may kill bicycle
is the governmental body which plans and funds
transportation for our region. One of their jobs is
to divvy up the federal money. Of all the money
they control, 10% of it is Metropolitan Mobility
Funds (STP4C), and 15% of that has to be
spend on bicycle and pedestrian improvements,
according to policy. What this means is that 15% of
10% of the funds -- 1.5% -- is what they have to
spend on bike & ped. Not much, but it's
But after tonight we might not
have even that. CAMPO will be considering a
proposal tonight to spend that 1.5% on things some
members think will be more effective at improving
air quality, such as synchronizing traffic signals
and widening intersections.
Let's be honest about something:
Bike projects don't noticably reduce congestion or
improve air quality. That's because they don't
entice nearly enough people to bike instead of
drive. But that's not the reason to fund bike
projects. The reason we need bike facilities is to
make it easier and safer for those who do choose to
bike. Cars already get 99% of the funding, it's
only fair that we get our share. And after all,
most bicyclists also own cars, and pay the same
taxes as everyone else.
And the idea that synchronizing
traffic signals would improve air quality is simply
ludicrous. That's because as it gets easier to
drive, more people drive, and they drive longer and
farther. It's therefore not surprising that
traffic signals has failed to improve air
quality anywhere it's been tried.
Borrowing a page from other
advocacy groups, I've set up a page where with a
couple of clicks you can send a pre-written email
to CAMPO members telling them to keep the meager
funding they have in place for bike/ped projects.
Central Texas residents only on this one,
an email to CAMPO telling them to keep bike/ped
If you can attend the meeting you can make your
comments in person. It will be at the Thompson
Conference Center on the UT Campus at 26th &
Red River, and the agenda item (#8) should be
discussed at about 7:00 or
by Ayleen, via Car Busters Bulletin
The Portland folks are having a
County Bike Fair on June 28th. Tractor-trailer
pulls? Try Bike-trailer pulls! It's the authentic
county fair from your childhood, with a bike twist.
Funnel cakes, washed-up country singers, freak
bikes, carnival games, free hay rides and more.
Events every half hour in the center arena and an
authentic midway experience.
Mainstage events: 2:00 Opening Ceremony, 2:30
Bike Trailer Pull, 3:00 Pepto Dizmal Clowns, 3:15
Track Stand Competition, 3:45 Foot Down, 4:15
Cavalcade of Bikes, 4:30 Slow Race, 4:45 Car Free
Ceremony, 5:00 Derby, 5:30 Crowning of County Fair
King + Queen, 5:45 Lariat/Lassoing, 6:00 Clowns,
6:15 Tall Bike Jousting, 7:00 Closing.
Live Music All Day: Trash Mountain Boys,
American Nightmare, Randy Pants. Games, Food, Bike
Marriage Ceremonies, and more. Competitions are
open to all County Fair
by Brian Richards, via Car Busters
Sunday, June 1 was Carfree Day on
the Champs Elysees in Paris. The entire avenue was
filled with pedestrians from end to end. At the
same time the French Railway celebrated 150 years
of rail in France by holding an exhibition of their
historic trains also along one side of the avenue.
The big event started at mid-day when a train with
three carriages full of passengers ran along one
side of the avenue, crossing at a point just above
Place de la Concorde. The mayor made an
annoumcement to the press stressing how much people
were enjoying themselves on the avenue which the
day before had been carrying six lanes of
automobile traffic. This summer he intends to
repeat the closure of the motorway on the right
bank of the Seine during August and convert it for
the second year running into a beach with sand and
palm trees - Paris
vote for car-free Sundays
In a May 18 referendum, 38% of
Swiss voters supported a measure to have four
car-free days per year. Okay, so the proposal lost,
but that's still an impressive show of support in a
car-addicted world. Such a result would be
unthinkable here in the states.
And though this is of course
characterized as a "radical" proposal, we like to
put it in perspective: If the measure passed, cars
would still control the roadways 361 out of 365
days a year. But apparently car domination 99% of
the time is not enough for most Swiss, and giving
up even 1% would be too "radical". (See an article
on this at SwissInfo.ch)
kills more people than wars
A whopping 1.26 million people died
on the roadways in 2000, dwarfing the 310k killed
in wars, according to the World Heath Organization.
article from the Washington
promotes walking & biking
One doesn't expect an automobile
manufacturer to encourage people to bike and walk,
but that's exactly what KIA is doing. Last year KIA
UK made news by giving away a free bicycle with a
vehicle purchase. And now KIA's
website encourages parents to use a walking bus
to get their kids to school. (The idea behind a
walking bus is that a group of children all walk to
school together under the guidance of a trained
adult supervisor. For more see WalkingBus.org.)
Of course, the American version of KIA's website
mentions no such thing.
FREE for individuals and run for at least four
months or until you tell me to remove it. Please
keep it to four lines, don't write a novel.
- 2002 Giant Rincon: 17"
Frame (Red). In good condition. Entry level
Shimano components. Will include new brake
- Zullo steel racing /
track bike, 56 mm frame, all Campy parts,
derailer gearing but has one-speed dropouts for
fixed gear conversion, in good shape expect for
- 2001 model Marin
Larkspur. 17.5". Aluminum frame, Shimano
components, lock, lights, shock seat post. Great
transportation. Recently purchased for $350
(have receipt), will sell for $250. Excellent
condition, like new. 512-476-2887 or
inventory at Waterloo
as of April 13, 2003. All bikes subject
to prior sale, limited to stock on
hand, not responsible for typographical
errors, prices may change without
notice, batteries not included.
- $199 Cignal Ranger 20"
- $229 Diamondback Sorrento
- $369 Haro Extreme Comp
- $399 KHS Montana Comp
- $399 Diamondback Response
- $549 Kona Lava Dome 20"
- $699 Cannondale F400
- $699 Kona Sex One 20"
- $ 99 Alpine Sporten
- $549 Fuji Opus III 49cm
- $269 Schwinn 454 53cm
- $399 Specialized Allez
- $549 Bianchi Campione
- $499 Specialized Sirrus
- $599 Diamondback Expert 58
- $99 Schwinn
- $129 Diamondback
all, thanks for reading!