Sometimes, I read an article about awesome things happening somewhere else–usually in a smaller town in the northern midwest. At such times, I exclaim “come on, Grand Forks!”
This is one of those times. #comeongrandforks.
I did not write this post, I promise.
To The Cyclists on University – 27 (University)
Keep calm. Fellow cyclist here; not here to run you off the road.
So, we got bike symbols painted on University. Sweet! Maybe less people will harass us now that it’s clear we actually belong in the street and not on the sidewalk.
Yeah, let me repeat that: now that we have bicycle arrows painted on the street, fellow cyclists, we need to be utilizing that resource. Not riding on the sidewalk anymore like a bunch of kids. I saw a mother out with her 5-year old daughter sharing the lane with cars today. If little girls can do it, you can do it.
We also need to be following the rules. Like adults. No one is going to support putting in more bicycle lanes if we keep blowing through intersections and acting like a bunch of arrogant, above-the-law, holier-than-thou assholes. And I’m as guilty as anyone of doing it, especially while riding in a pack.
Just because we finally got a little more space on the road doesn’t mean we have to hog the whole lane. Sure, it’s fun when we’re in a pack of 4 or 5 and can own it so we feel safe. But the guy stuck behind us is gonna take it out on me when I’m alone. This is how most of our road rage horror stories probably start. Ride single file when there’s a car back and just hold whatever it is you have to say until we get to where we’re going.
North Dakotans are known for being nice; let’s keep it that way.
You can now submit problems and requests directly to the city of Grand Forks with a 311 mobile app(lication) and online. It looks like they are using the PublicStuff platform, which looks a great deal like SeeClickFix but the city apparently pays for.
Glancing through the Android app, it looks like they are keeping up with some of the requests and there has been a fair amount of activity since the app launched three days ago (but the list also includes requests from the testing phase before launch).
You do not need to log in or create an account to create an issue, but you do need to have an account to “support” (thumbs up) a concern.
I plan to keep the SeeClickFix sidebar up, at least for East Grand Forks. [This was on the old Grand Forks Streets blog. 2014-09-10]
Submit issues or get the app here: http://www.grandforksgov.com/online-services/gf-311/report-a-concern
Drove over Columbia Road overpass yesterday and it looked like some excavating was going on for the Harbor Bay apartments. I’m trying to find out whether they are still planning a pedestrian access to the overpass–it would make getting to campus a lot easier!
Council Member Sande stated not aware when biking became rage in Grand Forks, that he keeps hearing about bicycling from a variety of people with variety of points of view, none seem cohesive and wondering what it would take to get us on the same page about the bicycle craze. The MPO, the engineering department and Trail Users all seem to have their own agendas and process, because heard tonight that we connected the loop, that we created the dead-end ourselves by approving the 42nd Street bikepath and then the 24th bikepath that went no-where in the first place, so if going to connect the loops, why did we make a non-loop in the first place,; great if could review our current ordinances, apparently there are some regulations where not supposed to ride bikes on sidewalks, an unenforceable ordinance – should look at that and should have a sub-committee, a task force, with regard to bicyclists and come together and get a good plan to see if could get on the same page.
From the April 7th minutes.
MPO Commuter Profile by Kyle Economy.
Some good visualizations here, including this one that shows population changes in the different census tracts:
|Is our urban core decaying?|
Correlating stage and discharge with photos. A work in progress.
Data are from the gage at Red River of the North on Sorlie Bridge. Photos are in order of stage height, increasing.
|Stage||Red River/Red Lake River Confluence||Downtown/Mt. Haga||Riverside Dam|
Gage height ~16.2 ft, no discharge available. 2011-12-10
Gage height ~16.3, discharge ~2000 cfs. 2009-09-25
Gage height ~16.5 ft, no discharge available. 2011-12-05.
Gage height ~16.9 ft, discharge ~3100 cfs. 2008-06-04.
Gage height ~17 ft, no discharge available. 2010-03-13.
Gage height ~17 ft, discharge ~3300 cfs. 2012-06-28.
Gage height ~17.4 ft, discharge 3700 cfs. 2010-09-04.
Stage ~21.8 ft, discharge ~10,100 cfs. 2014-05-23.
Gage height ~26.0 ft, discharge 17,800 cfs.
East Grand Forks bike path under Sorlie bridge is underwater.
Gage height ~27.25 ft, discharge 19,000 cfs.
Gage height ~32 ft, no discharge available. 2009-03-23.
“East Grand Forks…4th St underpass at Gateway Drive (HWY 2) closes” (NWS).