The choice to ride

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Biking from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Representatives from the Committee for a Bikeable Community met recently with some others from Tallahassee to discuss a CBC proposal to establish bike routes within the city.

It was a wide-ranging discussion that at one point touched on the proposal, now under long-term study, to convert a short stretch of West Tennessee Street from six conventional auto lanes to four lanes of auto traffic and two lanes, one each way, of combined bus and bicycle use. The Committee for a Bikeable Community endorses this pilot project.

Someone noted that the West Tennessee Street concept drew a lot of attention, some negative. “People do not want to be told they have to ride a bike,” someone said, summarizing the strongest, and strangest, comments heard about the plan.

This odd but apparently not entirely uncommon fear is addressed in this video by Streetfilms.

Modern transportation is about more choices, not less. That means the car, of course, but more options than just the car. So don’t worry. Your Chevy is safe.

The video includes comments from Earl Blumenthal, late of the U.S. Congress. I hope he takes his new freedom as an opportunity to share his wisdom on cycling and modern transportation nationwide.

— Bill Edmonds

Red-light cameras: Talk talk

Tallahassee recently installed some red-light cameras at intersections where drivers regularly drive through red lights.

Here, as in other communities, the debate over the cameras was hot.

There are legitimate reasons to question whether we should have cameras everywhere, though that line was crossed years ago (Wal-Mart keeps customers under camera scrutiny, McDonald’s does, too, as do most chain retail stores … why is not clear).

Here is a video by the Traffic Safety Coalition that pairs some of the arguments against the cameras with some video from the streets where cameras are in place.


No cyclists in the video, but two pedestrians get taken out by red-light runners, one in chilling fashion in the first driving scene.