That’s it, no more calling Justice Stephen Breyer a bicyclist, Atlantic Cities

20131108-165837.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States that could affect a good portion of the rails-to-trails movement.

Given that dissenting opinions have historically been as interesting the majority opinions, here’s what lone dissenter Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote about the decision: “The court undermines the legality of thousands of miles of former rights of way that the public now enjoys as means of transportation and recreation. And lawsuits challenging the conversion of former rails to recreational trails alone may well cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.” (Atlantic Cities)

The court’s decision isn’t all bad news (though, say, outside of the Cato Institute it’s pretty awful). An official statement from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy says, “Those rail-trails that have been built on rail-banked corridors or fee simple land purchases will remain safe.” However, the decision does threaten “existing rail-trails, mainly in the West, that utilize federally granted rights-of-way and are not railbanked.” (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)

Indianapolis looks ready to build on the success of its downtown Cultural Trail, and it’s getting some help. “The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has selected six new U.S. cities to join its intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes. Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create low-stress streets and increase vitality in urban centers through the installation of protected bike lanes.” (PeopleForBikes)

Protected bicycle lanes—lanes separated from motorized traffic—aren’t anything new. Here’s an article on the “forgotten U.S. protected bike lane boom of 1905.” Have to say, that image of Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway in 1894 is really appealing. (PeopleForBikes)

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Mike Honnold just took the wraps off an online collection of Peoria-area Illinois Valley Wheelm’n newsletters that goes back to the 1970s. He’s still working on links for the 2000s and 2010s, but says “it is an awesome historical record of our club and goes to show that while many things have changed through the years, a lot has stayed the same.”
(IVW Newsletter Archive)

Interesting article on how Buenos Aires reimagined Avenida 9 de Julio, its “monument to cars.” Cutting the number of travel lanes and adding dedicated bus lanes reduced travel times for all street users. The article also mentions that the city has added 130km of bike lanes, somewhere. (Atlantic Cities)

It’s a Brompton and a recumbent. It’s the Neuss-B, a “not completely ideal but an interesting bike.” (Seven League Boots)

Nice little gear calculator for the Brompton. Select your chainring, rear sprocket, tire and hub, and it spits out your choice of gear inches, development in meters, or speed at 70 crank revolutions per minute in both miles and kilometers per hour. (Brompton Gear Calculator)

The bicycle from the movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” just sold for $36,000. (The previous owner paid $10,000.) I know, I know—you could buy some really nice bikes for that kind of money. That’s what everybody says. But you could also buy 4,235 copies of the DVD, and if you’re an Amazon Prime customer, enjoy free shipping. What say you about that? (USA Today)

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About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to That’s it, no more calling Justice Stephen Breyer a bicyclist, Atlantic Cities

  1. Lar Davis says:

    I wonder when they will auction off the basement of the Alamo!?

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