will continue to
be an important means of transportation." Transportation Master Plan Link to pdf

From the front webpage.
http://www.southtowneexpo.com/
"The South Towne Expo Center offers 1,600 free parking stalls. All parking is located on property in front of South Towne. The TRAX stop located across the street also makes attending events at South Towne even easier."

I Read there is no way to walk or ride a bike here. So take transit and walk across the street, or drive yourself and park in front. 

What multi model looks to them.

Expo Center

Look at the placement on this building. They place the building as far away from the light rail station as possible. Pedestrians will need to walk a quarter of a mile to get to the main entrance. Map
Acording to them they made it easy to walk. 

This 1/4 mile trek, could have been avoided by simply utilizing the space reserved for cars to the north.  Instead they place the building in a corner far from any street. As though it will add to the ascetics. That this place is buried in a sea of parking.

The yellow line indicates there is no way to get to the Expo center from there. You can see the connectivity by any other means of a car centric stroad simply vanish.  You need to utilize both stroads 9400 south and or State streets to cycle to the building. 

I placed a fire maker just south of the expo. Map There is no crosswalk on a trail. You need to exit the trail walk down a hill and then come back up. Which will take you an extra 800 feet.  The trail becomes absolutely useless with out a crosswalk. 

Furthermore it's just an Expo center. Where is the commercial pads sitting around this building? Certainly a few business would want to park their doors right outside this tourism magnet. Sandy believes surface parking or wide open spaces,  is a better way to generate tax revenue.

A real Transit plan would have allocated a trail that went through school property and then hooked up into the Expo center.

If Sandy was serious about creating walking and cycling spaces. They would remove the fence along the trail and add a gate so I don't have to use a stroad to get to the main entrance coming from the south. Of course they would need to do the unthinkable and add a crosswalk so I could use the trail in the first place.

Adding a tunnel under the trax line, for the residential neighbourhood to the east is beyond comprehensible. And besides why would they want to use a trial or Expo center that doesn't connect to anything?


This post highlights the lip service our public officials give us in their master plan.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Here come the drones.

Source:
Sheriff's Office wants to fly drones over Orange County skies Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists.

 He said he did not know the manufacturer or model number.

 The money to buy them came from a grant, but he said he was not sure which program.

Although Williamson would not say exactly how the drones would be used, he wrote in an email that they might be deployed when looking for explosives, barricaded suspects and to inspect "hostile/inaccessible terrain" or at train accidents.

Here is the back door by legislatures.   Source:
But lawmakers adopted an amendment that would allow the use of drones if a judge specifically allows a drone to be used to complete a search warrant, if there is a "terrorist attack" or in "exigent circumstances" when, for instance, a person's life is in danger, such as a hostage situation.

 And why should this be so scary?
Source:


Florida's driver-and-vehicle database, the system that can help law enforcement identify victims of fatal crashes and decipher the identity of a suspect, can be a useful tool for cops.
But the system — known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database — can also be easily abused.
Data obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show the number of Florida law-enforcement officers suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. skyrocketed last year.

From Minnesota you don't even need to be a cop.
Source:
"It's illegal to access drivers' license data without a government purpose, but investigations have found that misuse is common. Several public employees and agencies have been disciplined for it in the past year."

So go ahead trust a law enforcement that doesn't know anything about drones, spies on you , and won't let you record them with out arrest. Yea go on trust them. 

Keep in mind this is a law enforcement and society that considers pedestrians and bicyclist as collateral damage.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My skyline view of the Wasatch Range. Looking West. Heading to my new home in Sandy Ut. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Home in Sandy.

It is amazing what a different location means to a car free person.
Today, I changed things up by moving to this neighbourhood.
Sandy Home

I knocked off 1.25 hours of my commute. (round trip)
It now takes me under an hour both ways. 3.3 miles each way.

My bicycle commute now takes residential roads for most of the way. I have no auto-centric roads at all. Well I won't count the 200 feet.

I am still adjusting but so far this is a great start.

I was able to complete a grocery store run all on bike friendly and residential roads. (again I won't count the 200 feet of auto-centric stroad)

Although I am still waiting to see what my closest food store will be like. Not to mention my services I will need.  At least this is a good jumping point, to finding the perfect place in Sandy, if this is not already that. 

With the snow I avoid the rail trail which is by my house. Although the residential roads are not that bad either. (which parallel this)

Monday, January 21, 2013

My vehicle

I have found a Mountain bike with a front studded tire with disc brakes, and a slick tire with disc brakes for the back end tire was all I needed. The front is used for the stopping and the steering the back just follows the front.

This is my second year with this bike. While two studded tires is better I like this set-up a lot. You do need to pay attention and keep the front tire rubber down, or you will go down. As the back tire slides around at will.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The perils of Transit.

Here is a great example of why transit needs to run more frequent and latter. Here the last bus for the 220 runs at 9:45 pm on Saturday. The 72's last bus is at 7 PM on Saturday. The 220 is hour bus service which for 10F weather won't warm you up until you get on the bus.
This gets worse on Sunday. There is no bus service for the 72 and the 220 is done by 7PM. Can you imagine if this is how our Freeways operated this way? And maybe we should as it would equalize the problems everyone faces who doesn't want to destroy the Earth with their personal motor? Or in our valley contribute to the inversion smog selfishly. Let the motorists' share the personal sacrifice of these hero's.

Here You can see I can take the most direct way and it takes me 50 minutes.
View Larger Map Here the 72 is no longer, and I need to take an extra 20 Minutes and head all the way around. (Google shows a 960 and that was eliminated from what I see.)



View Larger Map

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Car Share

I did my first car share today. A Ford Focus.

When I got to the location,  the car wasn't. I had called and reached a human who said it is just south of there.   Only problem it wasn't.

I had another car there and used that, it was seamless. However it did make me wonder how reliable this is really going to be?  If they are going to be  so pushy to "go find the car" when they were directing me into a field. That of course is after I jumped over the fence.

I got the car and drove off.  I reached my destination and then came back. I was doing a move of my stuff to my new room. This journey didn't tease to me to try it again any time soon. The drive was depressing down State street. What I call Autocentric hell road. I will talk about that in another post.

With car share only .6 miles away I guess we will see how tempted I am to use this again.

I was able to rent the thing for 3 hours on 30 bucks.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Living off the gird

Living off the gird. Another piece to end the Madness.
Sun stoves.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Motorists don't come close to paying 100% of the roads they use. No one does, but that is not what they think.


This article highlights the denial in Utah. Keeping in mind the gas tax hasn't been raised in 15 years. A portion of the sales tax goes to  Highways  and local roads are paid with bonds, which are then handed to the property owners via another tax.

local roads 

"Mayor Curtis was motivated to come to the Legislature because, traditionally, the city has paid for road maintenance through issuing $1.2 million in debt every ten years via a bond. The downside of that approach has been that, as a debt instrument, the bond requires the city to use some of the increased property tax revenues that the bond creates to pay interest on the bond – money which they would prefer to use on road maintenance."


Why not make the motorist pay for the destruction to the roads?  After all they want to be able to claim they pay for the roads they use!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bike on Transit

Bike on transit is such a huge problem solver to sprawl.
The transit takes care of the longer distances, and the bike takes care of the unwalkable mess we are left with, after there is no practical bus service.Unless you just want a nice bike ride and can't cycle the entire distance. As seen here, I make the 12.5 mile journey only 4 miles.

From the UTA 
bicycles and UTA 
BIKES ON BUS AND RAILEvery UTA bus is equipped with a bicycle rack and bicycles are allowed on the TRAX and FrontRunner trains. Employees can bicycle to the bus stop, TRAX and FrontRunner stations, or Park & Ride and combine the benefits of cycling with the convenience of transit.

PDF to all the rules with what modes of transit. 

BIKE COMMUTING
Bicycle commuting is good business for you and your health. It reduces the number of automobile trips to and from work while promoting clean air, easing congestion and creating more livable communities.

Creating a "Friendly Facility" is a step towards encouraging your fellow employees to commute by bicycle. Your facility could include showers, lockers, covered-secure bike parking, and safety information.

 LOOKING FOR A "BIKE BUDDY"Create a profile and input your starting point and daily commute destination on our ridematching website www.UTACommuter.com you can be matched with a "Bike Buddy" to make your bicycle commute safer and more enjoyable. If a match is not made, keep your profile active so others may find you!

Bike Lockers

Want to keep your bike clean, dry, and secure while you’re at work? You can now rent a bicycle storage locker at most UTA TRAX and FrontRunner stations. These lockers are in addition to the free bike racks for even more bike parking. Bicycle lockers can be rented with a one-time refundable key deposit of $30 and an annual rental fee of $70. Lockers are available on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a bicycle locker or for more information, please contact Curtis Clayton at mailto:mshaffer@rideuta.com or 801-287-2132.



Bike transit Center

Monday - Friday | 7am - 6pm | 801-359-0814 | 250 South 600 West (inside Intermodal Hub building)
www.BicycleTransitCenter.com

Offering:
- Fully secured, temperature controlled year round bike storage facility.
- In house full service repair facility with BTC member discounts.
- Shower facility available for BTC members during BTC hours (7am-6pm).
- Comprehensive line of bike rentals to accomodate friends, clients, businesses, and tourists.
- Complete line of cycling accessories, specializing in commuter specific products.
- Evening classes available for all DIY bike mechanics.
- Scheduled community rides through Salt Lake City and the surrounding area.

UTA

Frontrunner
SLC to PROVO Utah


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Imagine if our roads fell under the same scrutiny as Mass transit?

Imagine if we just started closing roads because of low use? Or shut them down for portions of the weekend. I don't think this is to impractical. Sure a different metric would be needed. However you can't overlook all the maintenance that goes into providing redundant streets for two ton tanks. Or providing a 6 lane road for the four hours out of the 24 hours, that road is heavily used. Ohh and the gas tax for Utah hasn't been raised since 1997. Talk about fiscal responsibility. Infaltion alone would have depleted over 45% of its funding. Keep in mind motorist raid the Utah sales tax fund for their funding also. I don't think this is too far fetcedh considering they are seeking to expand their road infrastructure at the same time. Service reductions in Salt Lake County: Bus Service: Effective April 14, 2013, Route 550 will be eliminated and replaced by the new, higher frequency TRAX service to the Airport. The following routes will be eliminated due to low ridership: Weekday – Routes 523 and 527. Saturday – Route 227. Sunday – Routes 6 and 240. In addition, Flex Route F547 will convert to 60 minute frequency. Additional time changes and service hour changes will be made to improve reliability and connectivity at major transfer locations in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.

Friday, January 11, 2013

No warning on driving a car.

So the smog lifted and if you look at the alert sent out. This is typical windshield perspective  here. Now the smog has lifted.  Burn things in the proper manner, but drive with reckless abandon within regards to the pollution cars emit.
Wouldn't hurt to include an automobile in this same sentence, now would it?

The UNRESTRICTED ACTION CONDITION is issued for SALT LAKE / DAVIS Counties, UTAH County, WEBER County, BOX ELDER County, CACHE Valley and TOOELE County. The unrestricted condition means that wood and coal burning stoves and fireplaces may be used but please use them in a proper manner to reduce air pollution emissions.


Air Quality Conditions are GOOD for SALT LAKE / DAVIS Counties, UTAH County, WEBER County, BOX ELDER County, CACHE Valley, TOOELE County, DUCHESNE County and UINTAH County.


Air quality and Wood Burn conditions are as follows:


SALT LAKE / DAVIS Counties: Air Quality Condition: Good

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Smog now gone and now we get the storm.

The smog has lifted OMG the smog has lifted. Of course it takes an act of nature to clear the man made destruction.

upside down snowstorm link
An "upside down" winter storm which brought double-digit snowfall to much of northern Utah was expected to taper off Saturday, but not before blasting the region with colder temperatures and up to 8 inches of new snow, forecasters said.
While this was taken on Wednesday before the storm, and there is a bit of pollution. I have yet been able to take a descent shot since the clouds are a bit low of course. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Treat them like a second class citizen.

This is probably the most insane bicycle/pedestrian trail I ever seen.

Here you need to dismount your bicycle to enter the sidewalk?
Are you serious, and then what get back on the bike and ride down the sidewalk. (since that would be legal)

And there is no crossing here you need to cross at the a signal. Heaven forbid they make a ped/bicycle crossing on the trail.   One nice thing here is you can take your dismounted bike and place it on the shoulder and then whip a u turn.

Keep in mind there is a curb there. So placing it on the shoulder is what would be needed.

And where is this Crossing you might ask? 

That is right way down there, This is a joke.  Looking to the east. So how about the west?

Yea even farther and down a hill. So they made this trail, and then you need to go all the way down there to cross the street to use the trail.

can you imagine if we made a Freeway this way, Where you had to exit the freeway drive 5 miles and then get back on the Freeway. Yea people would say that is insane.

Of course after you dismount your bicycle you will run into this insane nurf world. Don't to forget to look both ways, because that RR arm and blinding red light just might not turn on.  Oh and if we put a gate there that will make us feel real safe.  You will notice the gate only is one way. Like since they had the fence there already why not make walking riding your bike harder.

This is a great example of treating people as second class citizens.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

First impressions of a SALT Transit



Great rail infrastructure.  This was born out of the need to get the Olympics. They realized the benefits and had a plan in 2015 to build out their light rail.

Now its 2013 and most of the rail infrastructure complete, and not much else to do. You can see this in their 30 year plan with no real improvements.

The tickets cost 2.35   and all day pases cost 5.75. The  extra 15 cents makes things difficult.  I found machines which wouldn't take dollar bills (never will take credit) and forced me to walk 2 miles to the next train station.  When I spoke to  the cop, who was looking at my ticket on the train.  He stated I would be left to contest a $175 ticket.  

While ticket readers are great.  Do we need roving police checking tickets? Couldn't we spend our resources looking out for crime and hire a few conductors to read tickets from us?   Its more like saturation than randomness I am constantly being checked by the police.

I found machines that wouldn't take credit cards, but then a few days latter did. The inconstancy of these machines is a pain. You can go here to look at the machines which take credit cards. credit cards


Buying a monthly transit pass is difficult with not many stores outlets. They do allow you to pay with isis, but you need a working phone. Anyone caught with a dead battery will be stuck. You also need to tap and tap off at these terminals,  not very friendly. FYI the list they hand out isn't accurate, as I went to go buy a pass and the business was no longer there. Furthermore once they run out, your screwed and need to call in advance to ensure they have them.

The discount programs are difficult to follow. They want us to buy an eco pass for all 350 employees Yea right that won't happen.

Eco Pass pricing is based on the level of transit service at each separate business location and the total employee base. Sponsoring companies must employ a minimum of 35 persons and passes must be purchased for ALL employees at the work location. A one-year contract is required. An Eco Pass representative will create a personal quote for your business. Many companies choose to subsidize the program and use it for a recruiting tool. Consequently, progressive programs like the Eco Pass can help build employee loyalty.


The coop plan states we need to employ 70 people into the plan.  Again that is a hard number to come by. Furthermore our company is not going to enroll in any of these plans.

The Co-op Transit Pass is a company-sponsored program that provides discounted monthly passes for employees. Passes must be purchased for 20 percent of the employees working at the sponsoring business location. UTA discounts the monthly cost of a regular or premium pass by 20 percent. The company subsidizes another 30 percent. Employees are then able to purchase passes at a 50 percent discount.

The train I ride is the Blue to Sandy  (Draper coming this year as part of the 2015 plan). It's off the streets so it provides a fast ride, but has many stops which slows this down.  It splits an industrial zone in most areas and really seems out of place where people would walk and connect to light rail.

The one bus I do ride is a flex route which offers paratransit. Or curb to curb service.  Known as the Flex 514. It is slow and goes off route to provide the curb to curb service.  It does go to bus stops which are signed.  However you can flex the route and schedule a 3/4 mile stop along the route. Up two deviations are allowed. For this reason the bus could be up to 15 minutes late as an expectation.

Not all bus stops have a location id, even though there is a spot to put one. 

 The web 2.0 hasn't hit this transit. I can't tell when my bus will come via web site. They do have a stripped down version of the website which is nice. Trying to plan a trip is easier on the google than UTA.

When looking for credit card ticket machines they provide a nice "map it" link. However when you want to look at the sales outlet stores you get no link and must paste the address  into google. 

The passes are a complete joke. A cardboard pass is all you get for $78.5. No way to redeem your lost or stolen card of course. In Minneapolis they handout "debit card devices" I can then add  cash or monthly passes on these devices and then card readers on buses and trains read them. I can  replace my card if lost or stolen.

Not only does this cut down on administration costs, but  people board the bus faster. Its a win win situation that is so obvious many cities are doing it. Denver will be the next. When will UTA pull its head out of its ass and provide these simple changes many other cities already have?



Frequency is 15 minutes for trains and hour service for flex routes. The blue line's first run into Sandy is well past 6 AM   leaving me with a huge reroute or  to work latter.   On the flip side flex only runs until 7:30 PM. Trying to squeeze a 8 hour day in this time frame is difficult. Flex route doesn't even run on the weekend. With the price I pay the frequency is disappointing.

This pretty much sums up my first impression.

Trailer pulls

I completed a short 1 mile bike ride to a grocery store. Bought 62 dollars worth of food.

Trailer pulls.

I needed to pick up the remaining packages I had shipped. I wanted a more secure way to ship expensive items and used Fedex.

52 dollars was the bill for roughly 40 pounds. There is a 24 hour Fedex location in downtown Salt Lake city.

It was a cold 17F 4.8 mile ride. The air pollution burned my sick throat and was glad when the ride was over.

Here is my ride.

View Fedex in a larger map



Saturday, January 5, 2013

More smog

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued an ‘MANDATORY ACTION' NO BURN for SALT LAKE/DAVIS Counties, UTAH County, WEBER County, CACHE County, TOOELE County and UINTAH County, and a 'VOLUNTARY ACTION’ NO BURN condition for BOX ELDER County and DUCHESNE County for Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Air quality conditions and health statements are as follows:

SALT LAKE/DAVIS Counties: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people,
Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. 

Still living in car smog

Still living in the car smog, and I hear these types of reports. People must be living in denial. How can we accept this?

What is apparent here is they just wanted this handout no matter what the environment cost.  Evidence is clear.

How they sell it.
cash for clunkers report.
"Back in 2009, President Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy."

What it really means.

"According to a recent TriCities op-ed from Mike Smith of Ralph Smith Motors in Virginia, CARS created a dearth of used cars, artificially driving up prices. For those who needed an affordable car, but didn’t qualify for the program, this increase in price meant affordable transportation was well out of reach. It also meant used-car dealers, most of whom are independently owned, small-business owners, had little to no stock. According to Smith, 122 Virginia dealers chose not to renew their licenses after that year."

Stuck in read tape. 

"The program's first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that's a pretty big mistake."

"Shredding vehicles results in its own environmental nightmare. For each ton of metal produced by a shredding facility, roughly 500 pounds of “shredding residue” is also produced, which includes polyurethane foams, metal oxides, glass and dirt. All totaled, about 4.5 million tons of that residue is already produced on average every year. Where does it go? Right into a landfill."

"E Magazine states recycling just the plastic and metal alone from the CARS scraps would have saved 24 million barrels of oil. While some of the “Clunkers” were truly old, many of the almost 700,000 cars were still in perfectly good condition. In fact, many that qualified for the program were relatively “young,” with fuel efficiencies that rivaled newer cars."



Friday, January 4, 2013

Another day bieng dominated by the autombile.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued an ‘MANDATORY ACTION' wood burn for SALT LAKE/DAVIS Counties, UTAH County, WEBER County and CACHE County and a 'VOLUNTARY ACTION’ wood burn condition for BOX ELDER County, TOOELE County, DUCHESNE County and UINTAH County for Friday, January 4, 2013.

Air quality conditions and health statements are as follows:

SALT LAKE/DAVIS Counties: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people, Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  

UTAH County: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people, Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

WEBER County: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people, Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  

BOX ELDER County: Air Quality Condition: Moderate, Wood Burn Forecast: VOLUNTARY NO BURN
Health Advisory: None

CACHE County: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people, Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  

TOOELE County: Air Quality Condition: Moderate, Wood Burn Forecast: VOLUNTARY NO BURN
Health Advisory: None

DUCHESNE County: Air Quality Condition: Moderate, Wood Burn Forecast: VOLUNTARY NO BURN
Health Advisory: None

UINTAH County: Air Quality Condition: Moderate, Wood Burn Forecast: VOLUNTARY NO BURN
Health Advisory: None

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another day living in the car smog.

Air Quality Index (AQI)
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Health Message: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
ACTION DAY

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Just reminder cars suck!

Air quality conditions and health statements are as follows:

SALT LAKE/DAVIS Counties: Air Quality Condition: Unhealthy for sensitive people, Wood Burn Forecast: NO BURN
Health Advisory:  Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.



PM2.5 Ozone
26.7 µg/m3 .017 ppm

Temperature Wind
18° F NW 4 mph
As with temperature, air pollution varies throughout the day.
Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity during the mid-morning and afternoon hours. Wood/coal stoves or fireplaces must not be used. Reduce vehicle use by consolidating trips. Industry should optimize operating conditions to minimize air pollution emissions.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

To highlight what the automobile abuse and dominance with out effective regulation has led us to.  This is a current image folks. You should see the valley below, but don't. This unacceptable and we should do more.


We only need to look at the air we breath. Automobile tail pipe emissions  contributes to most of our air quality problems. To compound the issue people who walk or ride  bicycles will ingest these nasty pollutants at twice the rate as a normal heart rate.

Here is a great time lapse camera where you can see the pollution in action. This is due to an inversion in the atmosphere where all the automobile pollution is trapped over our heads. Updated regularly  and you can choose how long the time lapse you want to view.
time lapse camera

Normally people pump their dirty tail pipe emissions,  into the atmosphere with little consequence. However when an inversion happens we get a sense of the destruction. While most governments will wait till this happens to take action. Such as calling on  car pools during the alert. We should reduce our pollution by simply reducing our driving automobiles. Even electric automobiles, will consume coal which is 70% of our power source.

Here is the Air quality monitoring page for Slat lake City. This is part of the hidden cost of the automobile. Not only do we need to monitor the air and spend millions doing so. The cost of health care  from these consequences is passed onto everyone.

Air quality monitor page.


Currently


Health Message: Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

Can you think of anything else we would allow to continue to happen? I can't, we live in a ban and regulate world. However when it comes to the automobile  nothing to see there. Sucks to be you if your you can't stomach the pollution.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Getting my stuff.

Of course the first thing you need to do is get your stuff.  While you can do a lot with very little. Having things to make you comfortable is beyond happiness.

So with that, I rode the light rail and then walked to greyhound. I had shipped my stuff from Minneapolis on greyhound.

I had five boxes, that weighed a total 135 pounds. Many people don't weigh their stuff, but for people with out a car this is crucial to success.  Not only do you need to make sure your weight is in  control. You need to make sure all those boxes will fit on the trailer.

Somehow I got extremely lucky here by manipulating the boxes to fit.  I had also remembered to bring my bungee cord which is a sink or swim event. However with out trying this out and adding more bungee cords this is about as lucky as you can get. My bike and trailer were 60 pounds of this. So almost half which is a good thing.

The total cost to ship my stuff from Minneapolis MN to Salt Lake  UT was 290.62. The shipment was sent on x-mas eve and arrived four days latter.  Greyhound will send your stuff on the lowest priority.

First you need a trailer. I could do a pretty could job with a back rack and panniers. However when your moving its best to just get the trailer. As you can see here I can pack a pretty good load on it. This is roughly 70 pounds of gear. And we know the whole setup with the bike and the trailer is 135 lbs. I have a 5.5. miles to haul it, which highlights the mobility I have with this bicycle.





Thursday, December 27, 2012

Salt Lake and its fitting that your view is dominated by automobiles. Because that is how I feel here.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Moving to Salt Lake city Utah.

One area I don't want to ban the automobile is moving. While it is possible, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. So I used the  automobile for my move out of Minnesota. It was a simple choice as my family already have made the expensive investment of owning a car.

In Utah this would be different, I would be using  car sharing and I would rent this by the day or hour.

The great thing here is I only pay for when I use it. A one time $25 dollar membership fee. Then you pay by the hour. All the gas, insurance, maintenance, and washing is on them. Its a great option for someone that doesn't want to own a car.

I have spent the last 6 years with out a car. (There was a year where I lived with my parents and used their car.) I have never had the option to do car sharing, so this will be a very different experience. Having spent so much time with out a car.
You simply just go into car free mode. Every challenge you encounter wears on you and it becomes natural.  This is my problem, and this  is how I am going to accomplish it without. Not to say I have never rented a car, but it is usually the only option for the said task. 

Now with car sharing I am going to have to take a step back.    I can do this on my bicycle, or I can do this with car sharing.  

 If you want to sign up for the car share,  let me know. They will give me cash for my referral. Simply send me your name and email and poof 25 bucks for me.They will email you a link to sign up for.

They are located all over the United states going to the link below will show you where they will be.

Run by uhaul a link to the website. Ushare

Here is there video which they gave me at my account page.
How to use car share the video




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Winter Driving

Winter driving is here.
First comes the fluffy snow. Then all the daily tanks ram snow  into the ground creating an ice rink.  After a few days of sun, then we get silver snow. Finally the roads become free of ice, ice potholes, ice chunks, mounds of snow, ice fields, and of course the silver snow.

We had 10 inches of snow all in one day. It took me one day to put studs on. I was reluctant since I only had 11 days. That didn't last long. I survived a wimpy cold front which dumped 4 inches. After the studs for the front tire were put on I  calmed a little. Of course now the sun came out and melts all the frozen blocks of ice.

The fluffy snow is great if its not over 4 inches.

The ramming into the ground isn't all that bad.

The skating rink is horrible complete with huge chucks of ice missing. Ice port holes.  Meaning you go down one side on to snow/pavement and then back up  the other side. Think 1- 3 inches. This of course is slippery and if you don't hit it right down you go!

Sliver snow is dangerous and gross. All the oil and gunk from cars get pushed onto the snow. This creates very slippery snow. A small bit on the ground could  cause you to go down.

This all happens on a roadway I share because of course there is  no sidewalk. Of course no one rides the sidewalk since they can't even keep the roads cleared,

This would be  my existence for the next three months. I am getting out of here.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today was the first day I had seen fog for a very long time.
It has been very dry and I won't complain.
For my transportation bill I added some safety things.
Another back light, safety vest, triangle, and a new back fender.  I am predicting  rain.

Fall colors are nice and bright. Decay, Damp, and Dour.
Things I will describe my ride home.


Thursday, October 18, 2012


When you go to your favorite photo hosting site and you see the site shut down. It is a bit nerve racking if you don't have backups. Thank fully after about year, we get pics! Yes you will be getting pics also as I have many. 

Thank you for following through. Downed website person. 

Let's kick it off.  I am feeling lucky today. 





We are contacting you as a former user of www.Fotopic.net As you are probably aware Snappy Designs Ltd, the company running Fotopic.net, went into liquidation in 2011.
The assets of the company were bought by a private buyer in the hope of resuscitating Fotopic and integrating it into their photo portal.

Subsequently this was found to be too costly an operation to set up and run. We reluctantly abandoned our plans but were aware that users still had photographs on the site of which they had no copies.

For technical reasons it has taken us a while to get Fotopic operational again. We have only opened up Fotopic to allow existing users to view and download their pictures. 
Once this process is completed the site will be shut down again. So if you have images you want to retrieve please download them soon.

You can log in using your existing Fotopic user name.
 
We are providing access on a rolling basis alphabetically on a trial basis, to make sure that our servers can cope with the anticipated load.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

 From the White House.


Southwest Light Rail Transit
Minneapolis, MN
Coordinating Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: November 2014
The Southwest Light Rail Transitway (LRT) Project will greatly improve access to major employment centers and all area attractions for residents and commuters in greater Minneapolis by building new light rail service running between downtown Minneapolis and the southwestern suburbs out to Eden Prairie. The project, funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), adds over 15 miles of new track as well as several new stations and park-and-ride lots. The LRT line would improve accessibility and mobility by enhancing transit travel speeds.  The LRT line would link several major activity centers, including Target Field on the corridor’s eastern end and the Eden Prairie Center Mall on the corridor’s western end.  Also, because the project would share track with the Central Corridor LRT line, it would provide a one-seat ride from Minneapolis’ southwestern suburbs via downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol complex and downtown St. Paul. 
FTA is using an enhanced coordination process with other Federal agencies as well as exploring using the NEPA/Clean Water Act Section 404 Merger process, which is estimated to save several months by aligning multiple permit and review processes to work concurrently instead of sequentially.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Some 1 year figures.

I spent roughly 3% of my Gross income on transportation
You can increase that to 5% if you include my 3 trips out of state.


Housing costs  were  11% of my Gross income


On my bike I  made roughly 1700  miles.  Just under 400 trips going to work. (condensed work week)


I traveld to Milwaukee,  Seattle, Portland, and Denver (twice).


This is by far the lowest milage I have done since I started 7 years ago. Which means everything is really close. Winter tends to bring that out in me.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Smart Growth Connecting urban centers to cities

Connecting urban centers to cities.  Minneapolis to Monticello, Mn. I can currently travel 46 miles on a commuter train to see my family. It still is a lot of work. However I was able to do this. I left at 9:30 and got there at 12:30.
I was dumped off at Big Lake in a corn field. Bringing a bike is the answer to that.
The link is the 46 miles that would take me all day to do. I can now do that in 50 minutes. 

* I divert myself even down town to do this. This adds another 60 mins. Then I need to bike another 5 miles. So 45 mins. Still much better than 240 mins and me cycling 40 miles. 



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Magical Pill

People often find the magical pill tough to sallow. The current violent virus is upon them.. Only after 110 years of domination. We can clearly seen the devastation it has left.

America diverts their food supply to fuel automobiles, with subsides. Pays billions in subsides to allow Americans to buy more cars, and companies even more money to fail. However it is not just the federal governments. We can clearly see from Wiscsion   the civil rights they violated no one is safe.
They will often deny it, in order not to succumb. Yet the evidence never surrenders a different picture.
Study: 10% More Smart Growth = 20% Less Driving

As a person who is car free, and can only get around by bicycle, walking and transit. I can attest anywhere is walkable. However, it is a very defined space which mixes all of your destinations into a small corridor. Hence your smart growth. However smart growth already exists we just need to make it smarter.

We have very small commercial pockets all over this country, we just need denser neighborhoods. The easiest approach requires building nothing at all. Simply allow residents to have multiple families in a dwelling  .
A  three bedroom one bath house. Comfortably holds three households (3 adults). We don't need to build anything just change the zoning laws. I live 3 miles from everything I could want. If we applied this concept just to my block with 20 homes that is an extra 60 people.

Real americans are no longer looking for the next oil change. We are looking for real change.  I don't want to spend 20% my paycheck on a new car. Why should I fill up my tank when I can fill up my belly and pedal off to the store? Its ok to say you want something different,  by boycotting everything they throw down your throat.

The magical pill is eventually swallowed by everyone. Unless you have money to throw down the endless road. The unsustainable virus finds you down on your luck, out of time, unable to perform, and or broke.  Smart growth there for when your born, till the day you die. Never lets you down and always ready to pick you up!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

1 Year!

1 Year anniversary commuting to work. (from my current location)



The ride has been fun!


A challenge I never will  fail to reach my destination.

With a little help from my friends.
I survived it all!